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"Please, call me Sergeant Reynard."
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Any mercy is to be meted out at our discretion. I don't know about you, but I have none left. I say throw them all in the pit, leave them there til armistice or judgment day. Whichever comes sooner.

Sgt. Reynard in a message to Maj. Sgt. Delpy, June 11th, 1916

Sgt. Reynard is a supporting character in Amnesia: The Bunker. He was a French soldier stationed on the western front of the First World War.[3]

History[]

Early life[]

Reynard was likely born somewhere in France.[3] He was presumably conscripted or volunteered for the war as a soldier in the French Army and sent to the front to help repel the advance of the German army. He held the rank of "Sergeant," which would make him a non-commissioned officer. At some point in time, he and his unit were stationed at or transferred to the bunker.

Events preceding Amnesia: The Bunker[]

A spring of discontent[]

On the 2nd of April, 1916, Reynard received a letter from his friend, Sdt. 1st Class Jean Renoir.[4] In the letter, Renoir privately criticized the high command’s order to expand the bunker, claiming that the men would be the ones to suffer from their ignorance of the true conditions at the front.[5] In the post-script, Renoir requested that Reynard keep the message private, as his words were borderline treasonous.[5] Surprisingly, the tyrannical Reynard heeded his friend’s request, as he kept the letter in his officer drawer, instead of passing it upwards and getting Renoir punished for disloyalty.

On May 15th, Sgt. Joubert sent a missive to Reynard, asking him to put surveillance on Alex Noyer.[6][7] As the rumours Noyer was spreading about the dark and Otherworldy history of the Roman tunnels were causing discontent to spread rapidly among the men.[7] Three days later, Reynard reported to Comdt. Fournier and Major Blanchet that Noyer’s antics were no longer tolerable.[8] Reynard then had the indolent classicist locked up in Major Sergeant Delpy’s cells for two days as punishment.[9]

An explosive mutiny[]

On June 6th, Fournier ordered Reynard to further his investigation into the tunnel sabotage, and believed that his assumption that the mutineers were the same people who spread rumours about the dark magic in the tunnels was correct.[10] He then ordered Reynard to use any means necessary to discover the perpetrators.[11]

By June 9th, four soldiers had confessed to Reynard that they were responsible for the tunnel sabotage, Engr. Ozanne Zabelle, Sdt. Gaspar LaRuhr, Sdt. 1st Class Johannes Nicolay, and even his personal friend, Jean Renoir.[12][13] The mutineers also confirmed that the now-missing Sdt. Toussaint Beaufoy was part of the plot, although Reynard suspected there were others involved.[13] The ill-tempered sergeant regarded the mutineers with contempt, calling them cowards and traitors. He also reported on the structural damage the explosion caused.[13]

On June 11th, the officers received permission to court martial all of the saboteurs.[14] Reynard and Major Sergeant Delpy planned to throw them in a pit and let them die a slow death, but continued torturing them until at least June 14th.[15][16] Delpy also reported to Reynard that LaRue had given further details regarding the missing Toussaint Beaufoy, claiming that he had split from the other saboteurs and disappeared into the darkness.[17] This led Delpy to conclude that Beaufoy had either died in the blast or had since starved to death.[17]

The German prisoner[]

On July 4th, Reynard sent Delpy an update about his progress in the interrogation of Prisoner #73014.[18] Reynard explained that he had begun a process of “aggressive interrogation,” which was a euphemism for brutal torture, as Reynard then casually wrote “I hope the screams have not kept you awake.”[19] The unusual presence of bolt cutters in the German prisoner's cell, by the time Henri Clement recovers, strongly implies its use by Reynard as a tool of torture. Despite the fact that the prisoner continued to claim that he was an ordinary German soldier, Reynard remained unconvinced, and told Delpy that he would give the prisoner food in the hope that they would confess in their gratitude,[19] or possibly even wine to get the prisoner's lips a little looser after weakening his mental fortitude.

A death in the night[]

On the night of July 12th, various soldiers began to hear scratching in the walls, which sounded utterly distinct from the familiar scratching of rodents, and later that night, unearthly howls were heard inside the barracks.[20][21][22] On July 13th, Major Blanchet ordered Reynard to oversee nighttime security personally, as he had also heard someone moving around the halls the previous two nights.[23] Blanchet told Reynard to do whatever was necessary to prevent another bout of sabotage, even engage an emergency lockdown.[23]

During the night of July 14th, while on patrol, Reynard was horrifically murdered by Augustin Lambert, who was suffering a transformative episode as he slowly turned into the Beast.[24] The fact was discovered the following morning of the 15th and immediately caused consternation among the soldiers, suspicion among the officers, and fear in both.[25][26] Reynard's death was almost incomprehensibly sadistic; he suffered multiple injuries to every part of his body, his eyes were gouged out and his skull and jaw were cracked open, his tongue was ripped out and his ribs were all cracked, on top of the gruesome injuries, he also suffered numerous lacerations and blunt force trauma (i.e. beating).[1] Such was the brutality that after Dr. Josinski performed an autopsy on Reynard, he concluded that at least two men had to have done it.[1][27][2]

As a result of the sadistic murder, the already paranoid Fournier began a relentless investigation, terrified that the enlisted men were plotting to murder him.[24] He terrorized the men in his interrogations, even going so far as to accuse Prisoner #73014 of sneaking out of his cell and enacting Reynard’s grisly demise.[24] Fournier then made arrangements to prepare Reynard’s mangled body for transport back to his family.[27]

Events of Amnesia: The Bunker[]

Since Reynard is already dead, he is only referenced in notes and photos. The door to Reynard’s room is locked and has to be broken into.

Description[]

Personality[]

Reynard was a particularly unpleasant man, he was overly cruel and despotic even at the best of times; furthermore, he also delighted in humiliating and even torturing others when he had the opportunity to do so, even to his own men.[19][16] Due to these traits, he was widely hated by the enlisted men, although it appears that the officers, many of whom were similar to him in temperament, liked him.[28][29]

He was a friend of Jean Renoir, which could mean he was once a more pleasant man or that he had a softer side to his personality.[5] It is possible that Reynard was an alcoholic, as he complained about how strictly the wine was rationed and was also suspected of hiding a secret stash of wine by Sgt. Joubert.[19][30]

Physical appearance[]

Reynard appears to have had a receding hairline, with light-coloured hair. His age is unknown but his physical appearance, temperament, rank, and service in the wartime army suggest that Reynard is between thirty-five and forty-five years of age.

Apparel[]

While on duty, Reynard would have worn his uniform. At the time of his death, he appeared to have at least been wearing his coat. All other clothing post-murder had been rendered indistinguishable, according to the photograph taken.[31]

Trivia[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Autopsy of Reynard (The Bunker) – “Dr. Josinski- July 14th, 1916”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fear and Paranoia (The Bunker) – "Sdt. Chanard- July 15th, 1916
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Amnesia: The Bunker store page. Steam, Valve Corporation. https://store.steampowered.com/app/1944430/Amnesia_The_Bunker/.
  4. About Digging too Deep (The Bunker) – “Sdt. 1st Class Jean Renoir- April 2nd, 1916”
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 About Digging too Deep (The Bunker)
  6. Comment on Noyer's Report (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Joubert- May 15th, 1916”
  7. 7.0 7.1 Comment on Noyer's Report (The Bunker)
  8. Noyer's Translations (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Reynard- May 18th, 1916”
  9. Noyer's Translations (The Bunker)
  10. Assumptions About Motive (The Bunker) – “M. Fournier- June 6th, 1916”
  11. Assumptions About Motive (The Bunker)
  12. List of the Guilty (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Reynard- June 9th, 1916”
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 List of the Guilty (The Bunker)
  14. Permission to Court Martial (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Reynard- June 11th, 1916”
  15. Permission to Court Martial (The Bunker)
  16. 16.0 16.1 Gathering of the Willing (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Farber- May 28th and June 14th, 1916”
  17. 17.0 17.1 Toussaint Beaufoy’s Fate (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Maj. Delpy- June 11th, 1916”
  18. Update on Prisoner (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Reynard- July 4th, 1916”
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Update on Prisoner (The Bunker)
  20. Lambert's Journal – Part 2 (The Bunker) – "13 July 1916... Morning. Everyone's talking about hearing scratching at the walls. Tremblay even claims to have heard howls echoing through the barracks."
  21. Farber's Last Note (The Bunker) – "12 July 1916... Night... Sleepless. Something keeps scratching at the walls. I've heard rats before, of course, but this is different. It's not the subtle, arrhythmic scratch of a rodent. It's louder, steadier."
  22. Farber's Last Note (The Bunker) – "12 July 1916... Later... Something just howled. Not something outside the barracks... something in here with us. Like before. It's like before!..."
  23. 23.0 23.1 In Charge of Security (The Bunker) – “Major D. Blanchet- July 13th, 1916”
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Joubert's Journal – Strange Sounds (The Bunker) – “Cold fear runs through all our veins now. Fournier has terrorized the men for answers. They say they were asleep until Reynard's screams. I believe them, of course. Fournier went so far as to accuse Prisoner #73014 of escaping his cell and committing the murder. Impossible. I worry about Fournier... his rage hides fear. He takes it out on the men and I can see no way to stop it. It breeds contempt.”
  25. 25.0 25.1 Lambert's Journal – Part 2 (The Bunker) – "15 July 1916... Madness in the barracks this morning. Reynard's dead. They say murder but will not show us the body."
  26. 26.0 26.1 Farber's Last Note (The Bunker) – "16 July... A demon from the tunnels is among us. It's killed Reynard. It will kill all of us."
  27. 27.0 27.1 Reynard is Dead (The Bunker)
  28. Reynard is Dead (The Bunker) – “Comdt. Fournier- July 15th, 1916”
  29. Fear and Paranoia (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Chanard- July 15th, 1916”
  30. Joubert's Journal – Strange Sounds (July 14th) (The Bunker) – “Night... it sounds like someone is pacing in the hallway. Probably Reynard, drunk on the stash of wine I know he hides from us. Best I confront him now – either get him into bed to sleep it off or convince him to share a bottle or two with me.”
  31. Photo 14 (The Bunker)

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