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Laki'ahn: bug or secret shortcut?

#1 User is offline   digitalin 

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 10:13 PM

Hey everybody, I just finished playing Myst V and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I have a question regarding the 4th linking pedestal on Laki'ahn:

While playing that age (it was one of the first ones i played) I was poking around, looking at stuff, etc. I had already explored the entire Great Shaft and unlocked all the gates on Direbo and had visited all the ages and then started working through them as I saw fit. According to my save journal, I had already visited all the ages, solved Taigihira (ok, so my D'ni spelling is horrid) and most of Noloben when I decided to take a break and go back to Laki'ahn. (My brain doesn't always work linearly, which is why I like these games.)

So, then I link to Laki'ahn and notice that there is another link available on my pedestal. I click on this, find myself in an unexplored part of the age, and continue. After
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exploring a new half of the island, climbing a tree house, getting into a maze, exploring the arena, and opening the "jewelers door"
I realize that I'd been solving all the puzzles backwards because I had linked myself to the fourth pedestal on Laki'ahn, not the second one. In fact, the second pedestal was the last I found.

I only discovered this after searching the entire island and breaking down and reading some walkthroughs online.

So... I know people have run into difficulties with the program recognizing symbols when none were intended. But when I think about it, I have this feeling that I probably drew this symbol for the 4th pedestal because I found it elsewhere in the game. Of course, I can't remember where. I went back to look for it on Taghira and Noloben and can't find it anywhere.

So, my question is: Has anyone else found the 4th pedestal symbol for Laki'ahn anywhere else in Myst V?
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it's the maze pedestal, in case i'm not being clear.
If so, where? And if not, then has anyone else "accidentally" drawn this symbol? This question is driving me crazy.
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#2 User is offline   Lord Chaos 

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 12:54 PM

I don't remember seeing that symbol anywhere else. My guess is that you drew something that was close enough. I've read of this happening in all the Ages of M5. I never had that problem; my mis-drawings were simply ignored. :twitch:
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Posted 09 October 2007 - 07:57 PM

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It looked like a deer antler or a tree to me...

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 09:02 AM

Same thing happened to me in Tahgira. I drew the symbol for the second pedestal and ended up at the third pedestal (took me forever before I realized, ended up being thoroughly ticked off because my progress didn't match any walkthrough :twitch:). In all likelihood you drew a symbol and the engine thought "Hey! This looks like the last pedestal!" and put it on there even though it wasn't...

Which, while irritating, makes a bit of since; the engine does misinterpret drawings sometimes. I was impressed by its general understanding of my MS Paint-like drawings, but there is always room for error :blink:
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 05:12 PM

I managed to skip all the way to the end of Laki'ahn on accident. :twitch:

And EoA so disenchanted me that I never went back to replay that age... :blink: :blink:
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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:25 AM

I know this is extremely old, but it's the second result on google "myst 5 lakiahn bug".

So I'm just here to say that I also encountered the bug (actually skipped through half of the age-which is not a bad thing at all regarding how bad Myst 5 is).

Apparently Bahros misinterpreted the symbol as the one on the other side of the labyrinth pedestal.
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