Age 233 was a harsh and desolate Age, the first that Gehn was able to write while trapped on Riven.


After many failed attempts on writing a workable Linking Book, Gehn eventually succeeded in modifying the Fire Marbles to generate enough power to hold a Descriptive Book in a stable matrix. He proceeded to repair outer wear to be able to work there, and redesign his goggles.[1]

Gehn brought a team of Rivenese workers to build his office there. Because of the toxic nature of the environment, work was very difficult and they suffered from blindness.[2]

The next year he worked on Riven in order to construct a series of Link sites for each island. The Survey Guild completed the site location for each island according to his exact specifications, and begun installing the domes around the link sites. That way Riven would have access to his new office.[1]


233 OSTbooklet

Landscape as seen from Gehn's office (from the Riven: The Soundtrack booklet).

The age features many odd looking rock formations that appear very out of place. It is presumed that the water levels in the age used to be higher, and, as they receded, they left the original rock formations in place at the old waterline while new formations were formed beneath.

Rainfall to the region is very sparse, forcing Gehn to put a giant dish on the top of his base in the age to collect what little rain fell. In his quarters, Gehn has five linking books, one to each island on Riven, as well as his personal living area. In his living area, there are, among other things, a cannen and a maral-obe which were the only means that Gehn could entertain himself with, a message left for him by Keta, a D'ni timepiece given to him by Aitrus, and his journal, which contains many insights about his personal life.

Gehn was not sure how stable this Age was. His examinations of the Age had proven inconclusive.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Gehn's Work Journal
  2. Riven: The Soundtrack booklet; possible translation from D'ni language found here.
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