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Abattoir
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Map ID
boiny (Pathologic)
An ancient temple turned into a slaughterhouse. A place where the town’s zoomorphic nature is particularly salient. A theme of nestedness: as the town had grown atop the bull of the earth and crushed it down, so has the gray-concrete Termitary, housing the workers, grown atop the Abattoir, humanizing it and taking away its magnetism.
[from the game’s design documents]

The Abattoir (Бойни, Olonngo) is the womb from which the whole city was born, the heart of the Bull Project (the economic basis of the city) and the "neolithic swelling on the edge", as the Bachelor puts it. The Foreman is the main link between the Abattoir and the Town.

Description

The Abattoir is the core of the Bull Enterprise and the place where the bulls are slaughtered. It is said the Abattoir's transformation into a prosperous industrial facility (that simultaneously remains a pagan temple, where Steppe rites are performed) is due to Oyun's efforts and working with Big Vlad.[1]

The Abattoir can be accessed through one of three gates: the Gates of Labour, which are used by the workers; the Gates of Sorrow, through which slaughtered bulls are taken away by the railway track; and the Gorge, a corridor in the depths of the Abattoir, the route that Supremes take when they come from the Steppe to be celebrated. There's also a passage to the Abattoir from the Termitary. Entrances to the Abattoir are limited, and getting there is not easy. Butchers cover the gate with boulders and at the right time they roll them back. Opening and closing the gates is subject to complex laws established by the Foreman. Previously, it was run by Father Superior Tycheek, and it is run by his daughter. According to Aglaya Lilich it is impossible to enter into a slaughterhouse when it's off limits due to an overwhelming mental barrier.

On the day of the Inquisitor's arrival, at her command, all the gates are opened. However, the butchers and worms inside the Abattoir will be hostile to outsiders.

Local kids believe the Abattoir is inhabited by gods so old that beasts used to believe in them before humans even came to exist. Some townsfolk say the Abattoir so big because it covers the cavities of the unburied udurgh.

Spoiler warning: Significant plot details follow.
Over the centuries, butchers poured ritual bovine blood under the Abattoir through various underground cavities, causing all the ground under the city to be soaked in it.

In the depths of the Abattoir Haruspex is able to find the living blood which he uses to create the panacea. Aglaya Lilich suggests that the Polyhedron caused the wound in the earth which prompted the infection, therefore removing it will save the town.

The Bachelor insists that the Plague was born underground the temple, in mineral deposits, so with its soil poisoned the Abattoir and the Town must be destroyed to eradicate the disease and gather the blood below.

Significant plot details end here.

Plot

Missing Plot (Pathologic Classic HD - 3 routes, Pathologic 2, Pathologic: The Marble Nest).

Pathologic

Bachelor Route

Haruspex Route

Changeling Route

Pathologic 2

Pathologic: The Marble Nest

Screenshots

Official Art

Notes

  • In Pathologic Classic HD it was stated that there are 1800 workers currently working at the Abattoir.
  • The ancient name for the Abattoir is Olonngo, "a ford".
  • In ancient days the Abattoir used to be twice as tall as it is now.
  • Despite the production of meat, the Abattoir doesn't let the scent of death out.
  • The townsfolk claim different things about the origin of the Abattoir. Some say it was built even before men came, while others say it was built only 80 years ago.[2]
  • The water of Gorkhon is not suitable for drinking because the Abattoir dumps its waste into the river.

References

  1. "The access to the Abattoir was restricted, so the Works emerged as a separate complex. All because the Foreman of the Abattoir made a deal with Olgimsky, promising to double the product in exchange for nonintervention into the Abattoir's internal matters."
  2. "Historically, the oldest craft around here was tanning; eventually a group of factories sprouted on the river bank. About eighty years ago that settlement burned away, and then the Abattoir was constructed."