zombifiers wrote:How did this post sit without a single response for over a year?
I should probably just keep all of my lore shit in one thread.
What do you make of the rain in the very first chapter, then?
Ah! Let's talk about chapters 1 and 2 and just rain used as a narrative device in general!
So, when the game first opens, like the very first second, it's raining. Also, at second one, the characters are in the real world. They don't get pulled into STEM until halfway through that first cutscene, while Sebastian is talking over the radio to dispatch. There's no visual cue or change in the environment at all to tell us that we've been pulled into STEM -- just the audio. Just the high-pitched frequency of wireless STEM. I've talked about this in a previous thread somewhere -- the reason why the massacre in the foyer of Beacon looks the same between the real world and STEM is because Ruvik made a perfect replication of it pulled from the memories of the first responders. This was likely done to make the shift between reality and STEM as smooth as possible for the highest amount of disorientation when the world inevitably started to change and become weird. It would probably be disadvantageous for Ruvik's victims to think that something is wrong right away. A slower transition makes them believe that they're going crazy, rather than to believe that something seriously fucked up is happening right from the get-go. For this same reason, it remains raining outside of Beacon when Sebastian and co. show up.
By the end of chapter 1, when Sebastian escapes from Beacon, it's actually sunny. Reflective of his feeling of freedom having escaped the Sadist, maybe? But in chapter 2, when Sebastian peels himself out of the ambulance, it sure looks like a storm. The sky is dark and overcast, the wind has picked up, and there's thunderless lightning in the distance. You can almost smell the ozone in this chapter. Note that this happens after Connelly tells Sebastian that "Joseph never came out" of Beacon -- perhaps leading Sebastian to believe that Joseph became one of the Sadist's victims? Also, Kidman, Leslie, and Jimenez are missing, and Connelly turned Haunted when they were in the ambulance.
The atmosphere in chapter 2 is horribly oppressive, and the instability in the sky betrays a sense of fear from Sebastian.
What if that bright light is related to the lighthouse that neither you nor Ruvik can understand? Beacon Mental Hospital is located in Krimson City in the exact spot Beacon Hill is in Boston*, which KC seems modeled off of. Beacons act as warnings for danger and harm--so what if that light, and the lighthouse in general, is just a congregrated mass of hope, buried far down beneath all this pain, suffering, trauma, fury, and fear? Light actually plays a significant role in TEW, but it's one of the weirdest and often overlooked, I think. Claire de Lune is the game's signature song. The Haunted's eyes glow bright white, like beacons. The lighthouse is always in the distance. Kidman is haunted by Shade AND is armed with only a flashlight--and has a difficulty mode that, when translated, is called "darkness," which is the absence of light (and, well, hope).
If Ruvik exists as a conscious entity in STEM, what if light and the lighthouse is this buried feeling that is likewise conscious, but not as mobile? It's stationary but omnipresent. Like hope. The idea that the accumulated dregs of hope in STEM could build up as a creepy tower of babel against Ruvik is really interesting to me, and I hope (if I'm right) it manifests in the sequel in some way.
I don't think that it's entirely accurate to look at the lighthouse as a warning of impending danger or a sign of hope. The first time we really have an encounter with it, it turns three guys Haunted. Here's a short list off the top of my head of all the things said about it in-game:
"It feels like I'm being pulled
just looking at it." - Sebastian, Chapter 2
"When did they put a lighthouse on the lake? Has it always been there? That circling light passes over me, passes through me... I feel like it takes something away each time. I can't remember what it was, though.
" - Lakeside Note, Chapter 2
"Somehow I can see that light, that shaft of light from the lighthouse, from anywhere in this place. It seems to penetrate everything; penetrate me. That view of the hospital is not my memory, yet somehow it is more solid than anything I have made exist here. Was it always there? Something has changed under that light. It calls. It repulses. It draws the others. They think they'll reach the source, regain what they have lost.
They don't even know what that is." - Ruvik audio log, Chapter 11
"We seem to be moved around a lot, almost as if by someone's will, so it's impossible to get a sense of the geography around here. But the light. Beacon Mental Hospital. It's always in the distance. [...] The thing that I've noticed is that each time I run across [a STEM terminal], I seem to be closer to the lighthouse.
" - Joseph, Chapter 12
What it actually could be
, looking at these quotes laid out now, is a tool to reveal the truth. Anything that gets caught in that light seems to be illuminated in reality. The cutscene of the three men turning Haunted under the lighthouse's light do so after saying how they can't go on -- maybe showing Sebastian the truth as to how STEM operates, and how Ruvik's will plays a part? Sebastian feels pulled towards it -- and Diaz tells him later that he needs
to get there before Leslie does in order to stop Ruvik. So, from the very beginning, the lighthouse is trying to say, "Here! Here! You need to be here!" The lighthouse "takes something away" from the villagers each time, but maybe it's not the lighthouse doing it -- it's Ruvik's will, and the lighthouse is just trying to call their attention to what's happening. It's "more solid" than anything Ruvik can "create" because the truth always beats out a delusion. And Joseph notices the lighthouse near STEM terminals, as though trying to tell him the reality of what's happening.
If the light we see right before the Joseph/Kidman fight is indeed from the lighthouse, it could be the lighthouse's way of telling Kidman that that's not really Joseph and it's okay to fight back. She won't actually
hurt him, because it's not him, it's just another one of Ruvik's tricks.
*Thanks for making that post, btw. I'm happy my random observation could prove useful!
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