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Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Clem's Notebook
3. Consuela's Journal
4. Mini-Faq
5. Contact/Copyright Information 

1. Intro 

Hi, this is my first faq, so I apologize in advance. Basically this guide will 
show you the text from the archive in the game. So enjoy.


2. Clem's Notebook


Contained in these pages are my observations of the bizarre creatures that
have appeared on Carnate Island since the cataclysm struck.
The creatures emerge in a variety of ways, but many of them appear to
come from within the island itself, as if the very earth of Carnate
were poisonous and vile. Though I scarcely have the time to keep a
journal like this while trying to keep myself alive, my inquisitive
nature forces me to write down what I see in the hope that I might
better understand it. But how can this unspeakable horror possibly
be understood? It is as if Carnate's horrific sins, both past and present,
are being brought to life in a pageant of death.

I first witnessed these creatures jumping out of the ground itself.
Their heads are detached from their torso, held aloft by hideous contraptions.
Their limbs have been replaced by blades of the sharpest steel.
To my eyes, they appear to be a manifestation of decapitation,
yet it seems improbable anyone ever had their head chopped off in Abbott.
I suppose on Carnate anything is possible.
I have dubbed these monstrosities Slayers.

Based on the battery of rifles attached to its back and the blindfold 
around its head, this marksman appears to be the reincarnation of a 
military firing squad. Abbott was originally a POW camp during WWII, 
so it seems likely they would have had executions of that sort. 
Indeed, there are stories of a rouge colonel who was to be 
court marshaled, but instead took his own life. 
Perhaps he is connected to these abominations.

In the 1970s, Lethal Injection was introduced as the most "humane" means
of state-sanctioned killing. To date, 25 such procedures have taken place
in Abbott. This creature -I call him the Mainliner- appears to suffer with
every move he makes, perhaps the mixture of Sodium Pentothal Pancuronium 
Bromide, and Potassium Chlorine in his veins is not to his liking. 
The numerous needles jabbed into his body cannot help his disposition.

Not only is this Nooseman dead from being hung by the neck, but also
appears to have had his skin removed. I wonder if these creatures are
tied to the legendary story of the inmates who, outraged about the death
of fellow workers in a quarry mining accident, hung and skinned five COs.
The Nossemen are more supernatural than many of their brethren, ripping
themselves straight out of the ceiling in some entirely impossible manner.

These Burrowers are some of the most lethal creatures I have encountered,
primarily due to their ability to spring forth from the ground itself 
and just as quickly re-submerge. They are closely tied to the very soil
of Carnate, A theme among these monstrosities. Its appearance is of a
human body tied up in a gunny sack and constrained by leather straps, 
with deadly steal chains attached at various locations.
I believe they represent those buried alive.

Continually emerging from the slave ship, these are the festering creatures
who foil my attempts to escape this confounded rock. Rats live within their
flesh, writhing within it and then springing forth randomly. They appear to be 
a reincarnation, not of the slaves - for then they would be of darker skin tone,
but instead of the slave traders. In this form, they are forced to live out
again and again the fate they forced upon those hapless slaves.

From what I have witnessed, this manifestation of evil appears to have
two distinct forms: the first, A young girl in Puritan dress, perhaps
13 years of age. This transforms into an altogether more disturbing
flaming creature. Both clutch a small hand-made doll. To my mind
there is no doubt that these creatures are tied to the three young girls
who made witchcraft accusations in the late 1600s and lead to the
incendiary death of 11 innocents.

Doctor Killjoy
One of Abbott's most persistent legends tells of Dr. Killjoy, the quite
insane psychiatrist/surgeon who ran an asylum on Carnate.
Doing research of my own, I found that he did indeed exist, 
though which stories are true and which are fabrication is
anyone's guess. Since the cataclysm, I have three times seen 
A surgeon formed of pure light, reminiscent of 16mm film
projection come to life. Could this be the fine doctor?

Many inmates break once inside Abbott. But none have snapped
more than Horace Gauge who, the tale goes, became convinced
his wife wasn't safe without his protection and sliced her
to ribbons during a conjugal visit. He ended up in the mercy
chair, electrocuted by Abbott's then executioner, Hermes Haight.
For years inmates have said he haunts Abbott, and I believe
I saw him ten minutes ago. I surely wish I had not.

Since the cataclysm I have several times found myself mysteriously
surrounded by noxious green fumes. I have fled in each case, and I
think if I had not, I might not be alive to write this now.
Within the gas I have seen a humanoid who seemed to take great joy
in the prospect of my death. Could this be Hermes, Abbott's resident
executioner for several decades? If I recall, he took his own life
in the gas chamber.

Final Boss
I only briefly saw this enormous creature a single time, near the docks.
T cannot even being to describe him, save for one thing, he seems to be
quite literally connected to an inmate, the convicted killer Torque.
Incredible as it may sound, this creature appears to have a miniature
version of Torque attached to him via a long umbilicus beyond that,
I can only say that I view him as the most evil of all the creatures,
a pure manifestation of fury and evil.

(Note: Clem doesn't name this creature so, since he is the final boss 
 that's what I listed him under. Also the words "a miniature version of"
 are spoken, but not written down.)

Torque's Family
In one of my other entries, I discuss Torque, the notorious inmate who
seems at ease dispatching these creatures. I recall seeing in the sun 
A picture of the man's ex-wife and two boys, and I have drawn it
here from memory. I remember they were a beautiful family, and it seems
unbelievable that any man so blessed would have the audacity to kill
them so savagely, but as we all know, beauty alone is often not enough.

Since the cataclysm I have seen the death of many inmates, but one 
seems to be a unstoppable survivor. I have seen him take out packs
of marksmen and slayers without even breathing hard. Torque is an
inmate of some ill-repute, having been sentenced to die for the
killing of his ex-wife and children. Of course, being convicted
and being guilty are two different things. Perhaps he will save
us all, but I feel certain he will at least save himself.

The Creature
I saw this creature in a dream, and he seems somehow connected
to these horrific events. In my dream, I witnessed the inmate
Torque transform into this beast, and lay waste to all around him.
Since the cataclysm, I have seen Torque go berserk, killing 
beasts with his bare hands. But, of course, during such times
he himself does not actually transform into a beast, he merely
becomes intensely enraged. The meaning of my dream I leave for the
reader to discern.


3. Consuela's Journal

When Ernesto took his job at Abbott, I was far from excited. When he
told me we would need to move to Carnate Island as well, I was not
happy at all. But I tried to find a good side to the situation: I
have always been interested in the history of unique places. What
kind of history would we find on Carnate? This scrapbook project
was started primarily to fill my time here, but also so I could
record what I had discovered. In my exploration of the island,
I uncovered many of Carnate's secrets. Though I record them here,
I do not think I will tell them world about what I have found: 
Carnate is a place whose secrets are best kept to itself.

The Island
Carnate Island is approximately three miles wide, and lies some ten miles
off the coast of Maryland. In addition to man-made structures, Carnate is
also home to a labyrinthine natural cave system unlike anything I have 
seen before. Through my studies I learned of the island's dark and 
unsettling history. Though it may sound ridiculous to say it, Carnate
seems to bring out the worst in those who make the mistake of coming here.

Abbott State Penitentiary
Originally built as a part of Fort Maleson to house German POWs during WWII,
it was taken over by Maryland following the war, and converted into
Abbott State Penitentiary. Mostly built out of local quarry rock, the prison 
is now home to nearly 1000 inmates, and has the worst safety record
and highest homicide rate of any prison in the Maryland Department of 
Corrections system. The state also carries out the majority of 
its death sentences here.

The Death House
The most ominous structure inside of Abbott is the death house. Electrocution,
gas, and lethal injection have all been used within its walls, though only the
last is still used today. The death house is also the prison's oldest structure,
built as the administration building when the prison was a POW camp. Its
basement was also built during the war and in it you can still see relics
of that time. The basement has been closed off for twenty years.

Prison Cemetery
When an inmate dies and his family does not claim the body, he is buried here.
The cemetery is named after the infamous corrections officer Hermes T. Haight.
He was in charge of executions for several decades, before finally killing
himself in the gas chamber. Also buried here is notorious inmate Horace Gauge
who savagely killed his wife on a conjugal visit. To me, the cemetery is the 
most bleak and depressing place on all of Carnate.

The Quarry
At the same time the prison started operation, digging commenced at 
Carnate Quarry. Prisoners were forced to work this quarry for twelve hours 
a day, cutting the rock that would be used to build the prison walls. 
Work conditions in the quarry were far from ideal. Inmates who complained 
were severely disciplined. Carnate Quarry has not been in use since the 1960s, 
with its mining equipment simply abandoned where it stood to rust and collapse.

Quarry Cave In
At some point in the mid-50s, weak mine shaft support beams gave way 
and trapped a number of quarry workers under several tons of rubble. 
The official story was that the prisoners were killed instantly. 
Other inmates maintained that the workers survived the collapse, 
but no attempt was made to rescue them. The inmates were so enraged 
they revolted against the COs and lynched five of them. 
What really happened may never be known.

The Asylum
On the far western edge of Carnate stands an old Victorian home built in 1877.
In 1899, the home was converted into the oddly titled Carnate Institution
for the Alienated. The small institution was run by one Dr.Killjoy whose
methods were far from conventional and often tragically lethal. What exactly
happened to Dr.Killjoy is unknown, but the asylum was abandoned in the 1930s,
and has been uninhabited ever since.

Burned House
Though I know little about this site, these ruins of an old home are oddly
fascinating to me. The small house appears to be from the mid-19th century,
and I would say it certainly predates the Asylum. Nearby is an old, abandoned
well that seems to be especially deep. Since the house burned down, one cannot
help but wonder if Carnate itself was trying to drive away the people who lived
inside it. If one chooses to believe in such things.

Slave Shipwreck
On the northwestern beach of the island is a massive shipwreck from 
the early 18th century. The ship carried a cargo of slaves, and
was en route to Norfolk when it was knocked off course and crashed.
Apparently the traders feared releasing the slaves they carried, and
instead left them trapped in the hull, where they were slowly eaten
by rats. How the ship has survived the elements nearly three centuries
is certainly a mystery.

The Bluff
On the south side of the island, near Fort Maleson there is a bluff which
appears to have been forgotten since the 1940s. Along the ocean side of
the bluff are three wood posts riddled with bullets, to which dead bodies
are still attached. This seems to be the site of the little-known 1944
execution of three American soldiers. Executed on suspicion of treason,
no actual evidence of wrong-doing was ever found.

Crashed Plane
This bizarre relic is a Horton 229-A1, an experimental plane developed
by the Germans during the latter stages of WWII. It crashed on Carnate in
1944, to the great distress of the fort's colonel. Taking his cue from
the Japanese internment camps of the West, the colonel wanted to root out
the traitors he suspected had led the plane to Carnate. He executed three
of his own men who happened to be of German ancestry, but who were almost
certainly innocent. Why the plane actually crashed here remains a mystery.

World War II Fort
Built in 1942, Fort Maleson served as both coastal defense facility 
and POW camp. The fort had some 250 men, and held approximately
1000 prisoners. The fort's most notorious story is of its colonel
who executed three of his men for treason because a German airplane
crashed on the island. A subsequent court martial found no evidence
to justify these executions, and the colonel ended up taking his own life.

Old Cemetery
This cemetery is home to the remains of elevan Puritans who were accused 
of witchcraft and burned at the stake in 1681. Witch burning was all 
but unheard of on this continent, with other supposed witches, such as those 
in Salem, having met their demise at the end of a rope. It appears that hanging 
was not enough for the residents of Goodsmouth, no doubt because Carnate Island 
is a place that drives people to extremes.

Burning Site
In the 17th century, Carnate was home to a small Puritan village named 
Goodsmouth. In 1681, for unknown reasons, a 13 year old girl accused 
several townsfolk of witchcraft. Joined by two close friends of hers, 
the trio formed an unholy alliance which led to the burning of 
eleven people, all of whom are interred nearby. Shortly thereafter, 
the girls mysteriously disappeared. This is the place where those 
terrible burnings occurred.

The Lighthouse
The lighthouse is the oldest standing structure on Carnate Island. Its corner
stone states that its date of construction as 1834. The light was origianlly
oil powered, but since the 1950s has ran off of a nearby generator. Similarly,
the lighthouse's rotation was originally powered by a system of gears that would
periodically need to be re-cranked. To this day, when the power goes off, 
the motion needs to be re-started by hand cranking.

The Town
Built on the site of the Puritan village of Goodsmouth, this town is home to
nearly thirty corrections officers and their families. 
It has a single dilapidated general store, a small overgrown park, 
and a church that, for as long as anyone can remember, has had no minister. 
It is generally agreed that no-one would live in this depressing place were it 
not for the daunting distance back to the mainland and lack of ferry service. 

The Docks
The only functional dock remaining on Carnate, this is the sole point of entry
for inmates and their visitors, as well as corrections officers and those of
us who happen to be married to them. I remember the first day I came to Carnate,
it was raining in sheets, and the ship had trouble docking. I remember thinking
the island didn't want us coming here. I've long thought it would have been
better if we turned back then.


4. Mini-Faq

   Q: Who is Clem?

   A: Clem is the prisoner trying to get of Carnate when you first encounter the

   Q: Who is Consuela?
   A: Consuela is Ernesto's wife.

   Q: Ok, then who is Ernesto?

   A: Ernesto is the CO that calls Torques scum at the start of the game. 
      You also meet up with him in front of the lighthouse.


5. Contact/Copyright Information 

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