The Zero and Autumn
My Relto has a new page – Oaks with orange leaves create a decidedly autumnal feel to my little isle. Even though it’s Spring on the surface, I do enjoy the nostalgia the new page brings. Just when I think Yeesha can’t top herself, she gives something even better. I want to host a Relto party soon!
The Great Zero calibration has begun, and I must say kudos to Laxman for simplifying the calibration process. When I was in the caverns after the DRC withdrew, I found calibrating the GZ to be less obvious and less fun. Now, gone is the coordination of three different axes, replaced by 14 calibration missions. I never thought I’d feel like a real-life pac-man, but I get the distinct urge to say “wocka wocka wocka” as I run through the cavern picking up the CGZMs! A fun diversion with very immediate benefits, totally different from the waiting for the Portals in the most recent ages.
With each new Age, each new discovery, the Cavern gets a richer feeling. Some Ages can be solved by a single explorer, others require a group. Some challenges require patience and waiting, while others require agility and speed. A little bit of something for everyone, and certainly enough to actively “do” for a solid week, if not more. But don’t forget about the rich history, the friends you can meet, and the things you can take part in. I believe we’re truly seeing a re-awakening of the Cavern, and we’re finally seeing some life and longevity here. This is how the Cavern should have been when the DRC re-opened it.
However, some are concerned by the nearly complete silence of the DRC, and some even think this is a harbinger of “Destruction is coming…” I still don’t know what to think of Yeesha’s last words to us, and what they really mean. If this Destruction is coming, it’s taking its own sweet time. Until something occurs that makes me think differently, I think I’ll just enjoy the Cavern as it is until such time as I can actually make decisions and take actions that may affect the Cavern’s future.