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The Grand Palace is a mission in Dishonored 2.

Briefing

Pre-mission, Dreadful Wale

You've eliminated most of Duke Luca Abele's key accomplices. Talk to your allies about the Duke before departing for the Grand Palace.

Mission

Self-serving and corrupt, Duke Luca Abele rules Serkonos, and orchestrated the Coup against you. Enter the Grand Palace to find and eliminate the Duke, who protects himself from assassination with a body double. You must also locate Delilah's spirit, the only means of counteracting her immortality.

Details

Either Emily or Corvo meets Anton Sokolov and Meagan Foster above deck. If Aramis Stilton was saved from insanity then he will also be present and will assist with the preparations. Meagan explains that the time to eliminate the Duke has arrived and takes Emily or Corvo down to the docks near the Grand Palace. Whilst travelling there, she mentions that the Duke has a body double, so the protagonist should be on their guard in case they assassinate the wrong person, adding that she has heard the double is a smoker.

From there, the protagonist makes their across the district to the Grand Palace.

Special Actions

  • Through the Pantry - Entered Duke Luca Abele's Vault through the secret pantry passage.
  • Sunken Storage - Swam into the submerged storage room beneath the Palace grounds.
  • Friends in High Places - Replaced Duke Luca Abele with his body double.
  • Haunted by the Past - Removed the broken gazelle from Duke Luca Abele's Vault.
  • Black Market Heist - Tricked the black market shopkeeper into opening the back door.
  • Addressing Karnaca - Spoke to the people of Karnaca from Duke Luca Abele’s chambers.

General Mission Notes

  • There are multiple ways of distinguishing the real Duke from his body double.
    • An easy way to distinguish the body double from the real Duke is listening to their Heart quotes.
    • Listening to their monologues is also sufficient to determine who is who, for example, the Double will express resentment over Duke Abele taking credit for his paintings.
    • Another way to determine the difference is by blowing up the locked door on the patio to the Duke's chamber, on occasion the real Duke will investigate with his bodyguard while the Double will NEVER search with the guard.
    • The Duke's body double is a smoker and will occasionally smoke a cigarette, whereas Luca will not.
    • Letters and notes on multiple locations in the Palace will order additional guard presence to the room where the real Duke is located.
    • Alternatively they can be identified by the type of key they carry. The body double will carry a key to a chest, while the real Duke carries the vault key. This can be done very easily as assuming there are no guards nearby, the Duke or his double won't be able to technically see the protagonist until dialogue is initiated.
  • If the Duke is mistaken for the body double, he will pretend to go along with the plan before going for the alarm.

Trivia

  • If the protagonist decides to switch the body double with the Duke, depending on the chaos level, the outcomes may differ. In low chaos, the body double will tell the guards to be nice with the real Duke when they take him away, while in high chaos, the body double will give an order to cut his tongue.
  • In high chaos, dead civilians and a guard can be found hanging from the center ring of the area by the watchtower.
  • The appearance of several newspaper articles found in this mission are directly influenced by the protagonist's overall actions at this point in the game. This includes chaos level, burglarized black market shops, Runes picked from Outsider shrines and valuables/coins collected.
  • It has been a month since the Coup when the mission starts.[1]
  • In an early version of the mission, the objective was to search for one of Delilah's painting in the Duke's vault, which contained her soul. Back on the Dreadful Wale, the protagonist was to enter the painting with the help of Sokolov and battle with a golem to obtain the witch's soul.[2]

Gallery

References

  1. Sokolov to Emily on the Dreadful Wale: "In a lifetime, how many monarchs have done half of what you have in a month?"
  2. Early Keyframes for Dishonored 2's narrative arc on Nicolas Petrimaux's portfolio on ArtStation

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