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'Nonsense,' said the wise people. 'We will brew you a magic potion, and then you will live forever. You will always be our Queen.'

So that is what they did. But, sometimes, when she was alone, the Queen cried, because although she was mother to the world, it was not enough.

Empress Tihana (unknown – 1937 or later, depending on player action)—known also by names such as Tihanu, Tin Hinan, the Woman in Grey, the Great Queen, the Great Mother, the Ashen Mother, among others—was the Empress of her world, and is described as a god.[2][1] It is unclear what role the Empress played in the government of the other world.[citation needed] What appears certain is that she was complicit, albeit reluctantly, in the torture of large swathes of her population that was necessary to produce the vitae that sustained her life.[citation needed]

She is the main antagonist of Amnesia: Rebirth. She is voiced by Rachel Atkins.[6]

Description[]

Appearance[]

Due to the progression of her illness, the Empress exists in a somewhat mutated, yet still humanoid, form, her face bifurcated, suspended in a plant-like mechanism above her throne, connected to multiple tubes injecting vitae into her system.

When projecting herself in a spectral form, the Empress appears as a ghostly blue-skinned woman wearing robes, a drab brown cowl and a decorative web-like headpiece obscuring her eyes. It is unclear whether or not this was her appearance prior to the onset of her illness.

Personality[]

The subjects of the Empire generally referred to the Empress with reverence, commonly ending their data tablet records with the words "so recorded, in Her name eternal". Whether or not this reverence was for her personally or for her position as an empress is unclear. However, the Empress appeared to have been a generally benevolent and fairly reasonable ruler. Much like the rest of her society, she appeared to find no pleasure in the torture of humans for the purpose of vitae extraction, but accepted it as a necessary evil.

The most clearly defined aspect of the Empress' personality is her great yearning for a child of her own, which was denied her as a result of her illness (or its treatment); this would later grow into an obsession. By her own admission, she mutated the crew of the Cassandra into Harvesters solely in order to bring Tasi under her control and force her to give up her child; this shows that she was not above resorting to underhanded tactics if she deemed it necessary, although she seemed regretful to do so, and she did try to reason with Tasi beforehand. Indeed, much of her interactions with Tasi appear to be motivated by a genuine concern for Amari's wellbeing.

Life[]

Before the events of Amnesia: Rebirth[]

After her mother's death, she was known to be coronated in the prescence of seven Orbs, while wearing nothing but a simple robe.[7] Some time after her coronation, she decided to marry a prince and give birth a girl, but none the prince candidates fulfilled her desires.[8] Wise people claimed that she had already been their "mother" and they promised her to give a magic potion that would make her live forever.[8]

In addition, she suffered from an unknown affliction which caused her to seek out Vitae as a treatment[9], which consequently rendered her immortal — requiring a gargantuan supply of the substance to support her life. However, this also failed to stop the disease from destroying her womb, depriving her of any chance to have a child, a fact she bitterly regretted.[9][10] The factories and its supply of vitae gave the Empress great powers.[citation needed] While her physical body was rendered immobile, the Empress was able to project her form into the real world, where she appeared as a ghostly blue specter; however, she was unable to physically interact with the world in this form.

Extraction of Vitae caused unrest among her people, and some of them, presumably under Kita's leadership, conspired to kill her via injection of a red substance to the extraction system.[11][12][13][14] Although they managed to partly infect the system with this substance (the collapse of The Great Gate),[11] they ultimately failed to kill her.[11][14] This action also caused their city/planet to face utter destruction and turned most of the alchemists into Wraiths.[11]

Events of Amnesia: Rebirth[]

Seeing Tasi, the Empress detected the child in her womb.[citation needed] Noticing that the crew of the Cassandra would die, Empress brought them to The Tower in Other World.[15][16] She tried to bargain for Tasi's child in exchange for saving the group.[17] After Tasi refused the Empress implored them to drink from the fountain in the temple, claiming it would restore them.[16] This lie was what caused the crew to be infested with the contamination that would eventually turn them into harvesters.[15]

Whether the Empress knew this in advance was unclear, but she did admit the initial purpose was to make Tasi more compliant and controllable.[citation needed] The Empress begged Tasi to remain and leave her child in her care, as a child was the only thing she had been longing for for thousands of years.[citation needed] She claimed that she could start giving Amari vitae as well and thus save her life, and if Tasi left with the child, Amari would die of the same neurological condition as Alys.[citation needed]

The Empress's fate is tied to the player's decision: she either continues her rule in the Other World, with or without Amari, or dies to the Shadow.[18]

As an enemy[]

Should Tasi choose not to surrender Amari, the Empress will act as the game's final enemy encounter. She acts similarly to a Wraith, in that she attacks by ensnaring Tasi in her Ankhari stone's light (slowly increasing fear over time) and relies mostly on sight and sound to locate Tasi; however, since she is immobile, she is not a difficult encounter as long as the player stays out of the stone's light and keeps Amari from crying. In addition, if Tasi makes it out of the throne room into one of the side chambers or the portal chamber, the Empress is powerless to prevent her from acting.

Trivia[]

  • She is the seventh (7th) ruler in Ur-Naya's dynasty over the Empire in the Other World.[19]
  • Her title "Eternal" is most likely a reference to her prolonged life through the extraction of vitae from her victims.
    • Her other title "Last" reflects her status as Empress, regardless of the player's final choice. If the player doesn't kill her, she will live indefinitely in her world, without any threat to her existing rule. If the player choosew to kill her, the bloodline comes to an end since there is no heir. Hence, she becomes the last Empress to rule.
  • She was the only Otherworldy person alive during the events of Amnesia: Rebirth, aside from Kita. The rest met are Ghouls, Wraiths, and the victims of vitae extraction.

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References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Tin Hinan Note (1) (Rebirth)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Tihanu Note (Rebirth)
  3. Kel Hanan Note (Rebirth)
  4. Ashen Mother Text (Rebirth)
  5. Daniel's Diary – Algeria (2/3) (TDD): "The crudely carved passage confused me. It looked much older than the 4th century structure we had expected."
  6. 6.0 6.1 Amnesia: Rebirth – English credits:
  7. Cylinder: The Coronation (Rebirth)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Book Fragment (Rebirth)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Fertility Investigation (Rebirth)
  10. Cylinder: Patient's Thoughts (Rebirth)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Cylinder: The Fall (Rebirth)
  12. Cylinder: The Flesh (Rebirth)
  13. Cylinder: The Formula (Rebirth)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Cylinder: Last Hope (Rebirth)
  15. 15.0 15.1 Realisation flashback (Rebirth)
  16. 16.0 16.1 The Fountain flashback (Rebirth)
  17. Negotiations flashback (Rebirth)
  18. Amnesia: Rebirth/Endings
  19. Bloodline List (Rebirth)
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