Lost Legacy’s Ghosts of the Past

“… we can choose to let our past define us, or we can recognize that everyone, even the best of us, makes mistakes.”

Written by Lasse Lund / Published on September 29, 2017

Chloe Frazer’s past is catching up with her.

"Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future."
She’s survived many adventures, and even profited from them; but doing so has required her to lie, cheat, steal, and even kill. Her actions have reinforced her strong sense of self-preservation, making it hard for her to build trusting relationships. In fact, she’s often more likely to manipulate would-be friends for personal gain than trust them to come through for her. There are exceptions, such as Nathan Drake, but even their relationship took a lot of twists, turns, and betrayals before arriving at a place of trust.

When we catch up with Chloe at the beginning of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, she’s still up to her old tricks. The problem is that her old tactics aren’t working like they used to—in fact, they’re making things a lot worse.

Chloe’s quest to find the Tusk of Ganesh proves difficult, as she scours a war-torn region in a race against Asav, a cold and calculating foe who wants it for himself. Chloe needs an ace in the hole, and she finds one in Nadine Ross, who lends her muscle and military knowledge. But Nadine is still licking her wounds from her defeat at the hands of the Drake brothers, having lost control of Shoreline, her mercenary company, to one of her lieutenants.

The pair make an unlikely duo, but what starts as a cautious arrangement of convenience eventually gives way to a fragile friendship as they survive together against impossible odds and find common ground in their upbringing. However, that budding trust is quickly shattered when Nadine learns that Chloe lied to her about working together with Sam Drake, who has been operating as a double agent within Asav’s organization.

 

 

This fracture forces Chloe to face what she has become, what her past choices have shaped her to be—a thief, a manipulator, and a liar. She realizes that if she wants to move forward, the only option is to chose honesty over deception, humility over pride, and trust over manipulation. She comes clean to Nadine, admitting her mistakes and owning up to the kind of person she has become. It’s painful at first, but over time, the two continue their mission together as partners.

Chloe’s journey reminded me of a quote attributed to Oscar Wilde: “Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”

Like Chloe, we can choose to let our past define us, or we can recognize that everyone, even the best of us, makes mistakes. It’s never too late to change course and shake off the ghosts of the past.

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