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I don't think Max's placement in an insane asylum had anything to do with Pious. Think about this logically: Max said he was sent to the asylum after trying to warn the world about the existence of En'gha and the Ancients and the threat they posed, right? Given his poor mental state from paranoia, he probably tried to do it by just coming out and saying it outright (as opposed to, say, using a more believable pretext to get people to come look at the cavern). Trying to convince others about the Ancients and that there was a city full of demons under his mansion would have been plenty to make people think that Max was nuts - especially when you also factor in the deaths of his servants, and that when questioned about what happened to them (as he surely would have been) he most likely answered that he'd killed them because they were infested with demons. How's that gonna sound to the judge, hm?

Yes, Pious mentions being merciful to him, but I don't think you can really read anything into that beyond "didn't target him for assassination".

ZeldaTheSwordsman (talk) 22:22, June 2, 2019 (UTC)

Considering the servants remains were boarded up and never uncovered until Alex broke that wall late in the game, I'm extremely doubtful the authorities ever discovered the bodies during Max's time (I'm pretty sure the authorities would NOT just board up a crime scene with a new wall especially if they knew about it.). And it's not like Pious couldn't have simply disguised himself as one of the locals and then convinced the populace that Max was insane. It's not like Pious didn't do any gaslighting before to anyone else. Weedle McHairybug (talk) 18:05, March 27, 2020 (UTC)
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