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"I have no time for fools. I will be solving the riddle of this plague."
– Doctor Galvani[1]

Doctor Galvani is an unseen character in Dishonored and Dishonored 2. A supporter of Empress Emily Kaldwin since her mother's time,[2] Galvani originally worked at the Addermire Institute before becoming interested in animal biology and studying the rat plague.

Biography

Galvani was born in Serkonos.[3] Early on in his life, he worked at the Addermire Institute, with Vera Moray among his patients. In 1810, she acted like a "proper lady" for a number of months, trying to trick him into thinking she was sane and releasing her.[4] This failed when she began to show symptoms of a strange disease that Galvani suspected originated in Pandyssia. After he had cured her of that disease, he released her.[5]

Little is known of him for the next 27 years, beyond that he spent some of this time at the Academy of Natural Philosophy, though in what capacity is not clear. While there, he met Anton Sokolov on the 28th Day of the Month of High Cold, a day that became the most important of his life.[1] Galvani remained in contact with his friend Artemis Moore, the Academy's Procurement Clerk and Provisioner, until at least 1837. Due to his position, Moore could occasionally send Galvani various pieces of equipment that he needed to continue his studies.[6]

By 1830,[7] Galvani had moved to Dunwall, there residing in a posh house on John Clavering Boulevard, guarded by the City Watch. He had garnered a good reputation amongst his servants, with Ms. Benton trusting that he will pay her when he says.[8] He maintains a functional laboratory in his home, which contains experimental subjects and materials. Here he researches the rat plague, and has managed to correctly deduce that the rats arrived no earlier than 1830, and were probably introduced intentionally. He is also performing experiments to ascertain whether they are smarter than ordinary rats,[9] as well as studying their feeding habits.[10] He also performed research on individuals infected with the plague, commonly called weepers. Copies of his notes on the proper handling of plague victims were distributed around the city.[11]

Dishonored

As part of his research, Galvani is a vivisectionist, cutting up rats to help find a cure to the plague. He is aware such behaviour is illegal, and so performs these operations in a secret room behind his bookshelf.[6] It is for this reason that Granny Rags directs Corvo Attano to the Galvani Residence in search of a plague rat viscera to contaminate the Bottle Street Gang's elixir still.

During the missions High Overseer Campbell and House of Pleasure, Galvani is out of Dunwall[8] and so never encounters Corvo, who enters his house on two occasions. The first time is for Granny Rags, while the second is to find Crowley, Slackjaw's right-hand man. Galvani has returned by the last day of the Month of High Cold,[1] finding that his home had been robbed.[7] He had been invited to a party by Lady Boyle, but declined, not wishing to spend his time with "fools", preferring instead to keep studying the plague.[1]

Dishonored 2

By 1852, Galvani, annoyed with the multiple robberies he had been forced to endure at his old house, has moved to the Tower District, very close to Dunwall Tower itself, and views himself as safe from further house-breakers. While there, he has seen the Empress pass by in a coach, as well as the Royal Protector observing events from the rooftops. He is irritated by the small apartment, but the security makes up for that.[7]

Corvo or Emily can enter his new apartment during the mission A Long Day in Dunwall and rob him yet again. Should they chose to do so, Galvani will declare that Dunwall is cursed and permanently move to Tyvia. He will leave his journal behind, sarcastically inviting the protagonist to "roll [...] up in my carpets and lick the dust from the furniture".[2] If the protagonist chooses not to rob Galvani, he has moved to Tyvia by the time they return as he does not approve of the changes in Dunwall under the new Empress Delilah Kaldwin.[12]

Trivia

  • Galvani bears the same surname as a real-life famous Italian doctor
  • Galvani's name appears on two sets of blueprints.
  • Galvani tells Vera Moray that the "black-eyed boy" is only in her head, and that the mark on her hand is naught but a birthmark.[4] It is unclear whether he believes this himself or is just trying to stop her insane behaviors.
  • The achievement Familiarity Breeds Contempt is gained by robbing Galvani's flat during the missions A Long Day in Dunwall and Death to the Empress.
  • Slackjaw suspected that Galvani might be responsible for the attacks on the Bottle Street Gang. Other evidence points towards Granny Rags instead, especially given that Galvani was not in Dunwall when Crowley was killed.[8]

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Dr. Galvani's Journal, Entry One
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dr. Galvani's Journal, Entry Three
  3. Developer Commentary - Galvani's nationality
  4. 4.0 4.1 Vera Moray's Diary
  5. Vera Moray's Belongings
  6. 6.0 6.1 Galvani Academy Notice
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Dr. Galvani's Journal, Entry Two
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Cleaning Instructions
  9. Galvani's Speculation
  10. Feeding Log
  11. Weeper Identification and Handling
  12. Attention Visiturs


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