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Hmmm... There should be more Cuprite. Let me see, let me see... And one part Aqua Fortis.

Alexander, trying to create artificial vitae.

The Laboratory is a side room that can be accessed from the Entrance Hall.

Information[]

The Laboratory was used by Alexander for his chemical studies. A note suggests that the baron was trying to artificially create Vitae. However, his efforts have since been failures, as all he could create was a highly acidic liquid, which reacts violently with organic tissue.[1]

This must be prepared from scratch gathering the ingredients from the Wine Cellar. The ingredients needed for the solution are:

To prepare the solution, the chemicals must be put on the bunsen burners. In the centre of the room, there is a grating, where a Kaernk can be heard splashing if your sanity is low enough. In the desk of which the note is on, there is also one of Alexander's Memory Capsules.

During the time location of the game, the Laboratory is in a notable state of disrepair. Some walls have caved in, and when the player starts to create the acid, the Shadow will cause the main staircase to fall apart, so you have to use a wooden board found resting on a pillar nearby to climb on.

Layout[]

The Laboratory has two large areas. The first one is a wide-open room. In this room, there are a few shelves holding oil bottles, a Tinderbox, and crates. There is to be a doorway in one part of the room, however, it is blocked by debris. The Shadow will roar if you approach the cave-in.

The second area is smaller and holds the actual laboratory. There is a small part of this room where crates and boxes are being held. There, the player can find a tinderbox. In another part of the room, there is a note to instruct the preparing the acid, where the player makes it to later dissolve the organic matter.

Light sources[]

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There are 2 Candles, 5 Torches, 0 Lamps, and 0 Fires.

Flashbacks[]

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1. Triggers near desk with Chemistry Pot and note and memory capsule.

Walkthrough[]

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"Do you see, Daniel? A whole other world – isn't it beautiful?"
The following section is written from an out-of-universe perspective.
  • There is an oil potion on the floor between the torch and overturned shelf to the left of the rubble.
  • Another oil potion is found on the top of a shelf in the corner to the left of the stairs.
  • There are two tinderboxes in the storage area to the immediate right after descending the shorter flight of stairs: one in a small chest, and the other opposite it on the floor.
  • To the left is a desk with a note and the Chemistry Pot on it. The top drawer contains a tinderbox.
  • The stove near the desk has a tinderbox inside.
  • A tinderbox is on the bookshelf on the left of the back wall. An oil potion is on the bookshelf on the right.
  • A chemistry bench is on the right side of the room, with a note on it. This is where you will prepare the Pot of Acid.
  • Once you have the necessary chemicals from the Wine Cellar, you may begin.
    • Light the nearby candelabra to give yourself some light while you work.
    • Place each chemical in the slots and place the Chemistry Pot on the right.
    • Turn the burners on with the valve to the left, then turn the valves above the chemicals.
  • While you are working on the acid, the Shadow will roar and you will hear a loud crash. Upon returning to the main room, you will find that the stairs have collapsed.
  • There are two sets of boards nearby, in front of some rubble. These can be used to either bridge the gap between the collapsed landing at the top of the stairs, or leaned against a pillar and climbed upon to reach the exit.

Collectibles[]

Puzzle items[]

Tinderboxes[]

  • In a small corner filled with boxes to your right when you enter the main laboratory area, two tinderboxes can be found. One is on the floor, and one is in a chest.(32 & 33)
  • There is another pair of tinderboxes in the area with the Chemistry Pot and the Memory Cylinder. One is inside the desk, and another is in a small fireplace opposite the desk.(34 & 35)
  • One last tinderbox can be found on a shelf near the well with the Kaernk in it. It's on the very left.(36)

Oil[]

Canisters
  • An oil container can be found rolling across the floor to your right as you walk down the stairs.
  • Another one can be found at the top of a shelf in the same room. It's quite difficult to reach.
  • A third one can be found on a bookshelf in the main laboratory area, across the lab table.
Barrels
There are no oil barrels in this area.

Laudanum[]

There is no laudanum in this area.

Documents[]

  • Early Alchemy Experiment – Found on the desk where the Acid is mixed in the main Laboratory area.
  • Chemical Relocation – Found on a table in the room to the right after going down the stairs to the "Equipment" section of the Storage.
  • In the room with the chemical burner and the grating on the floor, there's a desk with a pot and a note on it. There is a Memory Capsule in the desk compartment.

Trivia[]

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    The four chemicals being mixed together.

    Oddly, the only ingredient needed to burn away organic tissue, in this case, the Shadow's residue, would be Aqua Regia. Aqua Regia on its own is a mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acid already powerful enough to dissolve or purify Gold. There would be no reason to add things like Orpiment, Cuprite, or Calamine. Also, Aqua Regia is red or yellow in real life, but it's green in the game, probably due to a designer's oversight.[2]
    • Also, it is unlikely that it could possibly be stored in Daniel's chemical pot because it would burn right through it. It's possible, however, that the other ingredients render the mixture ineffective on non-organic tissue, or simply that the chemical pot is made out of titanium or some other metal capable of withstanding the corrosive effects of the Aqua Regia.[citation needed]
    • Furthermore, if the organic tissue is muscular in nature and therefore composed of protein, a base would be much more effective at dissolving it for its ability to hydrolyse polypeptide bonds.[citation needed]
  • In 1839, when the game was taking place, Cuprite hadn't even been classified as such (this happened in 1845).[3]
    • It is possible, though, that it did exist in Alexander's dimension, and he had knowledge of it before arriving at Brennenburg.
  • The map file name and autosave name both refer to the Laboratory as the "Wine Cellar Lab". This is because it was once part of the Wine Cellar.
    • The last clip in the beta gameplay video in the Super Secret file shows that the door that leads to the room with the Cuprite in the final map once lead directly to what is now the Laboratory.
    • Some of the chemicals did not exist in the Wine Cellar until after the maps were split up, so some or all of them were likely found in the Laboratory itself.
  • Originally, the stairs collapsed when approaching the Chemistry Pot, instead of while preparing the acid.
    • A crank-operated lift would have been used to get back up after the stairs had collapsed, possibly by partially raising it and stacking crates to reach the lift and subsequently the upper area.
  • Preparing the acid once worked slightly differently; instead of simply turning all four valves, the player would have had to turn the previous one off after turning the next valve on.

Gallery[]

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Video[]

References[]

  1. Early Alchemy Experiment (TDD)
  2. "Aqua Regia." Accessed 31 January 2023. Last revised 11 January 2023. Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqua_regia.
  3. "Cuprite." Accessed 31 January 2023. Published 1 February 2023. Mindat.org, Hudson Institute of Mineralogy. https://www.mindat.org/min-1172.html.
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