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The Prologue is the first chapter of Celeste, coming before the first chapter proper (Chapter 1: Forsaken City). It gives the setup for the game, teaches the player the game's basic mechanics, and introduces three characters: Madeline, the Old Woman, and the Bird.

Gameplay

This chapter is fairly simple in terms of gameplay, with the only two objects present in the environment being the Overhead Platform Trap and the Collapsing Bridge. However, this chapter does teach the player two manoeuvres—climbing and dashing—through the Bird. (Moving and jumping are not taught to the player at all.)

Plot


Madeline mentally encourages herself to continue on her journey before entering a snowy area. After passing a few challenges with the help of a Bird (who teaches Madeline how to climb), Madeline encounters an Old Woman, who Madeline gets directions to Celeste Mountain from. Before Madeline leaves, the Old Woman warns Madeline that Madeline might not be ready for Celeste Mountain, but Madeline dismisses the Old Woman as crazy and leaves. Immediately afterwards, Madeline tries to cross a bridge which collapses as she runs across it, causing her to begin to fall. However, the Bird teaches Madeline how to dash before she falls, allowing Madeline to reach solid ground. Madeline then encourages herself again as the level ends.
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Dialogue

On Screen Text: This is it, Madeline.

On Screen Text: Just Breathe.

On Screen Text: Why are you so nervous?


Madeline: Excuse me, ma'am?

Madeline: The sign out front is busted... is this the Mountain trail?

Old Woman: You're almost there. It's just across the bridge.

Madeline: By the way, you should call someone about your driveway. The ridge collapsed and I nearly died.

Old Woman (laughing): If my "driveway" almost did you in, the Mountain might be a bit much for you.

Madeline: ...

Madeline: Well if an old bat like you can survive out here, I think I'll be fine.

Old Woman: Suit yourself.

Old Woman: But you should know, Celeste Mountain is a strange place.

Old Woman: You might see things.

Old Woman: Things you ain't ready to see.

Madeline: You should seek help, lady.


On Screen Text: You can do this.

Quotes

Old Woman (to Madeline): But you should know, Celeste Mountain is a strange place.
Old Woman: You might see things.
Old Woman: Things you ain't ready to see.
Madeline: You should seek help, old lady.

Trivia

  • Cheat Mode can be activated through Prologue, by starting the chapter and going to the left screen instead of going to the right. On a keyboard with default controls, input: Left - Right - Tab - Z - Up - Up - Down - Left - Z - C. On a controller with default controls, input: Left - Right - LT - RT - Up - Up - Down - Left - RB - A. This will then bring the player back to the chapter selecting screen, with all chapters, B-Sides and C-Sides unlocked, and will add a "Cheat Mode" stamp on the player's profile. Note: this won't collect any strawberries nor Crystal Hearts; and no levels are considered "completed".
  • If you climb up from the first screen, there is an area with birds similar to the ones seen on the screen to the right of Epilogue.
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