The Temple of the Stone Moon is a minor setting in Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. It is the old Aztec temple Oswald Mandus visits on his trip to Mexico and is possibly glimpsed by Mandus before his sacrifice to shut down The Machine.
In the late 1890s, Oswald intended to expand and update his factories with new machinery to make his product-lines more efficient and safer for his workers, but this decision had dire consequences. He invested too heavily in the machines, with no immediate returns, the bank refused credit, condemning him for squandering the family fortune. Mandus faced financial ruin and feared it was only a matter of time before the bailiffs would come to repossess his home.
Desperate, he began to look through his great uncle's paperwork and made startling revelations of Vitae from Brennenburg and the mystical Orbs. Not understanding their function or origin fully, Mandus saw these as business opportunities, miraculous power sources that would quicken the development of his business and save him from bankruptcy.
In 1899, Oswald Mandus travel to Mexico with his children Edwin and Enoch. From his great uncle's notes he learned the whereabouts of an Aztec temple, the Temple of the Stone Moon, that housed an orb, though the native people he came across were confused and baffled as to how he came upon such knowledge. On February 17th, 1899, Mandus arrive at the temple, and a while later recovers the orb from the ancient Aztec temple, with the help of his children, who refers to the orb as a "stone egg".
The orb, containing impossible knowledge, reveal the future to Oswald. He saw what doom his beloved children would face and he would be powerless to stop it. They would die sixteen years into the future, at the Battle of the Somme during the First World War. Driven insane by this vision, Oswald decides to spare his children this horrid future by sacrificing them on the temple steps. Mourning and cursing the world, he took the boy's skulls back to England as a fever overtakes him.
- "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 shrapnel, on the banks of the Somme. You wanted to save them from the horror to come. "
- ―Mandus and The Machine having a brief conversation, before he approaches the core of the Temple.
A large Aztec temple can be found at the end of the game. It bears similarities to real-life ruins of El Castillo at Chichen Itza, but made of tubes, wires, and machinery instead of stone. The temple probably bears a lot similarities with the Temple of the Stone Moon in Mexico. It is unknown if Mandus actually built and maintained the area only to end up there at the end of the game, and it is highly possible that the level was a mere hallucination. These are a couple of reasons why.
- Before this point, Oswald's mind has already begun to deteriorate because of his illness, causing hallucinations in the latter part of the game to increase in frequency and intensity. Attic walls with the nursery behind showing the Manpigs within, or children's toys along the catwalk, even the church windows near the Tripery. It wouldn't be too far-fetched to believe the last segment is one as well.
- The numerous instances Mandus sees the twins along the conveyor belt, along with their supposed bodies at the end, would not make sense in context (which were decomposed by now, as mentioned their rib cages were still in Mexico and their skulls in London).
- It would not make sense to have an entire temple below London, nor would it have been feasible to make. Mandus didn't have the time, money, material, or manpower to empty all the room beneath London for this structure to even be built. It is more likely a metaphor for the Machine itself: a mechanized Aztec Temple, performing automated sacrifices to keep itself going strong.
- Perhaps brought on by electrifying the heart in the previous area, this could be seen as Oswald confronting himself and coming to terms with who he is and what he has done in his final moments. As the heart suspended by wires in the South Tower is presumably Mandus', and the twins' hearts would have decomposed by now (they were not brought back after Mexico, and there is only one there). So, it would not make sense for Oswald to lose his heart a second time. Perhaps it is a symbolic end, for the machine to pull out his heart visually as his real heart is electrified, to show that the Machine is the cause of Mandus' downfall.
|Locations of A Machine for Pigs|
|Mandus Processing Company locations||Mansion • Cellar • Alley • Church • Factory • Tunnels • Sewers • Bilge • Reactor • Engine • Streets • Pigline • Tesla • Temple|
|Other locations||London • Mexico • The Temple of the Stone Moon • Decontamination Chambers|