Thank God, you’ve returned. I need your help. There’s a great deal of history that you should know… …but I’m afraid that I must continue my writing. Here. Most of what you’ll need to know is in there. Keep it well-hidden. For reasons you’ll discover, I can’t send you to Riven with a way out. But I can give you this. It appears to be a Linking Book back here to D’ni. But, it’s actually a one-man prison. You’ll need it, I’m afraid, to capture Gehn. Once you’ve found Catherine… Signal me, and I’ll come with a Linking Book to bring us back. There’s also a chance, if this all goes well… …that I might be able to get you back to the place that you came from. [speaking in Rivenese language] [speaking in D’ni language] [speaking in Rivenese language] [speaking in D’ni language] I apologize for the cage. I’m afraid this situation has often required of me a more primitive code of conduct than I might otherwise have chosen. I am Gehn. I assume you’ve heard of me. Yes, well, I suspect you have acquired some false information of who I am now. Not that my son would have lied to you about me. No, not Atrus. It’s just that… …well, I’m sure he believes me to still be the depraved father I once was. Yes… I even tried to kill him once. God, if I had accomplished that, who knows what I would have become. A great father, indeed, who tries to murder his own son. Thankfully, he trapped me on Age Five, a prison of my own creation. No books, no precious inks… No ages to link to… nothing but my own foolish ambitions. That was thirty years ago… Thirty years, thirty lifetimes, what does it matter? No sentence could be too harsh for the man I was. But, I have changed. To be sure, the deeds of my past can never be completely atoned for. But my mission was an honorable one. I’m sorry, this is all a bit awkward, I… It’s been a long time since I’ve attempted to persuade anyone of my intentions. Most of the people here have already made their minds up about me one way or another. I, myself, do not trust the words of most men. So I don’t expect you to believe me. In the end, though, you may discover that I do have more than mere words to offer. Atrus’ choice of punishment has been hard on the people of Riven. Many have suffered because of it. The island has been steadily decaying for years. But according to my most recent measurements, it appears that the Fifth Age has entered its final days. Unless the villagers can be relocated soon, the island will collapse entirely and everyone will perish. It has taken me a long time to do it, but… …it appears that finally I will be able to make some substantial amends to my past transgressions. Especially… Well… I’m afraid I’ve had some… …trouble with Catherine, and the Moiety. In any society, there will always be a small percentage of the population with… rebellious tendencies. Before Catherine appeared, the Moiety, as they call themselves… …had been relatively harmless. I mean, the natives here are a fairly violent people by nature. But I’d almost come to accept their presence. It seemed inevitable under the circumstances… Upon Catherine’s return, however, their violence intensified considerably. It seems she’s become some sort of religious savior to them. As far as I can tell, she’s come to believe this herself. So I’ve had no alternative. I had to separate her from her people. I must admit though that my concerns were not entirely for her safety alone. The actions of Catherine and the Moiety have put my own life at risk, on numerous occasions. Consequently, the lives of all the people here. Therefore, I must ask to you refrain from any attempt to free her. Although, I’m sure Atrus desires it. Indeed, he must desire it with all his heart. But he is completely unaware of her recent state. I know that you arrived in the Fifth Age with a Book which was immediately stolen from you. Needless to say, its re-acquisition is of interest to me. Though, my personal history with the Moiety does not give me much hope for it. Still, there is a chance you might somehow manage to retrieve it. If you do, I would ask for the safety of all concerned that you bring it to me at your earliest opportunity. Again, to be honest… My reasons here are partly selfish. There is so much yet to be resolved between Atrus and myself. Especially in light of what has become of Catherine. In any case, my immediate concern is the completion of the sanctuary I’ve long promised to all the islanders. In the meantime… …as a token of my good intentions… …I will allow you free access to my Linking Books, crude though they may be, and to the rest of the Fifth Age. As for the stolen Linking Book, we should probably not meet again until you have recovered it. I will know if you have succeeded, and will await your return. Good luck with your search. I hope to see you back here shortly. [speaking in Rivenese language, interrupted] You made it! But how’d you get past Gehn? He must really believe I’ve gone mad… I know what he’s doing. He’s watching you. He’s waiting for you to make a mistake. He’s hoping you’ll lead him back to D’ni. You can’t let Gehn… Atrus sent you to save me. But if Gehn gets back to D’ni, he’ll kill him. Find the Moiety. They have the book. Be careful. Go then. If you won’t help me, then I have nothing more to say. [speaking in Rivenese language] [speaking in Rivenese language] [speaking in Rivenese language] Well done. I was greatly relieved when I received word that you had recovered the Book. I don’t quite know how you managed it, but… …if I may? Thank you. Perhaps it would be best if you went through first. [speaking in D’ni language] We have to move quickly. Gehn’s people may already know what’s happening. Once we’re back with the Moiety we’ll have time to regroup. Can I see the book? You did it. We’re all free! You captured Gehn! But there’s still his followers. I’m not sure what they’ll do once they realize he’s gone. I’ll have to get the villagers to safety as soon as possible. You go back to the Temple Island and re-open the Fissure. I know it’s risky, but it’s the only way to signal Atrus. I’ll try to make it back there as soon as I can, but don’t wait for me. Don’t forget, the portal combination is in my journal. Good luck. There isn’t much time, where’s Catherine? Where’s the book? CATHERINE: Atrus! CATHERINE: The villagers are safely in the Rebel Age. CATHERINE: I thank you.
ATRUS: As do I. ATRUS: You’ve accomplished more than I could have hoped for. ATRUS: You’ve given me back my life. ATRUS: The path home is now clear, for all of us. This is where our paths must part. Perhaps we’ll meet again some day. You know where to find me. Goodbye, my friend. ATRUS: Now, I understand. ATRUS: Endings and beginnings are within the Fissure. ATRUS: That riven cleft of stars that acts as both a wall and a bridge. ATRUS: And though I am unable to understand how… ATRUS: …the very flow of stars that brought my Myst book into worthy hands… ATRUS: …I am sure served as a safe passage home for my friend. ATRUS: The Age of Riven is closed forever, but the people of Riven are free. ATRUS: And now, I am at rest… ATRUS: …understanding that in books, and Ages, and life… ATRUS: …the ending can never truly be written. [speaking in Rivenese language] GEHN: [speaking in D’ni language] Forgive me, I don’t believe we’ve met. I am Gehn. And you must be the one whom Atrus sent to trap me. I don’t know where you got the brilliant idea to trap yourself in the Book, but… I must tell you that I am quite disappointed that it is you and not Atrus who must now pay the price for this foolishness. My one wish before I die would be to see him finally assume some responsibility for his actions. Perhaps it will happen one day. In the mean time, you have my sympathies. GEHN: [speaking in D’ni language] I see you found the Book. Thank you for returning it to me. It seems, however, circumstances have changed. I’m afraid my reunion with Atrus will have to wait. I had so been looking forward to seeing him. Well… There’s still time Perhaps it would be best if you went through first. Apparently you need more time to decide. Please understand there is nothing I want more than a chance to resolve matters between… …Atrus and myself. Especially in light of what has become of Catherine. But unless you are willing to demonstrate to me that your… intentions are honorable… …I cannot risk it. The sanctuary I’ve been writing for the islanders is nearly complete. After all these years it would be a shame if I were unable to finish it. The work I am doing is quite demanding. Please don’t signal me unless you’ve decided to use the Book. The switch will reset itself once you link from here. I’m relieved you’ve returned. I thought perhaps you had decided against it. Here. I shall follow you directly. Please. You’re free to go. But… I think you should not come back, unless you are willing to use the Book. Alright then, once more. The only path open to you now is through this book. Take it. You see? I have changed. There was a time when I might have let you live. I made that mistake with Atrus once. It’s a pity you decided not to give me a second chance. Well, there’s still time. I don’t know exactly why you released me. But you realize, of course, that this must be the end for you. I can’t take the chance that you will change your mind again. It may provide you with some solace however to know that… …with this act of self-sacrifice, you have secured your place in history. The D’ni culture will be reborn. The lives of millions will be purified. Thanks to you. Farewell. It appears the Moiety and I will finally be able to discuss our differences face-to-face. I don’t know exactly why you released me… …but you realize, of course, that this must be the end for you. I can’t take the chance that you will change your mind again. It may provide you with some solace, however, to know that… …with this act of self-sacrifice… …you have secured your place in history. The D’ni culture will be reborn… …and the lives of millions will be purified. Thanks to you. Farewell. There isn’t much time. Where’s Catherine? The book is empty. I don’t understand. GEHN: You never did. ATRUS: Father. GEHN: Father? GEHN: I am no longer your father because you are no longer my son. I don’t know what you thought you were doing, but… …thank you. I finally am… …free. Where’s Catherine? I don’t understand. You’ve captured Gehn but… …why did you signal me? There’s no time left. The Age is collapsing. I’ve got to get back before it’s too late. Your way is clear. You’re free to go home. Farewell, my friend. ATRUS: So much work… ATRUS: Gehn is at last defeated, but the price of this defeat… ATRUS: …is dear. ATRUS: The people of Riven must try to hang on to a world which is dying. ATRUS: And I am sentenced to the futile task of nursing Riven’s fatal wounds. ATRUS: Of Catherine, I will never know her fate.