Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Murmur: Friend, Countryman, Aid... Duke of Hell?

What lies ahead is relatively spoiler free concerning the game Hellgate: London, but the proposition I make about one of the main characters is not. If you'd rather not read my musings on what could easily be true, turn back. :)

Okay, so in Hellgate you're cast into the game with little more than your weapon and clothes as a lower-ranking member of the Templar's fight against the demon horde. The 1st thing you're greeted with is a Comlink contact from a chap named Murmur. Apparently, he's stranded outside of the protected Underground hubs, and needs your help getting back to safety and to check on a group of other Templar that seem to have been in a nasty fight.

But his being out in the open, without weapons, claiming to be so knowledgeable, and in general seeming a bit too informed has recently had me wondering whether or not there's more to him than meets the eye. Low and behold, as a fellow player pointed out, Wikipedia comes to the rescue:

In demonology, Murmur is a Great Duke and Earl of Hell, and has thirty legions of demons under his command. He teaches Philosophy, and can oblige the souls of the deceased to appear before the conjurer to answer every desired question. According to some authors [attribution needed] he also teaches music.

Murmur is depicted as a soldier riding a Vulture or a Griffin, and wearing a ducal crown. Two of his ministers go before him making the sound of trumpets. 'Murmur' in Latin means noise, whisper, murmur, and the sound of the trumpet.Some authors portray him simply as a vulture.

Yeah... looks like Mr. Murmur is more than just an ally. Makes me very curious to see where the story heads. In beta there are no cinematics, there's only the main story arc (denoted by purple !'s to let you know it's the main quest line) to tell you what you've gotten into. It's not very good, unless you read into it more. There are comic books, a novel series, and apparently a backlog of lore that Flagship is sitting on... it's just not in the game.

I get a 104 page Graphic Novel that's apparently all 4 issues of the prologue-esque comic series when I pick up my game on Wednesday the 31st. I'd rather not be forced to go hunting for my game's story, but I'll make due if I have to.

Anyway, went off on a tangent there. Yeah, Murmur. Definitely one to watch as the game rolls onward. Can't wait to see what happens in acts 4 and 5.

1 comment:

heather (errantdreams) said...

Haha. I had a feeling about him. The things you mentioned, plus some of his phrasings, like "why don't you enter the lives of these people..." or whatever it was.