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November 13, 2011

Returning: Again

Recorded in: Izy's Journal,News Journal — Isyldar @ 3:02 am Cavern Time

икона за подаръкI have caught wind of changes in the Cavern, small though they may be, and decided, once again to venture down to D’ni. It has been so very long since my last visit here. Longer than I had realized it would seem. Nobody has visited Nadnerb’s Bevin since last I did in September of 2010. Not even the man, Nadnerb himself. The place has a feel of abandonment about it. Kind of depressing really.

There are a few other explorers in the Cavern, mostly in Ae’gura, but in a few of the other Bevins as well, according to the Nexus display. I came in search of the changes though, so I didn’t spend much time socializing. Where are they?

It would seem that I neglected to finish Gahreesen whilst I was here last. Something that I must rectify. Hopefully I remembered to bring my notebooks from previous visits. I’ll need them to complete the cycle.

Ah, Gahreesen; despite the stark, military feel to the place, I absolutely love the outdoors here. I’ve read the notes that say the wilderness is something to be avoided, given the creatures that have been witnessed in it, but still…I long for the day when I could explore those woods. Once again, I am waiting atop the first building, for the rotations to align. This jump is always a bit scary. I shall have to use the cloth on the landing to ensure I can come back to the jump point in case I fall.

It took 3 jumps this time. 3! I’m definitely out of practice, if not out of shape. I’m going to have to watch myself, lest I grow careless and do something really stupid. Relto book in-hand, at all times. Check. I must remember to visit Eder Delin before I return to the Surface.

I am so tired, yet still, for all my wanderings, I have neither completed Gahreesen, nor have I found the new Ages that I had heard about. Perhaps they’ve been hidden once more. Sigh. I shall look a little longer before I head back. I did manage to get quite a few good photos in Gahreesen tonight though. That alone, I suppose, made the trip worth it.

Finally, I’ve found one of the Hoods they were talking about: The Fun House. Doesn’t look like it’s seeing much fun at the moment, but it’s getting a few visitors to say the least.

Today’s was a good visit. It’d be nice to see a few more of the old gang return to the Cavern for a game of Heek and some exploration; but I expect it to be a long time in coming if it ever does.

For now, I will myself return to the Surface, and perhaps get some sleep. I’ve completed the primary Ages, and returned the Pillars at the very least. More work remains to be done at a later date, such as the Museum Ages and Ahnonay. But, until then…..

Shorah,

Isyldar

February 20, 2010

Long Away

Recorded in: Izy's Journal — Isyldar @ 6:18 pm Cavern Time

It’s been all of a few days since last I visited the Cavern, but it feels so much longer! I’ll be returning home tomorrow, and Linking back into D’ni at some point Monday I expect.

The Olympics have been great, and the experience amazing. :) I will have a few Imager photos of them to share when I get back. Until then,

Shorah!

Izy

February 15, 2010

Linking Dizziness

Recorded in: Izy's Journal — Isyldar @ 11:49 pm Cavern Time

It was a busy night, filled with working on the new Eddie Barricade, or Minefield as Nad put it, a few rounds of Heek, and bouncing back and forth between Neighbourhoods.

The new Eddie barrier: The Eddie Minefield

I was able to get Izy set up in the Sardines’ Bevin, courtesy of Sardine himself ;), and then helped Mel do the same. So far, I’ve only had 1 request for an add to the Canadian’s Bevin, but as it’s hard to keep that Age on the active links in the Nexus, it may be a while before we get more members returning.

I also spent a few hours running around grabbing various Ages so that I’ll be ready for the first game of Sardines! :) It took me a little while, but I now have every common Age from MOUL back in my Relto. I still have some work to do to get the K’veer and MYST Island links back, but I’m sure it won’t be long before I have those too.

At any rate, it’s late, and I’m exhausted from all the exercise tonight. On top of that, I have preparations to make for my surface trip to Vancouver! :)

See you all in a week!

Izy

February 15, 2010

A Busy Evening

Recorded in: Izy's Journal,News Journal — Isyldar @ 3:35 am Cavern Time

Well, it was time to return to the Cavern in force. With the path to D’ni wide open, Explorers have been returning in droves. I’m not quite sure that the DRC knew what to expect when they opened it up again. I was helping out a few friends set up new KI’s tonight, and I’m of the impression that either the lattice is over-worked, reserving mass amounts of #s, or there are enough Explorers in the cavern to start a very large surface-sized city, let alone re-populate D’ni.

The Cavern has been open for approximately a week (perhaps a day or two longer), and already, the KI #s are above 1 million! I honestly can’t remember if they ever hit that count when the Cavern was open last time. Further to that, I was helping set up the new Canadian’s Bevin with J’naem, who returned to D’ni this evening as well, and the KI#s jumped thousands within minutes. (This is partly what leads to my borked Lattice, or reserved #s theory.)

At any rate, there are a lot of people in D’ni these days, and it is great getting to run into old friends, and even new ones!

Nadnerb and I were able to attend an Eder Delin run courtesy of the D’ni Museum of Art Bevin. It took us quite a while to get the door open the first time. Nad’s theory is that with so many cooks in the kitchen, it was hard to communicate. We were also trying to teach a new Door Caller how to do the job, and that definitely contributed to the time it took us to get it working the first time. (Including having everyone leave the Age and come back in when we thought the door had stopped working.)

Following the first success, we had Medic get stuck behind the door, and Nad had to bring me up to speed on the cloths so that we could open the door with just the two of us and get Medic out of there. It took us a few tries, as I kept getting things mixed up, but we succeeded. :)

Along the way, Lagrider stopped in, and was surprised to see the door opened with such a technique as the one Nad taught me, so we ran the door on 3 people to show him how it was done. That also took us a couple tries, though only a couple. :)

I think we may need to put together some articles on the techniques of running Eder Tsogal and Eder Delin on less than a full crew of people. And, based on tonight’s performance with the large group, we may yet need to put something together on the standard practice for a run too. :) Either way, I don’t think we have any notes posted for either Delin or Tsogal at this point. It’s worth looking into.

Wow, there was so much accomplished tonight.

Nad and I proceeded to run through Eder Gira and Kemo following Delin. I hadn’t yet retrieved my pillar for the Ages. Along the way, Nad discovered that it was possible to walk across the gap between the land and area behind the waterfall in Gira on just 1 basket. It saved us having to retrieve the second one; but I’ll let him post about hte technique. He understands more of what he did than I do, as usual.

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February 10, 2010

Lost in Minkata

Recorded in: Izy's Journal — Isyldar @ 11:54 pm Cavern Time

I was able to get back into the Cavern this evening. There weren’t even any real issues Linking, and the trip was quicker than usual. Nadnerb had already arrived, of course, and was awaiting verification of the portal arrival in Negilahn.

Yesterday, (or the day before, I can’t remember which), we were able to determine that the Portal Calculator set up two years ago was still fairly accurate (within 4 minutes) for Payiferen, and we wanted to know if the new app for his iPhone was going to accurately calculate the other portal times as well. An attempt in both Negilahn and Dereno wasn’t successful. I guess we’ll have to re-work the math based off of the Payiferen portal, which we were able to catch later on this evening.

While waiting on the Payiferen portal, Nad decided to get us lost while grabbing a new pair of boots from Minkata:

Izy & Nad lost in Minkata

Izy & Nad lost in Minkata

Happily, Nadnerb was able to figure out which hole we were at, and navigated us to the right one with the boots in it. (Was it 3? It was either 3 or 4, but I think 3.)

Anywas, the paying job calls me back to the Surface, so I must put to rest my explorations for the evening. The Cavern will have to wait for another night. The Bahro only know that it’ll be there tomorrow.

Shorah all,


Izy

February 9, 2010

Again

Recorded in: Izy's Journal,News Journal — Isyldar @ 1:48 pm Cavern Time

I was able to make it to the Cavern today. Or at least as close to it as Bevin. The old hoods aren’t present anymore, but are quickly being set up again by Explorers eager to resume ops in D’ni.

While I was there I was able to hook up with Nadnerb in Eder Tsogal, after a quick trip to Gahreesen to grab a new KI of course. It was great to see the old sights and sounds again, and breathe in the air of a totally different world. Refreshing in ways untold to those of us stuck in the grips of deep winter on the surface.

At any rate, I must away for now. The Cavern has temporarily closed up while preparations are made to further handle the onslaught of Explorers heading for the city. It will be good to go back again once they’re ready.

Shorah,

Isyldar

February 8, 2010

The Cavern Opens!

Recorded in: Izy's Journal,News Journal — Isyldar @ 10:28 pm Cavern Time

It has been a long 2 years since last I was able to visit the Cavern with other Explorers, and the wait is now over. D’ni is open, and the passages to it are crowded with those rushing to return to its depths and reconnect with old friends in corridors well known.

I myself am awaiting the chance to enter with great anticipation. Word came to me from Nadnerb that we were able to return, and now its just a matter of hours before I will be able to join the rest of the Explorers in the ancient tunnels.

I have some new tools with me this time for keeping these journals updated. Automatic updates, both to and from my KI will allow for eveb more info to flow out onto these pages.

I wonder how much has changed down there, if anything, and whether or not the old hood is still accessible…not likely, but rebuilding isn’t a concern. It’s something our community does well. Too bad I’ll have to build up those Heek points again though…

Isyldar

December 4, 2008

Still Possible

Recorded in: Izy's Journal — Isyldar @ 6:33 pm Cavern Time

Courtesy of Nadnerb, who was able to help me set up the Link, I was able to return to The Cavern today with him to poke around. It’s so quiet down there without everyone else from the Surface. More like an echo of URU than the Cavern we all spent over a year exploring.

Still, it is nice to be able to go back. Perhaps there will come a time when more of us can return, and more Ages will be open for exploration.

Izy

December 3, 2008

It is troubling

Recorded in: Izy's Journal — Isyldar @ 10:38 am Cavern Time

I find troubling the sheer number of setbacks that the MORE project has seen throughout its history; not entirely in its current incarnation, but throughout the entire URU legacy. At first, the project got scrapped before it ever hit the light of day, and then it was pulled because the DRC wouldn’t give Explorers the ability to help with the restoration, resulting in stagnant growth, and another funding pull. Now, with that last key piece of the puzzle for the success of exploring The Cavern, to have funding disappear again…

I am sad.

Isyldar

July 5, 2008

A Letter

Recorded in: Izy's Journal,News Journal — Isyldar @ 9:40 pm Cavern Time

It has been a long time it seems, since last I opened this journal. With life on the Surface as consuming as it always is this time of year, I haven’t spared any time for going over my notes of explorations into the Cavern. At least, not until yesterday.

It came in the morning, as all news does, be it good, or bad. A letter, from a friend I have not spoken to in at least a couple of months: Nadnerb.

I will dispense with any semblance of delay as the news I wish to report is good, and wholly exhilerating: The Cavern may be re-opening.  It is not to be as it was in the past: the DRC won’t seemingly be in complete control of what gets worked on down there any longer. I’m not even sure, for truth, if they will even be present in the Cavern. At the moment, I only know that Explorers, in conjunction with the Guild of Writers & Guild of Maintainers, are going to be able to Write Ages…

How this possibly came about, I cannot imagine. The sheer thought of being able to visit an Age that has not first been trampled a thousand times by the DRC, or even the D’ni, is mind boggling, shocking, and dumbfounding. It’s, amazing.

But, with this news, comes more waiting, which I suppose myself and other Explorers are much used to at this point, even if it always frustrates us.  However, this proves, I believe, that with The Cavern, The D’ni, The Art, and Exploration, the ending never truly will be written.

Shorah, everyone. I look forward to when we can again sit by a Heek table and discuss explorations of yet unknown and previously visited Ages.

Izy