Digging through my very thick game guide folder I used as a mystonline guide and found this old interview between Ms. Isis and Elpis. The memories!
Issis recently settled into a house on M’nine and no longer explores or guides explorers.
Elpis and Thorne continue to link through and research the old D’ni books they managed to ferret away. Their home base is on M’nine, though they still frequent Tomahna, The Cleft, and their Reltos several times a year.
LaCasa in New Mexico and Myss Terrie’s Hood have been mostly abandoned, the other senior members having moved onto other Ages to retire.
Ms. Isis: Hello, everyone. I’m Ms. Isis and my guest today is Elpis, protector of the Friends of the Fissure and from the bed and breakfast, LaCasa, that has become the home for so many displaced explorers while the Cavern is closed for maintenance.
Elpis: Good afternoon. It’s great to be here to help those who are not sure where the path before them will lead.
Ms. Isis: I know you came to LaCasa in the winter of 1996 and 1997. Where did you come from?
Elpis: I grew up among the cattle ranches of central Nebraska. Our family ranch has been passed down for centuries, although my father took possession of the ranch late in life. He traveled a lot, met my mother on his travels, and brought her back to the ranch. They stayed thre after I was born, although we still took a lot of vacations exploring unpopulated areas and mountain climbing.
Ms. Isis: Why did you come to the desert of New Mexico?
Elpis: Really, my URU journey started before I knew LaCasa even existed. My mother told me fairy tales of an underground city and she left me a locket when she died. The locket’s inscription said, “To my darling Elpis, my hope. May you find the courage to follow the path your father and I could not.” I was only 18 years old at the time.
Ms. Isis: Very sad to lose your mother so young.
Elpis: Yes. And for the next few years, I dreamed of D’ni, Aegura, and the Bahro. After my father died, my dreams became visions of what is known as the Great Fall, the incident that caused the demise of the D’ni civilization.
Ms. Isis: And then you followed the path before you.
Elpis: Yes. The call was strong. I followed the voice that led me here, the voice I later learned was Yeesha.
Ms. Isis: So, how did you become a protector for the Friends of the Fissure?
Elpis: At the cleft, I met Okaasan. She took me in, guided me, taught me what she knew so far, and together we learned more. KoHama niDni left Okaasan in charge of LaCasa during her ten year absence and I helped out where I could. Mainly continuing the research, with some odd jobs thrown in. I became Okaasan’s assistant, you might say.
Ms. Isis: LaCasa took up a lot of your time then and delayed your journey to the Cavern?
Elpis: It was close to a year after getting here before my journey continued below the surface. Okaasan and I travelled down the Great Shaft. There I saw the place of my dreams. A treasure trove of learning awaited me there.
Ms. Isis: Many joined the DRC in the restoration efforts at that time. But you didn’t become a volunteer. Why is that?
Elpis: Yeesha guided me to stay away from the DRC. Their intentions were clouded with the business of running the restoration. I made a few friends with the DRC volunteers for food and supplies, and managed to study books on my own.
Ms. Isis: The DRC protected the books well. How did you manage to get to them?
Elpis: Remember how I told you my parents took me on trips?
Ms. Isis: Oh, yes.
Elpis: We often went mountain climbing. So I took my gear with me. Those windows are high up, but I had no problem getting to them. And the city is big. I found a hiding place they didn’t. I don’t think the DRC ever found that room. Many of the books not claimed by the DRC are still there. Many more are locked away by the Friends of the Fissure.
Ms. Isis: What about the Ages, whose books the DRC guarded?
Elpis: At this time, they hadn’t opened Teledahn yet. Douglas Sharper had just started there. I watched him at work for many months by scaling up to his city office and using the linking book there.
Ms. Isis: Eventually the Cavern opened to explorers and you didn’t have to be invisible anymore.
Elpis: That’s right. Jeff Zandi showed up and helped people follow Yeesha’s call to the Cavern. The DRC didn’t like it too much, but since Yeesha wrote us our Reltos and set us on the journey for the first four Ages, they couldn’t do much about it. I thought it was funny.
Ms. Isis: So, how did your role with Friends of the Fissure change then?
Elpis: Well, it really didn’t change. But I did get out more. We kept to the Bevins mostly. That’s where new explorers would venture to get help and direction. When things became strained and uncertain with the Bahro, I tried to keep people looking forward. Keep optimism alive – help them not give up hope.
Ms. Isis: I’ve noticed that making sure people not give up on hope for the future is important to you.
Elpis: Yes. My mother chose my name, Elpis, after the spirit of hope that clung to Pandora’s Box, refusing to leave mankind. Helping others to hang on to hope for the future and in Yeesha’s way is a big part of my path.
Ms. Isis: Your path brought you back to the surface before the Cavern was closed. Why was that?
Elpis: I meditated in Bahro Cave C for awhile, where a friendly Bahro kept me company. I might have been there for more than 24 hours. Not sure because I left my KI and everything else in my Relto hut. The Bahro jumped into the hole and I followed. That night, back in my Relto, Yeesha came to me in a dream. She said my job down below was done and my work was to continue at LaCasa and Tomahna. Yeesha told me to leave immediately.
Ms. Isis: I remember that day. You let me know through the KI. Even though I knew I’d see you at LaCasa, it was sad to know I wouldn’t see you in D’ni.
Elpis: Yes, it was bittersweet. Being given a path by Yeesha was exhilarating, yet having to leave the Cavern and the people there was very sad.
Ms. Isis: But it worked out.
Elpis: Oh, yes. I was able to concentrate on the research, catch up on LaCasa bookkeeping, and prepare for those explorers leaving the Cavern after me.
Ms. Isis: I know the day I left the Cavern, the Cleft was filled with people. We were very confused and lost.
Elpis: Yes. It was busy for all of us. I was very glad then that Yeesha had sent me topside early to prepare.
Ms. Isis: It was very disorienting for all of us. We had a journey, a purpose, and a home to look for. Suddenly, we were stranded in the desert and didn’t know what to do.
Elpis: That’s what Friends of the Fissure is for. To help those lost find their path to follow. Some figure it out quickly and leave here, while others take longer. Until they know where they want to go, they’re welcome at LaCasa. Or to stay when they find their purpose is here with us.
Ms. Isis: Now that things have quieted down, what has LaCasa been doing?
Elpis: Well, we still have the occasional explorer leaving the Cleft, so we help them find their direction. But Friends of the Fissure know there is more left to this journey that Yeesha set us on. You know. “Find a way, make a home.”
Ms. Isis: Those words continue to guide many of us.
Elpis: The answer is within our grasp. If we don’t have the path to the home of this new D’ni, we at least have the next step of the journey. We just have to stay diligent and keep our eyes open.
Ms. Isis: New D’ni. That may be a term many aren’t familiar with.
Elpis: D’ni is a word that implies a ‘new start’ in the Ronay tongue. For the D’ni, that’s what the Cavern was. For us, that’s what this new journey is. A new start or a new beginning to finding our home.
Ms. Isis: What about the guilds? What are your thoughts on them?
Elpis: At first, I thought they would fill up with pride and lead to disaster, as many claim the guilds of old D’ni led to the Great Fall. But they’ve really impressed me with their enthusiasm, devotion, and openness. I feel there’s a chance they’ll work wonders. At any rate, the Friends of the Fissure will be here to help those not in the guilds and to welcome those in the guilds.
Ms. Isis: Well, we’re out of time for today. It was great to have you here. Thank you for taking the time away from your work.
Elpis: My pleasure. I’m always willing to spread hope to those stranded who might be listening. Remember, Yeesha sent us on a path and she’s out there with the friendly Bahro leading the dangerous Bahro away from us so we can complete our journey. Have hope that she will return safely and hope that we will find our home.