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|“||Is this guilt I'm witnessing, Daniel? If so, blame yourself. You started this. You sent me that letter asking for help and this is how you repay me? How dare you!||„|
|“||It saddens me to see you filled with such hate. Is vengeance really what you seek? I hoped you of all people could appreciate the grave nature of this situation. After all, it has always been your life we were fighting for. Isn't it worth a little... sacrifice? Come, help me finish the ritual. There's still time before the shadow catches up with you.||„|
|~ Alexander tries to reason with Daniel|
Alexander of Brennenburg is the main antagonist of the video-game Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and is a mentioned character in the sequels, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Amnesia: Rebirth.
Alexander was a being who has been masquerading as a succession of Prussian barons during his centuries-long life. Alexander was a being from another world who was exiled to Earth for unknown reasons. He was forced to take the form of a human and built Castle Brennenburg in Prussia. He built the Inner Sanctum beneath the castle to create a portal which he could return to his world. Alexander gathered as many of the Orbs as he could find in hopes of opening the portal to return to his original homeworld. He tortured captured victims to extract a mystical "vitae" from them, with which to perform mystical rituals in order to achieve this goal.
Years later, he came into contact with Agrippa where they studied the Orbs together, but Alexander betrayed Agrippa and imprisoned him in a motionless body. Years later, Alexander contacted Daniel (the protagonist of the game), who had recovered an Orb from Algeria and returned to England with it. He manipulated Daniel into helping him with his horrific experiments, promising him protection from The Shadow in return. Alexander manipulated Daniel into kidnapping people and imprisoning them in the Inner Sanctum for his rituals. However, as soon as Daniel's work was complete, Alexander sealed himself in his Inner Sanctum and abandoned Daniel, who drank an amnesia drink and vowed to kill Alexander for his sins.
Alexander began to finish his work on the portal and sent his monstrous minions, the Gatherers to kill Daniel to prevent him from interfering with his plans and they roamed the castle searching for him. The Gatherers finally captured Daniel heading for the Inner Sanctum and imprisoned him here Alexander taunted him in his mind that Daniel is blaming him for the crimes Daniel did himself for Alexander and that he would never pay off his sins. Daniel escaped the prison and gained access to the Inner Sanctum just as Alexander prepared to activate the portal.
The fate of Alexander depends on the actions of the player, there are four possible endings for the game:
Revenge Ending: Once Daniel reaches the Inner Sanctum, he knocks over the pylons needed for Alexander to finish his ritual, thus abruptly ending the ritual. The Shadow emerges in the room and kills Alexander and spares Daniel, as The Shadow is appeased since Alexander didn't get to abuse the Orb's power.
Compassion Ending: Daniel must prepare a life-saving tonic for Agrippa. If Daniel feeds Agrippa the tonic and removes his head, Daniel must put the head in the portal that Alexander is trying to open. This disrupts Alexander's ritual, with The Shadow enters the room and kills both Alexander and Daniel, as The Shadow is still angry with Daniel for letting Alexander abuse the Orb's power. However, Daniel hears Agrippa's voice in the darkness, saying that "everything will be alright."
Bad Ending: Daniel enters the Inner Sanctum, but does absolutely nothing to halt Alexander's ritual. Once Alexander uses the Orb's power to escape to his home dimension, The Shadow angrily enters the Sanctum to punish Daniel for letting Alexander abuse the Orb's power. Before The Shadow consumes Daniel, it taunts him with the voices of those he tortured. Soon after, Daniel hears the disembodied voice of Alexander thanking him for his "sacrifice", and that Daniel "will be celebrated forever."
Prison Ending: This ending only occurs once Daniel is captured and thrown into the aforementioned prison. Similar to the previously mentioned bad ending, Daniel must remain in the prison cell until The Shadow consumes him. Once Daniel is consumed, Alexander thanks Daniel in the same way as the previous ending.