The Zimmermann Farm is a location seen during a flashback in Amnesia: The Dark Descent, as well as being featured in the short story "Waiting for the Rain" from the short story collection Remember - Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It is a small dairy farm located just outside of Altstadt and is inhabited by the Zimmermann Family.
The small farm is located just outside of Altstadt, and is home to Herr Zimmermann, his wife Agathe, their son Friedrich Zimmermann, and their daughters Margarethe Zimmermann and Elise Zimmermann, as well as a baby.
The farm was originally owned by the Stoss family. On September 28th, 1704, the barn on the farm burned down as Emil, the farmhand, fell asleep in the barn with a bowl of lamp oil still burning. This resulted in the death of Herr Stoss as he tried to rescue the barn animals. A couple of weeks later, Wilhelm von Gerich arrive at the farm with his men to arrest Emil, after which he was most likely taken to Castle Brennenburg to be used by Baron Alexander in collecting vitae.
In 1718, Anna Koch née Stoss moved away from the farmstead as she married in with the wealthy Koch family in Königsberg. A little over a decade later, her daughter Dorothea Stoss move in with her and the farmstead is left unused until it is sold to a Herr Zimmermann after Dorothea's death.
In 1774, the farm and the site of the barn fire was investigated by a Klaas Gottschall. The site of the fire had never been cleared in the almost 70 years since the fire, and Herr Zimmermann wasn't concerned with the rubble.
In the 1830's, the ownership of the farm had passed on to Gustaf Zimmermann.
This short story takes place on the Zimmermann Farm during 1839, during Daniel's stay at Brennenburg. The protagonist of the story is Elise Zimmermann. It starts at the cemetery in Altstadt, where the Zimmermann family is mourning the death of their only male child, Friederich. The father, Gustaf, broken by grief, says that it would be better if one of his daughters had died instead of Friederich. This causes Elise to decide to leave the family in secret.
During supper at the farm, Gustaf is enraged at the family as they prepare to eat, as he consider it disrespectful towards their dead son to eat during the day of his death. He overturns the table and shoves Agathe onto the floor. After supper, she packed up her things and started her escape. The escape attempt is discovered by her father, who stops her and tries to kill her. However, the man soon regains his senses and lets his daughter go. The story ends with Elise, while running away, spots a carriage coming towards the farmstead. The carriage is most likely the one coming from Brennenburg Castle to kidnap the Family.
The location is seen in the form of a flashback when Daniel collects the diary page in the Nave, just after escaping the Cells and returning to the Nave. It is the only time in the game where the player is completely outside and the second when the player is away from Castle Brennenburg.
As with most diary entries collected, Daniel's narration of the diary page is heard while the player is here, it tells of an event where Alexander and Daniel travel to the Zimmermann farm, struck down Herr Zimmermann, kidnapped the other residents of the farm and brought them to Castle Brennenburg. The captured citizens were used in torturous, sacrificial rituals to ward off The Shadow. This happened prior to the events of the game. Later on, Elise Zimmermann escapes from the Prison, but is hunted down and is killed by Daniel in the Storage. While in the cutscene, the player can only move slowly and can't interact with anything, check the inventory, nor use the lantern.
In a Developer Commentary found right next to the note in the Nave, it's explained that this outdoor section barely made it into the game, after many suggestions of outdoor levels in The Dark Descent.
18th of August 1839 – The KidnappingEdit
Tonight, we will unlock the power of the Orb and ultimately banish the shadow hunting me. I feel it closing in on me and I fear for my life more than ever.
Just outside Altstadt lies a small settlement where Zimmermann, a dairy farmer, lives with his wife and three children. We took the coach and went there. Our visit was unexpected and Alexander was able to strike Herr Zimmermann down without alerting the others. As he went to take care of the farm hands, I began to look for the children.
We should have more than enough prisoners to finish the ritual now.
|The Dark Descent locations|
|Main campaign||Brennenburg Castle locations||Rainy Hall • Old Archives • Entrance Hall • Archives • Wine Cellar • Laboratory • Refinery • Cellar Archives • Archive Tunnels • Back Hall • Storage • Guest Room • Study • Machine Room • Elevator • Prison: Southern Block • Prison: Northern Block • Cistern Entrance • Control Room • Cistern • Morgue • Sewer • Nave • Chancel • Transept • Choir Entrance • Choir - Main Hall • Cells • Inner Sanctum • Orb Chamber|
|Other locations||London • Algeria • Altstadt • Tomb of Tin Hinan • Zimmermann Farm|
|Justine campaign||Cabinet of Perturbation||Cells • Library • Dungeon • Crypt|
|Other locations||Florbelle Estate|