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Real-time dialogue[]

Telephone conversations[]

Telephone in Oswald's Office[]

Mandus
"Hello?"
The Engineer
"Precious eagle cactus fruit... help us."
Telephone in Mandus's office.

Telephone in the Mansion Hall[]

The Engineer
"Mandus... do you know me?"
Mandus
"Who are you? Where are my children?"
The Engineer
"Trapped, Mandus, far below us. The Machine is fouled, it is breached, it is flooded. The bulkheads are down, the children are encaged. If you help me, I can help you release them. Restore the power Mandus, drain the flooding and restart the great engines."
Mandus
"(How?) Where should I go? Hello... hello?"
Telephone in corridor of Mandus's mansion.

Telephone in the Cellar[]

The Engineer
"The shaking ground you feel is our attempts to clear the floodwaters. Treachery Mandus, we were undone. Your children are trapped by this act, you must find them before it is too late."
Mandus
"What do you need me to do? How can I find them?"
The Engineer
"Always deeper Mandus. Through the piston room and into the tunnels, then find the bilge and flush the rotten water. I will help you where I can, but you must be swift, my little friend."
Telephone in the Cellar.

Direct conversation[]

The Engineer
"I live! I breathe again! I rise, I will rise to bleach the sky and still the water! I will spin the world wheel and set the future upon the path of redemption!"
Mandus
"Where are my children? You promised me my children!
The Engineer
"My time is come! More pig! More pig!"
Mandus
"Boys. Boys, I'm sorry, I'm so sorry" [sic]
Spoken after the Machine has been reactivated.
Mandus
"Where are they? Where are my children?"
The Engineer
"Why do you ask Mandus? You know the answer well enough."
Spoken when entering Pressure Regulation in the Engine rooms.


The Engineer
"What are you doing little piggy? Do you think I will allow you to sabotage me again?"
Mandus
"I want my children you unholy bastard!"                   
The Engineer after one of the rooms has been sabotaged (after sabotaging the Pressure Regulation system?).
The Engineer
"This is your doing, Mandus, this is what you dreamt into being."
Mandus
"I will stop you. I will save them."
The Engineer
"You are too late. It begins. My work has begun. Kill them, my piggies, kill them all!"
Spoken when near the exit elevator in the Engine rooms.
The Engineer
"Mandus! I know you are out here! I own this city, I am this city!"
Mandus
No! This is not what I meant! This is not what I meant at all!"
Mandus
"But why did you take my children?"
The Engineer
"I, Mandus? Of all the blood we have spilt together, the first drops fell from your hands alone."
Mandus
"Then I am damned for a filicide, and everything is lost."
The Engineer, answering Mandus who asks why his children were taken.
Mandus
"I have you now, creature. I will destroy you."
The Engineer
"Stop him! Stop him! Kill him!"
Mandus
"It is over! It is time to end this madness!"
Mandus activating the glass Armonicas in the Tesla tower.
The Engineer
"Mandus, stop. Think about what you are doing. For your children, Mandus."
Mandus
"Do not speak of my children, monster."
The Engineer
"I did not kill your children, Mandus. You sacrificed them on the temple steps knowing what the coming century would do to them. Your sons will drown, lungs full of mud and sharpnel, on the banks of the Somme. You wanted to save them from the horror to come. That is the vision we shared. Everything we have built to avert this coming nightmare. You and I are one. We are the same, our souls are entangled. We deserve to make them free!"
Spoken when progressing through the Temple.
  • "Oh dear God. Dear Christ. What is this place?" - Spoken upon leaving the elevator and seeing the Reactor.
  • "Where are my children?! You promised me my children!" - Spoken after reactivating the Reactor.
  • "Boys. Boys. I'm sorry. I'm so sorry." - Spoken after activating the Reactor.
  • "Where are they? Where are my children?" - Spoken when entering Pressure Regulation in the Engine rooms.
  • "I want my children you unholy bastard!" - Spoken after sabotaging the Pressure Regulation system.
  • "When did I say that? That is not me! That is not me!" - Spoken after the second flashback in the Engine rooms.
  • "I will stop you. I will save them." - Spoken when near the exit elevator in the Engine rooms.
  • "Oh no. Oh God no. What have I done?!" Spoken after seeing the Manpigs scour through the city.
  • "No. This is not what I meant! This is not what I meant at all!" - Spoken after the Machine talks to Mandus.
  • "Beast! Creature! Where are my children?! Where are my children?!" - Spoken near the end of the streets level.
  • "I know you machine. I know what you fear. I will rain excrement into your very soul. I will destroy you" - Spoken after sabotaging the Pigline central controls.
  • "But why did you take my children?" - Spoken after entering the Orgone Distribution area.
  • "Then I am damned for a filicide, and everything is lost." - Spoken after the Machine explains why his children were taken.
  • "Only to save you. Only to spare you. I would have given my soul to spare you this world and it's loam." - Spoken upon moving across the bridge in Electrogravitic Suppression.
  • "Oh my children. My children. What have I done? What have I become?" - Spoken upon moving across the bridge in Electrogravitic Suppression.
  • "I will put it right my darlings. All of my wrongs will be righted. All of my sins washed clean" - Spoken upon moving across the bridge in Electrogravitic Suppression.
  • "I love you my darlings and I am sorry. I am sorry for all I have done. I simply loved you all too much for this world." - Spoken upon moving across the bridge in Electrogravitic Suppression.
  • "Do not speak of my children. Monster." - Spoken after the Machine tries to persuade Mandus into giving up his quest.
  • "I lay there, and watched the god I had created die. At the end when we were cold as the stone we had hewn his body from. When the lights were nearly all extinguished, we heard in the silent distance, the Manpigs singing to one another. Then, as the last lights were gone, and we lay together in the deep, they drifted away, and all was silent. Such a silence, I have never known. And as the dust settled on my open eyes and we lay together embraced forever, I heard miles above us, the sounds of the city turning over in its sleep. A church bell ringing out. And in that moment, the new century was born." - Spoken after fully deactivating the Machine.

Phonographs[]

These are for all the dialogue contained in phonograph recordings.

In the Hall[]

Mandus
"You don't mind if I record this, do you? I find it most useful."
Professor A
"Ah, you have one of those wonderful de Martinville's? No, of course not, my dear fellow."
Mandus
"It's my own design, Professor, along with everything you see."
Professor A
"Most useful. You understand, of course, why the Ministry sent me? That they have concerns?"
Phonautograph in Oswald's Mansion.

In the Parlor[]

Professor A
"I must say my dear man, you look awful."
Mandus
"Yes, I seem to have picked up something rather nasty in Mexico."
Professor A
"I do understand. What you have been through... a lesser man would have crumbled. Yet you have made all of this. Your great factory, your charities, it is a wonder. For one man alone..."
Mandus
"It will all be made clear Professor. But first, a drink?"
Phonautograph in Oswald's Mansion.

In the Cellar[]

Professor A
"Extraordinary, quite extraordinary. And you built it all. Good God man, you have been busy."
Mandus
"It is wonderful how tragedy focuses the mind. What else was I to do? Fall into grief, pine and fade in my hopelessness? Why not then simply die in that jungle amongst those dead temples."
Phonautograph in the Cellar.

In the Church[]

Mandus
"Your faith shackles your vision Professor, it is an iron coffin that keeps you from grasping the future. We require a new deity, one of steam and the wheel, of magnetism and progress. The old God is nothing more than a lamed hog, spitting back offal at mankind."
Phonautograph in St.Dunstan's Church.

In the Factory[]

Mandus
"These men, Professor, these so-called men of vision! They would shackle the masses to a wheel and turn it until their backs break. All for that opiate, the lure of profit. These fools who lackey them, these priests, these officials, this... government. They make pigs of us all!"
Professor A
"But what solution, my dear man, how to break a cycle. You cannot simply remove the promise of a better world for these unfortunates. In the workhouses, in the orphanages, the belief in heaven is surely the only succor one can find!"
Mandus
"We do not need to wait! We can bring forth paradise now! We can speed the passion! With only a small sacrifice we can hold the apocalypse. With just a small sacrifice we can free our shackles and deliver them to paradise now."
Phonautograph in the Factory.

In the Factory Sewers[]

Mandus
"But we can save them, we can set them free, we can replace a rotten old world, with a clean new one!"
Professor A
"Mr. Mandus, you sound every bit the fanatic."
Mandus
"Well how can I be otherwise Professor? How can any man of ethics simply stand by and watch this world drown in its own excrement?"
Professor A
"And your Engineer, this visionary with whom you embarked upon this course. Does he share your views?"
Mandus
"Indeed he does, indeed he does! The poor fellow has seen it all before, now this is not the first great civilization he has wept for."
Professor A
"And so you set about things immediately upon your return."
Mandus
"Naturally, naturally, these things cannot be left to rot upon the tree, and sponsors were remarkably easy to find. I tell you Professor, a trail of greed brings rich men to your door, like pigs to truffles!"
Phonautograph in the Factory Sewers.

In the Bilge[]

Professor A
"You seem to have undergone quite a profound conversion in Mexico, Mr Mandus."
Mandus
"You could not have seen it yourself and not, Professor. As we disembarked, even through my fever I saw the detritus of this so-called progress. I saw starvation and disease, rot and destruction polluting the waters of the Empire. We are ruiners, you and I and all of us, and we make the world unclean."
Professor A
"And you took it upon yourself to act as redeemer?"
Mandus
"Professor, I would not be so presumptuous. I am merely a conduit. I am constructing an architecture to wrestle our damnation to the ground and smother it with steam."
Phonautograph in the Bilge.

In the Reactor[]

Professor A
"And they feel no pain. The process is completely humane?"
Mandus
"Humane, Professor? That we judge the acceptable level of suffering by the human condition? Ask the beggar, Professor. Ask the orphan, ask the whore. Ask the starving, Professor, the weak, the sick, the filthy. Ask them to define your humane!"
Phonautograph in the Reactor.

Memories[]

Birth[]

Mandus
"I held your hand and watched the blood pool between your legs. You lived long enough to see Edwin, but not Enoch. I will take care of them my love, I promise you this."

This Dawning Epoch[]

Mandus
"This dawning Epoch, this age of reason. An empire grown fat, ripe for the bleeding."

Regret[]

Mandus
"Hands are bleeding, raw. I scrub and scrub but the smell will not lift. How can I hold my children with these hands now? How can I kiss them goodnight with lips that have issued such instruction?"

Grief[]

Mandus
"I am off to market. I will cry all the way home. I will have none, I will have none at all."

Carrying the World[]

Mandus
"Bandaged feet and eyes. Small bones in the orchard. I have carried this world on my back, with its legs about me. Damn this wretched soul, I am given birth to nothing but machinery."

A Father Driven by Love[]

Mandus
"Hold still, for god's sake hold still child, don't let it get into your eyes! I'm going to rinse it out
now... there. It will be fine, you just need to lie down. Enoch, look to your brother! How many times have I told you not to play in the cellar!"

Taking The Stone Egg Home[]

Child
"This way, Papa, come and see! Will it hatch? Can we take it home?"
Mandus
"Yes, my darlings. Of course we can take it home."

Too Bony[]

Mandus
"Water in his shoes... always the water and the sparks of the embers of the wheels. It's too bony! It's too damn bony!"

The Crate from Brennenburg[]

Mandus
"Over there, place it in the corner... What? You think I speak Prussian? Do I look like an inbred hog, sir? Who gives a damn what it contains! Just set it down carefully and leave me be!"

Dangerous Liquid[]

Mandus
"It fell onto his hands and they eroded in front of me, to stumps, to stumps. Next time we will use an equal mix of Infusion Vitae and Orgone Disperser. No, no, just take him out. You can dump him in the river for all I care!"

Filthy Discharge[]

Mandus
"Isn't it dangerous allowing this filthy discharge to collect so close to the core?"
The Engineer
"We can use the flow to drive the turbines, there will always be a torrent of excreta flooding through these tunnels. We can use this to supplement the steam production and ensure constancy."
Mandus
"Dear God, the stench! This faecal matter is the true product of the age."

Downward Ever[]

Mandus
"Ahead the trickle to still waters. I dragged myself deeper into the temple, downward ever. Towards a wind that held the voices of my children, beckoning me to set them free."

A Promise[]

Mandus
"I tried. I tried so hard. I will uphold my promise, I will always protect them for you. My eyes are your eyes, my heart is your heart, I will rip them loose from this rotten world and set them to burn, all to save them."

Farewell[]

Mandus
"And, emerging, I raised my head to an uncaring sun and I cursed this world of pain and despair. This civilization built on the ricketed bones of the unfortunate, on the greed and swell of Mammon and Empire. Cradling a stone egg in my jacket, I kissed my children farewell and I crawled my way home."

A Cleansing Fire[]

Mandus
"Will it hurt them?"
The Engineer
"A cleansing fire always burns little Mandus, but it purifies and it makes anew. Did it hurt to carve out the fevered flesh? Did it hurt to cut free the gangrenous foot? Ask instead this: Can we save them?"

Show Me These Worthy[]

Mandus
"But will they be free?"
The Engineer
"Yes, my friend, drained and bled and freed from the prison of the flesh. Free to ascend as smoke to the stars."
Mandus
"And the good, the worthy. How will we save them?"
The Engineer
"Show me these worthy, Mandus. Show me these good. I do not see them."

Jaguar-faced Man[]

Mandus
"I am here again, at the foot of those stairs. Towards the red light of the nursery, sunset in the window like a bleeding sky, the horizon a slit throat, the seeping dark to drain a guilt from us. I am the jaguar-faced man, I am the feathered serpent. This priesthood is mine."

We Are The Pig[]

Professor A
"I can meet him? Your great engineer? How marvellous! I must say Mr. Mandus, my excitement is almost unseemly!"
Mandus
"Yes, I can see that. Step this way Professor. I will be right behind you."
Professor A
"Mandus? Mandus, where the devil are you? I can't see a damn thing. Mandus!"
[heavy thudding]
Mandus
"We are the pig, Professor. We are all the pig."
Flashback in the Pigline.

I Will Gather You[]

Mandus
"I climb in stillness now, blue water runs in my veins now I am clean. I carry the knife of this factory, the bowl of this mill. I am come to collect you from your fields and your furnaces. I will gather you into the white clouds. I will gather you to me and I will take you home."

Unused Content[]

Mandus
"Oh men, how have I wronged you. Your filth is your humanity, to scrub you clean is to lose the very act of life itself."
The Engineer
"Silence, Mandus, you imbecile, you weakling, you cretin. A revolution of simpletons. These retarded harbingers, offal and sputum. Yes, you belong amongst them, and you can die amongst them."

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