The Hunter, whose real name is Arthur Vane, is a character introduced near the end of the game. He is first met in the Lost Connection level. He will start talking to the player when approached and will go to the train.
In-game Appearance[edit | edit source]
The Hunter wears a fedora hat, carries a shotgun and is always smoking. A distinctive characteristic is his white eyes, hinting that he is too infected, but the infection had a different result. He appears to know that the train's engine is made of Capsules technology. He also appears to either being able to appear towards people using a hive mind ability of the infected, interact with people of great importance. He suggests that the infection is not a virus, but a medicine "too powerful for some people".
Summary[edit | edit source]
The player first meets him in the Lost Connection level, in a room full of dead zombies. He possesses the Hunter's Blocker Code and will begin to talk if approached. In the train, the Hunter tells the player that they managed to keep the infection away due to the radiation from the train engine, which was built with the technology from the Capsules, but they will turn soon too, and the Hunter will either meet them in the new world, or...the second option is always available. The train breaks and the player must proceed on foot back home, getting infected by the gas coming from a Capsule. The Hunter appears ahead, arriving before the player. When met in Redmund the Hunter says the player is nearly there and that he "won't spoil the surprise". Arriving home, the player starts to transform into a zombie after leaving the daughter's room, and entering the hallway. The Hunter emerges from the kitchen, finishes his cigar, and loads his shotgun. He points at the now-zombified player's head and tells him that he'll "take care of her". He then proceeds to shoot the player.
In The Only Traitor DLC it is revealed that he is actually one of the original founders and IS a traitor to the Council's cause to which extent is unknown. Ever since Vermond White was overthrown he too disappeared. Only to appear to certain people of interest and tied to really strange occurrences that is dismissed as a legend. Arthur is seen working for Armand White to turn people into the Reborn, advanced human beings who are affected by the Capsules, but few people undergo the change. It is not known what he is often shows up towards people of importance that can change the balance. He is seen conversing with the Blacksmith and it is implied that he killed the first president and the Blacksmith's friend, Vermond White. He later tasks Peter (the protagonist of the DLC) with killing the train conductor in exchange for his survival.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
The player can see the man, who is the Hunter in the very first level, the nightmare. Smoking and holding a shotgun, surrounded by dead zombies. But the player can't reach him and talk with him, seeing him is an omen of things to come.
In "The Only Traitor" DLC, there are four paintings of the Council, but one of the paintings is missing. It is later found in the room next to where Armand White's office is, before encountering the Hunter. The picture depicts a bearded man, with a shotgun hanging above him, and strongly suggests this is Arthur Vane.
His eyes are white, the same as of the Reborn.
He may also be the first reborn human from the First Visitation, granting him paranormal abilities.
Arthur's intentions are vague, ominous, and lean towards ushering in the 'inevitable' to transform humans into an advanced race. Hence being labeled as a traitor among the original founders for carrying out his newly found revelation.
The DLC title, "The Only Traitor" may be referring to him.
It is speculated he may be behind creation of The Order of The Advent