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"Please, call me Soldat Farber."
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16 July
A demon from the tunnels is among us. It's killed Reynard. It will kill all of us. Unless... For LaRue, for Toussaint, for Noyer, for Nicolay, Ozanne and Renoir. I will kill it myself. This is why I was not caught. This is my purpose. My revolver is loaded. My will is strong.

Sdt. Farber's last note, 16th of July, 1916

Soldat Farber is a character in Amnesia: The Bunker. He was a French soldier stationed on the western front of the First World War.[2]

History[]

Early life[]

Farber was likely born somewhere in France.[2] He was presumably conscripted for the war as a soldier in the French Army, being sent to the front to help repel the advance of the German army. He held the rank of "Soldat," which was equivalent to private. At some point in time, he and his unit were stationed at or transferred to the bunker. During his time at the bunker, he became good friends with Sdt. Alex Noyer, and also formed close bonds with Engineer Ozanne Zabelle, Sdt. 1st Class Jean Renoir, Sdt. 1st Class Johannes Nicolay, Sdt. Gaspar LaRue, and Sdt. Toussaint Beaufoy.[4][5]

Events preceding Amnesia: The Bunker[]

The explosive sabotage[]

As the conditions in the bunker worsened, with the men beginning to see and hear things from the tunnels and in their dreams.[6][7] The officers however refused to listen to the men and instead punished those who spoke out, the most notable of the complaints coming from Farber's friends, Alex Noyer and Gaspar LaRue, the former of whom went mad inside the tunnels and had to be carted out. Things eventually reached a point where Ozanne Zabelle sent a missive to Farber.[6][7][3] Zabelle told him that something would have to be done, and arranged for them to have a discussion.[3]

Farber acquiesced, and gathered a group of the men he could trust, which included Zabelle, Renoir, Nicolay, LaRue, and Toussaint Beaufoy.[4][5] They plotted to blow up the tunnel entrance and seal off the demons within.[4][5] On June 2nd, they successfully carried out their plan, and the tunnel was sealed.[4][5] Fournier was apoplectic, and ordered Sgt. Reynard to conduct a thorough and ruthless investigation to discover the culprits.[8] Reynard correctly assumed those who had warned the others about the tunnels were the most likely to be guilty, and by June 9th had managed to round up four of the six mutineers, including Renoir, Nicolay, LaRue, and Zabelle.[4][5] Beaufoy was also identified as a mutineer but was presumed to have been killed in the blast, leaving Farber as the sole unidentified mutineer.[4][5]

After the arrests, Maj. Sgt. Delpy and Reynard tortured the men for information. Under this pressure, LaRue broke and gave up knowledge about the missing Beaufoy, confirming that he was a mutineer and that he’d left the group a short while before the sabotage.[9] Despite the brutal torture they endured, none of the men gave up Farber, and his fellow mutineers were court-martialled on June 11th.[10] The officers, not feeling merciful, decided to have them thrown into a pit to starve to death; however, Delpy and Reynard continued to sadistically torture them until at least June 14th, some time later, they were executed.[10][4] Farber believed himself to be the only mutineer left alive, which left him with a severe case of survivor’s guilt.[4]

Farber's Newfound Purpose[]

On July 12th, nearly a month after the mutiny, Farber and the other enlisted men heard something scurrying around the barracks, something other than the rats.[11] He and the men present before the tunnel sabotage were worried that the sounds were a sign that the hallucinations and dreams would return as well; however, none of them dared mention their fears to the officers for fear of being harshly reprimanded.[11] Farber in particular agonized over the possibility that the tunnel sabotage had failed, which would mean that the other conspirators had seemingly died in vain.[11]

However, after the sadistic Sgt. Reynard was brutally slaughtered by an unknown assailant, which the rank and file suspected to be a demon, Farber's melancholic guilt disappeared in the face of a newfound resolve to kill it himself, which he framed as a divine mission, the reason for why he alone escaped discovery and punishment for the sabotage.[12]

On July 16th, two days after Reynard's death, the creature burst out of the shadows and tried to attack Sdt. Boisrond – Farber's own bunkmate – but Farber immediately jumped in front of Boisrond and shot it with his revolver.[1] The beast then retreated and the men believed it had gone off to die; however, it returned ten minutes later and grabbed Farber, pulling him into the wall as he screamed and prayed for salvation.[1]

Events of Amnesia: The Bunker[]

As Farber is deceased by the time the game takes place, he is only mentioned in the array of notes. It is possible that he is one of the many unidentifiable corpses encountered by Sdt. Henri Clément.

Description[]

Personality[]

Not much is known about Farber personally, but it is clear from his notes that he felt a deep sense of camaraderie with his fellow soldiers.[4][5][11][12][1] It can be inferred he was at least an amiable fellow, as he had close friendships with Sdt. Alex Noyer, Engr. Ozanne Zabelle, and Sdt. Toussaint Beaufoy; furthermore, he was at least on trustworthy terms with Sdt. FC Johannes Nicolay, Sdt. FC Jean Renoir, and Sdt. Gaspar LaRue, none of whom betrayed his identity as the ringleader even during torture.[4][5][11][12] Farber was also kind, empathetic, and selfless, showing concern for Beaufoyy's deteriorating mental state, feeling a deep sense of survivor's guilt after his fellow mutineers were caught, and courageously deciding to confront the Beast.[4][5][11][12][1]

Trivia[]

  • Farber is the only one of the six mutineers whose given name is not known, despite being mentioned often.
  • Farber and Kita from Amnesia: Rebirth have similar roles in their respective games, as both of them were the ringleaders of rebellions against their respective authority, and both believed themselves the only survivors of the fallout.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Farber’s Death (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Tremblay- 16th of July, 1916”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Amnesia: The Bunker store page. Steam, Valve Corporation. https://store.steampowered.com/app/1944430/Amnesia_The_Bunker/.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Note to Farber (The Bunker) – “Engineer Ozanne Zabelle- 25th of May, 1916”
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 Gathering of the Willing (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Farber- 28th of May-14th of June, 1916”
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 List of Guilty (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Reynard- 9th of June, 1916”
  6. 6.0 6.1 Punishment (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Reynard- May 18th, 1916”
  7. 7.0 7.1 Noyer’s Journal- Part 2 (2/5) (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Alex Noyer- May 18th, 1916”
  8. Assumptions About Motive (The Bunker) – “Comdt. M. Fournier- June 6th, 1916”
  9. Toussaint Beaufoy (The Bunker) – “Maj. Sgt. Delpy- June 11th, 1916”
  10. 10.0 10.1 Permission to Court Martial (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Reynard- June 11th, 1916”
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Farber’s Last Note (1/2) (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Farber- 12th of July, 1916”
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Farber’s Last Note (2/2) (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Farber- 16th of July, 1916”

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