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Daniel, Daniel's Note to Self.

The Old Archives is the second section accessed by Daniel in his exploration of Brennenburg Castle. This is also where the Lantern is found, as well as Daniel's note to self.


The place is accessible from the Rainy Hall and is in a state of ruin. The place was probably not used anymore, as some of the windows are boarded up, keeping the place in an eerie darkness, and one of the rooms has an enormous hole in the ceiling, exposing the floor above.

Due to its weak structure and state of ruin, the servants decided to avoid this place, since it posed a high risk of collapsing when the Shadow arrives.[1] Daniel uses this to his advantage and chose to consume the Amnesia potion in here, since no servant will enter.


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There are 0 Candles, 6 Torches, 1 Lamp, and 0 Fires.


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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.
  • A gust of wind will extinguish the torches and blow open a door on the right. In this room, two tinderboxes are found on a shelf directly across from the door.
  • Continuing on down the hall, you will find that a portion of it has collapsed, blocking the way forward. Go into the room with the window. As you approach the window, the wind will knock the Lantern off the table it was resting on. Pick it up, as it is required to continue.
  • A large chest to the left of the window has a tinderbox inside.
  • At the end of the dark hallway to the right is a door, which leads to the way forward. This door is locked if you do not have the lantern.
  • A tinderbox is hidden behind the crates in front of the windows.
  • Another tinderbox is inside the cabinet next to the stove.
  • In the next room, you will find Daniel's Note to Self and an oil canister on a table.
  • On the left side of the room is a lever. Pulling it will cause a bookshelf to move, revealing the exit to the Entrance Hall.


Puzzle items[]

There are no puzzle items in this area.


  • In the first room to your right after entering the Old Archives, two tinderboxes can be found.(6 & 7)
  • In the room where you find the lantern, a tinderbox can be found in a chest.(8)
  • Behind some boxes in the large room right before the smaller room where Daniel's note to self can be found.(9)
  • In a closet in the same room.(10)


  • Next to Daniel's note to self at the very end of the Old Archives.
There are no oil barrels in this area.


There is no laudanum in this area.



  • It is physically impossible to leave the area without the Lantern. As you leave the room where the lantern can be picked up, the door leading to the next is locked. Once the lantern is picked up, a distant growl of a Grunt can be heard, and the door leading to the next area will become unlocked.
  • An easter egg can be found in the room where the lantern is obtained. If one were to stack crates and various other objects to reach the floor above, one would find a sign reading "HALLÅ" leaning against the wall, with letters painted in a reddish liquid, resembling blood. "Hallå" is a Swedish interjection which means "Hello," or "Hi," and Swedish is the native language of most of the developers at Frictional Games.
    • Some copies of the game don't have this easter egg, because it was added in the Steam version after the Justine expansion.[citation needed]
  • In the level editor, a second oil canister can be found in the same place as the two tinderboxes. This oil canister is impossible to get without manually setting it active in the level editor.




  1. Flashback: "Map Room" (TDD)