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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:28 am 
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Solstice wrote:
...it would be very fitting for the Stranger to have already been an explorer and adventurer before finding the Myst book.


I personally operate on that theory. I should see if the Pike expedition has a story of an unexplained disappearence to its name.

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The only problem I have with The Stranger being a member of the Pike Expedition is that for the whole time Pike and his men were in New Mexico in 1807, they were being escorted south by Spanish soldiers, having been arrested on suspicions on being spies. This leads me to believe that no one in the expedition would of had the chance to explore and find the Myst linking book without having it confiscated by their captors.

I am of the opinion that The Stranger was either a Spaniard/Mexican or a Native American. And a big factor that leads me to think that one of these two is the case is that The Strangers stays in New Mexico for at least the next 20 years after finding the Myst book and became good friends with Atrus and his family.

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I have a temporary solution, I'd much like to research the available information in both the Pike expedition and the pretexts of the discovery of the Myst book, and using those to attempt to create a reasonable timeline to determine the flow of facts and events.

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Who says it has to be someone from the Pike expedition? It could have been an escaped prisoner, a refugee, a lone explorer...


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Well, Pike's Expedition has the convenience of putting English-speaking people in the area of the Myst book at the time The Stranger found it. But yes, The Stranger really could have been anyone. But the fact that The Stranger sticks around the area of New Mexico for at least the next 20 years after finding Atrus leads me to believe that it was someone who had already settled in the area.

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Maybe by the time he returned from Riven, the Expedition had moved on without him, so he was forced to settle in the area

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Yeah, as Solstice was getting at, the possibilities about who The Stranger could be are practically endless. We'll probably never know for sure who exactly The Stranger was. Maybe it is better that way, though.

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94 years before the stranger found the Myst book, an 18 years old girl from Mexico who worked at the desert with her father for some rich guy from the nearby town was gone missing. It seams reasonable for someone to come look at the area for her or any other strange things (well not a lot went there before, I guess it's a good enough reason).

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