Innocence Is Dead: in Amnesia, everyone is guilty

QUESTION: The fact that Amnesia wasn't as black and white as it first appeared to be is probably the reason why I even bothered thinking of the "What happened afterward?"'s. Neither Alexander, nor Daniel were innocent, and maybe Agrippa had done something horrible in his time, who knows? That's what makes them more interesting, and the game even leaves a lot of room to fill in the blanks. I felt sorry for them all, but that didn't mean that I thought their actions ok. -sent by anonymous

Same here, honestly, it left me very curious about the rest of the story and all the things that were never explained properly. Based on Alexander and Agrippa’s commentary in the game, I got the impression that Agrippa and Weyer spent a lot of time in Brennenburg and were aware of Alexander’s research to a pretty high degree. Agrippa doesn’t seem too horrified about the fact that Alexander uses the broken Orb pieces for torture, and Weyer must have known about Alexander’s use of vitae since it was mentioned in the recipe for the tonic to free Agrippa. It’s not much to go by, but I feel like those two didn’t feel particularly bothered by the fact that Alexander was torturing and killing people to extend his life, so well, I don’t think they were exactly innocent either. Perhaps they never personally took part in it, but it just feels shady, you know? Agrippa and Weyer just feel like they were some sort of partners in crime for Alexander, and then, for reasons best known to himself, Weyer abandoned the other two by jumping through that gate instead of Alexander, even though he must have known about his will to go home and end his exile. If they were friends, why would he have done that? Just for personal ambition? Was he really that much of a dick? I don’t know. But I doubt any of them - Daniel, Alexander, Agrippa, Weyer - were what we'd call 'innocent'.

Their actions were despicable - Daniel and Alexander's, mostly, based on the evidence we have - but I also cannot help feeling for their circumstances. It makes me wonder how easily a person would do what Daniel did, if put through the same predicament. I mean, the will to live no matter what is really strong in human beings, and most of us aren’t pious enough to be willing to sacrifice ourselves just like that to avoid hurting others. It’s easy to claim that in theory, but if you end up being thrown into a real situation where it’s either your death or someone else’s, well, I believe at least my survival instincts would kick in. I’m way too cynical to believe even half of our species would behave any different than Daniel, and that’s the true horror of Amnesia to me - that the protagonist wasn’t some inhuman monster, but just a regular person who didn’t want to die.