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Ghost
Ghost
Race Undead
Location(s) Derceto: Living Room and Dancing Hall
Game(s) Alone in the Dark (1992)

Ghosts are passive, initially neutral entities in Alone in the Dark (1992). They do not seek out the player like other enemies, but become extremely aggressive if provoked, at which point they will pursue the protagonist relentlessly. When angered, they shape shift into a mass of spheres. They can be outrun but they can clip into most places straight through walls meaning there are few safe corners on a floor with a whirling ghost on it.

Background

The ghosts are former visitors to Derceto who died at the hands of Ezechiel Pregzt. They remain quite still, in places and poses natural to them, possibly just lost in memories of life. They apparently wish only to be left alone with their thoughts, and become extremely and implacably hostile if they are not. Sadly. this makes it impossible to communicate directly with them.

Involvement

Ghosts serve as obstacles in the game. They are present in both the Living Room on the second floor, and in the Ball Room on the first floor.

In the Ball Room, when the record 'Danse Macabre' is played (Yellow Record), the ghosts begin to dance. This allows the protagonist to retrieve the key on the mantle, but not easily.

Touching a ghost causes them to enter the angered state.

Strategy

In the living room, walk along the edge of the room to bypass the ghost sitting in the middle of the room.

In the Ball Room, once the record plays, the ghosts will move from their stationary positions and begin to dance. Take a moment to watch them and to learn their patterns (which are random), then move quickly to retrieve the key on the mantle.

Trivia

  • The first ghost encountered is in the living room, where the record player is found. All the other ghosts are in the ball room, where the record player is implemented.
  • The ghosts' angered form resembles the form of Yog-Sothoth, one of the Outer Gods in the Cthulhu Mythos. Yog-Sothoth is described as a 'Confluence of Orbs'.


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