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The Talking Tree is a major character in Darkwood. It is a gross manifestation/amalgamation of many different people into a singular, hideous form. A female child and older gentlemen are just some of the people to make up those who are trapped inside.
Its interactions with the player are limited. The player can choose to kick and break parts of the tree but in doing so it only grows back other limbs. There is an option for 'Gossip,' but with so many people talking it is hard to discern any responses. Its primary purpose seems to be to blockade the player from finishing the game.
Kill The Tree Edit
The Cripple mentions that people used to pass through the Village to leave the woods, before the tree came around. He tasks the player with destroying it; doing so will stop its hideous cries and allow him to "die in peace."
Through a bunker beneath the Village the player can use a large oil tank and Torch (both of which are provided in a dream sequence) to burn the Talking Tree. It does not die immediately; the Protagonist notes that the fire will have killed it by the next morning. Sure enough, when the player comes back the next day the tree will be a shriveled, dead, ashen grey, and in its place will be the way out of the woods.
It is possible to spare the Talking Tree and get the True Ending, although it is extremely difficult. It is possible (but currently unknown) that if the player gets the True Ending without killing the Talking Tree, then the tree will survive the burning of the forest. Otherwise, the Talking Tree is dead before the forest burns, and The Three die while standing in its remains.
- After the Talking Tree is killed, the player has access to The Road and can trigger the Epilogue.
- The Talking Tree is implied to be the one talking to the player over the radio in Hideout 4 and in the Cottage Near The Junkyard. When the tree is killed the radio will ask, 'Why have you done this?' Then it will trigger a night event where huge groups of Burning Villagers - possible coming from the tree's trunk itself - will charge forth to attack the player, likely in revenge for what he has done.
- The Talking Tree is seemingly able to use radios for influence and control of the environment around them. In the Cottage Near The Junkyard, small roots (similar to those found near the tree) have crawled out, to deliberately ensnare the dead body in the bed. During the scripted night event it is also capable of transporting fire through the radio, and the burning villagers too.
- The Talking Tree seems to be related to The Three. Once it has been killed, the Three stop appearing in the morning. As said before, they will burn to death in one of the endings while standing in the tree's remains.
- The Talking Tree is not malevolent, it comes across as mournful and confused when you set it on fire, and tries to nudge the player towards escaping through the Radio Tower Bunker. It also seems to have an unexplained connection with The Three.
- During the first night in Hideout 4 the talking tree shows a vision of ravens and says "come back to us" via the radio, trying to make the player go through Radio Tower bunker instead of burning him.
|Major characters||Bike Man • Chicken Lady • Child • Cripple • Doctor • Elephants • Mirror • Mushroom Granny • Musician • Piotrek • Protagonist • Snail • Soldier • Talking Tree • The Three • Trader • Wolfman • The Being|
|Minor characters||Dial-eyed Man • Half-Dead Man • Half-Dead Woman • Hanuskah • Infected Villager • Janek • Maciek • Madman • Notable Villagers (Swamp) • Pig Farmer • Pretty Lady • Sleeper • Stasiek • Tunneler|