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Cho

The first encounter with the guard.

The unnamed Gehn's Guard is a character who appears in Riven: The Sequel to Myst. He is played by Vincent Ramos.

He is a Rivenese guard employed by Gehn to watch the entrance to Riven on the Temple Island and question anyone who would link in. He wears a D'ni uniform, as was of the Rivenese affiliated with Gehn.[1] He was instructed by Gehn some D'ni language in order to be able to request any Linking Books the visitor (presumably Atrus) would carry.[2]

BiographyEdit

He witnessed the arrival of Catherine. He managed to search her belongings for a Linking Book but found none. He must had been so surprised, that he was easily darted by the Moiety, who then took Catherine away.[1] Nonetheless he reported this to Gehn.[3]

When the Stranger came to Riven, the guard mumbled to himself in Rivenese in surprise. He saw that he carried a book (actually a Trap Book for Gehn), and attempted to request about it in D'ni. As the Stranger spoke no Rivenese or D'ni, the guard gave up and attempted to steal it from him. However, he is soon knocked out by a rebel who took the book, threw the unconscious guard over a cliff and broke the cage.[4]

Later he regained his senses and left, making his way back to Gehn and reporting the arrival of the Stranger.[3]

The guard is seen again only during the bad endings...

  • When the player traps themselves within the Trap Book, Gehn puts his guard in the cage of Age 233 and makes him use the book himself, trapped within it, but as you switch places, you are "freed" inside the cage. Gehn shoots you immediately after.
  • If the player open the Star Fissure prematurely, Gehn and his guard show up. Gehn shoots Atrus and takes his linking book, then orders his guard to shoot you.

TriviaEdit

  • Fans refer to that character as "Cho" due to the first word he utters to you in Riven in the Rivenese Language.
  • Although not mentioned, it is possible that Cho is a member of the Rivenese Guild of Maintainers.
  • The whole Cho's monologue in the introduction is in Rivenese (which, according to background information, is represented by an actual dialect of Papua New Guinea). As is the case with most of the "alien" dialogues in the game, the speech remains untranslated and as of 2015, it is still unknown to the public what Cho really said.
  • Of his speech, one sentence can be analyzed: Cho attempts to speak D'ni to the Stranger, saying tah... tah... tahgemah b'soo rekoah. This is intentionally wrong, signifying the "broken" D'ni language Cho was able to speak. In reality he was supposed to say (to Atrus): tahgemah b'zoo ah rekor ("give me the book").[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Catherine's Riven Journal
  2. 2.0 2.1 Language
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gehn's Second Journal
  4. Riven: The Sequel to Myst