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18th Feb '17 11:22:35 AM ZuTheSkunk
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* Here's a question: if Corvo is wearing a mask to conceal his identity, then why not steal one of the masks worn by the Overseers (or whatever their name is)? Not only would it conceal his identity, but it would also let him walk around in broad daylight with impunity.
16th Feb '17 1:09:44 AM Clintville
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[[folder:Emily's illegitimacy]]
Shouldn't it be an issue that Emily was born out of wedlock? Hell, and that no one seems to know for sure who her father is?
16th Feb '17 1:03:37 AM Clintville
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Shouldn't it be an issue that Emily was born out of wedlock? Hell, and that no one seems to know for sure who her father is?is?
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16th Feb '17 1:02:56 AM Clintville
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Shouldn't it be an issue that Emily was born out of wedlock? Hell, and that no one seems to know for sure who her father is?
8th Jan '17 3:37:07 PM Hekateras
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** It might be you answered your own question. This makes more sense if you view it with an 18th century "honor" system in mind (explained in that wonderful essay linked on the Analysis page). Poisoning someone (a dishonorable, coward's way of dealing with an enemy) is dirty work of the kind you wouldn't want on your hands, as a nobleman. Wallace might have been rejected as a candidate for the same reason - though he's not nobility, through his proximity to aristocracy he's still seen as being of a higher class (also exemplified by the way he talks down to Cecelia and Lydia). From that perspective, "small fry" like Samuel would seem best-suited for the job, especially if you were planning to kill him off afterwards as well.
8th Jan '17 3:25:00 PM Hekateras
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** The most notable real world example of a 'fugue feast' or reversal festival is the ancient Roman Saturnalia, which included gift-gifting, drinking, gambling, and overturning of social structures such as even masters servicing their slaves.
8th Jan '17 3:20:53 PM Hekateras
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** Both the Loyalist trio that betrays you and Daud seem to consider Corvo unpredictable and difficult to understand ("You're a mystery, and I can't allow that"), which is ironic given that Corvo's motives are extremely straightforward: keep Emily safe and (depending on your Chaos level) get justice for what happened to her and for the murder of the Empress, who he was in love with. But the Loyalists are primarily after personal power, and Daud has become jaded by years of pointless assassination work. And Corvo's SilentProtagonist quietness probably wasn't helping. So it could be argued that they betrayed him partially because they could not understand how his mind worked, since his motives were so different from their own and they could not conceive of someone like him being so powerful and ''not'' abusing it eventually, likely at their expense.
** As for why they chose Samuel to poison him ''and'' take care of the body, the most likely reason is that it would have meant doing their dirty work personally for a change. (While not stated outright in the 'Corvo is not an honorable man' article linked under Analysis, the insights in there strongly suggest this.)
23rd Dec '16 3:50:18 AM MoonByte
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*** The sick woman in the flooded district is a direct example of this. She is definitely in a late state of the plague, probably just a day or two away from becoming a Weeper. Corvo can find a letter on her bed where her family ''begs'' her to stay at home, that they will care for her and don't care about her sickness. They would probably have to lock her into a room or bind her to a bed or something, but they are aware that the only crime of hers is being sick with something that can't be healed and that she deserves to die in her families presence while being cared for until the end.
20th Dec '16 6:15:31 AM MoonByte
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** Plus, Emily is already quite a few years old by the start of the game. Even if her birthfather is an issue, one could assume that that had made waves long before the start of the game and now - with the Empress dead, a tyrant on the throne, lots of disturbing things happening in the empire AND the royal successor missing - people just ''don't care''.
20th Dec '16 6:11:27 AM MoonByte
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** His thugs make trouble for Granny Rags. Sure, she speaks only nonsense and probably wouldn't call Corvo's name, but it could be that they got ''something'' from her that made Slackjaw aware of him.
** Chances are that one of the survivors in the second chapter might have seen you or at least that the game assumes that one did. They don't alert since they're not enemies, but since the area is part of Slackjaw's territory, it could be assumed that they mentioned a odd figure in a hood walking and jumping around. And Slackjaw is definitely smarter than most enemies, so he might have been able to deduce that there is a real chance a escapee like Corvo would need a mask to hide from authorities.
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