The Animate Clay

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The Animate Clay
Dr Aldini.jpg
Region: Hub
Zone: New York
Start Location: The Modern Prometheus
Start Coords: ???
End location: [[???]]
Given by: Dr Aldini
Type: Investigation
Requires: Sidestories: Further Analysis
Reward: 179,5250 Experience Experience
Repeatable:
Game Version: TSWicon.png TSW
Added in: Update 1.8.5
Maps
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Note: This mission requires that you have completed the Just a Flesh Wound mission as well as have purchased the Downloadable content pack Sidestories: Further Analysis



"Who shall conceive the horrors of my secret toil, as I dabbled among the unhallowed damps of the grave, or tortured the living animal to animate the lifeless clay?" Dr. Aldini's creation has escaped. It's out there, now, wandering about, a patchwork of stitches and vivified flesh, and the doctor is afraid.

Dialogue

Introduction

Dr Aldini: Jo du, min partner, my partner...I've made great strides forward!
Dr Aldini: Last night, my latest creation opened her mouth as if to speak sweet poetry...
Dr Aldini: Unfortunately, only a foul-smelling black bile came out.
Dr Aldini: I think I may have got the piping wrong somehow.
Dr Aldini: I need to take her apart again.
Dr Aldini: Eh, vad fan, don't worry. I made her incapable of feeling physical pain.
Dr Aldini: At least she came out better than the previous one.
Dr Aldini: He was not so innocent. I probably should have know better.
Dr Aldini: But some of the material you gave me was impure.
Dr Aldini: Yes, they were infected, so in a way, this is your fault.
Dr Aldini: And you need to put it right.
Dr Aldini: Min kreation... My creation...
Dr Aldini: Yes, he has killed, and he will kill again.
Dr Aldini: He feels great resentment, bitterness and anger. And I believe he's looking for me.
Dr Aldini: Now don't you try to draw comparison to that sleazy piece of fiction by that...
Dr Aldini: Förbannade horan! Hora! Whore! Yes, may you fry in whatever hell you're in!
Dr Aldini: If I'm ever going to finish my experiment, that...thing needs to be put to rest.
Dr Aldini: It threatens me and my practice.
Dr Aldini: And possibly...hele världen...hele världen (mutters).

Journal Entries

  • Tier 1: Where is the creature now? Where did it come from? Find the clues and follow the trail.
    • Search Dr. Aldini's lab for clues
    • Follow the trail of the creature
    • Investigate the scene
  • Tier 2: The search for the creature leads to P. Schuyler and Sons Cadaver Acquisition Service. It appears this mystery is loathsome, dark, and deep, and you have many miles to go before it surrenders its secrets.
    • Follow the trail of the creature
    • Make contact with P. Schuyler and Sons
    • Obtain information regarding Dr. Aldini's account
  • Tier 3: The trail of the creature now leads you to Innsmouth Academy. But searching for a dark secret on Solomon Island is like finding a needle in a stack of sentient, murderous needles.
    • Travel to Innsmouth Academy
    • Search the grounds for the missing P. Schuyler and Sons employees
    • Find the location referenced in the message
    • Determine the identity of the corpse
  • Tier 4: A ghastly discovery - Dr. Aldini killed his own father and turned him into an animated abomination. Follow the clues back to the creature's lair.
    • Find the creature's lair.
    • Confront the creature
    • Inspect the creature's lair
    • Permanently destroy the creature
    • Inspect the creature's lair

Rewards

Report

Dragon.pngDragon

A system as compromised a patchwork man is fascinating. Dangerously fascinating. The brain came from one distinct being. But what of the hands? Do they remember their old tasks? Do the organs feel nostalgia?

So many secrets can be tortured from the clay.

But the star that burns twice as bright burns half as long. The creature was a beautiful anomaly, but it played out its chaos. And now it rests. As it should.

The ages follow similar patterns. They awake, vivified, the same repeating patterns grafted together in different configurations. They play out their chaos. And then, they are put to rest.

Illuminati.pngIlluminati

You were the star of your very own Hammer movie. Kudos.

You eighty-sixed the science fair experiment. That's good. That makes Dr. Aldini happy, and making our business associates happy makes us happy. Everyone's happy. Wash the formaldehyde off your hands and take a night on the town.

Zurn has been pestering me about the details of this mission all day. He's suffering acute mad scientist envy. He's doing his own grafting projects, but we aren't allowing him human parts at present.

Yesterday, he made a squid-squirrel.

Ciao-ciao.

KG

Templars.pngTemplar

"God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance. Satan had his companions, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and abhorred."

Inspired by your report, I had occasion to leaf through Shelley's text. Not Detective Inspector Shelley, but the writer. Amusing. That association had escaped me until now.

The creature you confronted was pitiable in its singularity, but it was a monster. You put the monster down. That is what we do. Do not cloud yourself with any nuance beyond that. Dr. Aldini is a vile profanity on science. It is little wonder the Illuminati so enjoy dealing with him.

That is all. Now I have to read the texts of our more contemporary M. Shelley. It is drier reading, I can assure you.

R. Sonnac

Walkthrough

There are 4 tiers to this mission.

Tier 1/4

  • Search Dr. Aldini's lab clues
    • There is a yellow-outlined 'Letter from the creature' on a workbench near Dr Aldini
    • There is also a computer in the back left corner of the room
Password Clue 1:
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The monster could be known as "Frankenstein's Monster"
Password Clue 2:
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Read about the monster's personality in the original Frankenstein novels
Password Solution:
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In the original novels, the monster is very literate, and often quotes the novel Paradise Lost [1]
Account Number Clue 1:
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The computer mentions a way for Dr Aldini to remember his account number
Account Number Clue 2:
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While you can't see his arm under his lab coat, everything you need is in his lab
Account Number Solution:
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The x-ray's behind the surgery table are of Dr. Aldini. Inspecting them closer shows the number scratched onto his arm - 112016"
  • Follow the trail of the creature
Letter Clue 1:
Spoiler      
The 'lowest parts of the city' is the sewers
Letter Clue 2:
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The Illuminati maze is in the sewers
Solution:
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Entrance to the sewers/maze is at (294,289). Go downstairs. Take the middle passage and then the right-hand passage. In the room with the cement mixer, go to the alcove to your left. At (327,335)
  • Investigate the scene
    • There will be a yellow-outlined "Note from the creature" and a yellow-outlined "wallet"

Tier 2/4

  • Follow the trail of the creature
Clue 1:
Spoiler      
You need to track down Schuyler and Sons
Clue 2:
Spoiler      
44 is the country code for the phone number
Clue 3:
Spoiler      
If you call the phone number, you get the following answering machine message:

"You have reached the office of P. Schuyler and Sons. We are currently in the field performing 'acquisitions', but you are welcome to visit our nook in the Shades for service at any time. Have your customer number ready and remember that we're only a <creepy music plays> away."

Clue 4:
Spoiler      
The answering machine mentions that they are in "the shades"
Solution:
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Country Code 44 in the phone number is the U.K. "The Shades" is an area just north of Darkside, in London. Walking around there, you'll see a dead body near (257,209)
  • Make contact with P. Schuyler and Sons
Clue 1:
Spoiler      
In the alley near the body is:
  • Shopping cart
  • Cardboard box
  • Trashcan
  • Plastic container
  • Running water
  • Brick wall
Clue 2:
Spoiler      
Each one gives off a different sound when you click them
Clue 3:
Spoiler      
You need to play them in the right order to make contact with Schuyler and Sons
Clue 4:
Spoiler      
Listen to their voice mail, from the previous tier, or here Jingle
Solution:
Spoiler      
To play the Schuyler jingle - Shopping cart, Trashcan, Brick wall, Plastic container, Running water
  • Obtain information regarding Dr. Aldini's account
    • The dead body will rise up and present you with an interface to enter a customer number
Solution:
Spoiler      
See the Account Number clues from Tier 1
  • After entering the correct account number, the receptionist will puke up a "Regurgitated account invoice"
  • Read the invoices

Tier 3/4

  • Travel to Innsmouth Academy
  • Search the grounds for the missing P. Schuyler and Sons employees
Clue 1:
Spoiler      
Make sure to read the regurgitated invoice
Clue 2:
Spoiler      
It mentions "pick up the body near the entrance". And it will be within the walled grounds.
Solution:
Spoiler      
There is a dead body under a bush to the left after you come in the front gate. At (343,388). Use the yellow-outlined cellphone next to it.
  • Find the location referenced in the message
Clue 1:
Spoiler      
Find the gate's eye, and walk 40 steps towards the rising sun and turn 270 points to widdershins. Take 70 steps, 45 widdershins, and 40 more steps. You'll find what I have hidden for you there. And remember to walk!"
Clue 2:
Spoiler      
Backspace key to walk
Clue 3:
Spoiler      
Widdershins means to go counter-clockwise.
Solution:
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If you followed the directions, you should be very near a body under a bush, at (397,339).
  • Determine the identity of the corpse
    • Make sure to get both the "Scribbled note" and the "Damaged ID badge" on the ground
Clue 1:
Spoiler      
You'll need to figure out where that badge came from
Clue 2:
Spoiler      
Check inside the academy itself
Clue 3:
Spoiler      
Try the "Administration" office
Clue 4:
Spoiler      
The computer there is asking for an ID number
Clue 5:
Spoiler      
The damaged badge does have a bar code on it
Clue 6:
Spoiler      
Wired is an article on how to read barcodes. OnLine Barcode Decoder is a site that can read an image of a barcode
Solution:
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The barcode on the damage badge reads 01221121

Tier 4/4

  • Find the creature's lair
Clue 1:
Spoiler      
Read the computer entries
Clue 2:
Spoiler      
It says he's heading back to New York
Clue 3:
Spoiler      
You're looking for clues that relate the passage from the book. "I remembered Adam's supplication to his Creator. But where was mine? He had abandoned me, and in the bitterness of my heart I cursed him. Now, dear Victor, I dare say you wish to be indulged in a little gossip concerning the good people of Geneva. The pretty Miss Mansfield has already received the congratulatory visits on her approaching marriage with a young Englishman, John Melbourne, Esq."
Clue 4:
Spoiler      
Check the street signs
Solution:
Spoiler      
Eventually, you'll find street signs for "Adams St." and "John St." - names mentioned in the passage. At the base of that street sign, is a grate that is the Entrance to the creatures abode. Located at (373,326). Use the grate to enter the Creature's Abode.
  • Confront the creature
    • Enter the Creature's Abode
    • The only way to leave the main area is to turn off electricity to the wire in the pool
    • There is a fuse box on the left-hand wall
    • When you find The Creature, kill him
  • Permanently destroy the creature
    • A short time after you kill him, he will come back to life again
    • Every time you kill The Creature he will revive until you permanently destroy him
Solution:
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Keep moving and killing The Creature until you have him in the puddle of water that was electrified earlier. Then kill him there. While he is down, run over to the fuse box and turn the electricity back on.
  • Inspect the creature's lair.

Other Information

  • This mission is required for the the Sherlocked achievement

Trivia

  • The language Dr Aldini sometimes slips into is Swedish
    • Jo du - Well, you
    • min partner - my partner
    • vad fan - what the hell
    • Min kreation - my creation
    • Förbannade horan - damned whore
    • Hora - whore
    • hele världen - all the world

Media

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Clues in Dr Aldini's Lab:

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Innsmouth Computer:

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