Take the 2-minute tour ×
Arqade is a question and answer site for passionate videogamers on all platforms. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Throughout the Myst games and novels, various Ages have indigenous humans (or human-like people). I'm wondering if there is a canonical explanation for this.

Was there an original human population that migrated to all these Ages, or did these populations arise independently?

share|improve this question

2 Answers 2

up vote 2 down vote accepted

I think they are just there. Sometimes Atrus will write a world that has no-one in it at all, sometimes he writes a world where he finds a native population.

While it could be argued that people migrated to the older D'ni books, the ones that Atrus writes could not have this migration.

Also, the world where Atrus meets Catherine is written by Atrus' Father (if I remember correctly). There are no D'ni around at the time to populate it, so how did they get there?

I think each world is a unique and independent eco-system, meaning that life is bound to pop up on its own. The way the books are written it seems like they are simply linking in to an already existing world, so therefore life would already be evolving.

I dont remember there being a definitive answer to this, It's one of those things you are either supposed to figure out yourself, or there is no answer! Thats my opinion on it anyway.

share|improve this answer

IIRC, in the novels, it's suggested that the world is based on the theory of infinite universes, i.e. a Multiverse. There are infinite ages, each based on a different possibility (our own world being one of those). When a descriptive book is written (from which linking books can be created), it creates a "link" to an age that fits the description in the book. But a single book can't describe everything in the age, which is why Atrus is often surprised when visiting an age he has written. Or something like that.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.