A minor character in Red Dead Redemption 2 is physically changed as a result of a fight between himself and Arthur Morgan, and players are only just realising the significance of the brawl.
Three years after the game was released, players are still finding out how much detail Rockstar Games packed into the epic saga of the Van Der Linde gang. In the early part of Red Dead Redemption 2, Bill Williamson starts a fight in the Smithfield's Saloon In Valentine. An NPC named Tommy realises what is going on and joins in the fray, grabbing Javier Escuella and beating him savagely. Arthur intervenes to attack Tommy and take his attention off of Bill and Javier.
Tommy is an enormous man and so it seems like he would make short work of Arthur. However, Arthur manages to get an advantage in the fight and hits Tommy over and over until Thomas Downes stops him and takes the extremely injured Tommy away.
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Then, when Arthur returns to the saloon on a night out with Lenny, Tommy is found with a friend at one of the tables. If Arthur strikes up a conversation, Tommy isn't coherent at all. In fact, it looks like he's suffered a form of brain damage called aphasia as a result of their fight.
People with aphasia cannot communicate effectively as their understanding of language is impaired. It presents differently in different cases: they might not be able to form words or sentences but they are still able to read and understand what the writing means. In this screenshot taken by Reddit user TDogBud710, it's clear that Tommy's skull has been crushed on the left side of his face, which is where the parts of the brain that comprehend language are located.
This attention to detail is stunning players and it's something they hope will be carried forward into new games in the Red Dead Redemption series. Speaking of which, Rockstar Games is allegedly planning a remake of the first game, though it'll only be realised on one specific condition.
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