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"I... I see. Merciful God, you have sent me an apostle. Guard your life, son, you have a calling."
―Father Martin
 

Martin Archimbaud is an ally to Miles and a major character in Outlast. He presents himself as a very religious priest and self-proclaimed prophet. He was a patient at the asylum.

Background

A note found by the player describes a patient called "Father" Martin Archimbaud who has begun suffering from delusions of a "higher calling" after the asylum's art therapy program is done away with. The quotation marks around the word "father" in the note imply that his status as a priest is questionable. This origin is hinted at by the cross on his chest that appears to be fashioned from straps, and at times a buckle is visible. His religion worships the Walrider, as it's the only reasonable explanation he could suffice in his state of dementia. His past experiences with finger painting[1] may have led him to mark the path for Miles in blood in the form of writing, arrows and smears. Several notes in the game are written by him.

Characteristics

Father Martin sees himself as a prophet of his god, the Walrider and believes that it is his duty to spread its gospel, named "The Gospel of Sand." He presents himself as a calm and good man who is only carrying out his duty, even apologizing to Miles for sedating him. Martin's faith is so strong that he eventually burns himself on a cross, believing he will be resurrected and set free. He was able to seize control of some of the inmates of Mount Massive Asylum such as the Twins, to the point that he was able to grant Miles free passage through certain sections of the building. However, characters such as Chris Walker and Eddie Gluskin are not under his leadership. Additionally, Trager seems to despise the priest entirely, which is evidenced by his rants before he mutilates Miles' fingers, calling him "little shit" and "a bit crazy."

Story

Outlast

Miles first encounters Father Martin in the atrium after having been thrown through a window by Chris Walker. Seeing their meeting as divine intervention, he calls Miles his apostle and tells him that he has a greater purpose. After Miles wakes up from the blackout he is gone. Shortly after, he is seen on a monitor in the Security Control room, cutting off the power to the asylum.

After Miles restarts the generator in the basement and returns to the Security Control room to open the main doors, Father Martin overwhelms him and injects him with a sedative. He says that he cannot allow Miles to leave, for there is so much yet for him to witness. Before Miles blacks out, Father Martin points to a live camera feed from the Underground Laboratory, which shows an entity known as The Walrider attacking and slaughtering a team of Murkoff Tactical soldiers. Father Martin then tells Miles that he has to 'accept the gospel' and that, in doing so, all doors will open before him. Miles then blacks out and is transported by Father Martin to the holding cells in the Prison Block.

Father Martin is then seen in certain areas throughout the game, sometimes instructing Miles to follow him through. He can be seen in the Sewer, walking past a blocked off passage while singing. The next encounter is near the end of the Male Ward after escaping from Trager, he exclaims that he is glad Miles survived, for he feared that Trager would carve him up like he did with numerous other patients, he says they're close now and that Miles should follow him outside to the Courtyard where he leaves a message in blood and a document near the flickering lantern post.

Father Martin is seen next inside the Female Ward, waiting at the middle floor of a collapsed section, shouting if Miles saw The Walrider as well, he says Miles can cross from the upper floors to reach him. He is last seen in the Chapel, in the upper floors of the Administration Block, where he is crucified in a ceremony as a prayer to The Walrider and tells Miles to record his death. A document explaining the ritual can be found earlier in one of the rooms with a praying patient.

Outlast: Whistleblower

Martin makes a cameo appearance in the Prison. Waylon Park passes him as he is painting on the wall, "Down the Drain" for his followers. He tells Waylon not to worry, for he is doing "his" work. Later in the DLC, Waylon can look out of a window in the Male Ward and see the exterior of the chapel, now ablaze in the aftermath of Father Martin's death.

Personality

Martin is completely delusional and blindly religious to the Walrider, acting as a calm priest who solely focuses on his faith to please his god. This warps him to see almost everything related to his belief, such as viewing Miles crashing next to him as the Walrider sending him an apostle, later leaving Miles bloodstained finger painted messages on walls to guide him throughout the asylum. His devotion is both suicidal and murderous, leading him to crucify and burn himself alive for the sake of the Walrider.

Physical description

Martin appears as a bald, chubby, old man in his 60's with a considerably creepy facial expression. He wears a garb of a black unbuttoned straitjacket fashioned into a priestly robe-like garment, with the back draping down to his ankles. He also has black pants, matching slippers and beige straps around his torso and wrists, with the torso straps fashioned into the shape of a cross.

Trivia

  • A silhouette can be seen near the asylum's entrance in one of its upper-left windows at the start of the game briefly glancing at the player before disappearing. Clipping through the walls reveals it to be Father Martin.
  • Martin speaks Latin.
  • In the game's configuration files, Martin is dubbed as "Priest."

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