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Fridge Brilliance

  • In the Negotiation Ending (talk with Pagan Min at the end of the game instead of shooting him immediately), he reveals that his intention from the get-go was to hand over control of his kingdom to Ajay. If Ajay had just stayed at the dinner table at the start of the game, Pagan would have led him to Lakshmana, let him place his mother's urn there, then hang out with Ajay - the son of the woman he loved - to groom him to be the next king. In fact, if you trigger the hidden ending (stay at the dining hall at the beginning of the game for fifteen minutes, just like Pagan asked you to) this is exactly what he does. This bypasses all of the revolutionary bloodshed, betrayal and destruction that happens in a normal playthrough where you just get up and leave. What's the name of Far Cry 4's main theme? The Clash' Should I stay or should I go.
  • Pagan Min acts like a Papa Wolf, killing his men for shooting at you and then inviting you up for supper. He then talks about how he and Ajay's mother used to be lovers. We, eventually, discover this is because Pagan Min cherishes the son of his beloved and wants to had the country over to him. but Ajay may believe Pagan Min thinks Ajay is his son. In fact, it's just that he doesn't care about Ajay being the son of his hated enemy, only that he's the son of his beloved Ishawari.
    • Pagan Min may have intended to install Ajay as his heir in order to demoralize the Golden Path. While Ajay is the son of his beloved Ishwari, he's also known as the son of Mohlan Ghale and the Golden Path is very likely to have serious issues fighting against him. This, ironically, would be a great move for bringing the land to peace.
  • Ajay hallucinating the adventures of a possible ancestor/legendary hero after looking at the Thangkas may strike viewers as a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere or Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane but as we find out with Yogi and Reggie's later missions, the holy places where the Thangkas are stored are covered in hallucinagenic fungus. Combined with the fantastic artwork and the fact this is a hugely famous legend dealing with the corruption of a beautiful place by violence, it's no wonder both Ajay and Robert experience such visions.
  • Amita and Sabal's Face Heel Turns may come as a surprise to some leaders as they seem to go Jumping Off the Slippery Slope rather rapidly. However, think about the circumstances of their victories. If Amita kills Sabal then all of his followers, the more traditionalist Kyrati, are likely to abandon her. If Sabal rises to power, he purges all of Amita's followers. Both of them lose a massive amount of their support, requiring them to resort to extreme measures to maintain their control. Sabal, as the more conservative of the two, is likely to have more support than Amita while the latter needs to recruit them as children since her plans are more radical. Either way, their situations are tenuous and ruined by their turning against their co-leader.
    • Notably, Ajay is likely to be a figure to appeal to both factions and capable of uniting them since he's both the son of Mohlan Ghale and Ishwari plus a moderate Western-educated progressive. The fact he's personally won the war of them means he should be able to step into the leadership of the Golden Path if he kills the two leaders. Indeed, he should have no difficulty with Pagan Min's former followers either since he was named Pagan Min's heir.
  • Why does no one know where Lakshmana is? They're lying so that you'll stay and do their dirty work for them.
  • Longinus frequently uses a pistol as to Giving Someone the Pointer Finger. However is one looks close to his finger placement you see that he keeps his finger off the trigger. Which is a fundamental part of gun safety.... Now if he could just not point it at people.
  • You begin to notice that there's a lot of species that seem misplaced relative to Kyrat, such as the Malaysian tapir, the goliath tigerfish (aka the 'demon fish') and mugger crocodiles. At first, it doesn't make any sense why they'd be in such massive numbers in Kyrat... until you get to the part where it's revealed Pagan Min has a breeding program that ended up helping bringing many species near extinction in-real-life - from the Asian rhino to the tiger - to numbers in the hundreds within the country alone. It's not a far stretch to realize that much of the aforementioned species are actually invasive, brought over by Pagan Min likely as a result of his many... "eccentricities", so to speak.
  • The individual stories of Kalinag the ancient warrior, Robert the British lieutenant, and Ajay the dutiful son, all share similar themes. While Ajay and Robert's stories are mostly similar in terms of how they both had the same visions of Shangri La and Kalinag's experiences, the two of them initially came to Kyrat for mundane reasons that quickly were put aside when something more major came up (Robert was there to train the Gurkhas when he got roped into the Shangri-La business, Ajay came to fulfill his late mother's wishes and got caught up in a civil war). Similarly, Kalinag was only sent to find Shangri-La and report back, but when he found the Rakshasa, he took it upon himself to drive the demons from the land. All three of them gradually get lost in their new goals, losing sight of where they came from in the first place and growing more dedicated to the new land they found themselves in. Ajay's fight against Pagan Min can even be compared to Kalinag's fight with the Rakshasa. The two antagonists are both invaders who have set themselves up as rulers of Kyrat and Shangri-La, and the two protagonists are also outsiders (Ajay was born in Kyrat, yes, but he left long before he could have ever remembered any of his time there) who make it their own personal mission to oust the invaders for the sake of the land.
  • The way Sabal and Amita die both reflect their attitude towards their followers. Sabal, who places the lives of his men before the mission, chooses to face his death alone. Amita, who is willing to sacrifice her men for the sake of the mission, throws her soldiers at you in a desperate attempt to save herself.
  • In the beginning, just after meeting Pagan Min, you'll hear the lyrics "Should I stay or should I go?" from the song of the name. This is a subtle bit of Foreshadowing for the next part of the game. If you leave despite Pagan Min asking you not to, you go on with the rest of the game, but if you stay , you'll activate the Secret Ending.
  • The violent, temperamental rhinoceros that Mumu Chiffon sends you to kill in order to make clothes with its skin? Its name is Karkadann. In Persian folklore, the Karkadann is a ferocious horned creature said to live on the plains of India. "Karkadann" is also a Persian-Arabic word for "rhinoceros".

Fridge Horror

  • Sabal says they can't rescue Darpan despite him being a few rooms over. As we see, later, Sabal intends to eliminate all of his political enemies within the Golden Path. Amita is very upset about Darpan's loss and it's very likely Darpan was one of her supporters.
    • Amita is also noticeably cold to Ajay, believing Sabal brought him to strengthen his position in the Golden Path. He could be right but Ajay has the opportunity to turn this around on Sabal.
  • It's very likely Amita has Bhadra murdered to make her position more secure. Likewise, Sabal is likely to force her into marrying him to secure his position.
    • It's worse than that. After Amita's ending, you find her near a location called Tarun Matara's Sleep, a riverfall that has a nasty Piranha Problem going on with carnivorous fish. Keep in mind the place's name, and then ask yourself why Amita's so close to the area, and when that's combined with Amita's cavalier attitude to child slavery... do the math.
  • The Reveal at the end, means that Mohan Ghale murdered a one-year-old baby. He then has the audacity to leave a journal entry saying he did it for Ajay.
  • The ending reveal means the entire Civil War and the hundreds of people Ajay killed all died for nothing. Pagan Min would have handed the country over to Ajay directly.
    • Of course, he's implied to be planning to help Ajay murder the Golden Path so it might not have been that easy.
  • Ishwari's urn has her birth year labelled as 1968, and she and Mohan got married in 1981. Do the math, and she was no older than 13. While we don't know exactly how old Mohan was, in the same journal entry where he says he was just married to Ishwari, he mentions he is to be transferred to the Royal Guard, which suggests he was old enough to have some experience in the military. So Ishwari was married to a grown man when she wasn't even done with puberty yet. Bleeds into Fridge Brilliance if you assume that Pagan Min was much closer to her age than Mohan was (Mohan describes Pagan as "a bit young" in one of his 1986 journal entries) then it's easier to deduce why Ishwari formed a connection with Pagan. She wanted a relationship with someone her age, and a relationship that wasn't dictated for her without her consent. And if you subscribe to the hypothesis that Ishwari was trying to get Pagan Min to become less of a despot, it must have also been refreshing for her to be in a relationship with a man who actually listened to her, and wasn't raised in a culture where women were just meant to support men, and not have ideas of their own.
  • The wiki states that Mohan was 30 when he died in 1990, meaning he was born in 1960, and Pagan was born in 1966 - only two years before Ishwari. When they married, Ishwari was 13, and Mohan was 21, which is...bad. Their marriage starts falling apart in 1988, when she was 20 and Mohan was 28 (two different stages in life). Ishwari would also be old enough to start standing up for herself and following her own path, rather than just supporting Mohan (remember, he married her when she was a child). At the same time she was spending time with Pagan who was only 2 years older than her, and a 20 year old and a 22 year old will have a lot more in common.

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