Ages & Areas
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Written By: Gehn
After Gehn had been trapped on Riven he began to sought a way out through writing. The 233rd Age was the first successful Age he wrote, it was also the last. A bleak and harsh Age that Gehn established his office on was to serve as a new home for his experiments, fortunately his experiments came to an end when he was trapped in a new Prison Age.
There is a question of the stability of the Age, it is uncertain whether the Age was stable or not, but judging from Gehn’s writing style and the fact he didn’t have his “reference books” around to help him it is more than likely that the Age isn’t stable.
Written By: Gehn
To Gehn it was called the 5th Age to its inhabitants it was called Riven, it was an Age Gehn wrote in his early days of writing and ended up becoming his prison for some 30 years. A beautiful Age with vast amounts of wildlife, Riven was an extremely unstable Age, the one island mass split off into 5 sections after the events of Atrus and Catherine fleeing the Age and trapping Gehn there [see: Book of Atrus].
After Catherine’s release from Riven after being trapped there by her sons the Fissure caused the Age to rip itself apart and is now dead.
Written By: Gehn, re-Written by Catherine
One of the many failed experiments written by Gehn. The book was waiting to be destroyed when it was stolen by Catherine and re-written to become the Age we know of today. Using one of Gehn’s power domes to power the book Catherine linked to the Age in order to retrieve a material she had written into the Age to help “repair” the faulty book. The Age is home to the Moiety a splinter group of the Rivenese people who work against Gehn’s rule.
When Riven collapsed the inhabitants were moved to Tay where they lived out their lives peacefully, being visited on and off by Catherine and Yeesha.