Re: Strauss' abuse
Posted By: GodotDate: 3/15/11 8:56 a.m.

In Response To: Strauss' abuse (Hopper)

: Personally, the phrase that stuck with me from this terminal is "I know
: of Strauss' abuse." The first time through Marathon, Durandal's
: umbrage at Strauss seemed like just another part of his over-the-top
: madness, turning innocuous events into slights and eventually to
: humiliation. (I was majoring in Computer Science when i played Marathon,
: so it was easy to side with Strauss.)

: After hearing the word "abuse" from Tycho, who defends humanity as
: much as Durandal dismisses it, I was forced to re-evaluate what I'd
: assumed about Strauss. Was Durandal actually mistreated, leading to the
: murderous shape of his madness? Rampancy may be inevitable, but contacting
: the Pfhor was not -- something from his past would have pushed Durandal in
: that particular direction. This interpretation casts Durandal in a much
: more sympathetic light. That fits nicely with Marathon 2, where the player
: has a much stronger emotional connection to Durandal.

: But now let's cross over, find a new maze, return to the "in your
: image" point. Is Tycho's agreement on Strauss instead just a sign
: that the S'pht copied too much? Did Tycho even know those things before
: his reanimation, or are they Durandal's twisted memories transplanted into
: Tycho's own core? Perhaps Strauss' "abuse" was a shared
: delusion, creating an unearned sympathy for our captor.

There is a small piece on Acme Station that may offer some clue as to what Strauss was having Durandal do on Mars.

"Bernhard was constantly having me do redirect-subterfuge work back on Mars, it was easy then, and its only gotten easier."

However, since this is Infinity and therefore a different timeline it is open to question whether this is what Tycho was referring to in M1.


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hidden Tycho terminalJabberwok 3/13/11 8:37 p.m.
     Re: hidden Tycho terminalGodot 3/14/11 9:26 a.m.
           Re: hidden Tycho terminalMarathoner325 3/14/11 2:28 p.m.
                 Strauss' abuseHopper 3/14/11 6:00 p.m.
                       Re: Strauss' abuseBob-B-Q 3/15/11 4:31 a.m.
                             Re: Strauss' abuseGodot 3/15/11 8:39 a.m.
                                   See also: ".45 Magnum" *NM*Bob-B-Q 3/15/11 5:36 p.m.
                       Re: Strauss' abuseGodot 3/15/11 8:56 a.m.
                 Re: hidden Tycho terminalGodot 3/15/11 8:20 a.m.
                       Re: hidden Tycho terminalBob-B-Q 3/15/11 5:39 p.m.
                             Re: hidden Tycho terminalGodot 3/16/11 1:28 p.m.
                                   Re: hidden Tycho terminalJabberwok 3/16/11 7:22 p.m.
                                   Re: hidden Tycho terminalBob-B-Q 3/17/11 6:07 a.m.
                                         Re: hidden Tycho terminalGodot 3/17/11 1:59 p.m.
                                   Re: hidden Tycho terminalchiasaur11 3/17/11 10:45 p.m.
                                         Re: hidden Tycho terminalJabberwok 3/18/11 11:57 a.m.
                                               Re: hidden Tycho terminalchiasaur11 3/18/11 12:41 p.m.
           hidden terminals in generalpoenadare 3/15/11 5:51 a.m.
                 Re: hidden terminals in generalGodot 3/15/11 8:43 a.m.
           Re: hidden Tycho terminalJabberwok 3/15/11 9:34 a.m.
                 Re: hidden Tycho terminalGodot 3/15/11 9:53 a.m.
                       Re: hidden Tycho terminalForrest of B.org 3/15/11 11:27 p.m.
                       Re: hidden Tycho terminalJabberwok 3/16/11 7:16 p.m.
                             Re: hidden Tycho terminalchiasaur11 3/17/11 10:51 p.m.
     Re: hidden Tycho terminalHopper 3/14/11 5:58 p.m.
           Re: hidden Tycho terminalGodot 3/15/11 8:24 a.m.

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