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Theory: Marimbo and Xau-Tak

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This is one of my oldest theories which I've shared with various people and even put on Wahi's thread, but I've decided now that it really deserves its own thread.

The basic idea is that the god Marimbo talked about in Facepunch Bonanza was Xau-Tak. Here is the transcript (courtesy, wikia):

Player:
How did you become a goddess?

Marimbo:
You know what? I can't remember.
Marimbo:
I have a strange dream sometimes that I was just an average giant monkey in a vast jungle full of giant monkeys.
Marimbo:
I can't remember the name of the place, but the whole world was a jungle, and giant monkeys like we were in charge.
Marimbo:
We weren't smart or anything. We were just animals. Swinging in trees, eating each other's lice. The usual.
Marimbo:
Then one day I just 'woke up'.
Marimbo:
There was a statue nearby that turned out to be a dead god. And a huge, empty wine barrel.
Marimbo:
Someone later told me he was a god of hedonism too. He was on a trawl of different worlds, challenging mortals to drinking contest for a bit of lark.
Marimbo:
So when he found out about a world of giant monkeys he went there in a flash, grabbed me and started dishing out the booze.
Marimbo:
It's a pity I never got to know him. Everything I found out was from his followers, who were all in mourning.
Marimbo:
So I thought 'Marimbo, let's cheer these guys up', and called for more wine.
Marimbo:
Everyone perked right up once we cracked open a new barrel, I can tell you.
Marimbo:
It's a shame I lost that drinking horn. The Fancy one with all the sparkles. I wonder where it went?
Marimbo:
When we were done they proclaimed me the new god of having a good time. And since that meant enjoying myself all day, who was to argue?
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29-Dec-2016 02:17:06

Eren Lapucet

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Now, there are a few reasons why I believe the god being described might be Xau-Tak:

1) The god and its followers like to drink. Xau-Tak is a pirate god (among other things), and pirates like to drink.

2) The "vast jungle full of giant monkeys" sounds like it could be Mos Le Harmless, or the secret city described in the Divine Delusion. After Marimbo ascended, Xau-Tak would have corrupted the monkeys and turned them in horrors.

3) If the horn that Marimbo talked about is the Elder Horn, then it would make sense that Xau-Tak originally had it, since one of the powers of the horn is being able to summon sea creatures at you command, and there are supposedly sea creatures near the Cursed Archipelago.

4) Besides the horrors and the skeletal horror by extension, we know there is a connection between monkeys and pirates as ninja monkeys were originally going to be in the finale (revealed in the pirates/gnomes/dwarves poll in 2013).

5) Marimbo is forgetful of the details of her ascension and says she has “strange dreams sometimes”. This is highly suggestive of Xau-Tak due to the connection to dreams. Also, this is probably reading too much into it, but both Marimbo and Zanik were forgetful of what happened to them (Marimbo on how she ascended, Zanik on how she died) and say that they 'woke up' to their transition.
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29-Dec-2016 02:17:36 - Last edited on 29-Dec-2016 02:29:43 by Eren Lapucet

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The main objection to this theory is that the god Marimbo described turned to stone, and so is presumably dead. However, I think it’s not too far of a stretch at this point that Xau-Tak either is undead or in some weird state that is neither dead nor alive. He is a necromancer after all, there’s that whole mystery surrounding magical stones which can make things undead, and Xau-Tak is based on Cthuhlhu, who spends most of his life in a dream-like state.

It could be that Xau-Tak with his knowledge of necromancy devised a system wherein every time his body dies or senses it is close to death turns to stone, but Xau-Tak still lives on in a dream-state inside of it. Since this is hinging very closely to Cthulhu, it might be that he can't free himself, and needs other people to free him. This could be why he is on Rabid Jack's side; Jack freed him from his latest "death".

And/or maybe Xau-Tak found a way to transfer his soul (or “energy” as described in the Book of the Underworld) and so is able to escape his body when it dies and turns to stone. Sliske turns to stone when you kill him but part of him might be in our head now. Admittedly Sliske isn’t a god… or wasn’t a god? Or… who even knows at this point. Anyways, Xau-Tak mostly operates by possessing things and entering people’s minds/dreams, so it’s some evidence to that explanation.
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29-Dec-2016 02:18:07 - Last edited on 29-Dec-2016 02:51:05 by Eren Lapucet

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Well Marimbo is kind of a joke god, so you can't take everything she says at face value. Then again, this is what it says about the Old Gods (Cthulhu included) in the Call of Cthulhu: "Then the liberated Old Ones would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom." Maybe Xau-Tak is into that as well? :P

I'll have to look up the thing about the Horrors.
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29-Dec-2016 02:56:54 - Last edited on 29-Dec-2016 02:57:56 by Eren Lapucet

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Mod Raven said:
The god she describes is not Xau-Tak. Figured I should be direct here in this answer. :D

= Raven =

Welp, there goes that theory.

But Raven, should you really be telling us when our theories are wrong? Isn't it more fun to watch us squirm in a never-ending labyrinth of confusion and false leads? I mean, it's clearly your thing.
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29-Dec-2016 17:01:18 - Last edited on 29-Dec-2016 17:04:01 by Eren Lapucet

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