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I’ve seen it before. A long time ago, when I was boy.

Gabriel, to Herr Zell while following a mysterious figure.

Gabriel (also known as The Outrider) is the main character of the Remember short story collection short story "The Outrider," and is mentioned briefly in Amnesia: The Dark Descent. He was a Prussian outrider who grew up in Altstadt.

Information[]

Gabriel was born and raised in the small town of Altstadt, to an unknown mother and father. His father was apparently killed chasing after a Gatherer while Gabriel was still young.[1] Gabriel only witnessed his father stepping into the woods, never to return—most likely killed by the Gatherer. This event has scarred Gabriel, and he still remembers it clearly as an adult.[1]

At some point, Gabriel left Altstadt to work as an Outrider. This profession involved following carriages on horseback, scouting ahead for dangers, and keeping the peace.

Events of "The Outrider"[]

In late July 1839, Gabriel was hired to escort Daniel, a young archaeologist on his way to visit Baron Alexander of Brennenburg, from the port city of Bremen to his home town of Altstadt, where Daniel was to stay for a night before heading up to Brennenburg. Hesitant to take the job, he finally accepted because of the carriage's destination—he hadn't been to Altstadt in over a year.[2]

After a long trip, he arrived at Altstadt with the carriage. After rendezvousing with his young friend Jacob, the stableboy, he went in to the inn with Daniel for some food and drink. He advised Daniel to stay at the inn for the night before heading up to the castle.[3]

A while later, Gabriel went out again to talk a bit with Jacob, who had just finished taking care of the horses.[4] He also gave Jacob an apple and advised him to plant the seeds after eating it.[4] Gabriel then studied Herbert's broken old watch that he had received from Daniel after the man had realised it was broken.[5] He planned to have it repaired, but was curious as to why the name Herbert was on the lid as opposed to Daniel.[5] While they were talking, the black cat that hung around Altstadt, Tinker, was heard struggling.[6] They went to investigate and saw a mysterious cloaked figure shoving the cat down into a bag.[6] Jacob ran up to try and save the cat, but was struck by the figure.[6] Gabriel pulled Jacob into the stables, grabbed a spare rifle, and ran after the figure, fleeing to the forest; however, Gabriel still felt a need to deal with it, as his father had gone after something similar and never returned.[7]

Right before the figure headed into the forest, Gabriel took a shot at it, but missed.[8] The shot alerted a local cooper, Herr Zell, who informed Gabriel that he too had seen mysterious figures like the one before.[8] Gabriel borrowed the townsman's lantern, and ran into the woods after the mysterious figure.[9] At this time, he realised that he was "following in his fathers footsteps", and he began to regret his decision.[9] After a while, he found the creature and shot it in the back, causing it to drop the sack with Tinker inside of it.[10] However, the figure did not collapse from the wound, and instead made its way into a nearby cave.[10]

Gabriel, desiring revenge on the thing for killing his father, followed it into the cave, which turned out to be a tunnel.[11] The mysterious figure spotted Gabriel and lunged at him. While wrestling the mysterious figure, its hood came off, revealing the thing to be a twisted monstrosity.[11] He managed to escape the Servant's grip by smashing it in the face with the lantern, setting it alight.[11] Realising more figures were approaching from the distance, he quickly extricated himself and ran back towards Altstadt.[12] On the way, he fell down into the brook, where he lay face down for a while, thinking of ending his life because of the horrible things he saw.[12] He pontificated on whether or not his father decided to commit suicide instead of being murdered, and upon deciding he didn't want to join his father, he got out of the water and made his way back to Altstadt.[12]

The following morning, Gabriel took Daniel up to Brennenburg.[citation needed] He touched the brim of his hat as a final farewell, before heading back for Altstadt.[citation needed]

Gabriel was to stay at Altstadt until Daniel came back from Brennenburg.[citation needed] After that, he was to take Daniel back west.[citation needed] During this time, he managed to fix the old watch, which he called "Herbert", since it said so on the lid of the watch.[citation needed] Jacob, sad that Gabriel was to leave soon, hoped that Daniel would never return from the castle.[citation needed]

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Flashbacks[]

Escape Plot

(Occurs when you enter the cell with the hole in the floor in the southern prison area )

  • Daughter: But mother, I don’t want to leave without you.
    Mother: Hurry child – you must go. Find Gabriel the outrider and tell him to alert the king’s men.
    Daughter: No, you come too!
    Mother: Please, we don’t have time to make the hole any wider!
    Daughter: But…
    [clinking]
    Mother: Someone is coming. Hurry! I’ll cover the hole with the bed. Everything will be fine – I promise.

Diaries[]

2 August 1839

I have arrived at the village of Altstadt. It's a haven in the midst of a vast forest and it's the last stop before my final destination, Castle Brennenburg. It's late in the evening and the outrider, who has been with the coach since Bremen, advised me to wait until morning before I venture further.

I have arranged for a bed at Der Mühle, the village's only inn, and am now waiting for the sun to rise. I try to sleep, but as I close my eyes I see the men who fell victim in London. My fear and shame forces me to witness the same scenes over and over.

They are dead because of me.


References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Remember: "The Outrider" — "The thing had disappeared, but Gabriel felt a need to deal with it. He couldn’t let it go, it reminded him too much of the thing his father went after.”
  2. Remember: "The Outrider" — "Out of all towns, the Englishman had chosen Gabriel’s hometown, the small hamlet known as Altstadt.”
  3. Daniel's Diary: 2nd of August 1839 (TDD)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Remember: "The Outrider" — "‘Here,’ said Gabriel and handed him an apple. ‘Thank you. You know, we don’t get this kind of apple around here. The only ones we have are tough and sour.’ ‘You should plant the seeds after you’ve eaten it then.’”
  5. 5.0 5.1 Remember: "The Outrider" — "The Englishman had given it to him after coming to the conclusion that it was broken. Gabriel knew it was unlikely he would ever get around to it, but he wanted to have it repaired. It was a nice watch even though he couldn’t figure out why it had the name ‘Herbert’ engraved. He was fairly sure the Englishman said his name was Daniel.”
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Remember: "The Outrider" — "A terrifying yowl shook them both. It turned into a violent hiss. ‘Tinker?’ said Jacob and made his way towards the church. ‘Damn cats.’ Gabriel wiped his brow. He put the watch back into his pocket and stood up. He heard Jacob call out to someone. ‘Hey! You there, what are you doing?’ Gabriel moved closer and saw a dark figure shove the black cat into a sack. ‘Let him go!’ called Gabriel. The thing swung its arm around and struck Jacob. He fell to the ground. Gabriel ran over to Jacob. Blood seeped from his nose and he was barely conscious. The thing struggled to keep the black cat inside the burlap sack. It was dressed in a large cloak and reeked of clove and sage. Gabriel found himself staring. It seemed unreal somehow.”
  7. Remember: "The Outrider" — "‘Whiiil...!’ it shrieked into the night. The shattering cry woke Gabriel from his daze and he grabbed Jacob by the hand and pulled the young boy towards the stables. Gabriel dropped the boy in the hay, grabbed the spare rifle from the carriage, and returned to the square. The thing had disappeared, but Gabriel felt a need to deal with it. He couldn’t let it go, it reminded him too much of the thing his father went after.”
  8. 8.0 8.1 Remember: "The Outrider" — "Kill it before it escapes into the forest, his mind cried out to him. Gabriel raised his gun, took aim and fired. The rifle stock struck his shoulder as it recoiled. The bullet rushed across the pasture and lodged itself in a pine tree. Herr Zell, the cooper, had been startled by the muffled crack outside his home. He picked up a lantern and stepped outside. A man stood in the pasture with a rifle at his side. ‘What is going on out here?’ Gabriel turned to face the startled townsman. What could he say, he reasoned – tell him that a monster from his past had revealed itself? ‘It’s that thing, isn’t it?’ shuddered Zell.”
  9. 9.0 9.1 Remember: "The Outrider" — "‘I’ve seen it before. A long time ago, when I was boy, said Gabriel. ‘Are there really more than one?’ Zell seemed to give it some thought. ‘Who knows? Maybe it’s just the one,’ figured Zell. Gabriel looked up into the moonlit sky and then back at the dark forest across the pasture. ‘I could use your lantern.’ Gabriel ran through the forest. He was already regretting his decision. He was tracing the footsteps of his father, and he knew it. It was he who had brought the lantern that night and watched him step into the darkness – never to return.”
  10. 10.0 10.1 Remember: "The Outrider" — "He readied his rifle again and took aim. The shot echoed through the sleeping forest. The thing arched backwards in pain and dropped the burlap sack. Tinker, the black cat, tumbled out of the sack, and leapt to safety up a nearby tree. Gabriel watched closely from the distance, waiting for the thing to fall over. It didn’t. Instead the thing shambled into the cave.”
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Remember: "The Outrider" — "As he came closer, he noticed that the cave was glowing. Whatever that thing was it had lit up the cave with fire. He glanced at Tinker perched on a branch above him. The black cat seemed to peer into his soul, urging him to take vengeance. Gabriel peeked inside. The wounded thing picked up a torch from a metal holder fixed to the cavern wall. He could see that the tunnel was fitted with more holders, but this was the only one with a lit torch. The terrible thing turned around and looked directly at Gabriel, who was transfixed by its presence. Suddenly it dropped its torch, made a swift lunge at Gabriel, and thrusted its bony fingers into Gabriel’s chest and lifted his body. He cried out in pain and tugged at its cloak. And with a cruel twist of fate, Gabriel unveiled its hideous face. Its skin had given in to the weight of the flesh and collapsed like hot wax on a candle over the misshaped skull. Gabriel panicked, kicked with his legs, and smashed the lantern against the thing’s face. The lantern cracked open, shards of glass rained on them both, and burning oil poured out onto the monster. He fell to the ground and watched the thing wrestle with the fire, which had spread all over its body.”
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Remember: "The Outrider" — "Approaching lights flickered from inside the tunnel. There were more of them. Gabriel let out a desperate scream, scrambled out of the cave, and ran as fast as his wounds would let him. He fled through the dark forest, making his way back to Altstadt. As he reached the brook he stopped and felt the madness within him burn his senses. He stumbled into the water and submerged himself. The cold water calmed him. He drifted face down in the water, letting the gentle stream pull at his body. I can end it all, he thought. If I stay like this, it will all go away. Is this what father had done? Maybe he wasn’t killed by that thing. Maybe he witnessed the horror, ran away, and killed himself. He turned himself over and continued to float on his back. Orion, the Hunter, ruled the starry sky above him. Gabriel refused to join his father and pulled himself up and out of the dark cold water.”

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