Question for Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

Adelheide asks: Added Apr 17th 2006, ID #53714

Question for Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

Can someone please explain to me why the prince needs to wear the mask in order to change his fate. In the game when the prince broke through the wall behind the throne he starts saying some stuff but it went so fast I could not understand it? Did kaileena die in the present or past when the prince killed her? Please explain...thanks! and get
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dirnt83 answered: Added 19th Nov 2008, ID #290638
This is the most important part of the game! The Prince just killed Kaileena, thereby creating the sands and dooming himself. At this point he finds out that he can have a second chance by becoming the wraith.

The wraith mask lets the wearer execute a paradox in the timeline by killing their former self. Only when this happens does the wraith mask loosen and the wearer returns to their previous state. So if the prince puts on the mask, he can stop himself from killing Kaileena and get another chance to enact his new plan...

...which is to drag her into the future and kill her there, so that the sands won't be created until after the storyline in "Sands of Time" occurred. In that case, he couldn't have released the sands and couldn't have fumbled with the timeline, which is why the Dahaka was after him in the first place.

In other words, the mask of the wraith is a plot device that allowed the writers to develop some risky and otherwise questionable paradoxes without losing credibility.

For more info on time paradoxes, watch the Back to the Future trilogy.

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