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I came here to this place many millions of years ago, before mankind was even upright. As aeons came and went, mankind appeared around me, and found names for me. Demon, spirit, Tuurngait.
~ The Tuurngait

The main antagonist of the Penumbra horror game series, the Tuurngait is an extraterrestrial entity that uses its powers and intelligence to transform the sanest, smartest humans on Earth into mindless, flesh eating zombies. The Tuurngait are controlled by a centralized hive mind.



Long before the arrival of the Archaic, the Tuurngait was worshiped by the Inuit, who believed it to be a benevolent spirit. However, once it was disturbed by the Archaic researchers, it spread itself through the ranks of the Shelter and turned them into husks that housed the Tuurngait's will within them.

It informs Philip at the end of Black Plague that it wishes no harm to humans, only wanting to be left alone. However, there are no signs that the Archaic actually wished harm to the Tuurngait, despite its claims to the contrary, and the notes found by the player all state that the Tuurngait virus was unleashed immediately after the discovery of the ruins.

This means that it's very possible that the virus was attempting to manipulate Philip, which would explain why the monsters attempt to kill him throughout the series, despite the Tuurngait's statements that it wishes no harm. Left unexplained are the reasons that the Tuurngait felt it necessary to kill Clarence instead of simply reintegrating him, though it is likely that this is simply a punishment for Clarence leaving the Tuurngait in the first place and being deemed unfit to rejoin. It's also unexplained why the animals in the game were of lesser intelligence, according to Howard. The worms and spiders aren't explained either, but it seems likely that they were infected by the Tuurngait far earlier than when the Archaic set up shop there and mutated over time to fit its needs.

At the end of Penumbra: Black Plague, the hive mind explains to Philip that The Tuurngait is not the invader, mankind is, as The Tuurngait was harmlessly slumbering far away from mankind, until their resting place was invaded.

Lastly, at the end of Black Plague Philip seems to be succumbing to some form of infection, despite the Tuurngait's assurances that he was 'stronger' than Howard.


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