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Breaking Up is a short but critical scene in House of Ashes, the third Dark Pictures game. By the time you arrive here, you've seen the outcomes of several of your decisions and the tension is high. To get a full picture, check out our comprehensive guide to the entire game. Or, read on to hear about the decisions you can make during Breaking Up! Note that there are no secrets or collectables to find during this scene; it's made up entirely of cutscenes and decisions.

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Secrets Found During This Scene:

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Pictures Found During This Scene:

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Bearings Affected In This Scene:

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  • Until Death

Note: This walkthrough is detailing the Theatrical Cut of the game, which you experience the first time you play the game. After your first playthrough, you unlock the Curator's Cut, in which you play (most of) the same scenes as a different character.

Updated January 12, 2022 by Gabrielle Huston: This guide has been updated with the various possible decisions you can make in this scene and their consequences in-game. Since House of Ashes is a complex game with hundreds of endings, we acknowledge that we will miss details in these walkthroughs. However, we strive to provide you with as much information as possible.

Rachel and Eric Run From Dar: Eric

House of Ashes - Breaking Up - Rachel and Eric running from Dar

The scene opens with Rachel and Eric attempting to escape Dar, the Iraqi soldier, who is chasing them. With few options left to them, they grab some old rope and pass across a very narrow ledge.

House of Ashes - Breaking Up - Rachel falling down towards the chasam

Unfortunately, an earthquake sends Rachel tumbling down towards the chasm. The pair manage to get a rope tied around Rachel's waist, but she keeps falling until she's just hanging over the edge. Eric desperately tries to hold her up with a few quick-time events, but failing them has no consequence; Rachel always falls off the ledge.

House of Ashes - Breaking Up - Eric cutting the rope

Eric realizes that the noise will cause Dar to discover their location and that Rachel's weight is dragging him down with her. You're given a quick-time event to cut the rope that's connecting you to Rachel.

  • Quick-Time Event Is Succeeded: Eric cuts the rope, Rachel falls into the chasm, the Until Death Bearing is updated, and the Curator scene begins
  • Quick-Time Event Is Failed: Eric
Quick-Time Event Is Succeeded Quick-Time Event Is Failed
  • Eric cuts the rope and Rachel falls into the chasm
  • The 'Until Death' Bearing is updated
  • The Curator scene begins
If Merwin Is Dead
  • Eric sees a light and calls out for help
If Merwin Is Alive
  • Eric struggles to hold on to Rachel's rope
House of Ashes - Breaking Up - Dar

Dar hasn't seen the pair yet, but he's still nearby. Eric gets another chance to cut Rachel's rope.

Quick-Time Event Is Succeeded Quick-Time Event Is Failed
  • Eric cuts the rope and Rachel falls into the chasm
  • The 'Until Death' Bearing is updated
  • The Curator scene begins
If Merwin Is Dead
  • Jason and Nick arrive to help Eric
  • Eric doesn't fall but the rope breaks, causing Rachel to fall into the chasm
  • The 'Until Death' Bearing is updated
  • The Curator scene begins
If Merwin Is Alive
  • Jason, Nick, and Merwin don't reach Eric quickly enough to help
  • Eric loses his grip and both he and Rachel fall into the chasm
  • Eric is seen impaled on a stalagmite
  • The 'Until Death' Bearing is updated
  • The Curator scene begins

Dar, not knowing where the pair disappeared to, leaves the area.

House of Ashes - Breaking Up - Until Death Bearing Update

The Bearing "Until Death" updates with the details of the event.RELATED: The House Of Ashes Website Has Hidden Lore

The Curator

House of Ashes - Breaking Up - The Curator talks about Rachel

Now that you've made it a significant way into the game, the Curator shows up to comment on your progress. He talks about Eric and Rachel, then Jason and Nick, then Merwin, then Salim. The things he says are determined based on your choices and the characters' relationship levels with one another

House of Ashes - Breaking Up - The Curator offers advice

After a few ominous comments, he asks if you'd like some words of advice and you can respond with silence, yes, or no.

  • Yes: The Curator's advice is: "Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to the Light." This is a quote by John Milton from his book, Paradise Lost.
  • No: The Curator says that you will be the only one to blame if something goes wrong.

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