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October 14, 2007

Minkata Chill

Recorded in: Nad's Journal,Nah'dneb's Journal,News Journal — Nadnerb @ 12:16 am Cavern Time

Well, it’s been a while, so I figure I ought to write in my ‘ol journal again. I’ve been in the Cavern on and off for the last few weeks, so I’ve been present for a few things. One of ResEng Biegalski’s orientations, several games of Sardines, and, most recently, a “Chill” party in Minkata. Basically this means streamed music and lots of avvies. I was interested, though, to see a large crowd in Minkata, so I headed out there, and it turned out to be one of the great ones. Ktahdin had put together a playlist that neatly matched the ambiance of the night side of Minkata, and the event drew a considerable crowd. The whole thing was followed up by a dramatic (and very well done) switch to day Minkata and more upbeat, “wake up” tunes, the most amusing of which was a rendition of “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” on what sounded like a carnival organ. :D All in all, it was a good time, and I got some good pictures out of it too. So, to that end, here they are. :D Curiously enough, ResEng Dogherra even dropped in around the middle, though he was in ‘stealth mode’. He’s visible in the first picture.

Dogherra Visits Chillin in the hole kiimage0570.jpg kiimage0575.jpg

I’ve also dropped these onto the hood imager, and the site hood imager. (I had an interesting time getting the site imager to display them)

September 22, 2007

Episode 9: Exodus

Recorded in: Nad's Journal,Nah'dneb's Journal,News Journal — Nadnerb @ 3:22 pm Cavern Time


I am suddenly very excited! I really didn’t think the finale episode was going to rock my socks. Now I think it will. I see a new area! An area that is K’veer, but cooler than it was in Myst V. An area that hints at things to come, and the first area that was in the original Uru: Complete Chronicles to be greatly revamped! I don’t know if K’veer will have anything puzzling in it, but it is a great historical location, and they have been doing very little restoration of the cavern itself lately. Now I must wonder, will we get more than just the inside of the Myst island library too, or am I just being too optimistic?


August 11, 2007


Recorded in: Nad's Journal — Nadnerb @ 9:10 pm Cavern Time

In the everlasting spirit of copycatting, I wrote a little D’ni calculator widget. Unlike this calculator, it’s input is entirely in Arabic. However, unlike that calculator, it will display non-integer D’ni numbers. The system is the natural extension of the D’ni numbering system, where [0].[1] is 1/25, rather than 1/10. This makes certain values irrational, such as 0.5, which is [0].[12][12] repeating…

I call it… “the D’nimal point” :P Working with base 25 has been interesting.

It is currently not known how the D’ni actually handled fractional values. From what we have seen so far, they generally simply truncated their numbers, and when greater accuracy was required, repeatedly multiplied by 25 and used the resulting measure as a new scale. (The ‘units’ found in Minkata are in fact 1/25 of a span) This is a bit like using meters and truncating all the time, then switching to decimeters, centimeters, and millimeters respectively as more accuracy is needed.

Note that, currently, you must have ‘dnifont’ installed to view my calculator correctly.


August 11, 2007


Recorded in: Nad's Journal — Nadnerb @ 4:42 am Cavern Time

so today, after showing my KIcoord utility to Arrhae, I got off my ass and updated it to support IE. :D It still uses all .png images, so IE6 will never render it perfectly, but it’s completely functional now.

Anyway, I uploaded the new html file, but it got a different url because it is August now. I would fix this, but my ability to edit the kicoord_utility template has been removed. sooo, the mapper will be down until Izy finds this.

as a note, it would be preferable to simply move the new file back into the ’07’ directory so that the relative paths stay the same. <.<

August 3, 2007

Guild Advisor & Phil

Recorded in: Nad's Journal,News Journal — Nadnerb @ 3:00 pm Cavern Time

Another KI mail went out today:


By a unanimous vote, the DRC have decided to appoint Reteltee as their “Guild Advisor”. The DRC began working with Reteltee last month when he asked to speak with the DRC at length about the Guilds. When asked why they selected Reteltee out of all the explorers, Cate replied, “He was simply in the right place at the right time. We had already begun work in Kirel to make it the ‘Guild Hood’, and his request to talk to us about the Guilds at the moment was a perfect fit. Once it was eplained to be what his name means, “The Guilds”, it was obvious that we had found the right person to talk to.” We are happy to continue working wiht him. If you see him, please offer him your congratulations.


I’m not entirely sure what to make of this, as it sounds to me like they arbitrarily chose someone to .. what? I sure hope they told him some stuff that we don’t know.

Also, there was another KImail posted today about Phil’s return, which provides a small amount of backstory for those who haven’t done their history research, participated in prologue, or divined his role from references in CC:


The DRC are thrilled to report that Phil “phend” Henderson has returned safely to the Cavern! He was involved i a major structural collapse a little over three years ago. When his destroyed KI as discovered in the rubble, we feared the worst, and when it was confirmed that he did not have his Relto Book with him at the time of the collapse, those fears seemed to have been confirmed.

We are very happy to have Phil back with us once again.


I probably have better things to do than comment on the DRC’s grammar, but it should read ‘The DRC is‘, not ‘The DRC are‘. :P

August 2, 2007

Sharper not leaving

Recorded in: Nad's Journal,News Journal — Nadnerb @ 9:32 pm Cavern Time

This was a rather short note, but it seemed worthy of notice:

From the relay of Douglas Sharper’s Visit to the Sanctuary today:

I am not going to Noloben.

The war will make its way here. It is coming.

I suggest you all be ready.

Good day.

Sharper links out


August 2, 2007

Jalak Released

Recorded in: Nad's Journal,News Journal — Nadnerb @ 4:37 pm Cavern Time

Cate dropped in this morning and left us the Jalak book. :)

Since the event was rather short, and I only got the relay, I won’t bother making a chatlog out of it. However, what she said was almost exactly the content of a KI mail posted a short time later:

Jalak is released


The DRC is happy to announce the release of Jalak. The age is very different than anything we have released up to this point. We hope that you enjoy its casual atmosphere and very open fell. How you choose to enjoy it is mostly up to you.


Robert, melodi, rivendell, and I visited Jalak and had a bit of fun with it. Came up with a couple neat games. Perhaps some rules can be posted later. :)


August 2, 2007

Q and A with Marie Sutherland

Recorded in: Nad's Journal,News Journal — Nadnerb @ 12:08 am Cavern Time

Later in the day, Marie Sutherland showed up to answer a few questions. While she gave the usual noncommittal answers to the standard questions like: “when will Jalak be released” and “Where is Engberg”, there was some particularly interesting info dropped about Phil. (If you don’t remember or weren’t around, Phil was presumed dead by the DRC after he fell off the guild hall at the end of prologue.) “we had every reason to believe Phil is gone. With recent events, I’m not quite as certain.”

In other news, a new Relto page was enabled, but so far, the combined efforts of the community have not uncovered the August sparklie. :?

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August 1, 2007

Sharper going back to Noloben

Recorded in: Nad's Journal,News Journal — Nadnerb @ 9:36 pm Cavern Time

Bahro continued to appear in random areas across the cavern today. Sharper turned up in the Sanctuary again to tell us that the actions of the Bahro have affected him and that he is going to go back to Noloben and join the cause of the “good” Bahro, “even if it means giving his life”.

While the meeting in the Sanctuary was what Robert would call “uncivilized”, with Sharper essentially storming out pretty quickly, saying he didn’t have the energy to argue with those who insisted upon calling him “murderer”, the chat in the Great Tree’s Bevin, which was made private immediately after he arrived, was quite informative.

I have arranged a set of quotes which I think will summarize the situation:

there are good Bahro – of course.

They are watching. Learning. Even as I did, I would assume.

Trying to understand what our role is. I’m sure I played a part in that, if I’m to be honest.

This is a war. If the evil Bahro win, we will all die. It’s as simple as that.

There are obviously two sides.

I don’t know what lies at the root of their battles.

But there is something deep.

I owe them.

Carry on as normal. Visit other Ages. Let them see you in your normal states – not flockign to them like some kind of caged animal.

They are not here to be your pets.

To pose for photos.

Unless the good ones protect us.

Which they often do.

That is our only hope.

One interesting point I noticed:

How did you manage to communicate? Verbally or otherwise?

Body language. Basic stuff. Primal. I don’t speak their language and they don’t speak mine.

Some explorers have noticed the Bahro will interact with some explorers, copying gestures and emotes.

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August 1, 2007

“Increased Bahro”

Recorded in: Nad's Journal,News Journal — Nadnerb @ 3:38 pm Cavern Time

Though I have yet to see one in person, there have been reports of even more Bahro in the city, Kirel, the Sanctuary and Bevins. So many, it seems, that the DRC have sent out yet another KImail.

Increased Bahro Sightings


The DRC is aware that the number of Bahro sightings in the Cavern and Ages has gone up dramatically ever since the two appeared in the Watcher’s Sanctuary yesterday.

Again, we do not want to cause any undue panic, as they have not harmed anyone, but we would like to remind the explorers that very little is really understood about these creatures. Do not take any unnecessary chances if you see one. Please keep your distance from them and take care not to appear to threaten them in any way.

Thank you,