November 2, 2008 - 01:54pm
Eder Gira is living proof that an explorer under the influence of Yeesha will try just about anything with little regard for their own health. Once upon a time five or six years ago, an explorer saw a journey cloth up in a high location, as well as a steep rock wall between them and the rest of the age. You'd imagine that someone would leave the age and return with the materials to build some ladders, or a grappling hook, or even a good pair of stilts. Instead that person thought "Hey, I bet I could block some of these boiling hot steam vents and use the extra pressure in the remaining open one to propel myself high enough to reach the cloth and jump over the wall!" I can't help but imagine that explorer returning to the neighborhood, covered in third degree burns and smiling from ear to ear, announcing that they had figured out how to get to the rest of Eder Gira! But with a maintainer's suit... suddenly the cloth and the rest of the age were both within reach with significantly less manual labor or bodily harm.
November 2, 2008 - 02:04pm
After manipulating the vents to get the required cloth and set up for the jump over the wall, I dropped down to the ledge where I could grab the second cloth. Looking out over the lava, I found myself wondering about the sanity of the DRC, taking a sharp turn from the contemplation of the followers of Yeesha.
If I remember correctly, the first age that the DRC ever made available to explorers was Eder Kemo, a garden age made publicly available in all of the populate neighborhoods. Nowhere in Eder Kemo can you find a book to link back to the neighborhood, the Nexus, or any other public and approved area. What you can find, however, is a link to the safe side of Eder Gira, an age that was never approved by the DRC until years later when they finally realized that pretty much the entire explorer population was now carrying Relto books. This meant that the Authorized Explorers, having no Relto books, were expected to link to an unapproved age through an unstamped book in order to leave Eder Kemo.
But wait, there's more! Once you made the link to Eder Gira, there was still no Nexus linking book in easy reach... no, in order to link back, they'd have to climb over the rock wall to the side with the OPEN CHASM OF LAVA AND BOILING STEAM VENTS, carefully traverse the gap, and then ONLY THEN could they use the Nexus to return to D'ni. "The cones are barricades are for your protection", Zandi's behind they are! If safety was a priority, then why would you leave no reasonably safe exit option for the people you had allowed in to partake and help in the restoration?
November 2, 2008 - 02:21pm
The more I thought about the way things worked around here, the more I realized that it was a miracle any of us were even alive. And with that in mind, I propelled myself over the wall to the "safe" side of Eder Gira, thanking the maker for my stolen maintainer's suit. On the other side, I made a beeline for the bahro stone that I knew sat on a nearby rock, and linked to the rooftop of one of the Tokotah buildings on Ae'gura. I plucked a marker out of the air, noting that a second one was nearby, but that the first had filled my KI for the time being. Because of this, I made my way to the Great Zero Antechamber, deposited the five markers I had collected so far, and watched my KI make room for twenty-five more.
November 2, 2008 - 02:37pm
Markers... so many markers. Collected so many times. And all of that work for nothing, if the Great Zero had been shut off yet again. And the resident technology expert, Victor Laxman, never really bothered to explain exactly what the markers did in order to "calibrate" the system. For the sake of it, I linked to the main area via the Nexus, picked up another marker as well as the page that would add an imager to my Relto, then went to pick up the second marker on the Tokotah rooftop. Satisfied that I had picked up everything I needed, I linked back to Eder Gira, crossed the chasm, jumped the wall, and then linked to Eder Kemo.
November 2, 2008 - 02:49pm
I'd linked into a pouring rainstorm. I'd by lying if I said I had expected anything less, nor did I mind, since the suit was keeping me dry. I did a quick lap of the age, picking up the four journey cloths and also the carpet page that was sitting on top of the table like extension of the stone wall. By this time, it'd stopped raining, and so I mopped the remaining droplets off the lenses of the helmet and poked around behind the rotating statue to see if the stone was in it's place. Finding the bahro stone in position, I used it to link to the rooftop in my neighborhood in order to grab the marker that I knew was there. Except, the marker wasn't there. Was my memory failing me? There was a marker here previously, wasn't there? Had it been moved? Or was it just a figment of my imagination? Forget it, it was on par with the other screwy things about this expedition.
November 2, 2008 - 03:03pm
I returned to Eder Kemo to do the nonsense with the fireflies that I won't even bother to talk about, except to mention that for a swarm of insects to follow such strict rules, they too much be under the influence of Yeesha duct tape. Yeesha flypaper? Heh. It was also a little surprising that the bugs stuck to me even with the suit on. After gathering the remaining cloth, I stood before the journey door, bit my tongue in regards to this being the only door that even made sense being where it was, and stepped through to the bahro cave.
Ok, no, seriously. The journey door in Gahreesen pretty much required a willingness to fracture your legs, the one in Teledahn somehow went unnoticed by Sharper who had set up a mounted gun about forty feet away from it, and the one in Kadish... well, we'll cross that massive bottomless pit when we come to it. The Eder Kemo door, while it required some positively ridiculous actions in order to collect the cloths on the Gira side, was reachable without threatening to break every bone in your body, and wasn't invisible to non-Uru Explorers. In fact, I remember hearing confused reports from the DRC about the door over a year before most of the Uru Explorers began flowing in...
Right, so, where was I? Ah yeah... I linked through to the bahro cave and claimed my third pole, imagining it and the third WONAM appearing on my Relto. Two deeply contrasting objects... one representing the slavery of a sentient being and the other having no specific purpose at all. As I prepared to step into the opening and tumble through the star spangled ebony, I stopped and stared across the gap at the final pole. I really didn't feel like dealing with the puzzles that Kadish used to lock away his riches. I'd been good, so far. I was taking the journey, again. It wasn't like I hadn't learned my lesson by now, right? And with that thought in mind, I launched myself over the gap, arms outstretched to grab the pole (and avoid the spiky part up top), terribly misjudging the distance and face planting against the edge of the platform. Thanks to the helmet of the suit, I was unharmed, but as I flipped backwards and tumbled through the endless night sky, Yeesha's voice continued overhead as if to laugh at me and condemn my pride. Sometimes, Yeesha could be a real mean person/people.
November 2, 2008 - 03:27pm
When I arrived in Relto, I planned to set up camp and take the rest of the day to record everything so far and rest up for Kadish Tolesa tomorrow. Even with an intimate familiarity with the first three steps of the journey, it was very trying on the body, and I was more than ready to eat something a little more substantial, and just relax for more than a few minutes. What I didn't realize was that it was going to take about two and a half hours to peel myself out of the maintainer's suit, without the help of the Maintainer's Nexus.
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