Corrupted Souls, or Shadows, are beings that roam around Rusty Lake.
They are shown as shadowy phantoms with white glowing eyes. The Souls are tied to the black cubes; the process of extracting negative memories into black cubes corrupts the body of the victim.
Cube Escape: The LakeEdit
One is caught with a fishing rod in 1969, with the shrimp's head as bait, with one of its hands not yet the corrupted black colour. The player can use a knife to cut an apple out of its back while the soul screeches at them.
The Fish, when cut open, grows into a tree which can hold five objects. If the player places a blue gem on the top, it will shoot a pentagram beam. A soul will climb out of the Lake and attack the player. However, if the player places a green gem on the top, it will shoot a pentagon beam. When the soul attempts to enter the cabin the pentagon will stop it, and it will eventually disappear and leave a black cube.
Cube Escape: SeasonsEdit
During the Summer in 1971, the Woman can use her telescope to get a close-up of the moon outside her window. Upon closer inspection, her own window is seen on the moon's surface, and the Woman looking through it. A Corrupted Soul slits her throat from behind, coating the window with blood and highlighting the code for the safe back in her room. Inside the safe is a shrimp, which is cooked in the oven. When the oven door is reopened, the Lake is revealed inside. The Woman stands in the water, and turns into a Corrupted Soul before disappearing and becoming a black cube.
During the Fall of 1971, the Woman will have to switch through her television channels by the numbers that appear on each station. The second-to-last channel features a Corrupted Soul staring at her through the static, which reveals a black cube when switched to the final channel.
During the Winter in 1981, when the Woman finally figures out how to open the clock's case, she discovers with the mirror inside that she is also a Corrupted Soul. She remains this way even when going back in time, but activating the machine in the winter does something for her. In the Spring of 1964, picking up the phone will shoot out a beam of light that dissipates her Soul's corruption.
Cube Escape: ArlesEdit
When van Gogh cuts off his ear in 1888 and places it into a bowl, he is able to travel into it through a long tunnel that leads to two doors. The door on the right leads back to his room, but the mirror on the wall appears to be flickering. With a closer look, it is shown that van Gogh's reflection is that of a Corrupted Soul. If he shoots it in the head with his pistol it disappears, leaving behind a white cube.
Cube Escape: Harvey's BoxEdit
A Soul stares down at Harvey in 1969 as she opens up the top of the box to try and escape. When it begins to reach to grab her, Harvey can send out three fireflies, which cause the Soul to stretch out its wings and dissipate, leaving a black cube behind.
Cube Escape: Case 23Edit
In the office of Dale Vandermeer in 1972, there is a man in handcuffs outside his window, who is guarded by a policeman. When the code 247 is inputted into the TV to the right of the window, the man will appear on screen, but with a corrupted head. Looking back at the window will reveal that the man is gone and the policeman has been hanged. The man's Soul will then suddenly lunge at Dale, cracking the window with its hand, before disappearing and leaving a black cube.
After Mr. Crow has left Dale at the Cabin, he must figure out by himself how to activate the elevator inside. At first all seems normal, but the longer Dale spends in the Cabin, the deer outside will be decapitated and replaced by a Corrupted Soul with antlers. If he takes too long, the Soul will attack him, but if he gets into the elevator, it will watch as he descends into the Lake.
Cube Escape: The MillEdit
Mr. Crow is tasked with taking the dead body of the Woman in 1972, and extracting her memories to create cubes. He is successful in making both a white and black cube, but the creation of the black cube corrupts her. Once the black cube is placed into the Lake, all goes dark as the Corrupted Soul breaks free. It kills the Old Woman, decapitates the Cow, and captures Harvey as Mr. Crow confronts her. It lets Harvey go and disappears.
Also, Mr. Owl has left two letters to Mr Crow on the walls of the Mill. One tells about how the Souls are still wandering the Lake, but that he may have found the one to stop them, referring to Dale. The other message explains how extracting painful, or negative, memories can cause corruption of the body, as is what happened with the Woman.
Rusty Lake HotelEdit
Harvey is sent out by Mr. Owl in 1893 to kill the five guests staying at the Hotel, as he requires their bodies to extract their memories and create black cubes. After they are all dead, she will bring the final dinner to Mr. Owl's room. In his room are five large tanks, each with a black cube inside. The tanks also hold the Souls of the deceased guests. Mr. Owl will show Harvey a white cube, which takes her to a foggy Forest surrounded by the guests' Souls. The Souls simply wander aimlessly, as Harvey collects their black cubes. Eventually she will come across the elevator carrying Dale, as it rises up into the Hotel.
Cube Escape: BirthdayEdit
As Dale celebrates his ninth birthday in 1939, there is a knock on the door. Mr. Rabbit's Soul breaks the door down and open fires on the room, killing all but Dale. Left on the table, is a letter from Mr. Rabbit, explaining that this substance from one of his past lives is his only chance of escaping this state.
If the player looks out the kitchen window before the shooting, Mr. Rabbit's Soul can be seen in the distance. It will not be there afterward, though if Dale draws a figure onto the window, it will appear suddenly, causing the window to break, before disappearing.
In the secret scene seen in the snow globe, it is shown that the Corrupted Souls from Rusty Lake Hotel started to roam free in 1894. They were set loose from captivity in the tanks, and went after Harvey, the one who killed them. As they attacked a beam of light comes down onto the Hotel, causing Harvey to transform into a bird and fly away.
Cube Escape: TheatreEdit
A lone man, Bob, sits at the bar in 1971. He will say very little to Dale, only accepting drinks he is served. After the fifth play, "Remember the Seasons", Bob will leave his seat at the bar to sit in the bathroom. Trying to confront Bob causes him to become corrupted, and he closes the door. Back at the bar on one of the coasters at his seat, Bob has written, "I feel dead inside, why did you take my memory?".
As he is introducing the sixth play, "The Mill", Mr. Owl explains that extracting Bob's memories caused his Corrupted Soul, which is also one of the six stages of the wheel. After solving the final play's puzzle, the elevator comes forth. Dale watches Bob's Soul creep towards him as the elevator gates closes and continues upwards.
As well, in the bathroom, if the mirror is touched, it will split Dale's reflection into five horizontal pieces. Realigning these pieces causes the mirror to show Dale as a Corrupted Soul, before breaking it into shards.
Rusty Lake: RootsEdit
In 1859, after creating the Elixir successfully, William dies after drinking it and becomes a Corrupted Soul. There is also a seed inside of his corpse. Although he is dead, he knows that he can be reborn, with ten sacrifices from his relatives, as well as three timepieces to open the gate for the resurrection. With his nephew James inheriting his house and planting the seed, the tree and the Vanderboom clan begin to grow. William's Soul follows his family's progress as James is married and has three children, who in turn have three more children. After a member of the family dies, he takes a piece of their body to use as a sacrifice.
Eventually in 1935, he has collected all ten sacrifices and his grandchildren have found the three timepieces. Inside of William's secret laboratory, the timepieces are used to open the gate to place the sacrifices on a scale. His granddaughter Rose gets locked into the clock, wrapped by the tree's roots. Once the sacrifices are balanced equally, they are drawn into the tree's roots and absorbed by William's Soul. He is resurrected as a newborn baby, held by Rose as she stands in Rusty Lake.
Cube Escape: The CaveEdit
Mr. Crow goes into the Cave with the intent to retrieve cubes from the Lake in 1972. While he is working in the Cave to open the door to the Submarine, the shadows of the Hotel guests' Souls can be seen creeping by. There are also Corrupted Souls featured in the puzzles on the walls. During the first puzzle, William drinks the Elixir, dying and turning into a Corrupted Soul. His Soul is enveloped by the Vanderboom tree, reincarnating him as the Woman; she also becomes a Corrupted Soul, and produces a black cube. For the second puzzle, the diver Mr. Owl hovers over the black cubes of the Hotel guests, allowing Dale to walk past the guests' Souls.
In the Submarine, Mr. Crow finds the white and black cubes containing the Woman's memories. Although the white cube features a pleasant memory, the black cube is of a more ominous nature. Standing in front of a blood-soaked wall, the Woman holds a knife. She commits suicide by slitting her throat, creating her Soul. After the blue cube is found, Mr. Crow begins searching for the golden cube. Reaching the location, one of the machines in the Submarine breaks allowing him to take back the three cubes. The Soul of Mr. Boar attacks the craft, breaking the porthole glass, and continues attacking until it shatters. Mr. Crow leaves the Sub, and walks through the Forest passing by the Hotel guests' Souls to reach a large white cube. Inside the cube, Dale and the Woman's Soul are strapped to seats attached to a big machine, and contraptions are lowered onto their heads. Flicking the switch to the contraption briefly corrupts Dale, while the Woman's Soul briefly uncorrupts. The big machine creates a golden cube from the other three cubes, and Dale takes it with him as he leaves in the elevator. He continues to flicker briefly with corruption.
Known Corrupted SoulsEdit
- Dale Vandermeer (?)
- Mr. Boar
- Mr. Deer
- Mr. Rabbit
- Ms. Pheasant
- Mrs. Pigeon
- The Woman (?)
- Vincent van Gogh
- William Vanderboom (Reborn as the Woman)
- Caroline Eilander
- As the antlered Soul begins to appear in the Cabin during Cube Escape: Case 23, the music changes to "[httsp://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100710 The House of Leaves]".
- When The Woman's Corrupted Soul appears in Cube Escape: The Mill, the soundtrack changes to "Right Behind You".
- After Mr. Rabbit's attack on the Vandermeers during Cube Escape: Birthday, the music becomes an out of tune version of the usual "Birthday Piano Theme". Both versions are available on the official soundtrack.
- When Mr. Boar's soul attacks the Submarine in Cube Escape: The Cave, and the player enters the Forest, the music changes to "The End".
- So far, there have been five ways to defeat a Corrupted Soul:
- The Corrupted Soul found in The Lake is the only soul known to be partly corrupted, with the uncorrupted hand. The reason why remains unknown.
- In Cube Escape: The Mill, a Corrupted Soul shows up in the negative memories of the Woman.
- Cube Escape: The Mill marked the first official mention of "Corrupted Souls", on what they are and how they are created.
- Corrupted Souls can be seen randomly outside the window of Cube Escape: Seasons. Also, Mr. Rabbit's soul can randomly appear in the window in Mr. Rabbit's room in Rusty Lake Hotel.
See also: Corrupted Souls/Gallery