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Riven Dagger 3D Keyring 3 by riumplus Riven Dagger 3D Keyring 3 by riumplus
In honour of its 10th anniversary, I set about creating these laser-etched 3D crystal keyrings of the main dagger from Riven: The Sequel to Myst. This took more effort than you would think. I didn't want to just recreate the object myself and risk having any of the proportions incorrect, so I extracted the model directly from Myst V: End of Ages. However, the files encrypted (but that's already been broken by someone else), the file format had not yet been completely documented by other fans/hackers and so not only were there no programs to convert the data, but the documentation isn't even complete as to what each part of the file does so it required some trial-and-error. I spent around three weeks writing an extraction program, then spent the next two weeks cleaning up the model and preparing it for use in the crystal - welding all vertices, repositioning some edges to show up better, recreating the dagger's tip from scratch, etc... Next up, instead of just doing a grid-based point export, I set about writing a point dithering program to provide better-than-normal resolution as well as rough colourising on the handle. This isn't something that 3D laser etching companies usually do, but I found a company that was willing to do it for me. After sending the 3D model and a rather lot of money their way, a few weeks later a box arrived at my doorstep, filled with a few dozen of these very high quality 3D laser-etched crystal keyrings of a Riven Moiety Dagger. I estimate that all-up I spent around 110 hours on these, spread over 3 months.


Be sure to check out some more photos of these same keyrings here, here and here.
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Copecetic Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
At first I thought this was for Riven, the Exile from League of Legends and I got all excited. If it was in the shape of her broken sword, I would buy 2!
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draenei-friend Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty! :)
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DeepRedEye Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
oh god it looks so great!
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Aonalion Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, that's amazing! I can't believe how many hours you spent on this, but it's beautiful!! :D
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riumplus Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, glad you like it! :D :glomp:
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Khima-Inez Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010   General Artist
Gorgeous, I would be too afraid to use it!
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riumplus Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to use mine regularly. My keyring was too large so I had to take it off though. Now it sits on my desk :D
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Khima-Inez Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010   General Artist
:lmao:
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nellautumngirl Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
that's beautiful. and very cool ^^
do you actually use yours or do you keep it safely at home?
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riumplus Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've used mine a few times but my keyring was too large so I had to take it off. I keep it on my desk at work as a motivational reminder that I can make awesome stuff if I really try hard. :D
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puhzinha Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
I want one !! :( Where I can find it? *__________________*
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riumplus Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, but I only made a limited number of these keyrings as a once-off thing. I had some extras but I've sold them all! I don't know if anyone who bought one will ever sell theirs.
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Molonara Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find the Myst series one of the greatest animation achievements of video games history.
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thephoenixprod Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is great !!
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DemonDragonSaer Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This...is simply beautiful.... I really need to play riven again...
This kinda inspired me to make a Dagger Necklace :3 Here it is, if you wanna look at it xD [link]
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MidgarZolom Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy cow. That is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. I have to look through your gallery soon :+fav:
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:iconriumplus:
riumplus Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
If you're interested in just the Myst-related things, I have a dedicated Myst gallery to make it easier to find my Myst stuff. I need to upload more of it! :)
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MidgarZolom Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool. I have about five other people who's galleries I need to look through first, but I'll be sure to check yours out after that.
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Reelah Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
/brag
I received one of these as a prize at Mysterium '08, and it is just plain awesome :D
/brag

You did an amazing job with recreating the model, so much work!

Ree
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MeaNara Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
Oh my Yahvo! Where can I get one?!!!!
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riumplus Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, thanks, I'm glad you like it so much. I'll have one or two with me for sale at Mysterium 2009 in Spokane, WA later this year, which will probably be the last time I'll have any for sale. :)
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BlazinRaisin Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
I would love one of these!
Great work.
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riumplus Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you like it; unfortunately the only two I have left I'm keeping for myself and I wouldn't part with one unless you have a lot of cash to bribe me. ;P
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RobertMakes Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
WOW! Me want! Awesome idea.
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Artoveli Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!

And not just the beautiful product, but the time and effort and money you put into getting it done!:wow:
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riumplus Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks; I'm glad you liked it :)
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StarYoshi Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
Dude, this thing is so precise and exquisite in its design.

Would be cool to make just a Crystal Dagger tho, no block around it. Should give the design to Cyan Worlds. Maybe this could be re-done in the near future :D
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riumplus Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Cyan Worlds already has the design for the Dagger, so wouldn't need my reverse-engineered copy ;) It's impossible to make a solid crystal dagger (not a dagger set in a block of solid crystal) with this technique though.
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StarYoshi Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
By that I meant just make a giant crystal dagger. No block or anything, just a dagger hanging from a keychain :D
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RAIDEO-MARS Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Student Filmographer
SIMPLY STUNNING. Brilliant! I wish they had these everywhere XD and I lso wish tat I had the dough to buy one with! Well, it's not much money, but still XD
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riumplus Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Part of their specialness is that they are so limited in numbers. Thanks for the compliments though, they mean a lot to me :)
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RAIDEO-MARS Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Student Filmographer
oh, and I love your siggy btw XD it makes me laugh
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RAIDEO-MARS Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Student Filmographer
No problem! Really... these are just perfect! I love them sooo much XD
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StarYoshi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
Oh My God O-o

*bidding*
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