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Trespasser: Off the Path
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Level 8

This level has a fairly simple OOB that surrounds both the playing area (which is nestled up against the mountain) and the mountain itself. I could find only one survivable way down. After you climb the third set of metal stairs, you can go left or right. Go left and kill the waiting raptor (unless you are using the "dinos" cheat). Then youíre just about there. The starting point is near 1463, -41, 544. Facing 0.7, -0.0, -0.7, you should see an arm (a ridge, really) of the mountain below you. Save your game. Do the luge (after stepping forward over the edge, hold down "zx" and steer with the mouse. When you get to the "arm," you have to go down either the left side or the right side. You have to make it to the right side in order to survive. If you keep missing that, move your starting point to the right. Once you go down the right side of the "arm," you will shortly see a cleft below you. Steer into that. You should be able to stop for a short respite and heal any damage. Save your game. Then continue down to the bottom of the cleft. Luge down the rest of the way from there. You should be somewhere near 1664, -86, 269. If you look up to the summit, you should see the underside of the helicopter pad on the left. From here, you can circle the mountain. Itís only moderately interesting down here. You canít get back up, unless you use the "tele" cheat.

[TSOrd - Warning! Using the TELE 0 cheat on this level puts you inside a box situated at that point, and the Alpha raptor & another raptor snap and snarl at you. I suggest TELE 20,20,1.4 as a safer point to go to.]

 

The basement: Northwest of the summit, you can walk down onto the basement at about 2049, -1022, 1.5. Turn east (-1, 0) and proceed until you see the first clump of objects ahead. Move toward it. Itís roughly northeast of the summit. Youíll see more to south. The object clumps are generally located east of the summit, as they were in Level 7. Some objects and their approximate locations:

Rocks: -80, 293, 1.4

Boxes: -152, -248, 1.4

Dumpsters: -149, -168, 1.4

Steel walkway parts: -198, -224, 1.4

Guns: 49, -102, 1.4

Three raptors: 28, -67, 1.4

Big Mama (Alpha) raptor and small raptor: 16, -5, 1.4

Octahedron: 160, -61, 1.4

 

A neat place: At the summit, you can get onto the ridge on the far side of the fenced-in area (without using the "tele" cheat). From the point where you enter the summit via the steel walkway, proceed along the fence to your right to the other end of the fenced area. When you get to the corner, note that the ground drops away. Save your game. Step on down. You will drop quickly under the fence, because the slope is steep. You quickly intersect a cleft or notch. You must very quickly get yourself oriented upward in that cleft, holding down "w" to climb. You come back up outside the fence. Enjoy the view on both sides. You can try luging down the outside slope (I got killed every time I tried it) or down the inside slope (itís much easier to survive this than you would think).

 

The Alternate Ending: Someone (I donít remember who) reported this a while back in the THS forum. The THS site is now closed, so I couldnít go back and see who it was. More recently itís been described at Trespasser Secrets. Turn on the "bones" cheat. Near the elevator that brings you up from the Level 7 area, lying over that area, is an invisible L-shaped platform. The base of the "L" runs by the elevator itself. You can jump from the elevator onto this part of the platform. Or you can walk down to the base of the "stem" of the "L." Walk out on this stem, away from the summit. Thereís a small gap in the platform about half-way out, so be sure to jump over this. Continue on, and walk off the end. Youíll be transported to the middle of the summit area. Youíll hear Hammond recite the poem "Ozymandias," by the British poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1729-1822)." When Hammond finishes, the helicopter rescue scene plays. You can find the text of "Ozymandias" [TSOrd - below and on the Humor page]:

OZYMANDIAS - PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY (1792-1822)

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

The poem comes from a time when western Europe was captivated by the "discovery" of ancient artifacts in the Middle East, particularly Egypt. Shelleyís wife Mary (1797-1851) wrote the novel "Frankenstein" (the actual title is "Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus"), thus creating a major career opportunity for Boris Karloff (1887-1969) about a century later. The Shelley's were close friends of Lord Byron (1788-1824), probably the most famous of the "Romantic" poets. These people were kind of like rock stars in their day. Byronís daughter Lady Ada (1815-1852) worked with Charles Babbage (1791-1871), who was trying to develop a steam-powered mechanical computing machine. The computer language ADA is named after her. She did some of the very first theoretical research in computing science (including a prototype computer program for calculating Bernoulli numbers). Her work had to be theoretical, since there were no computers at the time, and for quite some time thereafter. Which brings us to PCs and this game. I feel like James Burke doing "Connections." Maybe "Ozymandias" was a metaphor for this game, or at least the pre-release hype ("behold my works - realistic physics in the game engine and incredible dinosaur AI").


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