If you’ve made some progress in Outriders, you may have come across an early Altered character named Moloch. You first fight him during the Onslaught mission when working with Trench Town to capture an Insurgent bunker. This is where you likely noticed he has a small shriveled man on his back. Continue reading below for all information in Outriders regarding who this is.
Quick disclaimer that spoilers regarding Moloch are below. These aren’t significant to the main story, however.
What is on Moloch’s Back in Outriders
When you first meet Moloch, he never refers to the body on his back. The only bit of lore that sneaks through here is when your character says, “My fight’s not with you.” Moloch then responds, “Oh, it is now. You fight with them.” Without any context until later, this statement doesn’t mean anything. However, he’s talking about his disdain for the Enoch Colonization Authority (ECA), which you’re a part of. The ECA indirectly led to Moloch’s transformation into an Altered form.
There’s a side quest named The Scientific Method where you come across journals written by Dr. Alkesandr Rostropovich. These journals reveal that Rostropovich was working for the ECA in creating a weapon to fight Altereds. In doing so, he experimented on humans for the ECA until they cut his funding. However, that didn’t stop him from continuing his experiments. After several failed attempts with subjects dying, he mentions one named Subject Number Six.
It soon becomes clear that Subject Number Six is Moloch before he became Altered. Dr. Rostropovich created Moloch’s altered form by exposing him to a source of Anomaly in his lab. This led to Moloch’s extreme hatred for both the doctor and ECA. Eventually, he escaped and as shown in a cutscene during The Scientific Method quest, he killed the doctor. During this cutscene, Moloch says the following,
“Did I ask you to wrench me from darkness? To make my soul a puppet, like you were my god? You experimented on me like a rodent. And now, you’d shove me back into darkness. No! It is you who shall be known by darkness. And all who claim falsely to be gods.”
This is where things start to get interesting when you combine it with a journal entry after fighting Moloch at Trench Town. The journal directly addresses the man on his back with a little mystery. Here’s the excerpt below,
“Moloch appears to carry a shriveled man on his back, crucified to a cross-like harness, but still somehow alive. Is he a prisoner, forced to suffer witness to all the death and destruction the Altered leaves behind? Or could it be that this vestigial person is somehow in control — the real Moloch, using a mindless meat puppet as its vehicle?”
The puppet reference twice makes me wonder if the journal theory is correct. It sounds as if Moloch may actually be the shriveled man. You can see the Anomaly runs through the shriveled man and he moves once slightly during the first fight cutscene. Eventually, you actually kill Moloch during endgame content and a new journal entry appears. Unfortunately, it states that the story behind the shriveled man will remain a mystery. This is during the Frontline expedition for those looking for it.
One odd bit regarding his story is that he’s clearly against Altered people, but sides with the Insurgents. This could be a temporary evil to work with. But, the Insurgents are ruled by “…Altered Warlords, who believe themselves to be gods.” This doesn’t quite line up with the story that Moloch is against “all who claim falsely to be gods.”
Regardless, that’s all there is to know about Moloch that we’ve found in Outriders. If you come across any other content or have a theory, be sure to let us know in the comments below the article. We’d love to know what you think.
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