|Character of INFRA|
"The Machine" is a machine referred to by the name "The Machine" and by the nickname "the Headless Raven", located somewhere in the Underground City. The aforementioned nickname is given because "it spits out raven's heads." The Machine is referred to as a kind of "underground god", and is said to have been created by Andrew Herts, who was helped by seven masked men (likely from the Underground City.) These masked men guarded the project, and seeked the ingredients, especially poor people (homeless). These "poor people" are referred to as "a gift from the upper bird". In the wasteland notes, it's said "the machine causes it, they don't know it." Causes what, and who are "they?" It runs on five ingredients: sand, rocks, water, ornis (birds) and humans (homeless).
A theory is the "raven's" in here does not refer to raven heads, but rather heads of people that are the property of Raven Research. This would explain the point of that guillotine in the underground justice ending, which has a logo of a raven missing a head above it. This is also reinforced by some of the entity names in the city_gates map: for example, machine_relay.
A note stating this information is found on a note located in a small foliage-covered cave hidden behind the Pine Fell Water Plant in tunnel2.
In Bunker, there is a computer displaying encrypted text, which, when decoded, produces part of the text "Homeless People (made the) machine". However, this information contradicts the information in the note, which states that the machine was made by Andrew Herts. A possible explanation is that the machine was actually made of homeless people. This could coincide with the mushrooms, possibly mutating the said people and assimilating them into The Machine.
The note as it appears in-game:
The same note, cleaned up for visibility purposes:
The note reads:
Andrew Herts made the machine
that became a legend in Stalburg-
a creature, once known as the
god of the underground. The
machine runs on five ingredients:
sand, rocks, water, ornis, and (humans?)
Herts made the machine because
he claims to "save the poor people".
The machine is called the Headless
Raven because it spits out raven's
Herts is helped by seven masked
men. They guard the project and
seek ingredients, especially poor
people. They're a gift from the
("ornis" means "bird").
Feel free to investigate!