A rendering of Sunners swimming, from From Myst to Riven

A unique aquatic species of Riven. They resemble seals with long necks and snouts. They are communal and intelligent not unlike dolphins.[1]

Riven Sunners

Beach area on the Jungle Island with two resting Sunners.

With their lumbering bodies and strangely delicate flipper appendages, these mammals seem like refugees from some bygone era. Despite their physical size, they are passive in their quest for food: using an efficient baleen (bony plates instead of teeth) feeding mechanism, they ingest the colonies of microscopic organisms that thrive in these waters. They have distinctive dual-colored hides.[2]

Rivenese children love the Sunners, drawing pictures in adoration. They are however edible and the Rivenese hunt them with harpoons. Their generous pelts are used for rudimentary clothing and pouches.[2]

Gehn considered it an impressive oddity that resulted from a curious evolutionary anomaly, and worthy of scientific interest.[2]

The D'ni word "behhahpo" appears in Gehn's journals, possibly a name for this creature.[2]

Smaller than the wahrk, Sunners are designated the number 4 by the Moiety. There is a wooden eye hidden in a path of the jungle. Unlike other wooden eyes on Jungle Island, this is not near a shape resembling its corresponding creature (it is found below a giant sword) however the association is obvious because of its sound.

The sunners presumably became extinct upon the destruction of Riven.

Trivia & notes[]

  • As other Rivenese animals, Sunners were not designed with mesh polygons, but with patches, to result to natural life-like animation. Sunners were designed by Richard Vander Wende; they are inspired by real-life pelicans, penguins, seals, plesiosauri; the whalebone mouth is that of a baleen whale. [3] They were animated by Eric Vignola keeping some birdlike qualities.[4]
  • Tim Larkin produced the sounds of the Sunner; the breathing was based on the sound of a carpet dragged across a table surface, while the barking was a mix of a walrus roar together with the grunts of a hippo and a rhino.[5]


  1. Riven: The Sequel to Myst - Prima Official Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The Riven Journals #2
  3. From Myst to Riven, p. 60
  4. From Myst to Riven, p. 87
  5. From Myst to Riven, p. 103