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The Branded is a group of five individuals who are linked together via the mysterious Brand, an advanced Wanderer rune that allows body possession. An individual known as the Passenger uses this brand to control the members of the Branded one by one. After the Passenger is done with one and moves on to the next person, the victims were left disoriented and lose all memories of what happened during the possession. They can feel something was inside them but all they have is some vague and hazy recollections. Once the possession is over, the brand is burnt out.
Clarence: "The Lantern Room? Huh! Can't get you VIP treatment anymore, if that's what you're after."
Jane: "I don't bed with no wagtails, Clarence. Got a husband, remember?"
Across Rivers: "I don't know what "VIP treatment" means, but I don't think I want it."
Dezi: "Wait, you can't? What good's a former brothel-owner-turned-Pigman if he can't get you tail?"
Clarence: "No saloon? Well, guess that means no windows to get tossed through neither..."
Across Rivers: "The fire still burns cold here with Wiindigo's remains..."
Dezi: "Hey, what do you want to bet there's still some wolfsbane left? Might be useful."
The Passenger could be considered as an in-world representation of the Player, who can make the protagonists do anything at their whim, even so far as killing their loved ones.
The Brand can be found at the entrance of the Blood Moon temple. This suggests the Wanderer learned the rune from the Ancients. Similarly, the icon of the Profane Linguistic affliction, the ability to understand the Gelsennig language, is also the Brand.
The Brand found in Blood Moon temple.
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