Complaining since 1994.
I must admit that I was doubtful of Sarah's theory, since it doesn't explain the presence of artworks from the future.
Since Mortimer loves to play mind games through the paintings he chooses for his guests, I am sure the paintings hold a meaning. I think I need to make a diagram of all the theories and possibilities. And I also need to take screenshots.
I find your arguments quite interesting! I need to go back and spot the Three Shades for myself just to get a picture of the whole thing. But indeed, I think it is a way for Mortimer to play mind games with his guest. Besides, knowing him, I wouldn't be surprised if there was a kind of private joke going on: his guests think they're entering paradise when they are actually throwing themselves into hell.
Just by curiosity, I'll look out for other possible repeats. It may be that the Three Shades and Adam are part of a bigger picture... After all, wasn't Adam expelled from Eden, the primordial paradise? Perhaps there is a motif to it all...or perhaps this is actually just the devs reusing assets, as you said it lmao.
HOLY MOTHER OF FORK now that you say it, it makes so much sense!
If memory serves, some letters in Mortimer's secret room may go in that sense. I really need to go back and make screenshots!
EDIT: now that I think about it, the very theme of the paintings in Napoléon's room may confirm your theory. Indeed, all the paintings depicts Hannibal's victories... But if you know history, then you know that Hannibal, despite his incredible victories (I mean, he almost single-handedly wiped out the Roman empire), ended up losing...losing his life and Carthage lost its empire and eventually was razed. Talk about a metaphor for good ol' Napoléon.
I actually find your theory quite interesting. I did find it strange that Louis didn't recall Emily at all... So who knows? Another possibility could be that Louis has the power to possess other people, but sometimes doesn't realize it...hence why his mother asks who he is.
As for the servants, they really intrigue me!!! They do actually all sound the same. Döpplegangers? Robots? Supernatural creatures? Personally I lean toward the robot/steampunk/science rocket explanation. The servants are robots/clones and thus all look the same.
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I think Lord Mortimer has a secret...and it's that he is immortal. In the first episode, in the Gorgo chapter, you find yourself in a secret room filled with what looks like legendary/ancient artefacts (Pandora's box, Cesar's laurels, a gospel written by Judas...) and with documents dating hundreds of years back with Mortimer's signature on it... It may explain Sarah de Richet's obsession with him and his knowledge of the occult. It may also explain his giant stock of artworks... The secret room in his office contains some elements that hint to that explanation (though I can't recall them exactly right now) and also explain his involvement in literally everything happening around the world. However I think the most important element is the Mortimer book that you can consult in his office. Louis notices that not only there is always ONE son noted, but no mother is ever indicated...
What do you guys think? Have you an alternate explanation?
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I just finished a year of Art History and I have noticed that the statue of Adam by Pierre de Montreuil, made in the 1260s, could be encountered in several places of the manor. Now, knowing Mortimer's fondness for statues from classical mythology, this artwork looks a bit out of place to me. Could it have a hidden meaning?
For reference, here's a pic of the statue in question:
Hello! I don't really know where to ask this, so I apologize in advance if I am in the wrong topic. I wanted to know if we are allowed to post fan theories? The goal is not to "guess" the end of the game or something like that. I have noticed a few intriguing things I wanted to share and talk about with others but I don't know if this is really okay.
I felt less satisfied when I first finished episode 2. It felt much shorter than the first episode. The Bible puzzle, while hard, was really good and interesting. The statues puzzle, on the other hand, was incoherent to me. Even with my knowledge of mythology and the skills I had unlocked I could not find the solution and ended up randomly thrusting the sword into the statues...