Brain of Cthulhu
Ah, the guide! The first NPC you meet! Your first friend in the world of Terraria! We all have heard about the guide! We know his behavior, his jobs, his looks. But how much do we really know? Where did the Guide come from? Why is he working with us? What did he do in the past? Is it possible the Guide is not who we think he is? Well, let's discuss!
What We Know:
Le'ts start off with some of the basic related lore. There are three main societies mentioned in the lore:
- The Dryads
- The "Former Folks" (Which is the name I've given to the former citizens of the city that became the Dungeon. This is what they'll be referred to in this article until we know the actual name.)
- The Lunatic Cult (Formed after Cthulhu was weakened into the Moon Lord)
Evidence and Reasoning:
At first glance, this theory seems unreasonable, because the Guide helps you and honestly is not the most powerful or useful NPC. But when the evidence is gathered is one place, it begins to paint a decently clear picture.
The lore of Terraria describes the Guide as mysterious. This can be interpreted as that the Guide is hiding something. After all, a mysterious person doesn't usually act mysterious without a reason. This isn't necessarily important to the theory, but it does make you suspicious of the Guide. Also, going back to the groups mentioned earlier in the article, neither the Dryads nor the "Former Folks" would make sense for the Guide to be a part of. All but one of the Dryads died out, and we know the Guide is not that Dryad, since that Dryad is another NPC that can be unlocked. And the "Former Folks" were turned into an undead army locked in the Dungeon, so the Guide can't be from there, either. That leaves the Lunatic Cult.
The Guide Voodoo Doll:
The Guide Voodoo Doll is what you use to summon the Wall of Flesh, the core of the world and the final pre-hardmode boss. After the Wall of Flesh is defeated, all hell breaks lose in the world. Literally. After defeating the Wall of Flesh, the Corruption or Crimson biomes in your world begin to spread, and another biome called the Hallow is unleashed. The Wall of Flesh is summoned after a guide voodoo doll is thrown into lava. When that happens, the Guide will die. The only other NPC like this is the Old Man, who when talked to at night, can summon Skeletron. The Old Man dies after Skeletron is summoned. The Old Man was cursed, and, according to the lore, has fallen into possession of the Lunatic Cult. I believe the Guide may have unfortunately met the same fate, which is why if he was part of the Lunatic Cult, this is no longer the case.
The Guide's Knowledge:
The Guide is an extremely knowledgeable NPC. This is why he is the one you talk to for beginner's tips and crafting recipes. But why is the Guide so knowledgeable? I believe it's because the Guide had to be knowledgeable as part of the Lunatic Cult. Knowledge of the world would be handy to bringing back Cthulhu. However when he left the Lunatic Cult for whatever reason, the Guide decided to use his knowledge differently. While I feel this is the least significant piece of evidence and the least likely to be true, I feel like it would still be handy to point out.
Now, this is all just a theory, and therefore may not be 100% accurate and is not confirmed yet. However I have a good feeling about this theory due to all the evidence that points towards it being true. What do you think the story behind the Guide is? I would love to know! The Guide is a mysterious character. I hope to see Re-Logic release more lore about each character. Until then, all we can do is wonder.