Part 9: Sins of the Fathers 9: Lesson Time!Part 9: Lesson Time!
So at this point, we kind of really need to know what the fuck cabrit sans cor means; Not only because were not getting anywhere with Cazanoux without it, and also in my original playthrough it was driving me fucking batty. So if she wont tell us, Dr. John wont tell us, and Willy at the Voodoo store wont tell us .I guess that means its lecture time!
So here we are at the University, and Im not going to transcribe the entire thing, but I do HIGHLY recommend that you watch the video because its really quite fascinating.
To sum up: Voodoo/Voudoun involves the worship of spirits called Loa who can be damn near anything from ancestors to the Virgin Mary. Some of them include Papa Nebo or Gede the lord of death (Gee I wonder if theres any connection???), and Ogoun Badagris The lord of destruction. Voudoun temples are called hounfours, with a matriarchal priestess called the mamaloa. The hounfour has a ritual circle called a veve (glares at WendyO), which differs from tribe to tribe, as each veve indicates the tribes Loa.
Did I mention that Magentia fucking sucks at her job??
At any rate, Gabriel falls asleep during the lecture and has a dream about the sekey madoule, and is woken up by the end of the lecture. That being done, we better talk to
Are you a student?
No. My name is Knight. Gabriel Knight.
(It actually just occurred to me that he always introduces himself in James Bond fashion. Come to think of it, why the fuck hasnt Tim Curry been a Bond villain yet???)
Well, you have walked into my private office, Mr. Knight. I hope you have something worthwhile to do here. If you figure it out, let me know.
Your lecture was terrific.
Oh, you think so? You were snoring so loud, I didnt think youd heard it.
Burned. But yeah, that ones on you, Gabriel. Anyway, interrogating Hartridge finally answers the question thats been haunting us for awhile now:
Do you have any idea what cabrit sans cor means?
Cabrit sans cor? Yes, I do. Its a Haitian term, I believe. Its French, and literally translates as goat without horns.
As in a female goat?
No. As in a human sacrifice. Sacrifices in Voudoun are usually of the animal variety chickens, bulls, goats but if the gods demand a goat without horns, it means a human being.
Okay, were officially into creepy fucking territory now, and Id kind of like to know how the old bat is aware of human fucking sacrifice. Also, now accepting bets that the Loa involved in the Voodoo Murders is Kali, meaning that the killers have betrayed Shiva. But wait, theres more! We can show Hartridge the completed pattern
Can you tell me anything about this pattern?
Wow. Interesting VERY interesting! Mind if I copy this?
Be my guest.
Here you go. You know, this is a fascinating veve! You must tell me all about its origin!
Uh, actually, I was hoping YOUD tell me. Can you figure out anything about it from the symbols?
Well, some. Thats why I wanted a copy: I want to research the design myself. Each of the symbols in the veve represent something a Loa, a place Where did you get this?
Have you heard of the Voodoo Murders?
No! Youre kidding! Really?! Then the Voodoo IS authentic! The newspapers are wrong boy, are they wrong!
You think this veve is authentic then?
Authentic? Mr. Knight, thats like asking if the Mona Lisa is a painting! Tell you what Ill look into these symbols myself and see what I can learn about the sect that made this. Ill give you a call when I have more information.
And with that, we have two mysteries solved. Back to Cazanoux! Now she tells us more about what she knows, specifically that Marie Laveau was apparently the fall gal for the real Voodoo Queen of New Orleans who is apparently still in power, and has been for over 200 years now. Could be that shes still just talking crazy, but you never know .
Cazanoux also shows Gabriel a bracelet handed down through her family that is supposed to mark the wearer as permitted entrance to the Voodoo Queens secret hounfour, and asks him to bless it for her. Which leads to .this:
Bless this bracelet of a snake, even though its vibes arent great. Let it do nobody harm, when they wear it on their arm. Voodoo spirits go away, dont come back another day. And now, let us pray.
Id like to believe Tim Curry came up with that on his own. Now that we have the bracelet in our hot little hands, we cant steal it but remember way back when at Lake Pontchartrain, when we got some clay from the riverbank? Gabriel quickly makes an impression of the bracelet in the clay and continues with his .blessing:
Bless, oh, bless, this circlet of silver! Take the curse, oh, take it Wilbur!
*sniff* A lovely blessing, mon pere!
Yes, I think it made a lasting impression. Here you go!
Oh lordy, loo. Anyway, well wrap it up for now, and next time, well see what we need to do to get a replica of the damn thing made.