Characters / Myst

A list of characters appearing in the Myst series.

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Main Characters

    The Stranger 

The Stranger

The Player Character who found Atrus' Linking book to Myst.

    Atrus 

Atrus

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The D'ni man who regularly calls on the Stranger to help him with his family problems.

  • Bound and Gagged: Has his hands bound behind his back in Book of Atrus.
  • Broken Pedestal: When he met his father as a child, he admired him at first.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Named for his deceased grandfather.
  • Distressed Dude: He needs you to solve his problems for him in every numbered Myst series title.
  • Disappeared Dad: He was raised by his grandmother since his father left him there.
  • Doom Magnet
  • Gadgeteer Genius
  • Game Over Man: If you foolishly enter D'ni without the green page, leaving you both without any hope of exit. This actually causes Atrus to shout "What kind of fool are you?!" before turning away in disgust. (If you instead choose to free Sirrus and Achenar, they will gloat before trapping you in their respective books.)
  • Good Is Not Soft: Atrus punishes both his sons and his father for their crimes with a Fate Worse Than Death.
  • Happily Married: Despite the hardships they endure, he and Catherine are devoted to one another.
  • Large Ham: In the original version of Myst, Atrus was much more animated and emotional, occasionally dipping into Chewing the Scenery. This is most evident if you go to D'ni but forget to take the page with you, causing him to angrily shout the above quote in such a way as to sound like any number of gibberish phrases. Inverted both in later games as well as Updated Rereleases of Myst, as he is much more stoic and reserved.
  • Missing Mom: Died in childbirth.
  • Properly Paranoid: At the beginning of Exile, Catherine complains about Atrus' obsession with security. As it shortly turns out, his efforts are both entirely justified and woefully inadequate. (He thinks someone's been breaking in, which is true, but what he doesn't know is that it's not someone in Tomahna, it's someone in a completely different Age who happens to have a Linking Book to Tomahna that gets them right past his locks.)
  • Proud Scholar Race Guy
  • Raised by Grandparents: Raised by his grandmother in the desert.
  • Recurring Character: Atrus, played by series co-creator Rand Miller, is the only character to appear in every game. Even though Cyan did not make Myst III and IV themselves, Miller agreed to appear in the games for the fans — although it's been said that he wasn't fond of playing Atrus, as he thought the role was more deserving of a professional actor.
  • Renaissance Man
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Non-time-travel variant; Gehn isn't a particularly good linking author, so the quantum-uncertainty thing the linking books have going on makes the Ages he links to dangerously unstable. Atrus is much better at writing linking books than his father, and reckons he can use those same quantum-uncertainty shenanigans to salvage Gehn's Ages, or even undo the damage Gehn caused; but it's a very time-sensitive endeavor because Ages don't stop deteriorating just because you're not in them, and some are beyond saving already. In fact, this is how Atrus contributes to your efforts to save Catherine and capture Gehn: The entire time you're in Riven, he's writing frenziedly in the book to patch any errors he can find and make sure that the Age doesn't fall apart and kill you.
  • Tailor-Made Prison
  • Uneven Hybrid: 1/4th D'ni.
  • What the Hell, Player?: Atrus doesn't react well to your stupidity if you go to D'ni without bringing the missing linking book page.
    • Nor does he react well to your cruelty if you trap Saavedro in Narayan and leave without letting him go.

    Sirrus 

Sirrus

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The younger son of Atrus and Catherine.

  • The Alcoholic: A couple of his rooms have bottles scattered around.
  • Big Bad: Part of a Big Bad Duumvirate with his brother Achenar and the sole main antagonist in Myst IV: Revelations.
  • Big NO: In Revelation.
  • Cast as a Mask: Inverted and has some gender bending thrown in in Revelation.
  • Determinator: Spire is an even worse place to live than Haven in terms of pure starkness, but Sirrus gets by. He even keeps going after spending years building a magnetic ship to fly to a place under the could cover, all in an attempt to recover the linking book that fell off the edge, only to find there is no world under the spires, just a charged ball of magnetic gas.
  • Driven by Envy: While he never had the work ethic to learn the Art, he desperately wants its power. It's why his plan in IV boils down to stealing his sister's life from her to learn it from Atrus.
  • Evil Gloating: In both the original game and IV. In IV, the player's seeing the shredded-up remains of him gloating on and on to Yeesha.
    "My dear friend. You've done the right thing. You stupid fool! Hahaha!"
  • Killed Off for Real: His body is an Easter Egg you can find if you look at the metal tube once you enter his hideout. You see Sirrus sleeping in the tube. Even then, Sirrus isn't dead - only his mind is, as solving the memory lock he holds on Yeesha essentially destroys his soul, rendering Sirrus a vegetable forever.
  • Large Ham
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Sirrus has a taste for nice things such as mahogany furniture and Renaissance art, in contrast to his more Axe Crazy and Obviously Evil brother Achenar.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Inverted, his color code is Red but he is a scheming planner. Not that he never has bouts of emotion, he does.
  • Smug Snake
  • The Stoner: If Sirrus has a weakness, other than his general egotism and greed, it's an overt fondness for drugs- of any kind, apparently.
  • Uneven Hybrid: 1/8th D'ni.
  • Villainous Breakdown: "No, you fool! My performance was perfect!"
  • Walking Spoiler
  • Would Hurt a Child: More specifically, attempts Grand Theft Me on Yeesha.

    Achenar 

Achenar

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The older son of Atrus and Catherine.

  • Axe Crazy: It's pretty easy to recognize whenever you've found Achenar's room in an age due to all the torture implements and human remains lying around.
  • Big Bad: Alongside his brother in the first game.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Has no problem torturing innocent people to death, for apparently no other reason other than he thinks it's fun. Even has a Torture Cellar in one age, fit with a collection of poisons and an electrical torture cage.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: His death-fetishism aside, Achenar apparently found his brother's greedy obsession with squeezing their Ages dry repulsive, and gave his subjects orders to ignore Sirrus's new taxes.
    • This also pushes Achenar to stop Sirrus from hijacking Yeesha's body for personal gain. Achenar is disgusted by how vile he is.
  • Giggling Villain: Especially evident in the bad ending in the first game where the player is trapped inside his book after freeing him. It's even reminiscent of the laugh provided by Frank Gorshin's Riddler.
  • Heel–Face Turn
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He dies protecting Yeesha from his brother.
  • Insane Equals Violent: At least, he seems to have no reservations about painfully killing people to satisfy his own morbid curiosities.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • Large Ham: In the original game, it's pretty clear from his dialogue alone that he's Obviously Evil. He does calm down quite a bit by Revelation.
  • Morality Pet: The Mangrees.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Killing off the cerpatees, the top predators of Haven, upsets the ecological balance of the island. Seeing the consequences of his actions, and having to live with said consequences, gets him to start contemplating his actions from before, eventually leading to a Villainous B.S.O.D..
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Has a pretty unhealthy fascination with anything having to do with death.
  • Obviously Evil: From the moment he makes contact with you, it's blatantly obvious he's unhinged and unstable. His rooms in the various Ages are also filled with torture devices, and he has a closet filled with the mutilated bodies of his victims. This is in contrast to Sirrus, who behaves calmly and rationally and whose rooms show him to enjoy wealth, which doesn't seem so bad until you realize that his opulence stands in stark contrast to the sparse dwellings of the natives around him, and that wealth had to come from somewhere...
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Plays it up even more by giggling like a child whenever he speaks.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Is coded blue, but is known for violent outbursts. He starts becoming rational after he realizes how far he has fallen.
  • Redemption Equals Death
  • Villainous Breakdown: Suffered one in Haven. After realising he was trapped on his own with no Linking Book, his already unstable mind underwent a complete psychotic meltdown, causing him to butcher his way through half the Age's animal inhabitants in blind rage. Ultimately subverted, as he eventually came to terms with his fate and realised with all the blood on his hands just why he deserved to be there. Eventually, this led to his redemption.
  • Uneven Hybrid: 1/8th D'ni.
  • Villainous B.S.O.D.: "My god, brother. Did we really kill so many?"

    Catherine 

Catherine

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Atrus' wife and a native of the Riven Age.

  • Accidental Misnaming: On Atrus's part. Her birth name is Katran, but because Atrus is unfamiliar with the language, he mistakenly refers to her as Catherine. She eventually takes this on as her actual name.
  • A God I Am Not: Played straight. She's initially uncomfortable with the godlike treatment she receives from the Moiety. While she never sees herself as a god, she does come to accept it when she realizes this can be used as a tool to galvanize them against Gehn.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Gehn springs this on her in Book of Atrus. It doesn't pan out for him.
  • Beyond the Impossible: The novels feature her Age "Torus", a stable doughnut-shaped world, which features a huge waterfall that falls through the planet's core, turns into rain and gets carried back by clouds to refill the ocean, that in turn feeds the waterfall. Atrus' reaction to first seeing this was that, until then, he had thought it impossible to do such things with the Art.
  • Distressed Damsel: Riven.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Implied to have this ability.
  • Good Parents: She still cares for her sons despite their transgressions. In Revelation, Sirrus has a potted plant given to him by her, while one memory of Achenar's centers on him gushing about his mother bringing him clean clothes.
  • Happily Married
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With her grandmother-in-law Anna.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: Downplayed. Atrus's D'ni blood ensures that he'll outlive her, but he still ages, and he doesn't outlive her by that much.
  • Messianic Archetype: The Moiety see her as this.
  • Mysterious Waif: As a young girl in Book of Atrus.
  • Mysterious Woman
  • Rescue Romance: One of her cousins saves Atrus from drowning when he accidentally ingests Rivenese water, and Catherine nurses him back to health. Later, her clever planning with Anna helps Atrus escape.
  • The Ghost: In Revelation, where she has a journal and dialogue in memory flashbacks, but never actually appears.
  • Women Are Wiser

    Gehn 

Gehn

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Atrus' father and the main antagonist of Riven. Played by "Francis Douglas Arthur Caston", or simply John Keston.

  • A God Am I: Has a massive god complex, entering the Ages he writes and declaring himself to be a god to the inhabitants.
  • And I Must Scream: Gehn suffers this fate in Riven if you do things right.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To his son Atrus.
  • Beige Prose: Exaggerated. Rather than actually learn the art of the Art, like his son, Gehn treats writing like a science, scavenging through old D'ni linking books to learn "formulas" and deleting any "unnecessary" words to preserve his ink supply. This has a direct and negative effect on the stability of his worlds. Atrus, who spends years and years trying to stabilize his Magnum Opus, the book of Riven, compares his work to looking at a collage of masterful tapestries and paintings haphazardly cut apart and strung together with no regard for cohesion or style.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Constantly smoking from one in both the games and the books.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Mentioned very briefly in Atrus's journal for the Stoneship Age in Myst.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Most of his diary is filled with pompous declarations and ranting... until you reach the page where he grieves for his wife whom he has not seen in years. There is a teardrop stain in the corner.
  • Evil Old Folks: He has more in common with Sirrus than his son.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He is softspoken and unfailingly cordial in your conversations with him, and he claims that he's a better man for his time trapped in Riven - even expressing regret for trying to kill Atrus during the backstory. It's clearly just a mask to disguise his true ambitions: if allowed, he'll gladly shoot Atrus dead, shoot you as well, or even leave you in the Trap Book for all eternity. During a bad ending he goes so far as to politely apologize for shooting you with a poison dart and muse nostalgically on the chance of seeing Atrus again while you slowly die in the background.
  • Freudian Excuse: Being taken from his parents at a young age seems to have had a particularly traumatic affect on him, to the extent that he's still bitter about it as an adult.
  • Game Over Man: Takes over for Atrus in this regard. If you release him from the trap book, he will puzzle over your naivete and force you to take his place. Likewise, if you set him loose on Riven, he orders his guards to plug both you and Atrus with poison blowdarts.
  • Genre Savvy: When you finally meet him, Gehn doesn't try to refute anything Atrus told you about him, doesn't try to bribe you, and doesn't try to glorify his evil deeds. He instead says he's grown remorseful over his past actions during his long imprisonment, and is currently trying to protect the people of Riven from the Age's impending collapse and a small group of terrorists. Of course, he's blatantly lying, but he manages it more convincingly than most, especially considering the strong emphasis on redemption seen in the series which might lead a Wrong Genre Savvy player to take him at his word.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half human and half D'ni.
  • Human Mom Non Human Dad: Human mother, D'ni father.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: As a way to justify his A God Am I behavior.
  • Ill Boy: As an infant in Book of Ti'ana. He improves. Sort of.
  • It's All About Me
  • Kick the Dog: Gehn built a gallows to abuse his position as self-appointed "God" of Riven. The location is visited early in the game and the means of death is discovered upon simply exploring the islands.
  • Man in White & Putting on the Reich: Gehn wears a white dress uniform with bullet buttons and epaulettes. Presumably, these were his generalissimo duds from when he was in charge of Riven.
  • Offing the Offspring: Any goodwill between him and his son is long extinguished.
  • Smoking is Not Cool: He's one of the series' main antagonists and is the only major character shown to be a heavy smoker.
    • However, social pipe smoking was practiced among D'ni men, as shown by a friendly minor character in Book of D'ni with a similar habit to Gehn's. Maybe he's just trying to emulate his birth culture.
  • Villains Out Shopping: The supplemental booklet for the soundtrack contains extra pages from Gehn's journal where he discusses some of his hobbies.
  • What Happened to the Squee?: You don't hear from Gehn after he is imprisoned. Does he mend? Does he die unreformed? Is he lost in the library fire?
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His journal in the 233rd Age seems to indicate that he sees his deceased father this way. Additionally, the portraits in his room feature his father alongside his wife, while his much maligned mother is curiously absent.

    Saavedro 

Saavedro

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A man who wants revenge against Atrus for the horrific crimes his sons caused to his homeland; and the main villain of Exile.

  • Anti-Villain: He is simply an innocent victim of Sirrus and Achenar's reign of terror, trapped alone on a desolate age for decades and unable to return to his wife and children.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Brad Dourif plays Saavedro in Myst 3. He was a big Myst fan at the time.
  • Axe Crazy: Though he will kill you at the drop of a hat if given the opportunity.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: To at least some extent, his misanthropy stems from his treatment from Atrus' sons.
  • Big "NO!"
  • Drop the Hammer
  • Fate Worse Than Death: In one of his rants to Atrus, he mentions how Sirrus and Achenar destroyed his civilization and separated him from his family, concluding that "It would have been better if I had died." In one of the endings, you can put him in an even worse fate than the one Sirrus and Achenar put him through.
  • Foil: To the Stranger. Both were trapped in a strange world because of Atrus' mistakes, but whereas the Stranger was able to solve the predicament and subsequently chose to be helpful, Saavedro had no means of escape, slowly went mad from isolation, and devoted his energies to revenge.
  • He Who Fights Monsters
  • I Have Releeshahn: Holds the only contact Atrus has to his people hostage in order to get him to fix what Sirrus and Achenar did 20 years prior.
  • I Lied: Saavedro offers to return Releeshahn to the player freely at the end of Myst III when it turns out he can't return home without help. If you take up his offer directly, he gleefully tosses the book into an abyss and scampers off home.
  • It's Personal
  • Large Ham
  • Last of His Kind: Saavedro thinks himself to be the last of the Narayani race due to a rather nasty civil war that occurred on his home Age. This is also not the case.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Saavedro has two, alluding to the final line of Brad Dourif's first film character.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Once you finally manage to turn the tables on him.

    Yeesha 

Yeesha

The daughter of Atrus and Catherine.

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  • Achievements in Ignorance: Yeesha can do a lot of things when writing Ages that were previously thought impossible (even above and beyond what her mother does-see below). It turns out that a lot of things that were previously thought to be hard-and-fast natural laws surrounding the process of writing linking books were just ancient traditions which had been around so long they assumed they must be laws. By being raised and taught in an environment where those weren't drummed into her head, Yeesha is able to accomplish things that everything her forefathers knew told them should cause her worlds to self-destruct.
  • Broken Bird: In End Of Ages.
  • Bound and Gagged: In Revelation.
  • Creepy Child: Later part of Myst IV - Sirrus possesses Yeesha's body. He does a good job at impersonating her, but his language slips through. Comes to a head in the bad endings, in which she smiles sweetly as she shoots you with a crossbow.
  • Daddy's Girl: Her father always calls her "my desert bird". In End Of Ages, when everything falls apart, they still have each other.
  • Distressed Damsel: Just like her mother. It must run in the family.
  • Meaningful Name: Yeesha means "laughter" in D'ni. Inverted later in her life, sadly.
  • Messianic Archetype: Subverted. She fails to fulfill the role due to her own pride.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: "And a daughter will carry the burden of her father."
  • The Chosen One: She writes in a letter to Atrus: "I have seen new life, and brought it forth myself. And I go now to become the grower. If only you could see. Perhaps you do." Subverted.
  • Third Time's the Charm: This could be unintentional, but as numbers are important to the D'ni, maybe it's no coincidence that Atrus has three children. He feels a lot of guilt and pain over the fact that the first two end up evil, so he goes out of his way to make sure he doesn't make the same mistakes with his daughter. She ends up good, though troubled, and plays an important role in the future of D'ni.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Goes from a happy, lively 10-year-old to a brooding, desperate adult who seems to have the weight of the world on her shoulders.
  • Uneven Hybrid: 1/8th D'ni.
  • Videogame Cruelty Potential: Releasing her pet ladybugs in Revelation just for the heck of it.

    Esher 

Esher

One of the last pure-blood survivors of the D'ni who guides you to help secure the Tablet in Myst V.

  • Drunk on the Dark Side: If you give him the Tablet.
  • Fantastic Racist: He thinks of the D'ni as superior to all other races. He also appears to have appropriated the Terahnee word "Bahro" (used to refer to all non-Ronay) to refer to the creatures that link naturally.
  • Last of His Kind: He believes so, though there are many other D'ni living on Releeshahn.
  • Mr. Exposition: He shows up A LOT in Myst V. Perhaps even way too much.
  • Treacherous Advisor
  • Villainous Breakdown: "You... idiot! Moronic lump of filth! You are nothing! Rrghh — I needed the power! I needed it! D'ni needed me! You threw it away to this witch and her legion of scum, the demon slaves! You have released the slaves as masters! You've turned the small to great! Curse the Maker..."

Book-Only Characters

    Ti'ana (Anna) 

Ti'ana (Anna)

The human woman who stumbled upon the D'ni civilization after the death of her father. Grandmother of Atrus. Inadvertently causes the destruction of the D'ni city after advocating against Veovis's execution.

  • Action Girl: Despite Myst not being an especially action-driven series, her adventurous nature and stubbornness tends to give off this vibe.
  • Cool Old Lady: Becomes one later in life.
  • Determinator: Oh boy. Anna set off on her own into the wild with nothing but a wagon full of supplies after her father's death. After her entire adopted civilization is destroyed because of her mistake, leaving her a widow, she simply gets up and dusts herself off, raising two children the barren desert.
    • Deciding to bring Gehn home from the Guild of Books without informing anyone, and persisting even after being turned away by the security guards.
    • When Gehn takes Atrus to D'ni, she secretly follows them for years, just to make sure that Atrus is safe.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: Lived to a ripe old age, only to be killed off in an undisclosed accident on one of Catherine's ages.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She's mentioned in Gehn's journal in Riven before her appearances in the book series.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Good Parents: Tried to be a Good Parent to both her son and grandson, failing terribly with the former. She plays the trope straight with Atrus.
  • Happy Rain: With her future husband in Book of Ti'ana, and her grandson in Book of Atrus. The scene in Book of Ti'ana is also an example of Romantic Rain, as it's a turning point in their relationship.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Anna and Catherine had a close friendship during their time together on Myst Island.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Aitrus.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: The D'ni are not happy about one of their own mingling with an outsider.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: Her husband is over 70 when they marry, but because of his species' slow aging, he's still her peer. Ironically, she far outlives him.
  • Meaningful Name: An In-Universe example: the D'ni seem to be unable to pronounce her human name correctly. This eventually causes Aitrus to give her the name Ti'ana, the D'ni word for "Storyteller", due his appreciation of her tales about life on the surface.
  • Mike Nelson Destroyer of Worlds
  • Missing Mom: Killed in a climbing accident, as she eventually reveals to Aitrus.
  • Mr. Imagination: Has this tendency, as shown by her unusual interpretation of the D'ni tunneling equipment.
  • My Greatest Failure: Accidentally triggering the fall of D'ni.
  • Posthumous Character: She's portrayed this way in the videogame series.
  • The Obiwan: Anna takes on the role of mentor for her grandson Atrus.
  • Widow Witch: Purposely Invoked by her on the traders who visit the Cleft. She warns Atrus that the traders would sell him into slavery if they knew he existed, so she pretends to be this trope to keep his existence hidden.

    Aitrus 

Aitrus

A D'ni citizen and member of the Guild of Surveyors. Grandfather of Atrus.

    Veovis 

Veovis

A young D'ni noblemen with a hot temper, a member of the Guild of Writers. Allies himself with A'gaeris and plots the destruction of D'ni.

    A'gaeris 

A'gaeris

A former member of the Guild of Writers who was long ago stripped of his title. Allies himself with Veovis and plots the destruction of D'ni.

    Marrim 

Marrim

A girl from the Age of Averone who becomes one of Atrus's apprentices in Book of D'ni.

    Eedrah ro'Jethhe 

Eedrah ro'Jethhe

One of the few Terahnee in Book of D'ni who deigns to see the Relyimah.

Alternative Title(s): Myst III Exile, Riven, Myst IV Revelation, Uru Ages Beyond Myst, Myst V End Of Ages

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