A novella, Heart of Darkness is Joseph Conrad’s most famous work and a foundational text on the subject of colonialism. Heart of Darkness is based in part on a trip that Conrad took through modern-day Congo during his years as a sailor. He captained a ship that sailed down the Congo River. Conrad gave up this mission because an illness forced him to return to England, where he worked on his novella almost a decade later.
The presence of ill characters in the novella illustrates the fact that Heart of Darkness is, at least in part, autobiographical. Many speculations have been made about the identity of various characters, such as the Manager, or Kurtz, most recently and perhaps most accurately in Adam Hochschild’s King Leopold’s Ghost. But the geographical, as well as biographical, vagueness of the novel--which is one of its most artistic, haunting characteristics--make it almost impossible to pin down these details for sure.
Heart of Darkness first appeared in a three-part series in Blackwood Magazine in 1899. It was published as a complete novella in 1904. It has since been referred to by many authors and poets. Its most famous lines are both from Kurtz: “exterminate the brutes,” and Kurtz's deathbed utterance, “the horror! The horror!”
Francis Ford Coppola directed the film version, Apocalypse Now, in which the action occurs in Vietnam in 1979.
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Heart Of Darkness Timeline Of Events
Behold the heart of the world! Progenitor of life, father and mother, alpha and omega! Our creator.. and our destroyer.
|~ The Ancestor.|
The Heart of Darkness is the final form of the final boss of the Darkest Dungeon. Classified as COSMIC, it has a terrible ability called Come Unto Your Maker, which instantly kills a hero - regardless of HP or stress. The player must select which one of your heroes dies, meaning you have to be strategic as to who should stay and who should die.
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History[edit | edit source]
The Heart of Darkness is the final phase of the Ancestor fight, symbolizing the pinnacle of his ambitions, and represents the embodiment of the mystical forces that were responsible for the corruption of the Hamlet and its surroundings. In true Lovecraftian style, it is a slumbering, ethereal, and omnipresent deity manifested through your Ancestor's misdeeds, whose form became a vessel for the creature to cross over. It is the being that is revered by the cultists and priests of the Darkest Dungeon who have, under the influence of its cosmic power, become distorted entities of multiple mouths, eyes, and tentacled appendages. So terrible is its influence that the inhabitants of the Hamlet will appear momentarily disfigured in similar fashion to the Darkest Dungeon fiends after the first mission is completed.
Behavior[edit | edit source]
Come Unto Your Maker[edit | edit source]
Although it may seem that the final boss wantonly decides to make one of your party members instantly die, the skill 'Come Unto Your Maker' will always trigger on two instances if the conditions are met:
- First Time: After the boss has been downed to 2/3 of his total health (168 or 202), and your total number of party members is exactly 4.
- Second Time: After you reduce his health bar to 1/3 of its total HP (84 or 101) and your total number of party members is exactly 3.
- If you are able to cross both thresholds with one set of blows without killing the boss, it will cause him to trigger Come Unto Your Maker two consecutive times if you have a full party.
That means that after your characters inflict a blow that reduces the boss' HP under said thresholds, he will immediately deal a deathblow to one or more of your party members on his next turn. It should also be noted that stunning is also not an effective prevention method.
There is only one way to stop the Heart of Darkness from using the ability, which is detailed in 'Surviving Come Unto Your Maker'.
Dissolution, Puncture, Know This[edit | edit source]
Each one of these skills inflicts a different status ailment. 'Know This', being a stress attack, will prioritize already stressed-out heroes, while the other two are based on your Heroes' resistances:
- Dissolution: Prioritizes heroes with either low Stun or low Blight resistance.
- Puncture: Prioritizes heroes with low Bleed resistance.
- Cooldown Feature: Every skill may not be used twice in a row. That means that after the first turn, the number of skills (not including insta-death) are reduced to two.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
As mentioned above, this fight will get progressively harder as you reduce the enemy's HP and therefore lose more party members. The exact amount of HP for every one hit KO are 170 and 83 HP. Although it is impossible to exactly predict the exact amount of damage your heroes deal, it should be in your best interests to make the member who is about to be sacrificed deal the last blow to optimize damage output. Beware that if the HoD reaches the HP threshold on its turn due to DoT, it will still cast 'Come Unto Your Maker'.
Another thing worth noting is if you kill the previous phase instead of letting it shift to the final form, the excess of damage dealt to that form will carry over and be dealt to the Heart of Darkness, thereby starting the fight effectively with less extra HP.
If you are using healers or other support characters like a buffing/stress reducing Jester, it would be advisable to let them die first, while letting your main damage dealers focus on the Heart of Darkness for the second and third parts of the fight.
In essence, this is pretty much a rush-down boss-fight. You will want to deal as much damage as fast as possible, especially during the last third of the fight where you will only have 2 heroes available. Skills that benefit from marking are therefore invaluable for dealing high amounts of burst damage.
During the early portion of the third part of the fight, you may want to consider healing up/reducing the stress on afflicted heroes, as his attacks, while powerful, will not usually put your characters immediately on death's door. Due to the Heart of Darkness's relatively low Stun resistance, this would be an ideal time for stalling time and recovering.
Considering this boss's mechanics, you may make your last heroes have lower bleed than blight resistance, as his blight attack can also trigger the stun effect.
The Heart appears to restore one action by killing anyone by other skills than 'Come Unto Your Maker'. This may be a glitch.
As the battle progresses, you should become more aggressive, since this is the last mission and no retreat is possible. Moreover, the fewer characters you have, the less you will be able to keep up with the Heart of Darkness's onslaught.
If you manage to defeat the Heart of Darkness, congratulations! You will be greeted with a cinematic epilogue and have beaten the game.
Good luck and keep your guard up!
Abilities[edit | edit source]
|Come Unto Your Maker||Ranged||1, 2, 3, 4.||1, 2, 3, 4.*||223.75%||12%||11-23||Instant Deathblow**||No Effect|
|Know This||Melee||1, 2, 3, 4.||1, 2, 3, 4.||113.75%||0%||0||Stress +22 (24 on Stygian)||No Effect|
|Puncture||Ranged||1, 2, 3, 4.||1, 2, 3, 4.||113.75%||12%||13-16|| 150% Bleed 5 (6 on Stygian)|
Stress +10 (12 on Stygian)
|Dissolution||Ranged||1, 2, 3, 4.||1, 2, 3, 4.||113.75%||12%||13-16|| 160% Stun|
150% Blight 5 (6 on Stygian)
Stress +10 (12 on Stygian)
* The player chooses the target for Come Unto Your Maker.
** Come Unto Your Maker kills a target instantly, disregarding damage and crit values.
Surviving Come Unto Your Maker[edit | edit source]
As it is used at 2/3 and 1/3 health, with careful manipulation of the boss's mechanics, it is possible to circumvent Come Unto Your Maker if you can destroy the Heart in one fell swoop before it reaches one of those HP thresholds. The best way to do this is to equip powerful +DMG and/or +CRT on someone that can hit extremely hard (Leper is ideal), whittle the Heart down to 2/3 or 1/3 health, while stacking buffs on a hard hitting character, or stack defence-reducing debuffs on the Heart, and then hit them for one massive, shattering blow.
While saving one character by surpassing the second Maker is relatively trivial, saving everyone is far, far harder. It requires absolute precision calculation, best in slot gear, and a lucky crit to have all four of your characters walk out alive, and if you fail, you will likely endure back-to-back instant deaths from pushing the Heart to low HP. The first documented instance of an 'Everybody Lives' was achieved by three Plague Doctors stacking Emboldening Vapours on a Leper, while the Leper stacked Revenge on himself, resulting in a 268% damage buff and obliterating the Heart with a fatal critical hit of 173.
The second way of achieving this incredible goal is documented in this video, done by buffing the Jester with two Plague Doctors, one Man-at-Arms and four uses of Shard Dust, resulting in a destructive 199 damage critical hit.
It is also entirely possible to embark on this quest with just 2 characters to prevent Come Unto Your Maker completely, however it would make the Ancestor fight much harder. In order to accomplish this, you're going to need your heroes to be able to heal each other and still do high enough damage to prevail, which is much harder with just 2 characters, but it is possible, such as with the Hellion and the Flagellant, using the Flagellant for healing damage and stress, while using the Hellion as the main damage output. Such a feat was demonstrated by youtuber Fourtwoflow, who also defeated the HoD with a Leper and a Crusader, two heroes who can heal themselves and inflict high damage; the task was heavily aided by the presence of virtues, which was induced by Hero's Rings and the Valiant Spirit town event (65% virtue chance, though the Crusader can reset stress to 0, should an affliction be drawn instead of a virtue). This method is, oddly enough, less luck dependant than bringing the entire 4-man party. It is also possible to beat the Heart with the Houndmaster and the Flagellant, having the former constantly guarding the latter and dodging almost all hits, while the second stage AoE attacks will still hit the Flagellant and make him use his low HP skills. Another possible 2-man party capable of defeating the Heart consists of the Crusader and the Highwayman, with the Crusader as the main healer and de-stresser and Highwayman as the main damage dealer, especially thanks to his riposte.
Related Enemies[edit | edit source]
Creatures from the Darkest Dungeon[edit | edit source]
Bosses[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Heart of Darkness using Come Unto Your Maker and Know This
- Heart of Darkness using Dissolution
- Heart of Darkness using Puncture
- Heart of Darkness defending
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- While the name 'Heart of Darkness' is a reference to Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness, the creature itself is a reference to Nssu-Ghahnb/The Heart of Ages from the Call of Cthulhu Role-Playing Game. This is supported by Nssu-Ghahnb being trapped within an alternate dimension and being responsible for spawning all the monsters in the known universe, just like the Heart of Darkness.
- Heart of Darkness seems to be restoring one action per every killed person with a skill other than 'Come Unto Your Maker'. If he does so he will use two different skills in one round and the third in the second forcing it to pass it's turn, because all of his regular skills are cooling down. It is possible that this feature is a glitch, because the sound effect of passing his turn is anticlimactic and reveals that the boss has it's fear reversing limits.
- It is believed by some that the monologue in the gloomy and baleful ending, which includes similar imagery to the opening cinematic and concluded by the lines 'Ruin has come to our family' implies that you, the in-game direct blood relative, will be directly responsible for the rebirth of this great and terrible evil at some point in the future. However, the earliest verses of the monologue establishes the understanding of the thing as the originator of all Earthly life; furthermore, it continues with the line 'The great family of man.' As such, any subsequent lines- including that signature quote- referring to family and lineage actually refers to Earthly life as a whole, not just your bloodline.
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March 21, 1967: Charles Manson, 32-year-old career criminal, gets paroled from McNeil Island prison in Washington state, after doing 7 years for transporting women across state lines for the purpose of prostitution and forging checks. He has already spent most of his life in government custody: orphanages, reform school, jail, probation. Twice divorced, father of two abandoned sons, a student of Scientology, a pimp, a car thief, and an amateur guitarist, he hits the streets.
April 1967: Manson meets Mary Brunner, a librarian at Berkeley, the first of his “Family” recruits. He moves in with her.
May 1967: He picks up 18-year-old Lynette Fromme (later “Squeaky”) on Venice Beach and brings her back to Mary’s place. He meets Ruth Anne Moorhouse when her father Dean picks him up hitch-hiking and brings him over for dinner. She runs off with Charlie, but she’s underage. When the cops bust him, he gives his occupation as “minister.”
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Summer 1967: More troubled young girls follow: 19-year-old Patricia Krenwinkel and 20-year-old Susan Atkins, who Manson meets in the Haight-Ashbury district while he’s playing his guitar. Mary becomes pregnant.
Fall 1967: Charlie packs the ladies into a VW minibus and moves to L.A. He looks to make connections in the music world, offering his girls as bait to lure promising males. They wander around L.A. and Topanga, scrounging food from dumpsters. Charlie gets his first record-company audition, a three-hour session, but doesn’t get signed. Susan becomes pregnant.
March 1968: Mary gives birth to a son, the first of many Family babies. Charlie names the baby Valentine, after the hero of Stranger In A Strange Land. A couple of the girls meet Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, who picks them up hitch-hiking on the Sunset Strip. Charlie and the girls move in with Dennis and meet L.A. scenesters like producer Terry Melcher.
Summer 1968: Charlie does more studio sessions, hoping for a record deal with the Beach Boys’ label. Brian Wilson apparently isn’t impressed. The family — now a couple of dozen — moves to Spahn Ranch, a movie set owned by the elderly George Spahn, whose sex sessions with Fromme give her the nickname.
September 1968: The Beach Boys record Manson’s song “Cease To Exist,” which Dennis has revised and retitled “Never Learn Not To Love,” for their next album, 20/20. It comes out in December as the B-side to “Bluebirds over the Mountain,” which peaks on the charts at Number Sixty-One.
March 1969: Angry at Terry Melcher’s failure to deliver a record contract, Manson goes to Melcher’s house on Cielo Drive, unaware that Melcher has already moved out. He shows up in the middle of a party given by one of the new residents, Sharon Tate.
July 1, 1969: Tex Watson, while living at the ranch, sets up a drug burn. He makes a deal to sell 25 kilos of pot he doesn’t have, hustling $2500 out of a black dealer named Bernard “Lotsapoppa” Crowe. Watson takes the money and runs. When Crowe demands his money back, Manson arranges a meeting at Crowe’s apartment — and shoots him in the chest.
July 25: Bobby Beausoleil, a friend of Charlie’s, gets burned in another drug deal gone bad, this one involving Gary Hinman and a biker gang, the Straight Satans. Burned for a thousand dollars, Beausoleil goes to Hinman’s home with a handgun, a knife and a few Family accomplices: Atkins, Brunner, Bruce Davis and Manson, who cuts off Hinman’s ear. After Beausoleil shoots him dead, Atkins writes “POLITICAL PIGGY” on the wall in Hinman’s blood.
August 6: After the police find Hinman’s body, Beausoleil tries to make his getaway — in the dead man’s car. When the police catch him on the highway, they also find a bloody knife hidden in the tire well. Beausoleil is booked for Hinman’s murder.
August 9: The Tate murders at Cielo Drive.
August 10: The LaBianca murders at Waverly Drive.
August 16: The cops raid the ranch, looking for stolen dune buggies. Charges get dropped a couple of days later. The LAPD continues to treat the Cielo and Waverly killings as unrelated.
August 25: Spahn Ranch foreman Shorty Shea is murdered.
October 10 and 12: The police return to Spahn Ranch, arresting 27 people for car theft. Manson is booked under the name, “Manson, Charles M., aka Jesus Christ, God.”
November: Atkins boasts about the killings to fellow prisoners, who turn her in, providing the first big break in the case. Danny DeCarlo, from the Straight Satans, talks to police. Vincent Bugliosi, an L.A. deputy district attorney, takes over as prosecutor. Back home in Texas, Watson surrenders to the local sheriff – his cousin. He stays in Texas for almost a year.
December 4: Susan Atkins agrees to cooperate and makes a deal with prosectors. Her attorney negotiates a lucrative book contract. Over the following days, her grand-jury testimony makes it into the newspapers.
December 6: The Altamont disaster, just as the Atkins story starts to make the news, provides journalists with handy death-of-the-Sixties metaphors ever since.
December 19: Life magazine does a cover story on Manson, just in time for Christmas, giving him his first nationwide notoriety. Life presents the prosecution’s version of the murders, introducing America to the official story of Manson and Helter Skelter.
July: The trial begans, a media circus with Manson, Atkins, Van Houten and Krenwinkel acting up in court together. Manson carves an X onto his forehead, announcing, “I have Xed myself from the world. No man or lawyer is speaking for me.” The three girls carve Xs on their own foreheads.
August 3: President Nixon, giving a speech in Denver, brings up Manson, complaining the liberal media is trying to “glorify” Manson and other criminals. Nixon says, “Here is a man who was guilty, directly or indirectly, of eight murders without reason.” Prosecutors hope to keep the jury from finding out, to avoid a mistrial, but in court, Manson flashes them a copy of the Los Angeles Times headline: “Manson Guilty, Nixon Declares.” The next day, Manson waves his own sign, which says: “Nixon Guilty.”
August 13: Linda Kasabian is granted immunity in return for her testimony.
January 25, 1971: After ten days of deliberation, the jury finds all four defendants guilty on all counts.
April 19: The defendants get the death sentence, later commuted to life in prison.
August, 1971: Watson finally goes on trial, two years after the murders. He pleads not guilty by reason of insanity, but he’s found guilty. He eventually becomes a Christian minister.
November 1974: Vincent Bugliosi becomes a best-selling author with Helter Skelter, with help from co-writer Curt Gentry. He presents it as a gory pulp thriller, starring the heroic investigator who solves the case of the Beatles-crazed hippie murder cult. It becomes the all-time biggest true-crime book, giving permanent superstar status to both Bugliosi and Manson.
September 5, 1975: Squeaky Fromme, wearing a red nun’s habit, points a Colt .45 at President Gerald Ford on his way to the California state capitol. It doesn’t go off. She makes the cover of Time with the headline, “The Girl Who Almost Killed Ford.” Coming right after Helter Skelter, this incident establishes the Manson story as the world has known it ever since.
1988: The Manson story officially enters a new phase when N.W.A release Straight Outta Compton. In the opening minute, Ice Cube declares, “Here’s a murder rap to keep you dancin’/With a crime record like Charles Manson.”