Tomb of the Great King

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Tomb of the Great King
D'ni City location
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A D'ni Restoration Council sketch of the Guild Hall, showing the entrance to the Tomb of the Great King in the center of the lowest level below the plaza
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Unknown

Constructed

643 DE (7014–7013 BCE)

Linking books at location

Writings about

Appears in

Myst: The Book of D'ni

The Tomb of the Great King, originally known as the Temple of the Great King, is a large building constructed in 643 DE (7014–7013 BCE) during the reign of King Ja'reen, located on the line of the Great Zero on Ae'gura.

The building contains the remains of King Ahlsendar, as well as a great number of linking books – most leading to Ages that had been infected with the Pento plague, with other books being those that connected the D'ni to their past, such as books to Garternay and Terahnee. The Temple is currently buried underneath layers of government buildings, including the Guild Hall, and has been sealed for millenia, with only two explicitly-known breakings of the seal. It is unknown whether or not the D'ni Restoration Council have accessed the building at any point; that said, they have not made any efforts towards restoring it, and as such, the Temple remains off-limits to explorers.

History[edit]

Construction[edit]

The Great King was a figure prophesied in certain Ronay texts, most notably Regeltavok Oorpah – it was believed by the Ronay, and then by the D'ni, that the Great King would be welcomed by the Arch of Kings. King Ja'kreen, who took the throne in 555 DE (7102–7101 BCE), strongly believed in these prophecies (as did most of the D'ni public at the time), and in 598 DE (7059–7058 BCE) became the first to publicly state his plans to rebuild the Arch of Kings, based on the original one in Garternay. Construction of the arch lasted from 600 DE (7057–7056 BCE) through 625 DE (7032–7031 BCE), during which Ja'kreen planned for the construction of the Temple of the Great King, which was another structure mentioned in the prophecies.

Specifications for the Temple's dimensions were recorded in Ronay prophecies – mostly in Regeltavok Oorpah – and Ja'kreen ensured that the building was constructed exactly to those dimensions, despite objections from many as to the building's "exorbitant" size. The Temple was completed in 643 DE (7014–7013 BCE), after which Ja'kreen ordered the gold throne in the Temple of Yahvo to be moved to the Temple of the Great King.

Sealing of King Ahlsendar[edit]

In 1466 DE (6191–6190 BCE), King Ahlsendar, who was believed by most at the time to be the prophesied Great King, unbeknownst to the D'ni public ordered the release of an engineered plague upon the Pento civilization. Within three days, the entire Pento population was dead, though before this eventuality, most of the Pento realized what was happening and linked to a number of other Ages, also infecting other ahrotahn cultures with the plague. The plague was designed such that the D'ni would not be susceptible to infection, though the Guild of Chemists began to worry that it could mutate into something that would affect the D'ni. The D'ni public, blaming the Pento for the destruction caused by the plague, planned to gather together and destroy the linking books to all of the Ages that had become infected with the plague by fleeing Pento.

Then, in late 1500 DE (6157–6156 BCE), Ahlsendar gave a speech to the D'ni, in which he revealed his involvement in the plague and asked to be sealed into the Temple of the Great King along with the infected books, as well as any books with connections to the D'ni's past (Ahlsendar had preached that the D'ni must forget their past). It was then that the Temple's dimensions made sense to the D'ni – the building's size allowed for it to hold particularly large quantities of linking books. A year after Ahlsendar's speech, on Leefo 23, 1502 DE (May 21–23, 6155 BCE), he was sealed in the Temple with the books.

After six months had passed, Solath – Ahlsendar's chosen successor, who had been acting as the temporary leader of D'ni in Ahlsendar's absence – apparently uncovered the final wishes of Ahlsendar, reading them publicly. Apparently, Ahlsendar had written that he "was not to return" and that "for no reason should the seal on the Temple of the Great King ever be broken". The note also stated that Solath should be "officially ignited[sic] as permanent King". And so, upon Solath's orders, the Temple was renamed to the Tomb of the Great King, and King Ahlsendar was assumed dead.

Me'erta's breaking of the seal[edit]

See also: D'ni plague

King Me'erta, during his reign, was heavily influenced by his mother, Jolatha, in all of the actions he took as King. In 1999 DE (5658–5657 BCE), she managed to convince Me'erta to break the seal on the Tomb of the Great King.

Jolatha was a member of an influential religious cult known as The Tree, and was infuriated at the fact that there were still a small number of D'ni that believed that Ahlsendar would return. There are multiple different accounts as to why she wanted to break the seal, including the possibility that she wanted to prove once and for all that Ahlsendar was dead, or the possibility that she wanted to access some of the ancient Linking Books located there. Others claimed that she was possessed, and an agent of Jakooth.

The breaking of the seal was carried out in secret, in the middle of the night, due to the fact that even those that opposed Ahlsendar would have found the act to be dangerous. A number of Linking Books were taken from the tomb, along with what was supposedly a piece of Ahlsendar's robe, taken from his dead body. These artifacts were all placed in the Temple of the Tree. Two days later, Jolatha died from an unknown illness, and Me'erta ordered the re-sealing of the Tomb, stronger than the previous seal.

Around 15–16 years later, the first signs of the evolved Pento plague began to be seen, which cut D'ni life spans in half and caused massive infertility. It would be centuries before a cure was found, in 2262 DE (5395–5394 BCE), by which point the plague had ended up killing over a quarter of the D'ni population.

Construction of the Council chamber and the Guild Hall[edit]

See also: Guild Hall

In 2500 DE (5157–5156 BCE), King Naygen proposed the construction of a new Council chamber for the Guilds, to be built directly over the Tomb of the Great King. There was very little opposition to these plans, and so construction began two years later. By 2504 DE (5153–5152 BCE), the Tomb itself was barely visible.

Millenia later, during the reign of D'ni's last king, Kerath, Kerath recommended the renovation and expansion of the old Council Chamber, and the construction of a new Guild Hall, intended to celebrate the power that the Guilds would hold after Kerath's abdication. Construction began on the Guild Hall in 6970 DE (687–686 BCE), further burying the memory of the supposed Great King underneath massive buildings dedicated to the government and the Guilds.

Terahnee[edit]

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"Oh, what a mess!"

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Notes: Needs information from The Book of D'ni.

Restoration[edit]

It is unknown whether or not the D'ni Restoration Council have accessed the Tomb of the Great King during their restoration of the D'ni City. It is known that they have access to books leading to Pento – which was almost certainly one of the Ages sealed in the temple – though it is possible that the books were simply some of those taken from the Tomb by Jolatha. Regardless of this, it is believed that the DRC have not made any efforts towards restoring the Tomb, and as a result, the building remains completely off-limits to explorers.

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