Appears in: M3E
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.'