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|Related Quests|| Darkness Incarnate|
Do the Ends Justify the Means?
- "Did the Blind Seer not tell you about us? Did she not warn you?"
- — The Crawler The Crawler, referred to by some as the Nightcrawler, is the central antagonist of the second half of Fable III. It is first encountered after the Hero of Brightwall, Sir Walter Beck and Captain Ben Finn are shipwrecked on the coast of Aurora. Ben Finn is separated from Walter and the Hero. While they are trying to figure out where they are, the Crawler begins to psychologically attack them. When it first attacks Walter, it leaves him blind until the Aurorans find him and help him. Walter never seems to fully recover from the attack and this seems to allow the Crawler to possess him later on. It is only seen in physical form a handful of times throughout the game but its voice can be heard taunting the Hero and their allies during encounters with the darkness.
The children are the servants of the Crawler and appear as humanoid shadows with demonic wings on their backs, similar to the shadows in Fable II. Generally the children are very weak but they have the ability to possess statues to increase their power and durability. It is unknown whether the children are an extension of the Crawler or shadowy beings that do the Crawler's bidding. There are indications that the Crawler is the creator of the children: the way the Crawler speaks about them, it gets angry when the children are unable to kill you and seems displeased when you kill the children.
The Crawler has the single-minded goal of destroying Albion along with the rest of the unnamed world, consuming it with darkness. It appears to find everything weak and acts as though it is doing the world a favour by destroying it. The Crawler is incredibly cruel and has no qualms with possessing people to turn them against each other or torturing them physically and psychologically.
It is revealed in Fable: The Journey that the Crawler was chief lieutenant to The Corruptor and a major figure in The Void, the same plane of existence that The Court hailed from. It is suggested through both Theresa's comments and the actions it undertook that the Crawler was instructed by The Corruptor to clear Albion for its rule, which it was cheated of by William Black.
Interactions with Albion EditarVoid, the Crawler was the chief lieutenant of the antagonistic entity known only as the Corruption. In the waning days of the Old Kingdom, following the construction of the Tattered Spire, the Crawler attempted to enter Albion through a rift created by the Spire. In a desperate attempt to stop it, three heroes, Sol, Blaze, and Stone attempted to seal the rift to stop the Crawler. The closing of this rift resulted in a gargantuan explosion that shattered the Spire, destroyed the Old Kingdom, and turned the three heroes into Willstones. Unfortunately for Albion and its people, the three heroes were not powerful enough to kill the Crawler, instead merely sealing it in Shadelight dungeon in Aurora. Many centuries later, Lucien's reconstruction and Theresa's subsequent reactivation of the Spire served to reawaken the Crawler five years prior to the events of Fable III. A year later, King Logan visited Aurora and saw his entire escort wiped out by the Crawler. He was nearly killed himself but was nursed back to health by the native Aurorans in the City of Aurora. He promised to return and wipe out the Crawler, but never did. This was a turning point for him; it is revealed that Theresa told him that the Crawler would attack Albion and that he must prepare, a burden which led him to break his promise to Aurora and become a tyrant in Albion.
Four years later, the Hero of Brightwall also promises to help the Aurorans to gain support for their rebellion. This promise is fulfilled by formally making Aurora part of Albion and providing its people with protection. After deposing Logan, the Hero has exactly one year in Bowerstone Castle to prepare for the inevitable attack by raising up to 6,500,000 gold coins to pay for an army to fight the Crawler's minions. This is challenging if the Hero chooses to be a benevolent ruler and keep all of the promises, however, it is possible provided the Hero donates their personal wealth to the kingdom's treasury.
When the Crawler attacks, the Hero must fight their way through the Crawler's forces in Bowerstone Market. Toward the end of the battle, the Crawler possesses Walter Beck and becomes the final foe the Hero must face in the main quest-line. The Hero defeats the Crawler fatally but at the cost of Sir Walter's own life; a sacrifice Walter is glad to make. With his dying words, Walter thanks the Hero for driving away the darkness and tells them he is proud of them.
The Crawler appears as a ghost-like being that tends to disappear and reappear as it pleases. Its body is small and thin in comparison to its oddly shaped head; regardless, it is still taller than a person even though it has a hunched posture. It has six large eyes, spikes protruding from the top of its pale head, a serrated looking mouth that stretches across the entire width of the head, and long spindly legs.
The power the Crawler exerts over the darkness is very complex and substantial. Similar to banshees encountered in Fable II; it is able to look into people's hearts and minds, see their greatest fears and use that information to demoralise them. In the desert, he continually mocks the Hero of Brightwall after they are forced to leave Walter. The Crawler later takes the form of Walter and cries out "I'm blind!" before his voice twists to a taunting, mocking tone.
The Crawler can cast hallucinations in people's minds, even to the point where even the landscape is transformed. In the final battle in Bowerstone Market the Crawler causes the following: sand dunes appear, bodies are thrown up against glass, crates explode as darkness breaks through them, pools of darkness that spawn children appear and the sun is blocked out.
In the Hero's fight against possessed Walter, he will attack the Hero similarly to the Sentinel. Along with having the ability to possess bodies, the Crawler can have a major influence over somebody who does not have the fortitude to resist.
The Crawler ceaselessly berates the Hero and their companions in each of its appearances. Its ranting, screaming voice echoes from the shadows. It taunts and mocks the Hero about the futility of their mission and the darkness that will overwhelm the world. Some of these are listed below.
- The light you bring will die. The light inside you will die. All that you are will die.
- It bleeds light and hope! It is such a beautiful sight!
- We are coming. We will devour your kingdom.
- A great wave of darkness will cover your land. They will come for your king. Who would sit upon the throne of Albion!
- You can never escape darkness, it flocks to you always.
- We will snuff out every last light, smother every breath from every mouth, and stop the beating of every heart.
- He would have done anything for you, and now, he screams alone!
- You shall be sightless, for that is the most blessed state of being. It is our gift to you.
- You have done such hurtful things. The people you know shall rejoice in your death.
- Are you thinking of your loved ones now? How you will never see them again?
- Watch us fly into your heart!
- The light in your eyes offends us! Let it go out!
- Darkness will swallow you whole!
- Are you blind? Are you blind yet?
- The Dark Guardian shall come and protect us... and all that is flesh and light shall die.
- We are coming, for all those you wish to protect, all those you wish to control.
- Dead fingers talk, dead fingers whisper, dead fingers claw at one million eyes!
- But you, too, wish for the black void... you tire of your travels, your burdens, the cries of the helpless, the cries of your dead. You too will be swallowed.
- You've brought hurt! The Children are angry!
- This Land is Ours! Darkness shall spread across the world!
- The lightbringers have come, but this is the kingdom of unlife now, this is the kingdom of death!
- Death beats its wings for you.
- We drink the sounds you give us. The cries of your young, the gurgle of a freshly ripped throat, we give thanks for your desperation.
- You try to run away, but you are made of sand! You are coming apart between our fingers!
- Petals, falling into the river. You are the flowers the children will pick and cast into dead water.
- You are tainted. The stain shall never wash out. The sun will never shine upon you again. Tainted...broken little toys...
- It doesn't matter if you leave. We are inside you. Your heart, your lungs, your thoughts will all be blackened.
- You let him die. You let us take him. But you're glad, are you not? You wished him pain. You wished him undone, unthreaded, unliving!
- The children hide in their shells. They have bodies now. Bodies can tear you asunder!
- He bleeds light and fades away. You should see it. It's a beautiful sight.
- I only want to care for you. Am I not your father figure?
- You rule over the graveyard. Is that what you wanted?
- Who made you? Who crafted such slight flimsy forms? You rip like insect wings in our hands.
- Do not provoke us with the bonegleam shining from your broken bodies. It is a transgression against the night.
- What happens to this piece of flesh when darkness touches its soul?
- We have waited centuries for you.
- The Crawler's voice sounds similar to the Commandant from Fable II.
- Due to the fact it appears to be insane and is an ancient evil, it is similar to the "entity" from the The Darkness comics and video games. as the two creatures live in a place of imprisonment (the Crawler in Shadelight and the Darkness in Hell), utilise hosts to escape (the Crawler possessing Walter, the Darkness possessing Jackie Estacado) and both hold some connection with the protaganists (the Crawler fate shaped by the past Heroes and an encounter with Logan, the Darkness existing as a curse to Jackie's family?)
- The Crawler has many similar attributes to The First in the Buffy the Vampire Series, it cannot attack anyone in its physical form, it can transfer its influence into a human, it can take on the form of others and it claims to be an ancient being.
- Despite its impressive mental powers, it is physically very weak, as Walter repels it by tossing a torch at it. Also, a note in Aurora mentions the Crawler only ceased its attack on the writers house when dawn broke, implying a strong vulnerability to light and or heat.
- During one scene, the Crawler admits that it has been waiting centuries to attack Albion.
- The Crawler seems more interested in Walter than he is in the Hero, maybe because Walter had darkness that caught the attention of The Crawler before the Hero's did. This is possibly because of his fears, making him easier to exploit, or because he spoke the text that removed the barriers in the Aurora cave.
- The Crawler appears to be aware of Theresa and her abilities, as in one of its comments it says "Did the blind Seer not tell you about us? Did she not warn you?"
- The Crawler is never seen to fight the player or any other character with its own physical strength. Instead, he resorts to attacks upon the human psyche and using the bodies of others to attack, such as using the Children and Walter to harm the Hero.
- Entering the Sanctuary while encountering the Crawler results in the Sanctuary becoming empty and decrepit looking. There are pools of black sludge on the floor and Jasper is missing. You also only have access to your clothing and weapons rooms. This occurs during the first encounter and during the climactic battle as well.
- In the Fable III Limited Collectors Edition card deck, The Crawler is seen as the King of Clubs.
- The Crawler may be inspired by Cthulhu from the writings of H.P. Lovecraft.
- The Crawler seems to enjoy appearing randomly behind or beside his targets, as seen when he does so twice with Walter, during both encounters with him. This may be a tactic to frighten or surprise them.
- When searching bookcases in the Reliquary, a message will sometimes pop up indicating that the bookcase contains "A series of books detailing the horrid, prophetic nightmares of the mad monk Silvestre Magus. The final one is simply called 'Darkness Descends on Albion'." This likely foreshadows the Crawler's attack on Albion.
- Aside from when it is possessing Walter, the Crawler never refers to itself in the singular.