The Depend of Monte Cristo might be the best revenge story ever written.
I say that with full and complete sincerity – no hyperbole, no exaggeration. Penned by Alexander Dumas in 1844, it is a legendary saga of betrayal, journey and intrigue that follows its protagonist for 20 years throughout half of Europe. There isn’t any different story prefer it, and possibly by no means might be once more.
A short synopsis for these not within the know: our story begins with Edmond Dantès, a younger, good-hearted French sailor, being framed for treason by 4 males who all stand to achieve one thing by his disappearance. Labelled unfairly as a traitor, poor Dantès is distributed to the island jail of the Chateau d’If, left to rot in a cell barely greater than himself. His solely respite comes when he makes mates with the sensible previous Abbé Faria within the subsequent cell alongside, and thru him learns about science, historical past, tradition, language, arithmetic… and the situation of an enormous treasure trove that Faria had found shortly earlier than his imprisonment, however by no means managed to get his palms on.
Dantès manages to flee after fourteen years within the wake of Faria’s dying and claims the treasure for himself, utilizing it to construct a brand new identification because the mysterious nobleman recognized solely to Europe because the Depend of Monte Cristo, and creating an epic marketing campaign of vengeance structured to destroy every of the lads that framed him. No matter they betrayed him for – repute, cash, love – Dantès units lots of of wheels in movement to deprive them of their prize, leaving them deranged, destitute or useless (generally all three directly). The query is rarely whether or not the Depend will come out victorious, however how a lot of his humanity he is keen to sacrifice within the course of.
As a result of make no mistake: light Edmond died in his cell on the Chateau d’If, and the chilly engine of vengeance referred to as the Depend of Monte Cristo was what dragged itself out. The Depend’s pursuit of revenge takes him to some really darkish locations, usually making us query whether or not he really deserves to win… however alternatively, it is simply so enjoyable to observe his elaborate plan come collectively, and to see all of the villains who framed him lastly get some comeuppance.
If a recreation have been to seize this correctly, it would not be straightforward. It is tempting to simply write it off as an Uncharted action-adventure recreation with extra French accents and feathered hats, however I am unsure that’d actually evoke both the darkish soul-searching or elaborate intrigue that’re what make the e book so fantastic. Possibly some Telltale morality decisions or spymaster technique? There isn’t any apparent solutions, however I nonetheless suppose it is value pursuing, purely due to the potential of recreation storytelling.
For as unimaginable because the e book is, the passive nature of studying signifies that we’re at all times seeing Edmond from the surface. The fiery anger, the icy crafty, the victories, failures and uncommon moments of uncertainty – we witness these items as observers, not as members. However the concerned nature of video video games places us within the driving seat, and extra importantly, instead of Edmond. We can be those betrayed, we can be those who are suffering – and thus we lastly get to see what we might do, have been we the Depend of Monte Cristo.
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