June 30, 2003
Unanswered Mirror Questions


In his journal entry for 17 Autumn 550 (6/30/03), Norm addresses some of the unsolved mysteries surrounding the recent mirror opening:

The big news recently has to be the "reopening" of the South Forest mirror, although I'm still a bit unclear on how or why this has suddenly happened. There were a number of reports posted in various places about how the mirror was open once again, it seems that the key was that magical cloud that I mentioned before, when it was near the mirror's location the mirror would begin to shimmer, and when the cloud was directly overhead then exiles could pass through the mirror and reach an area on the cloud itself, complete with two mirrors, caves, ice and snow, and several edges where you can view the land below and (if not careful) plummet to your death. As if this were not all, new portals were discovered (I'm not sure where, perhaps on the cloud itself?) that provide instant transportation between two points in the lands, and the portals can be moved about by exiles. I have not yet been able to pass through the mirror myself (the cloud has wandered off and was lost in the Tanglewood last I saw), but using the portal I was able to visit the cloud-land once, where I tangled with polar bears and snow mahas.

What are your thoughts on the opening of the mirror? Why is it open now? How was it opened?

Posted by Para at June 30, 2003 06:07 PM

I recently saw the cloud in or near the pod forest. It seems like it's been moving northeast ever since it passed over the SF mirror. I wonder if it's going anywhere interesting.

If it keeps going that way, it may provide a way for exiles to get far places (one-way of course) by gathering a group in the cloud and then all jumping off - which apparently some people can do without losing all their health.

Posted by: Lex on July 1, 2003 12:48 AM

Does it take off a set amount of health, or does it depend on things like spiritus/menuts?

I'm sure that if it only takes of a set amount a health, a number of super-higgy healers could take the leap...

Posted by: Xepel on July 1, 2003 01:52 AM

Be interesting if the cloud passes over the totally unexplored east coast of the island.

Posted by: J'nder on July 1, 2003 02:47 AM

You can see the cloud to the south-west from outside pods when it is over Tanglewood. So far the cloud seems to only drift along pathways that exiles can take, so I don't think it will go directly from TW to the NE plains. It also doesn't seem to follow PF paths, or I would have expected it to drift into Snaggy by now (and then it would NEVER come out).

Posted by: Norm on July 1, 2003 04:12 AM

The two teleporter blobs were indeed initially on the cloud. When one entered one of the mirrors, you appeared in a small fenced area of farmland, containing only a large white cloud, and the two blobs. The only exit was by falling through the cloud (usually fatal). At some point the teleporting blobs themselves fell through the cloud, and thus ended up down at ground level, where they have remained ever since. It will be interesting to see where they reappear after the next storm.....

Posted by: Rincewind on July 1, 2003 05:41 AM

I went jumping a few days ago from the cload with Sor and indeed he did not die from the fall. He went to red but was still able to raise me. So it would be possiable to jump from the cload to a new area if it ever went over one.

Posted by: Sielk on July 2, 2003 04:17 PM

When I jumped from the cloud, I was dead before I landed. (Saw the fallen icon in the cloud background.) I heard others had been able to heal on the way down. Is it just Higgy that does it?

Posted by: Lorikeet on July 2, 2003 07:04 PM

Lorikeet, that may just be a game thing. The function for the fall is not located where you land it is located in the "exit". So they need to determine your damage at the exit not at the arrival. From and IC point it is backwards but makes since from a programming point.

It does appear to be an amount of damage caused from the fall not a percentage. So if you have more higgy you are more likely to survive. My guess is it might have some amount of random in it as well because I have heard that people who have gone to very low red and sometimes only been low yellow. Anyway there appears to be away to survive if you want to train higgy.

Posted by: Sielk on July 3, 2003 11:49 AM
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