A comparative analysis of the new and old monoliths – Evan’s Remains

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If you don’t want any lore/story spoilers, I would suggest you to not read this guide before having finished a play-through of Evan’s Remains.
 
 
With that disclaimer out of the way, what follows are the observations based on the two — original, and modified — monoliths’ messages in the game.
 
 

The Messages

We see both of the original, and the “new” messages in unison, when Andre suggests his modifications to the original message (and the corresponding monoliths), after Vincent completes his decipherment journey.
 
 
A comparative analysis of the new and old monoliths - Evan's Remains - The Messages - 2YwOU
 
 
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If we take the words in the original message, their (re)arrangement, (and additionally the corresponding monolith / level names that are found on the pause screen); we can represent this data in the following tabular format.
 
 
Original Message (Vincent’s Notes) · 40 Unique Words · 47 Total Words / Monoliths
 

WordOld OrderNew OrderMonolith (Level) Name
eternal1, 131, 6The Staircase
as2DESTROYED!The Floor (Vincent’s Notes)
the3, 20, 3221Out Of Sync (Vincent’s Notes) / The Placeholder (Clover’s Notes)
sun44Full Circle
our513Switches
sacred614Counterintuitive
place715From Above
is8, 422, 24Aurelio
not911Charging
nor10DESTROYED!???
will11, 307Jump Jump Jump
become128Brackets
he149One Way Or Another
who15, 2310How High?
looks16DESTROYED!???
for17DESTROYED!???
eternity18, 4728The Walls
because1916From Below
same2122Convoluted
man2223Merciless
on2418One Step
this2519Piece Of Cake
land2620Multiple Use
all27DESTROYED!???
ego28DESTROYED!???
abandons2912Buggy
know31DESTROYED!???
search33DESTROYED!???
of34DESTROYED!???
it35DESTROYED!???
meaning36DESTROYED!???
lacks37DESTROYED!???
only3817The Trap
consciousness39DESTROYED!???
was40DESTROYED!???
and415Trick
forever4325The Exchange
my443In And Out
endless4526Fall down
true4627Colors

 
The data is now primed for some observations.
 
 
 

Andre’s Error

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Incorrect, Andre. It is…
 
 
Forty-seven monoliths. Forty-seven words.
 
 
 

The Curious Case of Aurelio, and The Repeating Monoliths

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Let’s draw a similar table as the one in the first section, considering only the words in the new/modified message.
 
 
New Message (Clover’s Notes) · 26 Unique Words · 28 Total Words / Monoliths
 

WordNew OrderOld OrderMonolith (Level) Name
eternal1, 61, 13The Staircase
is2, 248, 42Aurelio
my344In And Out
sun44Full Circle
and541Trick
will711, 30Jump Jump Jump
become812Brackets
he914One Way Or Another
who1015, 23How High?
not119Charging
abandons1229Buggy
our135Switches
sacred146Counterintuitive
place157From Above
because1619From Below
only1738The Trap
on1824One Step
this1925Piece Of Cake
land2026Multiple Use
the213, 20, 32Out Of Sync (Vincent’s Notes) / The Placeholder (Clover’s Notes)
same2221Convoluted
man2322Merciless
forever2543The Exchange
endless2645Fall down
true2746Colors
eternity2818, 47The Walls

 

The Repeating Monoliths

 
 
As you can notice, there are only two words that repeat in the above message. eternal, and is. The first monolith repetition, for the word eternal, is caught by Dysis after she solves the 6th monolith.
 
 
The second, and the only other monolith repetition (playing as Dysis) is left for the player to catch. Hence, I think, the secret achievement; and the secret message — “?kees dna edih emos tuoba tahW“. Read it in reverse.
 
 
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But who’s Aurelio?

 
 
My guess is that Aurelio is an Up-Bring healthcare (notice the first-aid box) humanoid (although referred to as a ‘mysterious man‘ in the corresponding achievement description, Aurelio’s face reminds me of RoboCop).
 
 
Aurelio was most probably repurposed by Andre to help him with having his new message encoded; i.e., with the rearrangement, and the destruction of the monoliths.
 
 
 

One Word, Multiple Monoliths / Hieroglyphs (?)

Look at the word the. It occurs thrice in the original message, and once in the modified message.
 
 

WordOld OrderNew OrderMonolith (Level) Name
the3, 20, 3221Out Of Sync (Vincent’s Notes) / The Placeholder (Clover’s Notes)

 
Even though the word the occurs thrice in the original message, we only see Vincent arrive at it once (after deciphering the 3rd monolith). Apart from the first zone (first four monoliths), the rest of Vincent’s decipherment is inferred by a montage of him scribbling in his notes, across the rest of the zones.
 
 
Playing as Dysis, we also see Clover (modified message) decipher the 21st monolith to be the word the.
 
 
It’s interesting to note that Clover, and Vincent decipher two completely different monoliths (both in structure, and the corresponding level name) to arrive at the word the.
 
 
This could either mean an existence of multiple non-unique monoliths with selfsame meanings, or it could just have been a minor game design oversight.
 
 
 

The Destroyed Monoliths

If it were not for the destructive Andre, we could have had (at least) 13 more playable levels.
 
 
14 Destroyed Monoliths · 13 Missing Monoliths
 

WordOld OrderMonolith (Level) Name
as2The Floor (Vincent’s Notes)
nor10???
looks16???
for17???
all27???
ego28???
know31???
search33???
of34???
it35???
meaning36???
lacks37???
consciousness39???
was40???

 
 
 

Written by Brick

 
 
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