"There is no shame in using a parasol in the desert. As it happens, it’s imperative to your survival."
―Herbert to Daniel right before they're about to head out on their expedition.

Fountain filled with blood and a corpse.

The Back Hall is the tenth area explored by Daniel in Brennenburg Castle, and the second Hub level.


The Back Hall is the section of the castle reached after the escape from the Kaernk in the Archive Tunnels. It's a large, well-lit area, and a nice contrast from the gloomy areas before it.

In the middle of the room, there is a fountain with some disturbing features, the spout being a winged centipede with a baby's face, and a pair of disembodied legs hanging over the edge. After exploration of the side rooms, a small corpse will be resting on top of the legs (in low sanity).

The objective here is to fix the broken elevator so that Daniel can use it to access the Prison. Judging from the high number of important parts the machine powering the elevator is missing, one can assume that the elevator was sabotaged by Alexander to hinder Daniel from reaching the Inner Sanctum.

The Shadow will invade the hall after Daniel finishes exploring the Storage, and along with filling the room with the fleshy residue, it will turn the fountain's water into a red fluid, probably blood. After returning to the Back Hall after repairing the Elevator in the Machine Room, the screen will go black. Daniel's vision is then restored to find that the Shadow has blocked the way back to the Hall, making retreat impossible.

Collectables Edit

Tinderboxes Edit

  • Two tinderboxes can be found in a chest underneath the stairs. (46 & 47)

Oil Canisters and Barrels Edit

  • There is an oil container in a chest underneath the stairs.


The Back Hall is a safe room and several sections of Brennenburg Castle can be accessed from here. These locations are:


  • The music heard in the Back Hall is also known as "Safe Ambient".
  • The concept art for the fountain shows that the developers put a lot of thought into the design.
  • A similar symbol to The Guild Seal from the 2004 video game Fable by Lionhead Studios can be found on the railing pillars in this room.
  • You can click to splash the clear water.


The Dark Descent locations
Main campaign Brennenburg Castle locations Rainy HallOld ArchivesEntrance HallArchivesWine CellarLaboratoryRefineryCellar ArchivesArchive TunnelsBack HallStorageGuest RoomStudyMachine RoomElevatorPrison: Southern BlockPrison: Northern BlockCistern EntranceControl RoomCisternMorgueSewerNaveChancelTranseptChoir EntranceChoir - Main HallCellsInner SanctumOrb Chamber
Other locations LondonAlgeriaAltstadtTomb of Tin HinanZimmermann Farm
Justine campaign Cabinet of Perturbation CellsLibraryDungeonCrypt
Other locations Florbelle Estate

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