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Weepers

Two weepers.

Weepers are sufferers of the rat plague in the last stages of the disease. They are barely sentient, and will attack any healthy human on sight in order to spread the plague. However, weepers will not notice a great deal of their surroundings; Corvo can bypass whole groups by hiding and making little noise.

Weepers have discolored skin and subconjunctival haemorrhages, which cause blood to drip from their eyes in a tear-like fashion, hence their name. In appearance, aside from their bloody tears, weepers are very gaunt, and often experience hair loss. Accompanying this, rats will not attack them, due to their advanced stage of infection.

Combat

  • Weepers produce a lot of moaning noise; upon hearing weeper cries, it is best to locate the source quickly in order to avoid being attacked unexpectedly.
  • In combat, weepers act in a manner reminiscent of zombies: upon seeing Corvo, they will run up to him and attack in melee. Due to lack of any significant defense and their simple combat tactics, weepers are easily disposed of with any conventional weapon. It's also possible to avoid them altogether, as weepers do not actively search the area around them.
  • The weeper's most dangerous attack is their vomiting one. If Corvo allows a weeper to get close enough, they will grab onto him and vomit, causing him to take considerable damage.
  • It is recommended to use ranged weapons or sneak attacks to dispose of weepers as they can cause high damage in close combat, especially in groups.
  • Note that not all the weepers are hostile; on some occasions, plague victims still hold to their sanity and can provide some useful advice.

Trivia

  • Every time Corvo uses the Heart to determine secrets about weepers, it has a chance to state that they have decided to attack uninfected people to spread the plague.
  • Thaddeus Campbell can be found as a weeper in the Flooded District if Corvo chooses to deal with him non-lethally.
  • Weepers possess very low perception, even lower than rat swarm, make sneaking past them easy. "Patrolling" weepers however, sometimes show normal sight.
  • Weepers do not respond to unconscious bodies or corpses, no matter what faction that body belongs to.
  • Remember that rats will not attack Weepers; the Devouring Swarm power will have no effect on them, which makes them all the more dangerous in groups considering the power's crowd control potential.
  • At the end of the game, if Corvo's chaos rating is low and Piero Joplin and Anton Sokolov were rescued during the mission The Loyalists, Piero and Sokolov can be seen treating the weepers. Interestingly, the weepers are not aggressive towards them.

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