Gehn's D'ni journal
|The following article is written from an In-Cavern (IC) perspective. All fictional events should be considered real.|
In October 1997, three pages, seemingly torn out of one of Gehn's journals, written shortly after the completion of his office on Age 233, were discovered by Dr. Richard Watson during a routine trip to D'ni, a full page of which, along with partial translations of the other two pages, was included in the booklet that came with Riven: The Soundtrack.
An image of this page was included in the booklet for Riven: The Soundtrack, untranslated.
.lOmat leKenEt dAnOtE para
treSEga reenDAtantE[sic] leSufAEt
UlbaO fesev 98 .KoDobEra retEju
Kag .ril lEam leKenen hUsatA
b'fasE ok een[sic] ok miStatavO met
fam gåta cileS brevog woxa ok
r'aca te a sev mot
.kO regeDE Kåt KolKenen remUSE
greUnan ceto ok rezEwA ril
boDolpApEl .KoKenen revog
miro ok revIDu mot KopUgoen
b'Ken erT nuDatav b'riS be erT
tEju tEgal Kera
.vola tesot prin faex tEgtantE
KoDotEgEt rilte rearEutav xarU
xEmaal[sic] KonExavAEt tånuT
iglarno temo KoKElaEt Kåt erT
gartavotE ka treaca .brE pam
sen KotånuEt xanoS trefado
.reyEpA KolånEt te gormot
tetemo Kojagaen arEutav fUru
lOmat relUpatE mot KomarentEt
kapo KoKenEt peKA b'riS be motE
|Old Transliteration Standard||Revised Transcription Standard||New Transliteration Standard|
.loymaht lehkehneet dhainoytee pahrah
.loymaht lekeneet dheynoytee pahrah
.lómat lekenít ðénótí para
Though there have been large setbacks in the [way], the Builders have finished my office on Age 233. I was keeping the original [team]. No [???] has been entirely [???] of any of my construction this far, due mainly to the harsh nature of the [???] in that Age.
[If] the [???] had only been the [???] and the [???] [leadership (?)] of the [???], I would not have been [???]. It was the toxic nature of the [???] that [???]ed to be almost a [???] to a brave working [team].
Yes, our first small group of workers, working without the [???] necessary protection, suffered temporary [???]ness [???] they just [???] a few gahrtahvotee in the [???]. Two or three were [???] permanently by the experience.
The eyeglasses they [???] from that time [???] [???]ed sufficient protection, though the [???] that they followed perhaps were very [???] to those.
Transcripts of the other fragments
The desk is perfect, as if my own memory has become tangible. I can almost see my father, absorbed in his writing, bent over the meticulously placed Elements. There is the pen, instrument of creation. The ink, lifeblood of another age. And the blank page.
This will be a place of great inspiration.
Though I have never considered myself a very talented musician, I have never ceased to derive great strength and inspiration when performing the Maral-obe. In an attempt to preserve some of my own performances, I recently set about recreating the Cannen.
The technology was fairly simple; a version was working within a few days. I am only sorry that I did not do it earlier; this crude Cannen has already provided me with very practical benefits; a certain meditative clearness seems to descend on me while smoking and listening to the Cannen. Immediately following this meditation, my writing becomes much more fluid and effortless.
It's ironic that one of the only authentic pieces of D'ni craftsmanship still in my possession is the watch that was given to me by my mother: a timepiece tainted by the fact that it displays surface time alongside D'ni time – a physical reminder of the impurity of my mother's blood.
- Riven: The Soundtrack booklet