In case the subject wasn’t clear enough: there will be spoilers in this thread. Probably a lot of spoilers, and possibly not hidden by spoiler tags. Read at your own risk.
According to an IFwiki user, Galatea has 70 endings, and I expect most people who’ve played Galatea have replayed to see some of the different stories available. Of the endings you’ve seen there are probably some you liked and some you didn’t, and maybe you have a favourite or favourites.
But I was wondering about a more specific question. Is there a particular ending (or endings) that you think of as the ending? If so, why? Because it was the first ending you came to? Because it seems to fit the work as a whole so well? If not, are there any endings that you think of as more important/canonical/true to the story than others?
I’ve always thought of the Reflections ending as the major ending. In case you don’t know which I mean, it’s this one:
“What are you really?” you demand, troubled by the memory of the shifting of her shape, the qualities of stone that come and go at her will.
“I’m not dangerous to you.” She gives you a look that seems almost pitying. “Except perhaps to your sanity. But you seem hardy enough.”
“But that doesn’t explain anything,” you complain. She is silent, apparently reluctant.
“Are you made of some kind of new material?” you demand, casting about. “Somehow become self-aware? A shape-shifter?”
Her silence persists.
She laughs. “That’s a closer explanation than any other that you are likely to come up with,” she says. “And if you’re willing to entertain the notion–”
You aren’t, of course, not really, but it’s too late to tell her that now, too late to cram reality back into its box. With a laugh like that of a child being let outside, she turns – to wood, the color and style of a product of Old Kingdom Egypt. To glass, faceted, her hair scattering the downshot light to a thousand tiny points. To a sculpture of sand, to a pillar of salt, to flowing water, to flame.
And finally her substance has fled entirely, and she is only a shadow, passing around you in a cool whisper.
“I am what you think I am; I am what your treatment makes of me.”
*** The End ***[/spoiler]
I’ll be the first to admit it’s not the most satisfying ending, and it’s certainly not my favourite. The reason I think of it as the main ending is partly mundane: I always seemed to get that ending. I’d talk to Galatea for ages about all sorts of things, and when I ran out of ideas, I’d ask her about herself again. But also, in a way that ending sums up my experience of Galatea. I want to know who and what she is, but the game never gives me a definite answer. Maybe she’s really a statue come to life, but maybe she isn’t. Whatever she is, it’s partly a result of the choices I make as I play.