The Elephants are major characters in Darkwood that live in the Swamp Cottage. They're a family of four; three children (one of which is missing) and a mother. They're dressed in full protective suits (Hazmat suits reminiscent of the World War 2 era) with breathing hoses, and oxygen tanks. Their strange appearance created by the masks is likely the reason for their nicknames.
The mother is a fierce survivor, and somewhat of a shut-in; she forbids her children from going outside, talking to strangers, or breathing any of the 'contaminated air.' She herself argues that said air is the cause of the mutations of all the other inhabitants of the region (she claims too that the Protagonist's muteness is caused by such a miasma). She also claims that the 'book,' quite possibly a reference to the bible, will save them. She exhibits aggressive behaviors too (such as hitting her kids) which suggests her time spent inside the house has driven her mad.
The Cripple will first point the Protagonist towards the Elephants in the Swamp Cottage, by suggesting that they have Oxygen Tanks. Before the player will be able to meet the Elephants face to face, however, they will need to refuel some of the generator outside their house. How much the player fills it up, is entirely up to them. The Elephants will thank you and open the door. Upon speaking to them, the mother Elephant will give the player a quest. One of her sons ran away in pursuit of his hobby of 'collecting mushrooms,' and you are required to bring him back alive and well.
The Child can be found in the Mushroom Glade behind a locked door in the Mushroom Granny's house. Upon retrieving him, the mother Elephant will take him into another room and he will disappear from the game. The player is rewarded with an Oxygen Tank for their efforts.
- Taking the Child back to the Elephants is not required for obtaining an oxygen tank, but finding him and hearing his song is.
- The Oxygen Tank given to the player is completely empty, though the mother Elephant insists its full. It's likely that she's breathing the same polluted air as everyone else.
- The room that the Elephants are not in at the Swamp Cottage will be locked, likely keeping the Child there.
- The mother mentions that she has another son which left, and supplies them with the oxygen they breathe. If the player follows the trail of flowers to the Old Shed and uses the code (clued to by the Child) to open its locked door, they will find a body holding an Oxygen Tank, with many more scattered around the area. This is likely the body of her child, "supplying" the air with his body.
|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|