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Quasar

Subtle reference to Doom 64 in the OST?

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When I originally read the records of the Doom Slayer left by the Lord of Hell, this jumped out at me:

"Yet as the mighty Titan fell and dread engulfed the armies of Doom, the demon priests of the Blood Temples laid a trap to capture this scourge of Hell. Insatiable, even by the vanquishing of the Great One, the Hell Walker sought prey in the tombs of the Blood Keep. And blinded by his fervor, the lure drew him in. The priests brought down the temple upon the Doom Slayer, and in his defeat entombed him in the cursed sarcophagus..."

There is a level in Doom 64 called Blood Keep. Not only that, but this level is also renowned for its fiendish trap at the end which has probably killed nearly every player's first run through the map. But OK, I admit to myself this is tenuous at best.

But now the OST comes out and the very last track, "IV. DOOM" contains a portion of the same record being read, but with a prelude of heavy metallic stress and screeching sounds (with a hidden easter egg too), which immediately reminds me of this:



This just happens to be the music that's used on Blood Keep. It might still be a crazy conspiracy theory, but it's one I like ;)

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The more you look into everything, the more everything fits together.

The Doomslayer is the Original Doomguy.

I'm guessing Hell must have reused or fled to the area after Doomguy f**ked it up, and he went back to f*** it up again.

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Okay, first, for reference:

Slayer's Testament I

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In the first age, in the first battle, when the shadows first lengthened, one stood. Burned by the embers of Armageddon, his soul blistered by the fires of Hell and tainted beyond ascension, he chose the path of perpetual torment. In his ravenous hatred he found no peace; and with boiling blood he scoured the Umbral Plains seeking vengeance against the dark lords who had wronged him. He wore the crown of the Night Sentinels, and those that tasted the bite of his sword named him.... the Doom Slayer.

Slayer's Testament II
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Tempered by the fires of Hell, his iron will remained steadfast through the passage that preys upon the weak. For he alone was the Hell Walker, the Unchained Predator, who sought retribution in all quarters, dark and light, fire and ice, in the beginning and the end, and he hunted the slaves of Doom with barbarous cruelty; for he passed through the divide as none but demon had before.

Slayer's Testament III
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And in his conquest against the blackened souls of the doomed, his prowess was shown. In his crusade, the seraphim bestowed upon him terrible power and speed, and with his might he crushed the obsidian pillars of the Blood Temples. He set forth without pity upon the beasts of the nine circles. Unbreakable, incorruptible, unyielding, the Doom Slayer sought to end the dominion of the dark realm.

Slayer's Testament IV
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The age of his reckoning was uncounted. The scribes carved his name deep in the tablets of Hell across eons, and each battle etched terror in the hearts of the demons. They knew he would come, as he always had, as he always will, to feast on the blood of the wicked. For he alone could draw strength from his fallen foes, and ever his power grew, swift and unrelenting.

Slayer's Testament V
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None could stand before the horde but the Doom Slayer. Despair spread before him like a plague, striking fear into the shadow-dwellers, driving them to deeper and darker pits. But from the depths of the abyss rose The Great One, a champion mightier than all who had come before. The Titan, of immeasurable power and ferocity. He strode upon the plain and faced the Doom Slayer, and a mighty battle was fought on the desolate plains. The Titan fought with fury of the countless that had fallen at the Doom Slayer's hand, but there fell the Titan, and in his defeat the shadow horde were routed.

Slayer's Testament VI
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And in his terrible rancor between worlds and through time, the Hell Walker found the wretch who shall not be named, but in his heresy was loyal to his evil cause. The wretch adorned the Doom Slayer in a mighty armor, wrought in the forges of Hell, impenetrable and unyielding. With sword and shield of adamantine strength, the Doom Slayer set to banishing all that were left unbroken by his savagery to the void.

Slayer's Testament VII
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Yet as the mighty Titan fell and dread engulfed the armies of Doom, the demon priests of the Blood Temples laid a trap to capture this scourge of Hell. Insatiable, even by the vanquishing of the Great One, the Hell Walker sought prey in the tombs of the Blood Keep. And blinded by his fervor, the lure drew him in.
The priests brought down the temple upon the Doom Slayer, and in his defeat entombed him in the cursed sarcophagus. The mark of the Doom Slayer was burned upon his crypt, a warning to all of Hell that the Terror within must never be freed. There he lies still, and ever more, in silent suffering.

Testament I explicitly says that the Doom Slayer chose to remain in Hell. That's the ending of Doom 64.

Testament VII however is quite explicitly about how the roof fell on him and he was trapped and unable to kill.

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Gez said:

Testament I explicitly says that the Doom Slayer chose to remain in Hell. That's the ending of Doom 64.

Testament VII however is quite explicitly about how the roof fell on him and he was trapped and unable to kill.

Yeah, not contesting the purpose of testament VII. But it still refers to an area that also happens to have a curious analogue in Doom 64. The previous poster's idea about demons taking back that area after he originally cleared it out is along the lines of what I was thinking, and not that this is nullifying or occurring *before* the end of Doom 64.

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If your theory is true then only half of Doom 64 is canon, which means that the Mother Demon is still alive.

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DooM_RO said:

If your theory is true then only half of Doom 64 is canon, which means that the Mother Demon is still alive.

Doomguy doesn't decide to stay in Hell until after slaying the mother demon.

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I'm pretty sure there's also a A Watch Your Step reference somewhere in the game, a safety warning on a floor somewhere.

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