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TLDR at the bottom!
Edit: Made some changes with further lore discovery

I see a lot of people skipping over the whole story and lore for this game and it's kinda sad. I've been a doom fan for 15 years so I know why it's skipped over but I actually think they did a pretty bang up job this time around. It's one of the more badass stories in video games that I've seen and I thought I'd share it with anyone else who doesn't feel like digging through the lore and data entries.
Most of the story takes place in the past as the precursor to the events that transpire in the game.


Backstory/Lore
Long time ago, thousands upon thousands of years ago, there was an ancient culture of people who lived on mars in a different dimension called the Argent. The Argent worshiped creatures that were near gods of energy, called the Wraiths. The Argent peoples were both proud and terrified of those Wraiths and they had their strongest warriors, called Night Sentinels, serve as the Wraith protectors to protect the Wraiths from the forces of Hell but also to protect the Argent people from the Wraiths should the turn for any reason.

The Demons wanted the power of the Wraiths but could not stand up to the Sentinels, as the Sentinels were empowered exponentially by the Wraiths as well. Demons can only prey upon the weak, as they are weak and pure corruption themselves. If they wish to attain the power of the Wraiths, they will have to use a more sneaky, and pathetic, measure.
One Sentinel in particular, the leader, was furious and grieving over the loss of his only son whom had died on a battlefield. Mentally weakened and broken, that Sentinel leader struck a deal with a Demon to resurrect his son. In return he would lead the Demons to the Wraiths and the Demons cursed and controlled the Wraiths; The Sentinel was known as the betrayer, and the heathen.

His son was returned to him, not as one of their kind, but as a Demon and a Great One; the Icon of Sin. And since all of the Wraiths were cursed and put to an eternal sleep, nobody could stand up to the Icon of Sin and it annihilated all of the Argent. Argent had been completely wiped out and the dimension of Hell had consumed the Argent dimension, as well as harnessing the power of the Wraiths to form "The Well" of Argent Energy.

The man, still a warrior of the Night Sentinels, slew the demons one by one out of rage. His pure rage and iron will gave way to an invulnerability of corruption, even against Hell's natural corruption energy, and giving way to a further tempered, evolved, and powerful body and mind. At some point, a Seraphim (an Angel) took notice of his purity and will and blessed the man with incredible speed and strength. Not only that, but yet another Demon betrayed their own kind (unspecified) and forged him a new suit of armor crafted from the Argent Energy in the foundries of Hell, the Praetor Suit. And with that power, he continued to slaughter the demons for ages and eons to come.

All Demons knew him as the "Doom Slayer". Unlike any man or creature before, he was able to cross dimensions without being ripped to pieces, a trait only Demons have. He was also given the title "Hell Walker" for that ability to jump through dimensions. The Doom Slayer's goal is to exterminate every single demon from existence across all plains and dimensions.

Millennia past by and the Demons could not stop him. They even threw a "Great One" Titan demon to kill him, but it too was slain by the hand of the Doom Slayer and the man, still, continued to rampage on. He would only get stronger with every demon he killed and there was no way to kill him, so the Demons decided to lock and imprison him instead. Soon after slaughtering the Titan, the Doom Slayer continued to push forward and continue his crusade against the now retreating Demons. Unfortunately they had already laid out a trap for him. They brought down a whole temple upon him, managed to separate him from his Praetor Suit,and seal both the man and his suit in a block of solid stone. He was then put under the highest of protection within Hell so that he can never escape or kill another one of their kind again.


[Fast forward way into the future...
Humans made their expedition to Mars and discovered Argent Energy fracturing and leaking through Hell's dimension into ours. A man named Samuel Hayden led the science expeditions revolving around this almighty power of Argent energy (billions of times more powerful than Nuclear energy) and through it discovered the Hell dimension and all kinds of ancient scriptures.

Samuel Hayden suffered from a cancer and through a risky operation, transferred his consciousness into a 12 ft tall robot (he wanted a big robot for combat measures in case they came up). He scouted the brilliant and happy/energetic woman to assist him in his research, Olivia Pierce, but she declined as work on Mars sounded dreadful to her. Olivia also suffered from an incurable disease and didn't want to die. Samuel Hayden offered her a cyber body as well, though not as good as his own, she would still be part human and her nerves connected to the prosthetic system. She accepted.

She underwent the procedure and the prosthetics caused a permanent excruciating pain since her nerves were connected. That never ending pain and suffering, coupled with her sense of debt to Samuel forced her to work for Samuel at Mars and assist in his research. Over time, she hated the world. She hated everybody and everything. She hated herself. Her mind and will were broken.

But since the new Argent Energy research resulted in the contact with demon entities, yet another deal was struck up. Olivia was promised a lot by the demons (most likely to make the pain go away, kill samuel, cause as much pain as possible, become a Great One, ect) and they told her what to do. Olivia started a cult to follow her into Hell and aid in her mischief.

Through ancient scriptures, Samuel found the Doom Slayer and the Praetor Suit in a well guarded section of Hell and beamed him/the suit out, leaving the others to die as they could not cross back from Hell anyways. They nicknamed him the "Doom Marine" as he looked like a modern marine. Though they could not get the suit to activate, as it only activates by it's Doom Marine, and they couldn't seem to wake him up either. Samuel wanted the Doom Slayer as he knew that his research into Hell could hit the fan and if/when things get ugly, Doom Guy would be the backup plan.

One of the findings they found about Argent Energy(Now corrupted by Hell) was that, if turned into a wave, it can interfere with our own brain waves and start demonic outbreaks/mutations/necrosis. They named that effect the "Lazarus Wave" and much of Olivia's research stemmed from Lazarus Wave testing, especially on the willing cultists. Olivia's job is to begin a large scale Demonic outbreak and open the portal of Hell unto our dimension for invasion. Eventually it was time for Olivia to take her first step of the Demonic invasion, and that was a large scale Lazarus Wave to begin demonization. What she didn't know was that the Lazarus Wave was the key to wake you up...
And so the campaign begins.


Present day, campaign story
Immediately following the Lazarus Wave people begin demonizing and killing anybody who hasn't turned. Shortly after your brain slowly starts booting back up and the first words that come to mind are "Rip and tear until it is done", which is obviously the job of Doom Guy and also the endless job of the Doom Slayer. First thing's first, you break out of the chains that restrain you and kill all the demons Olivia ordered to worship(?) you. Then you grab your beloved Praetor Suit and begin the demon ass-kicking cause it's your job/passion both as the Doom Guy and as the player.

You learn about Samuel and Olivia and Olivia is the obvious bad guy here. Most of the story is just filler "go here" "Do that" stuff. You're supposed to stop Olivia from opening the portal to Hell, Samuel is your partner, and VEGA is your guide. You actually go out of your way to completely annihilate ALL Argent energy from existence as you realize Samuel is doing the same thing the Demons are by abusing the ensnared Wraiths that give off the Argent Energy. Nothing too important happens until the end and everything before is just the lore I mentioned earlier.

Towards the end you defeat the Hell Guards and as you grab the Crucible you see the five other Night Sentinels you used to be apart of, saluting you out of respect as that you are their leader and king. In the last level you return back to Argent D'Nur (your home realm, now swallowed by Hell) and you need to use the Crucible (which looks like a big key btw) and unlock/free the souls of the Wraiths that were cursed and forced to support The Well as well as freeing the Sentinels assigned to protect the Wraith. You do so and the well shuts down permanently and the souls of your Sentinel brothers + Wraiths (Which look like corrupted angels!) are put to rest.

You catch up with Olivia finally and find out that she made the same mistake you did all those millennia ago and struck a deal with the demons, only to be screwed over in the end. You kick her ass and Samuel warps you back to Mars. You've completely destroyed his and Hell's plans for abusing the Wraiths' Argent Energy supply and he takes the Crucible back by force. He tells you that he can't even kill you either but he's not going to give up on Argent Energy, he will find a way. Samuel has a mind and will just as strong as yours. Then you find out the Crucible isn't a key, it's a sword (Possibly YOUR sword you used to slay demons millennia ago). He teleports you away and the credits roll, lining it all up for a Doom Slayer vs Samuel Hayden sequel.


TLDR
You're an ancient, half-angel, immortal killing machine who jumps through dimensions and slaughters all things demonic until you've exterminated every one of them and redeemed your name and avenged your people(whom the Demons killed to extinction).




I know it's a gigantic wall of text but I really thought that that story was way too damn cool to let slide without notice. Especially since it's on a DOOM game, which are known to completely throw away story all together. Hope you guys found it as cool as I did. Thanks for reading!
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Huh. That's actually pretty cool.

Nice write up.
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So basically- big guy, have big guns, kill many things....right?
Awesome. Makes way more sense than MGS5.
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Randompyrate wrote:

So basically- big guy, have big guns, kill many things....right?
Awesome. Makes way more sense than MGS5.


Mate the Twilight books makes more sense then all of the Metal Gear storyline put together. I mean sheez a complex story line is one thing but having to look up the wiki every five damn minutes to refresh my memory so I know what the hell they are talking about is stupidly and needlessly overly done and complicated.

As for DOOM, there was a storyline?..Damn and here I was thinking it was just about killing things with the BFG.
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Not a bad story but it doesn't beat the adventures of Flynn Taggart IMO.
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I'll take that into account next time I play DOOM 2.
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@EntangledQuanta
Thanks! I spent probably a good 7 hours total getting all the Data things and Doom Testaments as well as reading them, sorting them out, and then writing it up here. Was gonna be sad if nobody read it lol

@Ranwolf
Well yes, but that's where they came up with the story. "How to make simple, fun, endless demon killing a cool story". So if you keep boiling it down that's what it will always wind up as. That's what we do, what's what Doom Guy does, that's what we all enjoy, and that's why it's cool
Reminds me a lot of the way they write the lore and story for Dark Souls/Bloodborne in just that aspect.
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Kazzooey wrote:

The man, still a warrior of the Night Sentinels, slew the demons one by one out of rage. At some point, a Seraphim (an Angel, possibly another Wraith) took notice of his hatred of the Demons and blessed the man with incredible speed and strength. Not only that, but yet another Demon betrayed their own kind (most likely his demon son) and forged him a new suit of armor crafted from the Argent Energy in the foundries of Hell, the Praetor Suit. And with that power, he continued to slaughter the demons for ages and eons to come.


Good summary but to correct you, it was the betrayer (father) who made the Praetor suit for the Doom Slayer (his demonized son). The lore in Necropolis is pretty specific about it.


Another thing, which is just a guess but would be cool, is the exact Titan he killed. Based on when it was killed in the timeline and the condition of the remains, imo it's the corpse you first see at the start of Titan's Realm (you jump into its skull)
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Kazzooey wrote:

The man, still a warrior of the Night Sentinels, slew the demons one by one out of rage. At some point, a Seraphim (an Angel, possibly another Wraith) took notice of his hatred of the Demons and blessed the man with incredible speed and strength. Not only that, but yet another Demon betrayed their own kind (most likely his demon son) and forged him a new suit of armor crafted from the Argent Energy in the foundries of Hell, the Praetor Suit. And with that power, he continued to slaughter the demons for ages and eons to come.


Good summary but to correct you, it was the betrayer (father) who made the Praetor suit for the Doom Slayer (his demonized son). The lore in Necropolis is pretty specific about it.


Another thing, which is just a guess but would be cool, is the exact Titan he killed. Based on when it was killed in the timeline and the condition of the remains, imo it's the corpse you first see at the start of Titan's Realm (you jump into its skull)


Where did it say that? Just went through the testaments again and it mentioned nothing of it. Just a "wretch who shall not be named". And the son is a demon, he is not a human anymore so he would have no use for the Praetor suit.
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Kazzooey wrote:
Where did it say that? Just went through the testaments again and it mentioned nothing of it. Just a "wretch who shall not be named". And the son is a demon, he is not a human anymore so he would have no use for the Praetor suit.


"Wretch/wretched" is the term they consistently use to refer to the betrayer in multiple testaments.

The Doom Slayer is considered a demon, despite his human appearance, due to his demonic abilities (the palms of his hands appear to have a demon's mark too; you get a glimpse of this during the opening cutscene)

So, this would make him a human resurrected as a demon, if he is in fact the son (which I'm still not 100% sure on but based on the lore it would make total sense)

Your current analysis above reads that the betrayer became the Doom Slayer, but
1) the wretched betrayer was never granted demonic qualities from the demons themselves (like the son was)

2) it's heavily implied that he forged the armor for the Doom Slayer (this plus the other entries make is obvious that they're separate entities)

3) Whoever forged the armor was obviously very familiar and experienced with Argent technology (especially super combat suits), which reinforces the betrayer as being this person, since he and/or the son were the only former sentinels to survive
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That was a really good read. I never knew DOOM had such an interesting story.
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"Wretch/wretched" is the term they consistently use to refer to the betrayer in multiple testaments.

The Doom Slayer is considered a demon, despite his human appearance, due to his demonic abilities (the palms of his hands appear to have a demon's mark too; you get a glimpse of this during the opening cutscene)

So, this would make him a human resurrected as a demon, if he is in fact the son (which I'm still not 100% sure on but based on the lore it would make total sense)

Your current analysis above reads that the betrayer became the Doom Slayer, but
1) the wretched betrayer was never granted demonic qualities from the demons themselves (like the son was)

2) it's heavily implied that he forged the armor for the Doom Slayer (this plus the other entries make is obvious that they're separate entities)

3) Whoever forged the armor was obviously very familiar and experienced with Argent technology (especially super combat suits), which reinforces the betrayer as being this person, since he and/or the son were the only former sentinels to survive


You're right about the marking (single) on his left hand at the beginning but that's not for sure it's demonic. Who's to say it's not from someone/something else? The marking only resembles the Vacuum Rune symbol but it's still off, I don't think that's it. One last interesting thing to note (possibly just laziness on the dev team) is that in the Doom Marine 02 entry, at the bottom of the picture it shows all 12 Demon Rune symbols, and at the top you see a shining hooded figure in the sky watching over him.

As for the whole "Doom Guy is part demon" debate, the second Testament says that your Iron Will protected you from the corruption of Hell:
"Tempered by the fires of Hell, his iron will remained steadfast through the passage that preys upon the weak."
The story has a lot to do with strength of mind and will. Demons cannot touch those with strong minds and prey upon the weak like you were when they tricked you and same goes for Olivia (as she was broken due to the painful new body). Hell could not corrupt you, but instead tempered you; which means it strengthened and evolved you to survive Hell's natural corruption. You're not so much a Demon, you're a human who is so pure and strong of mind that you are impervious the force of corruption, and in surviving it, making you even stronger.
The only thing that's gone through the Hell dimension and back are Demons, Mecha Samuel, and the Doom Slayer. I'm going through all the lore again right now but I'm not seeing anything saying that Doom Guy could be your son.

The Wraith entries give a good idea at what happened to your son:
"For his payment, the Betrayer's son was returned to him in our form, and the Icon of Sin was brought upon the heathens. His vengeance was swift and merciless, for the wages of treachery are suffering."

They made it clear enough, your son was pure demon, not in human form (Demon form). The "Icon of Sin" appears to be (not guaranteed though) the unofficial title of your son and it makes perfect sense there with it meaning the "Symbol of Sin". And it was the Icon of Sin (your son) who slaughtered everyone in Argent D'Nur. Also in Doom 2 the Icon of Sin was the unofficial name for the final boss as well, which also takes the same exact appearance of the Titan bones you see in Titan's Realm.

The armor being different is also suggested by the UAC that you may be have been the leader of the Night Sentinels. The first Demon Testament also says you wore the "Crown" of the Night Sentinels, which also suggests you were the leader.

As for the "wretch", the definition of it means an unhappy or unfortunate person. The peoples of Argent D'Nur after losing their world were known as wretches as well. The game is completely ambiguous of whom the "wretch" is who made you the Praetor suit in Hell. All it says hinted at was "he". But that doesn't make much sense as the demons imply that Hell itself is pure evil and that treachery does not exist within their ranks.

Your son turned Demon, and became the Icon of Sin(likely a Titan) to take over Argent D'Nur so there should be no treachery and no tempering needed. That and the Doom Slayer was the leader of the Night Sentinels, that which your son did not, nor was he ever protected by a wraith to be a Night Sentinel to begin with. Your son is either dead and gone (killed a second time by you), or still alive and not yet shown within the story (maybe a gigantic Titan Boss finale in a later game entry).


One final theory by me:
The game refers to "great one's" occasionally. The Titan's Realm 01 entry says that "...that civilizations shall fall before the ascension(rise) of the great ones." Sounds a lot like what happened to Argent D'Nur and what nearly happens with our dimension and Olivia. My guess is that Great One's are weak betrayers of people turned Demon. You would've been one too, or maybe you are but not a Demonic Great One. Your son was turned into one and rose in ranks to being top of the demon food chain as the Icon of Sin (possibly a Titan). Olivia was going to be one as well when she turned into the Spider Mastermind. Just a hypothesis though, not necessarily true.
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Kazzooey wrote:


As for the whole "Doom Guy is part demon" debate, the second Testament says that your Iron Will protected you from the corruption of Hell:
"Tempered by the fires of Hell, his iron will remained steadfast through the passage that preys upon the weak."
The story has a lot to do with strength of mind and will. Demons cannot touch those with strong minds and prey upon the weak like you were when they tricked you and same goes for Olivia (as she was broken due to the painful new body). Hell could not corrupt you, but instead tempered you; which means it strengthened and evolved you to survive Hell's natural corruption. You're not so much a Demon, you're a human who is so pure and strong of mind that you are impervious the force of corruption, and in surviving it, making you even stronger.
The only thing that's gone through the Hell dimension and back are Demons, Mecha Samuel, and the Doom Slayer. I'm going through all the lore again right now but I'm not seeing anything saying that Doom Guy could be your son.


That's exactly part of the point in what I gathered from it- he has demonic abilities yet retained his loyalty to Argent D'Nur. However, Doomguy's mind IS in fact said to have been corrupted by Hell, resulting in his kill-all attitude. He just has no loyalty to the demons.



The Wraith entries give a good idea at what happened to your son:
"For his payment, the Betrayer's son was returned to him in our form, and the Icon of Sin was brought upon the heathens. His vengeance was swift and merciless, for the wages of treachery are suffering."


They made it clear enough, your son was pure demon, not in human form (Demon form). The "Icon of Sin" appears to be (not guaranteed though) the unofficial title of your son and it makes perfect sense there with it meaning the "Symbol of Sin". And it was the Icon of Sin (your son) who slaughtered everyone in Argent D'Nur. Also in Doom 2 the Icon of Sin was the unofficial name for the final boss as well, which also takes the same exact appearance of the Titan bones you see in Titan's Realm.

Notice it says "and" the Icon of Sin... They're not the same person. "His vengeance" refers to the Icon of Sin in this sentence, not the traitor.
Also, the remains in Titan's realm are different to the Icon (you see a similar skull to how it appeared in Doom 2 at the end of Necropolis). So it looks like we have yet to see the Icon- he'll probably be in the sequel, since the main bosses in this game matched the original Doom.



The armor being different is also suggested by the UAC that you may be have been the leader of the Night Sentinels. The first Demon Testament also says you wore the "Crown" of the Night Sentinels, which also suggests you were the leader.

It's easily possible that the UAC's assumption was incorrect, as this tends to happen throughout the story.

As it stated earlier, the armor was made after the traitor betrayed the Sentinels. It looked like the Doom Slayer fought with what remained of them while wearing it, though. The sentinel's respect/loyalty to the Doom Slayer would also make no sense if he was the person who had betrayed them, resulting in their downfall. This is another reason I don't think he is the traitor.



As for the "wretch", the definition of it means an unhappy or unfortunate person. The peoples of Argent D'Nur after losing their world were known as wretches as well. The game is completely ambiguous of whom the "wretch" is who made you the Praetor suit in Hell. All it says hinted at was "he". But that doesn't make much sense as the demons imply that Hell itself is pure evil and that treachery does not exist within their ranks.

Yes, but this term was exclusively used to refer to the traitor. At the very least, whoever forged the armor had to have been from Argent D'Nur (not a demon) because it was created with that technology.

In conclusion, there's A TON of things that were not made 100% clear in this game's lore, and POSSIBLY some plot-holes by the writers.Looks like we'll have to wait for more official story until we know for sure. It can only become more clear when more content is added.
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But a key thing most people don't notice is the Sentinel ghosts you find in the game. The original Doom Slayer wore the crown of the Night Sentinels, which means he was their leader, as well as it being theorized by UAC personnel. I just realized this but when you meet those green Sentinel ghosts, they aren't showing you appreciation or approval. They're saluting you, just as they would for their leader and king. That further suggests that you were the Betrayer and king of the Night Sentinels.
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The point still stands- you don't salute a betrayer. That in itself would be a contradiction
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