The Fireplace Edit
The Fireplace is a place that serves as host for The Flames, a magical entity that commands the Reaper (Deadbolt protagonist) and Charon the ferryman. In the game The Flames gives instructions and intel in a very cryptic way (speaking always in verse, never in prose) to the reaper to kill the undead and stop their plans and schemes.
The Flames will give you missions, and sometimes new weapons as well. To speak with the flames, just sit in the chair by using the 'E' key, or use the 'R' key to sit without starting it.
If you talk to them you will open a menu with 2 tabs:
- Mission: The Flames will tell you your mission on verse, sometimes there are highlighted words that resalt certain elements or new enemies, after opening the tab you will unlock - if not unlocked yet, the mission on the map.
- Intel: Information of the level and tips on it, this information is not telled by the flames but by the Reaper himself this is demostrated by the fact that the intel is narrated in first person and that according to the Reaper, The Flames never spoke on prose.
However there might be some extra tabs, usually to explain the highlighted words that may appear on the mission tab, such as enemy tabs or tabs that add some info besides the intel, on some occasions tabs that tell you the disponibility of a weapon or a new element such as phylacteries or your cat.
The Fireplace has candle-man minions who will help you out as well, and serve as its eyes and ears to the world away from the fireplace. You first see a Candle when you clear the tutorial, later in the game you can see the corpses of Candles that fell in combat or were murdered by the undead. According to the Candles tab in the Vall mission, Candles are specifically ordered to never engage combat.
Meeting the player Edit
Upon crossing the corpse portal you can find the area "Home Sweet Home" where further beyond you can find a wooden cabin equipped with several weapons but before you enter the cabin there is a well you can enter, entering the well will result in the player entering a room where he can find several candles praising a figure, this figure is in fact the Flames True Form, The God of Life, he looks like a big black skeleton with several candles on his arms and legs and 2 big candles along with some other candles on his "head". Oddly enough when the player sits to talk to him, it doesn't speak on verse like he would normally do, instead he speaks on prose, speaking to him will trigger the Ibzan fight.
After the player kill Ibzan he will tell the player that he has done enough and will turn off all the lights, putting the player to a rest.
As evidenced by the level editor, The Fireplace is likely the God of Life. This also explains his line prior to the fight with Ibzan, stating "I am not the God of Death.".