Fi: I’m feeling sad Si: Yes here’s why: you fucked up this thing that was good, and then you DID THIS Fi: Oh my god I did do that. Si: THAT’S RIGHT. BECAUSE NE DIDN’T THINK IT THROUGH Fi: I don’t know how we didn’t consider this, Ne! SI: THIS WAS THE EXACT MOMENT THINGS WENT DOWNHILL BECAUSE WE ACTED ON IMPULSE Fi: oh my godddddddd *self-pity intensifies* Te: This makes sense, btw, Si is right Fi: oh goddddddd Ne: alright guys stop it let’s leave this in the past- SI: NOTHING IS TO BE LEFT IN THE PAST THINK ABOUT IT MORE Fi: I AM THINKING ABOUT IT SI: MORE. THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN DO NOW Fi: aaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
notes: ah. yeah. thanks guys for all your heart wrenching reset theory art. it inspired this monster of a drabble. it’s not even a drabble any more! it’s 2145 words too long! anyway, it’s written in the style of entertain the pain (tho the original version is arranged differently) and references some of my other works. ahahaha. so i thought, wow, this is a perfect celebratory piece.
in other news, there is an epilogue. ask and thou shall receive! though i like this ending too. :3 i hope you guys suffer as i have enjoy. <(_ _)>
DON’T read this if you haven’t beaten the game because it might ruin you the story!! Okay you have been warned!! I know a lot of people have already
talked about this, and it will be no new news for many of you, but I just beat
the game, and I´m still kinda feelsy, so I thought in gathering all the information
we have about one of the biggest mysteries of the game: The Loop.
1) WHAT DO WE KNOW
ABOUT THE LOOP?
The only information we get about «The Loop» is in «The Book of Noctae».
(…) It was here that the existence of The Loop was hypothesized / The
existential anguish from the discovery of The Loop permeated Owl society / Riots
began, and the Owl Temple was abandoned.
(…) They were determined to break The Loop, and worked tirelessly to
advance their technology and knowledge /Finally the solution was presented: a Hex that would upend the laws of the universe /But it was a
disaster. The Hex failed, and the world would never be the same.
(there’s a volume 3 but it talks more about the hex and anti-hex than any other thing).
To sum up, we know that «The» Loop was
something related to the very nature of the universe (pretty big deal if you
ask me). We know its existence created riots in the owl society. And that the
Hex was created in order to break The Loop (which ended up creating the
2) WHAT WE DON’T KNOW.
WHAT is The Loop?
Did The Hex break it? Or was it the Anti-Hex?
Why did it create so much riot within the Owl Society?
While «The Book of Noctae» is the
biggest piece of information for everything related to «The Loop» there are some
major clues left in the final conversation that Otus has with “Asio”, once
the final boss is beaten.
At first, the logical conclusion is
to assume that we’re talking to Asio. After all, it looks pretty much like him.
However, there are some strange lines in the conversation. For example, these ones:
“(…) The fact that you are
means the Anti-Hex worked / The islands will be sinking / Your generation will
know the surface / as we did / (…) /
We tried to change the universe, and we
paid a price for that / (…) / In order to end The Loop we were willing to do
anything / Even your our future, your present”
I remember asking myself: is Asio that
old? I don’t remember if his age is stated in the game, but The Hex was created
centuries ago, so it’s very unlikely that Asio was around that time (and I’m
not sure if the game says how much an owl is supposed to live).
HOWEVER, we don’t need those pieces of
information to come up with a conclusion. Asio believes that
the islands are floating in the sky thanks to the Owl Temple, when in fact, The
Owl Temple has been shut down for ages. The islands are floating due to the The
Hex, and there is no indication that Asio is aware of anything related to The
Hex and The Loop.
But..if not Asio, then who?
If you beat the game, and you have
collected the three ancients coins, and you have placed them in the right
places, then you gain access to The Eternal Temple (so if you want to go and
check it yourself, do it know because it’s pretty cool – or you can watch it on
In The Eternal Temple, we can talk to
the Ancient Owls yay! And we find this guy:
IN THIS PART, Geddy makes this comment:
Hey! It’s Asio! No, wait. It just looks like him!
The similarity between Asio and This Guy is completely intentional. We’re
supposed to believe we’re talking to Asio, when, in fact, there is a huge probability we’re talking to an ancient owl.
Now we can analyze more clues he gives away about The Loop:
THE ANCIENT OWL:
(…) / All you need to know is that we wanted to
discover the nature of the Universe, and in doing so, we lost ourselves / Maybe
one day, in this life or the next one, you will learn about The Loop / But
there are far more rewarding things about the universe than how it ends /.
To know about “The Loop” means to discover how the universe ends.
But, at the same time, he says: “In this life or the next one”. This
implies that The Loop isn’t only related to the end of the universe, but
its creation as well.
I am not an English speaker (forgive if I make weird
mistakes!) so when I saw The «Loop» I was very confused because I didn’t know
what it means. Then, I remembered the «loop» option in youtube videos, which
allows you to endlessly repeat the same video. This is a dumb connection, but
it seems that that’s exactly what the Loop is: the endlessly repetition of the events
in the universe.
Now, let’s remember Noctae’s words.
(i remember thinking he looked freaky until i realized he’s supossed to be a barn owl lol)
I predicted my own death to one of Aegolius’s machines. Not once, but again and again in infinity. No matter how I adjusted the parameters, I saw my own death there as an eternal wave function, over and over.
didn’t see his own death once. And the “I saw my own death THERE as an
eternal wave function…” seems to imply that he saw himself dying, an infinite number of times,
in the same way. That’s how he discovered The Loop. So…what would be The Loop? A reference to the «Big Crunch Theory», it would seem. The Loop would be the universe destroying itself, only
to begin again, with the same events happening, for the rest of eternity.
WAS THE LOOP DESTROYED?
Solus states that he doesn’t know if the original Hex destroyed the Loop (but heck yeah it destroyed the world). And The Anti-Hex doesn’t seem to have other goal than to fix the planet, so we don’t know the state of The Loop, but there is some pretty important evidence suggesting The Loop broke.
I predicted my own death to one of Aegolius’s machines. Not once, but again and again in infinity. No matter how I adjusted the parameters, I saw my own death there as an eternal wave function, over and over. And applied correctly, I could see every death. Every life. Even a young owl named Otus, who dies in a great battle above a floating city. And yet, Otus, my maths tells me that you will be at this hologram. A strange inconsistency.
can’t get into the Secret Sanctuary before the credits. This is important,
because it means that Noctae has seen Otus DIE, and then, he has seen him talking
to him. There’s a little of confusion about the meaning of his words. Noctae
said “a young owl named Otus, who dies in a great battle above a floating city.”
This doesn’t refer to the Final Battle (that place isn’t a city, it’s a library)…it’s
talking about the battle in Advent. According to Noctae, Otus was supposed to
die there. However…he survived,
apparently contradicts the events of the loop.
And if that’s possible, then Noctae could live a little longer in the next life, as he said:
... Perhaps our Hex Machine worked, after all. Tomorrow is the day that I die, Otus. It is my hope that by doing so, my prediction will come true. … So that I will see you here today. And perhaps in the next Loop, I will not have to die after all. Maybe then I could spare Aegolius some grief.
The issue with The Loop wasn’t the constant destruction and recreation of the universe, but the repetition of the same events over and over. Once The Loop breaks, it means that the universe will recreate itself, but the same events won’t be happening.
THE FINAL CLUE.
The final clue is the soundtrack itself. If you check the titles, you’ll see one of the songs (the one that plays when Otus is having visions, in the end of the game) is called “The Loop Has Ended”. This would imply that the original Hex did not break The Loop (but maybe the Anti-Hex did, or Otus, or the player with the check points, who knows).
WHY DID IT CREATE SO MUCH RIOT ON THE OWL SOCIETY?
We won’t get a canonical answer. This is only speculation. But you could guess that the very existence of The Loop would create controversy in any society . The question is…why did they need to go as far as they did to break it?
To be honest, I think it’s a matter of arrogance. The owls were too proud to accept the idea that destiny can’t be changed. If The Loop exists, then there’s no such thing as Freewill. At worst, we are just puppets playing the same role for the whole eternity. And the owls were infuriated to find such big obstacle to their “wisdom”.