This article is written from an OOC point-of-view. Events and elements in the D'ni Universe are regarded as fictional.
Richard A. Watson—RAWA—is a long-time Cyan employee, having joined during early stages of Myst's creation.
He was originally a programmer, but especially starting with Riven, he has apparently become a lot more fond focusing on D'ni aspects of the storyline instead.
Since the growth of the online fan community surrounding Myst, RAWA has become infamous for responding in detail to fans' questions on linking book theories, the actual workings of Rivenese water and other such complex subjects as "Dr. Watson" (probably the conceptual origin of the lately evolved IC character). He could be usually found responding on The Lysts. Some of the most frequently-asked questions are on his web site. His responses tend to surprise everyone in their amount of detail, but in a mystical way often also raise new questions.
When unable to give a proper response (especially when it would interfere with company contracts, unpublished release dates, etc.), he is notorious to responding with "Soon", "We'll see" and other such vague, pointless answers, perhaps humorously so.
Dr. Watson is the fictional version of himself, later featured as an in-game character. Dr. Watson was the head of the D'ni Restoration Council.
The name RAWA refers exclusively to the OOC Cyan Worlds employee. IC, RAWA and Dr. Watson are two completely different persons.
- "Rawa's Home: A Tribute", by fans of his.
- "The Pages of RAWA" (Wayback Machine copy), his personal homepage, giving some answers to frequently-asked questions.