Planescape: Torment ending questions (MASSIVE SPOILERS)
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March 31st, 2013, 15:29
Yo. Been a while.
Of course I don't know how MCA intended it, but I experienced the meaning of the ending rather differently.
Mahayana Buddhist mythos has a character called Ksitigarbha. Ksitigarbha is the bodhisattva of the hell realms. He voluntarily entered the hells and subjected himself to all their pain in order to bring succor and hope to those who were reborn there due to their karmic burden.
The way I see it, the ending of PS:T sees the final rebirth of The Nameless One, as Ksithigarbha. In descending voluntarily into Hell — the ultimate self-sacrifice, far beyond merely dying for a cause — he redeems himself and frees himself of the karma he has accumulated over his countless lives. Through the complete selflessness of this act, even the unending pain and violence of the Blood War has no power over him. That is his true transcendence, as far beyond the pale imitation of his attempt at losing his mortality as The Transcendent One is beyond the ordinary human.
So yeah, I thought it was very satisfying as endings go.
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