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    • Ages Myst III: Exile Myst IV: Revelation https://archive.guildofarchivists.org/wiki/Narayan https://www.guildofarchivists.org/uploads/post-7-1052640176.jpg,post-596-1101501530.jpg

    Writer: Atrus

    Appears in: M3E


    The last of the Lesson Ages Atrus developed for his sons, Narayan was written to show how civilization could bring stability to an Age. Narayan was an Age in the clouds, with large plants called lattice trees growing high in the sky. In order for people to be able to live, they had to harvest spores that floated up from the ocean, and graft them into the lattice trees. These spores grew into room-sized spheres, in which the Narayani people lived. The trees needed constant tending, lest they die and the whole city collapse into the sea.


    As this was the final Age in Atrus' collection of lessons aimed at teaching Sirrus and Achenar The Art, and because it was an inhabited Age to which they were being sent alone, Atrus constructed a complex "gateway" station at the link-in point to ensure that his sons were prepared before entering the Age and meeting its people. Using crystals collected from Amateria, he created a massive spherical water shield around one of the floating lattice trees by taking advantage of the peculiar resonant properties of the high-humidity air in Narayan. The solution to this last test of preparedness was a culmination of the simple mantras he had reinforced in his earlier teachings, including a final combination that relied on Sirrus and Achenar understanding everything they had been taught up to that point as a singular whole. Once this test was completed, the large outer shield of the gateway station would be lowered, making it possible for Sirrus and Achenar to ride a cable car gondola to the Narayani city.


    Sirrus and Achenar seemed to develop their knack for destroying Atrus' Ages on Narayan. During their later visits, they claimed that Atrus had written the Age so as to enslave them to the lattice trees; creating a life of arduous work for the natives that they need not endure any longer. They promised to re-write Narayan to free the people there from their time-honored traditions and pave the way to a care-free lifestyle. All of these claims were, of course, lies; Sirrus and Achenar were not skilled enough in The Art to make such changes. Still, many of the younger Narayani believed them, and soon an all-out civil war had begun between those who followed the traditions of their people and those who wanted to be free of them. Sirrus and Achenar used this opportunity to abscond with a number of Narayani valuables before abandoning the Age for good. However, they were followed by a young native named Saavedro, who pleaded with them for their assistance. Instead, the brothers bound him to a post on J'nanin and burned their Linking Book to Myst in front of him as they linked away. Years later, once he was finally able to return to Narayan, Saavedro feared his people were gone forever, as the dim shapes visible through the ice shield of the gateway station revealed only the collapsed husk of the lattice tree city he had once called home. Saavedro's efforts to lower the outer shield were ultimately in vain; while he was able to apply the mantra solutions given in the other Lesson Ages to solving the inner ice shield's combination lock, he was never able to uncover the final mantra.


    Time further complicated this test. By the time the Stranger visited Narayan in the events of Myst III: Exile, the lattice tree supporting the gateway structure had overgrown one of the doorways leading to the gondola platform, making it impossible to access the gondola when the outer shield was down, as the only remaining doorway to the platform was barred by the smaller inner shield designed to block access to a downstairs room with a Linking Book back to J'nanin (this was later replaced by Saavedro with a Linking Book to Tomahna after he concocted his plan to capture Atrus and force him to rewrite Narayan).


    'Balanced systems stimulate civilization.'


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