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The Black Mirror Spoilers

Welcome to the new Computer Game Spoilers section of my gaming website. I added this section because I recently received questions about the plots of two different games which, to my surprise and embarrassment, I had totally forgotten the answers to. Then, to my further surprise, I was unable to find any existing website that would refresh my memory about the plots of computer games... lots of puzzle solutions, but no basic plot summaries.

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So I figured I'd better write some of them down while they're still fresh in my mind, just in case I or anybody else wants to refer to them at some point in the future (or in case anybody suffers a major game glitch and just wants to know what was supposed to happen in the end-- I get letters like this from time to time.) If you haven't finished The Black Mirror yet and you don't want the plot of this game to be revealed to you, then you don't want to read this page. Please go back to my main The Black Mirror page, where I give tips and reviews without giving away any of its plot.

But if you are looking for plot spoilers, just scroll further down the page to find them!

Plot Summary

A troubled British nobleman named Samuel Gordon returns to his family manor after a 12-year absence to mourn the death of his grandfather William, who died in an apparent suicide. Samuel doesn't believe this and begins investigating his grandfather's death. As he does, he discovers many strange clues, begins to have prophetic nightmares about other murders similar to his grandfather's, and eventually learns of a horrible curse of demonic possession that haunts his family. To his shock, Samuel eventually realizes that HE is the one currently possessed by the family demon, Mordred, which has been committing the murders as Samuel supposedly sleeps at night (hence the nightmares.) Samuel performs a ritual to banish Mordred, but unable to forgive himself for the things he did while possessed, he kills himself in the same way his grandfather supposedly did.

Character Subplots and Secrets

Catherine: OK, there is absolutely nothing in this game to hint at who the mysterious "Cathrin" was-- only that she died in a fire at the manor twelve years ago and Samuel, who was evidently very close to her, left the mansion in grief. I thought perhaps she was Samuel's mother. But according to the manual that comes with the box version of the game (not the jewel-case one), she was in fact Samuel's wife. Since Samuel was not afflicted by the family curse at that time, he presumably did not kill her and it was just a standard-issue gloomy Gothic backstory accident.

James: James the asylum escapee turns out to be William's illegitimate son (and therefore Samuel's uncle.) He is not murdered by Samuel, but after the police catch him and return him to the asylum, he hangs himself in his cell room.

Robert: Samuel's other uncle, Robert the medical doctor, turns out to be performing unethical experiments on the mental patients (including his own half-brother.) Robert is also the one who stole the documents from his father's desk and hid them in his own safe. He presumably did this because one of the documents was William's will and he left everything to Samuel, not Robert. But ironically, he also ended up hiding William's last letter to Samuel, which contained information that theoretically might have helped Samuel defeat Mordred before Robert got whacked. Sucks to be evil sometimes.

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