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  • There is strong in-game evidence that Sudra is a real place, and that the in-game events are real world events and not a dream-world.

    When you go to Ukkin-Na, Trace goes through a series of progressively worse hallucinations. None of these things can be seen by Elsenova, despite the fact that she can see Trace at all times. This means that the Rusalki are not inside Trace's head, and Veruska does not have him in a dream-world. If that were the case, the Rusalki could see everything that Trace sees and experiences, including these hallucinations and the Vision boss battle.

    Instead, Elsenova only knows where Trace is and sends the drones to get him when he passes out. Therefore, Sudra must be real.

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    • I agree.

      (I think the ending cutscenes are part of a dream though)

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    • Yes, I would agree with that. I think that seeing Trace lying passed out at the base of a Rusalka body is strong evidence that he is in a dream-like state. We also have nothing to suggest that Elsenova has the ability to "send him back to Earth" and when she says "We have taken care of it", this feels like a lie and a hand-wave (do not look behind the curtain!). But we do know that Elsenova can subdue Trace at will, and it is suggested that Veruska can create dreamlike worlds.

      Finally, the note Axiom 1 (was also in the trailer) points to the dream world being an important concept in Axiom Verge.

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    • I think Sudra is definitely a real place. If anything, the Earth that Trace "returned to" must be a sort of dream world algorithm made by Veruska. It all fits with the Axiom 1 Note. Trace is a clone of a much younger Athetos created by the Rusalki, so the body of the clone Trace never actually experienced the explosion from the lab. The explosion from the lab and all of his memories of Earth are just memories of Athetos; Trace thinks he experienced them in real life, but in reality he didn't.

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    • KosnIre wrote:
      Yes, I would agree with that. I think that seeing Trace lying passed out at the base of a Rusalka body is strong evidence that he is in a dream-like state. We also have nothing to suggest that Elsenova has the ability to "send him back to Earth" and when she says "We have taken care of it", this feels like a lie and a hand-wave (do not look behind the curtain!). But we do know that Elsenova can subdue Trace at will, and it is suggested that Veruska can create dreamlike worlds.

      Finally, the note Axiom 1 (was also in the trailer) points to the dream world being an important concept in Axiom Verge.

      I concur. The Breach was used, nay, required to travel between Earth and Sudra, (i believe this was mentioned in the post-Vision cutscene and the The Breach note) As it stands, destroying the Breach Attractor dispelled enough of the Breach that travel back to Earth was rendered, if not impossible, then excessively risky and difficult.

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