This section contains spoilers which could ruin the game for you if you have not played it before, or have not yet reached the end.
This may contain spoilers from the other Myst games.
So, friend… the Tablet has responded to you.
If you’re seeking my father, his time has passed. He won’t be requiring your assistance. The Book to his cursed island lies locked and gathering dust in his prison. That Book, along with his pain and his burden, have been passed to me.
And now you will know it, too.
You will listen carefully. This is not to be taken lightly.
The Tablet has responded to you. It will be your burden.
Choose wisely in the end… for there will be no second chance.
Many have taken this Tablet, and they have tried not to let go. It is the power of the writing. It… seduces all who try to hold it. I have held it… tasted its sweetness. But I can hold it no longer.
They have served too long. Always serving. Ever watching. And now, perhaps, you will see how to release them.
First, collect what’s been scattered, and then the Tablet will be released. Then you will hold it.
You will find in each Age along the journey that there will be help, and there will be hindrance.
You will start this journey where I started, where my father Atrus started, where my great-grandmother Ti’ana started. You will end this journey here when the tablet is released. When you return, the Tablet will be yours. When the Tablet is yours, do not give it to me.
What you still don’t understand you have failed to hear or don’t need to know.
You have seen Yeesha. She was, I’m sure, not very hospitable. You are confused, no doubt. My name is Esher. It is a pleasure to meet you.
She has given you the Quest. Yes – the Quest. The Quest to carry the four; the Quest to release the Tablet; the Quest that is proving to be more difficult than she anticipated. Many have taken the Quest – and the Tablet still has no master.
I will tell you what she will not. I will help you when she will not. But she and I agree on this point: DO NOT give her the Tablet. She has lied to you already… uttered words that bite her heart as they leave her lips… for she wants that Tablet… more than anything! She desires what she can no longer feel – but once tasted. You must not… whatever happens… give it to her.
Ah… She is the desert bird that longs to fly. She has dreams of taking flight in her ambiguous world filled with vague clouds and shadowed air. Careful… she is a clever one.
I’m sorry. I’m overwhelming you. Look for the hole in the ground; that’s where your journey begins. I will find you.
I apologize for the goggles earlier, but my eyes are not accustomed to the sun in this Age.
I have taken this same journey… this same Quest… and failed. I’m not proud of my failure, yet I think that what I learned will be useful in your Quest.
Your journey continues through that door.
Rehgahro tiwah.. The Great Shaft. Amazing, is it not? Built by those from beneath. My people. I am D’ni.
It was this shaft that permitted the great-grandmother of Yeesha to find our deep city. Rather than bore you wit the tedious details, you need only know this: She killed us all, and the great D’ni city lies lifeless and ruined.
There is a room at the end of this first elevator. A small room with a D’ni Rest Age book for the Dâ€™ni who would have traveled this path. The book will link you to Direbo. I will come to you there.
Ah-hah – Direbo. An Age for resting. Hah – Such a peaceful place. And – The way to get to the first Age.
There. (Indicates the pedestal stone) That profane thing, and the other pedestals like it, are not of D’ni. They are a regrettable part of this journey. The pedestal will allow you to link in a manner similar to the book that brought you here. But – know this: They are perverted tool of the creatures.
The creatures – you have seen them. Always watching, calling to one another in the darkness, loathsome – wraiths. They are not as we are. Remember that.
Touch the pedestal. It will bring you to the Age of Tahgira. I will find you there.
I don’t know why the creatures chose this place for the Slates. Tahgira. Cold, barren, desolate, it has been described. However, also… purposeful.
No doubt Yeesha sees only evil here. This was a prison Age… for those who committed monstrous crimes. They were sent to this place to live out their lives. Ha! Justice… not evil.
Much to learn. First, the stone Slate. Pick it up from the pedestal and take it with you. But know this about the slate: They too are abominations, made by the Bahro creaturesâ€™ abuse of the Art of Writing. Still – they carry great power.
You will find that you can write on the Slates, anything you wish. There are some elementary symbols that the creatures understand. At least in this way, you can use the Bahro hindrance for your good.
They will take it, if you drop it. They will obey it, if you order them. They will return it, in time. As you learn, you will have more control.
Use the Slate to free yourself, mm? The burden you carry is heavy. But for that… You will be thankful.
Do you not marvel at what the prisoners were able to do here with so little? Structures, food, life… as D’ni built, so they did here.
Nothing. None of it matters now. The future is all we have. Justice is at hand. We will build again!
I was not so sure about you. And yet, you have done well. But… do not be proud. You think you understand what you see… you may be wrong.
For example… this appears to be ice, but there is more. Like the prisoners, there is life here that seeks heat. Unseen life… in the water.
There is no longer heat in this place. But you can make them bring it.
There are their tombs. And, as they died here, so did all of D’ni. Guilty here. But my D’ni… was innocent. May we rebuild structures. Not leave tombs.
Make them bring you to the Keep… for it will run from you.
Todelmer… Built to study the heavens. And glorious heavens you will find here. I’m only sad that we were never allowed to finish.
I have told you some of the story. Yeesha’s great-grandmother Ti’ana came to us desperate for control, convincing our people to betray rules we had held for generations. And we died.
Yeesha claims such death, as painful as it was, had to be done. A plan of the Maker. And she will rebuild… she will rebuild.
I will tell you, such delusive wisdom comes from vague feelings and daydreams, and the Tablet you will have is too powerful for such wisdom.
Todelmer… enjoy the beauty of the heavens while .you consider the power that can control them.
Your destination is not here, but above. The stars and planets must be aligned. And, regrettably, only the perverted power of the creatures can do it.
Stand in awe. The surface is three miles above us. Three miles. Our construction was triumphant. And tragic.
You will not be able to continue downward without providing fresh air to the tunnels. Raise the floor and power the fans. I trust you can discover how.
Welcome to my Age. Noloben.
When D’ni died, I fled here. From death to death.
You will see the fingerprints of the creatures everywhere. This was their home, and they did not welcome me.
To survive, I was forced to learn. You will learn here as well. It is not like the other Ages.
You have unlocked my lab. Impressive.
It is safe here. They are afraid. They will not come here. The snake binds them – prevents them from linking.
I take no pleasure in what they have endured here. But I had to learn.
Did you know that you aid the creatures, the Bahro, as you move the Slates? Did Yeesha tell you that?
Did you know that the full power of the Bahro is restrained by the Tablet? Did Yeesha tell you that?
Did you know that they will not come near anything with the symbol of the snake? Did you know that the Tablet that Yeesha told you not to give her controls them? Did she tell you that?
I have learned. They are terrifying creatures if not controlled.
I wish you could see Laki’ahn as I remember it!
The calls of the beasts, bellowing out over the warm airs … and conversations, as we waited for the fires to burn and the battles to begin.
This was a place of great strength and triumph. I wonder if you have such courage.
The door to the Trade House is locked, but the Jeweler Door on the other side, that can be unlocked.
Here we watched. The harvest of the gems, freed from the conquered Laki and painted with their blood. What triumph! What grand sport! What displays of strength!
Yeesha finds such strength brutal, even as she seeks it herself.
Ah, to have such fellowship with my people again …
Esher (appears in journal if you go to Myst without the tablet)
After everything, did you not trust me? After all the help I’ve provided? All the aid and assistance?
Well done. Now it has slipped through her hands — wasted. FOOL!
Now your journey has been a waste, and this precious island that once represented escape is now your prison.
We have all failed.
You have accomplished NOTHING!
And there is no way from here. No one will come for you. Myst Island is your end … forever.
Esher (appears in journal if you go to Myst with the tablet)
So, you listened to my wise counsel and have brought the Tablet. Well done.
There was no way for your feeble mind to comprehend the power of this Bahro Tablet. It was meant for a worthier master. You couldn’t fully grasp that the master of the Tablet was the master of the Bahro … master of their full power. It was really only yours briefly, and only then to give to a true master.
Did you think that you would gain a piece of its power? Is that why you brought it? Or perhaps my words … perhaps I don’t give myself enough credit. Regardless, now it is mine!
Ah-hah-hah-hah-hah! Yes, my powerful servants, your new master is here! Let’s see what remarkable feats you can perform for me … the new master of the Art!
Oh, yes, thank you … idiot! You performed … well enough. So … I give you … this wonderful island. Consider it a Myst opportunity.
Ironic, isn’t it? This island that was always a place of escape has now become your prison.
Now, let’s see where this power will take me. Unlimited Ages and an army of Bahro to do my bidding. What fun I will have!