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Pod Age — Walkthrough
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 This walkthrough is for Myst Online: Uru Live


What am I supposed to do in this age?
How can I leave a pod?

I can not see out of the windows, how do I do that?

What do the buttons do that are on the lowest level?

Today when I went to a pod I could not turn on the lights. What is wrong?

What plants and animals should I look for in the pods?

Why does Tetsonot pod creak and groan?

What is that shimmering thing I see in the pods at times?

How can I tell when a portal will open?

Are there rewards to collect in the pods?
  

Museum Pod Age Map (PDF)    

Adobe Acrobat

 

Pod books (Negilahn, Dereno, Payiferen and Tetsonot) as they appear on your Relto bookshelf. 

Relto Bookshelf

Introduction

On March 1, 2007, a new linking book appeared in the Museum in Ae’gura leading to the inside of an observation pod in a place called Negilahn. The addition of another linking book just two weeks later on March 15th gave us access to another pod in a place called Dereno. On March 29th, Cate Alexander visited the Museum and left a map on the table that showed that these pods are actually part of a larger group of pods in an unnamed Age.  The pods are named after the area in which they were located.

Museum Map of the Pods Age

Clicking on the map will open/download more detailed PDF file of the map. 

Three weeks later, on April 5, another linking book to a pod in Payiferen was released and then two weeks later followed by the Tetsonot pod on April 19th. All four linking books are located on pedestals on the right side of the museum in Ae’gura.

Museum Pod Age Books

Your objectives in the pods are to observe the planet’s animals and plants, and to observe a phenomenon which occurs in each pod that allows you to collect an object for your Relto. You can begin your journey with observations in any pod, but you will need to spend time in Payiferen and Negilahn to solve the pod age puzzle.

The pods provide a safe environment from which to view the planet’s tropical, desert, polar and marine biota. Two of the pods, Dereno and Tetsonot, are partially or totally submerged in water while Negilahn and Payiferen are on land. At present you cannot leave them, though hatches on the floor and ceiling of each pod may eventually provide a means to leave them and explore on foot or in a submarine vehicle or SCUBA. The hatches bear D’ni numbers that you will want to note: 25, 13, 6 and 18 for Tetsonot, Payiferen, Dereno and Negilahn.  If you are not familiar with D’ni numerals, here is a chart.

D'ni numbers

In the museum next to the map is a chart of animal silhouettes from Negilahn which gives you an idea why it may be best to view the planet’s animals from the safety of a pod. Most of the animals are huge. Little information is provided about the habits and food preferences of these animals, but one can easily imagine that there is danger of being stepped on inadvertently and injured severely by one of these giants.

Negilahn animals map

Clicking on the image will open a pop up of the more detailed Animal Map. 

On the lowest level of each pod you will find a lever to turn power on and off, a pedestal with a nexus book, four switches that produce animals sounds, and a switch at each view port that turns on a spotlight. There is one more spotlight switch at the view port on the middle level.  Turn on the power to be able to see the environment outside of the pod. The pods are solar powered and the cells need to be recharged during the planet’s daylight hours. Remember to turn off the lights when you leave a pod or you may return to find you are in the dark.

Negilahn controls

We do not know anything about the taxonomy of the planet’s plants and animals because we can not get out of the pods to examine them. Douglas Sharper has made a couple of exploratory visits outside of Negilahn’s pod, on one occasion taking along former DRC affiliate Nick White and explorer Rils of the D’ni Zoological Society, but to date he has not given us any information of taxonomic value. Lacking definitive information we will describe the planet’s biota in terms used for similarly appearing plants and animals from Earth.

Negilahn

Negilahn, located in a swampy area in the tropics was the first pod age approved for explorer visits. As you enter you hear the frequent call of a Reepah, a large animal resembling Earth’s gorilla with a tail like a scorpion.  To date no explorer has seen one.  The most notable vegetation of Negilahn includes large ferns and a stand of huge trees with aerial stilt roots and palmate leaves. Large, pink flowers are on the tree trunks.  It is not clear if the trees produce these flowers, if they are parasitic on them, or just using the trees as a place to grow. 

Negilahn middle window

From the ports on the lowest pod level you can see cylindrical plants and swarms of yellow Kiri that are food for Urwin, one of Negilahn’s giants.

Negilahn lower window

A crack in the pod’s ceiling lets you see the time of day on the planet, and hatches on the pod’s floor and ceiling bear the D’ni number 18.  Look for similar hatches in the other pods and note the D’ni numerals on them.

Negilahn Pod Crack

If your visit to Negilahn is timed just right you will hear an Urwin’s footsteps and call, and catch sight of it from one of the pod’s viewing ports. The large port on the middle level gives you the best view as the Urwin hesitantly walks nearby on its winding path through the trees.  Urwin are large, colorful, flightless bird-like animals that use blue baleen-like structures to strain swarms of Kiri from the air.  Urwin appearances are random during daylight and it is a matter of luck to be in the pod when one appears. Urwin have been seen to appear up to four times each planet day. A fifth sighting in one day has been speculated about, but not confirmed. One might hope that the animal call buttons could be used to summon animals into view, but that appears not to be the case. The third call button from the left produces the Urwin’s call. 

Negilahn Urwin

Click on the player below to view a video of the Urwin in Negilahn.

In late May 2007 Douglas Sharper observed Bahro attack and kill an Urwin. Earlier that year, Victor Laxman had told explorers something in pod ages appeared to be killing the animals.  He speculated that these attacks were the reason Urwin are seen so infrequently.

From one of the upper level ports or the middle port you may also glimpse a tiny Panuhdoy, also called a two-tailed tree monkey. It does not stay long, so getting a look at it is a rare treat. They have been noted to appear up to 5 times each planet day.

Negilahn Paduhnoy

Click on the player below to view a video of the Panuhdoy in Negilahn.

 Dereno

Located in the planet’s polar region, Dereno is partially submerged in water. From the lowest of the pod’s three levels you can see several varieties of fish, globe-shaped sponges and branching soft (alcyonarian) corals. The fish observed from the pod include: Kamkenta that resemble yellow stingrays, black rays, gray ice fish, red and black angelfish and armored rockfish. From the middle and upper levels of the pod you will see large, spiny trees covered in ice and tall ice structures that appear to have been produced by melting of larger ice masses.

Dereno lower level

Dereno surface

 Payiferen

Payiferen is located in a desert in the interior of a large continent-sized island. The pod shelters us from perpetual sandstorms. As with the other pods, Payiferen has a nexus book, a power switch, four sound-producing switches and switches for spotlights at view ports on the lowest and middle levels. On the floor of the middle level of the pod you will see what look like four gray clay or rock disks, each bearing a spiral symbol. They are described in more detail below.

Payiferen sun-discs

Four holes in the middle level view port allow dust and intense sunlight to shine through the port, at times touching the four disks. There has been much speculation as to the type of projectile that created these holes: bullets or pebbles whipped into the air by the ever-swirling winds, but no information is available for us to decide which is correct.

Payiferen sun rays

Payiferen’s desert has many rock erosion remnants of various sizes covered in a hard, white crust that Earth geologists call a duricrust. Most likely it is composed of calcium carbonate.

Payiferen outside view

If you are lucky, you will hear heavy footsteps and a familiar call similar to that of Negilahn’s Urwin. This large flightless, birdlike animal, relative to the Urwin, is a Sanscrit with large eyes and a pelican-like beak. Observe it for a time and you will see it dip its bill into the sand to filter anything edible from it.

Payiferen Sandscrit

Click on the player below to see a video of the Sandscrit in Payiferen.

 

 Tetsonot

Tetsonot’s pod has been damaged and operates under emergency power. It is possible to enhance its red light by turning on the power if you can locate the switch. One method is to walk to the nexus book, turn around to face the wall where power switches are located in the other pods and walk forward about 10 steps. Use your right mouse button to “look down” and scan the screen with your mouse until the cursor changes to a bullseye and then click.

Tetsonot pod

The creaking and groaning of the pod leads one to conclude that it is totally submerged in water. The animal sound buttons produce calls similar to those of Earth’s whales and dolphins. To date no explorer has seen one of these animals, and the view ports appear to have protective covers over them. Tetsonot’s pod leaks, and the water on the lowest level is quite deep. Oddly, extensive observation shows that the water level in the pod doesn’t change. Water is somehow removed from the pod at the same rate as it enters it.

The Portals

Stay in any of the four pods long enough — or arrive in one at just the right time — and you will observe the sudden appearance of a shimmering spiral of light accompanied by a distinctive sound: a portal. The portal is present for just under a minute and it will be located on the lowest or middle level depending on the pod — on the lowest level in Dereno and Payiferen; on the middle level in Negilahn and Tetsonot.

Pod Age portals

Walking through the portal takes you to a Bahro cavern that is very similar to the one you enter from other Ages. At the center is a rotating stone divided into four sections and, around the perimeter, there are spiral patterns like those on the disks on Payiferen’s pod floor. Touch the symbol to release one of the sections and then jump into the starry void to return to Relto and observe that a new level has been added to the stack of rotating stones. You would be correct if you speculate the portals open in the other pods as well and your task is to determine when they will open. This is the pod ages puzzle.

Pods Bahro Cave

Solving the Pod Age Puzzle

Bevin’s D’ni clockThere is a single puzzle to solve that involves all four pods. You can solve it using observation, clues, and available tools, but it will take you a few days to put all of the pieces into place. You will need a watch, the map in the museum and observations you make in Payiferen.

  • From Payiferen we observe that the portal arrives as sunlight touches the disks on successive days, and that time is about 1 hour 47 minutes after sunrise.

  • From Payiferen we learn the planet’s day length is about 14 hours and 43 minutes of Earth time (14h:43m:5s to be precise). We know that because sunlight touches the same positions on the disks once every 14 hours and 43 minutes.

  • From the museum map we observe that the planet has 13 time zones (the red lines). We assume that the time offset for each time zone is the same.

  • To arrive at the time offset for each time zone, divide the day length (14 hours and 43 minutes) by the number of time zones (13). Doing so we calculate a time shift of about 1 hour and 13 minutes for each time zone (1h:12m:33s to be precise). This is one Pahr-tah-vo. On Earth there is a time shift of 1 hour for most time zones.

D’ni Time pamflet

Clicking on the image will open/download a PDF of the D’ni Time pamphlet.

  • From the museum map we know the geographic positions of the pods on the planet and in relationship to one another. The pods are located in different time zones and therefore the portal will arrive in the pods at different times. To guesstimate the time difference between pods, measure as best you can the number of time zones and fraction of a time zone that separate two pods. For example, Negilahn and Dereno are about 1 time zone apart. Multiply this number by the offset per time zone (1h:12m:33s) to get a time differential. Our assumption is that the portals are triggered locally when the sun hits a certain angle.

The Solution

 

  • Portals open on all four pods at different times and in sequence from west to east. Two of the portals open on the middle level (Negilahn and Tetsonot). Two of the portals open on the lowest level (Dereno and Payiferen).

  • Portal times relative to one another are:

  • Dereno follows Negilahn by about one pahr-tah-vo or 1 hour 13 minutes

  • Payiferen follows Dereno by about 33 minutes

  • Tetsonot follows Payiferen by about 2 hours 45 minutes

Rewards 

If you venture to the upper platforms on Negilahn you will find on one of them a Relto Page that adds tropical vegetation to your Relto island.

 

 Written by Lial and Budgiemom. Photographs by Lial, J’iim, Ayli. Design by Ayli. Videos by J’iim.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 March 2012 )
 
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