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v · Folsense
|Appears in||Diabolical Box|
|Notable places||Herzen Castle|
The phantom town of Folsense is a large, but mostly desolated town in Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. It is the final stop and true destination of The Molentary Express, not Luxenbelle. The majority of the game takes place here. Folsense was rumored to have a vampire living in Herzen Castle. 50 years prior to the arrival of Professor Layton in Folsense, the city was decorated with colourful lights and dazzling features and fountains.
When the train is arriving, Layton and Luke see the real, dark, unlit Folsense over the city wall, but upon entering the hallucinogenic gas affects them. This causes them to also see the lit Folsense, like the rest of the citizens.
Folsense StationEditAt the southern end of Folsense lies its single train station. It is here that Molentary Express makes its final stop. The inside of the dark and creepy station is lined with dusty 50 year-old pictures of Folsense. Atop the shadowy station, there is a clock tower. Rory is usually found just outside the station, in the plaza, waiting for his long lost girlfriend who left Folsense many years ago to return. Upon exiting the station for the first time, Professor Layton, Luke and Flora encounter the brightened and glamorous Folsense similar to how the images depicted the town of fifty years ago. This strikes Professor Layton as peculiar as from the outside of Folsense, the town looked dark and abandoned. Once Folsense has been entered, the Molentary Express is no longer accessible in the game.
Folsense Hotel lies near the southern end, a little north of the station. Early in their investigation, Professor Layton, Luke, and Flora visit the hotel and reserve a room for Flora when she complained about feeling ill. Krantz is the only member of staff left at the hotel as people started fleeing Folsense due to a terrible disaster that struck the town many years ago.
A while later, Barton asks Professor Layton and Luke to come to the hotel to discuss Dr. Schrader's death. After arriving, Professor Layton asks a few people what they see in the torn photograph they finished piecing together. As a result, Professor Layton exposes "Flora" as being Don Paolo in disguise. He also reveals that it was Don Paolo who stole the Elysian Box. Beluga claims ownership of the Elysian Box, but Krantz stops him from taking it. It turns out that Beluga, whose birth name was Fredrich Herzen, was disowned by his father Duke Herzen when he left Folsense some 50 years ago.
Herzen MuseumEditThe Herzen Museum is located at the center of Folsense. After a while, Professor Layton and Luke gain access to the museum with help from Sammy, who thanked Professor Layton for proving his innocence in the case of who killed Dr. Schrader.
Inside, Professor Layton and Luke are welcomed by Grinko, the curator of the museum. While looking through the first floor, Grinko explains to them some of the town's rich and unsavory history. The old gold mine on the far west side, built by the late Duke Herzen, brought the town its wealth and glory. However, Grinko suspects that there is another secret hidden in the mine.
On the museum's second floor, Professor Layton and Luke first learn about Anton Herzen from an old family portrait. Professor Layton wonders what happened to Anton, as the townsfolk believed in the story of a vampire residing in Herzen Castle. Nevertheless, he and Luke set up for the abandoned gold mine.
The Gold MineEditThe gold mine is located on the far west side of Folsense. Inside, many machines and devices are found. Each machine had its own purpose for the mine's production. It can be easily inferred that no one has used this mine in a very long time as some of the switches and buttons are borderline inactive. At the end of the long path through the mine, a single large safe is found, covered in dust and locked. After Professor Layton cracks the code, the safe opens, revealing a single diary owned by one of the miners. This diary notes some of the most important events in the history of Folsense. The workers apparently found a new ore whilst mining, and soon afterwards, people began falling ill and died. After reading the diary, Professor Layton and Luke leave the mine, and decide that it is time to visit Herzen Castle.
Herzen Castle is located on the far north side of Folsense, past the shadowy forest on the north end of town. It is said that a vampire lives in the castle, but Professor Layton isn't convinced.
Upon reaching the castle, they find Parcelle running away, having supposedly been attacked by the vampire. He quickly runs off into town to warn the others. At the castle, Professor Layton and Luke are greeted by Nigel, the butler. Nigel asks them why they are here, to which Layton simply answers that he wishes to know more about the secrets of the Elysian Box. Nigel allows them to proceed and guides them to the room Anton is residing in at the time. Anton greets them and takes them to the dining room where they talk about the box. Soon afterward, they are asked by Anton to stay the night.
After noticing something odd in the guest room, Professor Layton and Luke are knocked unconscious. When they wake up, they find themselves tied up in a storage room in the bowls of the castle. Professor Layton quickly uses his wits and escapes Anton's trap. Professor Layton and Luke investigate the deep levels of Herzen Castle in search of some clues. They find a large gaping hole in the lowest room that seems to be a pathway into the mine. Knowing this, the two proceed into the ground level of the castle. After this, they then proceed to the doors, but the Professor decides to stay inside the castle, knowing that the answer to Doctor Shrader's death lies within the castle.
Outside the HotelEdit
Outside of the hotel on the southern side of Folsense, many bright buildings line up, creating a puzzle for someone searching for a night to stay. Opal can be found here in the later portions of the game. Sammy also rocks on in this area.
The promenade is a small area in southern Folsense which is where the antique shop is. Layton and Luke find Katia being interrogated by Inspector Chelmey here at one point in the game. Joanie is usually found in this area as well. Upon an earlier leap of their trek through Folsense, Layton finds an old diary.
The antique shop of Folsense is entered via the promenade and is run by Dawson. He takes in all sorts of items with a colorful histories at this place of antiquities. Here, Layton and Luke try and gather some more information about Folsense's dark past.
Clock Tower PlazaEdit
The largest plaza in Folsense, the clock tower plaza has a small tower on the right side. This plaza is where many residents of Folsense go to get around the town. Both Niles and Derby are in this area and, at one point, Stachenscarfen makes an appearance.
The cabaret, run by Ilyana is found on the southwest side of Folsense. This building's insides aren't accessible, but the outside is. This is one of the many paths leading to the west side of Folsense.
Granny Riddleton has another one of her shacks located in Folsense. However, unlike the first two in the game, this one remains here for the remainder of the game. Located on the far west side of Folsense, Granny Riddleton set up a new home for her puzzle keeping.
The west Y-road, north of the cabaret, is another one of the many roads in Folsense. Both Lila and Narice are found on this road. It splits off into two separate paths. One of these paths leads further west, and the other goes to the Herzen Museum.
In central Folsense, one building stands tall, the Herzen Museum. This museum has only one entrance, through a gate at its southern end. This gate is where Duke hangs out and is locked most of the day.
The northeast path is a small area, located in eastern Folsense. The path to the north here, is primarily guarded by Precious, an angry guard dog. The path down leads into a tall staircase leading down to the pristine Folsense restaurant.
Eastern Side StreetEdit
In eastern Folsense, there is a street that leads up a giant staircase into the upper levels of the town. This staircase is found on the eastern side street. This street is also where both the Folsense restaurant and the photo studio are.
Inside the photo studio, Layton and Luke discover more of Folsense's dark history. A man by the name of Joseph runs the shop and knows much about the town.
To the northeast of the photo studio, there is a lone street that takes a while to traverse. It goes to the northern most area of Folsense as well. Along this road, one of Folsense's best bakers, Gertie is found, usually giving samples of her award-winning pancakes.
Along the northeast alley, there is a Y-road that is completely flooded. Here, this alleyway separates into a garbage heap and a dead end.
One of the two areas the flooded street will take the player is this garbage heap. The name says is all, this is a huge pile of rotten garbage found in a dead end between many different buildings.
The other path the flooded street will lead to is the seedy alley. This plant-filled alleyway is found in the northeast section of Folsense. Here, Layton and Luke find some abandoned and collapsing buildings.
Alley Dead EndEdit
Around the end of the long northeast alleyways, there is a lonesome dead end, that Dogey usually hangs around at. This dead end also houses a single occupied home.
Alley End RoomEdit
The building at the dead end of the northeast section of Folsense, isn't much to talk about. It's ominous and filled with old crafts. This building is empty for the most part.
The western path of Folsense, as the name suggests, is a central path in western Folsense. It is on this road, both the watchtower and grocery store can be found. Olson and Marina are found in the vicinity as well.
At the western path of Folsense, Garland's grocery store is found. Inside, there are many cloves of garlic to ward off any vampires in the area. Unfortunately, the smell keeps customers away as well.
Watchtower 1st FloorEdit
The first floor of the watchtower in western Folsense. There isn't much to say other than it seems abandoned, what with all the trash and storage inside. There is also a lot of garlic hanging from the ceiling.
Watchtower 2nd FloorEdit
This is where Geoff watches for the vampire that apparently lurks in Herzen Castle to the north. From the view of the watchtower, one can see Folsense in its beauty as well as the ominous and looming Herzen Castle.
The northernmost area of Folsense. Layton and Luke go here once and encounter Parcelle, who is delivering letters all over the city.
The sole entrance to the dark forest to the north. This gate also serves as a gate to the old abandoned mine located in northwest Folsense.
Fork in the RoadEdit
This fork in the road is the first area of the shadowy and creepy forest that is located in northern Folsense. There are two paths to take from here. The path to go left, which takes you to the old mine and the path to go right, which lands the player deeper within the dark forest.
The gate into the forest. A carriage goes through every day to deliver supplies to Anton in Herzen Castle.
Dark Forest 1Edit
The first area of the dark forest. There are statues that line the pitch black pathway. On the ground, there is a lamp.
Dark Forest 2Edit
The second area of the dark forest. This sector is made up very similar to the first and has many glowing mushrooms inhabiting it. Another lamp is near here as well.
Dark Forest 3Edit
The third and final area of the dark forest. A frozen lake fills the ground and creates quite a puzzling gateway for the professor and his young apprentice. Here, Layton and Luke somehow slide across the ice in order to make way to the end of the forest.
Dark Forest ExitEdit
At the end of the dark forest, a deadly mist arises. This is indeed the end of the dark forest and marks the northernmost tip of Folsense. Herzen Castle can be seen.
The True Folsense
- The name "Folsense" means "false sense." The name alludes to the town being a false reality to its true appearance.