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A shard is an array of one or several game servers to support one instance of Uru Live. Shards do not communicate with each other; indeed, explorers end up on completely separate instances of ages, unable to see or send messages to each other.

Prologue[edit | edit source]

During Prologue, three shards were created; first Atrus, then Katran, and finally, following the Clerical Error and the cancellation of Rehearsal, Achenar (using what used to be Rehearsal's hardware). Explorers frequently registered KI numbers on all three shards, and communicated outside the game to meet on one particular shard so they could actually meet each other in game.

Untìl Uru[edit | edit source]

In Untìl Uru, administrators unrelated to Cyan got to create their own shards[1][2] and configure them to their liking, including such details as what areas of the City are accessible. The auth(entication) server, however, had remained Cyan's throughout. Particularly popular shards included Slacker's and Tapestry.

In early 2006, Cyan created their own Untìl Uru shard, D'mala, as a precursor to their attempt at reviving Uru Live itself, which ultimately led to Myst Online: Uru Live.

Adsotema Great Tree OvOasis
Age233/Lattice Guild of Engineers Pirates
AlphaBlue Guild of Greeters Red Lake
Barkonis H'uru Project S|-|@rD D|s0rg@/\/iz3d
CChat Himesa Schrödinger's Cat
D'ni Safety Guild HitchHiker Slacker's
Desert Jersey Sterewlz
DMC L.A.S.T. UU Swiss UU Rebel
DragonHeat Lost City of Atlantis Tapestry
Dudos Lostkin Technologists
Flaming Jaguar Plasma Maui Tomato
GamersHeaven Meeting Place urkle's
Gena's Mock-Tudor UruPassion
German Reallife Zootal
Go Beyond... MystFriends

Myst Online: Uru Live[edit | edit source]

From Nuru until the cancellation and eventual reopening of Uru Live in 2010, no fan-managed shards were officially allowed.

After the client (CWE) was made open source on April 6, 2011,[3] a number of shards not managed by Cyan opened. Some of the most notable ones are:

Name Type Opened Server Status
The Open Cave August 1, 2010[4] Alcugs open, unmaintained
Deep Island August 23, 2010[5] Alcugs open
Windring 2011[6] MOSS closed
The Open Cave August 1, 2011[7] MOSS open, unmaintained
Minkata testing December 21, 2011[8] MOSS open
Gehn February 4, 2012[9] DirtSand open
Lyros testing March 2, 2012[10] MOSS closed
Destiny testing February 1, 2013[11] DirtSand open
The Lost City Of Atlantis testing April 29, 2013[12] MOSS closed
Minkata alpha testing March 20, 2019[13] MOSS open

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "[1]", Uru Shards, accessed February 5, 2007. Archived from the original on March 26, 2015.
  2. "[2]", Semplers' shard visits, accessed September 5, 2009. Archived from the original on September 9, 2009.
  3. Chogon, "An Open Letter on Open Source", Myst Online forums, April 6, 2011.
  4. "How to Play", The Open Cave, accessed December 2, 2019.
  5. diafero, "Welcome to The Deep Island Shard!", Guild of Writers forums, August 23, 2010.
  6. "Open Source Shard List", wiki, accessed December 1, 2019.
  7. "How to Play", The Open Cave, accessed December 2, 2019.
  8. "Play",, accessed December 2, 2019.
  9. "Gehn Shard", Guild of Writers, accessed December 2, 2019.
  10. Lyrositor, "Fan Run MOULa Based Server List", Myst Online forums, March 2, 2012.
  11. Mystler, "What is DestinyURU?", DestinyURU forums, February 1, 2013.
  12. MercAngel, "Fan Run MOULa Based Server List", Myst Online forums, April 29, 2013.
  13. rarified, "Initial testing of the Minkata-alpha shard", forums, March 20, 2019.