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Planescape: Torment is a visual novel role-playing game developed for Windows by Black Isle Studios and released on December 12, 1999 by Interplay Entertainment and re-released as a digital download at GOG.com on September 28, 2010. It takes place in Planescape, an Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D) fantasy campaign setting. The game's engine is a modified version of the Infinity Engine, which was also used for BioWare's Baldur's Gate, a previous AD&D game set in the Forgotten Realms.

Planescape: Torment is primarily story-driven; combat is given less prominence than in most contemporary role-playing games. The protagonist, known as The Nameless One, is an immortal who has lived many lives but has forgotten all about them, even forgetting his own name. The game focuses on his journey throughout the city of Sigil and other planes to reclaim his memories of these previous lives. Several characters in the game may join The Nameless One on his journey, and most of these characters have encountered him in the past.

The game was not a significant commercial success but received widespread critical praise and has since become a cult classic. It was lauded for its immersive dialogue, for the dark and relatively obscure Planescape setting, and for the protagonist's unique persona, which shirked many characteristics of traditional role-playing games. It was considered by many video game journalists to be the best role-playing game (RPG) of 1999, and continues to receive attention long after its release.

Gameplay

Planescape: Torment is built on BioWare's Infinity Engine, which presents the player with a two-dimensional world in which player characters are controlled from an isometric perspective.[2][3] The game's rules are based on those of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.[4] Players take the role of "The Nameless One", an immortal being on a quest to learn why he cannot die.[5] Exploration around the painted scenery is accomplished by clicking on the ground to move, or on objects and characters to interact with them.[6] Items and spells may be employed through hotkeys, "quick slots", or a radial menu.[7] An alternative to armor is the use of magical tattoos, which can be applied to The Nameless One and certain other characters to enhance their abilities.[8]

The game begins with character creation, where the player assigns attribute points (such as "strength", "intelligence", "charisma") to The Nameless One.[9][10] The Nameless One starts the game as a fighter, but the player may later change his character class to both thief and wizard, and back to fighter, after finding corresponding tutors.[6] The player may recruit adventuring companions over the course of the game; there are seven potential party members, but only a maximum of five may accompany the player. Conversation is frequent among party members, occurring both randomly and during conversations with other non-player characters.[10]

Planescape: Torment's gameplay often focuses on the resolution of quests through dialogue rather than combat, and many of the game's combat encounters can be resolved or avoided through dialogue or stealth;[10] a review of the game in incite PC Gaming says that "The game is almost entirely story driven, and by asking the right questions you should only have to get violent a handful of times."[11] The Nameless One carries a journal, which helps the player keep track of the game's numerous quests and subplots.[4] Death of the player character usually imposes no penalty beyond respawning in a different location.[12]

Alignment in AD&D—which determines a character's ethical and moral perspective on the independent axes of "good vs. evil" and "law vs. chaos"—is a static property, chosen by the player at the start of a game. In Planescape: Torment, the character begins as a "true neutral" character (that is, neither good nor evil, and neither lawful nor chaotic) and throughout the game, based on the character's actions, this property is incrementally changed.[2][13] Non-player characters respond to The Nameless One differently, depending on his alignment.[4] A review in NextGen reported that "the game caters to both the goody-goody player who wants to be nice and lawful, and the evil bastards who just want to kill everything and take no guff from anyone".[14]

Plot

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Setting

Planescape: Torment is set in the Planescape "multiverse" of AD&D,[5] a setting which consists of various planes of existence, the creatures which live in them (such as devils, modrons, and even deities), and the properties of the magic that infuses each plane.[15] In a March 2000 article for Game Studies, Diane Carr called the setting "a freak show, a long story, a zoo, and a cabinet of talkative curiosities"[4] and described the creatures and monsters in the game as "grotesque rather than scary".[4] Planescape: Torment is the first video game to be set in the Planescape universe.[16]

The first part of Planescape: Torment takes place in Sigil,[15] a city, located atop an infinitely tall spire at the center of the multiverse,[17] that connects the planes with each other via a series of portals.[4] The city is overseen by the powerful Lady of Pain, while fifteen factions control different functions of the city related to each group's world view. Every faction strives for further control of the city. Several of these factions can be joined by The Nameless One during the game. The story eventually moves on to other planes, such as Baator and Carceri, where The Nameless One continues to discover more about his past.

Characters

Planescape: Torment's protagonist is "The Nameless One", an immortal being who, if killed, will wake up later, sometimes with complete amnesia.[18] Each time The Nameless One dies, another person in the multiverse dies to fuel his resurrection. These dead turn into ghosts that seek revenge on him.[19] When the game starts, The Nameless One wakes in a mortuary with no memories, as a result of his latest death. He sets out on a quest to regain his lost memories and discover why he is immortal. He slowly learns about the personalities of his previous incarnations, and the influence they have had on the world and people that surround him.[10]

Over the course of the game, The Nameless One meets seven characters who can join him on his quest: Morte, Annah-of-the-Shadows, Dak'kon, Ignus, Nordom, Fall-From-Grace, and Vhailor. These playable characters can also interact with the Nameless One to further the game's plot.[20] Morte is a cynical floating skull originally from the Pillar of Skulls in Baator. He is introduced at the game's beginning in the mortuary.[21] Morte loyally follows The Nameless One, partly out of guilt for having caused the deaths of some of his previous incarnations.[22] The Nameless One meets Annah-of-the-Shadows, a young and brash tiefling (a human with fiendish ancestry) rogue,[23] outside the mortuary,[24] but she does not join the group until just before Pharod dies. Dak'kon, a githzerai, is found in a bar in Sigil.[25] Before the game's beginning, Dak'kon made an oath to follow The Nameless One until the latter died, not knowing of The Nameless One's immortality; this bound him to The Nameless One for eternity.[26] Ignus is found in the same bar as Dak'kon; he is a pyromaniacal mage who was the apprentice of one of The Nameless One's past selves.[27] In the Rubikon Dungeon Construct,[28] The Nameless One meets Nordom, a modron disconnected from its species' hive mind.[29] Fall-From-Grace is a succubus who acts as proprietress of the Brothel of Slating (sic) Intellectual Lusts in Sigil; unlike other succubi, she is not interested in sex.[15][30] Vhailor, found below the city of Curst on the plane of the Outlands, is essentially an animated suit of armor dedicated to serving merciless justice.[31] Near the end of the game, The Nameless One might fight either Ignus or Vhailor; this depends on The Nameless One's alignment.

Story

The game's story begins when The Nameless One wakes up in a mortuary.[4][18] He is immediately approached by a floating skull, Morte, who offers advice on how to escape.[15] Morte also reads the tattoos written on The Nameless One's back, which were inked there as reminders to himself, that contain instructions to find a man named Pharod.[32] After a conversation with the ghost of his former lover Deionarra and passing by various undead, The Nameless One leaves the mortuary to explore the slums of Sigil.[10] He finds Pharod, who is the chief of an underground village of scavengers, and retrieves a magical bronze sphere for him.[33] In return, Pharod gives him further hints to piece together his forgotten past.[34] Later on, The Nameless One learns from a powerful sorcerer named Lothar that the night hag Ravel Puzzlewell caused his immortality,[35] but the hag is currently imprisoned in a magical maze by the Lady of Pain.[36] The Nameless One finds a portal to Ravel's maze and requires a piece of Ravel to activate it; for this, he locates Ravel's daughter and takes drops of her blood.[37]

Once in the maze, The Nameless One converses with Ravel, who asks him, "What can change the nature of a man?"—a question that plays a prominent role throughout the game.[22][38] Ravel is pleased with The Nameless One's answer because he gives his own thought; she claims she has killed many men in the past who, instead of giving their own answer, tried to guess what her answer might be.[39] As the conversation progresses, Ravel explains that, in a past life, The Nameless One had asked her to make him immortal;[40] however, the ritual she performed was flawed, causing him to lose his memory each time he died.[41] She reveals that the mortality she separated from him was not destroyed, and that as long as he was alive, his mortality must still be intact.[42] She does not know where his mortality is, but suggests that the fallen deva Trias might.[43]

Ravel then attempts to keep The Nameless One there by force.[44] After the Nameless One and his party leave the maze, Ravel gets up, having actually survived the encounter. The Transcendent One appears, and after a short conversation, kills Ravel.[45] Following this, The Nameless One travels to the city of Curst, a gate town on the border of the Outlands and Carceri, to meet and free Trias. Through a tip from Trias, who claims to not know where The Nameless One's mortality lies,[46] The Nameless One then visits the Outlands and Baator, where he learns that his mortality lies in the "Fortress of Regrets" and that only Trias knows how to access this place.[47][48] Meanwhile, however, the city of Curst has "slid" from the border of the Outlands to the neighboring chaotic plane Carceri due to chaos unleashed by Trias after The Nameless One freed him.[49] After a fight, Trias tells The Nameless One that the portal to the Fortress of Regrets is located in Sigil's mortuary, in the very room where the game began.[50]

In the Fortress of Regrets, The Nameless One encounters three of his past incarnations: one practical, one good, and one paranoid. The Nameless One learns that the "good" incarnation is the original, who was made immortal by Ravel.[51] The Nameless One had committed immeasurably terrible deeds in his lifetime, and when he realized there would be retribution on his soul when he died, he sought to postpone death as long as possible in order to right his wrongs.[52] After meeting his past incarnations, The Nameless One confronts his mortality—embodied as a powerful being called The Transcendent One.[53] The Transcendent One reveals that since being separated from The Nameless One, he has enjoyed his freedom and has been attempting to erase clues that might lead The Nameless One to discover the truth.[54] Depending on the player's choice, The Nameless One either slays his mortality or convinces it to rejoin with him;[55] either option finally ends his immortality and allows him to die. In the game's final scene, The Nameless One awakens near a battleground of the eternal Blood War between demons and devils; he picks up a mace and walks toward the conflict.

Development

In 1997, the game's designers produced a 47-page document that outlined the game's premise and vision statement, and was used to pitch the idea to management at Interplay.[56] Initially, the game was to be called Last Rites,[57] and they described the game as "avant-garde" fantasy to distinguish it from high fantasy. The document also contained concept artwork for characters and areas of the game.[56]

Planescape Torment aims to provide its players with a sense that they are excavating a history (the avatar's forgotten past) while exploring, more or less at will, a vast and bizarre invention.

—Diane Carr, Game Studies[4]

From the outset, Planescape: Torment's designers intended to challenge traditional role-playing game conventions: the game features no dragons, elves, goblins, or other common fantasy races; there are only three swords; the rats faced in the game can be quite challenging to defeat; and the undead sometimes prove more sympathetic than humans.[18][22] The designers explained that most RPGs tend to have a "correct" approach to solving problems, which is almost always the morally good approach.[56] They called this "predictable and stupid" and wished to make a game with greater moral flexibility, where a particular problem might have "two wrongs or two rights".[56] The main quest is not about saving the world, but about understanding The Nameless One and his immortality.[56] Death (of the protagonist or his companions) is often just a minor hindrance, and even necessary at times.[3][10][56][58]

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According to lead designer Chris Avellone, Planescape: Torment was inspired by books, comics, and games, including Archie Comics, The Chronicles of Amber, The Elementals and Shadowrun.[59] The game's 1997 outline also makes references to The Lord of the Rings to describe some characters.[56] While working on Planescape: Torment, Avellone was simultaneously working on Fallout 2.[57] In an interview from 2007, he says that Fallout 2 helped him rethink the possibilities of dialogue in Planescape: Torment (and in later games he was involved with, including Neverwinter Nights 2).[22] Avellone remarked that many of the ideas in the game "could only have been communicated through text, simply because no one would have the budget or resources to fully realise many of these fantasy works through TV or movies".[60] Ultimately, Avellone has expressed some regret about the game's heavy focus on dialogue, as he feels this interfered with the overall game mechanics, particularly the combat system.[22][61] The game's script contains around 800,000 words,[62] after early previews had indicated that the game would be only about 20 hours long.[14]

In several interviews the producer of the game, Guido Henkel, stated that he was increasingly frustrated by the pressure the management of Interplay put on the development team after Interplay's initial public offering.[63][64] Although only a few additional subplots and characters had to be discarded to meet the planned release date, he accused the Interplay management of disregarding the development team regarding things like package design and marketing.[63] Henkel said that it was his main goal to prevent the game from being "crippled" before leaving Interplay when the game reached beta status.[64] He also made the claim that his overall influence on the game was greater than that of Chris Avellone, Eric Campanella, or Dave Maldonaldo, but since a producer often has to make unpopular decisions his role was later downplayed.[64]

The game used the Infinity Engine, a game engine initially developed by BioWare for Baldur's Gate.[3][15] However, Planescape: Torment was being developed using the Infinity Engine before Baldur's Gate had been released, leaving the engine's acceptance in the market still unknown.[16] Black Isle made modifications to the engine to suit the game. For example, players were able to run, and both the character sprites and backgrounds were larger and more detailed.[16] The greater size and detail was achieved by bringing the perspective closer to the ground.[2] Magic was also an important part of the game's design, and a team of four designers worked solely on the visuals and mechanics of spells.[65]

In addition to official localizations, for example the one by CD Projekt for the Polish market,[66][67] fan communities developed Spanish, Hungarian, and Italian translations of the game.[68][69][70] When Interplay dropped support for Planescape: Torment after the official 1.1 patch, several not yet fixed bugs were corrected by a fan created patch.[71] Other mods add back items and quests omitted from the final version of the game or new features such as widescreen support.[72][73][74]

Audio

Interplay hired dark ambient musician Lustmord to create the musical score for Planescape: Torment, which was ultimately not used.[75] His music was pulled from the game by the producer so that the game's music could be taken in a different direction,[75] and Mark Morgan created the game's final music. The game's cast of voice actors included Michael T. Weiss, Sheena Easton, Rob Paulsen, Mitch Pileggi, Dan Castellaneta, and Tony Jay.[1]

After the game's release, a reviewer for Game Revolution praised its sound, saying that "When you're in a crowded city, it sounds like a crowded city. Walk past a bar, and you'll hear the noise of the drunken patrons inside. Wander near a slave auction, and you'll hear the auctioneer calling. Go to a party in the festival hall, and it sounds just like a party". The same reviewer also stated "Planescape has just about the best sound I've ever heard in a game."[76]

Adaptations

A book by the same name was written by Ray and Valerie Vallese and released by Wizards of the Coast in 1999.[77] The book's plot follows the game's only loosely; for example, in the game, the main character's lack of a name is a sign of his incomplete state, and a source of protection in being anonymous.[78] In the book, the protagonist chooses a proper name.

Two unofficial sequels, In the Footsteps of Dante and The Nature of a Man, were created as user-created campaigns for the 2002 Dungeons & Dragons computer game Neverwinter Nights, which was based on the newer third edition of Dungeons & Dragons.[79][80]

Reception

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 90.63%[81]
Metacritic 91/100[82]
Review scores
Publication Score
Allgame Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg[83]
Eurogamer 7/10[12]
8/10 (after patch)
GamePro Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg[5]
Game Revolution A−[76]
GameSpot 9.0/10[2]
GameSpy 90/100[10]
IGN 9.2/10[15]
PC Gamer US 93%[9]
PC Zone 8.7/10[84]
incite PC Gaming 4/5[11]
NextGen Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg[14]
Awards
Entity Award
Computer Gaming World RPG of the Year (1999)[85]
GameSpot RPG of the Year (1999)[86]
IGN Vault Network Game of the Year (1999)[87]
Gamasutra Quantum Leap Award (2006)[88]
Eurogamer Best Male Lead Character (2000)[89]
Game Informer 188th in the Top 200 Games of All Time (2009)[90]

Planescape: Torment received widespread critical acclaim upon its release,[82] but only made a small profit.[57][91] GameSpot's reviewer stated "It's clearly the best traditional computer role-playing game of the year",[2] a comment which the website would later expand to "one of the greatest ever".[59] The gameplay was often compared to Baldur's Gate, another Interplay game that used the same engine as Planescape: Torment.[76][83][92] The game's premise and writing were warmly received;[10] a review in the New York Times noted "The game's level of detail and its emotional impact have prompted some players to cast about for literary peers."[8] Reviewers were pleased with the ability to shape their character's journey as they wished.[76] In 2005, GameSpot stated "Planescape: Torment has quite possibly the best implementation of role-playing an evil character ever to appear in a computer or video game to date".[59] The heavily tattooed, egocentric and potentially selfish Nameless One was welcomed as a change of pace from the conventional RPG hero, who was considered a predictable do-gooder.[2][59] Reviewers also approved of the protagonist's ability to gain new powers by "remembering" past lives.[2][15] The dark and diversified representation of the D&D setting of Planescape was lauded as a fresh departure from the traditional high fantasy of computer role-playing games.[5][15] A review in NextGen praised the game, saying that "Torment offers the best RPG gameplay anyone can find on store shelves, hands down."[14]

[Planescape Torment's] limits are elusive. [...] Even small choices have multiple and unpredictable results, leading players to incidents, to confrontations or to nothing much. The game resists resolution or even comprehension. A rambling text like Planescape Torment bounces when you try and nail it down, it resists totalisation. It has its moments of "rush" and of confrontation, but it wants to be savoured, wandered through, in the company of armed companions.
~ Diane Carr[4]

The technical aspects of the game were also praised. Although by the time of its release in late 1999, Planescape: Torment's default 640x480 resolution was not considered particularly advanced,[12] reviewers were pleased with the art design and color of the environments.[5][15] The game's sound and music were described as "well above the norm" and "superb",[7] and one reviewer stated that his only complaint about the music was that "there wasn't enough of it".[12] Another reviewer stated that Planescape: Torment had "just about the best sound" they had heard in a video game.[76] GamePro stated, "... the characters talk with the talent of real professional voice actors during crucial bits of dialog".[5] The game's graphics were moderately well received, with incite PC Gaming saying that "[the graphics] can be a little lackluster, although some of the spell effects certainly look very good.",[11] a statement echoed in NextGen which stated that "mind-blowing spell effects ... will remind you of a two-dimensional Final Fantasy game."[14]

The game's interface received positive remarks. The US edition of PC Gamer commented on the automap, which automatically marked important locations and allowed the user to add custom notes, and on the journal, which separated completed quests from unfinished quests.[9] PC Gamer also praised the fine-tuning to the Infinity Engine, such as the use of a radial menu, which allowed players to stay focused on the game instead of managing multiple screens and "messing with windows and buttons".[9]

Criticism of the game was minimal and problems were generally described as minor,[2][76] but included complaints about long load times on computers of the day,[76] or the game slowing down during combat.[11] The bugs were responsible for slowing down the game when a high level of graphical assets were on-screen at the same time, but it was reported that a fix was released that solved the problem.[10][83] Eurogamer went as far as raising its review score when the bug fix was implemented.[12] Allgame's Derek Williams considered the game's combat simplistic (with a comparison to Diablo), which made the game too easy.[83] The most negative major review came from Eurogamer, who gave the game seven out of ten (and later increased it to eight when the game was patched).[12] The reviewer expressed distaste at the immortality of the player character, saying that it makes the lives of characters "cheap and meaningless",[12] although other reviews welcomed this aspect, saying it was "implemented perfectly" and did not make the game easier.[2][15][83] Eurogamer also disapproved of the amount of experience that was awarded for certain dialogues later in the game.[12] However, other reviews cited this as one of the main things that elevated Planescape: Torment above the standard RPG format.[2][10][93] Reviewers also criticized the game's pathfinding AI as being "less than impressive."[14]

... we were swept away by Planescape: Torment. It wasn't the effective engine, demented characters, or lavish lands that won us. It was the rich storyline. This tale is more a reflection of your true self than any game ever made.
~ Darren Gladstone and Nikki Douglas[11]

Awards

Planescape: Torment was given several Editor's Choice awards,[2][15][94] was named RPG of the Year for 1999 by both GameSpot and Computer Gaming World,[85][86] and won the Vault Network's Game of the Year for 1999.[87] PC Gamer US named Planescape: Torment "Game of the Month" in their March 2000 issue (the issue in which the game's review appeared).[9] It has since attracted a cult following,[13][91][95] and continues to garner respect long after its release—in 2004, GameSpy added it to their Hall of Fame,[96] and in 2005 GameSpot declared it one of its greatest games of all time.[59] In 2007, IGN named it 71st on their list of the Top 100 Games of All Time,[97] and in 2008, the UK edition of PC Gamer rated it ninth on its own Top 100 list.[93] In 2006, The A.V. Club included Planescape: Torment in their list of "11 of Video Gaming's Strangest Moments", due to the game's use of death as a means to advance the plot.[58] In 2006, Gamasutra polled video game industry professionals with the question: "Which role playing game over the entire history of the genre do you think has made the biggest 'quantum leap', and why?".[98] Planescape: Torment was ranked second overall after Fallout, earning it a "Quantum Leap Award".[88] The game also received an honorable mention for the same awards in the "Storytelling" category.[99] In 2009, Bit-tech included Planescape: Torment on their list of "30 PC Games to Play Before You Die".[100] Chris Avellone was awarded Eurogamer's "Gaming Globe" award for Best Designer in 2000 for his work on Planescape: Torment, and The Nameless One was considered to be the Best Male Lead Character.[89] In 2009, Game Informer put the game 188th on their list of "The Top 200 Games of All Time", saying that it "allowed players to ... influence the plot to an unheard-of degree for 1999".[90]

See also

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  25. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "Dak'kon: I am known as Dak'kon. [...] I would know why you have come to this city."
  26. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "The Nameless One: Know that I have saved your life, Dak'kon, zerth of Shra'kt'lor. / Dak'kon: My ... life is yours ... until yours is no more ..."
  27. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "The Nameless One: Who is that burning by the entryway? / Drusilla: That's Ignus, one of the greatest wizards ever to come out of this slummy excuse for a cesspool. They caught him and they opened a channel to the plane of Fire through him, and now he's just a doorway for it, keepin' himself alive by force o' will alone. If someone could douse him for a few moments, it'd give him his life back again—but they don't make enough water to do that."
  28. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "Modron: Welcome to Rubikon, the dungeon construct. Thank you for choosing Rubikon for your dungeoning experience."
  29. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "Morte: Chief, we're looking at trouble here—this modron's gone rogue."
  30. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "Fall-From-Grace: Your companion is correct. I am a lesser tanar'ri, more specifically, a succubus. I'm afraid we're a little too common in the Lower Planes and elsewhere for our own good. Most of my race spend their time seducing mortals with various pleasures of the flesh. / The Nameless One: And you ...? / Fall-From-Grace: I'd like to think that I have distanced myself from that ... it is ultimately a trivial and non-productive way for one to spend one's time here in the multiverse. There is much more to life, wouldn't you agree?"
  31. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "The Nameless One: What are you? / Vhailor: I am a MERCYKILLER. / The Nameless One: Mercykiller? / Vhailor: Mercykillers serve JUSTICE. Justice PURGES evil. When ALL have been cleansed, the multiverse achieves PERFECTION."
  32. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "Morte: Let's see ... it starts with ... 'I know you feel like you've been drinking a few kegs of Styx wash, but you need to center yourself. Among your possessions is a journal that'll shed some light on the dark of the matter. Pharod can fill you in on the rest of the chant, if he's not in the dead-book already'."
  33. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "The Nameless One: The bronze sphere? Here it is."
  34. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "Pharod: And you asked for a strange thing: You says, 'Lord Pharod, I ask for a courtesy. Your collectors roam throughout the Hive. If they should find my body, I want it kept safe. That is all I ask.' [...] After you'd strung up a score of my blood on the Hive walls t'die, I had enough reason to promise you the planes themselves. Then your butchering self comes to my home, my kip, to demand a 'boon' of me ... aye, I agreed."
  35. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "Lothar: Your mortality—your soul, if you will, that which allows you to live and die—is gone from you. It was stripped from you by magical means, by the night hag Ravel Puzzlewell. Your mortality is the key to your existence—when you find it, you will find your answers."
  36. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "Lothar: Ravel Puzzlewell is an enigma, even among the night hags. [...] She is out of the reach of men now, thank the powers, for she was mazed by the Lady of Pain."
  37. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "The Nameless One: I hate to ask this now ... but I need you to give me a piece of yourself, Kesai. The portal key to Ravel's maze is a piece of her, and you are of her blood. It is close enough. / Kesai-Serris: You intend to seek her out? What ... what would you need of me? / The Nameless One: Your blood, most likely. Only a drop or two, I'm sure."
  38. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "The Nameless One: If there is anything I have learned in my travels across the Planes, it is that many things may change the nature of a man. Whether regret, or love, or revenge or fear—whatever you believe can change the nature of a man, can."
  39. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "The Nameless One: It may not be your answer, but it is my answer. / Ravel Puzzlewell: And that is all I wished for, my precious man. [...] A simple answer, and in the end, many are the men have I laid low while they sought MY answer."
  40. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "The Nameless One: Why did you make me immortal, Ravel? / Ravel Puzzlewell: It's what you wanted, seedling, and you asked so sweetly ... now how could Ravel say 'no' to one such as you? Immortality was your solution and your challenge to me."
  41. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "Ravel Puzzlewell: The ritual gave you what you wanted, but great were the costs ... the casting of shadows, the quiet, violent deaths of the mind, and the pain-taking emptiness ... these things, a-dangerous were are in such a fragile vessel, no matter how strong a mortal man."
  42. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "Ravel Puzzlewell: Fear not for a broken mortality ... if you are here ... hear? Hear a-talking at me, intact your mortality must be. Such a thing can not ... knot ... not be destroyed as long as you exist. You are an anchor of your mortal soul. As long as you are intact, so shall it be."
  43. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "Ravel Puzzlewell: Yes, there is ANOTHER who might know the things that Ravel does not ... a ... fair-skinned one ... must you ask. An angel, a deva, one who soars on the wings of morning and with his hands, is the architect of horizons. He lies, lies beyond my keeping, in another cage, in another prison ... in his knowing is the knowing of what you wish to know. Ask him your questions, listen to his answers, use them as guides."
  44. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "Ravel Puzzlewell: I shall NOT let you leave—I have the power to KEEP you here, and I shall USE it. My black-barbed maze shall NOT allow you to travel beyond it while I LIVE, my precious, precious man ..."
  45. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "Ravel Puzzlewell: I am not afraid. Not of the likes of you, ragged thing. Weak Ravel may be, but a few tricks has Ravel learned over the years. And I have known you would come. Witness Ravel's anger. / The Transcendent One: NO LONGER SHALL YOU TROUBLE EXISTENCE WITH YOUR PRESENCE, WITCH."
  46. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "The Nameless One: My mortality has been stolen from me. I wish to reclaim it. / Trias: You speak foolishness. Yet ... there is one who might be able to help you with what you seek. It is a fiend, named Fhjull Forked-Tongue. He shall aid you. He is under an obligation to do charity."
  47. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "Fhjull Forked-Tongue: Feh ... as I was saying, I recall hearing somewhere about a place called the Fortress of Regrets. / The Nameless One: What do you know of the place? / Fhjull Forked-Tongue: I am pleased to inform you that I do NOT know. [...] / The Nameless One: Do you know someone who does? / Fhjull Forked-Tongue: Eh? Enough of your cross examinations! Yes, yes, I know somebody who might know ... on Baator lies a pillar of betrayers, liars ... and sages. Despite their nature, their knowledge is considerable. They might know where you can find this Fortress of Regrets."
  48. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "Pillar of Skulls: YOU HAVE MET THE LIAR—AND NOT FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE LIAR KNOWS ... BUT DID NOT TELL YOU. A PETTY BETRAYAL BETWEEN IMMORTALS ... / The Nameless One: Trias? / The Pillar of Skulls: OH, YES ... THOUGH WE KNOW HIM BY HIS FULL NAME: TRIAS, THE BETRAYER!"
  49. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "Gate to Carceri: Gone on the wind, swept on a tide of evil. Through the gate, gone, gone. The town, gone, lost to its own hatred. Through the gate, into the Red Prison, the prison plane ... Carceri. [...] / Kyse: You have returned to a town of calamity, stranger. The deva rises triumphant above the wreckage, having dragged us here to our dooms. There is only one way to return—and that is to strike the deva down, to cause the town to recant its treachery and deceit. The stronger the belief of the town in forgiveness, the weaker the deva."
  50. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "Trias: I yield to you this hour, mortal. My imprisonment has weakened me ... in my state, I am no match for you. [...] The portal to the place you seek lies within the torus above the spire, in the city of Sigil, the City of Doors. In that city, there is a place where the dead of your kind are taken ... / The Nameless One: You mean the Mortuary? / Trias: It is where you awoke of late, is it not? The planes seem filled with such ironies of late. So close you were, then ..."
  51. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "The Nameless One: You were the first of us."
  52. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "The Nameless One: Why did we become immortal? Why? / The Good Incarnation: Because if we die, truly die ... Death's kingdom will not be paradise, not for us. If you spoke to these others that were here, know that a fraction of the evil of their lives is but a drop of water compared to the evil of mine. That life, that one life, even without the thousands of others, has given a seat in the Lower Planes for eternity. [...] I found that changing my nature was not enough. I needed more time, and I needed more life. So I came to the greatest of the Gray Sisters and asked her for a boon—to try and help me live long enough to rectify all the damage I had done. To make me immortal."
  53. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "The Nameless One: I know you for what you are—you are my mortality. Your armor—it is twisted like tree branches. Such things speak of Ravel's magicks. / The Transcendent One: I AM THAT WHICH WAS SPLIT FROM YOU BY THE HAG'S POWER, FREED FROM THE PRISON OF YOUR FLESH."
  54. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "The Transcendent One: THE MOMENT I WAS SPLIT FROM YOUR CANCEROUS SHELL, I KNEW LIFE. I KNEW FREEDOM. I SHALL NOT SURRENDER IT TO YOU. [...] / The Nameless One: You have done everything you can to prevent us meeting from face to face."
  55. Black Isle Studios. Planescape: Torment. (Interplay). (December 12, 1999) "The Nameless One: As I see it, I have two choices—either I kill us both, or I let you kill me again and again, losing what few pieces of my mind I have left. I think I'd prefer we both die—UNLESS you have a THIRD solution. / The Transcendent One: THERE IS NO OTHER RESOLUTION TO THIS MATTER. / The Nameless One: I think there is—we can become one again, as we were meant."
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