Understanding Solomon Island
Trying to make sense of all the tiny story bits… Spoilers for all of Solomon Island!
So about a thousand years ago the Wabanaki tribe was under attack by Mayans who wanted to wake “the serpent under the blue mountains”. (A leftover from the Mayan attack are the Ak’ab who are mythologically from south america.) When they were almost overrun they got some unlikely aid. A group of Vikings landed on the shores. They had been raiding a monastery and found a mystic sword, that sent them a vision in which their gods told them to sail over the sea and help the tribe defend the mountains. So they sailed over, with the magic sword and helped the Wabanaki fight their invaders off. (You get that story from an investigation mission that starts at the end of the Savage Coast, the missions in the Wabanaki Camp and the Darkness War Dungeon.) So if you wondered why you’ve had to talk to Odin’s ravens in the middle of New England – here’s why.
After their victory the Vikings didn’t immediately sail back – they stayed for about a year and helped the Wabanaki to set wards around the area and to seal everything off – with the help of the magic sword. They then took the sword back with them so no one could open the entrance to the mountain. On their way back they shipwrecked – and the magic of the sword attracted something else to them: The Filth. Now, the filth is is an entity that is somewhat similar to Gaia and the bees in a way that there is a shared consciousness, a “we” in it that doesn’t understand individuality all that much. They are connected – in what way would be a huge spoiler. Suffice to say that the Filth was leaking into the world already but the sword seems to be like a magnet to it. The Filth infected and corrupted the Vikings, drawing images from their memories, turning them into the creatures from their legend. (Hence the not in the lore about the Draug being “new” and not the actual Draug of legend.)
Now, fast forward 1000+ years again and the Lady Margaret is out there at see, pulling their nets back in and finding an old sword in them. They bring it back to their hometown of Kingsmouth and the Flith follows them and brings the Fog, basically an aerosolized strain of the Filth, and the Draug with them to the shores. Joe Slater talks about the shiny, how he picked it up, and how it seemed to influence the fog around him when you meet him in the story quest. The shiny being the sword obviously. Direct Flith exposure and “just” exposure to the Fog has different results, they are different enough that the Orochi group classifies them as two completely different strains. The gooey black thing you have to have a direct exposure to to get infected – the Fog meanwhile is airborne. The Search For Tyler Freeborn quest makes it clear that the entire island is already infected with the airborne version – there is no chance of anyone getting away from it anymore, it’s only a matter of time until everyone turns.
Meanwhile the sword is back on land – and it’s presence causes the wards to slowly break apart, resulting in creatures from other dimensions slipping through the cracks, making Solomon Island a feeding ground for even more strange things. The people of Kingsmouth, not yet seeing anything going wrong, debate weather to sell the sword on ebay or give it to the Insmouth Academy for study – guess what they did…
Now how the main story ties into that:
Beaumont. It never gets said explicitly but I feel it is pretty obvious that he is Loki. For several reasons:
- He says he’s been exiled because of ‘false prophets’ and their ‘prophecies’. But now with ‘white god’ dead, he could finally act.
- Translation of the Norse epic poem where Thor loses his hammer says: “Then Heimdall spake, whitest of the gods”. Heimdall is referred to as the “Enemy of Loki” in the Prose Edda, and in the end during Ragnarök, it is Heimdall and Loki who are prophesied kill each other. So since Heimdall and has obviously not killed Loki and is presumed dead the prophecy was “false”. Beaumont can bring about the end of the world on HIS terms now, which he in one of the quests shouts about when he says that he won’t do it on the terms of the All-father, which is a common name for a Odin
- The Wabanaki tribe talk again and again to the ‘serpent’ sleeping in the mountain. In the legends there is Jörmungandr, called the world’s serpent, one of Loki’s three children that was thrown into the water as a ‘prison’ until Ragnarök. Additionally when dealing with Beaumont, there is a Wolf appearing, made out of filth. Another child of Loki’s is Fenrir, a giant wolf, so he has ties to the animal.
- Beaumont talks about how he is known for his long cons, claims there are “sagas” written about them.
- In an early quest he says: “And here I was trying to find a stupid hammer, when what I really needed was a sword.” Loki, in legends actually accompanied Thor on his search for the hammer.
- If you read the lore and newspapers you see Beaumont has been around for a looooong time.
- Beaumont keeps making Norse references. All-father. Yggdrasil (the world tree, perhaps the Argatha?) and I believe he says something about Ymir when ‘Cassandra’ first arrives in that last scene.
- In the Lore about the Fire of Kingsmouth Beaumont is featured as visiting Kingsmouth in 1712 and several things happen. In conclusion even the Buzzing implies there’s something different about him.
- There is one lore entry about Beaumont that starts with “opening liesmith frequency” – Loki Liesmith is a common name of the trickster god
Beaumont has been trying to get into the mountain for centuries. When exactly he realised that the sword is relevant I don’t know. He get his hands on it and uses it to break the seal – but not before he uses the player character and their connection to the bees and Gaia – a connection he doesn’t have an makes him unable to pass certain points. But our player character being a “bee”, an agent of Gaia, makes us able to open things he can’t. So we inadvertently helped him when we tried to foil his plan.
Now at the end of Solomon Island Cassandra vanishes with the sword. Beaumont is defeated. And if you play an Illuminati you are informed that they have taken him into custody and put him into Arkam Asylum for the time being. The Templar players meanwhile get informed about the true nature of the sword – it is no other than Excalibur (The Dragon apparently don’t give a flying fuck…) an ancient anima infused weapon from the 3rd age – a time from before our history records. Why Excalibur could seal the mountain and attracted the Filth gets explained much later in game – so patience. 🙂
Now for the gift (and this is mostly speculation from that I understood in the story + the lore so far – so subject to change throughout the game):
From all the lore bits I’ve read so far I have gotten this: Gaia is either an entity or a machine? There are Gaia Engines all over the world and the one under the Blue Mountains is malfunctioning. The Engines keep the world as it is and Gaia gave the player character their powers through the bees. That is not a new occurrence, apparently this always happens when Gaia is under attack. Gaia is represented by the female voice in the prologue while the other voice is the other side in this conflict. It’s not a good vs evil though, Gaia working the way it does comes at a price – someone is imprisoned (you are said to be in the “realm of the dreamers” both in Tyler Freeborn’s story and at the end of the Blue Mountain storyline.) The dreamers want to escape but as long as the Gaia Engines run they can’t? The flith seems to be their way of reaching out into the real world but since they are not really a part of it they don’t completely understand it and instead use imagery that they find inside people’s heads? (The draug and the norse mythology for instance)