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This entry contains potential spoilers for Pathologic 2. Read at your own risk.

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Name
Mark Immortell (Марк Бессмертник)
Faction
Utopians
Layer
Nerves
Pieces*
Status
Alive
Location
Theatre
Voice
Russian Voice
Alexander Dziuba
English Voice
Simon Law

Mark Immortell is the director of the Municipal Theatre.

Description

He has no past: he is the Theatre incarnate, its spirit materialized in a carbon-based avatar. No one in the town knows where he came from; perhaps he just sprang into existence in the Theatre the same way you get mice where there are pantries. Even if he did actually disembark from some train, valise in hand, nobody saw it happen.

He has no private life. If he’s suddenly found sipping tea in his apartment, it must be a set scene and he’s just waiting for one of the characters to turn up. Should he fall ill, it will probably be a trick as well. No one’s definitely going to see him dead.

Mark is a harlequin, but he only plays the part with his face. There’s no need to dress him in motley.
From the game's design documents



A cryptic and philosophical force, Mark Immortell owns the Theatre in the center of town. The Theatre provides the costumes the Executor wear as protective gear in infected districts. At night, the Theatre also performs pantomimes and productions, though the surrealism of these productions leaves one questioning what plane of existence they may be on. Immortell appears capable of metaphysical powers, placing limitations on the player as punishment for failure as with every death, the player will find their survival meters (health, hunger, immunity) limited, regardless if they "redo their work" (reloading save points).

Background

It is unclear exactly where Mark Immortell came from. His history is that of the Theatre's. In a conversation with him, it is revealed the work of the theatre has been limited recently, but the "coming events" will change that.

Plot

Haruspex Route

I had several paths and liked none. One had me as a beast-man; another as a hunchback; the third... as the indentured servant of some outside force.



Upon the start of the game, Mark is presented as both a character in the story as well as an observant outside force that can directly manipulate the events that the player experiences. He appears to the player as a judge, presenting them with the opportunity to understand the philosophy of death: in alignment with the Utopian form of thinking, one may be able to transcend their existences limitations upon 'solving' death, much like crossing a river. He is further observed during "death sequences", where upon the player's death through regular gameplay (such as starvation, dehydration, exhaustion, or disease), he converses with them and discuss the events leading up to their death. It is up to the player in dialogue options if they are the chosen character or a force controlling them, like an actor.

During the events of Pathologic 2 Mark Immortell can be visited in the Theatre prior to the outbreak, where he will have a discussion with the Haruspex regarding the purpose of the coming events. After the Plague begins to infect the town, his Theatre is turned into a hospital.Following the arrival of the Inquisitor he is seen standing outside the Cathedral, potentially alongside Yulia Lyuricheva and the Stamatin brothers, waiting to be interrogated by the Inquisitor. He seems to imply that the Inquisitor is herself also an actor in his performance, and urges the Haruspex to improvise. Mark is only ever otherwise seen in game during sequences involving the player's death.

Mark is in all endings, residing in his usual place in the Theatre. If the player has chosen to take the Fellow Traveller's deal prior to the ending of the play Mark will become enraged, furious that the Haruspex - and the player - would do something so foolish. If the player has not taken the Traveller's deal and has instead chosen another ending (and was not late) he will speak to the Haruspex concerning the ending of their performance. He will speak through the Haruspex to the player, asking how many people were truly here playing the Haruspex. The player can then choose to remove the mask, or free the Haruspex from the actor and let him back into the Town, or take over his place in the Theatre.

The Marble Nest

A new pantomime is being rehearsed at the Theatre.
Bachelor's Pathologic: The Marble Nest map hover



During the events of Pathologic: The Marble Nest, Mark Immortell is in his Theatre in the condemned part of Town. He is alive, but in danger.

Spoken Dialogue

→ See Mark Immortell/Spoken Dialogue#Pathologic_2

Screenshots

Official Art

Animation Video

Notes

  • Mark is one of the few characters in the game who is unable to fall ill to the Sand Plague. The other characters are Bachelor, Changeling, Stanislav Rubin, Aglaya Lilich, and Alexander Block.
    • In The Marble Nest, he is outside of the Stone Yard quarantine. Though marked as 'In Danger' on Dankovsky's map, it is unclear if he is actually ill.
  • Mark is the only character in the game who uses a cane.
  • Mark's surname, Immortell (Бессмертник), is similar to the plant Helichrysum italicum, known as immortelle[1] (also known as 'everlasting') and is spelled the same in Russian[2]. It also resembles the title of the folkloric villain Koschei, called "the Deathless" (Кощей Бессмертный).[3]
  • There is an open acknowledgement of the progression of time and/or change between Pathologic and Pathologic 2. Nikolay Dybowski noted that Mark's change in character is explained as having once been content with playing a fool and is now set with a personal goal in mind.[4][5] This “goal” seems to be in line with the Utopian manner of thinking, where one can transcend their limitations through literal and theoretical means. He refuses to compromise on his ideology, and even berates the player should they act ignorant to what he tells them.
  • Mark is a smoker, as both the Fellow Traveller[6] and the Rat Catcher[7] make comments about him "stepping out to have a smoke" when speaking to the Haruspex in the Theatre of Death.

References

  1. Wikipedia - Helichrysum italicum
  2. Wikipedia - Бессмертник песчаный
  3. Wikipedia - Koschei
  4. Онлайн-встреча с Ice-Pick Lodge 03.09.2017 - Link to VK event thread
  5. Онлайн-встреча с Ice-Pick Lodge 03.09.2017 - Google Docs documentation
  6. Haruspex: Where's the director?
    Fellow Traveller: The director went out to have a smoke. Got exhausted watching your torture. - Theatre of Death, Pathologic 2
  7. Rat Catcher: Because the director went out for a smoke—four hours ago. Anyone would get sick from smoking a cigarette that long. And he took the coat!
    Haruspex Is he, like… gone gone?
    Rat Catcher: How should I know? I'm a junior prop designer, no one reports to me. But the Theatre is empty now. Do not come back. -Theatre of Death, Pathologic 2

MarkHDmodel.png
Name
Mark Immortell (Марк Бессмертник)
Mark Immortal
Faction
Utopians
Age
23
Status
Alive
Location
Theatre
Miscellaneous
Color
Bright green
Body Part
Abdominals
Animal
Merlin
Voice
Russian Voice
Dmitry Polonsky
English Voice
Rob Corpuz (Pathologic Classic HD)

Mark Immortell is the owner and head of the Municipal Theatre. His direct influence upon events is very small, but many of the residents of the Town-on-Gorkhon believe that in fact it is he who controls what happens in the city, although there are no obvious reasons to think so.

Description

Appearance: Athletically built midget, a former circus performer. He has a proud posture which is the result of the spinal injury which led to his retirement from circus. A huge scar cuts across his chest, reaching his left scapula. He has a striking Roman nose with the tip facing downwards. Usually there’s a haughty smile on his face. A dandy. Mark holds himself with grace and dresses sharply. He carries a heavy walking cane.

Pose: Striding with pride.

Personality: This man used to be one of the best circus performers, but as the result of his severe injury he had to withdraw from the circus. Accompanied by a partner, he later was in charge of a troop and conceived a plan of creating a grandiose show. Mark started gathering a unique troop made from former cripples who through the sheer force of will continued to train and amaze the audience by showing them the impossible. Following the success of the “Freak Show”, Mark’s partner betrayed him and injured his spine once more. He left Mark to die by the hedge and took the troop with himself. The old Burakh helped Immortell recover, but Mark isn’t aware of it. In the town Mark profits from different things: he teaches people the art of conjuring and gambling.

From original Pathologic character concepts [1]



Arrogant, whimsical, and often philosophical, Mark Immortell is the lead director of the Municipal Theatre, in the Spin-a-Yarn Square. His performances are known for being mysterious, and allegedly can predict the future; something that Andrey Stamatin loathes, claiming it disrespects the work and memory of Nina Kaina. His productions vary from mime performances to entire plays, and sometimes even magic shows. Children are not permitted to watch his performances.

Mark lacks any kind of social life, but seems to be in the good graces of Maria Kaina, likely due to their shared ideology.

Background

Very little is known about Mark Immortell before he came to Town; he used to be a performer, but after the fall of the Ace of Diamonds Caravan, most of society turned their back on circus performers, and Mark was forced to leave the Capital.[2] According to his design documents, Mark had his own troupe of disabled performers, but was betrayed in some way by his supposed business partner, leaving him for dead. Isidor Burakh found Mark and helped him recover, but it seems Mark is unaware of this.

Portrait Quotes

LaraHDportrait.jpg "I think it's the Masks who play him and not the other way around. This Theatre generally gives me a dark vibe... I can't really put it into words. It's not a theatre, but rather a well pretending to be one. It's intimidating. Also, Mark's mime shows seem to incorporate us too... everyone's playing along to avoid disrupting the performance, and that's exactly how he's manipulating us."

- Lara Ravel's take on him.
MariaHDportrait.jpg "He makes me anxious; his performances don't show a person's fate, they impose it. I'd really like to see someone grab and pull the puppeteer's strings. Or maybe we ought to loop the whole thing, offering the strings to the people at the very bottom? That would be funny... All in all, one day I shall tame this crafty imp—no matter what it takes."

- Maria Kaina's take on him.
LaraHDportrait.jpg
"I think it's the Masks who play him and not the other way around. This Theatre generally gives me a dark vibe... I can't really put it into words. It's not a theatre, but rather a well pretending to be one. It's intimidating. Also, Mark's mime shows seem to incorporate us too... everyone's playing along to avoid disrupting the performance, and that's exactly how he's manipulating us."

- Lara Ravel's take on him.
MariaHDportrait.jpg
"He makes me anxious; his performances don't show a person's fate, they impose it. I'd really like to see someone grab and pull the puppeteer's strings. Or maybe we ought to loop the whole thing, offering the strings to the people at the very bottom? That would be funny... All in all, one day I shall tame this crafty imp—no matter what it takes."

- Maria Kaina's take on him.

Plot

Bachelor Route

On Day 10, Mark requests the Bachelor's presence at the Theatre. He warns the Bachelor of a commotion at the Bone Stake Lot and suggests the Bachelor should investigate it. The Bachelor discovers that a large crowd is gathering at the Lot and several people appear to be on the verge of rioting. He returns to Mark and the two decide to seek the help of Alexander Block.

On Day 12, as the Bachelor walks around Town and says goodbye and fair wishes to his Utopian allies, he speaks critically to Mark, declaring that if he could, he would have let the man die. The conversation with Mark is notably more meta, as it seems Mark is directly addressing the actions of both Bachelor and the player. Even the Bachelor notes how there is an otherworldly presence around Mark.

Haruspex Route

While the Haruspex occasionally visits the Theatre, he never speaks to Mark Immortell directly for any main quest.

Changeling Route

If the Changeling attempts to speak to Mark in his Theatre, he will demand that she leave, as she is an unwanted guest.

On Day 4, Katerina Saburova asks the Changeling to tell Mark not to allow the Theatre to be turned into a hospital, as well as to lead him away from Utopian ideology. When the Changeling visits the Theatre, she finds that it is locked and Mark is not there. The Executors standing by the door tell her that Mark has gone to see Maria Kaina. Though she puts on a brave face, the Changeling is mocked and put down by both Maria and Mark, clearly not taking her seriously. Mark will tell the Changeling that if she insists on trusting Katerina, she ought to know the truth about her visions. He sends her back to the Theatre with instructions on how to enter, and the Changeling discovers the existence of the Rat Prophet.

Spoken Dialogue

→ See Mark Immortell/Spoken Dialogue

Screenshots

Official Art

Notes

  • In the original 2005 English translation of the game, his name was written as "Mark Immortal".
  • Mark is the only character in the game who uses a cane. The reason for this is his spinal injury, which is what forced Mark to leave the circus.
  • Mark's surname, Immortell (Бессмертник), is similar to the plant Helichrysum italicum, known as immortelle[3] (also known as 'everlasting') and is spelled the same in Russian[4]. It also resembles the title of the folkloric villain Koschei, called "the Deathless" (Кощей Бессмертный).[5]
  • Mark will never fall ill, even when the player fails a main quest objective on the Bachelor Route.

References

  1. https://vk.com/photo-147796_292115759
  2. "Right, the Caravan. Don't you remember? The kidnapping story? The accusation of thimbleriggers… have you forgotten that orgy in the Capital? They started killing street performers on sight. Our own Mark Immortell ended up on the run."
  3. Wikipedia - Helichrysum italicum
  4. Wikipedia - Бессмертник песчаный
  5. Wikipedia - Koschei