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what is d'ni?

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D'ni (D'ni spelling: D'nee meaning "New Beginning"[1]) is a civilization that lives in an underground cave system and has the ability to write books that will link to other lands. Once from a land called Garternay, impending doom caused the citizens to write new ages to escape to. Some people went to D'ni and others went to Terahnee. The original D'ni civilization was destroyed by Veovis and A'Gaeris. Atrus, the main character of the Myst series, is one quarter D'ni.


The word is spelled "Dunny" in early material related to the first Myst game, signifying the pronunciation of the word. Richard A. Watson noted that this word means "toilet" in Australian English,[2] and perhaps that was the reason it was dropped.[1]

During the production of Myst V, actor David Ogden Stiers suggested to pronounce the name as "duchnee" instead of Dunny, and Rand Miller gave his approval, despite being inconstent with what Stiers and Miller always used already (and what is known about the D'ni language). Watson joked that Esher's pronounciation can be explained as a result of some speech impendiment (caused by being bitten by the snakes in Noloben).[1]


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