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Maxwell and his intentions
Maxwell is actually the devil himself
Or at least the equivalent of the devil in their universe. A lot of instances in the game are pointing to this conclusion. For example when Wilson examines the pitchfork tool.
Maxwell is actually Maxwell's Demon
Maxwell's Demon is referenced in Physics as being an entity capable of refuting the second law of thermodynamics. However, in order to do that, it'd need to be able to add and calculate a certain number of particles in a certain area. Therefore, Wilson created a machine that Maxwell was a part of, and everyone in Don't Starve is actually a consciousness that is being used to stop the second law of thermodynamics from taking place. Basically, Maxwell is like the Kyuubey.
A human who made a Deal with the Devil
, went to hell when he died, and was turned into a demon himself. The actual devil/higher-up demons are the ones behind everything, and he's just another pawn. A high-ranking pawn, but a pawn nonetheless which is why you find him trapped in the chair at the end of Adventure Mode
- The main Don't Starve world is part of Purgatory.
- Maybe his deal involved Charlie?
Maxwell's ultimate plan is to change Charlie back into a human
And every person brought to the Don't Starve world has a part to play.
How the other characters were pulled into the world of Don't Starve.
Assuming Maxwell tricked at least some of them like he did Wilson...
- Willow was offered plenty of things to burn.
- Wendy was offered a chance to play with her sister again.
- Wolfgang was offered the chance to test his strength and become even mightier.
- WX-78 was built by a survivor sometime in the past. The fact that he has an empathy module could mean that he was supposed to help others. Either it broke or was tampered with somehow (probably by Maxwell to make things 'fair'), or WX-78 snapped upon seeing his inventor murdered, which is why he always talks about revenge when killing enemies.
- Or it killed it's inventor in revenge for mistreatment.
- Wickerbottom found a book of forbidden knowledge.
- And poor Wes just got ridiculously unlucky somehow. Another possibility is that he and Wolfgang worked at the same circus, and Wes is either followed him and got lost or is trying to bring him back.
- Woodie was offered a chance to use his curse for good ("good" being making sure Lucy survives the Don't Starve world)
All of the characters are in the Don't Starve world because of a certain brand of radio and Maxwell's machinations.
In the video showing how Wilson ended up in Maxwell's world
, a radio gave him "forbidden knowledge" to let him build the device that transported him. Word of God
says about the radio: "The radio is a Voxola PR-76, manufactured in 1919 by the Voxola Radio company of Sidney, Ohio. The radio offered revolutionary sound and reception quality for the time, and was promoted by an intense national marketing campaign. Very few units were actually produced, because the factory was destroyed in a fire only days after production began. Voxola founder Robert Wagstaff went missing the night of the fire, and the company declared bankruptcy soon thereafter."
Maxwell gave Wagstaff forbidden knowledge so he was able to make an advanced radio. It was shown in the video that the radio is Maxwell's means of communicating out of his dimension, so the marketing campaign was meant to distribute as many of those as possible to give Maxwell more victims to play with. All of the playable characters, Wendy, Wolfgang, Woodie, etc. obtained a radio, which sent them to Maxwell's world. Wagstaff was kidnapped and transported when the fire broke out. It's no coincidence that everyone who finds themselves in this new, dangerous place has a name that begins with W, likely even Maxwell himself.
Maxwell lured all of the characters to the alternate world...
Because he was hoping to trick one of them into freeing him
- So he could try to find a way to change Charlie back.
Charlie is/was Wendy and Abigail's older sister/cousin/aunt
- She has a red hair decoration in her profile picture like they do.
- One of her letters mentions that she has a sister, so it's possible.
Willow is Wickerbottom's daughter or granddaughter
Just because of the potential hilarity
/conflict that could come from a book-lover and a Pyromaniac
Wolfgang and Wes come from the same circus
Lucy was Woodie's wife/girlfriend/lover who died tragically and her spirit possessed his favorite axe (or so he thinks at least)
- Her death might have driven him a bit crazy
- Maybe he accidentally killed her with the axe one night when he turned into a Werebeaver?
Wilson is Webber's father.
Several of Webber's quotes allude to his father being some kind of scientist. They are also the only two characters capable of growing Beards.
Webber is the son of Maxwell and Charlie.
Charlie was pregnant when she and Maxwell were sucked into the Don't Starve world. Charlie gave birth to Webber there after which he was eaten by a spider.
Wendy and Abigail are Maxwell's nieces.
Maxwell's brother Jack mentions having twin children in one of his letters.
The Shadow Beings
When she doesn't have a child to eat, she feeds on the soul of whoever is trapped on the Nightmare Throne. She lets her prisoners go free if they can trick someone else into taking their place. Many (if not all) of the human characters are people who escaped her in the past, and she is punishing them by sucking them into the world she's created and watching them suffer.
Chester is really an highly-intelligent being who has lost his ability to speak.
And the reason why he follows you is to keep his sanity levels up.
None of the characters needed to be a scientist to make the portal.
Maxwell corrupts them or give them temporary cunning when it comes to building, and so each of the characters except for Wilson (Willow, Wolfgang, Wendy etc.) were able to build it at once without previous knowledge. As seen in Wilson's trailer, he was offered scientific knowledge if he helped Maxwell
, meaning he was hoping to recieve it afterwards. The power he got from Maxwell before he started building was not Maxwell sealing his end of the bargain; he just stacked Wilson's, and everyone else's, skulls to the brim of sudden knowledge to make him the portal.
George T. Witherstone will eventually be a playable character.
His name starts with W just like all the other playable characters.
Willow has pyrokinesis
, which is why she's immune to fire, and Wendy is a fledgling medium
. They both have white eyes because of this.
The 'grue' feeds on intelligent beings
The grue only attacks/feeds on beings who are sapient (not just sentient). Animals can go about unhindered, as you can see at night where beefalo or rabbits are just sleeping in the open with no light. The pigmen are actually frightened of the dark because they are more intelligent than the average animal and so are a potential target of the grue.
Possibly, the 'fear' of sapient beings is more nourishing than that of general animal fear. One reason (other than just gameplay reasons) why pigs aren't actually attacked by the grue could be because the player character is more intelligent than the pigs and so is more appetising, meaning the grue focuses on attacking the player.