The Curator Posted May 7, 2017 Share Posted May 7, 2017 It seems there is an unusual amount of lore actually referenced by the chess statues. The Bishop, Rook and Knight are all personified as clockworks which justifies the existence of the statues. The Queen, King and Pawn however do not have a clockwork representation, because they are already embodied. Maxwell is of course the incarnation of the King, and he is even referenced directly as one. Charlie is referenced to be the Queen. Wilson says "Hmm... Looks Familiar" when examining the statue, which is ironic considering that he is the only one who has directly seen Charlie other then Maxwell. Maxwell comments that "Must everything be about my shortcomings" which could be interpreted as him referencing when he was dethroned and replaced. Finally, Wickerbottom mentions how strategically useful the Queen piece is, which is ironic considering that Charlie has been far more useful to Them then Maxwell was. Which parallels to how much more the Queen piece can move compared to the King. And the rest of the survivors are Pawns. Wilson and Wendy make casual references to the idea however it directly parallels with the plot. More importantly Wickerbottom comments that "Pawns that journey to the seat of power can be quite dangerous" which symbolizes the fact that Wilson, a pawn, was able to cross the board and ascend to temporary king in place of Maxwell. Which is a likely reference to the Promotion rule in Chess, which in simplified Checkers directly involves a Pawn becoming a King. The concept also back-dates to the Ancients who had a King, a Queen, and of course Pawns. Which may be a pattern repeating itself on purpose for whatever reason. The main problem still is that it makes no sense how They knew enough about machinery and Chess to teach the Ancients how to build the Clockworks in the first place. Which raises the question of how They learned about machinery and Chess to begin with. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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