believe Annabel and the Acolyte to be lovers living in a dystopian
future, made so by the sketches of The Artist many years prior. In
Confessions, Annabel and the Acolyte design and engineer a way
to travel through time and space in order to go back and time and find a
way to change the past and fix the world they live in.
Comedy of Errors the time machine is being worked on furiously by
Annabel and the Acolyte until they finally get it to work and Annabel
decides to travel, going slightly mad with power from her accomplishment
(the breakdown of Comedy of Errors, “I’m insane”).
Goddess, Annabel ends up in a different universe. This universe looks to
be beautiful and serene but I think it is actually the exact opposite. I
believe it to be here that a demonic being, Rusalka, comes into contact
with Annabel and begins to possess her body thus creating Fatima
Rusalka. This theory is made clear in the next song with the line “when
did my heartbeat start to echo” which implies that Annabel is two rather
In Oh, How The Mighty Have Fallen Annabel finds
herself trapped between worlds in a purgatory like place struggling to
escape from both the labyrinth and Rusalka’s possession.
Puppeteer Annabel accidentally travels in time to a point
chronologically after the events of Catharsis. This song foreshadows the
ending and Annabel realizes that she’s mad a terrible mistake. I think
that this song describes reality as it is after what happens in
Catharsis (I’ll get to that part later) and it isn’t the reality that
Annabel and The Acolyte hoped for.
In Fatal Optimist Annabel
struggles to complete her task and this song outlines her second
guessing herself and facing the difficulties of her task. This is
slightly unrelated and I may be looking into it a bit too much but I
really like how the line “I fear the emptiness will swallow me whole”
references the album The Emptiness. This line, the way I see it, means
that Annabel thinks the upcoming challenges will be too much for her.
And these upcoming challenges are the events of The Emptiness thus
creating a nice play on words.
In The Martyr, Annabel finds
herself in Slough, 1891 (7 years before the events of The Emptiness when
The Artist met Annabel) where she meets The Artist and seduces him.
This song outlines Annabel and The Artist having sex while The Acolyte
is helpless to Annabel having sex with another man - a man that he and
probably many others in his time have come to hate.
we find Annabel and The Artist together. The Artist has fallen in love
with Annabel. This song takes place chronologically just before And Now
For the Final Illusion and Curse of the Virgin Canvas. Rusalka
completely takes over Annabel and she kills herself. But Annabel is the
vessel. Perhaps Rusalka believed she wouldn’t need a vessel in this
universe. One line alludes to “Joan of Arc yet unlicked by flame”,
leading me to assume that Joan was one of Rusalka’s past vessels.
Perhaps this wasn’t Fatima Rusalka’s first attempt to die.
Through the Eyes of Uriel I have ideas of what may be happening but I
honestly just don’t know. Maybe a unique chapter that ties up loose ends
from Uriel’s perspective. I believe Uriel to be a parallel universe
version of the Artist. I think he and Fatima Rusalka were lovers,
eternal and forever, but years previous, Uriel was placed in a sort of
mirror prison, leaving Fatima alone for eternity, leading her to try and
figure out ways to commit suicide. I believe that Uriel, mad with
seeming to lose his loved one (Fatima), he goes on a rampage, destroying
the Utopia. The fact that Uriel is a parallel/mirrored version of the
Artist would explain why the people of the Utopia hate the Artist so
much. Catharsis. The end. There are a few ways that I think this
could go. I’m still very confused by exactly how it ends but I think
that someone (possibly The Acolyte who time traveled to Slough, 1898
himself) destroys The Artist’s canvas, thus destroying his sketches.
Now, since the future world that Annabel and The Artist lived in was one
built on the influential works of The Artist… that reality ceases to
exist because now that his work is destroyed they can’t influence the
future. This is a paradox though, because since the sketches were
destroyed and that reality is destroyed then there would never have been
anyone to go back in time and destroy the sketches.”