We did it - the transfer worked. We saved Yeesha. Don’t look so surprised - the life stone has to be inserted directly into the shrine, otherwise it wouldn’t have worked. The only way to do that was to break the glass that contained the gasses. ‘Course, I made it kinda lethal. Better this way, all the things I did.
Achenar innocently tries to make friends with Yeesha.
Becomes distrustful Atrus for once.
I should have given Achenar the benefit of the doubt, and wish I would have, considering how everything turned out in the end. He protected Yeesha. He saw her as his little sister from the first time he met her, rather than as a tool or a barrier. I regret that the one time in my life that I was so distrustful of someone, was with my own son, who was trying to do the right thing, even if I couldn’t understand him.
In June 2008, I passed my third year exams at the faculté (History studies) and then, immediately after, suffered some kind of burnout. I was still living at my parent’s home, and they had just bought a computer - the one they had before barely worked. For the first time, I had a real Internet access, and most importantly, I could play games that the previous one couldn’t run.
So I decided to play Myst IV: Revelation (I had already been a Myst fan for a good part of my life at this point… and it was about to get a lot, lot worse. Or better).
I basically lived in that game during ten days, approximately.
And guess what I’ve just dug up?
My Revelation journal!
The text at the top says “I have found the frequency”.
Trying to fix Atrus’ machine and talking about his attitude towards his family problems (“the fact that he trapped Gehn on Riven or his sons inside books is typical of his "yeah-I’ll-deal-with-this-later” attitude…“).
"D'ni letters all look the same…” “Just like in real life, I’m scared of vast empty places. I spent far too much time in that kitchen, just because it looked like a safe place!” “Looking at the portraits in the living room, I noticed Anna wasn’t there. Maybe Atrus didn’t have anything to take pictures when she was still alive.”
Trying to make a map of Spire and failing remarkably. It’s titled “Map of Spire (not finished) (and approximative)”.
Getting really pissed off by the Spider Chair (I called it la machine infernale at the time, “the machine from Hell”), drawing chibi Sirrus, and getting really excited because I found the right frequency for ONE crystal out of four.
“It’s 5 PM already and I just noticed I forgot to eat (!), so let’s stop for today.” Then getting completely and hopelessly lost in Haven.
Tons of notes on the Haven fauna. “Did Achenar come up with all the creatures names himself?”
Trying to solve the Mangrees puzzle with a malfunctioning mouse is a nightmare.
“I don’t really trust Achenar, but to be fair I don’t trust Sirrus AT ALL, so I kinda like the violent environmentalist better than the affected psycho, somehow.” Also trying to map Serenia and bam, CHAOS.
Getting really pissed off by the Ancestors puzzle because it’s completely abstract and you can mess it up by accident. “Done. Ok. What’s next? Next I’m out of the dream. Kay… What was the point??”
“The door is open >:) Color code? It looks complicated O_oU The marbles that Sirrus uses, as Achenar told me? Looks like that disk from Spire? SHIT I HAVEN’T NOTED THE COLORS O_O …had to go back to Spire… I’m so stupid… stupid code… I HATE YOU SIRRUS” “I was so pissed off I turned the computer off.” “IT WORKS!!” “I’m, well, ATROCIOUSLY happy to go through that door.”
Positive and negative points, and then some post-game thoughts. “What can I say? Waoh. That was like a big musical colorful slap to the face.” “Feels like mourning something at the end of the game…” Basically everything I didn’t like was in Serenia.
“It’s interesting that the main colors of the prison Ages are the exact opposite of the colors of the books.” “Retrospectively there were so many evidences of Sirrus’ culpability. The thing that broke the bridge and knocked me out at the beginning was one of his bombs…”
(next page) “Achenar would have killed himself on Spire. Sirrus would have been devored after a couple of days on Haven.”“There’s no way in hell that Sirrus’ plan could have worked without anyone noticing there was something wrong with Yeesha.”
Was doodling the Myst bros in my actual game notebook, which is nowhere NEAR this neat and tidy (ugly diagrams, frustrated scribbling, coffee rings, you know how it goes) but I accidentally made them unreasonably attractive? Some serious Revelation fanart was therefore in order.
I’m almost finished with my newest Myst playthrough and there is one thing that is seriously bothering me. I’ve been keeping track of everything the brothers tell me, and I’ve tried as hard as I possibly can to make sense of the timeline of the plot, but I’m officially stuck on one point:
Why do the brothers know that the red and blue pages are in the four remaining ages on Myst (and in the fireplace, for that matter)? I assumed the traps were set up by Atrus and therefore the brothers wouldn’t know about them. I mean, if they know there are red and blue pages scattered around their rooms, why would they use the red and blue books in the first place? Wouldn’t they know the missing pages would leave them trapped?
I’m not sure if there is a definitive answer for this, or if it’s just a little hole left to help the player know they need to keep visiting the other ages. Hell, there’s probably a really clear answer and I’m going to kick myself for not figuring it out. But I’m at my wit’s end, I really am. Help?
I think it has to do with they KNEW that their father was making these worlds. They lived in huts in other worlds, they were only there for exploration and nothing more. They knew natives had awesome resources, but their father never indulged in it. I think they were also very jealous that their father never taught them the Art and that’s what lead them to burn the library on Myst (from what I understand).
It’s heavily implied in some of the Myst journals that Atrus was an absent parent after Anna died. This was confirmed by Rand at Mysterium 2009. It’s not the only reason the boys went batshit, I’m sure, but it is canon that Atrus was (unintentionally) not a great parent.
Is the idea with not teaching them how to Write, that was because Atrus was trying to teach the boys slowly, responsibly? Like in Exile, he’s supposed to be teaching them the Art through the J'nanin and Saavedro’s age and all that, but they are like in their 20s already by then. What was Atrus waiting for? Maybe the boys are extremely frustrated by Atrus’ over-protection of the rules of the Art.
What xibalbadance is saying about them wanting to tap into the riches and resources of the ages they visits makes sense. Maybe partly they were jealous that the people on the ages had more of a sense of culture and community then they did. They have a better life really. Sirrus and Achenar are D'ni, which makes them special, but really what’s so great about being D'ni if you’re not living with other D'ni and you can’t Write?
I have heard about the idea of Atrus being absent after Anna’s death. Thanks for the confirmation thecosmosknowsitself. I can see that. I don’t imagine he was a STELLAR dad, I imagine he’d be an absent, not aware, trepidatious parent. I’m still trying to picture Catherine as a parent (well, I’m still trying to figure out Catherine herself). What was going on with Catherine? Was she also checked out? As you say, I don’t imagine their lack of attention to be THE driving factor behind the boys’ intense villainy, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be significant. There has to be something more!
This feels so weird and fun! When thinking about these characters, I feel like there are two ways to think about it: Either “What explanation would best fits the existing canon?” or “What would make this the most entertaining?”. I’m personally more interested in the latter than the former. I try not to step totally away from canon if I can avoid it, but ultimately I want to come up with something that feels exciting to me.