I realized the moment I fell into the fissure that the Book would not be destroyed as I had planned. It continued falling into that starry expanse, of which I had only a fleeting glimpse. I have tried to speculate where it might have landed, but I must admit that such conjecture is futile. Still, questions about whose hands might one day hold my Myst book are unsettling to me. I know my apprehensions might never be allayed, and so I close, realizing that perhaps the ending has not yet been written. -- Atrus

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Exploration Redux

Abandon hope all ye who enter here expecting not to be spoiled.

I've been toiling away on MOULa, hurrying to finish the game again and have been appreciating small things that I'd missed the first few times around, and grumbling about other things.  Like the marker missions.  I hate the marker missions.  I know many people enjoy them, but I find calibrating my KI to be the most tedious part of any Myst game.  Maybe it's tied with the Mangree puzzle in Myst IV: Revelation.  Why can't the KI come pre-calibrated?! I usually exclaim to myself when I find I have one marker left in a given mission and I have no clue where it is.  I mean, Ae'gura is huge!  It could be anywhere!  When I get especially bored after I've found all the obvious markers (i.e. ones that are in relative vicinities to each other) I unabashedly hit up the Guild of Greeters' cheat sheet just to get the whole thing over with as quickly and as painlessly as possible.  See resources below.

While some may disagree, this is how I feel about markers.  Particularly some hard to reach markers which shall go nameless, but they know which ones they are.
Hanging around waiting for the portals in the Pod Ages isn't so bad because there's an excellent calendar online that tells you when the next one is coming up (see resources below).  This morning before going to work I finished off a couple more marker missions (I'm halfway finished!) and ventured over to Tetsonot.  I entered the portal and was going to claim my donut slice except I forgot how.  I thought we are supposed to jump through them for some reason and this didn't work HAHA!  So I guess I will see what's what at the next portal, which should be coming to Negilahn very soon.  Awesome, I just entered the Negilahn portal while typing this post and dummy me found the spiral on the back wall for collecting the donut quarter.  Woohoo!  I also snapped a cool photo while I fell into that starry expanse of which I had only a fleeting glimpse.

Starry expanse
When I was wandering around collecting Relto Pages, I kept looking for the one that you find on the side of the window in the light garden in Bevin, but for a few days it wasn't there.  I traveled to other neighborhoods but the Page was nowhere to be found.  Only today did it appear, so happily I now have my islands again.  Slowly but surely Relto is coming back to normal.  I'm letting it rain for now so that my tree can grow again.

One thing that has been really great about re-playing is I figured out how to get the Kadish Gallery music on my player in Relto.  For some reason I had forgotten about it and all this time since I came back in 2012?  Maybe it was 2010 when MOULa began?  Can't remember.  But I had been wondering all these years how to get the Kadish music on my player.  Yesterday while hunting for markers my game was experiencing a glitch in which all markers disappeared and there was no sound.  I went to the gallery to see if I could hear the music and discovered I couldn't.  So I decided to turn it off and then on again with hopes that would restore sound.  While it didn't, I DID notice my Relto book flash and that's when I remembered that that was how you get the Kadish music to Relto.  DUH!  My glitches fixed themselves, by the way.

Speaking of glitches, when redoing Gira/Kemo, I didn't experience any glitches with the fireflies.  So I guess maybe it happens only when one has multiple players in the Age?  As for that hard to reach Relto Page in Kemo, I was able to obtain it fairly quickly.

I was disappointed to re-learn that we can't get Maintainer suits from the Gahreesen fortress. :(  Next to the Watcher's jacket that is probably the coolest clothing reward in the game.

I've begun collecting stained glass art from the book rooms in the neighborhoods, and all around trying to get some nice photos either with my KI or screenshots.  I'll put some here, but I will also be adding some to my KI album you can see on the right of this post in the first column.  I'm a huge fan of symmetry, as I am sure you will notice.  I thought I had recorded the end of the totems stage, but I just checked and NADA!  Must've been when either I Net 6'ed or I switched screens.  I guess it stops recording when I switch screens?  Not sure.  But I guess you all know how it goes.  Bummer.

Resources
Guild of Greeters Green/Red Marker Missions Cheat Sheet
Guild of Greeters Calibration Marker Missions Cheat Sheet
Pod Age Portal Calendar

Control room in Gahreesen: power on!
 

Going the long road to the Gahreesen fortress


X marks the spot in Kadish Tolesa

Probably the most-photographed area of Kadish Tolesa

Kerath's Arch, always beautifully formidable.

Another favorite photo-worthy scene, in Rezeero / Great Zero

The tree of the Watcher, which we don't have access to in MO:UL.  I can't say I am altogether disappointed.  We all know how detestable standing on that platform for 30 minutes and doing nothing else is.

Isn't this one of the Great Zero stained glass artworks?

The Ahnonay Cathedral.  Say what you will of Kadish, but the guy was artistically talented!

The "pyramid" in Kadish Tolesa.  I vaguely recall that we were able to get to the top of this.  Am I remembering correctly?

Down the shaft I go!

Sparkly!

From a distance, this is not as aesthetically pleasing as we are used to with Kadish's designs.  It looks like spider to me!  Nevertheless, it is pretty cool.

Maybe visions of sugar plums danced in his head in the end?

The Bahro cave completed
 
Falling towards the orange waters of D'ni from the Bahro cave.

Gahreesen stained glass art

Great Zero stained glass art

Eder Delin stained glass art

Great Zero stained glass art

Eder Tsogal stained glass art.  Whoops, the mouse cursor is still visible!


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