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With Dishonored 2 coming out sometime this year, I’ve been replaying its predecessor to prepare. Much like a lot of great protagonists over the years — Gordon Freeman (Half-Life), Chell (Portal), Jack (BioShock), Jacket (Hotline Miami), and Link (Legend of Zelda) to name a few — once-Lord Protector Corvo Attano doesn’t have much to say, being a man of action rather than words.
Just because he remains silent, however, doesn’t mean that there isn’t much being said in the corrupt, plague-laiden world of Dishonored. In fact, some of the things I’ve heard and read during my gallivanting across Dunwall helped shape my own personal belief system, what with the Outsider (as a neutral god-like force), the concept of entropy, and the importance of recognizing the effects of our actions on the world and people around us, intended or otherwise.
Hell, I even have the Mark of the Outsider tattooed on my left shoulder to remind myself of those lessons. Well… that and it looks neat, but still. At least I can honestly say in my experience the game’s story was life-changing.
Only took me four years to finally decide on a tattoo… but that’s beside the point.
As you can imagine, games like Dishonored that wrap themselves in moral ambiguity make for the best allegories. The game’s title even hints at its central question: stripped of everything and blamed for the murder of someone you loved, would you seek redemption and restoration or exact vengeance on those who wronged you? What would be right? What would feel right? Again, that’s just the title and one question you’ll find yourself asking.
Now admittedly, this selection of quotes would make a bit more sense to those who’ve played the game and understood all the moving parts to its intricate story. However, I’ve done my best to find some of the ten best excerpts with more of a universal appeal. That said, if you haven’t already, I highly encourage you snag a copy before Dishonored 2 ships. Until then, here are some Dishonored quotes to tide you over:
***CAUTION: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS***
10. “Remember, the boldest measures are the safest.” – Loudspeaker/Dunwall propaganda
9. “You can see how my plan could have worked. Would have worked… if everyone had just followed orders.” – Lord Regent Hiram Burrows’ confession
8. “I can’t trust him, you can’t love what you don’t trust. That’s the song the birdies sing when the weather turns cold and forces them out of their nice homes they built. Nice homes spoiled. Spoiled and ruined. Useless now. So the birdies hate the weather that betrayed them. They fly away to look for new homes that aren’t so cold and dreary, dreary, dreary.
“I am leaving too. My valise is packed. So dreary everywhere I look. I can’t bear it anymore.” – Granny Rags, diary excerpt
7. “Here you are at last, in a ruined and drowning world, held captive by the man who killed your Empress, the assassin Daud. Your friends poisoned you and dumped your body in the river. Did they do it to protect themselves, so no one would ever know what they’d done? Or was it because they were a single move away from controlling an empire, and they knew you’d never let them manipulate Emily? Maybe none of these. Perhaps that’s just the nature of man.” – The Outsider, after Corvo was betrayed by the loyalists
6. “It’s a funny thing, ambition. It can take one to sublime heights or harrowing depths. And sometimes they are one and the same.” – Emily Kaldwin
5. “How you use what I have given you falls upon you, as it has to the others before you. And now, I return you to your world, but know that I will be watching with great interest.” – The Outsider
4. “I’ve learned that our choices always matter, to someone, somewhere. And sooner or later, in ways we cannot always fathom, the consequences come back to us.” – Daud
3. “Restrict an errant mind before it becomes fractious and divided. Can two enemies occupy the same body? No, for the first will direct it one way, and the second another, until they stumble into a ditch and its neck is broken. Likewise, two contrary thoughts cannot long abide in a man’s mind, or he will become weak-willed and subject to any heresy.” – The Seventh Stricture
2. “I’d say I was being punished, but I know the world doesn’t punish wicked people.” – Daud
1. “Strange how there’s always a little more innocence left to lose.” – The Outsider
What are some of your favorite quotes?