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CONCERNING DESCRIPTIVE BOOKS AND LINKING BOOKS

INTRODUCTION

To begin to understand Descriptive Books, Linking Books, and all other forms of Books that were written using the Art, one must learn of their origin and manufacture, and the processes involved in creating such powerful Books. Actually very little is known about Descriptive Books and the like but with time we have come to learn much more. Surely in the future we would have need of such knowledge in order to produce Books to be used for the coming Ages. The following small bits of information will discuss in fact and theory the Books' origins, processes of manufacture, use, and significance to the D'ni society and how we as a Cavern community today might be able to apply those same concepts towards the creation of our own Books worthy to be Written upon.

WHAT WE KNOW

To begin, it should be known that there were several variations of Books. Each will be discussed in turn.

Descriptive Books

The Descriptive Book was indeed something spactacular to behold. A specially sized and designed blank book was made, using precise measurments, formulas, and materials. Special ink formulas were pressumed to be used as well. It is assumed that the Books as well as the inks were carefuly examined and checked many times over before they were approved for use in the Art. Then, the specially prepared inks were used by the Writer to inscribe the Gahrohevtee, or, Great Words, of an Age into the khor, or, blank Book. The flawless design, the effort involved to create it and write it, and the Great Words contained within it's pages all contributed to the magnificance of this most wondrous of D'ni Books.

Descriptive Books contained all of the ideas and principles of a Writer and an Age, and as thus were safeguarded and usually kept well preserved. They served as the very vessel of the essence of an Age. Most Descriptive Books were subject to the approval of the Cavern, however it is assumed that there were many that were privately written that were never approved. Descriptive Books were always unique in that no one was the same as the other. The combinations of the physical dimensions of the Book, the ink and paper formulas, the Great Words used, and even the intent that the Writer himself could place on a Descriptive Book and an Age was nearly infinite. It is assumed that most Descriptive Books were safeguarded by the Guilds, and it was unlikely that the common D'ni had access to such Books, however the situation still remains unclear. In any case, it is certain that Descriptive Books served as the heart of the Age and the vessel of the will of the Writer, and were looked upon with great honor by all people of D'ni.

Once a Descriptive Book had been written, it was then usually arduously examined by the other Guilds; Maintainers, Cartographers, Writers, etc. The Age described within it's pages was carefully considered by both the Guilds and the Cavern community as a whole. There were rules pertaining to the conditions of Ages such as the writing in of man-made (unnatural) objects, ideas, or concepts into an Age, or those that were inhabited by other beings. If an Age was examined and found to be inhabited, it was custom that that Age no longer belonged to the Writer, and that the Writer of the Age relinquish all rights to the Age, but it is assumed that this did not always happen(as was the case with King Shomat's Garden Age and the dark secret he kept hidden there). The Descriptive Books of inhabited Ages were most likely kept safe by the Guilds or by the Writers who wrote them, allthough this is unclear. In any case, these Books were protected at all costs. If anything should happen to the Descriptive Book of an Age, the results upon the Age could be devastating. It was considered folly by all but the most talented of Writers to attempt to alter a Descriptive Book or the Great Words contained within it. To do so could bring about change in an Age, which in turn could bring about other changes; those changes being in turn the good/bad, many times unintended, consequences and by-products of the changes made to the Descriptive Book itself. It is assumed that Aitrus, his son Gehn, and Gehn's son, Atrus, all had the ability to to this; we see it applied when Aitrus alters Edarat to become Veovis Prison Age, and again where Ghen alters Inception, one of the first Ages that Atrus wrote, because he thinks parts of it are "superfluous", and yet again when we see Atrus attempt to reverse the damage caused by Gehn's inscolent writing on Riven. Any Writer would have taken into consideration the risk involved in such matters, and would never have attemted such an alteration unless it was of the utmost of import(eg. Prison Books and Death Books were assumed to be made in this manner).

Linking Books

The Linking Book was made using most of the same principles as the Descriptive Book, however, the Linking Book served a much simpler purpose. These Books were used to provide a link to the Age described within a Descriptive Book, and as such were most likely considered as part of the Descriptive Book to which they pertained.

The concept of "linking" involves the changing or altering of the fabric of time in an Age so as to provide an exchange of matter between two discreet but overlapping spaces. The Descriptive Book and the Great Words within it formed the link, and the Linking Book provided access to that link. The pages of Linking Books contained gateway imagers made of specially designed materials that served as physical access points into the overlapping spaces(Ages) described in their corresponding Descriptive Books. It is not clear if Descriptive Books also contained gateway imagers, but it is assumed that some may have, as was the case of the Descriptive Book of the Age of Riven. It is also assumed that any changes made to a particular Descriptive Book also affected the instances of the Age in its corresponding Linking Book(s). If a Linking Book was destroyed or altered, it was pressumed that the link that was contained within it was also lost. If a Descriptive Book corresponding to any Linking Book(s) was destroyed, the Linking Books pertaining to it also became useless.

It is not clear if it was common to write many links into the same Age, but we do know that it was possible. Because of the ability to use Linking Books to access Ages, these Books were more common among the society of D'ni, and it is known that there were many among them. It is assumed that the Descriptive Books that empowered Linking Books were kept safe and well preserved and the Linking Books pertaining to them were more widely used, however the locations of these Descriptive Books still remains obscure. Most all of the books we see are Linking Books; the Descriptive Books they pertain to may likely be sealed away somewhere within the ruins of D'ni or either may have been taken with the D'ni to Terahnee, Releeshahn, or other Ages. However, the situation remains unclear.

Above all, Linking Books were safeguarded and kept well preserved by all D'ni, as they provided access to the Written Words of the Writer, and served as the keys to the Ages. It is not clear if all Ages had access through Linking Books, but we do know that there were Ages that were not accessible by most, as is the case of the Age of Gahreesen, and it was certain that some Linking Books were forbidden to possess. Because of the nature of the Linking Book, it was possible for common D'ni to enjoy greater access to the Ages as well, and it was most likely because of this that many people, both common and noble, had possession of many Linking Books leading to many Ages(eg. family members most likely had private Linking Books that provided access to Family Ages & etc., while the nobility probably had Linking Books that provided access to Garden and Luxury Ages & etc.).

It is assumed that a Linking Book could could contain several pages, each with its own gateway imager containing links to different places/instances in/of the same Age, yet this is still unclear. Allthough many Linking Books have been found, it is assumed that most of them were taken by their respective owners to other Ages before the Fall; however the possibility that more of these wondrous Books may be discovered remains always.

The Prison Book and the Death Book

These were Books either specifically written for the purpose of imprisonment or death, or other previously written Books altered to produce these effects within an Age. It was a custom amongst the D'ni that the dead be properly buried and cared for, and it is assumed that many of the dead were linked away to Death Ages that served as the eternal tombs of their ancestors. One such Death Age was Te'Negamiris, a Burial Age that was available to the D'ni when they died. The passing of AItrus' friend Efanis, who was fatally wounded by the broken tip of one of the rock cutters, ended with a solemn ceremony that involved linking his body away to Te'Negamiris. Other Death Ages may have been produced to serve as the tools of punishment for criminals, allthough this remains unclear. Some Ages possesed volatile natures and were used for Death or Prison Ages. One such Age may have been Sedona, which was involved in a supernova at the time Atrus and his team discovered it. Being linked into an Age such as this would mean certain death. We do know that Ages could be altered into Prison and Death Ages, as was the case with Aitrus when he wrote the Age of Edarat for his friend Veovis, and then later was forced to alter it to become Veovis's Prison Age. Atrus also altered a Linking Book containing an instance of K'veer to become the Prison Age of Gehn. The exact procedures and processes of producing these Books is unclear, but it remains that they served their respective purposes and that they had extreme significance, as did all Books, among the people of D'ni.

MASTERPIECES OF D'NI

Allthough much debate has been discussed about the Books, only few have been found. It is assumed that most of the important Books such as the composition of the Cannon of the Guild of Writers, which contained the Ages that had been accepted into Cannon by the Guilds and the Cavern society, and most likely contained the 5 Great Classic Ages of D'ni, were taken either by the Terahnee or the Rohrleshan, or the last remaining Guild members to other Ages before the Fall; they may have even been sealed somewhere within the confines of the City. Could it be that Kadish took the Descriptive Book of the Age of Ahnonay and others with him to his death vault? Or could it be that Atrus, Yeesha, and even the Tehranee and the Rorleshahn have possesion of some or all of these great works? One can only guess at their locations. Many other great works of D'ni liturature were most likely taken before the Fall by the remaining survivors to other Ages. One of these Books was most likely the Khorok Jimah, the Book of Prophecy, which contained the sacred prophecies of the people of D'ni. The very fact that the Terhanee were familiar with this Book's existance gives air to the possibility that it may have been taken there years before the Fall. Other Books were assumed to either have been taken along with those who fled or left sealed away in the ruins of the City. One of the greatest of these master works was Rehevkhor, the Book of Words, which contained the Gahrohevtee, the Great Words, that were used in the Art of Writing Ages. Within the pages of Rehevkhor lay the fundamental foundation of the Art of Writing, and it's nature was truly elusive. The most likely guess may be that the Rhorleshahn took Rehevkhor with them to Rehleeshahn, to aid them there with Writing new Ages. However, as with most of the masterpieces of D'ni, we can only wonder.

CONCLUSION

As we explore the Cavern and it's Ages we may stumble upon a few blank Books and ink formulas that could be used along with the Gahrohevtee(if ever found) to Write new Ages. If this were to happen it would surely be a blessing of the Maker and a time to be remembered by all. As we learn more about the Books that the D'ni wrote and the history and background involved in their design, it may become possible for us to design our own special set of words, inks, papers, and formulas, just as the D'ni did, in order to create Books that could be used for the Art. The possibility that someday we may be able to use the same principles and ideas of the Art as the D'ni used in order to Write our own new Ages and even alter pre-existing Ages to our benefit could very well be within our grasp. Perhaps the answers to the mysteries of the Books lie below us, sealed and buried for all time; perhaps they lie above us, just beyond our sight. Above all, this is clear; Descriptive Books and Linking Books provided both the Writer and the common D'ni a means of access to the Ages, just as the Books we use today provide us access to the Ages. As a Cavern community we should always strive to know more about these wondrous Books and how we might one day be able to produce such treasures to benifit us all.

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I have one question: who are the Rorleshahn?


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I have one question: who are the Rorleshahn?


"Rorleshahn" is the given name of those who now dwell in Releeshahn. :)


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Cool, I didn't know that. Is there an official source?


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I've never heard that term before :?

I've always heard them referred to as "Inhabitants of Releeshahn", or "Releeshahn", or even "D'ni". They are after all still D'ni people.

Besides "Rorleshahn" doesn't even resemble "Releeshahn" :roll:


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Paradox i'm not sure where i saw that name but it does exist(will find it again and post source).....of course i would never have used it if it wasn't a real word i had seen, as i'm not into making things up. Will sort through all my research sites and find the source and post it soon(think i remember that Atrus gave them the name but i may be wrong). cheers! :)


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Correct me if i am wrong(lol) but "Ror'leeshan" could literally be translated as Ro- "people" r'- "the" leeshan "whole" or literally the "people of the whole" could it not? I'm no expert on the subject but it seems to fit nicely! :)

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