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So I just finished Gabriel Knight 2, but I have a few questions regarding the game's plot which I'm a bit fuzzy on. Hopefully some of y'all don't mind clearing up in a few things for me! And if anyone else want to throw in their own story-related questions, feel free.

1. Was Von Glower actually a bad guy? Had he actually killed humans? At the end Gabriel Knight even admitted that he liked him, and it was Von Zell who had been responsible for the recent murders.

2. Was Von Glower the original black wolf, or had there been several different ones through the centuries?

3. Why was the basement in the hunting lodge off limits to Gabriel and newer members? Because it showed that the club had been involved with killing some endangered animals?

4. Did Grace ever give Gabriel Von Glower's letter?

5. What impact did becoming a werewolf have on Ludwig II's life? Was it in any way instrumental to him being dethroned?

6. According to the game, how did Ludwig II die?

7. Was there any particular reason why Doktor Klingmann wanted to join the hunting club? Just seemed odd, if he was fond of wolves and other animals, but I guess it's not impossible to be both a hunter and an animal lover.

8. Why did Ludwig II sign over control of Bavaria?

9. I'm not sure if I got the opera. So it was designed to force a werewolf to shapeshift? What purpose would that have served for Ludwig II?
1) He was the affable villain, a subtle thing rarely seen in any storytelling these days let alone gaming. I think he did kill humans but regretted it, and didn't kill any more once he was able to control the curse. He didn't seem inherently bad, just a product of the curse; unlike Von Zell who was clearly bad from day one.

And it wasn't until I checked a few fan pages that I saw I wasn't the only one who noticed the tension between him and Gabe...

2) His father got the curse from a gypsy after raping a girl. Von Glower inherited it (ties in with the title of the first game..."sins of the fathers".)

3) What adventure game doesn't have areas you're not supposed to be snooping around in? ;) Plus, Von Zell was trying to cover his tracks as only he and Von Glower really knew what the club was a front for.

4) Nope. We the players knew what it said but it never made it to Gabriel.

5) It made him appear even crazier than he did IRL and with how the books within the game tell it, and people just dismissed it as mental illness.

6) The same way he died in real life.

7) He got tricked into it by Von Zell who bought the wolves off him, he made the club out to be a place where he'd meet like-minded people with an "animalistic nature".

8) He wasn't fit to rule anymore, and was too crazy and despondent to do it anyhow.

9) I was always a little confused on this too, but I think the basic gist was that the placement of the chandeliers would respond to the specific soundwaves, and prop reflections, that would force a public phasing-- it was meant to kill the original Black Wolf so Ludwig would be free of the curse.

Jane Jensen is my freakin hero, seriously. Out of all the Sierra classics, the ones that had her storytelling were seriously the best because she could get 4, 5 different stories all going on at once but then they all tie up in the end. GK2 is also one of the few FMV games I love. I think that FMV might've gone down in history a little different had it been sold before Phantasmagoria.

The twist that totally threw me was how Von Glower was the affable villain all along and Von Zell was just his failed scion...I was expecting the entire club to be made up of werewolves.
1. I think that's a rather complicated question to give a definitive answer to. Firsty, we aren't given a yay or nay to whether Von Glower killed humans. The missing persons reports dating back to the 70s , during the time Von Glower first relocated to Munich, highly suggests he did, in fact, kill humans, though at a much slower fatality rate. As he said; wild animals instinctively kill whatever and consume the applicable amount they need to survive "respectfully". Make of that what you will. Perhaps, if you compare him to, Dexter, from the TV series, a serial killer who only kills "bad guys" maybe we could correlate that with how Von Glower's ideologies function. Though, we also don't know whether these missing people were "bad" to begin with. Again, very tough question to answer. I personally believe Von Glower to have had an evil set of ideologies and a very selfish and one-tracked mind, though born from tragic circumstances beyond his control. He probably believed what he's doing was natural and had had this instinct and these highly-tuned primal tendancies all his life because it's his DNA. On the absolute opposite end of the spectrum is Von Zell who went insane from the lycanthropy and acted like a demon, as opposed to Von Glower, the instinctive, wild animal performing his "natural" habbits. I reccommend reading the novel version of GK2 that elaborates these ramifications somewhat.

2. I think Von Rallick, Von Glower's father, who was cursed by gypsies to turn into a werewolf, was a "black wolf" too. I may be forgetting a bit here. Wasn't that a nickname he, or his family, were given before his lycanthropy by his peers for thier hunintg prowess? I do remember a black wolf family crest. Though, before all that, who knows? It is never revealed in the game or novel. We can assume that there were at least two; Von Rallick and Von Glower, though for argument's sake, Von Glower as the "Black Wolf" was certainly the most notorious - though infinitely more clandestine about it.

3. Most likely, yes. Or maybe new members were introduced gradually until the senior members trusted them completely. No-one likes a whistleblower in the organisation - and probably those black candles suggesting ungodly rituals would put people off too much if used as an ice-breaker.

4. I don't remember. I know what she does with it in the novel version, but I won't spoil it for you.

5. Of course. Madness does that to people - and would furthermore be very effective ammunition for his enemies to use in a coup.

6. Suicide. He drowned himself in the lake. Weren't you paying attention? ;)

7. Hmm, he probably genuinely wanted to join as he no doubt favoured the "philosophy". However, 99.9% of the reason was because he was a tool. Von Aigner and Von Zell needed his cooperation in allowing them to use the zoo wolves as a cover for Von Zell's killing spree. As to him being an "animal lover" - I think he was fascinated, or obsessed, with the instinctive nature of predators. Probably wanted to "feel" what it was like to be a predator and get into the mindset of a natural killer, like the wolf, hunting game.

8. He was forced to. On grounds that he was mentally incapable of remaining in his position.

9. He wanted to force the change in Von Glower so everyone would witness it and thus lead to Von Glower's capture and eventual execution, therefore killing the alpha wolf and effectively breaking the lycanthropy curse, freeing Ludwig's soul. Remember, as a rule, the beta has to willingly participate in the demise of the alpha or their soul would not be freed after they themselves died. FYI, the crystal chandeliers were designed specifically to resonate the precise frequency to emulate a wolf's howl while the strings played a particular note during the final act. They didn't work properly because the modern opera house was reconstructed differntly after WW2 so they couldn't follow Ludwig's precise measurements for the correct accoustics. Gabriel was an initiate werewolf so he didn't have the willpower or discipline to fight the change. It very nearly didn't work on the greatly experienced Von Glower - until after Gabriel turned and let out a geniuine wolf's howl.