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Red Dead Redemption 2 sprawls over an enormous open world, boasting iconic fictional locations that become the set pieces for the story of the Van Der Linde gang. Braithwaite Manor is a pivotal place for players, and these photos of the real life inspiration for the beautiful mansion show the power of nature after Hurricane Ida.
The journey of Arthur Morgan and the impressive level of detail that has been poured into the game attracts more and more players, and more and more secrets and discoveries are made as a result. Like the bridge that will catapult the player into the air. Or, the letter between two religious men that seems to shed a little light on the next Grand Theft Auto game. Oh, as well as that creepy unmarked grave that was freaking players out. In short, there's so much packed into the game that it's amazing to see some of its inspirations in real life, and the effect Hurricane Ida has had on a plantation that influenced Braithwaite Manor is something to behold.
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At the end of August and into the beginning of September, Hurricane Ida made landfall and travelled across the northern Gulf Coast of the United States of America. To give you an impression of its scale, it was the second-most devastating hurricane to hit the state of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Damages are expected to exceed $50 billion, as winds of up to 277 kilometres per hour were recorded in Port Fourchon, and 71 people lost their lives to the disaster in total.
The inspiration for Braithwaite Manor - home of the Braithwaite family who kidnap Jack Marston and pass him over to Angelo Bronte - is thought to be a mish-mash of Oak Alley Plantation and Houmas House Plantation. These two locations are real slavery museums in Louisiana, which in turn is the foundation for the fictional territory of Lemoyne. It's difficult to deny the influence that Oak Alley Plantation has had on Braithwaite Manor with the same lines of trees that frame the road up to the building itself.
However, after the impact of Hurricane Ida, the area has changed dramatically. The trees have been damaged and even toppled in some cases, letting the sunlight reach the grass below. The road is blocked with hefty broken branches and it's astonishing that the historic building has escaped mostly unscathed. It will take a while for the foliage to recover, but, it is a cool insight as to how the fictional Braithwaite Manor might have aged had the Van Der Linde gang never burned the house to the ground.
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