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D'ni to English Dictionary
English to D'ni Dictionary


The purpose of this dictionary is to provide a list of all of the words of the D'ni language that have been published by Cyan Worlds. Included with the words and phrases, you will find citations of their sources and either an official English translation or a guess based on context. Information about the language has been revealed in diverse ways, ranging from inscriptions on artifacts and notes or letters depicted in the Myst games, outside publications such as books and calendars, speech recordings, text from novels, and revelations from Cyan World's web sites. Speculative translations are placed in brackets "[ ]" and/or queried with "(?)".

This dictionary was compiled by explorer Kh'reestrefah, and other than reformatting it in this site to make it neater, I do not claim to have had any hand in its creation. The original version of this dictionary is located at Eldalamberon.


Abbreviation Source Notes
AP * Atrus's Prayer; 1996 Myst Calendar.


BA * Book of Atrus, The, by , by David Wingrove.

As of July 2014, The Book of Atrus, The Book of Ti'ana, and The Book of D'ni were still available from Amazon USA. Also available was a collected volume called The D'ni Reader which contains all three books.

BD * Book of D'ni, The, by David Wingrove.
BT * Book of T'iana, The, by David Wingrove.
Chalk * Chalkboard in the Riven schoolroom.


Cho * Cho the guard; Riven link cage.

The guard was nicknamed "Cho" by players of Riven because that was the first word he said upon finding the Stranger.

Comp * Compass directions; Sharper's Teledahn office.


Crossw * Crossword Puzzle, The D'ni.

Wordlist. Solution.

Cyan * Cyan's old or new web sites.


Desk * Desk chandelier; Gehn's 233rd Age.


DLG * D'ni Language Guide; Myst V Lost Chapters booklet.


DNIP * D'ni Negilahn Introduction Pamphlet; Ae'gura Museum.

Translated by Tricia Lawson.

Dome * Dome, Golden; Riven.



The original DRC web site has been taken down, and all that's left of it are the forums.

DT * D'ni Timepiece; Aitrus's Map.


Exile * Exile; Releeshahn book cover.


FL * Fault Line; Aitrus's Map.


Float * Floating Maproom; Riven.


FMR * From Myst to Riven; by Richard Kadrey.


Gate * Gate Room wall; Riven.


Gehn * Gehn's Imager speech; Riven Classroom.


GC * Gehn's speech to Cho; Riven alternate ending.


GJ * Gehn's Journal; Riven Soundtrack booklet.


JS * Journey to the Surface; Aitrus's Map.


Kadish * Kadish's final testament.


Keta * Keta's imager speech; Gehn's 233rd Age.


KG * Kenen Gor manifesto; Neighborhood classrooms.


Lamp * Lamp; Riven Classroom.


Lex 2019 * Cyan Worlds 2019 Lexember Event. On December 1, 2019, Cyan Worlds announced this in their Twitter feed: "Lexember is a tradition among Conlang communities where creators share new words every day in December. This year Cyan is joining in with D'ni words for fans old and new! We hope you enjoy exploring the D’ni language with us." This was followed up by another tweet featuring the word ådvu.
Liz * Lizard; Aitrus's Map.


Map * Map; Aitrus's Map.


Mus * Museum Pod Age Map.


Page * Pages; the red and blue pages in RealMyst.


Pepsi * Pepsi's eulogy by Rawa; Pepsi Remembered.

The page was part of the web site, which is now gone. Compare the similar phrases in the ceremony for Efanis in The Book of Ti'ana, page 35.

Phos * Phosphorescent Plants; Aitrus's Map.


Podium * Podium recording; Bevin community room.


Prov * Proverb; Myst V collectors edition cover.


Rawa * Richard A. Watson; confirmed definitions.

RAWA provided tidbits about the D'ni language in many forums and other locations. He stated more recently that he's forgotten most of it, so no more information will be contributed.

Rime * Rime Age; Crystal Poster.

Poster found in the main chamber on Rime.

RJ * Riven Journals puzzles.


RM * Rand Millier, A Word from.


RS * Riven Sountrack Album disk.  
SG * South Gate; Aitrus's Map.  
Shaft * Shaft; Aitrus's Map.  
Talash * Talashar; paperback edition of the Book of Atrus.  
Tree * Tree proverb; unused Hall of Kings graphic. Josh Staub created the art for the Great Tree floor mosaic in the Hall of Kings and the library landing. An early version of it had D'ni script around each of the four main sections of it. A version without the script was the one actually used.
Uru * Uru textures and in-game texts.  
WC * Winged Creature; Aitrus's Map.  
Yeesha * Yeesha's imager speech; The Cleft.  

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