Reading into Jason's trip during fighting Vass.I really support the side that says Vaas is alive, however after watching the scene over and over I've come up with ideas and theories as to what happened during the hallucination.
Shaun Hastings from Asssassin's Creed is the one updating your Handbook.Read it in his voice. Just look at the way all the words are phrased. Clearly he got sick of all this treasure hunting after all that end of the world nonsense.
Citra kills Jason in the bad ending because Jason will eventually become as insane as Vaas.The main theme of the game is Jason slowly going off his rocker, and this is made all the clearer during the boss battle with Vaas, showing the two as almost interchangable. After having killed Hoyt and liberated the island from the pirates, Citra kills Jason after conceiving a child so that the rakyat will still have leadership in the future, but she fears that Jason will swiftly get bored in the island's newfound peace and take to killing indescriminately, eventually becoming worse than Vaas.
The Ceremonial Knife is a Piece of Eden.This game DOES take place in the same universe as the Assassin's Creed Franchise, and its not Jason that's going crazy, but the effect of an artifact on the island itself that drives its inhabitants insane. The myth of how the island was formed from the severed head of a demon is really the distillation of the Raykat people's genetic memories fro overthrowing the Ones Who Came Before. Vaas and Jason and possibly others are descendants of the Assassin's, and all the influence of the "compass" and the hallucinations were merely the effects of Eagle Vision and garbled communication from the First Civilization Respectively. Oh, and the Reapers probably fit in somewhere in all of this as well. React to this as you see fit:
Vaas isn't actually dead.The entirety of the fight sequence with Vaas seems far too out there to have occurred in any real capacity. It begins with Vaas impaling a glowing ritual knife into Jason's torso, which is right off the bat pretty much impossible for both the knife to have glowed and Jason to have survived. Then we have Jason shooting a bunch of Vaas phantoms that the real Vaas surely would have noticed and commented on. Even when you finally get to what appears to be the only real part of the hallucination and impale Vaas with the knife that you just pulled out of your torso, Vaas' dead body awakens and looks Jason square in the eyes as he collapses from exhaustion. That is some trippy shit.
Keith lied about Riley.Keith states that he saw Riley get shot right after admitting that he couldn't handle being on the island for any longer and hearing Jason state that they would leave as soon as he found his brother. He might have said this for no other reason than to try to hurry things up, not wanting to wait for Riley to be found. This would match with his character as indicated in the handbook, as he seems to be a compulsive liar.
This series takes place in the same universe as Modern WarfareAgent Huntley claims that he is going to be going to Russia to participate in a mission for a "Task Force 141", which as fans of Modern Warfare 2 and 3 will know is an international Special Forces team composed of soldiers from America, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Given the year Far Cry 3 takes place, which is hinted at to be either 2011 or 2012, the mission in question is most certainly the goal of assassinating Vladmir Makarov a Russian terrorist, a mission dubbed "Operation Kingfish" that took place in 2013.
Hoyt didn't drive Vaas crazy...Citra did! When he captures Jason at Priate's Cove, he starts ranting about how his sister "forced him to choose" between her and someone else. Just like she does to Jason later.
The inhabitants of Badtown realize they're in a game
How did Vaas have the ceremonial knife?
Jason goes insane after his first kill, and the rest of the game is his hallucinationA lot of people complained about the fact that the story is supposed to show Jason's decent into madness, yet after completing the first mission you can take over as many outposts as you want, killing in theory hundreds, then go back into the main quest where Jason will become squeamish again. Well, maybe that's because after Jason's first kill he's already descended into madness, and the rest of the game is a hallucination interspersed with small bits of reality. Some examples;
Taking another warrior's knife is an extreme taboo among the Rakyat.The Rakyat place a large amount of honor on their knife. Warriors kill the major enemies of the tribe with their knives, they survive in the jungle on the strength of their knives. Both Vaas and Jason are Rakyat, Vaas by birth and Jason more honorary. This is why Vaas doesn't take Jason's knife whenever he has him in his clutches. Vaas also considers Jason Rakyat, since he bears the tatau of the tribe's warriors. Vaas also repeatedly calls him "hermano", "brother", just as the other warriors sometimes address Jason. Despite being Jason's mortal enemy, Vaas, a Rakyat by birth, refuses to break tribal taboo by taking another warrior's knife, thus leaving Jason with just the tool he needs to free his friends, and take down Vaas' pirate operation.
Willis' teams going throughout the island died and that is why he refuses to leave Badtown.Go and read Sam Becker's file in the handbook. "I sent them out. Days and weeks went by. No one returned. They're gone. The jungle took them." This, compounded with the fact that you've never seen any CIA teams ever, despite always being out and exploring the island, and the fact that when Willis escapes it's him and him alone in the plane. Surely if he had teams out gathering information he would have a bigger plane? He's just another lunatic who lives on the island, maybe he was CIA in the past by now he's lost connection to the outside world. The patrol boat also has an equally ominous description.
The tatu is more of a Rakyat Merit Badge holder rather than something that bestows powers.This goes with the earlier theories of the tatu being latent abilities rather than magic. When a Rakyat accomplishes something, say, dropping on top of someone above with a machete or staying under water for an extended period, the tatu is filled in. The fact that the tatu viewer has pale markings which the associated skill will fill up shows that each warrior knows what feats they must do to win another merit badge, but must acquire the skill and experience required to accomplish said feat. The short little preview videos used as tutorials are actually the first time Jason does the skill. When Jason "needs more power," he's sort of doing a ritual to be promoted from Cub Scout to Eagle Scout (that's the order, right? Never was in the organization). It just so happens that the ritual requires hallucinatory battles with giants and dry humping from a Rakyat princess.
Buck is Max Payne.Well, They kinda look the same, so why not ?
Vaas either died early on or never existed at all.He's just another of Jason's hallucinations, as a general representation of the pirates, and if he was ever real Jason killed him long before assaulting "his" island. Citra and the rest simply don't know this, because Jason won't tell them so to maintain his fantasy of being a badass killer. Eventually even this can't maintain it, so Jason "kills" Vaas and moves on to Hoyt...
Willis isn't part of the CIA, he just just believes he is.Much like Steven Heck, Willis is delusionally carrying out operations that "don't exist" because they really don't. He's not "deep cover", he's living out his fantasy....just like Jason.
Jason is prime Assassin material.Assuming that this game does take place in the same universe as the Assassin's Creed games do, then by the end of the game, assuming you pick the ending where you save Liza and the others, then Jason has spent the past several days, (weeks even?) in the jungle killing people, growing extremely desensitized to it and even getting a rush off of it. If it is at all possible for Jason to recovery psychologically, then that will be a long and arduous road. But at the same time, there's also the fact that he has become skilled with various forms of weaponry, particularly blades. He's snuck up behind people, come down from above onto them, and overall has become a lethal jungle warrior. If he can't get rid of all that inner rage and bloodlust, then maybe he could at least channel it into something productive under the guidance of the Assassins.
Vaas is The Chessmaster.WARNING: SPOILERS! Let's start this out by establishing motivations. Vaas may serve under Hoyt, but he obviously doesn't like him one bit. The time we hear them converse, Vaas sounds like a teenager talking to his abusive parent: trying to snipe at him any chance he can get, but otherwise being cowed. So, it isn't much of a stretch for Vaas to want to be free from Hoyt. However, since Hoyt controls the islands, keeps track of where Vaas is, and makes sure boats that can make it to the mainland are rare, he can't escape from Hoyt. However, here comes along Jason. Vaas at first thinks Jason is just another idiot he can kill. Once he proves difficult to kill, Vaas makes a plan. If Jason is motivated by avenging his brother, then once he kills Vaas he will go after Hoyt as Hoyt would be the only big target left. Vaas decides that the best way would be to make Jason think he's killed him, then watch as Jason goes after Hoyt. He arranges it so that all his assassination attempts fail: making the rope binding Jason too loose, shooting him in the pocket where he specifically placed the lighter, etc. This is so that Hoyt doesn't catch on that Vaas is intentionally keeping Jason alive: being incompetent is better then being a traitor. When Jason approaches Vaas' base, Vaas makes him start tripping on whatever awful hallucinogen he can pipe through the walls. While Jason's tripping, Vaas faked his own death using bloodstains and scraps of his clothing, then indicated his body was lost somehow. Jason realized this even while tripping, reflected by the fact that Vaas's eyes look up at him. Vaas then heads out of the slaughtered compound, arranges under a fake name to get off the islands through boat/airplane (For extra WMG, he snuck onboard the plane transporting Agent Willis or even hid on Jason's ship), then left the islands to do more crazy shit. For a bit of extra evidence apart from the "no body" theory, in the tape recording of him and Hoyt talking, notice how he's very quick to say that he doesn't give a fuck about Snow White (Jason). Hiding something?
Jason saw who and where everyone was in the vision because Citra knewCitra had spies in Badtown and Vaas' pirates who reported back to her. Citra then whispered all the info in Jason's ear while he was wigging out.
Jason is the reincarnation of Jason VoorheesWhy else would his first weapon be a machete?
Rook Island is a part of Arcadia, with Citra as its Keeper.Abducted, tortured, and slowly turned into a monster? Gaining impressive abilities as he is being slowly broken by the abuse? Prone to a very uncertain reality? Ultimately forced to decide between trying to return to the life he left behind or surrender entirely to the monstrosity inflicted on him? Jason's suffering a Durance that turns him into a Farwalker Ogre, and he's caught between two feuding Gentry in the form of Citra and Hoyt. Everyone else involved in the plot besides his friends and family being absolutely nuts just cinches it - Far Cry 3 is pretty much "Changeling: the Lost - the Videogame"!