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Hello! If you're reading this you probably want monkey lore. There's not a whole lot to talk about with regards to the lore this time, seemingly intentionally because it's a 'setting the stage' update. With that being said I'll still provide you with all that I can in terms of monkey lore. So, the update has alot of crazy things. Monkey pirates, turning into a monkey, bushes that grow bananas........., but most importantly, the Unnatural Portal (and the debris around it). It looks like our friendly neighborhood inventor, Wagstaff, has been tinkering with dimensional travel and caused what seems to be a tear in space and time to show up. What's interesting about this is we've known Wagstaff's had some success with dimensional travel, having been the one to give Webber's dad the spider which would eventually be part of Webber, throwing WX-78 into the portal, and even scouting the Constant as a hologram in both DS and DST. The best and most recent example in terms of the timeline would be that he was able to siphon the Celestial Champion's energy and contain it in a structure that was a projection just like he was. So evidently, he's able to interfere with things even if he's not physically near them. So the fact that we now see there's some sort of consequence to his meddling with space and time is interesting. There are other things which allude to Wagstaff as well. Once of which will probably go unnoticed to most people but if you generate enough Moon Quay islands you realise there's a pattern to them. It has a distinct shape of two 'eyes', a mess of 'hair' and three docks which you can interpret as either teeth or a bushy moustache. This could be a stretch but it seems that the monkeys designed the island to look like Wagstaff. On top of that, the Queen of the Moon Quay's 'throne' is labelled as 'Moon Bed' in the image files and if she's happy from being given a banana, she can have a quote saying "THE GREAT SKY BANANA SMILES THIS DAY.". This could just be the monkeys seeing the crescent moon and thinking "Oooooo banana" or it could be related to Wagstaff's tampering with lunar energy leaving an impression on the monkeys. Either way, the old codger's been up to something and whether he realises he's tearing a hole in space and time, who can say for certain. We aren't sure why anything from the portal is spewing out of there, let alone seemingly cursed monkeys. I say seemingly cursed because one of the major things in the update is that upon acquiring 10 Accursed Trinkets, which you only get from killing Powder Monkeys, you turn into a monkey yourself. There interestingly isn't any interesting quotes for the trinkets themselves, though while turning into a monkey Maxwell makes the comment that he doesn't recognise the kind of magic it's using. Other than turning someone into a monkey, it's also cursed so that it can't leave your person. The only thing capable of taking the trinkets away from you is the Queen of the Moon Quay, who reaches out to you and has her hand glisten with some magic, before taking the trinkets and just putting it under her crown. She also makes some comments with regards to changing you back as well. MONKEY_QUEEN_REMOVE_CURSE - "YOU WOULD RETURN SUCH A GIFT? SUIT YOURSELF.", "YOU WISH TO RETURN TO THAT HIDEOUS FORM? VERY WELL.", "I CAN'T FATHOM WHY YOU'D GIVE IT UP, BUT I'LL HONOR OUR ACCORD." So it seems she sees the form as a gift, perhaps she might even have a part to play in the curse itself since she's the only one who can seemingly remove it. This is all to say we aren't sure whether the monkeys are monkeys who became pirates or pirates who became monkeys, but seeing as how all but the Prime Mate drops a trinket only on death, it seems they could be transformed as well. Walter seems to have the same theory ("Maybe they're pirates cursed to be monkeys! Or monkeys cursed to be pirates...") All of this to really say, we don't really know what's happening yet? It's clear Wagstaff has committed some mistakes and it's seemingly destroying some of his machinery as well as bringing objects from other planes into the constant. Whether he was using the monkeys or they're just from another weird world in the universe of Don't Starve is uncertain. We know that other strange dimensions exist outside of the Constant, since seemingly Wortox isn't from there but is still a magical creature, and he's canonically gone to the Terraria universe (whether you want to treat that as canon is up to you but for the sake of dimensional tomfoolery, I'm counting it). It's possible Wagstaff's making the world of the Constant even more unstable somehow, only time will tell. But if it is that he's unintentionally leaking other dimensions into it, I think it's a great way for Klei to add stuff that seemingly doesn't fit with the world, like random pirate monkeys and BUSHES THAT GROW BANANAS, I WILL NEVER GET OVER THIS KLEI. Just to wrap up with some small tidbits: The Powder Monkey Huts (forget what they're called) strongly resemble the machine Wagstaff contains the Celestial Champion's essence in, which just further cements that it's Wagstaff's influence and could potentially allude that these are either prototype machines that are being dumped into the Constant or he's planning to store even more energy. which is a can of worms to think about. There's also an inverted portal animation that seemingly isn't used yet. Based on the way it moves, it seems to be sucking stuff up rather than spewing it out like the one we have ingame. I imagine this might not be unused necessarily, but it's something we might see in the future. @QuartzBeam has the theory that all the 'setting the stage' updates might involve things generating from these sorts of portals, which I could totally see and would love. ALSO, Wilson made the Nautopilot and I don't know whether to be proud of him or not. The man could've just made a bigger boat but no, a giant magnet to carry around MORE boats is what he decided to make. Never change Wilson, never change. Lastly, just appreciate how half of the survivors either find surface bananas super weird because they're used to cave ones, or they're wondering why the bananas are growing on bushes: That about wraps it up. Not much to talk about unfortunately (but damn if I didn't talk...). I could've gone on with some of the sillier lore bits, like how Wendy's quote for turning into a monkey ("Stop laughing Abigail, it's not funny.") shows that Abi's still got her old personality, which you can't really tell otherwise (shoutouts to Quartz for showing me this) but I don't want to keep you guys from reading this more than I already am. Thanks again for anyone who made it to the end, see you next time when it turns out Wagstaff has just been trying to make the perfect treatment for male pattern baldness using some toenail clippings, monster meat, and the essence of an ancient deity.