In 1890 – 23 years before the beginning of Shadow Hearts – 3 sacred texts were stolen from the Vatican. Father Morris Elliot and Father James O’Flaherty are called upon to help find these texts. Father Elliot learned that a powerful warlock calling himself Roger Bacon had defiled the books and they could now be used to summon demons. Father Elliot went in search of another warlock who could defeat Bacon.
Father Elliot’s friend Father Doyle lived in Rouen, and was arranging a meeting between Father Elliot and Cardinal Albert Simon – supposedly strong enough to defeat Roger Bacon. What Elliot does not know is that Albert Simon and Roger Bacon are the same man, and Father Doyle was maniupulated in allowing them to meet. While Father Elliot is waiting to meet Cardinal Simon he is killed by the very man himself. Albert Simon (still calling himself “Roger Bacon“) then kidnaps Alice. This happens just before the beginning of Shadow Hearts.
Over six months later, Margarete travels alone to Rouen to find out more about Roger Bacon and the truth of Father Elliot’s murder. She checks into the hotel and explores the city, hoping to find more information from Father Doyle – however he has locked himself inside the church.
Not long after, Yuri, Alice, Zhuzhen and Keith arrive at the inn. Being in Rouen makes Alice very uncomfortable. The innkeeper recognises her and offers his condolences, but is happy that she is alive. The men check into one room and Alice into another.
While the men are resting, Alice decides to explore by herself – she walks to the back of the church, where her and her father were waiting to meet Cardinal Simon. The painful memory of losing her father causes her to kneel on the floor crying. She is interrupted by Yuri who was looking for her to check if she was alright. She tells him about what happened in Rouen all those months ago. As they are about to go back to the inn, Roger Bacon and Olga appear. They are impressed that Yuri has come back from the Graveyard. Yuri is itching for a fight but they insist that they are only here to warn them that their presence has been noticed. However, Olga summons some monsters at which point Margarete joins them in battle.
After the battle, Bacon and Olga leave with a warning that they will not go easy on them next time they meet. Margarete examined Yuri to make sure he is really alive – she is delighted. The party return to the inn to a worried Zhuzhen who sensed a massive evil in the area. They explain about their encounter with Bacon. Margarete tells the party what she has learned about Bacon – that he was is an immortal whose name first appeared in books as early as 1200. He was a friar who studied medicine and chemistry in Paris. He quickly became well know as a revolutionary who opposed the church. In 1540 in Nuremberg he was tried for witchcraft and then exiled. She thinks to move the investigation forward they need to find out who Alice’s Father was looking to meet in Rouen.
The party break into the church and find Father Doyle in a state of confusion – he thinks that they are trying to kill him or take him to meet the devil. Once Alice speaks to him, he tells them the story of why her father was trying to meet with Cardinal Simon. However, Olga appears and strikes him with lightning as he is speaking. She then attacks the party. Once she is weakened, she flees. As Father Doyle dies, he is able to tell them that Cardinal Simon is in London.
Later in the game, Alice returns to Rouen alone to investigate why Father Doyle refused to meet them on the night that her father died. She travels to the church and investigates the confessional booth that he often used. Alice finds some papers that Father Doyle had written as well as a photograph. The papers explain that Father Doyle had been manipulated and had sold Father Elliot and Alice out to Albert Simon – a man who was masquerading as Roger Bacon. To cement the evidence, there is a photograph of the man Alice knew as Roger Bacon together with Father Doyle when Doyle was a young man.
When Alice goes to leave the church, she encounters Albert Simon. He realises that his disguise has been compromised and admits that he was pretending to be called Roger Bacon. He talks with her a while about why he is doing what he is doing – he wants revenge on those who have wronged him in the past. He tells Alice that he no longer requires her magic as he has Koudelka for that purpose instead. He tells her that the next time they meet it will be as enemies.
Later, once the Float has been raised, Yuri can come back to Rouen Cathedral with Margarete where she will talk with him for a while. She brings him into a confessional booth and reveals that she has been working to try and use his and Alice’s party for the advantage of the American army. However, due to travelling with him, she realises that all he wants to do is take care of Alice and he doesn’t deserve to be treated this way. She says that she would like to travel with him once the whole ordeal is over, but knows that he will probably go with Alice instead.
Shadow Hearts Walkthrough: Rouen (After Blue Castle)
Shadow Hearts Walkthrough: Rouen (After Calios Mental Hospital)
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Lottery Member #6 appears in Rouen – he is in the alley between near the church.
Rouen is a city in North-West France – the historic capital of Normandy.
Rouen Cathedral still exists and it was the tallest building in the world from 1876 to 1880.