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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Iota Makes Amazing Progress in Kadish Tolesa

FYI, I record each time iota and I play MOUL.  All this time we'd been type-chatting in game but then iota had the brilliant idea of Skyping while playing so that we didn't have to type.  I thought, how wonderful for my (non-)audience!

I would absolutely love to share such videos except for the fact that we do nothing but gossip the entire time and talk about stuff in our personal lives and thus the recordings are rendered entirely useless.  For a moment I thought I would have been able to post a video of iota completing the second puzzle since I failed to get a picture, but I guess we just can't shut up.  And by we, I mean myself.  Her husband entered the room and asked if we were talking or playing.  Well, we were multi-tasking...

Despite the above, iota made such astounding progress.  She solved 2.5 puzzles in one evening.  She was finally able to re-solve the first puzzle after finally getting those blasted details right.  She then learned that you can access Kadish's gallery in the city via the book on the shelf in Relto.

iota passing through to the second puzzle of Kadish Tolesa
She delved right in to the next puzzle, the floor one.  I gave her the clue that I had heard/read once: What's more important in Kadish Tolesa is what isn't there.  A cryptic clue, but a useful one in retrospect.

Which means it's not really useful at all.

Her first thought was to get through that door that's at the base of the winding ramp, but she figured it out rather quickly and I was muy impressed!

Well on the way to solving this puzzle
I failed to get a picture of the completion of this puzzle.  It was after this one that our gossiping really took off.  But it was fun, so I'm not sorry.  Like most people she really liked the land beyond, all the purple.  Truly this is a stunning Age, as is Kadish's other one.  You all know what I'm talking about.  (Can't wait for her to get to that one woohoo!)  The relative ease with which she solved the next puzzle was pretty astonishing.  I heard her scribbling away on a piece of paper through the microphone, copying down every single pattern that could be found in the gallery.  Small wonder she solved this next floor puzzle so quickly.

iota heading toward puzzle #3
Baladria and iota observing the floor from the platform before iota solves the puzzle
I don't think it took her more than 10 minutes!  We took the elevator down to the lower level of weights and measures. For some reason I find watching avatars riding that elevator hilarious, especially when iota failed to step off the elevator and came right back up again.  I was dying!

Entering the hall of weights and measures
It took her a little while to get up to the calendar spark, but she finally got that one.  One funny thing that happened was she raised the first pillar, climbed it, walked off to the back and got stuck.  Or so we thought.  I thought if I pressed the "escape" button that the pillar would fall, but I guess it doesn't work when avatars are standing on the pillars.  But then she discovered she could just leap onto the main floor.  Duh!

Climbing the pillars to collect the calendar spark
So, iota has found 1 spark and 6 cloths.  One more cloth to go!  She also has not yet found the Relto Page, but don't worry guys, I won't let her leave this Age without it.  It's a special one!

In other news, today I was in a class listening to a student's presentation on the famous ancient Egyptian Tomb 100 where a bunch of ships are depicted on a wall painting.  In the center is a black one, and every time she said "black ship" my mind floated away to Myst and I giggled a little inside.

Hmm...next time I am in Relto I am going to check up on my little tree to see how much it's grown.

Lastly, the Obduction website will be unveiled soon!  Will post about it when it happens.


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