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It has been decades since Atrus and his wife were betrayed by their own sons, Sirrus and Achenar. It has been decades since Atrus and Catherine were freed by a stranger who discovered the Myst book dropped into the Fissure [see: Book of Atrus].
In a fit of anger Atrus burnt the Linking Books that lead to the Ages in which Sirrus and Achenar were imprisoned. For years Atrus has been keeping a secret, the secret that his sons still exist. Calling his friend “The Stranger” to Tomahna, Atrus explains that he only burnt the Linking Books to the Ages not the Descriptive Books. After a malfunction in his lab whilst showing “The Stranger” his new Crystal Viewer, Atrus travels to Rime to get some replacement parts.
On Tomahna “The Stranger” looks after Yeesha until an explosion rocks Atrus’ home and Yeesha goes missing. Sirrus has escaped, Achenar too and they have taken Yeesha to the Age of Serenia. The Stranger navigates the Prison Ages of Haven and Spire gathering the information he needed to stop the brothers. The Stranger follows them to Serenia where its discovered that Sirrus plans to use the properties of the Age to inhabit the mind of Yeesha and learn the Art from Atrus. With the help of Achenar, “The Stranger” saves Yeesha, but not without a cost. With his mind trapped in Dream, Sirrus body could no longer survive and so he passes away. Upon breaching the core chamber of device used by Sirrus, Achenar is subjected to toxic fumes. Returning to Yeesha and seeing her freed, Achenar collapses upon her lap and dies.
With Yeesha saved, The Stranger returns to Tomahna to notify Atrus of the deaths of his two sons.
Actor: Guy Sprung
Achenar was the oldest of Atrus and Catherine’s children and bother to Sirrus and Yeesha.
Unlike his brother, Achenar’s degree of insanity was more outwardly visible. Evidence of his mind frame could easily be seen from his habitats in the various ages in the form of weapons, torture devices and various other instruments.
Although we do not know how involved Achenar was in the plot to acquire the Red and Blue books of Spire and Haven, evidence of his involvement could be seen in the note left to him by his brother Sirrus in the Channelwood Age.
Achenar used the blue Linking Book where he was trapped in the prison Age of Haven until he was freed by Sirrus some 20 years later [see: Myst IV Revelation].
Actress: Jennifer Podemsky
Anya is one of the Protectors of Serenia, and her primary responsibility is the care of the Serenian Memory Chamber. She is guided in Dream by the Water Spirit, and has a close bond with Yeesha, who is also a Child of Water.
Actor: Rand Miller
Atrus is descended from D’ni and Surface dwellers. His grandmother Ti’ana discovered D’ni and married Aitrus a guildsman of D’ni [see: Book of Ti'ana]. Their son, Gehn, went on to marry a surface dweller called Keta after the fall of D’ni. Gehn and Keta had Atrus who is 1/4 D’ni and 3/4 human.
Honest and noble, Atrus was left to grow up in the Cleft with his grandmother Anna (Ti’ana) after his father Gehn fled when his wife died during child birth. At the age of 14 Atrus was taken to D’ni with his father who had returned for him. Atrus however grew very disillusioned with his father and tried to escape back to the Cleft and to his grandmother Anna.
As punishment Atrus was locked in the bottom of K’veer, the island mansion in which Gehn had lived since he arrived in D’ni, with the Riven Descriptive Book. With the assistance of Anna and a Rivenese villager called Katran (Catherine), they managed to trap Gehn on the Age of Riven [see: Book of Atrus]
Atrus settled on the Age of Myst with Catherine, who he later married, and his grandmother Anna. He later had two sons Sirrus and Achenar who later betrayed him and his wife in their desire for riches the Ages in Atrus’ library held. Atrus was trapped back in the same room his father had imprisoned him in due to his sons schemes, he was later freed by a stranger who found the Myst Linking Book that Atrus had dropped into the Fissure [see: Book of Atrus].
Atrus later left Myst island to start rebuilding the D’ni civilization, with the help of other D’ni survivors and the people of Averone they began to rebuild on the Age Releeshahn (The Whole) that Atrus had written for them [see: Book of D'ni]. Atrus and his wife then settled in to their new home they called Tomahna, it was there they had their new daughter, Yeesha.
Actress: Angèle Coutu
Caradell is the eldest and most experienced of the Protectors of Serenia, and has learned to be cautious with her trust. She is a Child of Wind, guided in Dream by the Wind Spirit.
Actress: Kira Clavell
Moiri is one of the Protectors of Serenia. She is a Child of Water, guided in Dream by the Water Spirit, and is the identical twin of Protector Raeane. She advises new travelers who should seek Water as their own spirit guide.
Actress: Kira Clavell
Raeane is one of the Protectors of Serenia. She is a Child of Wind, guided in Dream by the Wind Spirit, and is the identical twin of Protector Moiri. Raeane advises new travelers who should seek Wind as their own spirit guide.
Actor: Brian Wrench
Sirrus was the youngest of Atrus and Catherine’s two sons and brother to Achenar and Yeesha.
Sirrus was very clever, cunning and resourceful he also had the lust for power and wealth to go with it. Unlike his brother Achenar, Sirrus insanity was kept under-wraps and it is only through his plans for power that you get a glimpse of just how far the man is prepared to go. Living in excessively opulent rooms in various Ages, Sirrus would indulge in his alcohol and drug habits.
It is speculated that Sirrus and Achenar were working with the Black Ship Pirates of the Mechanical Age [see: Mechanical Age Journal], this is due to evidence being discovered in the Stoneship Age (a Black Ship Pirates flag). Just how involved they were with the Black Ship Pirate we do not know at this point.
Sirrus was more than likely to be the mastermind behind the plot to attain the Red and Blue books from Atrus’ library. He along with his brother were trapped in these Prison Ages that Atrus had set up to trap greedy explorers. Sirrus was trapped in the red book of Spire before escaping some 10 years later [see: Myst IV Revelation].
Actress: Jessica Nouadir
Yannin is the youngest of the Protectors of Serenia. She is also the newest Protector, and has not yet achieved the full measure of serenity demonstrated by her sisters in the order. She is responsible for the harvesting of memory globes. She is guided in Dream by the Fire Spirit.
Actress: Juliette Gosselin
Yeesha (D’ni for Laughter) is Atrus and Catherine’s third child, born after Atrus had finished writing Releeshahn for the D’ni survivors.
Nicknamed “Desert Bird” she left her family at the age of 16 to head out into the world, this eventually lead her to D’ni. It was there that Yeesha began to learn of D’ni and their fall, it was there she met Calam a D’ni writer. Calam and Yeesha learned from each other and from Calam’s knowledge Yeesha became probably the greatest D’ni writer. It was also during this time she discovered the Bahro, The Least as she called them. A race that had been enslaved for 10,000 years. Calam was later killed, and Yeesha went on to discover that she was “The Grower” that a man known as The Watcher had prophesied about.
Yeesha crafted the Journeys for people to take, to teach them of the true nature of the D’ni and its Ages. Yeesha’s future has yet to play out, according to a line of text in Words Yeesha has or will have a daughter of her own.
Actress: Alison Sealy-Smith
Zanika is one of the Protectors of Serenia. She is guided in Dream by the Fire Spirit, and advises new travelers who should seek that spirit as their own guide. She also assists travelers with their first experience of the Dream World.