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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2007 12:55 am 
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For those who, like me, didn't play Myst V and are just beginning to understand who/what the Bahro are and what role they play in D'ni history, here is the Wikipedia entry. I don't know how accurate it is, but it helped me understand a lot. If someone knows of a better source, please post it below.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahro_(Myst)

Bahro, meaning "Beast People", is a derogative term used by the D'ni and other Ronay for non-humans. It is related but not identical to the term Ahrotahntee (Book-worlder, alien).

In Terahnee, the name was another name for the Relyimah slaves. The same name was used by the D'ni for what some have conjectured to be the original (non-human) inhabitants of the Cavern, whom they displaced when they came to Earth.

Yeesha calls them "The Least", and in the game of Uru the explorer discovers several totems belonging to the Bahro. Little is known about them at this time, but they are seen in the ending sequence to Uru climbing up the volcano and into the center. Bahro screams can also be heard in the Cavern from time to time. There are indications that the Bahro were at one time being hunted for sport.

In Myst V: End of Ages, the Bahro play an important role in the storyline. Myst V continues URU's story of freeing the Bahro from their slavery to the D'ni. They seem to have the ability to link at will, including between points within the same age. In addition, they can be ordered to do things with the Slates, by drawing symbols on them that the Bahro can understand. They can then, in turn, allow the player to teleport to other sections of the Age, or harness the elements, by summoning such forces as rain and sandstorms. The Tablet released at the end of the game controls the full power of the Bahro and can be given either to one of the two characters of the game or to the Bahro to free them from their captivity. It can also be noted that the bahro are afraid of snakes, and will never appear in a place with snakes or the symbol of the snake.

It has been speculated that Bahro might also be another name for the lowest of the classes in D'ni, but this remains speculation. Other than by the name and social status the different Bahro do not appear to have been related.

Bahro are somewhat humanoid in appearance. Moving in a hunched position, they can walk on two or four legs with equal ease, and are capable of flight. They possess what appears to be an exoskeleton, which is dark grey in color. Their eyes are small, and glow blue. Bahro do not appear to have mouths on their smooth, insectlike faces, but are capable of making sounds, including chitters, squeaks, and the trademark, haunting scream.


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Interesting, thanks for posting the information. I have played Myst 5, but have not yet finished the game.


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alpskier wrote:
Bahro, meaning "Beast People", is a derogative term used by the D'ni and other Ronay for non-humans.

I'm not sure the "non-human" part of this is accurate. The relyimah bahro slaves on Terahnee were fully human, as is made clear in the chapter where Eedrah takes Atrus down to the slave quarters to meet them, and by the events closing the chapter before that. It is not clear whether the P'aarli (the overseers) were also considered bahro by the Terahnee, though they are certainly ahrotahntee. At this point we only know that the prideful people of Terahnee and D'ni considered some of the ahrotahntee to be bahro, and it may be that all of them were considered bahro by the proud.

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They also have a small "brand" on thier left back shoulder of a spiral like symbol. Thats how we know that escher was linking at will, he had a piece of bahro skin over his left shoulder in which he touched to link.

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