About the level
If Lara steps on the water sign and chooses the right door she will arrive in this level.
Here she is attacked by a Lux Veritas knight with a flaming sword. If Lara is nearby the undead knight he will shoot fireballs to you. Lara must switch a lever and continue to a water level. Neptune is the Roman god of water and ocean. Via a series of corridors and spikes Lara will obtain the water amulet and get to the exit.
Picture by picture
13A.01 - Lantern
The lantern looks a bit like a shell.
13A.02 - Column
The column has a tiny cross on it. But it is difficult to get the original.
13A.03 - Checked floor
The checked floor has a certain glow on it, like it is moisturised with water. It can be compared with the rainy streets in Paris. On each check you'll see a pattern.
13A.04 - Spitting green man
It is called Michelangelo Green man. It was made by Michelangelo and used in the chapel of the Medici in Florance, according to this website. But could not find a picture where it is in the chapel.
13A.05 - Relief
The relief came from the Church of St. Trophme in Arles. I think it shows us the sinners that go to hell standing in flames.. To the left, the people who go to heaven and to the right the sinners that go to hell. It remained the church visitors to believe in their god.
13A.06 - Cross and Latin texts
This mosaic can be found in the room under the gargoyle. It has a nice early Christian mosaic. But sadly, could not find it. Searched at “early christian art” or “mosaic art” or “Roman text mosaic cross”…
13A.07 - Reliefs
Notice the waves.
13A.08 - Neptune relief
This image can be found in Fordington in Dorset museum. It is a Roman mosaic from England.
13A.09 - Gibberish
Some more unknown inscriptions (the image not very clear, but this is it)
13A.10 - Skull
I see a hourglass and a skull, the image is not very clear, but this is it. The deeper meaning is explained here:
I think the skull & hourglass symbolizes mortality and is a reminder that we will all die in time. (site)
Some trivia some facts.
The round corridors reminds me of a nautilus shell or just a seashell. Maybe one of the attributes of Poseidon/Neptune.
The first image represents to top view of the level, the second the bottom view and the third one a nautilus shell.
Beneath where you begin there is a hall with twelve doors. The same number as in the hall of seasons level (four symbols x 3 doors = 12). According to this video in the very beginning (E3 demo) the Hall of Seasons and this level was once connected.
According to Murti Schofield:
- The Chamber of 12 calendar doors with paintings linked to the 12 elements.
- The room has 12 duplicates of the Obscura Painting clutched to the chests of various skeletal statues (possibly some Nephilim carved figures stand guard??).
The Great Work (Latin: Magnum opus) is an alchemical term for the process of working with the prima materia to create the philosopher’s stone. It has been used to describe personal and spiritual transmutation in the Hermetic tradition, attached to laboratory processes and chemical color changes, used as a model for the individuation process, and as a device in art and literature.
The original process philosophy has four stages:: nigredo, the blackening or melanosis, albedo, the whitening or leucosis, citrinitas, the yellowing or xanthosis, rubedo, the reddening, purpling, or iosis
Alchemical authors sometimes elaborated on the three or four color model by enumerating a variety of chemical steps to be performed. Though these were often arranged in groups of seven or twelve stages, there is little consistency in the names of these processes, their number, their order, or their description.
Various alchemical documents were directly or indirectly used to justify these stages. The Tabula Smaragdina is the oldest document said to provide a “recipe”. Others include the Mutus Liber, the twelve keys of Basil Valentine, the emblems of Steffan Michelspacher, and the twelve gates of George Ripley.
When looking into the Mutus Liber I saw this:
The Mutus Liber, or Mute Book (from Latin: Silent Book), is a Hermetic philosophical work published in La Rochelle in 1677. It ranks amongst the major books on alchemy in Early Modern literature, just as much as does Atalanta Fugiens by Michael Maier. It has been reprinted numerous times.
Maybe it is too far fetched but Brother Obscura is also a deaf person.
This looks like the decoration on the St. Trophime main portal.
The skulls remind me of Tomb Raider I City of Vilcabamba and Tomb Raider III, Coastal Village.