only day, during which Haruspicus will gain more than he’ll lose under any
son. Nothing else in the world smells like that.
Early start today. I chat with the
Bachelor about my inheritance, and he tells me Olgimskiy can probably help me
get my hands on it. He wants me to come back here after talking with Big Vlad,
so I guess I will. I roar at Eve because I don’t seem to have any other choice,
then tell her I’m joking. She doesn’t seem amused.
At this point in the playthrough, I am forced to restart the PC I am using. I
think it’s about as old as I am, and it likes to make this horribly grating
skipping noise from time to time. It does that now. Let’s hope I’ve fixed it,
at least temporarily.
I love legitimate the-ater.
are all strong enough to bear a misfortune… of the neighbor.”
I make it to the Clot at about 4:00,
which is apparently much too early for Vlad. Off to do some grocery shopping,
then. I leave but go back inside immediately to dodge a knife in the face,
thrown by the marauders who roam at night and in the early mornings. I regret
not having taken the time to buy food yesterday instead, but I’m set up well to
survive the day at a reasonably low personal cost. The merchant in the place I
believe is called the Maw gets a slightly damaged knife (I have another), a
shotgun shell, and a silver ring in exchange for two bits of meat and a lemon.
I hold on to the revolver for now.
I recover a bit of reputation the
gruesome way and then trade water for bandages with a wandering drunkard. I
also sell a golden ring I either found on a corpse or in the trash, I don’t
remember. Probably a corpse. With the earnings, I get some milk and dried meat
from another merchant, in the district called Hindquarters.
It’s still too early. I slept for an
hour at Vlad’s, but I don’t really know what to do until some more doors open
for me. I’ll go check on some of my adherents, I guess. Kapella has nothing to
say to me. I figure I’ll chat with Notkin, since he’s been the most useful so
far, and he may have heard something interesting.
All Notkin tells me is that the
Dualsouls are burning wool today. I’m going back to the Clot at Vladislav
Olgimskiy’s invitation, which came via letter at precisely 7:15. He has some
news for me, and it’s mostly bad. I ask for the good news first: Alexander Saburov has a key of mine in
on. I’m only human, right? …Right?
Out of this, I gain a home of sorts,
which I believe I have to speak with Little Vlad to be able to access. I’m also
told by Big Vlad that I “better make friends” with the Bachelor. This reminds
me that he asked me to return once I’ve spoken with the elder Olgimskiy. I’m
also to make my way to the governor’s residence, where I am to speak with Catherina Saburova and with Alexander
It seems I’ll gain the most from my
talks with the governor and Catherina, so I’ll take care of the smaller tasks
first. Off to see the other Vlad, who gives me directions to a “lonely, secret
place” where I can make various kinds of potions with twyre.
the hell indeed.
I learn some more about twyre from
Vlad, but I don’t know if he’s the most reliable source in the world on the
matter. He marks my map with the locations of a few herb gatherers, and I bid
him farewell. I use a tourniquet and a bandage and knock back my hunger a bit
with some smoked meat. I don’t plan to take damage any time soon, but what I
plan for and what happens to me are often rather separate.
*** I look at this painting and think about how my PC hasn’t made any weird
noises in a while. As if by this action I have invoked a demon’s true name, it
begins to make its horrible intermittent droning click-stutter. Save, exit,
everybody has to stay at home… This is true.”
That’s all he has to say to me for now,
so I’ll be on my way to the Saburovs’. Annoyed somewhat by the wasted precious
minutes, I go to try and speak to the Kains for the first time (since I’m
nearby). Only George Kain has
anything specific to tell me about. I am, in his eyes, a budding flower yet to
blossom, and truly my father’s son. Maria Kain’s door is locked.
epidemic? I’m on a pleasant stroll.
Alexander Saburov is rude to me when
I meet with him, so I am rude to him in turn. Catherina doesn’t seem to like me
dramatic, I think, but maybe she’s right…?
The clock strikes 9:00 as I depart.
I’m following a thread Saburov dangled in front of me and meeting with Ospina
again. I don’t like walking around this part of town…
hair’s a mess, and it’s falling down!”
At Ospina’s, I collect some very
useful things. Herbs, some recipes, and a considerable sum of money.
Additionally, a brand labeled <^>. I have to swap out a lot from my
inventory to pick anything up. I’ll be back here shortly after making my first
visit to the laboratory I’ve come into ownership of. I pay a visit to Laska,
just in case. She is doing fine.
Young Vlad greets me here, in the
place I suppose I now call home.
I store the recipes, the brand, and
some kerosene (since I've never used it), then return to Ospina to collect the
things I left behind. Back to the lab after that.
God for this trunk. Health? Immunity? Infection? No. Inventory management is
the most important mechanic this time.
My Mission tab has updated, and so
has the one labeled Day quests. I’m to reach an understanding about the brand I
found in the box, as well as create a panacea. For now, though, I’m going to
speak with the Bachelor.
there is a lot here that is hard to understand. Not so much surgery as there is
“Hierophants heritage”, Day quests .
It is pouring outside. I make it
back to the Slough. The Bachelor is pretty useless here, but I had to speak
with him to progress. I’m headed back home now to try my hand with the various
tools Isidor left behind. I walk through the steppe so I can trade with a Worm
here. Kidneys, livers, hearts, and blood in exchange for white whip and saviyur
(or “savjur” - they seem to be used interchangeably in this translation).
I like walking through the marsh,
especially in the rain. The clock strikes noon. I receive a letter from Rubin
in which he threatens me. I’m not too worried about it. Since I’m nearby, I’ll
check on Mishka.
is my doll? Who will feed her?”
Not much else from her for now, so
I’ll be on my way. My Other tasks tab is empty, and I feel like I’m missing
something. I know I have to make some twyre extracts, though, so I’m heading to
the other herb gatherer to the far south of the map.
I learn about an “Herb Bride”, and
the predicament in which she finds herself. A Worm offers me recipes in
exchange for a job that isn’t worth it. I can’t afford any more herbs right
now, but chatter is free, so I ask about whether anyone buys twyre, then head
for my workshop again. I have two options for recipes here, but one of them is
stronger, so I’ll try that one. One stem of black twyre, one stem of brown
twyre, wrap with one stem of savjur.
There is another Worm behind the
Cemetery, so I’m heading that way. I see the fire, then recognize the young
woman I’m supposed to find - the Herb Bride. She recognizes me, too;
apparently, I smell of “autumn earth and of the smoke that comes from burning leaves”.
I allow the Bride to choose for herself here, and she bestows upon me six rare
herbs as thanks: three savjur, three white whip. I’d thank her, too, if I
could, but I am not given any such option.
It’s 14:00 now. I’m off to
“investigate” the ones who purchase twyre. My hunger and exhaustion meters are
both rather high. I’ve got some money, though. I buy two loaves of bread, again
from the Hindquarters merchant, then buy some odds and ends from the place
labeled “Tavern” on my map. Coffee beans and various little items for trade.
I’ve always quite liked the flower sprite.
Devotress justifies villains and criminals… We shall make friends with her.
wants some brown twyre, but I don’t have nearly as much as he’s asking for, and
I’m not about to harvest any organs for his sake. I leave to check the other
shop nearby. I buy a lemon there. It’s all I can afford.
I return to the Tavern after a
little while. Maria Kain is there,
and she asks me to get Andrei and his brother to stay in the Town. I have no
reason to want them to leave, really, so this is fine by me. I tell Andrei
something that’s technically true to persuade him (I have been doing new things with twyre, after all), then return to
Maria. The recipe she gives me was prepared for Simon Kain: one brown twyre,
two savjur, one white whip. 80/7,5. Nice. I also get quite a bit of money here,
which I promptly exchange for two loaves of bread and some smoked meat.
It looks like I’m done with the
auxiliary tasks for the day, so I’ll head back to Dankovskiy with the twyrine
extract I made earlier. The Bachelor plays around with his microscope, then we
chat for a bit. Things are looking pretty good right now, and all of my tasks
for the day are complete with plenty of time to spare. I figure I’ll have to
speak with the Bachelor tomorrow morning, anyway, so I rest up here again.
which Haruspicus will be risking his life to solve puzzles of the ancient
writing of the steppe people.
accidentally click “New Game” instead of loading a saved one. I correct my
mistake, then we’re off to the races.
Dankovskiy is very annoyed that no
one will let him dissect dead people. I have no choice in this dialogue other
than to offer to collect tissue from a corpse myself, even though technically,
I haven’t the right. The “Dead tissue” task appears in the Other tab rather
than in Day quests, so I figure there’s something else more pressing I’ll have
to do today.
like that he describes Isidor as a “jewel” here, and find it very interesting
that they seem to have written letters back and forth for at least some amount
of time... I wonder what they talked about.
For now, I’ll be trying my best not
to intercept an airborne knife with my face on my way to the Theatre. I dodge
one, proceed to defend myself, then make a mental note to drop some of my junk
off at home so as not to waste any more gory prizes. Maybe someone else can
find a use for the liver and kidney I left behind.
playin’ in the sandbox with my very good friends.
I leave the Theatre and check for
letters. I seem to have two. One is labeled “panacea”, and the other is an
extract from a page in Isidor’s diaries. The “panacea” note contains the line
“It is worth risking everything to get such a medicine”, and is signed
notes are rather interesting…
I also check back a little further
in the other days’ tabs to see if there’s anything I missed. A letter from the
first day that I hadn’t yet read (from “well-wishers” again!) reminds me of the
truth at the heart of all of this:
of the ruling families is playing a game that is in their interests”.
It’s about 3:00. I drop off my herbs
at home for the time being, then head to the Cemetery to fulfill Dankovskiy’s
grisly request. A patrolman stands guard near an isolated corpse. He charges at
me immediately, even though I walk up to him unarmed. So much for diplomacy. He
goes down without much trouble, but I sustain a little bit of damage from a
punch. I collect an item called “Dead blood” from the corpse. The phial is
It seems like food prices have gone
down a little today, but the shops have less supply. I buy up the items in the
Hindquarters’ shop: an egg, some milk, some crackers, and a lemon.
seem to get worse with every hour that passes...
I am chased by marauders on my way
back to Eve's Slough, where I present the spoils of my earlier escapade to the
don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone get this excited about blood.
In exchange, I choose two packs of
bandages from the options he offers up. I use one of them up immediately. Not
sure where to go next - the Dualsouls’ place is locked up for now, and I don’t
need anything from Gryph. I check in on him anyway. A bell sounds. 6:00. I
wander about for a while, vaguely heading towards the place called “Stem”.
real game has begun.
Click-stutter… Click-stutter... I don’t like the pattern developing with my
poor PC’s death throes... they seem to punctuate the strangest moments. I save
my game, exit, reboot, and prepare myself for what is to come.
I receive a letter from Olgimskiy
(once again, promptly at 7:15), so I’ll be heading there after I check in on
Alexander and Catherina, since I’m already almost to their Stem. I meet with Petr Stamatin first, though.
think this is my favorite line of Petr’s.
brother, easily forget our mistakes, when they’re known only to us! So… this is
Neither Alexander nor Catherina have
anything to say to me, but that’s alright. I’m glad to have spoken with one of
the Stamatins. Time spent, but not wasted. Off to the Clot, then.
pebble after another. No need to hurry.”
I learn quite a bit from Olgimskiy,
but not nearly enough. He can’t tell me much about the specific brand I’ve
inherited, and wants me to help him with some matters related to the workers in
the Apiary… I don’t feel great about whatever’s going on there, but I’m off to
Ospina’s to learn more regardless. I trust her more than I trust Big Vlad --
hopefully, she’ll point me in the right direction.
I’ll visit Kapella, too, since I’m
Bachelor takes the children out from dangerous areas. There’s an infection,
She tells me about something going
on with Notkin, and seems worried about him and his Dualsouls. I’ll head over
there on my way to Ospina’s.
There are some bandits outside the
I’m almost certain there’s another
way I could’ve dealt with that, but it’s too late now. Notkin’s impressed with
my stabbing prowess. I get a mostly busted shotgun for my trouble and talk to
him some more.
Infected district maps later in
exchange for twyrine extracts now. Seems only fair. I can go back to Kapella
again after “helping” here, so I’ll go there and then to Ospina’s, since it’s a
straight shot from the Clot. The combat music starts, but I don’t see anybody
chasing me yet. I duck into Gryph’s warehouse briefly to avoid the fight.
Funny, that. I thought about him when I wrote that awful little rhyme earlier
in this bit of text.
is to happen… will happen.”
There’s some unique dialogue here,
which is neat. I apologize for killing his men, and he doesn’t seem to take it
too personally. As I approach the Clot again, the bell sounds. I’m surprised
it’s only 9:00.
Kapella gives me quite a bit of
money as thanks for helping Notkin and the Dualsouls.
Her happiness was strange, however. It seemed as though she cared for him not
due to friendship, but because it was her duty. Interesting, what games are
these children playing…”
“Kapella’s worries”, Other tasks .
I quite like it when I have the
chance to visit Ospina's. She tells me more about the Apiary situation. It was
already my intention to spare this Butcher. I’m glad she and I are on the same
page. My map is marked with his location.
I stab a rat on my way there. My
knife’s durability has apparently reached 0%. I checked on a whim, I don’t know
when that happened. I also pocket a gold ring, and then don’t have enough room
to pick an empty bottle out of another trash bin. A shame.
I check in on Spichka since I’m in
the neighborhood, but he doesn’t have much to say.
is this illness really infectious…?”
I enter the house I’m supposed to
I take quite a few things from the
various toppled dressers (most notably: bullets and a bottle of twyrine), then
find the Butcher upstairs.
is the most helpful, straightforward conversation I have had with anybody so
far. I picked "Thank you for that”.
I am able to avoid infection inside
the house. It’s time to return to Big Vlad, who can hopefully tell me some more
about the Elder of the Abattoir. I check my inventory on my walk to the Clot
and realize I still have the goddamned dead blood taking up space in my Other
tab. I’ll be doing some serious reshuffling of the Things in my Pockets when I
go home to make twyrine extracts for the Dualsouls’ scouts.
Olgimskiy warns me about the Elder,
Oyun. He seems anxious to even address the matter, and I won’t be able to meet
with Oyun at all for a while. That’s today’s main task complete. Off to my
laboratory to hone my craft (and manage my inventory). Since I’m finished up
with quite a lot of today’s work with a reasonable amount of time to spare, I’m
going to wander around a little.
At noon, I receive another letter.
Rubin continues to threaten me, but he’s given me no reason to actually fear
him. I get enough food for probably another day or so, then buy some
painkillers since I’m running low.
I feel like I need to trade for more
herbs before I get going on the extracts, but…
My desktop takes up its noisy nonsense again... Save, quit, reboot. I’m very
glad I’m using the GOG version of this game instead of Steam’s -- the extra few
seconds spent starting up the Steam client would amount to torture eventually.
Since the Cemetery gatherer is
closest, I’ll drop by there to see if I can get everything I need. I have
enough food right now that it’s not out of the question to throw a bit of fresh
fish in with the rest of the things I’m trading here. I get six black twyre,
six bloody twyre, and one brown twyre. These extracts don’t have to be great,
they just have to be, so I make ten
with single herbs. They are all terrible. Sorry, Notkin.
I sleep for two hours. It’s 17:00
now. I got two letters while I slept, and both of them address the epidemic,
but they seem to contradict each other somewhat. They are both rather gloomy --
which seems appropriate, I guess. I walk along the tracks to the warehouses and
drop by the Dualsouls’ “Castle” for the final time today.
is my cat again? Did he run away?”
Tomorrow, I can start buying maps of
infected districts from Notkin. I went to try and sell my revolver and its ammo
to Gryph (I am broke again), but he doesn’t have a trading option right now, so
I’m just going to go home.
That’s everything for today. I eat
an egg, slam some Meradorm, and get a full 6 hours of rest.
the end of which, Haruspicus may find a friend and a half-dead enemy.
I pay a visit to the Dualsouls and
speak with Notkin. The disease seems to have vanished from the Tanners
district. In its place, marauders are taking things from the open houses.
Notkin calls himself “just” rather than “bloodthirsty” for his Dualsouls’ role
in some of the recent violence there, and asks me to retrieve some “spades”
from four marauders, but I’m not sure what this means, exactly. I’ll figure it
I don’t have enough money for a map,
so I’ll be back when I do.
refuse a poison kiss from anguished faces cast in mist.
Off to Gryph’s again. Funny, that…
one who makes a hard bed sleeps better.”
I tell the lovely gentleman I need
weapons, but what I really need is money. I deliberate for a while on whether I
ought to give up my revolver, but I have the sawn-off shotgun Notkin gave me
and six shells, so I decide it’s fine. I’ve also been managing alright with
only a knife, but admittedly I don’t know what might happen today and later on…
Hopefully, the shotgun will serve me well enough.
check. I don’t buy anything here. I’ll be back later, though.
I do a lot of trash-picking as I
head to the Theatre. I am Haruspicus. Hierophant. Surgeon. Compulsive collector
of empty bottles and pocket-watches.
all… not good.”
is the screenshot I took of the play this time. Sorry. I just think it's funny
how it looks a bit like he's got frosted tips.
Like yesterday, I check my letters
as I leave. An extract about the First Outbreak, again from Isidor’s diaries,
gives me a sinking feeling as I read it. The last words of this excerpt are:
“Soil, dirt. Dense darkness. Horror.”
I don’t have any directions yet
today other than to do a bit of vigilante justice on behalf of the Dualsouls,
and I don’t think Big Vlad is going to want to talk to me this early. I guess
I’ll make my rounds, then. I am a doctor, after all. I’ll start with Lara Ravel.
figured you might’ve guessed from the smell alone. It's fresh. Well, some of
it. This patch here, on my sleeve, near the cuff? I think it's from less than
ten minutes ago, but I don't remember... It's been a very difficult few days
for me, Lara.”
have black circles under your eyes…”
I also visit Julia Luricheva, at the house called “Seine”.
board as Vlad's. I figured it would be (to save on resources, if nothing else)
but I'm happy to know for sure.
reason aspires to one goal, the heart imperceptibly strives for another…”
I’m going to go investigate around
the Tanners district. I kill a man, and my punishment from God for this is that
I have no room for his organs in my pockets. I fill my water bottles to clear
out space, so I at least have a bit of extra blood for the Worms later. I’ll
drop my herbs off when I loop back around the map.
My sawn-off shotgun is now in
perfect condition, but I’m broke again. I’ll survive the day at least…
Hopefully, there’s some money to be made completing today’s tasks, or some
treasures I can sell.
Catherina brushes me off and
Alexander’s door is locked. Petr also has nothing to say, but they’re all alive
and well, and that’s all I need to know. I guess I’m not certain about Saburov,
but I have no reason to believe he’s anything other than quite alright.
These kids play very dangerous
games. From Spichka, I learn about the “Shavermen”, who used to work for Gryph,
but don’t anymore since “the Order is gone”. I offer to help Spichka keep the
Dualsouls out of trouble. They want to use some hidden weapons to fight the
Shavermen - or, at least, that’s what I think is going on here. It’s kind of
difficult to tell what this kid is talking about. I’m off to meet someone
called Stub at the cemetery, in any case.
I check in with Andrei on the way.
He’s alive and well. I trade all of my brown twyre for four shotgun shells,
then leave the Tavern before I have time to think about and regret my trade.
Anna Angel, Laska and Ospina are also doing fine this early morning.
I find Stub pretty easily outside
the cemetery gates. He wants me to follow him somewhere.
don’t think I really know what I’ve gotten myself into, here…
Again, I wish I had more room for
organs. I have to use a lockpick to get into this house, and it’s infected
(even though it doesn’t look like it from the outside). It seems like someone
beat me to the weapons cache or something because I don’t find anything here
except for Plague. I do another quick check upstairs and leave. I’ve already
been here for too long. My skin’s starting to crawl…
I notice when I get back to “Factory
Building #4 (Machinery)” that I must have taken a knife to the head or
something. I have a sorry little sliver of my health. I guess it’s time to use
that other first aid kit from the Bachelor. I apply another bandage, too, just for
good measure. My health bar is about ⅔
full now, and after storing my herbs, so is the Other tab in my inventory.
I try to cut through the factory
buildings because it looks like I can on my map. I can’t, at least not straight
through. I have to go around.
I walk past the Clot, and outside
Kapella’s wing, I become very nervous that I may have gotten infected without
realizing inside the house Stub brought me to. I look too closely at the pixels
at the far left end of my “Infection” meter for quite some time, then close
that menu and unclench my teeth.
I get a letter from Dankovskiy at
7:15 (before I can think about opening my player stats again to squint at that
meter some more). Apparently, Rubin is hiding something from both of us…
“I will detail on it, when we meet.
…This isn’t even an invitation. He
just takes it as read that I’m on my way over there!
Well, I mean... I guess I am. Damn.
The Bachelor tells me he’s running
around in circles a little bit right now but expresses (measured) hope in
whatever Stakh Rubin’s up to. He suggests I go to find Stakh myself, but
doesn’t tell me where I ought to look. I mention that the man in question has
been sending me death threats in the mail, so maybe this isn’t the best idea. Luckily, though, it seems
like Dankovskiy’s little crush on me has done some work to set that right at
some point between now and yesterday.
on, pleeease? I promise I won’t tell anybody! Cross my heart and hope to die!”
I'm told Lara can help me out here,
so I’m on my way back to speak with her. The clock strikes 8:00. I don’t have
any problems getting into her place, as my reputation hasn’t dropped since the
day I arrived back in the town.
Lara points me in the right
direction. Her chess board, unsurprisingly, matches Julia’s and Big Vlad’s.
Rubin is hanging around the
warehouses somewhere. I’ll do some dirty work for the Dualsouls first so I can
turn in the items I’m supposed to gather before getting too terribly involved
with this whole situation. I guess “crowbar” is what was meant by “spade”. I
gather up what I need pretty easily, then head south.
I only realize once I’m already at
the warehouses that I have three crowbars, not four. Dammit. I guess I’ll do a
bit of backtracking, I didn’t save near the proper houses. I dodge a Plague
cloud and jump over a rat, then duck into a warehouse with a flaming barrel out
front to dodge its bite.
Even if it weren’t literally marked
as such on my map, I think I’d have been able to figure out that this is where
Rubin has been hiding. Microscope on the desk, diagrams on the walls. Who
else…? He is not here, though; I’d imagine he’s in the building Lara marked for
me. I find an item called “Dead tissue” in the desk here, and I want to hear what
Dankovskiy has to say about it (if anything). It’s not yet noon, so I feel I
can afford to make the trip. I’m heading towards the cemetery and going back
through the Tanners to collect another crowbar, then I'll walk along the
Gorkhon to the Slough. From there, it's back to the warehouses.
guess I’ll go the long way ‘round, then…?
Fourth crowbar obtained. I hope it’s
worth the trouble, but most things aren’t. My self-imposed detour gives me a
chance to stock up on food.
can smell this screenshot.
really happens here, but it’s neat, anyway.
I don’t want to waste shotgun shells
on a rat and forget which button switches you back to your fists, so I just run
straight to the Dualsouls’ Castle with one of the little bastards chasing me.
The “take off weapon” button is X.
I pass on the map today since I’m
already done with most of my affairs. I get quite a lot of helpful stuff from
Notkin in exchange for the crowbars.
Well. I mean. It’s all ammo, but
it’s all helpful.
Off to find Rubin, then.
“Hey. What do you have there, exactly…?”
After our long chat about...
whatever’s going on here (Rubin tells me he’s being hunted for desecrating
Simon Kain’s corpse to make a remedy against the Sand Plague), I ask about what
Catherina said about me. I don’t learn anything I didn’t already know. “Rivers
Maybe it’s a little unfair that I know I can leave my weapons behind in the box
here to come back for later, buuut…
will give Haruspicus a chance to seize the evasive Sand Plague.
If I didn’t have the luxury of
saving and reloading, my life would have ended here. I am killed several times
by these guards, but it gives me a few chances to try to make it through this
segment without getting infected. I swear these clouds aren’t half as
persistent in the remastered version. The strategy here seems to be to cling to
the walls of the cell and make laps around the clouds until they dissipate,
staying away from their middles. You also have to move constantly for this to
come on, two at once!? That’s just mean.
I break myself out of jail
successfully and accept the hand I’ve been dealt. Immunity 0%, infection…
somewhere around 25%.
I suppose I have a powder, but I
know I ought to keep it. We’ll see for how long this is manageable.
I have a letter from the Bachelor.
It is marked “(Important)”. I start on my way towards Eve’s Slough and forget
completely about the dip my reputation has taken until three guards charge at
me and kill me dead. I did not save after my first successful escape, but I
guess that works out nicely. I have another chance.
This time, only by miracle, I make
it out of the cell and dispatch the guards without getting infected.
heart is pounding.
I get to relative safety and save my
game, but I still want to loot those corpses.
can hide in this little hallway across from the cell and the Plague can’t reach
you, but it figures out your little trick after a while and blocks you in. I
took one of my extracts to boost my immunity and slipped through to the right
without touching the middle. God, this part is stressful.
I also just now figure that the sick
guys writhing on the ground here are meant to let you boost your reputation by
dumping painkillers on them before you head out. I loot the corpses near the
cell and then do that.
I save immediately when I make it
there, sir. I’m sure you’ll notice that I’m especially law-abiding today.”
Off to the Slough, then. Should be a
much easier trip this time. I exchange almost all of my money for a bit of
dried fish, then run back over to the warehouse where I was ambushed to
retrieve my weapons and lockpicks. I am amazed by how well I seem to be doing
today, especially compared with how things were
going before I got punched to death in a previous life.
head breaks… It is necessary to have a rest.”
Today’s Day quest is called
“Thrilling heart”, and the task it outlines is a gruesome one. My first lead is
Ospina, so I’m off to see her. I’ll be selling some weapons to Gryph and buying
a map from Notkin on my way. I punch a few rats to death and administer some
more painkillers on my way to the warehouses.
I say a bittersweet goodbye to the
revolver that got me out of jail and all of the ammo I’d collected for it, and
make a mental note to start trading for shotgun shells as soon as I can -- five
is not enough. I have plenty of odds and ends that I know I can swap for some.
Outside Gryph’s, I trade water for a bandage and use it immediately. With that,
I have nothing pressing on my HUD. It’s about 17:30.
map costs 1,000 today, for which Notkin apologizes, but that’s really not so
bad at this point in the game.
I don’t know when I received it, but
I also have a letter from Young Vlad. It’s pretty vague. I’ll head over to see
him after I meet with Ospina.
I am straightforward with her about
what has been requested of me. She’s well aware that I am guided by the will of
another, but she helps me regardless.
fact about the “prickly prick” insult from Classic HD: in the original text, it
is острозубого мерзавца,
which I am reasonably certain comes out literally to something like
“sharp-toothed villain”. I was hoping for Ospina to invoke the sharp teeth
here, but she just calls him a bastard.
An herb gatherer’s place is marked
on my map now, so I’ll start making my way over there. I don’t have enough room
in my inventory for anything new in the Other tab. I figure I may need some, so
I’ll be stopping by my laboratory to make room and then going to Young Vlad’s
place since it’s on the way to the herb gatherer’s if I walk there the way I
The clock strikes 19:00 as I find
myself in front of Young Vlad’s. We chat for a while and I drop down through
his well, into this “incision in the skin of Earth”. He gives me quite a bit of
kerosene, which fills up my Other tab. I drop the damned liver. I must have
kept it when I got distracted.
I meant to include a screenshot of
the Rat Prophet here, but it seems I didn't save it properly. After speaking
with him, I emerge from a manhole cover behind the Theatre, which is a little
inconvenient -- I’m starting to get a little anxious about the time. I get back
to Vlad’s at promptly 20:00. I tell him about what I saw and imply that the
strange creature I spoke with was a hallucination, but he seems to know exactly
what I’m talking about. He gives me two twyre recipes, and one of them drops to
the floor. I put a ring and four pocket-watches in that bag instead. I will be
back for these, but I'll need room for something much more important.
The Earth Bride seems to know why
I’ve come here.
day starts more than half-over, but it feels so very long…
I don’t know if the game keeps track
of whether or not thirty minutes pass, but I hurry to the Bachelor anyway.
“Peace be with her…” Bastard. I'd
say he's heartless, but in a very literal sense, he isn't right now. I receive
some money and a blue vaccine.
Dankovskiy implies I’ll be traipsing
about doing more impromptu cardiectomies. I call him on his callousness.
Surprisingly, he apologizes, and offers his heartfelt thanks for the
“treasure”. With that, my tasks for the day are complete. Tomorrow I’ll
supposedly receive a letter about whatever comes of this. Hopefully, it will
have all been worth it. I’m going back to Young Vlad’s to pick up all that junk
I dropped. I trade seven razors to a guard for one piece of dried meat, then
drop my eighth into a trash can to free up a second space.
…I can’t interact with the damned
bag for some reason.
the end of which, Haruspicus will find out how important a role mythic beings
can play in our lives.
I start my day at around 2:00, and
speak to Young Vlad right away. His dialogue here is somewhat funny
contextually: “I didn’t expect you… But I am happy to see you, anyhow.”
I slept here, Vlad. Didn’t you
notice? I tell him I want to go down the well again, because I “want to ask the
talking rat a question”. I love this game. The Rat Prophet is not at the end of
the tunnel, but it works out nicely that I’ll be popping out near the Theatre.
I guess I forgot to mention that I
missed the pantomime on Day Five. There’s a way you can see it as Haruspicus,
but I can’t remember how to do it.
are afraid of Catherina’s prophecy, but people don’t pay attention to the
rivers of blood, until they themselves become part of the flood.”
It seems the Theatre is a place for
corpses now. This may well have started yesterday, but I wouldn’t know.
My various meters are shockingly
well balanced, and my reputation sits at 100%. In my first attempt at this
campaign (Haruspex, rather than Haruspicus), I think it just kept
dropping after Day Five. After playing this much of the game in the way that I
have been (that is to say, cautiously), I’ve started feeling like you honestly
have to go out of your way to make people hate you. I don’t even remember how I
screwed up so badly before. I played a Ripper instead, it seems, and ended up
with more organs than I knew what to do with (and hardly any panacea).
I’m heading to the warehouses to buy
a map from Notkin. The squelching noises that come from the stagnant Plague
clouds are absolutely stomach-churning, but they add to the atmosphere. I move
as quickly as the game allows me to through infected districts, and feel less
confident in my abilities as a healer with each day that passes, as the Sand
spreads and smothers streets in scarlet staining, sanguine scars, and sickly
I dodge my first “angel” Sand Plague
carrier ghost-entity-thing, and head for the train station. I visit with
Mishka, since I’m close enough that I’d feel bad if I didn’t.
do you have there… two more hands?”
She is alive and well.
map costs five hundred coins, which is fine by me.
tried to break through under the ground, to the Prophet. She did not manage.”
I’ve been here for almost a week
now, and I haven’t even seen the
Devotress. I wonder what she’s up to. Certainly, we’d have crossed paths by
now, even by accident…?
My cat hops up on my desk as I check
my letters. Dankovskiy seems to have already come to some conclusions about the
human blood analysis:
“The antibodies reproduce and destroy
the disease, but they are too few. The bacteria reproduce much faster, and
nothing stops them from doing so. My conclusion - human blood is not enough for
the creation of the panacea with your method. D.D.”
thanks to my cat Nosey for attempting to knock over my monitor here, then for
successfully knocking over an empty can of peach-nectarine Red Bull.
I have another note from Isidor,
which describes the most successful twyre extracts. Each of them requires some
amount of brown twyre… and I gave almost all of mine to Andrei in exchange for
shotgun shells a few days ago. Damnable Stamatins. I knew I made that trade too
hastily. I suppose I’ll need to get my hands on some more.
earth gives birth to both herbs and disease. The roots underneath bind that,
which the seed untie under the sun. When nature dictates its will to us, we
have no choice but to succumb.”
“Isidor Burakh’s diaries [p. 55]”.
It is 4:00. I’m going home to manage
my inventory, then a bit further north to trade for herbs behind the cemetery.
I get rid of all the blood I’m carrying there, as well as the loose hearts and
kidneys that are probably making my pockets smell pretty terrible by now. Three
black twyre, five brown twyre. Back home to drop them off. I spend a little too
much time organizing this trunk in a way that makes sense to me -- [V] brand,
100 (!) kerosene, several recipes between 2-10 (but not all of them), quite a
few of each of the various herbs, then the dead blood from a few days ago at
the very end. I don’t really know why I’ve kept it. I won’t need it for
anything else, and it’s probably rather unsanitary.
I take a nap for an hour to curb my
exhaustion a little, then head back into town. Rations are quite expensive
again, but I can afford a fair amount today. There are five lemons in my
inventory right now. I eat two, then some bread. Arson seems to be becoming a
problem lately, and that’s apparently terrible news for my PC, which objects to
the strain from rendering the fire graphics.
I check to read the letter I
received. “Anna Angel’s invitation.” She writes that the Bachelor is telling
lies about her (I’ve never even heard him talk about her, but I guess I’ll take
her word for it), and describes a terrible girl, a “saint healer”, who seems to
be “hiding” in her house. I’ll be over there soon to see who it is (I can
Another letter comes a few minutes
later while I’m shopping for rations again. Dankovskiy’s got a new idea for the
panacea -- something to do with bull antibodies?
over, we’ll discuss it. D.D.”
I’m nearby, so I start making my way
to the Bachelor before I deal with Anna. I am chased to the Slough by a rat and
a marauder simultaneously.
has gone into the Cathedral?”
My Day quests tab updates after our
conversation, but my map doesn’t. It seems I’m on my own here for now. Rain
begins to fall as I leave the Slough.
logic is somewhat strange, we should have started with animals in the first
place, but now it is hard to find a bull - famine.”
“Bull’s blood”, Day quests .
I head for Anna Angel’s place, marked “Verbae” on my map -- “words”, or
“proverbs”. It’s getting more and more difficult to dodge the accursed Sand
I receive another letter. I have
been waiting for this one: “Klara’s invitation”.
“I think time has come for us to look
each other in the eye. Come to Laska’s hut. I’ll be waiting.”
patrons have renounced me. They expel me from their house, but they will pay
for it…” - Devotress.
The Devotress seems to have gotten into some sort of disagreement or
something with the Rat Prophet, and asks me for a favour. I’m supposed to ask
him about her fate, but I never got to ask about my own… I’ll go there. I’m
sure he’ll know I’m asking on her behalf, even if I feign hatred for her as she
suggested. The Prophet is somewhere around the Theatre, as he was before.
of them, you say?
shit… There’s two of them.”
Okay, maybe not, but I certainly
didn’t follow her here, and I don’t think she followed me…
feel sick… everything went dark before my eyes…”
the times, when there was nothing, nor night, nor day, there was no up, no
down, no water, nor earth, there was only a great Bull, Father of Flesh,
Creator of the Lines, Horn Swinging Bos Turokh. Suok came out of the depths and
filled the world with herself. She ate the stars and the light… [And who was she, this Suok?] Oh, don’t
interrupt! …And she ate the sunlight. And Suok didn’t burn in the fire, nor did
she drown in water. She didn’t get older, nor did she want to return to the
depths. Darkness came. Bos Turokh, the great Bull, froze in the darkness and
his cry broke it, but didn’t break Suok. She spread a bit wider and the
darkness returned. [Yes, that’s precisely
about us.] Then, Bos Turokh opened his mouth from horizon to horizon and
ate Suok. She tried to break away, get back to the depths, but Bos Turokh ate
her bit by bit. Now she is within him. She only vainly tries to eat him from
Yes, certainly. The various stories
scattered throughout each campaign are my very favorite parts of the game, so
I’ll be including them here when I come across them, both because I think they
ought to be shared with those who don’t have time to play this time-sink of a
game and because I want to have them saved somewhere (like the chessboard
Klara tells me to head to the Short
Apiary Corpus, where I will meet the Mother
Keeper for the first time -- one of my adherents, and the “centre of all
life and will of the Order”. She can give me a bull.
dirt. Dense darkness. Horror.”
It’s not yet 9:00 when I leave the
Cemetery. I’m getting very, very good at punching rats.
Mother Keeper asks for one hundred
yellow tablets. “Ten times ten”. No mistaking that. No negotiating, either, it
I have 27.
I’ll be back later.
I enter a store that sells
medicines, buy 11 more tablets, and sell the blue vaccine the Bachelor gave me
for a little extra money since that cleared me out. This is going to be a pain.
Two more in exchange for a hazelnut, then a much nicer trade with the next
young lady I approach.
you go, little crumb. Ten sharp objects, in exchange for your poison. Don’t you
go hurting yourself with those… at least not any more than you could’ve done
with this powder, anyway.”
51 tablets now, after visiting the
drugstore across from the Theatre. I sell some of my other tablets to afford
more yellow ones later. Since I’m nearby, I’ll take care of my business with
the Rat Prophet.
Predictably, he knows Klara sent me,
but he tells me what he thinks about her anyway.
Back to my real quest: buying up every alpha tablet in the Town-on-Gorkhon. 62
now. I sell the rest of my beta tablets and a broken knife. A walnut and peanut
in exchange for three more (I think this trade is more than fair). Eleven more,
and I sell some razors. 76. I’m at the pharmacy by Anna’s now, so I’ll drop
back in to speak with Klara. I choose to tell her she is a force of good, and
she gives me the seventh herbal recipe -- 92/24.
You cannot buy immunity boosters at
the tavern. I checked. I’m not sure which stores I haven’t visited yet. I
haven’t been keeping track. One more from a kid. I worry about how many times
I’ll have to do this.
I think the last two stores are the
one near Lara's and the one across from Eva’s place. I realize I have spent
entirely too much time in this world when I recall these places without much
I have exactly 99 alpha-tablets. A
cruel little joke from God, here.
my haste, I gave her a peanut for free.
There we go. One Hundred Alpha-Tablets
Exactly. Back to Mother Keeper.
It’s nearly 14:00. My exhaustion is
rising, but I’d literally drop dead if I used my last handful of coffee beans.
I eat two lemons instead, then eat a loaf of bread to balance it all out. I’m
lucky to find a man who will trade me some bandages for water on my walk back
to the Apiary, then am even luckier to find another. I heal up and breathe a
sigh of relief.
I am given directions to the place
called Raga barrow (“The Worms give the bulls back to the Earth here”) and
receive Herbal Recipe #1 - one black twyre stem, one brown twyre stem, two
savjur stems. 100/9. Almost perfect. As I approach my laboratory to drop some
things off, I get a letter from Victor Kain.
over, if you are not too angry with us. We ought to get to know each other
better. We are sorry.”
I’ll be in the Stone Yard soon,
close enough to the Kains... I don’t see why not.
I know you need to bring some kind
of sample of the Sand Pest with you to the barrow, so I bring the dead blood
with me to see if that works. It does. Here I was thinking I was going to be
stuck with it forever.
night, sweet prince.
I collect the bull's blood and
return to the Bachelor.
give me that look.
“That’s the problem… You and I have
no luck.” Tell me about it. I check my Day quests tab, and it seems like that’s
today’s major task completed.
“[...] It seems as though the Bachelor
is convinced in failure beforehand.”
“Bull’s blood”, Day quests .
I’ll be coming back here to get some
rest shortly, but first, I’d like to see what it is Victor Kain wants from me. There’s something going on with Maria,
so I’m sent to speak with her. She wants me to retrieve a diary from Nina's
crypt. Sounds easy enough.
looks (and plays) a little dated, but this game is so beautiful…
I pick up the diary and hear a
crashing noise outside. I’m just going to run from these guys, my computer
can’t handle the fires. I suppose that means I’m letting them desecrate Nina’s
grave, but I did that myself the day I arrived. I guess I’d be something of a
hypocrite if I did stop them with force.
quarrels... That sounds familiar... Hm. Did you hear something like that
recently? From a man in a snakeskin coat, by any chance? Perhaps when he was
telling you about those 'heroic feats' of mine you mentioned?”
I realize only when I return to the
Slough to end my day that I still have fifty alpha tablets in my inventory.
God… dammit. I guess I’ll sell the
spares tomorrow. I take some Meradorm for my health, eat some preserved
vegetables, and get a full six hours’ rest. I wake up at midnight almost
I went back to check and see if I’d
misread what Taya asked of me, but no. One Hundred. Ten Times Ten. When you
return to drop them off, your line is “one hundred exactly”. I don’t... I can’t
think of how this could’ve happened. I checked the Russian text, and of course
it’s ровно пятьдесят -
exactly fifty. Пять раз по десять.
It is given, correctly, as fifty in
Classic HD, but I’m playing through (2006) with the game’s text as the final
word to limit metagaming.
How in the world did this become one
hundred...? This is basically the only thing so far that’s been completely
wrong (aside from the “spades” on Day Four), but at least I got more than I
needed rather than less.
fatal, crucial and decisive day for the Haruspicus.
don’t know how or when, but my monitor seems to have been slightly damaged at
some point between starting this playthrough and now. I’d try to fix it (or,
rather, just end up swapping out the monitor), but it’s… Fitting, I think. It
worsens slowly, creeping along down the screen...
come to the Inquisitor at one’s own will is the only correct thing to do.”
As I leave the Bachelor’s makeshift
laboratory, I receive a letter. It’s another extract from Isidor, on
rushes towards me, faster than the wind. She gathers fragile fingers, braids
thin bones, breaks out flexible joints. Her black face has no eye sockets, her
white face has no nostrils. Her two heads will never come to an agreement.”
“Isidor Burakh’s diaries, [p. 29]”
I also have a letter from the
Bachelor. I guess he slipped it into my pocket while I slept…?
try to combine them artificially. I’ll dedicate the night to it. There may be
some results, but I have a bad feeling about this. D.D.”
"Analysis results. Human and bull’s blood synthesis.”
you hear what mad pulse I have?”
I don’t have any directions yet. I
assess my meters, and I’m doing alright overall. I should probably start my day
by going across the street to sell all these damned alpha-tablets. I can make
extracts for immunity instead.
I make 4000 coins at the pharmacy
opposite Slough then head to the Cathedral to see if I can speak with the new
guest, but she is nowhere to be found. I suppose I’ll be back later, then. I
have a few hours to kill before I can do much today, so I figure I’ll visit the
Theatre and then make my way to Notkin’s for a map.
whole world seems to be against me. I can’t escape this net. Is execution
I’m two for two on blasting rats
into the afterlife with my “sensitive hands” before they bite me this morning.
This campaign is so much easier with
a high reputation than a low one, but that should go without saying. I get to
the warehouses, and I’m three for three on rats now.
map is 2000 coins. I call this “robbery” in dialogue but accept the deal.
I sleep for two hours at Young
Vlad’s. It’s 4:30 now. I’m going to keep collecting rations until the day turns
over properly. Food is expensive again, and it seems like supplies are lower
than they have been -- the Maw merchant has exactly one lemon. I’m also out of
bottles (filled or empty), so I’m trash-picking.
never buy fresh meat... It’s too expensive today, anyway (and I don’t like the
idea of eating it raw, even though mechanically you don’t suffer any
I trade some of the water I just
collected for a bandage. I don’t need it now, but I might later. I stop by the
Tavern for trinkets, two bottles of twyrine, and some coffee beans. On my way
back to the Stone Yard. Frame-perfect rat punch number four.
I visit with the Bachelor once more.
mean, I feel that, man, but… don’t you think that’s a little dramatic?
I suppose it’s time to see the
uh… Maybe not.
The Executor on the top of the steps
shakes its head “no” at me. Speaking to the ones on either side is fun - they
let you know that they are “decorative elements”, and direct you to the one in
I circle around the Town to avoid
getting infected and receive a letter at 8:00. It's marked "Kapella's
letter" and signed V.O. Jr. It takes me entirely too much time to remember
that specific V is for "Victoria".
Four more surgically precise rat
punches. I ought to try my hand at catching them. I was invited to race them in
the middle factory warehouse on Day Five, but haven’t yet taken the
There are several items for sale at
the market next to the Apiary. I buy as much as I can afford for now. Tychik is
in the Long Corpus, so I enter this place for the first time.
swear it was “barrow” earlier, but it’s “burrow” now. Okay.
Mother Keeper tells me that the
Inquisitor’s at the town jail now, so I have to visit her there. I also learn
that some odonhe are hiding in the Apiary’s Short Corpus. I stopped in there
for just a minute but didn’t feel particularly confident in my ability to get
all the way upstairs without getting infected. I’ll be back to speak to them
later today once I’ve made some extracts to help with immunity.
Back to my workshop. I have every
twyrine extract recipe except for #9. I put them in order in the trunk, then
make three bottles of recipe number one, and one bottle of recipe number ten.
On my way to the town jail, I receive another letter. This one is from Young Vlad:
Inquisitor is carrying out the investigation in a terrible way. The walls of
vagueness and innuendos break before her as if they were paper-thin.”
"Young Vlad on the morning interrogation."
The Inquisitor’s gone somewhere else
now -- to the usurer’s, in the Stone Yard.
don’t know what I expected. Sometimes the dialogue options are a little too
perfect. I do very much hope Victor is home.
Off to see Victor, then. In our
dialogue, I learn the name of the Inquisitor. She is Aglaja Lilich, the younger sister of the deceased Nina Kain. It’s
possible that she has her own interests in the town -- Kain suggests Lilich may
be here for “revenge”. She herself has been sentenced to death for “too great a
love for intrigue”... In that case, it’s not surprising that she ended up here.
There’s more than enough intrigue to go around.
quite like the Kains, personally. Victor is a favorite character of mine.
gloomy autumn it is this year…”
Finally, I can actually go to meet
with Aglaja. Our conversation is… somewhat difficult to summarize. Her first
line sets the tone: “Great is the power of ones over others, isn’t it? Who can
stay free these days? Each one of us is a pawn in another’s game. Each one of
us is blind and deceived…”
thoughts precisely, Artemiy. A note about this bit: the “short terms” line is
translated perhaps too directly from the original Russian and doesn’t really
make a lot of sense outside of that. Aglaya refers to Artemiy with the more
formal “you” pronoun вы
here, then the player can choose to insist on the mutual use of the more
familiar ты and all the other
grammatical nuances that come with it. This exchange is modified somewhat in
many crows gathered above the town?”
It is 14:00. I am, at long last,
able to enter the Abattoir and meet with the Elder, but I’ll be visiting the
Short Corpus of the Apiary first. I have an extract that boosts my immunity to
100%, so I’ll be trying my luck there. I had some gloves, but I’ve been wearing
them… they’ve broken, and I don’t have money to get them repaired. I purchase a
drapery instead -- I didn’t realize they were so inexpensive. 120 for one in
perfect condition. Can’t hurt.
I have very little money now,
though… It might be time to try and get some from rat racing soon. I make it up
the stairs of the Short Corpus without any problems. The Worms here claim no
wrongdoing. I take off the drapery to keep it for later, just in case. I’ll head
back to Tychik, then meet Oyun.
I can never be ill.”
waits for you.”
Elder of the Abattoir.
Elder of the Abattoir
gives me a literal handful of the blood of the recently opened Aurochs bull. He
calls me “Bloody One”. I’m already sick of this guy. He won’t tell me how much
blood is left, even though I obviously need it much more than he does…
I’m about to achieve the greatest goal of my whole life. Now I have to take the
best of the twyrine brews and make the perfect “dead porridge”. The panacea -
the natural serum of an Aurochs’s blood.”
“A hybrid of man and bull”, Day quests .
I wonder what it tastes like. I imagine a thick syrupy texture, with a distinct
I return to Aglaja with the bottle.
note about this bit, too: you can offer to test your panacea here, but in doing
so, you use it up and gain nothing. If you are already infected, it’s worth it
to get a little bit of extra dialogue in the process of curing yourself (either
with a powder or your fresh-brewed panacea, it doesn’t matter). I opt out this
time. It is not necessary to do this.
speaking to Aglaja, my map updates to show this on what I guess is the
"reverse" side, shown when you click the symbol at the bottom left.
which Garuspicus [sic] will discover, who may be the bearer of the secret mark.
has left Abattoir alive, too… What’s going on?”
Dankovskiy wants me to go
investigate the Abattoir. He’s pretty clear about his intention -- “If that’s
where the disease comes from, we’ll destroy that huge structure’s resistance by
the might of the army. It will be here tomorrow.” I tell him he’s wrong
immediately, and it seems he picked up at least a little bit of this line of
thinking from the Inquisitor. I’ll be back to see her at some point today, but
she doesn’t have anything she wants to speak with me about urgently. I’ll be
making my way to the Theatre, like most early mornings.
in fact, have made a panacea! So, the soldiers will not touch us?”
An arsonist I found strewn across
the cobblestones on my way to the Theatre becomes an organ donor.
it be so. It’s not the end of the world, just an epidemic.”
the English language voice-over in this version of the game runs a little bit
too short, and you just sort of stand around awkwardly waiting for the show to
begin. This is one of those times.
I check my letters on the front
steps of the Theatre. I have a letter from the Inquisitor, in which she makes
an interesting point. The blood I received was warm, so a ritual must’ve been
performed incorrectly…? She says to ask Oyun where he got the blood if I go to
see him today, but I feel like it’s pretty unlikely that he’ll tell me
honestly. She also mentions that the Bachelor has gained her trust, and implies
that she wants to be a part of the “rule of a new power” I’m on track to begin.
time of the three families is passing. I have to think about the future. Do you
I’ve got another letter that must’ve
been delivered at some point between last night and now. This one is from
“Oyun cannot rule the Order. That captain couldn’t drive during the calm, he
called the storm by his lack of skill. He’ll sink us in it.”
“Isidor Burakh’s diaries. Extract from the challenge for Elder Oyun [p. 131]”.
Even after ~200 hours milling around
this town, I’m still not sure when others’ Bound start to get sick at random,
so I guess I’ll be making my rounds again. This amounts to seeking deeper
immersion, I guess. Role-play? Loneliness? Whatever. I’m having fun. I’m going
to Young Vlad’s first and then checking on everybody else in the middle bit of
the town. I don’t know how much time I’ll have after, before the day starts
properly, but we’ll start there. It’s pretty dangerous to go anywhere at all at
I catch a rat. He lives in my pocket now. The middle pocket, in the front. You
know the one I mean.
Dankovskiy thinks that the illness has appeared from the wells.”
Some marauders broke in and threw
Young Vlad’s notes into the well, so I’m supposed to use the manhole behind the
Theatre to get down there and retrieve them. I’ll do that later. I clench my
teeth harder than I’ve ever clenched my teeth when a plague cloud passes me by
and seems to just barely miss infecting me. I check my stats menu anyway, and
stare at the meter for a while. I am fine.
the seams opened again?”
Curiously, Gryph knows about the
situation with the tunnels below the Theatre, and asks me if I’ve heard of the
Rat Prophet. I sell him a lockpick, but I have the strangest feeling that ~500
in loose change is not going to be enough for a map. I’m heading back into town
to check on the other Olgimskiys, as well as Lara and Julia.
Kapella tells me about Klara’s
nature as a destroyer and asks me to protect children from her. I’ve already
been protecting several, but I suppose it’s nice to know I ought to watch out
for Klara specifically...
hard to believe in things that lay outside our outlook.”
It’s either too early for Vlad Sr.
to care about what I’m up to or he has no dialogue today. Off to Julia
Luricheva’s “Seine”, I guess. Reasonably, I could leave these places upon
seeing that there is no cloaked guest on their doorsteps, but I quite like
checking for dialogue. Julia, like Vlad, has none this early morning.
Executor nods his head "yes" at me.
Lara Ravel has fallen ill with the
Sand Pest, as of Day Eight of the outbreak. Let us hope this list does not
receive frequent updates. I know my own Adherents are fine, at least -- the
“day’s end” text has told me as much consistently thus far. I’ll continue my
house calls here, but I’ll take care of that job for Young Vlad first.
I hear the sound of a door locking
behind me as I proceed into the tunnels and take a knife to the face because I
turned away to write that down. I perish tragically. Great. I load the save I
made above the ground and get back to it. I’m using my shotgun for this. This
first marauder goes down. He has a ton of money on him, which is good news for
me, I guess.
I make it through three of these
guys and then die another gruesome death.
ф to pay respects.
Third time’s the charm, right? My PC
has started stalling, but I’m just gonna try to push through it. The bell rings
to indicate that it is 4:00. 2/? down. I save my game, just in case. I think
I’ve got all of them now, but I keep getting lost in here. I sincerely consider
dropping a trail of organs.
I hear the manhole unlock. Time to
get the hell out of here. Good riddance. I make it out at 10 til 6:00. I
believe I may hold the world record for The Slowest This Part Of The Game Has
Ever Been Completed By Anybody. Back to Young Vlad, for whatever prize he
thinks that effort was worth. 4000 coins. Okay.
As usual, I’m walking on the
outskirts of town and washing the blood off my boots in the marshes. I pick a
flower (apparently -- one appears in my inventory), then meet with an herb
gatherer and trade what I am able to for a good deal of savjur and white whip.
My exhaustion is creeping up on me.
I use two handfuls of coffee beans, then a bandage. We’re all good.
too much time is given to us… Tomorrow, the army arrives.”
Like the Bachelor suggested, I’m
meant to head to the Abattoir, but getting in isn’t as easy as it was
yesterday. I'll need to speak with Taya Tychik again, but first, I’ll check on
the Kains, since I’m nearby. George Kain wants me to clear Big Vlad’s name --
seemingly, Young Vlad’s to blame for the disastrous handling of the disease in
the Apiary. I must speak to either Alexander Saburov or Catherina Saburova, but
the latter ought to be more helpful to me now. It’s on my way to the Apiary, so
I don’t see why I shouldn’t at least try to speak with the two of them. Victor
and Maria are alive and well.
seems there is some… stillness…”
Catherina, too, sends me to Taya.
That works out nicely. I check in on the Stamatins.
I can’t stand it anymore!”
Andrei Stamatin has fallen ill with
the Sand Pest, as of Day Eight of the outbreak.
do you all want from us…?”
I make it to the Apiary, with which
my PC struggles, and head upstairs to see Mother Keeper.
Devotress talks haughty! She knows something…” - Mother Keeper.
note about this bit: You can, of course, choose either Vlad. However, due to a
major difference between the first releases of the game and Classic HD (Young
Vlad is one of Dankovskiy’s Adherents in the mid-2000s releases, but this is
not so in the remastered version), if you choose Vlad Jr. here, YOU WILL LOCK
YOURSELF OUT OF THE UTOPIAN ENDING COMPLETELY. There is a similar quest in the
Bachelor campaign where the player can also make this choice, but instead of
merely making the secret ending impossible to achieve, you lock yourself out of
your OWN ending by sentencing Young Vlad to death. I completely understand why
this was changed for the Classic HD release if I’m right about the reasoning
there, but it’s pretty interesting that originally they let you put yourself
into a fail-state. I believe you can choose either Vlad with little consequence
in Classic HD.
After choosing the elder Vlad
Olgimskiy, I speak with Mother Keeper again and ask to be allowed into the
Abattoir. She’ll let me in, but first, I have to do something for her. Klara
started telling her a story, but never told her how it ended! Kapella was
right, this Devotress is some menace. I’ll go see her (Kapella) and ask if she
knows where to find Klara.
will have to take this sin.”
Kapella tells me Klara’s been
dealing with Notkin, but she’s probably at Mishka’s carriage. I’ll visit with
both of them. Notkin also tells me that Klara is with Mishka.
map is 1500. I was right to come back later.
Klara told an incomplete story to
Mishka, too. How cruel. Time to speak with the Devotress herself, and at least
learn the end of the story for Taya. This is my very favorite part of the game,
so I’ll include it here in full:
“What do you want, Ripper?”
“The dual-souls told me such a funny
story not long ago… about some crystal flowers.”
“Where did they get that story
“That I don’t know. But the end is
“There is nothing funny about it!
It’s quite terrible actually. It can’t have made them laugh…”
“One of them even went hysterical
about it. Especially when it gets to that prince.”
“They couldn’t have laughed! Which
place is that? When the prince was in despair and thought that such a flower
would never grow in his garden? Or is it, when the living flowers began to die
because the crystal one took everything from them - the water, air and even
light? Is it that bit?”
“No, some other…”
“Well, is it when the gardener came
out with the scissors and the prince made it so that he’d cut the living
flowers instead of the crystal one? Or is it when that terrible flower gave out
seeds and a whole garden of them grew, which was a hundred times more beautiful
than the one before and the living flowers never grew again?”
“There was something else…”
“That’s the end. There couldn’t have
been anything else. They are lying!”
I return to Taya to share the end of Klara’s tale.
“It’s good that you are still
“Here’s the end of the story about
the ice prince.”
“Oh, come on, come on speak!”
“The crystal flower gradually became
the greediest flower in the garden. It drank all the juices out of the soil. It
took all the most important things - all the light of the sun, even the air
became colder because of it.”
“Well, well… And what happened, when
the time came to rip it?”
“Prince made it so, that the
gardener ripped another flower out instead of the crystal one.”
“Yes, seems true! It had all been
coming to that… And did the flower stay alone in the garden?”
“Yes. It gave out seeds and a new
garden grew, a hundred times more beautiful than the one before.”
“That’s what happened… Yes, probably
that’s true… What an evil prince! Why did he kill the simple flowers…”
Tychik opens the Abattoir. I receive
a letter as I leave here.
princes, crystal flowers…
I usually get very early starts on
my days, but I suppose, if better timed, this letter can work out as a hint
about how to deal with Young Vlad. Or, perhaps, for a player quite unlike
myself, it works out to be another reason to turn him in to Mother Keeper. It
does not take long for me to be face to face once more with the Elder of the
Abattoir, who calls me Bloody One again.
seems to have excluded something…
On my walk to Ospina’s lair, I get a
letter from Kapella reminding me of my commitments. I haven’t forgotten them. I
take the item I need from Ospina and head back to the Abattoir. It’s only 12:00
is this body made of…?”
Elder of the Abattoir.
Oyun tells me directly that he
doesn’t want me to have the blood of the Aurochs (which comes from the earth
itself), but claims I can prove myself tomorrow. How nice. My map’s “reverse”
side updates again, and so has my “Mission” tab.
I’ll be heading back to the Stone
Yard; straight down the tracks, then across the marsh. I square away my affairs
with George Kain first (you get a considerable reward for choosing Vlad Jr. in
any version of the game, but I didn’t, so this is merely for completion), then
report to Aglaja.
am tired to death.”
She asks what the word “udurg”
means, and at this point, I am able to tell her: “A body that contains a
There’s the answer. I only have one doubt left - what is the sacrifice that I
have to make, for it to correspond with such a Sought for?”
“Whose blood is this?”. Day quests .
I visit with Dankovskiy by force of
habit (and mostly because my exhaustion is getting pretty high again). He has a
few threads I can pull on. I ask about his letter first. He is interested in
neither the Tower nor Maria Kain, but in the “truth of the utopists. Ingenious
ideas, the will to make them come true and the space that will allow them to be
materialized.” Upon a bit more prodding: “They have defeated death. That is
what I live for. We have a lot in common.”
“I thought you were more
I sleep here for nine hours and wake
up just before midnight.
which informs the Haruspicus that
there is a battle for the Order and ancestral lands ahead of him.
town is alive. It has a head, a heart, stomach and womb. It has a memory. It
breathes. It thinks. It can be frightened. Perhaps it even loves? I want to
live in a world of living towns. I want to walk on soil that shifts underneath
"Aglaja Lilich’s letter. On the beings of a higher kind”.
The military has arrived. The
General seems to be set up in the Town Council building, so I’ll be heading
there after this morning’s pantomime.
I meet with General Blok, and in dialogue, I learn that Artemiy left the town
originally at sixteen. I don’t think I’d ever noticed that exact detail. I am
directed to the Abattoir. My computer is being annoying and loud again.
Restarting, I guess. Sometimes loading a save fixes it, but usually, it starts
up again quickly. I think that’ll be my third time rebooting today.
It’s almost relaxing (well,
comparatively with my first playthrough) to walk around and not have to worry
much about getting shot at or having fire blasted at me. I’ll be making my
rounds. Julia: fine. Lara: still sick, obviously. An Executor outside the Clot
tells me that Vlad is dead. I knew this already, of course, but it’s nice to
know for sure.
I notice that my health is pretty
low. I’m alright on rations, so I’ll be prowling around looking for bandages
and tourniquets at the appropriate shops. My PC still struggles terribly, and
it makes its’ awful noises. I feel like this might have something to do with
the sanitary personnel and their flamethrowers. The first pharmacy I stop in
has a scalpel, so I shuffle a few things around and give my knife up for it.
last! My arm is complete again…”
Today the map is 1500 coins. I can’t
afford it. I need to kill some time today, so I’m going to the rat races, finally.
I have two rats on me right now. Both of them place a distant third.
This rat, too, is very bad at
racing. I walk carelessly and get incinerated, which gives me a chance to try
to race the rat again, since I saved before but not after. Again, my rat places
third. My computer has leveled out, thankfully. Near Anna’s, I trade water for
a bandage. Anna Angel herself is fine, and so are Catherina Saburova and
Petr Stamatin, however, has fallen
ill with the Sand Pest, as of Day Nine of the outbreak.
I collect some more bandages and
check on Ospina, who has nothing to say to me. I sleep here for almost an hour.
still stick out of me…”
I enter the Abattoir. On my way in,
I receive a letter from the Bachelor.
Oyun tells me to go figure out some
of the details of Dankovskiy’s entry into the Abattoir, and my exhaustion meter
fills rapidly as I leave. By the time I pass by my warehouse along the tracks,
it is maxed out.
my bedroom, it is warmer than here…”
The Bachelor left for the Polyhedron
at some point but hasn’t returned. I walk there and get close enough to see it
clearly for the first time.
just think it’s neat!
for (checks text) giving… blanks instead of live rounds to children?
love this game.
Off to the warehouse marked on my
map, then. I traded for a bandage on the way in anticipation of my health
taking a hit at some point thanks to today’s Story-Mandated Deadly Exhaustion.
guess these guys would have censored character models too, huh?
Well, uh… hm. I don’t really have
time to go back to Eve’s right now. I’ll go back later for that ammo though. I
spring dear Dankovskiy the old-fashioned way, and my map updates at the end of
Back to Oyun, then. My health is
dropping, and I had to use a bandage after I was punched by a censored Doghead.
I’m literally strafing for the minuscule speed boost. I complete the Day quest
and start back towards my laboratory. Game.exe crashes while I’m walking along
the tracks. Cool! I saved a little bit after freeing Dankovskiy, so it’s not a
terrible walk this time.
I save once I make it out of the
Abattoir just in case and start back home. I drop off my herbs in the trunk by
the bed, have a quick nap, then check the letter I received from the Devotress
while I slept.
I’m on my way to the Slough to
collect the ammo from Eve, and I think I’ll probably sell most of it…? I’m
faring alright with my sawn-off shotgun, I don’t think I’ll need the rifle. I
don’t have any painkillers or bandages, though, so I’ll be searching for those
sorts of items while I’m walking. I scrounge up enough to collect a tourniquet
and a bandage. Eve hands over what Dankovskiy said she’d have. I have 52 rifle
ammo in my inventory now, and no rifle.
have to keep on working. They will give us some more time.”
I exchange the ammo for money and
tourniquets across the street, then trade more water for a bandage. I guess I
could stand to gather some more rations today, too. I’ve always wondered if
there’s any internal logic to the little items that appear in your inventory on
occasion. I have eleven hazelnuts right now. At 18:00, I get a short, vague
letter from Kapella telling me she has a guest. I’m a few steps from the Clot,
so I head inside.
of this campaign's sidequests from here on out are completely new to me because
I was doing so terribly at surviving as Artemy in Classic by this point that I
just couldn’t make any time for them. I can’t say I expected to see Aglaja
I was walking at night, and in the morning, I was found somewhere… in a… in a
Someone’s been putting out the
signal fires meant to warn of the Plague here. Chances are they’ll need to be
lit again, but I’ve only been tasked with keeping Spichka out of trouble for
now. I walk somewhat carelessly towards the Apiary and am burned to death
again. At times like this, all you can do is laugh… I retrace my steps and make
it to Spichka’s apartment.
Instead of Spichka, though, there
are some Dogheads here. They tell me he’s gone somewhere near the Cemetery, so
I guess I’m heading that way. It’s not far, thankfully. I meet with Stub again.
He calls me Ripper. There are four fires to light, and Stub has the lighter.
I didn’t realize I was going to have
to fight anybody, but I’ve only got five shotgun shells. Time to put my scalpel
to use, then… At the third fire, I’m pleasantly surprised to collect
feromycinum and a powder (!) from a corpse — I’ve got three of them now. After
lighting the fourth fire, I speak to Stub, who tells me Spichka’s probably gone
home. I dismiss Stub and head back that way.
had gone back to get some kerosene for this because I thought I’d need it, but
I didn’t. After checking to see if any had gone, I lit my lamp for the first
time (with the F key). It… does not seem to work very well. I tried it a few
times, and sometimes it makes everything red or pink and breaks the game
momentarily. I couldn’t get screenshots of that, they just show up blank for
whatever reason. The lamp works fine in Classic HD.
I put my scalpel away for now. It
served me well, but has been knocked down to 72% durability. I took a
manageable amount of damage here and collected a fair number of the more
valuable trinkets from this effort. I have plenty of herbs, so I left the
organs in the dirt for Mother Boddho. It is now 21:00. Outside of Spichka’s
place, a girl tells me there is an ambush inside, and Spichka’s still missing.
I’m off back to Kapella to let her know. It feels awfully late to be running
around so much, and I’m getting a bit nervous, but I figure I’ll be okay --
things seem to be wrapping up here. I trade four rings for a bottle of meradorm
and a bit of money at the drugstore opposite the Clot. As I approach the
building proper, it begins to rain.
to see you’re alive and well, Spichka.
feel stitches under the knees. Is this okay?”
I realize now that I forgot to buy a
map today, but that's fine. I figure it would be more of the same. I take the
meradorm I just bought and sleep here until around 2:00.
informs the Haruspicus of fact that he stands before a choice, that will
determine his victory.
I speak to Kapella first thing this
morning since I’m already here.
I suppose this will be my first task
for today, then. It is pouring outside. Across the street from the Clot, I sell
all of my kerosene and some of the trinkets I collected from yesterday’s melee
and purchase a bandage set, then set off for Mishka’s van. Gryph and Rubin are
alive and well, though Rubin doesn’t appear to be in at the moment, and Gryph
has nothing of note to say to me in dialogue.
appears to be alive! I thought he had died.”
map is 1500 coins.
it seems to me that Klara is two different girls…”
am Haruspicus. Hierophant. Surgeon. Rescuer of a little girl’s precious doll.
There is no doll at the place marked
on my map, but there seems to be a trail of rare herbs. I follow it, picking
each herb as I go.
like looking in a burlap mirror.
The flavor text refers to this doll
as “a remarkably ugly specimen”. I scoop the wretched thing up and head back
wonder what’s in that train car. Seems like they’ve got it well-guarded.
have you been going around scooping blood from puddles? Haven’t you heard
there’s an epidemic on!?”
I receive a phial of Abattoir blood
from Mishka, and she gives me directions to more. I’ll visit the Polyhedron
later today. For now, I’ll keep up with my rounds. Young Vlad first, since he’s
nearest. I figure I’ll collect some rations on my walk. Vlad Jr. is fine, and
has nothing particularly interesting to say. Outside of Julia’s Seine, there is
some black twyre growing. She is alive and well, but looks as gloomy as always.
lonely it is here…”
Catherina Saburova has fallen ill
with the Sand Pest, as of Day Ten of the outbreak.
Alexander Saburov, Anna Angel, and
Ospina are all doing just fine today… Well, I guess I can’t say that for sure,
but they are without the plague, though likely not without woes and anxieties.
I head to my laboratory to drop off the herbs and blood I’ve collected today. I
also picked up a rat at some point, and he now lives in the trunk. I hope he
doesn’t nibble at my herbs. I arrive in Stvorki at 6:00 precisely and head towards
the Polyhedron. I check on the Kains. None of them are ill.
was right. That’s definitely blood.
I collect some, but I’m not sure
where I got the container. My Other tasks tab updates to tell me to visit her
again, but I’ll do that later. I stop in at the Cathedral, but I can’t speak to
I enter the Slough to speak with the
entire exchange gives me goddamned angina pectoris.
going to study this tower. It deserves the most precise attention.”
Off to the Elder, then. I’ll visit
with Taya, since I’m nearby.
Huh. Surprised you’re still kicking.
Taya tells me about a bull dying
near the Bone Pillar. I’ll be heading over there at some point today, I
suppose, but I’ll speak to the Elder first and begin working through my main
should be fun.
I am to head to the Raga barrow and
take a nap. Okay.
spirits of the dead appeared by the Raga barrow. They whispered to the sleeping
one of the Worms, skulking in the body of the rotting town.”
“Udurg”. Day quests .
The herb gatherers’ places are all
marked on my map, so I’ll be heading to each of them. I got that first aid kid
earlier specifically for this -- my hunger was maxed out before I even got to
the barrow, and I’ll probably start taking damage soon, even if I don’t have
any combat trouble. I have enough shotgun shells to take care of this without
worrying much about my own health. I’d speak to Mishka again since she’s on the
way to the next marked place, but my health starts dropping as I walk. I
replenish it as I planned to, but it continues to dwindle. I’ll catch her on
the way back.
My task is complete. I eat a cracker
to test if I’m still poisoned, and it seems like I’m alright now, so I balance
out that meter with some meat and fish. I’m left with a sorry supply of rations
(crackers, nuts, and fruit), but that’s alright. I’ll manage. I walk back the
way I came and visit with Mishka before the Elder. It is nearly 11:00 when I
are several conclusions that can be drawn from this story… However, something
tells me that I shouldn’t hurry with that. “Let us simply take into account the
facts for now” - as our friend the Bachelor says…”
“Who’ll feed the doll”. Other tasks .
answer is, of course, “no”, with yet another “come back tomorrow” as well.
With that, I’m off to see the
Bachelor again to wrap up the Day quest. I’m almost starting to enjoy his
company. Almost. Since I’m nearby, though, I will visit the Bone Pillar first.
Each Worm here tells me to meet with
a certain one of my own Adherents, to learn their thoughts about this situation
then return here to share them in exchange for a bit of blood. I am to speak
with Mishka, Spichka, Laska, and Notkin, in any order. Spichka’s place is
closest, so I’ll meet with him first, then the rest on my way to Dankovskiy.
was happy you were actually home this time, Spichka, but I can’t say I still
feel that way. Do you always treat your guests like this?”
You’re not Laska! I’m surprised she’s left her post at all… Did she happen to
teach you how to care for the dead? It’s quite an important job, you know.”
I am already at the Stone Yard
before I realize I’ve forgotten to go to Kapella, the “tree, on which children
sit like birds”, to speak with Laska for her guidance. I’ll meet with
Dankovskiy first and then head that way.
worked out pretty nicely, I guess.
great. Laska’s been arrested.
Kapella’s not certain about whether
Simon can be called Udurg. Her answer seems to be “maybe, after a fashion”.
I’ll ask Catherina for her thoughts on the matter. I can hopefully find Laska
on the way.
not Laska either! Oh, God. Please, no. No more walking. The soles of my boots
are already so worn...”
I have to go talk to the soldiers
near the train tracks. Damnation. Klara won’t speak to me; she only stares. I
head to Catherina’s. Since she’s sick, I have to use the feromycinum I got
yesterday, but I wouldn’t have used it otherwise and I certainly didn’t pay for
it, so it’s alright. The Executor takes it and grants me entry. I had to do
this to progress, but it feels like a waste. Catherina’s words are unbelievably
vague, and she brushes me off quickly. “I feel afraid in your presence. You
stink of blood.”
it true that my eyes are like buttons?”
I am taunted by the closeness of the
Bone Pillar, but head down to the tracks. There are still a few hours left
before it gets dark. Finally, I am able to meet with Laska.
Each of the children wants the bull
to live. I could’ve told the Worms that much without going through all this
trouble. I will return to them now. Their rewards are more than worth the
effort. On my way there, I walk between one of the sanitary personnel and a rat
and am badly burned. I survive with maybe 1% of my health and make a quick
detour to the drugstore opposite the Clot for a painkiller to use later. If a
rat bit me right now, I would collapse on the cobblestones dead.
I make it back to the Bone Pillar
and collect four more phials of Abattoir blood. I’ll be heading back to the
Bachelor, then. I have enough water to trade for one bandage, which I use
is splitting into two! Two contradictory truths stand behind the cursed sign.
Almighty Simon’s spirit, contained within the glass corpus of the Tower, or the
town, reared by the Earth and sculpted into the shape of Bos Turokh? These are
the two udurgs, there are no others.”
“Udurg”. Day quests .
I take some of the meradorm I bought
and am able to get six hours of rest. I start the next day as early as 1:00.
when Garuspicus [sic] falls into a trap, discovering that his dilemma connects
two incompatible truths.
I speak with the Bachelor first
thing this morning.
I’ll buy it. That sounds about as reasonable as anything else.
feel that our decisions became a part of a smart intrigue. I was nearly
doing our job. What are you so anxious about? There’s still time. Live until
I don’t have much specific guidance
yet today, so I’ll use some of the time I have this morning to make more
panacea from the blood I got from yesterday’s tasks. I might take the rat
living in my warehouse to the races to try my luck there. Neither Anna Angel
nor Alexander Saburov has the Sand Pest today. I sell a lockpick, some twyrine
and two watches to afford a bit of smoked meat and a single cracker. I give up
one of the bottles of meradorm I bought yesterday too for a little extra money.
At another shop, I get some dried meat, which is a lot less expensive than the
other kinds, apparently. I eat all three of these things. Ospina is not
I am able to craft five more
panacea, bringing me up to six. Nine cures total, with the powders included. I take
some meradorm and a three hour nap. I catch another rat outside the warehouse
marked “2”. The one who lived in my trunk for a while finishes first, and the
new one places second. I’m happy with the one victory, and head to Notkin’s to
see whether I can afford today’s map with my earnings.
bull has disappeared!”
I am told to head back to the Bone
Pillar, but I was under the impression that they’d wait for me to help get rid
of the bull… I’ll see what the trouble is there, I guess. Notkin also tells me
that Klara’s looking for me today, and that she “seems a bit worried”. I’m
short by just a little bit to afford the map today, but there’s “nothing to
mark anymore. The whole town is infected.”
I get a letter from Klara at 7:15,
in which she tells me to meet her at Laska’s hut before I go to the Abattoir.
I’ll check in with her on my way to the bone spike.
doomed have agreed to assist me… they will first take the way of the
don’t know how she knows this (and she won’t tell me), but it does sound like
the Elder. I’ll believe her.
I let Klara know that I will bring
panacea to her adherents tomorrow in exchange for her help today, and head for
the Bone Pillar. Almost all of my money has been spent on meat today.
I ask who gave this order and am
directed to the commander of the rebelling soldiers, one “captain Patroclus”.
He is in the same train car where I found Laska yesterday. I think I’m going to
it turns out that the true inspirer of this crime is the Bachelor Dankovskiy.
Interesting, what excuses is he going to put forth…”
“Bos Turokh leaves”. Other tasks .
been waiting for a good excuse to strangle you to death with your own
Alright. Fine. It would seem that
either Dankovskiy’s lying to my face or he genuinely didn’t know about how
important that bull was. He’s been… mostly honest with me thus far. I certainly
didn’t tell him about yesterday, and I don’t know whether he’d have heard about
it otherwise. I’m not entirely sure what to think. Maybe it was removed without my help. Maybe this
is some weird philosophical thing. In my Other tasks tab, the last part of this
thread is written thusly:
are reasonable. If we were to think soberly, everyone did the right thing.
Everyone did their duty. However, for some reason, the final of this story has
some blasphemy about it… Or was it all a warning?”
I’d like to speak with Vlad about
the Elder of the Abattoir, but I don’t know if he’d be back home today. I
suppose I’ll check.
He is not home. Kapella is, though,
and I speak with her.
It takes me like twenty minutes to
recover from reading that. Someone mercy-kill me so I don’t have to think about
Dankovskiy “fawning” over Burakh ever again.
I’m going to go back to the Bachelor
again now. I’d like to have a word with him about that one specific bit I’ve
just heard from Kapella, but I doubt I’ll be able to. I am given a silver ring
by the aether as I walk to the house called Slough.
I am given a password to enter the
tower. It is “fortified”. A little on the nose, but whatever. A flower appears
in my inventory as I climb the Polyhedron.
It’s rather late to be meeting one
of my Adherents for the first time, but I introduce myself to Kaspar Kain, or “Khan”.
didn’t even bother with clicking this one. By now, I figure the answer to this
line of questioning is a roundabout “no”.
I visit with the Inquisitor at the
Cathedral. She asks me about the blood, and I ask about my sacrifice.
on a need-to-know basis. I’m on a need-to-know basis. Nobody tells me shit
unless I need to hear it.]
Aglaja directs me to the Elder. I
figure it’s about time to meet with him. I have to return to Kapella first to
tell her what Khan told me, and then I will enter the Abattoir. Kapella gives
me her necklace. I hope it will bring me good luck. I arrive at the Abattoir’s
opening at almost precisely noon.
note about this bit: I already heard from Dankovskiy that Oyun killed Isidor,
so I can challenge him immediately, but for completion’s sake, I’ll also be
showing his trials. You can also hear this from Aspity or either Vlad and get
the same quick out.
I go, then.
recognize that guy anywhere.
are a lot more frightening than I’ve ever given you credit for, Klara.”
Here, I can choose to sentence Anna
Angel, Julia Luricheva, or Lara Ravel to… eternal damnation, I guess? Maybe
just regular death. I already know Oyun killed Isidor, and part of the function
of this is to inform you of that. As mentioned above, I don’t have to choose,
so I reload a save and confront the Elder.
name is Artemiy Burakh. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
For this fight, I am stripped of my
bet you think you have an advantage here, but you’ve never seen me punch a
I beat Oyun to death without taking
a single hit, which is especially nice because I don’t think I could’ve taken
do they call upon the faithful from the family of Hierophants? They are
recognized by their hands, the butchers. They are recognized by their eyes, the
surgeons. They are judged by their deed, the ones that know the lines. Silence
is the dying Order’s greeting for the worthy Hierophant. It’s a shame you’ve
come so late. Oyun, the unworthy Elder, turned out to be a disproportionate
”Hierophant’s final ordeal”, Day quests .
Everything is done rather early
today. I’m not sure what I should do to kill time. I’m too close to starving to
death to just sleep until tomorrow.
I think I am going to go and search
for powders, and, in the process, collect an absurd amount of rats. I drop off
all of the herbs in my inventory and Kapella’s necklace in storage, and get
down to my nonsensical bonus quest.
I give up. These rats keep seeing me
or getting burned to death before I have a chance to grab them. I might as well
sell my scalpel for rations, but I really do hate to part with it. Maybe my
shotgun instead. I say goodbye to it for ~10000. This is fair. The merchant I
sold it to has nothing in his shop except for drugs and junk I sold him
earlier. I buy back the twyrine, then spend literally two entire game hours
searching for shops with food in them.
I suppose now is as good a time as
any to state that drinking water refills hunger slightly, but depletes
exhaustion. I feel less-than-glorious running back and forth from the Slough to
sleep after standing by the water barrel and refilling the same five bottles until
my exhaustion becomes unmanageable, but I just want to live until tomorrow at
this point. I am saving my single bottle of milk for the morning. It is 19:00
now. I am going to the Stone Yard’s pharmacy for tourniquets, and then going to
why all this was needed.
these children, someone has died… I know because they are better heard in the
Theatre than in the Tower.”
Whatever do you mean by that, Mark…?
day is the last one. The time to choose has come.”
“Last decision on the town”, Day quests .
Now I’ll play a little unfair. This
is about as far as I can take you. If you’d like to see the rest of the ending
explored, you must achieve it for yourself.
I protected each of my own Adherents
from infection throughout the campaign, so not one of them is ill today.
branch was called Feed the Doll. I wanted my parents to be nearby, as well…”
branch was called The Last Vampire. If not for the pestilence, I would catch
the strange Albino.”
branch was named Dualsouls. I wanted to create an amicable brotherhood of
children and animals.”
branch was named Burden of Alive, earlier. Well, I simply wanted to take care
of those who leave us!”
branch was named so: Kapella. If not for this pestilence, I would spread a
pagan cult among the children, and then the parents would live forever.”
branch was called The Mother of Bulls. If the Order survived, I would rule it
instead of daddy.”
branch was named Beast. If not the Pestilence, I would revolt against the
adults, and would establish here the dictatorship of the childhood. Kapella has
thought up better.”
I cure Victor Kain of the Sand Pest
with a panacea.
branch was called The Mistress. I had to keep the memory of my wife for the
branch was called Necrology. I wanted to do everything so that death would
never touch my precious brother.”
branch was named The Return of Magic. I wanted to get the power and create a
space where miracles and fine lawlessnesses would have been possible.”
I cure Andrei Stamatin of the Sand
Pest with a panacea.
branch is called Jump Above the Head. I have done everything that I wanted.”
I cure Petr Stamatin of the Sand
Pest with a panacea.
branch was called Calligrapher. They did not allow me to forget about my deed,
and they could not kill me… so, everything just begins.”
branch was called Golden Hair, but later on I really wanted to give my soul to
our Cathedral, to… bring at least something immortal to it.”
branch was named The Blood of Land. Actually, I found out hence that occurs.
The conclusions are obvious.”
without a dream is like one without a soul. Well, we are small people. The
branches are not about us… Do as you want.”
I cure Catherina Saburova of the
Sand Pest with a panacea.
branch was named Rat Prophet, but I did not know until the last that he spoke
to me in dreams. I thought… that was Land.”
branch was named The Restoration of Authority. I wanted to return the power and
dignity to our country. If it wasn’t for this pestilence, I would probably
I cure Lara Ravel of the Sand Pest
with a panacea.
branch was named The House of Alive. I was the kindest. I did not know up until
the end that I would have to meet the murderer of my beloved father!”
I cure Julia Luricheva of the Sand
Pest with a panacea.
branch was called Stretchings of Destiny. I had to convincingly pronounce the
logic of inevitability because I had attained it by my own efforts.”
branch was called Angel of Death. I have already got confused, myself, who I
was in the caravan. Life is hard…”
branch was named The Land. I could tell why the dense soil is not guilty of the
branch was called The Attendant. I have made a sacrilege and fed the town with
its fruits. Though, before, I was a furious soldier.”
I am left with three powders, as
souvenirs. One for myself, one for the Bachelor, and one for the Devotress. I
visit them both before it’s time for all of us to meet in the Cathedral.
I’m sorry to keep harping on this, but “My dear Burakh,” pierced me through the
fucking heart, man. I guess since you’ve made it this far, you get a special
treat which can, if it must, be discarded from your brain. The Bachelor has
multiple lines of dialogue with Eve and Maria where he brushes off their
interest in him. Say what you will about his relationship with Artemiy, but…
hmmmmmm. Fawning, huh? Married to science, or…? I don’t know. I didn’t make the
game. I’ve only spent hundreds of hours meticulously poring over its text.
Bachelor”... I’m going fucking insane.
After both of these conversations, I
receive the strangest letter.
I wonder what happens next.