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Lake Lighting Project Historical Data Links

Post by Tai'lahr » Thu May 28, 2015 6:06 pm

This thread has been adapted from the July 18, 2010 Myst Online: URU Live forum thread of the same name, Lake Lighting Project Historical Data Links. It was created in the History and Myths section which was closed on August 1, 2011 (thanks to Mac_Fife for capturing the information after the thread was locked) and an IC companion thread was created on the DRC forums which were made read-only on July 27, 2012: Lake Lighting Project Historical Data Links.

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Tai'lahr wrote:There's been some discussion about the Lake Lighting Project recently, but not enough IMO, and it occurred to me that perhaps some of our newcomers are unaware of the history of the project (and perhaps some old-timers have forgotten a few things about it as well). I have to wonder if they've just accepted whatever recipe and other information they've been handed by whoever they asked and haven't questioned whether it's even right or wrong.

So, I've started this thread as a collection of links to information about the project - chatlogs, discussions and debates, recipe trials, controversial groups, any official DRC posts & KI messages about it, etc. Please post links to anything you think might help put the project into perspective for our newcomers and I'll try to organize them into some kind of sensible order here. Suggestions for categories are also welcome here.

This thread is strictly for providing links & data ONLY; if you wish to discuss the lake lighting project, please begin a new thread and post a link to it here. Thanks!

Lake Lighting Project Historical Data Links
STORYLINE - IC discussions, groups, etc.

PELLET RECIPES - Experiments & Discussions

PELLET POINTS DATA COLLECTION

FUN WITH PELLETS - Unusual Uses of Pellets & Points Just for the Heek of it

TECHNICAL DISCUSSIONS - Completely OOC speculation about how the lake lighting works

Information about the lake algae from various Cyan sources.

ALL MOUL FORUM THREADS regarding Ercana, pellets, and the lake, from May to Nov 2007

MOUL forum threads regarding pellets & the lake since the cavern re-opened in Feb 2010
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Re: Lake Lighting Project Historical Data Links

Post by Tai'lahr » Thu May 28, 2015 6:08 pm

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Re: Lake Lighting Project Historical Data Links

Post by Tai'lahr » Thu May 28, 2015 6:11 pm

PELLET POINTS DATA COLLECTION

During the Myst Online: Uru Live GameTap era, in the first four months following the release of Er'cana, the feedback explorers received from the DRC on the "Feed the Lake Algae Project" was little more than a couple of Pellet Progress Charts produced several months after the project began at the end of July 2007 and set to their KI mails. JWPlatt lobbied the DRC for the release of data on pellet points and Victor Laxman agreed to provide it. For more details, read Chatlog: Laxman Agrees To Experiment (11/4/07) and Nov 07, 2007 post, Mr. Laxman Keeps His Word About Experiment. Keeping it IC, JWPlatt only released the information in the cavern through KI messages posted on neighborhood imagers. Erik began producing graphs from the data and these too were posted to imagers in cavern.

Some of Erik's graphs After the cavern closed in 2008, JWPlatt released the Complete Pellet Point Data in a May 15, 2008 post and tachzusamm produced the Pellet Contributions - 07/26/07 to 04/09/08 graph (MOUL link). Pellet Contributions - 07/26/07 to 04/09/08 graph (OU link)

When the cavern re-opened in February 2010, data publishing resumed as did graph making.

From January 2011 through January 2012, JWPlatt posted the pellet data collected on the DRC forum in the Lake Project Pellet Data Readings thread. This thread has been transcribed and continued here on the OpenUru.org forum: Lake Project Pellet Data Readings
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Re: Lake Lighting Project Historical Data Links

Post by Tai'lahr » Thu May 28, 2015 6:14 pm

FUN WITH PELLETS - Unusual Uses of Pellets & Points Just for the Heek of it
Please share links to imaginative uses of pellets.

Sep 26, 2007 — Post subject: 24 hour run, non stop through Er'cana

Oct 06, 2007 — Post subject: The Pellet Challenge

The Pellet Challenge
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The Pellet Challenge was issued by Marck and the German Community after they teamed up to allow one explorer to collect 73,044 points within one hour. They used 15 Er’cana instances and dropped a total of 75 pellets. Part of the challenge is for a team to work out a procedure which allows an explorer to collect and drop pellets at this or a better rate.
The Revelations Hood took the challenge and, on the third attempt, were able to hit 16 Er’canas and drop 79 pellets to collect 77,750 points. The R.E.B.E.L. Hood took the challenge twice and on the second attempt managed to visit 17 Er'canas to drop 85 pellets and collect a total of 82,603 points. But, before the cavern closed, the German Community regained their title by dropping 93 pellets in 19 Er'canas and collecting 85,406 points in one hour!

The Pellet Challenge

see How It Works here.
Jan 30, 2008 — Post subject: Pellet Blitz & Canyon Party

Feb 06, 2008 — Post subject: Pellet Blitz Results (We did it.)

Apr 07, 2008 — Post subject: Pellet cave fireworks - video

Feb 04, 2014 - D'ni Olympics event includes a Pellet Points Competition
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Re: Lake Lighting Project Historical Data Links

Post by Tai'lahr » Thu May 28, 2015 6:21 pm

Information about the lake algae from various Cyan sources.

DRC statement about The Lake:
DRC wrote:The lake is the major light source in the D'ni cavern. The lake contains a special bioluminescent algae that provides this light. When the cavern was first re-discovered, the algae was dormant, giving almost no light at all. We have been attempting to revitalize the algae so it will provide more light. We have been successful in raising the light level slightly, but we're still working on it. Historical accounts tell us that the algae before the Fall dimmed and brightened on a regular, thirty-hour cycle. Currently, the level of light given by the algae is constant. We believe that once the algae is back to full health that this cycle will return. However, there is no way to be certain of that at this time.
The Myst Reader by Rand and Robin Miller with David Wingrove is a set of books (The Book of Atrus, The Book of Ti’ana, The Book of D’ni) ICly based on the journals of Atrus’ wife, Catherine/Katran. The following excerpts are references to the lake and light that might interest anyone considering research in this area. Keep in mind that none of these are firsthand accounts (having been relayed to Catherine and then reworded by the authors), but may provide some food for thought, nevertheless.

The Book of Atrus, page 99
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“Yes, Atrus?”
“I just wondered why the sea is less bright now than it was earlier, that’s all.”
Gehn leaned back, relaxing. “That is easy to explain. The plankton has a thirty-hour cycle that corresponds with that of the D’ni. It sleeps when we sleep, and is most active when we are most active. Thus we have night and day down here. Of a distinctly black and orange kind.”
The Book of Atrus, page 101
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For several days he had been working on the question of why the water at the north end of the island was clear of the light-giving plankton, and had traced the problem to the spillage from an old pipe that led down from his father’s workroom. He had taken samples of that spillage and found traces of lead and cadmium in it—elements that were clearly poisoning the plankton. Not having the equipment to make a proper filter, he decided that, as the spillage was only a trickle, it would probably be best to block the pipe off altogether. He was busy doing this one morning, standing on the steps below the seawall, leaning across to fit the tine stone cap he’d fashioned to block the end of the pipe, when Gehn came out to see him.
“Atrus?”
He turned and looked. His father stood at the head of the steps, cloaked and booted as if for a journey, looking out across the sea toward the great rock and the city beyond.
“Yes, father?”
“I have a new task for you.”
Atrus straightened up, then threw the steel facing-tool he had been using down onto the sack beside him, waiting for his father to say more.
Gehn turned, combing his fingers through his ash-white hair, then looked to him. “I want you to come into the city with me, Atrus. I want you to help me find some books.”
“The city? We’re going to the city?”
Gehn nodded. “Yes, so you had better go and change. You will need your boots. And bring your knapsack, too.”
Atrus hesitated a moment, then, with a curt non to his father, gathered up his tools and hurried up the steps.
The Book of Atrus, pages 104 & 105
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As they steered through the last narrow channel, out into the open sea, he looked to his right, his eyes drawn by a disturbance on the water a quarter of a mile away. There was a kind of haze over the water, like windblown sand, that cast an erratic shadow on the orange surface. As he watched, it came nearer, attracted, perhaps, by the boat’s slow passage through the plankton-rich water.
When it got to within fifty yards, he stood, openmouthed, staring at it, then looked to Gehn, but his father seemed not to have noticed.
“What’s that? he asked, intrigued, seeing tiny glittering shapes within the cloud.
Gehn glanced across. “Ah, those… They are a kind of damselfly. The feed on tiny insects that live within the plankton.”
Atrus nodded, then turned back, watching in wonder as the cloud of insects drifted just aft of their boat’s trail, unable to keep up with their progress. He was about to look away when suddenly the water beneath the cloud rippled violently and a long, thin snout poked out, stabbing the air. A moment later and the water beneath the damselflies began to thrash and boil as a host of brilliantly colored fish went into a feeding frenzy.
In less than thirty seconds the cloud was gone, the water calm again.
“And those?” Atrus asked, his voice almost a whisper.
“Fish,” Gehn answered, with what seemed like aversion. “The water’s much deeper out here beyond the islands. Usually they live deep down, but they surface now and then to feed.”
“I see,” Atrus said quietly, suddenly wary of the placid waters that surrounded them, noting, through the clear yet glowing water, the presence of much larger, fleeting shadows in the depths.
Disturbed, he looked away, trying to focus his mind on something else.
The Book of Ti’ana, page 594
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Slowly, the dark cloud spread, like a mighty veil being drawn across the far side of the cavern. Inch by inch it crept across the lake, edging towards D'ni, and where it touched the surface of the lake, the light from the lake was extinguished.
The light-giving algae were dying, by the look of it; poisoned by the noxious fumes of the cloud.
And if that cloud were to reach out its fingers to D’ni city?
Then they would also die.
The Book of Ti’ana, pg 596
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Though it was day, lights burned in most of the houses, for a strange twilight was falling over D’ni as the great cloud spread, its poisonous fumes dousing the lake’s soft glow.
The dark cloud now filled almost half the cavern, its color now discernible as a filthy brown. The edges of it drifted slowly, in a dreamlike fashion, more like a sluggish liquid than a gas. Even as she watched, wispy brown tendrils of the gas extended about Kerath’s Arch and slowly curled across the surface of the harbor.
And where the gas touched, the algae faded, the bright glow dying like sputtering embers.
The Book of Ti’ana, page 601
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He went down the stairs, into the lower level of the house. Here some of the gas remained, pooled in the corners of rooms. Faint wisps of it drifted slowly through the doorways.
Aitrus watched it a moment. It seemed alive, almost; hideously, maliciously alive.
No sooner had he had the thought, than a second followed. This was no simple chemical mix. He should have known that by the way it has reacted with the algae in the lake. This was biological. It was alive.
The Book of Ti’ana, page 604
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“It’s some kind of virus,” he began
The Book of Ti’ana, page 615
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It was the twenty-second day after the fall.
Anna stood beside Aitrus on the balcony of the mansion, Gehn in front of her, her arms about his shoulders as they looked out over the ruins of D’ni. To her surprise the air had proved clean, and after several tests in the workroom, they had decided to remove their masks. There was no trace now of the gas that had wreaked such havoc, though its residue remained, like a dried crust over everything. Moreover, someone had reactivated the great fans that brought the air into the cavern, and the algae of the lake had recovered enough to give off a faint, almost twilight glow. In that faint illumination they could see the extent of the devastation.
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Re: Lake Lighting Project Historical Data Links

Post by Tai'lahr » Thu May 28, 2015 6:22 pm

ALL MOUL FORUM THREADS regarding Ercana, pellets, and the lake, from May to Nov 2007
Experience the ENTIRE story from the beginning!

May 27, 2007 — Post subject: Next Episode Speculation
Jun 12, 2007 — Post subject: "A new light" begins on June 23rd
Jun 15, 2007 — Post subject: So what do you think will be different this time round?
Jun 14, 2007 — Post subject: Blue Light
Jun 18, 2007 — Post subject: 24 Hour Lake Light Event
Jun 21, 2007 — Post subject: A New Light Screenshots at The D'ni Jazz Club
Jun 22, 2007 — Post subject: A New Light episode released
Jun 23, 2007 — Post subject: New Area Open
Jun 26, 2007 — Post subject: Events in the cavern
Jun 26, 2007 — Post subject: Nick White in The Watcher's Pub - 26 June 2007
Jun 26, 2007 — Post subject: Er'cana walkthrough (major spoilers!)
Jun 29, 2007 — Post subject: Er'cana - What now?
Jun 26, 2007 — Post subject: Er'Cana
Jun 26, 2007 — Post subject: Er'cana pellets
Jun 27, 2007 — Post subject: Uran
Jun 27, 2007 — Post subject: What the heek is the new addition?
Jun 27, 2007 — Post subject: Maximizing Your Pellet Efficiency
Jun 28, 2007 — Post subject: Attention to details!
Jun 28, 2007 — Post subject: Public Goods - What's wrong with the lake lighting
Jun 29, 2007 — Post subject: Er'cana Bahro Cave
Jun 29, 2007 — Post subject: Easy way between oven and pellet dispenser rooms (Spoiler)
Jun 30, 2007 — Post subject: Er'cana City silo - upper level ?
Jul 02, 2007 — Post subject: Why doesn't the Er'cana pellet room link appear in your book
Jul 02, 2007 — Post subject: How are we feeding the lake with instances?
Jul 03, 2007 — Post subject: In the Silo with Greydragon *Er'cana ending spoiler warning*
Jul 04, 2007 — Post subject: Leaving Er'cana
Jul 04, 2007 — Post subject: Er'cana Relto Page?
Jul 04, 2007 — Post subject: Another long episode review
Jul 04, 2007 — Post subject: Your current pellet score
Jul 05, 2007 — Post subject: What are the pellets for?
Jul 05, 2007 — Post subject: Age Uran...
Jul 06, 2007 — Post subject: Er'cana complex
Jul 06, 2007 — Post subject: Ferry Terminal
Jul 07, 2007 — Post subject: Er'cana control room panel - never noticed this before!
Jul 07, 2007 — Post subject: Er'cana walkthrough.
Jul 08, 2007 — Post subject: Er"cana Train Jump
Jul 09, 2007 — Post subject: backpack
Jul 10, 2007 — Post subject: how to start making pellets in er'cana?
Jul 11, 2007 — Post subject: Ever try walking backwards after the ercana pellet drop?
Jul 15, 2007 — Post subject: Robot Looking Thing At The Dock
Jul 17, 2007 — Post subject: Er'Cana - Am I missing something, or is it a bug?
Jul 30, 2007 — Post subject: Pellet Scoreboard system
Jul 20, 2007 — Post subject: Pellet oven linearity
Jul 24, 2007 — Post subject: Preliminary Findings on Lake Light Levels!
Jul 27, 2007 — Post subject: Pellet button on KI
Jul 30, 2007 — Post subject: Laxman in the City 07-30-07
Jul 30, 2007 — Post subject: About not feeding the lake too quickly
Jul 30, 2007 — Post subject: Maximum amount of pellets without cheating
Aug 01, 2007 — Post subject: Pellets: new DRC diagram
Aug 02, 2007 — Post subject: Er'cana - sliders?
Aug 10, 2007 — Post subject: Measuring the algae glow
Aug 15, 2007 — Post subject: Matching the DRC pellet diagram
Aug 24, 2007 — Post subject: Pellet Bahro Cave (Lots of Spoilers)
Sep 10, 2007 — Post subject: Chatlog: Laxman In UruTapestry Neighborhood - 9/10/2007
Sep 10, 2007 — Post subject: Laxman chat log 9-10-07
Sep 11, 2007 — Post subject: New pellet graph
Nov 04, 2007 — Post subject: Laxman in a neighborhood
Nov 05, 2007 — Post subject: Chatlog: Laxman Agrees To Experiment (11/4/07)
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Re: Lake Lighting Project Historical Data Links

Post by Tai'lahr » Thu May 28, 2015 6:23 pm

MOUL forum threads regarding pellets & the lake since the cavern re-opened in Feb 2010

Feb 19, 2010 — JWPlatt announces that pellet data has resumed in the "Chatlog: Laxman Agrees To Experiment (11/4/07)" thread
Mar 01, 2010 — Post subject: Biggest Pellets
Mar 03, 2010 — Post subject: Pellet hooligans in MOULagain!
Mar 08, 2010 — Post subject: The Lake -- is it getting lighter in here?
May 30, 2010 - Post subject: City Silo
Jun 03, 2010 — Post subject: Lake Lighting
Jul 01, 2010 — Post subject: What is the point of pellets?
Sep 27, 2010 — Post subject: Highest Pellet Point Totals
Nov 04, 2010 — Post subject: what are lake pellets?
Nov 28, 2010 — Post subject: Cavern Lake (algae) Restoration.

Jan 10, 2011 — Post subject: Current Lake Health
Dec 04, 2011 - Post subject: Annabelle's 3rd Quests Release: The Grandiose Journey

Mar 15, 2012 - Uru Photography: The Er'cana Silo
Mar 22, 2012 - Post subject: Ercana Pellet Burner Room
May 12, 2012 - Post subject: Avatar pellet count problem
Nov 17, 2012 - Post subject: Pellet Score limit?
Nov 28, 2012 - Post subject: D'ni-Ashem'en (Pellet Drop Area)

Jun 11, 2013 - Post subject: Annabelle's Quests Part 3:Buggaros,Darkness,Fissure,&Pellets (Annabelle's marker missions includes 13 in Er'cana)
Sep 12, 2013 - Post subject: Damage in various ages.
Sep 12, 2013 - Post subject: Areas of the Cavern below Lake Level
Oct 21, 2013 - Post subject: 4 hours to make pellets!!!

Jan 16, 2014 - The Fabulous Magical Treasure: Part 2 Golden Pellets
Jan 29, 2014 - Post subject: K'veer - an explorer's question leads to an explanation about pellets.
Feb 04, 2014 - D'ni Olympics event includes a Pellet Points Competition
Feb 06, 2014 - In the CAVCON meter thread, Chuckles58 draws a comparison of making donations to dropping pellets.
Apr 18, 2014 - In the CAVCON meter thread, JWPlatt draws a comparison to The Lake Lighting Project.
Aug 02, 2014 - Post subject: Lost pellet score


May 07, 2015 - In a discussion about maps of the cavern, the location of the Er'cana silo is mentioned.

Jun 17, 2015 - My Uru Story by GeistVonPA, written prior to Until Uru and the release of Er'cana, is a fan fiction story about an explorer's scientific study of the lake algae.
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Re: Lake Lighting Project Historical Data Links

Post by Treehugger » Sat May 30, 2015 9:46 am

wow, Tai', what a lot of work you've been doing. :mrgreen: (And if I can here congratulate JWPlatt too for his work posting all the data :D - didn't want to interrupt his thread.)

Great to have all these threads assembled here. An invaluable resource for scholars and analysts.
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