Ash Twin Project
The facility is revealed to be the reason for the time loop that the player finds themselves in. When the sun goes supernova, the Ash Twin Project activates and sends the player character's memories 22 minutes into the past, resulting in them subjectively experiencing the same 22 minutes over and over.
|Ash Twin Project|
|Gravity||1.1g (0g if the gravity is disabled)|
|Inhabitants||None ( Self with its new little paradox )|
|Location||Within Ash Twin|
Description[edit | edit source]
The Ash Twin Project is a large ring-shaped structure circling the Advanced Warp Core that powers it. The ring platform is located within a large spherical shell which encases it completely to protect the project. The surface of the platform is made entirely of gravity pads, ensuring that the player does not fall off. Along the ring are various Nomai research notes and pieces of art work as well as multiple Projection Stones. Upon arrival, directly ahead of the player is the actual project itself. A small open room with a console in the middle and eight Nomai Masks surrounding the center, three of which are active. At the end of the ring there will be two sphere consoles. One of these consoles turns off the artificial gravity and the other opens the casing protecting the Advanced Warp Core, allowing it to be removed.
Purpose and Design[edit | edit source]
The Ash Twin Project was designed to harness the energy of the Supernova triggered by the Sun Station to send data from the Orbital Probe Cannon 22 minutes into the past. This was to make finding the Eye of the Universe a much faster and easier task than it would have been without the project.
The Ash Twin Project has two major components, the Nomai Masks and the Nomai Statues. The statues are designed to "link" with the closest living creature to them when they activate. From that point on, the linked creature's memories are continuously transmitted to the respective mask. One of the masks is linked not to a creature but to the Orbital Probe Cannon's Tracking Module to receive the coordinates of the Eye of the Universe, should it be found by the probe. Upon activation by the supernova, the memories and coordinates are sent back in time to the linked creature (or module) through the statue using warp technology. This puts the creature or module in a perceived time loop that replays the same 22 minutes in a loop until the project is deactivated.
Initially, only the Cannon's statue is activated, so only the cannon is in a loop. Once the Eye is located, the other statues also activate. This would prompt the Nomai (now in possession of the Eye's coordinates) to halt the activation of the Sun Station and thus stopping the loop.
Advanced Warp Core[edit | edit source]
The Advanced Warp Core is the power source that keeps the Ash Twin Project running, even without power from the Supernova. Its design is based on the Advanced Warp Core used to power The Vessel and can be removed from the project. If the player decides to remove the core, the Ash Twin Project will shut down, ending the time loop until it is inserted again. Should the player die by any cause without reinserting while the Ash Twin project is offline, the player will receive a game over screen and be returned to the main menu.
The Advanced Warp Core is required for the intended ending.
Initial failure and eventual activation[edit | edit source]
Upon activation by the Nomai, the Sun Station failed to induce a supernova so the Ash Twin Project did not work, forcing the Nomai to find an alternate way to power the project. Shortly after, the Interloper arrived in the Solar System, showing potential to be that alternative power source. However, this approach never came to fruition.
While the Nomai never got the see the Ash Twin Project functional, hundreds of thousands of years later the project is eventually triggered when the local Sun reaches the end of its lifespan and goes Supernova naturally. At the end of every loop as the Sun is going Supernova, the Ash Twin Project activates, generating a black hole in the center of the ring and transferring all stored information from the Nomai Masks into it.
After many cycles of only the Orbital Probe Cannon being in a loop, the probe finally locates the Eye, prompting the activation of the statues. The player happens to be the closest creature to the Timber Hearth statue at that moment, causing it to sync with them and putting them in a time loop as well.
Accessibility[edit | edit source]
There is no direct route to the Ash Twin Project, and accessing it is not as straightforward as most other locations. To access the Ash Twin Project, the player must utilize the teleportation towers on Ash Twin and use the Ash Twin teleporter while Ember Twin is directly above.
It takes approximately three full orbits of the Ember Twin for the Ash Twin tower to be fully uncovered by sand. The tower in question will be the broken one of the two towers that are close together with a bridge connecting them. Outside the correct tower's entrance will be the corpse of a Nomai. The player will need to stand in the center platform inside of the tower for the teleporter to work, however, it will only work when the Ember Twin is directly above. Due to the sand flowing from Ash Twin to Ember Twin, player can easily be sucked through the roof. To avoid being pulled out, it is recommended for the player to seek shelter under the bridge outside or under the small intact sections of the tower's ceiling until the pillar of sand is directly in the center of the tower. When the pillar of sand is in the center, the player must quickly run into the teleporter, if done correctly they will immediately warp to the Ash Twin Project.
Texts and recordings[edit | edit source]
Inside Ash Twin Project[edit | edit source]
|Cycle information (dependent on how much in-game time has passed)
X MINUTES, X SECONDS AGO: Received data from previous cycles.
MASKS RECEIVING DATA FROM:
X MINUTES UNTIL END-OF-CYCLE TRANSMISSION
Text wall - Excavation of Ash Twin
YARROW: Today we finished the excavation of Ash Twin. Here, in this space we carved, we will craft our most ambitious project yet: the Ash Twin Project, powerful enough to send information back in time.
Text wall - Warp Tower connections
YARROW: Poke just sent the warp core for the final tower to us from the Black Hole Forge. Now Ash Twin can be connected with Giant’s Deep, where Cassava is working with Avens to craft the Orbital Probe Cannon, and where Phlox is sculpting the memory statues.
Text wall - Orbital Probe Cannon tests
YARROW: Our friends on Giant’s Deep tested the Orbital Probe Cannon today. Mallow tells me the cannon is doing well, and that Avens advocates for more launch power. If anyone can coax the maximum power from a device, Avens can.
Text wall - Memory statues finished
YARROW: Phlox and Daz finished the memory statues today, and they are truly remarkable.
Text wall - Sun Station complete
YARROW: Pye and Idaea have worked hard on the Sun Station, and it at last is complete. If everything goes as planned, this structure will prompt the sun’s explosion, which will in turn supply the power the Ash Twin Project requires.
Text wall - Ash Twin Project order of events
YARROW: We’re nearly ready to activate the Ash Twin Project! Here is what will happen: First, the Sun Station will receive the order to fire at the sun, prompting it to explode.
Text wall - Sun Station failed
YARROW: These words are difficult to write: The Sun Station did not work.
Text wall - Arrival of comet
YARROW: We are halting our research into creating a supernova for this moment; a comet has newly arrived in this solar system, and we’re anxious to explore it.
Projection stones - Brittle Hollow: Advanced warp core
CLARY: I have good news, Yarrow! The advanced warp core is ready to be installed in the central chamber of Ash Twin.
|Projection stones - Giant's Deep: Fail-safe text
RAMIE: I’ve installed the masks inside the Ash Twin Project, Phlox. They look beautiful (although I do feel as though I’m being observed!).
Projection stones - Probe Tracking Module: Ash Twin Project and probe
YARROW: I have exciting news, Privet: The Ash Twin Project is almost prepared to receive the probe data from the Orbital Probe Cannon.
Projection stones - Timber Hearth: Last of the ore
YARROW: My gratitude for the latest shipment, Oeno! This ore should be the last we’ll need for the Ash Twin Project.
Project Control - Gravity
Artificial gravity control
|Project Control - Core
Caution: You are about to access the core while the Ash Twin Project is active.
WARNING: Removing the core will disable the Ash Twin Project.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Due to the significant amount of time it takes to enter the Ash Twin Project, once the Advanced Warp is removed, the player does not have much time remaining in the loop.
- Meditating after removing the Advanced Warp Core soft-locks the Game on Xbox One.
- The earliest the Ash Twin Project can be reached through its Warp Tower is 7:50 minutes after spawning (or T-Minus 14:10 to the Sun going supernova). By this point, enough of the Warp Tower has been uncovered to stand on the pad in time for the alignment to occur. Care should still be taken to not be drained out through the Tower's broken ceiling with the sandfall.
- Taking out the Warp Core then dying will not delete the save file.