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The Snail is a major character in Darkwood.

It can be found in the Cottage Near The Junkyard, in the Swamp, in Chapter 2. It resides within the roof of the central (and only) building in the area, within a shell. The player will need to use a weapon on the cracked underside of the shell in order to enter.

Inside resides a giant snail (as per the name). It speaks in a plain language and can be extensively gossiped with. It will give the player a few quests, and will casually remark on how ugly the Protagonist is. Its stomach may also be interacted with by examination; in doing so the Protagonist will note that it's rather brittle, and can quite possibly be opened with force.

Indeed, to enter the building the Snail sits on, the player has the choice of either: following the quest line of the Snail and in doing so, freeing it from captivity; or, the player can carve their way through the Snails stomach with an Axe. Afterward, they may enter the house.

Quests Edit

Freedom: Edit

The Snail tasks the player with freeing him/her from their shell. After enjoying some time lying around, it finally wishes to leave, and roam around. To do this the player needs the Shed Key (that unlocks the door just outside) which can be used in conjunction with the eye-creature to unlock a side path. In this side path a cocoon like object can be found out. When interacted with the Protagonist notes that it's 'fragile.' In saying this, it can also be broken with a weapon.

Doing this will free the Snail.

As a consequence, however, the Snail will travel to the Radio Tower where it can be found dead, blocking the entrance to the place, and filled with Baby Banshees.

A Tough Feat: Edit

The Snail asks if the player has the Wellington boots. Though the Snail doesn't directly ask, it implies that it wants a pair to use for itself. In the Huge Lake the player can find a pair; however, showing the Snail the item currently does nothing - it will discuss how nice they look, but nothing more (as of Alpha 8.0).

Notes Edit

  • The Shed Key, at the time of testing, could only be retrieved by entering the building and looking around. This meant killing the Snail. After triggering an eerie radio sequence inside the house a disembodied hand could be found by the corpse of the Snail, which had said key.

Speculation Edit

  • It's possible that the Snail used to be human. Its desire for boots, and its discussion of what it thinks is human (which is brought up when it discusses how ugly the Protagonist is for a human), suggests that it has some concept of what its like to be one. Though unlikely, it may have been a human in the past.

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