- DRA Office Show Spoiler
On the 43rd expedition of the Fan Ages Touring Club we visited DRA Office by the Adrael Team, which at some point included: Clat, Boblishman, D’Lanor, Emor D’ni Lap, Lyllus, Kira, DatokerJ, Szark, SeryousYew, Simone, Sophia, Ehren, Ametist, Murray. See Minasunda’s video!
DRA Office, released in September 2010 (but actually made after Adrael itself), is the starting area for the Adrael adventure. DRA is the D’ni Research Association, a European equivalent of the DRC, with a more archaeological approach to restoration: their view is that works of art, machineries and other artifacts should be preserved in their original condition, even if incomplete.
The office is actually a Nexus for various areas in Adrael, a D’ni age with four stars, one of which has a spiral around it. There are three rooms: the link-in point has a desk with notes and journals; one has stands with linking books on it, and a window looking at a large planet; the third one has three monitors, one of which is usable and has three videos – a very rare feature among fan ages – with clues for the story.
Three books are available in the Nexus: one links to a room in the city of Dormah, long since abandoned. As the journal mentions, the age has since dried up, so the place is a bit different from the video. You can actually see the city through a window!
Another book links to an abandoned mining location north of Dormah, with three main areas: a cave with a dragon-looking fossil, a narrow passage with a broken pipe (note the D’ni numbers and the emblems on it), and a larger open area with a digging machine, and a giant stone head. There is a model of the machine in the office, and the head is shaped after Lyllus’.
The third book links to a cliff with a dried tree, west of the mine. This is where the puzzle actually begins: a DRA member, Irena Stromberg, has gone missing after a vision of a ‘ghost’ with glowing eyes (filmed in one of the videos), and rescue attempts so far failed to even locate her.
The Adrael project I think is one of the most intriguing (and complex) fan stories in the Uru community, and one that is still going on. A complete overhaul of the office is planned, along with two more ages: Aaronia and Amahura.
A recording of the Twitch stream is available.
Next time (December 20 at 11:00 KIT) we will try to learn about Irena’s fate in Adrael. Until then!
(Previous tour: Eder Taygahn + Yedahna + Turtle Isle)