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He's an older gentleman with hazy eyes, who sits dormant in his wheelchair. He seems to be the only person left in town; the rest have either died or become a part of the Talking Tree. In the past, he says, many people used to pass through. Those people stopped coming once the tree grew. This can be found out by handing the cripple a List found nearby, containing a list of survival ingredients.
The Cripple is rarely friendly, and rather pushy for the player to complete certain tasks that he himself can't do (in his current state). His relationship with the Protagonist can be described as a 'tenuous friendship,' created simply out of necessity.
Kill The Tree Edit
The Cripple tasks the player with destroying the Talking Tree. He claims that the cries of those trapped inside won't let him rest.
To do this the player will need to enter the Bunker beneath the Village, with an Oxygen Tank, and go through a nightmare sequence reminiscent of the levelling up nightmares (such as the grave, or church nightmare). After that, the tree can be burned by opening an Oil Tanker, and using a nearby Torch to set the oil (and the tree) alight.
In doing this, and returning to The Cripple, he'll be found staring into the fire. He doesn't respond to the players presence at all; he seems to be petrified. The next day he disappears. Its implied however by the pile of ash and backpack in his place that he burned to death.
The Cripple asks the player to find him some wheels for his wheelchair. In doing so, he claims that he will reward the player.
- In the Protagonists' description of the character he describes that the wheelchair seems to be encompassed by roots. This might suggest that The Cripple too is slowly becoming a part of the Talking Tree. The tree has demonstrated its ability to connect to and entangle people before in the Cottage Near The Junkyard, where small roots have grown from a radio to attach to a man, lying in bed. Its possible that it has spread to The Cripple too.
- Another way to view the situation is that he simply hasn't moved in a considerable time. It is stated in multiple places that roots and branches grow incredibly fast in Darkwood's region, and therefore could grow over him, without any relation to the influence of Talking Tree itself.
|Major characters||Bike Man • Chicken Lady • Child • Cripple • Doctor • Elephants • Mirror • Mushroom Granny • Musician • Piotrek • Protagonist • Snail • Soldier • Talking Tree • The Three • Trader • Wolfman|
|Minor characters||Dial-eyed Man • Half-Dead Man • Half-Dead Woman • Hannah • Janek • Madman • Pretty Lady|