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* Depending on which Ancient Pious is serving, the characters acquire the Ancients' runes in different orders. Specifically, Anthony, the one who introduces magick, gets the rune of the Ancient who is weak to Pious' lord. Karim, the next character, then gets the actual Ancient's rune. Finally, Maximillian concludes with the Ancient who can defeat Pious' lord. This also ends up affecting the difficulty of the game, since Xel'lotath's minions are comparatively weak compared to the other two's, but because you have to wait longer to get Chattur'gha's rune, they can more easily wear you down and force you to preserve any limited healing charges you get, whereas Chattur'gha's and Ulyaoth's minions are tougher overall, but you can even the odds sooner thanks to more recovery options.


** In Xel'lotath's version of that scene, she accuses Pious of being a traitor, to which he reacts with confusion. [[spoiler:Xel'lotath saw the timeline where Pious was aligned with Ulyaoth]].

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** In Xel'lotath's version of that scene, she accuses Pious of being a traitor, to which he reacts with confusion. [[spoiler:Xel'lotath saw the timeline where Pious was aligned with Ulyaoth]].Ulyaoth, and didn't see the timeline where he was aligned with Chattur'gha]].


** Going further with the color coding, the Ancients (Chattur'gha, Ulyaoth, Xel'lotath, and Mantorok) mix with the colors of another bunch of people - [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda the hylian Goddesses (Din, Nayru, and Farore).]] At first, this doesn't fit regarding both Xel'lotath and Farore, who are beings of Sanity and Courage, respectively. That is, unless you regard the fact of that both are similar within their meanings. Even more, Majora doesn't have the Temporal capability like what Mantorok had...but more rather the fact that they were both within a nearly dead state and caused plenty of issues towards both the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask the Skull Kid]] and Alexandra. As for his Temporal power and benevolence, it fits alongside [[HyruleWarriors Cia]], who alongside Majora, is purple.

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** Going further with the color coding, the Ancients (Chattur'gha, Ulyaoth, Xel'lotath, and Mantorok) mix with the colors of another bunch of people - [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda the hylian Goddesses (Din, Nayru, and Farore).]] At first, this doesn't fit regarding both Xel'lotath and Farore, who are beings of Sanity and Courage, respectively. That is, unless you regard the fact of that both are similar within their meanings. Even more, Majora doesn't have the Temporal capability like what Mantorok had...but more rather the fact that they were both within a nearly dead state and caused plenty of issues towards both the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask the Skull Kid]] and Alexandra. As for his Temporal power and benevolence, it fits alongside [[HyruleWarriors [[VideoGame/HyruleWarriors Cia]], who alongside Majora, is purple.

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** And yet, we see that statue in the chamber that holds the Tome of Eternal Darkness along with all the other heroes; it's destroyed by his own hand, but it's still quite present. Why? Because [[spoiler: his servitude to the other Ancients]] was part of the plan all along.

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** Alternatively, Michael didn't have enough context to know Edward would be killed at that moment; the flash of memory just shows Edward reading by his fireplace, and considering his own circumstances, Michael is in no position to idly sit and ''read'' through Edward's chapter the way Alex is doing in the modern day. When he arrives in Rhode Island to deliver the essence, he believes that ''he'' is still the target of Pious and his minions and putting Edward in danger, so he books it.


** Alex is the most stable and level-headed of the three, but she [[spoiler:has a HeroicBSOD]] because of the ''knowledge'' that [[spoiler:she just released another EldritchAbomination on the world]], reversing how Xel'lotath normally wins. She "lost" to the ''knowledge'' that [[spoiler:she [[NiceJobBreakingItHero released something just as bad as the other ancient]]]]. Her sanity-meter gets lower with every chapter, the more she ''gains'' in knowledge, the more loose her sanity

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** Alex is the most stable and level-headed of the three, but she [[spoiler:has a HeroicBSOD]] because of the ''knowledge'' that [[spoiler:she just released another EldritchAbomination on the world]], reversing how Xel'lotath normally wins. She "lost" to the ''knowledge'' that [[spoiler:she [[NiceJobBreakingItHero released something just as bad as the other ancient]]]]. Her sanity-meter gets lower with every chapter, the more she ''gains'' in knowledge, the more loose her sanitysanity.

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** Speaking of, Max's voiceovers tend to be distinctly tinged with different tones based on whichever alignment the monster belongs to. Chattur'gha monsters, he sounds angry and disgusted with them for existing in defiance of conventional logic and science. With Ulayoth monsters, he remains mostly cold and measured as he describes their anatomical impossibilities with only brief lapses into contempt. And with Xel'lotath monsters, he's terrified of them and the implications they have for the fragility of man.

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** Pious is a Roman soldier, and as such hails from a time of myths and legends where people told tales about dangerous and fantastic things all the time and often believed them to be true. He might not be afraid of the eldritch horrors because he doesn't initially see the situation as an alien and unknowable horror but as a trial from the gods, since that's the kind of thing that happens in a number of Greek and Roman myths.

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** In Xel'lotath's version of that scene, she accuses Pious of being a traitor, to which he reacts with confusion. [[spoiler:Xel'lotath saw the timeline where Pious was aligned with Ulyaoth]].

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** The Bonethief possessing the monk at the end of Anthony's chapter also burst out of that monk's chest, and the wound in the monk's chest looked pretty similar to that of the body in the casket. Maybe the body is only destroyed if the Bonethief is removed from it particularly violently.

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** Actually, I thought it was the opposite: there is only 1 version of each Ancient across realities, but 3 versions of humans. Let's say, in world-1 Pious serves Chattur'gha, in world-2 - Xel'lotath, in world-3 - Ulyaoth. But if we look at it from Ancients' point of view, [[spoiler: Chattur'gha, for example, is first summoned by Alex-2 into world-2 to defeat Xel'lotath, and ''then'' he is summonned by Pious-1 into world-1 where he is killed by Ulyaoth. Likewise, Ulyaoth is firstly summoned by Alex-1 to defeat Chattur'gha, and then by Pious-3 into world-3 where Xel'lotath kills him. Xel'lotath kills Ulyaoth in world-3 and then gets summoned by Pious-2 into world-2 where she is subsequently defeated, completing the circle. It also means that the visions each of the Ancients had about defeating the others were ''accurate'', they just didn't look far enough to see what happens ''next''.]]

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** Mantorok's status as an ally of mankind is actually pretty obvious if you think about it. The game implies at first that Mantorok doesn't have many enemies milling around because being bound has weakened him, but over time, it seems clear that the reason he's the weakest of the Ancients isn't a lack of power, ''it's restraint''. His zombies are small and weak, but Max's autopsies don't imply that they're anything but walking corpses: Chattur'gha's are consumed by hate and anger for the living, Xel'lotath's are "coerced" into their unlife, and Ulyaoth's are in constant physical pain.. Mantorok's are just hungry, you know how zombies do. So, yeah, he's an Ancient and isn't any less horrifying than the others, but there's a really good chance that the bodies he animates (few in number, very weak, mostly in his own temple and without any driving motive beyond a basic, defining urge) are either just normal corpses or people who willingly gave their corpses to their Corpse God. Not to mention his gently-whispered magic. Mantorok's about as much of a bro as a mass of eyes and mouths and rotting death can be.


** Going further with the color coding, the Ancients (Chattur'gha, Ulyaoth, Xel'lotath, and Mantorok) mix with the colors of another bunch of people - [[TheLegendOfZelda the hylian Goddesses (Din, Nayru, and Farore).]] At first, this doesn't fit regarding both Xel'lotath and Farore, who are beings of Sanity and Courage, respectively. That is, unless you regard the fact of that both are similar within their meanings. Even more, Majora doesn't have the Temporal capability like what Mantorok had...but more rather the fact that they were both within a nearly dead state and caused plenty of issues towards both the [[TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask the Skull Kid]] and Alexandra. As for his Temporal power and benevolence, it fits alongside [[HyruleWarriors Cia]], who alongside Majora, is purple.

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** Going further with the color coding, the Ancients (Chattur'gha, Ulyaoth, Xel'lotath, and Mantorok) mix with the colors of another bunch of people - [[TheLegendOfZelda [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda the hylian Goddesses (Din, Nayru, and Farore).]] At first, this doesn't fit regarding both Xel'lotath and Farore, who are beings of Sanity and Courage, respectively. That is, unless you regard the fact of that both are similar within their meanings. Even more, Majora doesn't have the Temporal capability like what Mantorok had...but more rather the fact that they were both within a nearly dead state and caused plenty of issues towards both the [[TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask the Skull Kid]] and Alexandra. As for his Temporal power and benevolence, it fits alongside [[HyruleWarriors Cia]], who alongside Majora, is purple.


** Strangely enough, both Ganondorf and Alexandra fit rather than Link and Alexandra. While the latter two are heroes, for the former it's due to the [[BookEnds contrast and comparison that the two have]], with Ganondorf usually causing the problems while Alexandra fixes them and how they both write the histories of others, with [[spoiler:them both]] causing 3 timelines due to their actions. Meanwhile, Link mixes with Pious due to the fact that their fates were already writen, [[YouCantFightFate and how they are doomed to repeat it]] [[spoiler:within the 3 timelines.]]

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** Strangely enough, both Ganondorf and Alexandra fit rather than Link and Alexandra. While the latter two are heroes, for the former it's due to the [[BookEnds contrast and comparison that the two have]], with Ganondorf usually causing the problems while Alexandra fixes them and how they both write the histories of others, with [[spoiler:them both]] causing 3 timelines due to their actions. Meanwhile, Link mixes with Pious due to the fact that their fates were already writen, written, [[YouCantFightFate and how they are doomed to repeat it]] [[spoiler:within the 3 timelines.]]


** Going further with the color coding, the Ancients (Chattur'gha, Ulyaoth, Xel'lotath, and Manatorok) mix with the colors of another bunch of people - [[TheLegendOfZelda the hylian Goddesses (Din, Nayru, and Farore).]] At first, this doesn't fit regarding both Xel'lotath and Farore, who are beings of Sanity and Courage, respectively. That is, unless you regard the fact of that both are similar within their meanings. Even more, Majora doesn't have the Temporal capability like what Manatorok had...but more rather the fact that they were both within a nearly dead state and caused plenty of issues towards both the [[TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask the Skull Kid]] and Alexandra. As for his Temporal power and benevolence, it fits alongside [[HyruleWarriors Cia]], who alongside Majora, is purple.

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** Going further with the color coding, the Ancients (Chattur'gha, Ulyaoth, Xel'lotath, and Manatorok) Mantorok) mix with the colors of another bunch of people - [[TheLegendOfZelda the hylian Goddesses (Din, Nayru, and Farore).]] At first, this doesn't fit regarding both Xel'lotath and Farore, who are beings of Sanity and Courage, respectively. That is, unless you regard the fact of that both are similar within their meanings. Even more, Majora doesn't have the Temporal capability like what Manatorok Mantorok had...but more rather the fact that they were both within a nearly dead state and caused plenty of issues towards both the [[TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask the Skull Kid]] and Alexandra. As for his Temporal power and benevolence, it fits alongside [[HyruleWarriors Cia]], who alongside Majora, is purple.

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