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Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Sannixx
Review:
Notes:
-It’s not clear from the games if the player is the same in Myst, Riven, and Exile. I have chosen for it to be so, and for said player to be Xander Harris.
It actually is clear. It's the same person. In fact, we also have a good timeline for the games. Myst takes place first, and then after you free Atrus at the end 'The Stranger' (which I'll get to in a minute) bums around the myst ages for a while (because if you're paying attention, you'll realize there's no way off of MYST island). After a week or two, Riven starts. That ends when you fall through the Star Fissure at the very end and end up back in San Francisco, because convenient plot devices should never get in the way of story. Exile picks up roughly two years later, after Atrus and Catherine have enough time to get back together, make their home in Tomanha, which by the way I totally want to live in, and have Yeesha (who is the baby at the beginning of Exile). It's unknown what happens during this time, except that Atrus and the Stranger don't drift apart, as I believe Atrus references previous visits to Tomanha at the beginning of the game.

-The end of Riven and the start of Exile lend to the fact that it might NOT supposed to be the same player, thus I will be making up what happens in between.
The character is actually interesting. Cyan wanted the person playing the game to be 'The Stranger'. If you play the entire series, you'll notice you never hear the character speak, nor do you ever see what they look like. What you probably DON'T notice is that there's no personal details given about the Stranger at all. No height references, or weight, or hair color, or even freaking Gender Pronouns. Atrus spends a lot of time calling you 'my friend'. Cyan did this intentionally so that when I play MYST, the main character is a 20 year old caucasian male with dirty blonde hair and blue eyes, and when my younger sister plays MYST, the Stranger is a 15 year old female with long brown hair and brown eyes.

As for what happens, as long as you note the following things, that works fine:
- The stranger ends up in San Francisco again, having fallen through the star fissure
- Atrus and Catherine have some other way of returning to Earth, because they eventually make their home out in the deserts of Nevada
- The Stranger and Atrus meet up over the two year period at least a few times, but never for anything serious.

-The concept of The Player starting out at the San Francisco Library comes from a Myst strategy guide I used to have, which was written like the player’s journal rather than a direct strategy guide.
This was the coolest thing about the strategy guides for those games. I remember actually reading them like a book.

-I’ve assumed Xander was about 23 at the end of the series. Please let me know if this is very wrong.
If by end of the series, you mean the end of the TV series and not counting the graphic novel, it breaks down like this:
- Xander was born in 1980 or very early 1981.
- We have no timeline on the series, so we're forced to assume that the season took place in the year it was released: 2003. That makes him 22 or 23. You're close enough.
Comments from author:
Thank you for taking the time to review. It always surprises me when I find that someone has left a new one, as I haven't written anything in so long. Unfortunately, at this point it's pretty clear that I'll never return to anything that I've posted - it was always a bad habit of mine to write a little bit, have no idea what was going to happen long term, but post the little bit anyway. I do still write on occasion, but nothing is ever complete enough to be a story in itself to be worth posting.

That said, you mentioned reading the strategy guides. In that case I have a recommendation for you - on the off chance you like MYST but aren't aware, there are a few Novels for MYST. It's been years since I've read them, but I remember really enjoying them.

Thanks again for the review!
Review By [Sannixx] • Date [12 Apr 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Slade
Review:
short but I have been looking for something that had xander in the myst world.
Comments from author:
I'm not sure I'm ever going to write more of this. If you like it you are welcome to adopt it - just let me, I might be able to dig up some notes on where it might have gone for you.

Thank you for reviewing, and sorry for the delay in getting back to you on it.
Review By [Slade] • Date [18 Apr 11] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Tirch
Review:
To clarify, the player character is indeed the same in Myst, Riven and Exile, and also in Revelation, but not in End of Ages, where the player is a different character. However, Myst took place in 1806 (The strategy guides are notoriously inaccurate), so Xander's a little late to the party.
Comments from author:
Sorry it took so long to respond to this, I've been bad at my author duties for some time.

Back when I had Myst, on a computer running Windows 3.1, I had a strategy guide actually published by the maker of the game . . . not an 'authorized' version, but actually published by. It was written as the journal the player, and featured photographs that he had taken with his camera . . . and it was not the sort of camera that you'd find in 1806, nor 1906 for that matter. More so, the player was not confused such concepts as electricity, generators of electricity . . . etc.

That's not to say that you are wrong about the date, but back before it was a universe it was a single game, and maybe they changed their minds about some details of Myst as the universe expanded.

And besides . . . it's fan fiction. I have a responsibility to attempt to write recognizable characters in recognizable settings (thus keeping it Fan Fiction rather than Original Fiction) but beyond that I can fudge the dates however I need.
Review By [Tirch] • Date [1 Dec 08] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
Review:
Good writing :)
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [13 Sep 06] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Bobboky
Review:
this was sweet, i hope to see more, i loved the games and enjoyed the books, so i really hope to see more of the xover
Review By [Bobboky] • Date [29 Jul 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Past Donor)Jewel
Review:
Be nice to see more of this idea.
Review By [(Past Donor)Jewel] • Date [6 Jul 06] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from wyrdradio
Review:
Good start. I've always loved this series of games and am looking forward to reading this.

You asked a question at the beginning as to whether or not it is the same person in all three games. I think it is because of something Atrus says. He mentions thanking the player for coming in the second game, as if he knew him from the first... and in the third game, both he and Catherine recognize him and welcome him as family... which they wouldn't do if he was a different person.

Makes me think that its the same person for all of them.

Also, there are 2 or 3 more Myst games. I've never played them. Have you and if so, will they be included?
Comments from author:
Myst ends where Riven picks up - in Atrus' study in the age his sons left him for dead in.

However, Myst Exile talks about the D'ni and what Atrus has done with them - which is the subject of a couple novels as well. Riven ends with the player falling through a starfield. Theoreticaly, Artus has made a lot of friends in various ages, and amongst the D'ni people - though the D'ni moved from their ruined city to the age in the book you spend Exile trying to get back.

As for the other myst games, I have not, so do not intend to include them. Also, Riven will be glazed over, because I don't remember any details from it. Exile is fresh in my mind and Myst i know by heart and I found the guide for it that i mentioned my my notes.

By the way, it is very cool getting a review from you. I loved your Lost Warrior series ages ago.
Review By [wyrdradio] • Date [2 Jan 06] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Caliadragon
Review:
This is a very interesting beginning and I look forward to seeing what happens next. As to Xander's age, that is something of a debate, but I have looked at several different resources and have gone through several episode transcripts and what I have found is that Xander and Willow were 14 when the series began, while Buffy was 15. So Xander was only 21 when the series ended. Again this is somewhat debated. However it has always been acknowledged that Xander and Willow were a year younger than Buffy, who turned 16 in season 2. That is where I get my ages from.


Thanks and I hope this helps.

Calia
Comments from author:
Thank you.
Review By [Caliadragon] • Date [2 Jan 06] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from war
Review:
interesting story looking forward to your next chapter.
Comments from author:
thank you
Review By [war] • Date [2 Jan 06] • Rating [8 out of 10]
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