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Spoiler Plot Discussion Thread *Spoiler Alert*
kirkmegna Offline
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RE: Plot Discussion Thread *Spoiler Alert*

(09-14-2013, 03:10 AM)just passing by Wrote: "... descending to smother the firstborn for the death of the two that came after."

(09-14-2013, 03:16 AM)Kein Wrote: http://marshill.com/2012/04/18/what-does...f-the-dead

While there are a lot of references to killing God, I disagree with Kein's reference here. The quote is firstborn for the death - not of.

I simply think that work on the factory was started prior to his children being born and he's commenting on his journey to destroy the machine.
09-15-2013, 09:27 PM
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RE: Plot Discussion Thread *Spoiler Alert*

Hm i found a screenshot from a scene i NEVER found while playing. The guy said it was near the ending though. And it seems to refer to the twins... I think.
http://cloud-2.steampowered.com/ugc/9201...3A11F4C88/

Seriously, when can i see this scene in the game?

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09-15-2013, 10:15 PM
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kirkmegna Offline
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RE: Plot Discussion Thread *Spoiler Alert*

(09-14-2013, 10:36 PM)exmachinax Wrote: Also the passage:

"I am an angel of death, descending to smother the firstborn for the death of the two that came after"

Is probably just a metaphor, as have been said and pointed the biblical reference before, but I can't help but feel that there is more to it that meets the eye. Who would be the firstborn in this case, if this is to be taken literally? The machine? No, can't be. Was there another child? And I realize this contradicts the game, but I thought of it anyway, maybe Mandus dark side already existed before and it is that the "firstborn"? Just pure speculation, I know.

I definitely think it's the machine. You can see several signs posted with the company name and the year it was founded - 1828. He would have inherited it from his father and was definitely involved with it prior to the birth of his children in 1890.

(09-14-2013, 10:36 PM)exmachinax Wrote: Again about Jack the Ripper, in the passage: "Perhaps I should show him the tripery. See whether his stomach, so trained by rummaging in the innards of clumsily vivisected whores, is strong enough to stare into the real engines of his golden age. I may even introduce him to Jack, or his sons at least. We have stronger locks on the windows now, and we bring their toys to them."

Could it mean that Mandus itself was Jack the Ripper, and he is referencing his own sons? And he means that in the way that, he will introduce "Jack" to the Professor by killing him? And that the locks in the windows aren't meant to keep outside people/things from entering, but to keep people from leaving? ... But then I think of the part of "clumsily vivisected whores", and I think that, if Mandus was the Ripper, he would not call his own work clumsy, I guess. But maybe he is, and Jack the Ripper is his dark side/ the firstborn!!! Ehh, probaly no, quite a leap of faith, but this game left my imagination run wild. Tongue

Mandus could be Jack the Ripper, as it was speculated that the killer had experience as a butcher based on how the bodies were found and in fact many butchers were interviewed as suspects.

This could be the case if we factor in the whole schizophrenia/split personality disorder mentioned earlier since he would have performed those Jack Ripper killings prior to his wife's death (so he would have needed to be ill prior to her death, which we don't really have any evidence for).

Ultimately, I don't think this is the case.
09-15-2013, 10:21 PM
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RE: Plot Discussion Thread *Spoiler Alert*

(09-15-2013, 10:15 PM)BossPiggy Wrote: Hm i found a screenshot from a scene i NEVER found while playing. The guy said it was near the ending though. And it seems to refer to the twins... I think.
http://cloud-2.steampowered.com/ugc/9201...3A11F4C88/

Seriously, when can i see this scene in the game?

Yes, this scene was found somewhere after the Burning of London level. It is a looped animation of a pig stacking wooden blocks, accidentally knocking them down with it's head, and trying again. It's actually rather amusing. I think that actually made me feel sorry for it.

There's a wooden staircase, and your lantern will start flickering. Look to your right through the boards and you will find it.

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09-15-2013, 10:23 PM
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RE: Plot Discussion Thread *Spoiler Alert*

(09-15-2013, 05:31 PM)Kein Wrote: randeh
Regarding the kids - I had this theory as well that he reanimated his children, but there is a catch - one of the letters from kids who were cleaning pipes said they meet "2 gents looking kids", which refers to Mandus twins. And they didn't note anything extraordinary about them, not a single trail they were mashed u[p from different bodies.

Also:
Quote:This is hinted at when you ride the pigline at the end of the game that leads directly to the temple - you see Enoch and Edwin standing with a ManPig directly behind them, arms held out like a proud father holding his sons. This is also why you wake up in a caged bed where the ManPigs slept. This is why people run from you and slam their doors when London is burning as if they do not recognize you as the rich industrialist philanthropist who treats them all so well.

The Machine, the man in the iron lung, is Oswald Mandus' body. But you... you are Oswald Mandus' clockwork soul remade into a new body to carry out his last wishes. This is why it refers to you as Mandus, and why Mandus via the Chapter title refers to it as Oswald (leaving himself described as "I" to remain vague). In all actuality, Oswald Mandus's original personality, his original soul, was completely dead and replaced by the entity who had assumed full control of his body by the time we play the game.

Also, I mentioned this one before as well, om pages 17-18. But someone pointed out that the hand that hold lantern is perfectly human.

This is easily enough explained if you stop thinking of the ManPigs as some sort of technical limit of what Mandus can reanimate, but instead it's a grotesque form he chose on purpose.

If you'll note the first Documents on April 30th: "So it can be done. We can reshape the body into a tool, accelerate the processes of Mr Darwin's evolution. But here my great uncle and I part company. He chose men as the subjects of his experiments, but men are difficult to control and rotten with sentimentality. No, we require a new creature for our chattels: loyal, clever, strong, easily sated."

I've never seen anything to indicate that Mandus couldn't bring back a man wholly intact and resembling a human. In fact you get direct evidence of him being able to bring a man back to live without melding him to pig parts in the August 19th Document where he resurrects a severed head.

Additionally if you read the process described in August 20th - "Into the manipulator they file in silence. I hear the hissing of gas. I hear the dull groaning as teeth are removed, as bones reset. I hear the pigs screaming." - it seems to indicate that he mutilates the humans, douses them with Compound X to keep them alive during the process, and then affixes them with pig and mechanical parts.

So it isn't Mandus' ability to reanimate a humanoid form that gives the ManPigs their form. Instead it is Mandus' obsession with pigs that causes him to re-craft them into the forms he chose for them - something befitting the world he called a "machine for pigs"... After all the world makes pigs of us all, so why shouldn't he? This idea that the pigs are simply his personal preference is also showed to us again when he brings the dog he killed with strychnine back to life without the aide of pig parts.

So there's nothing to say that the boys appearance would necessarily be grotesque, but that they simply would be unnatural and tainted by the otherworld. This, and the fact that they're actually plugged into the machine (likely still alive in some form) gives them the ability to manifest and manipulate the environment in some form.

Again, I point out the fact that the Cook they speak of in the October journals instantly murdered an animal in front of them with a cooking utensil. According to the timeline this is around the time Mandus starts gathering the insane from the asylums, the children from the orphanages, and the poor from the streets, and hosting extravagant orgies for the rich... all to be turned into ManPigs and power his machine - the house they live in makes no pretense of civility at this point.

For the boys to just be playing casually around the house during this time would indicate they see the horrors around them. This doesn't unsettle them as they are horrors themselves, but only on the inside where Mandus has trouble restoring their souls correctly. This is why they "fill [him] with terror, not love". He doesn't know how to bring the SOUL back properly, ala the Clockwork and the Soul document: "Subjects still require severing of frontal lobes to reduce emotional distress upon reactivation. Damn, damn it. Damn this wretched soul. If only it were clockwork."

So, while Mandus could bring people back intact, their souls were always incorrect somehow... Very Pet Sematery. This is why he seems so unsure in his last Journal entry where he likely is describing the process he uses to duplicate his soul into a constructed body but is unsure if it will work: "if not, then surely better to die amongst my creations than to continue to live as a monster."

This goes back to the quote we see at the beginning: "He who makes a beast of himself removes himself from the pain of being human."

So naturally if Mandus can create a living form that appears human (when he desires it and doesn't simply wish to covert them into pigs), then there's a good reason as to why our playable character's left hand appears quite human, yet why he's clearly represented as a ManPig in the ending sequence standing with the boys - it's not telling us that we're literally a ManPig, but that we are some kind of flesh construct created by Mandus all the same, regardless of our exact pig percentages.
09-15-2013, 10:35 PM
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RE: Plot Discussion Thread *Spoiler Alert*

Which level do you mean with " Blood drainage" ?

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(09-15-2013, 10:15 PM)BossPiggy Wrote: Hm i found a screenshot from a scene i NEVER found while playing. The guy said it was near the ending though. And it seems to refer to the twins... I think.
http://cloud-2.steampowered.com/ugc/9201...3A11F4C88/

Seriously, when can i see this scene in the game?
It's as you enter the passage to "The Tripery" after destroying the Pig Line control room. Look on the right after you enter the now open doorway. This is the level where reality starts to get messed up and the geography/layout starts becoming incomprehensible.

Anyway, you can see that same manpig, playing block animation and all, in the Nest holding pens through one of the open door windows.
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09-15-2013, 10:53 PM
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RE: Plot Discussion Thread *Spoiler Alert*

(09-15-2013, 10:15 PM)BossPiggy Wrote: Hm i found a screenshot from a scene i NEVER found while playing. The guy said it was near the ending though. And it seems to refer to the twins... I think.
http://cloud-2.steampowered.com/ugc/9201...3A11F4C88/

Seriously, when can i see this scene in the game?

Nope, it is not related to the twins, it is related to the note before about pigs acting like humans. This is just one of scenes that supports it.

randeh
Quote:This is easily enough explained if you stop thinking of the ManPigs as some sort of technical limit of what Mandus can reanimate, but instead it's a grotesque form he chose on purpose.
I already answered that:
(09-15-2013, 07:00 PM)Kein Wrote: No offense but that's too weak and too far-stretched. Too... "comfortable".

So the question is: do you want to make your theory work or you want to find actual answer?
Besides, we don't have a single direct evidence that Mandus can re-animate dead person 1:1, as it was. We know he can create manpigs, like Alexander was making Grunt, but that is. Putting back his children as they were before the ritual, having whatever left from their bodies, without their hearts and heads? Excuse me if I doubt that it is possible even in the game's universe.

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RE: Plot Discussion Thread *Spoiler Alert*

randeh
Nobody says Mandus is able to do only pigs, but how would he revive his children, whose ribcages, according to you, were left in Mexico and their skulls buried in the garden? He clearly states that only drowning works, because the resurrected still suffers from the reason of his death when he's revived.
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(09-14-2013, 09:09 PM)mminecraftfan Wrote: Guys i found something from amnesia the dark descent in aamfp (see screenshots in attachments)

Those are just leftover assets.

Also, what don't you want us to see in Date Modified and File Type?


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