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We shouldn't have gone so deep. They don't want us down there.

― Bart Torgal, Data Downloads

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Bart Torgal was the heir to Torgal Corp, and the only legitimate[1] son of Paul Torgal. Bart was a beneficiary of advanced learning techniques, having cerebral implants and learning farming through 'Digitraining', using this knowledge he kept the three Degasi survivors alive by growing food.

Bart discovered that the survivors were infected with an alien bacteria and attempted to find a cure. Marguerit Maida would bring Bart samples to see how they reacted to the bacteria. However, these were often not of much use as Marguerit tended to either severely injure, or use Transfuser serums on the creatures, making them unsuitable for testing.

Bart's last known location was the western observatory on the Floating Island, to which he fled after the destruction of the Deep Grand Reef base. He made a final log, detailing the effects of Kharaa on him, and notes that he will join Marguerit and Paul soon, implying their demise.

Bart provides the voiceover for the official cinematic trailer of Subnautica, a slightly edited version of his third and final log "Return From the Deep". A brief snapshot of his life after Paul and Marguerit's demise is also shown.

Pre Degasi Crash

Post Degasi Crash

Eventually after Marguerit and Paul's deaths, it is shown in the cinematic trailer that Bart survived for quite some time, able to build himself a base in what appears to be the Safe Shallows or the Crash Zone, a Seamoth, as well as gather several pieces of lab equipment. However, it is also shown that he eventually abandons his base, where he eventually succumbs to Kharaa.

Personality

Bart has an interest in plants, as noted by his father, and having gained Cerebal Implants. Bart had a great interest in the wildlife of Planet 4546B, often disapproving of Marguerit's methods; in one log saying "what's the point in surviving here if we have to kill everything that makes it so wonderful?". After the destruction of the Deep Grand Reef Seabase, he seems to be accepting of his fate, and unfazed by the death of his father and friend.

Relationships

Paul Torgal

Despite Paul being his father, Bart does not seem particularly close to him. It can be noted, that Paul seems overprotective over his son, however, this may be due to the fact that they are on an alien world, and Paul fearing for his safety. It can be noted, that Bart can be upset and/or angry when Paul and Maida fight, and usually attempts to stay neutral. Ultimately, however, Bart realises that Maida was wrong and that his father was right to not want to go deeper.  

Marguerit Maida

Bart and Maida are genuinely friendly to one another, with Maida bringing Bart specimens for him to study. Bart is also fascinated with what Maida will do to ensure their survival. However, he does not agree with some of Maida's methods of getting creatures for him to study, and can get upset when she severely injures them or injects them with Transfuser serums. Despite this, he has a high amount of respect for Maida, which Maida returns to him. Ultimately, however, Bart realises that Maida was wrong and that his father was right to not want to go deeper. 

Relevant Data Downloads

Degasi Crew Manifest: Bart Torgal

Auxiliary Search & Rescue Mission: Bart Torgal
Position: Vice President of Torgal Corp.
Status: Lost in space near planet 4546B
Age at time of disappearance: 19

    - The only legitimate child of Paul Torgal
    - Beneficiary of enhanced learning techniques and cerebral implants
    - Digi-trained in advanced biochemistry and stellar economics
    - Emissary Khasar reports Bart was accompanying his father to a newly-constructed, deep-space station where he was to serve a five year term as Chief Operating Officer

Bart Torgal's Log #1 - This World

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I thought it might get claustrophobic, living underwater. Father feels it is. He'd tell me it was childish, but I stare out the window and sometimes I think how lucky I am to see this world up close. Back on the island I wouldn't have believed the creatures that live down here. The fish, they GLOW... There's one that's 90% eyeball... Snakes twice the length of a habitat compartment.

Certainly it's not all friendly. Most of the plantlife is toxic, I learned that the hard way, but I've managed to coax some marblemelons into growing indoors, and when they don't cover our dietary needs, well... we eat the fish themselves. It's a bit gross, but it's nothing they wouldn't do.

I've been attempting to document my findings. Father approves. He says understanding is power. That the more we know about this planet, the more we can use it to our advantage. I'm just doing it because it's fun. It's not easy without proper equipment and network access, but the old fashioned way - observing, taking notes, testing theories - shows me the world in a way a spectroscopic analysis never could.

Lately I've been watching the crabsnakes. They ambush their prey as it tries to feed on the mushrooms they hide in. What they don't eat settles on the seabed, which fertilizes the mushrooms, which feeds the herbivores, and so the chain continues. Co-evolution gives me the fuzzies.

Bart Torgal's Log #2 - Stalker Teeth

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Something incredible just happened.

Since we're down here, I had this plan to build equipment and study the incredible lifeforms we're encountering, but I didn't have enough enameled glass. So I started looking for a natural substrate that would strengthen the glass we have, and those stalker teeth we've been finding fit the bill - only, well, we needed more.

That's when Marguerit got interested. She actually listened to me - more than I can say for father - and I worked up the courage to talk about my more... tentative theories. When I told her they were attracted to metal deposits, that their teeth get dislodged when they pick them up, her eyes narrowed and she dashed out of the room.

Three hours later she came back, her pack loaded down with stalker teeth! I asked her about it. She shrugged and said my theories were good. Said she had them eating out the palm of her hand. I think she meant it literally.

She is incredible. She went out to the kelp forests, armed with just a heatblade, and went fin to fin with a pack of stalkers.

On the one hand, that is the coolest thing I have ever heard. On the other, I hope the stalkers didn't come off worse than Marguerit did. She had a huge gash on her forearm. I don't think things went as smoothly as she made out. And what's the point in surviving here if we have to kill everything that makes it so wonderful?

I wish I knew more about these animals, but father won't let me leave the habitat. Maybe with all this glass we could build a containment unit and get up close to them.

Bart Torgal's Log #3 - Return From the Deep

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This is the first time I've seen sunlight in months. After all that time in the deep I'd been dreaming of it. Now that I'm back here, I'm finding it hard to enjoy alone. Father was right: we should never have left this place. We shouldn't have gone so deep. They do not want us down there.

Despite my best efforts ill-health is taking hold of me. The visions are getting worse.

Marguerit and father are now part of the ecosystem of this incredible planet. It's reassuring to know that when I go, I'll join them.

Until then... well, there's always the view.

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Trivia

  • Bart's original name was Baat, but was changed in later development to Bart.

References

  1. Degasi Crew Manifest: Bart Torgal: The only legitimate child of Paul Torgal