Production Stills for Myst III: Exile | Daniel Achterman

One of my coworkers at Microsoft shot me an e-mail last week saying “so I heard you like Myst,” and promptly sent me these reference photos he took while working on Myst III: Exile.  After a brief freakout, I got his permission to scan and post the entire set- we don’t often get to post exclusive content here at Mystic Places, so I’m pretty chuffed.

You can browse and download the entire high-res collection HERE!

Atrus' Speech (Introduction to Myst)
  • Atrus' Speech (Introduction to Myst)
  • Cyan Worlds

“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, however, 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…”


What do I have for you today? It’s my personal edit of Tomahna as seen in Myst IV: Revelation, or more accurately, the hard-to-find ultra high-resolution concept art of Tomahna with a few photographic touches applied. As I’m sure you’ve figured out I live in the desert, and have hiked through landscapes just like this one several times, so I shifted the colors and brightness here and there to what feels like their more accutate levels. Nothing technically major, but I think the difference is substantial.

This is not my image, of course, and all credit belongs to Cyan and whoever else still holds a claim to it. It’s provided simply as a well-intentioned fan modification.

The pic above is in 16x10 resolution, but other aspect ratios can be provided up to 2480px wide, just ask!

Full size aw yeah


My local Myst buds and I have been casually assembling a Game of Thrones-centric fancast for Myst/Riven.  Gotta fudge the ages a bit, but otherwise!  Pretty damn close.

Suggestions welcome, of course- for instance, is Jaquen H'ghar is too hot for Saavedro?  Some of us don’t mind, but these are the pressing issues we cover here at Mystic Places.

On Katran

So, I know some people were upset that Katran went from rebellion leader to housewife between Riven and Exile. But I don’t think people realize that Atrus was pretty much a homebody at that point too. I mean, they were both working with the D'ni and on Reeleshan, but for the most part they were living their family life, the life both of them seemed to want.

Katran didn’t desire to be a leader, but she stepped up to the plate because it was asked and needed of her. But what she really wanted, just like Atrus, was to peacefully live with her family. So doesn’t it make sense that she settled down in Tomahna?

I just feel like it was less of Katran taking on traditional domestic female role than Atrus an Katran settling down and starting over, healing their wounds by living rather solitary lives and beginning anew with Yeesha.