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To any of my men who see this: once we're free of this place, I will get the arsenal code from him. I will get it and I will radio it back to you. Trapped down here with that beast, the arsenal may be your only hope. It's all I can do. All I have courage to do...

Sgt. Stéphane Joubert's last note, 20th of July, 1916

Sergeant Stéphane Joubert (French: /ste.fan ʒy.bɛʁ/) is a character in Amnesia: The Bunker. He was a French soldier stationed in the western front of the First World War.[3] He is voiced by British actor Alex Jordan.[4]

History[]

Early life[]

Stéphane Joubert was likely born somewhere in France.[3] He was presumably conscripted or volunteered for the war as a soldier in the French Army and was sent to the front to help repel the advance of the German army. He held the rank of "Sergeant," making him a non-commissioned officer. Joubert was the unit commander of Soldats Augustin Lambert, Henri Clément, and Alex Noyer, among others.

Events preceding Amnesia: The Bunker[]

A spring of discontent[]

On May 2nd, 1916, Joubert sent an update to his superiors, Comdt. Fournier and Major Blanchet, about how the Roman tunnel project was proceeding.[5] Joubert informed them that the engineers had broken through Storage Area C and had entered the tunnels proper, discovering that they were deep, structurally sound, and strategically valuable, leading in the direction of the German lines.[5] The young sergeant also reported that there were Roman artifacts inside, and he suggested some be preserved for reasons of posterity.[5]

It appears Fournier took up on Joubert's suggestion, as a week later, the officers presented Sdt. Alex Noyer, one of Joubert's men and an amateur classicist, with some of the preserved Latin texts.[6] Noyer was worried that the texts would be damaged or even destroyed in the bunker, but was still curious.[6] Over the next few days, Noyer studied and translated the texts and discovered that they were not Roman in origin, as while the language was Latin, it described things not present in Roman culture, things about esoteric religion and dark superstition.[7]

By May 13th, Noyer had progressed in his translation, and confirmed that the texts were of a religious nature, discovering that the ancients held sadistic bacchanals, blood orgies, and fights within the tunnels’ confines.[8] The occultists believed there was a dark Other World, in which horrible monsters roamed and people were tortured endlessly.[8] They also believed that in this world, a select few had achieved immortality with some substance, which they sought.[8] The man decided to keep his discoveries to himself, but the very next day, once Noyer learned that Sdt. Gaspar LaRue had seen things in the tunnels very similar to what happened in the texts, he decided that he had to warn the men and officers about the tunnels.[9]

As such, he told all the soldiers about what he knew and then wrote a report to Joubert, which contained all of his discoveries.[10][9] Joubert was less than convinced, and wrote to Sgt. Reynard about the incident, recommending that he put surveillance on Noyer.[10]

Three days later, Reynard reported to the rest of the officers that Noyer’s antics were no longer tolerable.[11] Reynard then had him locked up in Maj. Sgt. Delpy’s cells for two days as a punishment.[11][12][13]

At the same time, all the other enlisted men were hearing and dreaming strange things, with no one daring to inform the officers, not even Joubert.[13] Five days later, the now released Noyer decided to enter the tunnels himself to try and end the nightmares.[14] However, he was pulled out of the tunnels hours later, screaming himself hoarse.[15] Joubert's reaction is unknown.

Sabotage[]

Joubert and the other officers' ignorance of their men's suffering ultimately caused an act of sabotage. As the conditions in the bunker worsened, with the men beginning to see and hear things from the tunnels and in their dreams.[11][12] The officers however refused to listen to the men and instead punished those who spoke out. Things eventually reached a point where Engr. Ozanne Zabelle sent a missive to Sdt. Farber.[11][12][15] Zabelle told him that something would have to be done, and arranged for them to have a discussion.[15]

Farber acquiesced, and gathered a group of the men he could trust, which included Zabelle, Sdt. FC Jean Renoir, Sdt. FC Johannes Nicolay, Sdt. Gaspar LaRue, and Sdt. Toussaint Beaufoy.[16][17] They plotted to blow up the tunnel entrance and seal off the demons within.[16][17] On June 2nd, they successfully carried out their plan, and the tunnel was sealed.[16][17] Comdt. Fournier was apoplectic, and ordered Sgt. Reynard to conduct a thorough and ruthless investigation to discover the culprits.[18] 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.[16][17] Beaufoy was also identified as a mutineer but was presumed to have been killed in the blast, leaving only Farber as the sole unidentified mutineer.[16][17]

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.[19] Despite the brutal torture they endured, none of the men gave up Farber, and his fellow mutineers were court-martialled on June 11th.[20] 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.[20][16] Farber believed himself to be the only mutineer left alive, which left him with a severe case of survivor’s guilt.[16]

A routine patrol[]

On July 8th, 1916, Joubert informed two of his men, Sdt. Henri Clément and Sdt. Augustin Lambert, that he needed one of them to go on a relatively safe and routine nighttime patrol to the communication wires.[21] He suspected that one of them was part of the tunnel sabotage, and so wished to test them; however, he allowed the two friends to choose who would go between themselves.[21] The two men decided on a game of chance to determine it, but Clément cheated, with Lambert being the one to go on the patrol after unfairly losing.[21]

However, Lambert didn't return, and was quickly written off as lost by Joubert and the other enlisted men in the bunker.[22] Clément agonized over his own childish stupidity, remarking that he never thought about the potential consequences of his prank through; however, Clément decided to wait and see if Lambert would return by dusk before seeking help.[22] Clément spent the entire day in this state of perturbation, being too repulsed to eat or hang out with his compatriots.[23] When dusk arrived, Clément asked Joubert about Augustin's potential trouble, but the sergeant was blasé about the matter, leaving the enlisted man in a state of acute distress; furthermore, he was angered by his other compatriots drinking and arguing as if they didn't have a care in the world.[24]

When night fell, Clément ultimately decided that he wouldn't be able to live with himself if he didn't try and save Lambert, and he snuck out of the bunker to find him.[25] The man then ventured out into no man's land, searching for his friend. By a stroke of luck, he came across a large crater-like formation where a distress flare was burning, he looked inside and saw Lambert, injured, starved, and parched, but alive.[26] Clément lowered himself into the crater and hydrated Augustin with strange water from a nearby spring to help him regain his strength, after which he managed to get him out.[26] He carried him on his back on the return to the bunker. However, they were spotted by the Germans, who fired at them, and despite Clément’s best efforts, the duo were nearly struck by an artillery shell, with Clément being subjected to a traumatic head injury, giving him amnesia ands putting him in a comatose state.[27]

Lambert returned to the bunker carrying the comatose Clément, managing to get him to Doctor Josinski, who diagnosed and treated Henri.[28] After returning, Lambert gave a report to Joubert, describing the chain of events to him.[27][29] Both Joubert and Lambert himself noted the oddity of the latter's recovery and fortitude, given his fall into the crater and Henri's serious wounding by the near-strike.[27][29] Joubert put it down to battlefield luck.

The Beast[]

Over the next few days, the men began hearing strange scratching sounds at the walls and even howling.[30] By July 13th, these occurrences became too numerous for even the officers to ignore, leading to Major Blanchet suspecting another bout of sabotage was afoot, ordering Sgt. Reynard to personally oversee nighttime security.[31] The next day, Joubert was getting ready for bed, and noticed more scratching and what sounded like pacing, Joubert however put it off on a drunk Reynard.[32] However, soon after Reynard started screaming.[33] Both the officers and the men awoke to this and discovered that Reynard was dead, he had been sadistically tortured and then fatally mauled.[33][34][35][36][36] The damage to Reynard was so horrific that the officers banned any of the enlisted men from looking upon the body while Doctor Josinski conducted an autopsy on him, with Josinski opining that it would have taken at least two men to have killed Reynard.[36].[33][34][35][36] As a result of the sadistic murder, the already paranoid Comdt. Fournier began a relentless investigation, terrified that the enlisted men were plotting to murder him as well; however, Joubert was worried that his behaviour would spread even more hatred and contempt in the already discontent garrison.[33][35][36]

The few men who had seen Reynard's corpse gave their accounts to their compatriots, and the rumours began spreading around the enlisted men yet again.[37] Sdt. Farber, the last surviving mutineer, began to believe that a demon from the tunnels had entered the bunker and that God had spared him from discovery and capture so that he could kill it.[37] On July 16th, Farber's suspicions were proven correct when a creature burst into the soldier's mess hall and tried to kill Sdt. Boisrond.[38] Farber jumped in front of his bunkmate and shot the beast until it retreated, the men rejoiced and thought it was dead, however, ten minutes later it came back into the room and killed Farber, dragging the man into the wall as he screamed for salvation.[38] Two days later on the 18th, the creature killed another soldier, Sdt. Tremblay.[39] With the third death the bunker fell into chaos, Fournier and the officers took control and sent the enlisted men out in groups to hunt and kill off the beast.[39] The enlisted men tried to convince the officers that their weapons were only wounding it and staving it off for awhile.[39] But Fournier didn't believe the men and even instituted harsh punishments to those who failed.[39]

By July 20th, Fournier finally understood the reality of the situation and was overtaken by fear, the cowardly commandant went cowering to Joubert.[40] The man suggested that they flee and seal off the bunker and keep the beast down there.[40] However, Fournier didn't care about what happened to his men, and Joubert, while reluctant, was also overtaken with fear and helped Fournier with his plan.[40] Both of them, and possibly any of the other surviving officers, escaped the bunker and blew up the exit behind them.[40] Sealing the beast in and leaving their men to be slaughtered.[40]

Despite his cowardice, Joubert felt guilty for his actions and left behind a note in his room for the men to find, in which he stated that he would get the arsenal code from Fournier and radio it back to the bunker's radio.[40] Which they could then use to enter the arsenal and save themselves.[40]

Events of Amnesia: The Bunker[]

Joubert remains on the radio to relay instructions to any of his surviving men trapped in the Bunker regarding the codes to the Arsenal so they could retrieve the materials they needed to escape. Joubert's final fate is unknown, but given he was able to reach a radio and broadcast the code, it is likely he made it back to French lines and by proxy would be safe and alive.

Description[]

Personality[]

Sergeant Joubert, like his fellow officers, did demonstrate cowardice through choosing to abandon his own men in the bunker while he himself fled. However, through notes he seems to be slightly more respectable than his fellow officers in arms. Joubert did not initially believe the accounts of what was in the tunnels, and being skeptical he recommended Sgt. Reynard put surveillance on Noyer for the latter's outlandish claims. Joubert had no problem, or didn't testify that he had a problem, with his fellow officers brutally torturing the men responsible for the tunnel sabotage. Though, it's likely he didn't participate as he is not mentioned participating in the act along with Mjr. Delpy and Sgt. Reynard. Joubert seemed to have a slightly higher reputation amongst the enlisted men according to certain notes than his fellow officers.

Joubert was significantly less brutal in his methods to suss out potential saboteurs, as instead of torturing Clement and Lambert, he offered them a test in disguise of going out on a nighttime patrol to prove their loyalty, and even allowed them to decide amongst themselves who would go. After abandoning the bunker and his men, Joubert redeemed himself, if only slightly, by relaying the arsenal code back to the bunker to give the remaining survivors of the garrison a chance at survival to blow open the exit with the dynamite inside. While Joubert was peer pressured into being as cowardly as his fellow officers, in the end he did what he could to help those he abandoned, and pleaded for forgiveness.

Physical appearance[]

Joubert’s exact age is unknown; however, due to his service in the wartime French Army, junior NCO rank, and his youthful-sounding voice, he is likely between twenty and thirty years of age.[1]

Quotes[]

  • « Please, I hope that you can hear me. I hope that you can forgive me. »

Trivia[]

  • The surname Joubert is a common variant of a number of related French names that ultimately derive from Germanic influences.[41][42] It roughly means "bright god."[43][44] The first name Stéphane is equivalent to the English name "Stephen" and is a doublet in French of the name "Étienne."[45] All three of these names derive from the Latin name "Stephanus," itself derived from the Greek name "Stéphanos," meaning "crown."[46][47]
  • Joubert is the only character in the game to speak without having a physical appearance.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "French Army in World War I." Accessed 21 January 2023. Last revised 27 October 2022. Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Army_in_World_War_I.
  2. https://frictionalgames.com/2022-12-announcing-amnesia-the-bunker/
  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. 4.0 4.1 Amnesia: The Bunker – English credits
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Roman Tunnel Update (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Stéphane Joubert- May 2nd, 1916”
  6. 6.0 6.1 Noyer’s Journal- Part 1 (2/4) (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Alex Noyer- May 9th, 1916”
  7. Noyer’s Journal- Part 1 (3/4) (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Alex Noyer- May 11th, 1916”
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Noyer’s Journal- Part 1 (4/4) (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Alex Noyer- May 13th, 1916”
  9. 9.0 9.1 Noyer’s Journal- Part 2 (1/5) (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Alex Noyer- May 14th, 1916”
  10. 10.0 10.1 Noyer’s Report (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Stéphane Joubert- May 15th, 1916”
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Alex Noyer (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Reynard- May 18th, 1916”
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Noyer’s Journal- Part 2 (2/5) (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Alex Noyer- May 18th, 1916”
  13. 13.0 13.1 Noyer’s Journal- Part 2 (3/5) (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Alex Noyer- May 20th, 1916”
  14. Noyer’s Journal- Part 2 (1/5) (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Alex Noyer- May 25th, 1916”
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Note to Farber (The Bunker) – “Engr. Ozanne Zabelle- 25th of May, 1916”
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 Gathering of the Willing (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Farber- 28th of May - 14th of June, 1916”
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 List of Guilty (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Reynard- 9th of June, 1916”
  18. Assumptions About Motive (The Bunker) – “Comdt. M. Fournier- June 6th, 1916”
  19. Toussaint Beaufoy (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Maj. Delpy- June 11th, 1916”
  20. 20.0 20.1 Permission to Court Martial (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Reynard- June 11th, 1916”
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Henri's Journal - Routine Patrol (1/4)– "Sdt. Henri Clément- July 8th, 1916- Mid-afternoon"
  22. 22.0 22.1 Henri's Journal - Routine Patrol (4/4)– "Sdt. Henri Clément- July 9th, 1916- Morning"
  23. Henri's Journal - In a State of Agony– "Sdt. Henri Clément- July 9th, 1916- 17 h (3:00 PM)"
  24. Henri's Journal - No Word– "Sdt. Henri Clément- July 9th, 1916- Time Unknown (Dusk)"
  25. Henri's Journal - Compelled– "Sdt. Henri Clément- July 9th, 1916- Nacht"
  26. 26.0 26.1 Lambert’s Journal Part 1 (1/4) (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Augustin Lambert- July 11th, 1916- Dusk”
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Lambert’s Journal Part 1 (2/4) (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Augustin Lambert- July 11th, 1916- Night”
  28. Lambert’s Journal Part 1 (4/4) (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Augustin Lambert- July 12th, 1916- Afternoon”
  29. 29.0 29.1 Joubert’s Journal - Patrol Debriefing (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Stéphane Joubert- July 10th, 1916”
  30. Farber's Last Note (1/2) (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Farber- July 12th, 1916”
  31. In Charge of Security (The Bunker) – “Major D. Blanchet- July 13th, 1916”
  32. Joubert's Journal – Strange Sounds (1/2) (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Stéphane Joubert- July 14th, 1916”
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 Joubert's Journal – Strange Sounds (2/2) (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Stéphane Joubert- July 15th, 1916”
  34. 34.0 34.1 Autopsy of Reynard (The Bunker) – “Dr. Josinski- July 14th, 1916”
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Reynard is Dead (The Bunker) – "Comdt. M. Fournier- July 15th, 1916"
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 36.4 Fear and Paranoia (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Chanard- July 15th, 1916”
  37. 37.0 37.1 Farber's Last Note (2/2) (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Farber- July 16th, 1916”
  38. 38.0 38.1 Farber Dies (The Bunker) – “Sdt. Tremblay- July 16th, 1916”
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 Shooting the Beast (The Bunker) – "Comdt. M. Fournier- July 18th, 1916”
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 40.3 40.4 40.5 40.6 Joubert's Final Journal (The Bunker) – “Sgt. Stéphane Joubert- July 20th, 1916”
  41. "Joubert". Accessed 13 July 2023. Last revised 29 September 2022. Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joubert.
  42. "Jaubert". Accessed 13 July 2023. Last revised 15 July 2020. Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaubert.
  43. "Gaut". Accessed 13 July 2023. Last revised 12 April 2023. Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaut.
  44. "Bert (name)". Accessed 13 July 2023. Last revised 13 June 2023. Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bert_(name).
  45. "Stéphane". Accessed 13 July 2023. Last revised 23 May 2023. Wiktionary: The free dictionary, Wikimedia Foundation. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/St%C3%A9phane.
  46. "Stephanus [Latin]". Accessed 13 July 2023. Last revised 28 June 2023. Wiktionary: The free dictionary, Wikimedia Foundation. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Stephanus#Latin.
  47. "Στέφανος [Ancient Greek]". Accessed 13 July 2023. Last revised 24 April 2023. Wiktionary: The free dictionary, Wikimedia Foundation. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%CE%A3%CF%84%CE%AD%CF%86%CE%B1%CE%BD%CE%BF%CF%82#Ancient_Greek.

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