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Infernal Train
Infernal Train
Location

Northern hemisphere

First appearance

Chapter 1

Series

Alice: Madness Returns

Location on map
Infernal Train map
Further information
Transcript
Transcript
Walkthrough
Walkthrough
Madness and destruction. You shouldn't ask questions you know the answer to, it's not polite. And that noise wasn't Lizzie talking in her sleep.
— The Queen of Hearts to Alice[1]

The Infernal Train was a huge, fiery, and truly horrifying locomotive owned and driven by the Dollmaker. It was the very source of Alice Liddell's growing insanity and the Ruin that caused Wonderland's corruption. The Dollmaker used the train mainly to destroy whatever was left of Wonderland[2] and hunt down the Insane Children.[3]

With the Dollmaker defeated, the train was left with no conductor and Wonderland was fused with London, creating Londerland.[4]

History

Origin

It is inspired by Through the Looking-Glass, although is never seen actually riding the Looking Glass Railway.

The Dollmaker had stated the Train was Alice's invention and defense, as he merely set its schedule and itinerary.[5] Although why it is Alice's invention is not clarified, it is possible the Train was originally meant to be "Noah's Ark" where her Wonderland friends would board it and be safe from increasing dangers and inevitable collapse of Wonderland.

The train was built by the March Hare and the Dormouse after being tricked into taking over the Mad Hatter's domain and turning it into a factory.[6] Its scheduled arrival to each place in Wonderland brought death and suffering to many of Wonderland's residents, as well as destruction to Wonderland itself.[2]

The Mock Turtle had once been the stationmaster of the Infernal Train on the Looking Glass Railway, but was dismissed from his job after the Dormouse and March Hare commandeered the Mad Hatter's factory.[7]

Alice: Madness Returns

Train interior

Mad Hatter giving Alice a clue.

When Alice tried to find out whoever set the train in motion through some of her friends and former enemies, they each gave her clues leading to the mastermind himself – yet her ignorance and Dr. Angus Bumby's hypnotherapy initially lead her astray. However, it slowly made her remember the events that occurred during the night of the fire[2] and came to a realization of who the real murderer was after talking to the Queen of Hearts.[8]

It was only until Alice defeated the Dollmaker and killed his real world counterpart, Bumby, that the train was destroyed. The destruction of the train marked the end of the destruction of Wonderland, but the Cheshire Cat remarked that the damages the train inflicted in Wonderland were permanent.[4]

Appearance

Infernal Train exterior

The cathedral-like exterior of the train.

The exterior of the Infernal Train was extremely intricate and delicate, but was engulfed by dark color and roaring flames. The train itself was a large series of cathedrals aligned together following the same track. It was black and bellowed dark smoke from its engine and was covered in large stained glass windows that leaked scarlet and crimson through the transparent glass. The general architecture was met by curves, spikes, turrets, and many windows that were both large and petite.

The interior of the train was also dark and intricate. It contained many seats similar to pews and beautifully crafted curtains with clean and fresh carpets. The basic interior of the train was similar to the exterior with its detailed lining. The interior also had a black and white checkered pathway leading its way through the coaches, and it was dimly lit by candlelight for a subtle mood.

Trivia

Bumby being pushed into the train

Bumby being killed by a train.

  • It is extremely ironic and symbolic that Bumby is killed by a train.
  • The Infernal Train has the symbol of the Greek Titan Chronus (Also known in Roman terms as Kronos) on the floor right before the actual boss fight.
    • In mythology, Chronus was known to have devoured his children after it was prophesied that one of them would overthrow him and rule in his place. In the end, Zeus, one of his children, managed to escape being consumed and defeated Chronus, freeing his siblings.
    • This is an obvious parallel to Bumby indoctrinating his child patients for abuse ("consumption") and Alice, the one who escaped, killing him and freeing the rest of the orphans from his control.
  • The sickle symbol in the engine of the train represents Ceres, the Roman goddess and ruler of the harvest which alludes to Bumby's role of harvesting children for lustful purposes.
  • In early designs, the train was supposed to be a much larger stage instead of the simple line of dialogues, and was also supposed to be more mechanical and steampunk, similar to the Hatter's Domain's in idea, but set apart in design to be more "train-like" according to the concept art.[6]
    • A quote from the artbook states: "Being the second episode in the game series, we wanted Madness Returns to borrow certain elements from Through the Looking glass, including the train line[...]"
    • "[...]To the left is an early image of what the interior might have possibly looked like, when it was a much bigger level. We tried our best to separate the motifs and themes of the train from the Hatter's Domains."

References

  1. Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Dollmaker Part 1. Level: Chapter 6: Infernal Train.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Throughout Alice: Madness Returns
  3. Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Fort Resistance. Level: Chapter 5: The Dollhouse.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: The End. Level: Chapter 6: Infernal Train.
  5. Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Dollmaker's Workshop. Level: Chapter 5: The Dollhouse.
  6. 6.0 6.1 McGee, American. (2011). The Art of Alice: Madness Returns. Milwaukee, OR: Dark Horse Books. ISBN 978-1-59582-697-8.
  7. Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Naval Disaster. Level: Chapter 2: Deluded Depths.
  8. Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Dark of Heartness. Level: Chapter 4: Queensland.

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