With an unparalleled depth of world building, twisted story lines, and a motto that “everything is true,” The Secret World has no shortage of interesting lore and tales to deliver to people. But it’s also confusing as all get out, even if you have played through the game multiple times, talked to all of the NPCs, and collected all of the lore… er, “legends.” Even after playing for five years, I confess that I had little idea how all of this pieced together in the writers’ room at Funcom.
What really mystified me is that for all of the documentation of the game’s quests, there always seemed to be a lack of real in-depth explanations and explorations of the lore save for the occasional forum thread that would cover a particular topic. There used to be a wiki, CryGaia, but it went down for a good while and then came back rather bare-bones.
But recently I’ve found two incredibly helpful sources that connect the dots on lore and give me those explanations I’ve been craving. Thought I’d share these with you today. Of course, there are TONS of spoilers here, but if you’ve played through the game and want things cleared up, here you go!
While TV Tropes might be best-known for its distracting trips into TV shows and movies, it also covers video games and comic books equally well. And the entry on Secret World has a lot of neat lore nuggets that clear up those bizarre mysteries and connections. It’s not well-ordered, but there is a lot here to read and absorb, plus they do try to hide some spoilers here and there.
Never heard of this site before the other day, but I did a search on Lilith and found myself amazed at reading a document that basically laid out the ENTIRE plot of the Secret World and connected everything from the scarecrows to the Filth in one place. Lots of entries here and I’m still picking through them. Awesome stuff.