The Age Linker's Guide to the D'ni Restoration

Exploring D'ni and the ages, one step at a time.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Restoration Progress List

Posting from D'ni - Ae'gura...

Whoa! Surprise update today... the DRC have updated their Age List for the first time since they suspended everything. Here's a couple of interesting observations..

Teledahn, Eder Gira, Eder Kemo, Kadish Tolesa, and Gahreesen are all listed as "Open+" where they used to all be at "Phase 5". No further restoration has gone on in any of these ages, yet they're all listed as officially open. Gahreesen is still a mess... there's still lots of broken structure in Kadish Tolesa and Teledahn.. does this mean that restoration has stopped on these ages?

The Ae'gura Docks, Library, and Museum are also listed as "Open+" even though the Library and Museum are still mostly blocked off. Kahlo, Negilahn, and Todelmer are still listed as "Suspended", and Eder Delin isn't even listed. A few have gone from "Suspended" to "TBD". There's also two ages listed that weren't before... Eder Tsogahl and Rahtevnee.

Hm. Could Eder Tsogahl be another name for Eder Delin? Or is it a fourth "Eder" age?

Gah. They finally update the thing, and it just confuses me even more. Oh well, at least it's a sign of progress, I suppose.

Edit: Marie posted a clarification... Eder Delin was overlooked when updating the age list. That means four "Eder" ages are known now...

Town Hall - The KI and the Great Zero

Posting from D'ni - DRC(35) Neighborhood...

The morning Town Hall meeting with Victor Laxman just concluded... a number of people kept losing their KI connections during the meeting, but all things considered it went very well. Even Victor lost his connection a few times... I'm pretty sure it was the lattice giving him his birthday licks.

I'll be posting a few notable bits of information here, but for a full log of the meeting I recommend checking with the DRC Liaisons later on.

Most of the processing of data takes place in the primary lattice array, rather than within each individual KI. Because of this, the system can be changed and upgraded on the fly. One such upgrade was that the Great Zero was not originally linked to the KI, but was added as an upgrade later.

The Nexus cannot be used without a KI to log in with, so if anyone used a Nexus book without having a KI, they would be trapped there. It seems that it was planned this way... the elite members of society could move about freely, while anyone who had not received a KI would simply be stuck in the Nexus. It's assumed that the Nexus was monitored, and those who became trapped would be fined and released, though this is uncertain.

Phil Henderson's KI was identified after his accident in 2003 by removing a crystalline ID strand from it's crushed remains, and putting that into a working KI.

To bring the Great Zero to full functionality, it needs more samples... that is to say it needs more explorers finishing the marker missions. Similar to surface based GPS receivers, it improves it's accuracy everytime it receives more samples from satellites (or in our case, KIs). On a related note, the Great Zero has been recording unusual extra data along with the valid samples... unfortunately the only way the DRC knows to clear that up is a complete restart of the Great Zero. It's being evaluated as to whether or not that will be necessary.

The primary lattice is just one of hundreds. As the DRC restores and brings more of them online, the processing of data between KIs and all KI based systems will improve.

Very interesting stuff... well at least it is to a tech nerd like myself. So a huge thanks and a happy birthday to Victor for coming in early to answer our questions and spread his knowledge. There will also be a second meeting later tonight, so there may be more updates then...

Edit: Victor was unable to attend the second meeting, likely because he was probably out partying like a maniac. Nothing wrong with that, of course. Though it's just as well, as I slept through the meeting while lying down in the flowers in Eder Kemo... it's a wonder I didn't drown.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Beyond Gira and Responsibility

Posting from D'ni - Ae'gura...

I'm in the cavern early today... just a short visit though. But even in this little time I've got here, I started thinking about a couple of things...

I got some hot water for my ramen from Eder Gira, and as I was sitting near the falls eating I started thinking about the village you can see way off in the distance. I've never seen any movement over there, so I'm not sure if anyone still lives there or not... but I'm starting to suspect that those homes were abandoned long ago. I'm trying to work out a way to get over there, but I can't find an answer. There's no point from this area where I could even dream of jumping or climbing across. If those structures are D'ni, there's almost certainly a link to that side somewhere. Of course I also highly doubt those are D'ni homes... more likely they belong to the natives of this age.

Wait. What about the structures here? The archways, the vent covers, the lamps? Are those D'ni? Or native? I just realized, the D'ni probably would have used firemarble lamps, instead of these that seem to be steam powered. If these items ARE Gira native, then those natives are probably capable of getting over here SOMEHOW. But I've never seen any... which only furthers the theory that whoever lives in those huts are long gone. But did they move away? Or were they perhaps driven to other ages? Or even killed?

Hm. Intuition tells me this age is definitely still inhabited.. just maybe not that particular village. Actually... I just realized, I've never paid much attention out there when it's night time. Perhaps if I come back later, I could see lights?

My second point... today I noticed that all of the cones in Ae'gura have been moved back to their proper places. Someone from the DRC had to take the time to replace all of the cones in positions that actually make sense to be blocked off. Cones around the rope bridge, near the library cliff, around the rubble at the entrance to the pub, at the end of the Tokotah alley.

I can't say much, considering how many cones I've balanced on, kicked around, and inadvertantly destroyed. But seeing them back where they should be, and knowing that the DRC probably had some poor intern hauling cones around to their proper places reminded me that we should be more responsible with the equipment that someone else paid for, and that someone has to keep replacing. The cones and barriers are there for our protection!

Now if you'll excuse me... I think I'm going to go balance on this cone, and then very carefully put it back where it belongs when I'm done.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Nexus Repair

Posting from Eder Kemo...

It seems like the problem that so many have had logging into the lattice has been taken care of. Today I tried using my normal KI, and it actually works now... fortunately all of my notes and photos are intact too.

Yes, we can now create our own sets of marker missions with our KIs, but PLEASE... PLEASE... keep them reasonable! If the missions grow too large, they run the risk of clogging your KI and the lattice and making it impossible for you to log in again. This also goes for anyone you send the missions to as well. So have fun, be responsible.