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The symbolism behind Tilda’s art collection

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In a world as vast as that created by Guerilla Games in Forbidden Horizon Westit can be difficult for players to uncover all of its secrets. Forbidden Horizon WestThe landscapes of were to be littered with interesting stories to help build the world of new IP. Players had to understand not only the games history, but also how its post-apocalyptic setting came about. Players were intrigued by the first game and the unique narrative it unfolded, but while they learned a lot about Aloy and her community, not much was known about the Ancients who came before them. FRONT SPOILERS.

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Forbidden Horizon West helped provide much-needed revelations about the humans who lived a thousand years before the events of the games, which were instrumental in bringing the world down. Players even got to encounter some of them with the appearance of Far Zenith – the group of advanced humans who extended their natural lives to achieve a form of physical immortality. One member of Far Zenith in particular stands out, not only as enemy-turned-ally-turned-enemy, but also as the key to unlocking more of Elisabet’s past. Tilda van der Meer has a big role to play in the events of Forbidden Horizon Westbut it also has a fascinating art collection that holds many hidden meanings.


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During Forbidden Horizon WestIn the “All That Remains” quest, Aloy finds herself exploring parts of the ruined remains of Tilda’s Old World home. While it’s optional for players to stop and check out Tilda’s impressive art collection for answers from the mysterious member of Far Zenith, if they examine the pieces they can witness some revealing dialogue. . The works of art were rescued by Tilda from the chaos of the Old World, and in a way she (consciously or not) selected the works that told her whole story, from her betrayals to her regrets.


None of the pieces convey this better than Rembrandt’s painting of Jeremiah, which he depicts in mourning. Tilda tells Aloy that he mourns his home, just like she did with the Old World and the Sirius colony which was destroyed by Nemesis. What is essential in Tilda’s selection of this painting is that Jeremiah predicted the destruction of Jerusalem, but he “could do nothing to prevent it” and instead “saved its treasures from destruction” just like Tilda saved the artwork. This shows the stark contrast between Elisabet and Tilda – one tried to save humanity, while the other thought she couldn’t do anything and was just trying to escape and preserve material things.


Another Rembrandt piece is The Night Watch. Tilda says that “it was commissioned to honor a militia composed of influential citizens”, drawing obvious comparisons between the subjects of the painting and the ultra-wealthy original members of Far Zenith. The fact that the painting is obnoxiously large also helps convey the two sets’ sense of their own importance. The symbolism between the artworks and Tilda’s journey is continued in Willem van der Velde’s The Gust, an image of a ship at sea that perseveres despite “the waves and the wind [that] threatened to destroy it”. It embodies the many hardships the Odyssey and its passengers have faced as well as the tumultuous journey of Far Zenith, as well as Tilda’s belief that they will succeed despite their hardships.


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From troublesome trips to important people, Tilda’s opinions of herself and Far Zenith are clear, but one of the main themes that defines both the collection and Tilda’s story is the concept of lost love. Tilda loved Elisabet Sobeck, but she chose to leave her behind when the Odyssey left the doomed planet. She regretted that decision for centuries, and that loss and longing is present in so many pieces in the collection. From the hooded image of Titus “imbued with a sense of loss” to van Vianen’s lidded ewer that served as a memorial to his late brother, the artworks are imbued with mourning.

The image of Selene and Endymion even features Cupid, the god of love, who wears a touch to represent “Selene’s undying infatuation” with the simple shepherd. Tilda goes on to say that even though “the two should stay apart, her love will burn forever.” It’s not hard to piece together two and two here and see why Tilda is so strongly tied to this work. The Woman Reading a Letter by Vermeer and the fake Woman Reading Music beside it also symbolize Tilda and Elisabet’s relationship, as well as hers with Beta and Aloy. The latter two are clones of the former scientist, and Tilda’s fascination with fakes and copies explains her later obsession with Aloy.


Tilda’s art collection symbolizes her sense of self-importance, her selfish rejection of humanity as a whole, and her own tragic love story. The collection is a monument to herself and her personal story as much as to her lost love, but it also shows the key differences between herself and characters like Elisabet and Aloy working for the good of all humanity on their own. interest.

Forbidden Horizon West is available now on PS4 and PS5.

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