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At the end of Clive Barker's Undying Patrick the protagonist is taken away by some robed figure in a boat after he kills the final boss.

What does this represent? How do I interpret this scene?

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Patrick Galloway is taken away in a boat by Otto Keisinger who mysteriously survived their battle in Oneiros. Keisinger stole Patrick's Gel'ziabar stone and left Patrick at the shore. How he survived and why he rescued Patrick is not detailed, but the game revealed that Keisinger desired the Gel'ziabar stone and that's why he took it. The ending is a bit of cliff-hanger and there were talks of sequels but the game did not sell to expectations and the plans for a sequel were scrapped.

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How do you know that he is really Otto Keisinger? – Adam Arold Jan 11 '13 at 8:16
Patrick recognizes him and exclaims "you" or something to similar effect and you have killed every other significant NPC in the game. According to the journal Keisinger wants the stone and the robed figure takes it. Finally the robed man's and Keisinger's faces are similar. – Steinin Jan 11 '13 at 8:28
He is definitely not Otto Keisinger, please check my answer. – Adam Arold Feb 5 at 12:01

The robed figure at the end is definitely not Otto Keisinger. If you listen to the dialog at the end Patrick says

The creature was a guardian. A sentinel of the gate to...somewhere. Somewhen. The Celtic warrior was just a sacrificial lid on a tomb that was never supposed to be opened.

The robed figure is the Celtic warrior who assisted in burying the Undying King if you remember the flashback / dream about it before.

Flashback / Dream:

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The robed figure could be Charon, the ferryman of the dead in Greek mythology.

Charon (or Kharon) carried newly deceased souls across the river Styx in the underworld. This fits with the robed figure and the boat and all the occult themed things in the game.

This may be the wrong answer though but at least it's an interpretation.

Source: Charon (Wikipedia)

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Patrick did not die at the end since he says that it took months for him to regain his strength. – Adam Arold Nov 5 '12 at 22:00

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