The Let's Play Archive

Missing Since January / In Memoriam

by macnbc

Part 14

Elissia posted:

e: just saw that the in fiction part of his wiki page has kind of a spoiler for the game so I kind of suggest not reading that part.

I wouldn't worry too much about that because we're just about to find out exactly what you read in..

Thanks for the team effort in solving Phu everyone! Elissia was correct with the name.
Now that we've completed the Aer level we're going to progress into the Ignis level, which is the final quarter of the game. Also in this chapter we'll discover The Phoenix's true twisted motivations and why he calls himself The Phoenix!


From: ----- Phoenix <>
Subject: (no subject)


I can see you, my Little Friend. Don't you believe me? I know you've just finished Chtisar, for example. I wouldn't bother calling the cops - it's only a game.
See you soon, Letsplay …

The Phoenix
From: David Marcus <>
Subject: my latest analysis


I was kidding myself that I wouldn't have any further involvement in this case. The latest developments merely add to my reluctance. Trying to understand someone means first of all that you not judge them. In the case of the Phoenix, I emphasized from the outset that it was dangerous to admire his intelligence. I warned you against the esthetic way that he staged his crimes. But I must acknowledge that I underestimated certain facts:

1. The inscription "In Memoriam" found after the murder of the journalist proves more than just a signature: it expresses the Phoenix's motivation, the banner by which he is persuaded to act. We knew that he was deeply into the past, and now we can see that he is violently bringing the past out into the present day. He is like the obedient and faithful soldier of El Cid, whose embalmed remains are riding out in front.

2. Giordano Bruno. What does this person represent? Giordano Bruno, who passed for the most learned scientist of his time and who read all the books published during his era, is the man who holds absolute Knowledge. He is an unrivaled, overwhelming character, like a Father. But in the collective memory, Giordano Bruno is also the man who was condemned and burned at the stake for heretical ideas that stemmed from his overflowing imagination. He consequently represents at the same time the danger of guilty ideas and the punishment of bad thoughts. This character is the focus of a large number of ambivalent fantasies. Between an overwhelming Superego and forbidden impulses breaking through into the Real World, and without any acknowledgement of guilt and unable to find his bearings, the Phoenix, like a bird reborn from its ashes, has escaped into the imaginary and the symbolic. He set out to look for anything that vaguely struck a chord in him, scorning what could have made him see
common sense. Convinced of reaching the Truth, he misjudged himself. Madness is nothing more than "unconscious misfortune."

3. Has the Phoenix become schizophrenic? We have already pointed out the Phoenix's taste for puzzles, his inordinate use of proper nouns, his systematic practice of codes and ancient languages and fascination for myths and hermetic abstractions: we finally realize that the Phoenix has composed a personal symphony, an emanation of an imaginary world. His thoughts are dominated by syncretism and symbolism. Emotions hidden beneath pseudo-cynical indifference give way to episodes of criminal impulses. Guided by the idea of exacting vengeance, by acting In Memoriam, the Phoenix seems to be going through a depersonalization experience.

4. Watch out! The tension within the Phoenix's psychological life has gone far beyond the threshold that most of us could bear. A brutal confrontation with an unexpected event could bring down the last barriers that intermittently hold him in check as part of his concern to communicate with you.

Try to remain level-headed,
David Marcus
From: Marco Lerini <>
Subject: Vari


Tahnks for the sound tool, Gery. I succeed in decrypting the first
"umbra profunda sumus"
I continue

A presto,

From: Kristin Lark <>
Subject: Giordano Bruno


Unbelievable! Why didn't I think of it sooner? By typing the names of
the places where the Phoenix committed his murders on the Internet
(Naples, Genoa, Geneva, Toulouse, Oxford, Paris), Giordano Bruno's itinerary
popped up, and with it, part of the mystery. The Phoenix's ritual is
therefore definitely related to Giordano Bruno and his description of the
12 planets (the pictures can be found on the site
- 12 murders staged in 12 different ways to correspond exactly to the
12 planets described by Giordano (the images are on the site:
- 12 victims apparently belonging to some mysterious, secret society
dating back to the inquisition...
- 12 places that go back over Giordano's itinerary some 4 centuries
later (
I can understand how Karen and Jack must have reacted at this
revelation. They managed to suss out the Phoenix's itinerary, and after learning
of new murders in Germany, they decided to head for Prague and put an
end to the killing spree. One main thing still needs clearing up though:
if the Phoenix is attempting to avenge Giordano Bruno, where does the
Volker case fit into the picture?
I sincerely hope that Jack and Karen won't be the next victims.


PS for Géry: I still live with my parents!

Esoteric count:
Where I keep track of the number of times someone says "esoteric"
6 (in video only)
9 (including emails)

Your turn:
This one's pretty straightforward: The clue is "Benatky 1599". I need 4 numbers.

Good hunting!