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It is said that Yeesha broke most of the rules of linking. However, very few of the rules were actually broken.
"Relto Pages" are the same concept as slight modifications to an age and if we each have a separate Relto, we must be carrying the Descriptive Book with us. It being a simple age accounts for the books short length.
Carrying the book with you when you link... okay, I'll give her this one.
With the exception of the Kadish Vault, never once did she link from an age into itself at a different location. If the vaults are two different ages, she didn't actually do this one either.
Linking us around, she's friends with the Bahro. That makes this a moot point.
Linking at will, Bahro again. And Escher did it so it's not impossible (though I don't think she would use the skin of a Bahro, it's still possible).
So far as I can tell, the only rule she actually broke was the carrying the book one. Everything else she only claimed she could do, or made it appear like she could do, but never actually did it.]
I would like to discuss this posting, therefore I created this new thread.
In contrast to Drakmyths doubts I say that Yeesha is not lying and that there actually is evidence of her having aqcuired better abilities than the D'ni ever accomplished.
Modification of an Age
Relto pages are not the same concept as slight modifications to an Age because you can revoke the changes. That is, you know that there once has been, say, a waterfall in your Relto because you have observed it. Then you deactivate the according Relto page in your Relto book, and after a relink, this waterfall is gone. This would render a contradiction under the D'ni Linking rules and thus causing the Link to switch to another Age which would be very similar to the previous one but nevertheless different. That is what happened to Gehn's 37th Age in Book of Atrus: Gehn significantly changed a feature which had been already observed by Atrus and the natives of the Age. When Atrus and Gehn linked back to the changed Age, the natives had changed, too; the link of the Descriptive book had switched to another Age.
But when deactivating the waterfall in Relto, everything except for the waterfall stays the same: My Relto tree still has the same size as before, the logs and rocks lie in the very same place, and my bookshelf is in exactly the same state with all books turned to the same page as before. Sure, even in this case, you could claim that the link switched to another Age, only to a very similar instance. But even if this would be the case, Yeesha can be credited for being able to control to what instance the switch changes: the degree of similarity is astonishing and beyond anything a Writer of D'ni could have been hoping for. And Yeesha does it every time when I change my Relto book!
Linking to the same Age
Again, Relto proves that Yeesha surpasses what the D'ni thought to be possible with Linking. I am able to link to the same instance of Relto from within Relto, even if there are visitors in it. In addition to what I said in the previous section, even visitors in my Relto stay the same with exactly the same features and memories they had before I linked out.
Linking at will without books
Drakmyth has some points in saying that Linking us around at will could have been accomplished with the help of the Bahro. Okay, there is no evidence to prove this claim wrong. But does it matter? Who says that the art of Writing is not actually the conquering of a power to make it act according to the will of the Writer? Who says that this power is not the Bahro, too? Actually, Myst V tells us something along this line. So what would be the difference between using the art of Writing and getting the Bahro to perform particular Linkings?
I conclusion, I think that there indeed is enough evidence to prove that Yeesha learned to use the Art in ways far beyond what the D'ni thought to be possible. One could argue about her claim how she accomplishes all this; however, the net effect of her actions is still the same regardless of it actually happening in the same Age or not, or her utilizing the Bahro or not.
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