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There is no shame in using a parasol in the desert. As it happens, it’s imperative to your survival.

Herbert to Daniel before heading 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 pleasant 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.


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

Light sources[]

Lantern is not needed in this area since there is plenty of light this (temporarily) peaceful hub place. There are 37 Candles, 6 Torches, 0 Lamps and 2 Fires.


  1. Triggers in room with Elevator.
  2. Triggers later near fountain after completing Study and Guest Room.


"Do you see, Daniel? A whole other world – isn't it beautiful?"
The following section is written from an out-of-universe perspective.
  • Reaching the top of the stairs, a gust of wind will blow open a door to your left. This leads to the elevator room. If you attempt to use the elevator, you will discover it is inoperative. There is a door to the Machine Room, but it is locked.
  • Returning to the main area, there is a small chest at the back of the room on the left, containing an oil potion and two tinderboxes.
  • Going up the stairs on the left side, the first door is the Guest Room. Find the key to the Machine Room here.
  • The second door is the Study, which contains the Flow Cycle Rod, a component needed for the elevator.
  • A note found in the Machine Room mentions that there are two more control rods, located in Storage.
  • Once you have obtained all the rods, go to the Machine Room and restore the elevator to working order. Once you have done so, enter the elevator and descend to the Prison.


Puzzle items[]

There are no puzzle items in this area.


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


  • There is an oil container in a chest underneath the stairs.
There are no oil barrels in this area.


There is no laudanum in this area.


There are no documents in this area.


  • 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.
  • There is a fountain in The Tower level of Amnesia: Rebirth as well. Instead of a strange sculpture, Empress Tihana is depicted in that sculpture. This fountain contains the liquid that transformed Cassandra's remaining crew to Ghouls.
    • Fountain in Amnesia: The Dark Descent might also contain Ghoul transformation liquid.[speculation] Since Alexander gave "wine" to Wilhelm and his men, which transformed them into Gatherers, fountain is likely to contain an improvised transformation liquid (Alexander may very well brought the liquid from here). Daniel doesn't drink the fountain's liquid during the game, so nothing occurs. This is why there is no definitive conclusion about the contents of this fountain's liquid (whether it contains the transformation liquid or not).



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