The the Dome of Prison Island.

A Fire Marble Dome (also known as a rotating dome) or Dash[1] in D'ni language, is a rotating circular dome found on each island in Riven. Each dome has several D'ni symbols representing colors on it, with one being of a yellow color. The yellow symbol marks the color associated with the island you are on.  These colors are part of the combination for the generator found on Temple Island, to power up the Fire Marble Domes; otherwise the linking book within is unusable.

Each Fire Marble Dome spins endlessly until someone presses the button on a nearby telescope when it is correctly aligned with the yellow D'ni symbol.  It then stops momentarily on that symbol and opens, revealing a linking book protected by a slider puzzle.  Once powered, The Stranger can use these linking books to link to the Age 233, where Gehn can be found.


When Atrus trapped Gehn within Riven without a linking book, Gehn began experimenting with ways to power a linking book, as he did not have the ingredients necessary for The Art to function properly without returning to D'ni. He soon discovered a way to write an age, though it requires a specific type of power. He then builds the Fire Marble Domes to protect his linking books to the age and to power them so he can access them at any time. However, he soon captures a Moiety, upon which he discovers a crystal, which when placed over the Linking Panel, allows him to link without power. He then abandons the domes.

Notes & references[]

  • Originally, Riven had neoclassical gazebo-like structures with columns, following up the visual style of Myst. It was Richard Vander Wende who suggested giving an individual character to the structures, reflecting Gehn's personality.[2]
  • Tim Larkin produced the rolling sound of the rotating domes; it was based on the tricycle of his son.[3]
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  1. From Myst to Riven, p. 96
  2. From Myst to Riven, pp. 41-44
  3. From Myst to Riven, p. 103