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[SUPER SPOILERS!!!] Problems in understanding the story of Puzzle Agent 2

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Hello everybody!
Since my English is not particularly good, I must admit I've had some difficulties in understanding some parts of the story, so I'll be very grateful to all those who can resolve my doubts.
Here's the list of my main doubts, forgive me if some of them will look silly to you, but I just want to understand this straight! :

1) Was it the government that disposed of Olav, when they realized that the discoveries of the astronomer were enormously powerful?

2) What do the Hidden People have to do with lunacy? Do their whispers cure it, or cause it?

2-bis) What ACTUALLY discovered Olav?

3) Why did Nelson assume that Olav had spoken to the Hidden People?

4) The machine that makes people become lunatics, it was created by the governement: did government base its creation on Olav's research? Is that why they disposed of him? Because they wanted to use his research in a negative way?

5) In the game it is said that during each lunar eclypse, the Hidden People come from the Moon to the Earth. Did I understand correctly?

6) What is the "house" of the Hidden People to which they cannot return, the moon or the place where the astronauts and the government-machine are?

7) The Brotherhood's aim was the one to help the Hidden People. The Hidden People needed someone to destroy the device that prevented them from returning home. So, was Davner locked in the factory by the Brotherhood so that he could think of a way to switch it off without being disturbed?

8) What went wrong during the Hermes II mission? I mean, ok, it was an eclypse, but how did the eclypse interfere with the other 2 astronauts' sanity? Does the government device have something to do with this?

9) Why didn't Mrs Garret want to host Nelson in her inn?

10) All the people who disappeared actually died, killed by the astronauts, right?

11) Bjorn says that the Hidden People are angered, and that the Brotherhood is broken: is it because the other 2 cultists disappeared and were then killed by the astronauts? I mean, did they too try to help them destroy the lunar device but they were caught by the astronauts? Is that why the H. P. are angry? Because no one is able to help them?

12) What happened to Nelson when the Hidden People spoke to him? But most importantly, WHY Nelson thought it necessary to be spoken to by the HIdden People?

13) Did Isaac pretend to die, before or after his mission on the moon?

14) Which of Nelson's discoveries made the government send some agents to Scoggins? Olav's research or the Hermes II? Or neither?

15) What happened to Alfred? He heard some whispers, but was it the Hidden People or the astronauts who attracted him?

16) So, to sum up, the Hidden People are not bad, right? They only need someone to help them. The real bad guys are the astronauts who kill everyone who gets near them (Darrel, the skiier, Korka's partner or Will for example) or who try to help the HIdden People (Bo Murphy, the first cultist). Is that correct?

Thank you in advance for the time you'll give over to me! :)

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    I'll try to answer what I can.

    1 - I think that the Government initially rejected Olav because they thought his ideas were crazy, so he worked alone on his research and later Nelson found out his discoveries were actually true.

    3 - One of Olav's recordings that Nelson uncovered had Olav summoning the hidden people with a song.

    6- I think the Moon.

    7 - Davner was locked in the factory because the Brotherhood claimed the Hidden People whispered to him, and they wanted to keep him contained without him escaping so they could use him for their own purposes.

    9 - Mrs Garett was trying to help protect Nelson because The Brotherhood and Sherif Bahg were angry at Nelson for interfering with their plans to keep Davner locked in the factory, and if they knew Nelson was at the Inn, they likely would have harassed him somehow.

    10 - Yes

    12 - I think the Hidden People told Nelson to go to the Lunar Ray, and the scene in Space was Nelson hallucinating while he was at the Lunar Ray. I don't think Nelson intentionally wanted the Hidden People to speak to him, but I could be wrong.

    13 - I think the Government wanted to keep the failed flight of the Hermes II and the Lunar Ray a secret, so they tried to convince the world that Davner was dead when he was actually involved with the conspiracy, but again I could be wrong. To answer your question, after the mission.

    14 - It was both. It was the overall conspiracy and the clues coming together that made the government come.

    15 - The Hidden People attracted Alfred.

    16 - Yes, the Astronauts are bad, but only because of the Lunar Ray.

  • I'll answer what I can, but anyone that knows better can feel free to correct me.

    1) I think the hidden people were responsible for his disappearance, likely in the same manner of most of the other missing persons, in that they enchanted/hypnotized him and tried to use him to disable the lunar ray, and he ran into the crazed astronauts.

    2) Their whispers seem to send the listeners into a trance, so not really crazy, but easily suggestible.

    2-bis) The hidden people, when he called them.

    3) There was background noise on the tape he'd recorded when he found Bo Murphy listening to a hidden person, and that noise matched a background noise he heard on Olav's recording.

    4) The ray was based on his research, but I don't think the government got to him before the hidden people did.

    5) I'm not totally sure here...but I don't think so. I think they came to the Earth in the lander, and the lunar eclipses were the times they tried to find people to shut down the lunar ray.

    6) Again, I'm not totally sure, but I think they were trying to get back in the lander to get back to the moon.

    7) Another I don't have a clear answer for. He was locked in because he'd been chosen, but I'm not sure if that was to keep him from escaping, or to use him as untouchable bait for the Brotherhood to lure the gnomes out.

    8) The eclipse caused the lunar ray to malfunction, thus causing it to affect the two astronauts.

    9) The Brotherhood was watching her(remember, Bjorn was just across the street), and likely had threatened her that if any outsiders(especially Nelson) returned, she was to turn them away.

    10) That's what I understood.

    11) I don't think the hidden people were actually angry, despite how Bjorn interpreted the sudden disappearance of the Brotherhood members. They were just getting desperate, and started enchanting more people more frequently.

    12) Nelson thought it was important to summon the hidden people because Olav had done so, and he wanted to know what happened to Olav. While he was under their control, the exact details of what happened to him isn't known, but somehow, he ended up at the lander, surrounded by motionless FBI agents, in nothing but his hat, boxers, and a sock, whispering about puzzles.

    13) Yes, Ed Davis faked his death after the Hermes II mission was scrubbed, and took up a new life as Isaac Davner.

    14) The discovery of the Hermes II was probably the main reason the government tried to come in and take over. Getting the lunar ray back after it was thought lost became a big priority.

    15) Alfred was drawn off by the hidden people.

    16) Yep, that's correct. The hidden people just need help, and the crazed astronauts were the real 'villains'.

  • Just to add some thoughts:

    Olav discovered a cure for lunacy that the goverment subverted to create a weapon that actually induces lunacy, instead of curing it. I guess the hidden people he interacted with do have a role in his discovery, but I don't know for sure (should check his tapes).

    The hidden people leave on the "dark side" of the moon, they have come to Earth during Isaac's mission that happened during a lunar eclispe, and they want to come back to that dark moon - the only time they can do that is during lunar eclipses.

    You can see what the hidden people told Nelson on an entry of his journal, basically there are indications on how to make them come back to the black moon.

    Eventually, yep, it seems like the hidden people only wanted to come home, the disappearances were due to a killing spree by the two mad astronauts - even though no bodies were ever found and so on.

  • for question 12;
    After you solve a puzzle ,you hear something from what i believe is nelsons journey to the lander.
    After one puzzle(from the gnome at the bottomp right i think)you can hear nelson screaming(i guess he is running from olav's cabin to the lunar ray like a lunatic)
    And i think it was at the gnome at the right top,that you hear a secret service agent say: agent tethers,you can't do th- ow! (i guess he assaulted him,to get past...) i don't think that the other puzzles let you hear something,but i'm not really sure...
    Well,another nice reason for me to replay it once more :D

  • Aaah, the hidden people recruiting (most of) the missing persons to go shut down the lunar ray and thus getting them killed actually makes a LOT of sense. I was wondering why the game kept insisting/hinting it was the Hidden People and that Nelson needed to find them (and even bring them back) if in the end it had NOTHING to do with them. Interesting if that is in fact the case

  • Thank you, ALL of you! Your explanations were really illuminating! So, really, thank you!
    But now I have a few more doubts:
    -if the Brotherhood and the Sheriff are working together, what is their real goal?
    -the noise that attracts the Hidden People, the one which both Nelson and Olav used to lure them out: what was that noise doing during the "conversation" between the HIdden Person and Bo Murphy? I mean, who played that noise in THAT particular occasion?
    -some of you said that the Hidden People came to Earth using Isacc's same lander that eventually crashed on Scoggins. Then, during each eclipse, they appear to the people of Scoggins, to look for someone able to help them return to the dark side of the moon where they live, side that actually appears during lunar eclipses. It surely makes sense, but the game is kinda vague about this point, so how can we be sure that the Hidden People arrived to Earth with the Lander?
    -lastly, I still don't get the connection between Olav's research about lunacy and the Hidden People. How did they help him with his research?

    Once again, thank you in advance for the help you'll give me! :)

  • @Giovanni said: 7) The Brotherhood's aim was the one to help the Hidden People. The Hidden People needed someone to destroy the device that prevented them from returning home. So, was Davner locked in the factory by the Brotherhood so that he could think of a way to switch it off without being disturbed?

    I don't think the Brotherhood knew why the Hidden People needed help; they just believed in them as forest spirits, worshipped them, tried to appease them when they thought they were angry. They associated the whispers that some people heard with attempts by the Hidden People to communicate. They convinced the Daavners to let Isaac go with the Hidden People, as a kind of sacrifice. I think Bjorn said directly that he didn't know why the Hidden People wanted Isaac. But, yeah, for whatever reason Isaac had to be locked in the factory to be taken by the Hidden People.

    @Giovanni said: 11) Bjorn says that the Hidden People are angered, and that the Brotherhood is broken: is it because the other 2 cultists disappeared and were then killed by the astronauts? I mean, did they too try to help them destroy the lunar device but they were caught by the astronauts? Is that why the H. P. are angry? Because no one is able to help them?

    I don't think any of the missing people, except Isaac and maybe Olav, knew about the lunar device. The others found their way to the astronaut camp in response to the Hidden People's whispers -- or just accidently wandered too close -- and were killed. The Brotherhood worshipped forest spirits long before the Hidden People got blocked from their home. When that happened and people started hearing whispers and disappearing, the Brotherhood interpreted it as "the gods must be angry". I don't think the Hidden People were actually "angry", more like frustrated with not being able to get home and not being able to communicate easily with people who could help them, because they can only express themselves in puzzles.

    @Giovanni said: -if the Brotherhood and the Sheriff are working together, what is their real goal?

    I don't think the Brotherhood had a goal -- they were just practicing their religion or following their spiritual beliefs. The Sheriff wanted to protect the Brotherhood. We don't know how much he shared their beliefs but he probably went to them since he was puzzle-obsessed and probably affected by the Hidden People like Bo Murphy, Scruffman and others. He knew outsiders wouldn't understand, so he protected the Brotherhood from them.

  • @Giovanni said:
    -the noise that attracts the Hidden People, the one which both Nelson and Olav used to lure them out: what was that noise doing during the "conversation" between the HIdden Person and Bo Murphy? I mean, who played that noise in THAT particular occasion?

    Wasn't that just the noise of the hidden person whispering to Bo Murphy?

    -some of you said that the Hidden People came to Earth using Isacc's same lander that eventually crashed on Scoggins. Then, during each eclipse, they appear to the people of Scoggins, to look for someone able to help them return to the dark side of the moon where they live, side that actually appears during lunar eclipses. It surely makes sense, but the game is kinda vague about this point, so how can we be sure that the Hidden People arrived to Earth with the Lander?


    We have many hints: their presence coincides with the timeline of the lunar incident, they cannot go back without using the lander, so we can assume they cannot do the trip on their own even in the other sense (from Moon to Earth), the Hermes II mission happened to be exactly on the dark side, the hidden people explicitly address the lander as a mean of transport from Earth to Moon, and so on... well lots of coincidences you see.

  • Wait, so the goverment used Olav's findings to make the Lunar Ray that makes people lunatics? So then the goverment sends the Lunar Ray to the Moon? Then it crash lands in Scoggins, and then the astronauts in the forest become lunatics and start killing people? Why didn't they kill Nelson when they found them? Why did the gnomes need somebody to destroy the lunar ray? Puzzle Agent 2 made no sense.

  • Hidden People came from the Moon? Does that mean they came with the Lander? Aren't the Brotherhood and the forest gnome myths older than that? So umm... did the crashed lunar ray trigger the Hidden People on Earth? Because if they can't go near the ray, they probably weren't on the Hermes II? And why did NASA send the Lunar Ray to the Moon in the first place? And where are all the missing people? What happened to the Astronauts? This is just... frustrating.

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