Stardew Valley Hides More Unsettling Secrets Than You Think

There is just too much to notice once you start analyzing.

Story Highlights

  • After peeling off the top layer, Stardew Valley hides a wide array of dark elements.
  • Whether it’s nuances in relationships or notable rumors, there is a bit of everything to explore.
  • They add subtle sprinkles of realism, making the game more enjoyable for a mature audience.

Where does one start with this classic? Stardew Valley is a hearty farming simulator, except it has a bit of everything. The best part is that you do not need to follow a certain playstyle to complete the game. Just play at your own pace and enjoy stewarding the land. I often jump into the wholesome Harvest Moon-inspired experience to completely soothe my mind.

Nevertheless, once deeply immersed, you realize how much gloom hides beneath the merry surface.

The world suddenly starts feeling realistic, the characters often act unexpectedly mature, and not everyone seems as perfect as portrayed on the surface. So, let’s examine some of the biggest cases of gossip that envelop the lively Pelican Town. Although, do expect minor spoilers if you have yet to play Stardew Valley.

Lewis’ Unnecessarily Scandalous Relationship With Marnie

Stardew Valley features a wide variety of fun activities that you can enjoy at your own pace | Image Source: Steam
Stardew Valley features a wide variety of fun activities that you can enjoy at your own pace | Image Source: Steam

You’d expect the town mayor to be a completely mature guy who has his personal life figured out. He is head over heels for Marnie, who lives south of the farm, but hides his love from the other townsfolk. She has expressed interest in revealing the relationship to the rest of the town. Frankly, this is not a hidden secret, but the nuances are worth looking into. 

The fandom often crafts theories about why Lewis may want to hide his love for Marnie. At one point, he reveals that the revelation may undermine his authority in Stardew Valley. But why would the Pelican Town residents be unhappy with them being together? Well, it remains a mystery.

Marnie and Lewis, why would the town care?
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You can find his underwear in her room—a whole other fiasco on its own. You can also read a letter by Marnie in his chambers that asks him to visit through the backdoor. And you can catch both the lovebirds sneaking about at night. One of the collectible notes gives you the bush’s location near the lampost at the bridge leading to the beach, where you can find them together.

So, he may want to get frisky with Marnie without any responsibility. Other moments in Stardew Valley suggest Lewis may not be honest with the public funds since he has his own solid gold statue.

Rumors In The Valley: Abigail’s Father Is The Wizard?

Abigail is an energetic bachelorette who loves to eat quartz. Yeah, you heard it right. Pierre, the shop owner, is known to be her father. But many pointers suggest it could be the Wizard living in the tower. The enigmatic figure acknowledges that one of the townsfolk could be his child. Abigail’s hair color matches the Wizard. She originally used to dye them purple, but they have remained unchanged even when she stopped.

Abigail is also attracted to adventuring and other Stardew Valley mysteries—just like the Wizard. Her mother, Caroline, eventually claims she used to take walks to the tower in the woods long ago, asking the player not to tell her husband. This to me sounds like a nudge that she conceived Abigail from the Wizard. However, there are also a couple of other unpopular theories that refute the claims. 

Why do people still believe the Wizard is Abigail’s real father?
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I find there to be too much evidence to deny that Abigail is the Wizard’s daughter. But to each their own. It’s an enticing mystery that remains unsolved even to this day.

A Nuanced Take On NPC Personalities And Their Darkest Secrets

If you dig too deep into the Stardew Valley NPCs, you’ll find that almost every character has skeletons in their closets. Jodi’s husband Kent suffers from PTSD because of a war, while Sebastian is greatly neglected by his stepfather. Shane is a depressed alcoholic, and Pierre oftentimes tries to claim the player’s produce as his own. Likewise, other NPCs have their own dilemmas that make the title seem quite dark beyond the surface.

The player can also choose to make some questionable decisions in Stardew Valley using the magical powers of the Wizard. You can wipe away the memories of the divorced spouse to make them not hate you. Similarly, since kids do not grow beyond a certain age, you can decide to turn them into doves to get rid of them. 

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The Subtle Dark Elements Inject A Healthy Dose Of Realism

The aforementioned elements make Stardew Valley feel quite depressing if you overthink it all. However, I believe most of them make the NPCs and game appear more realistic. Though I turn to mods to change parts of the vanilla experience I don’t enjoy, which is another viable strategy.

The winter season is the best time to grind in the mines in Stardew Valley | Image Source: Steam
The winter season is the best time to grind in the Stardew Valley mines | Image Source: Steam

All in all, Stardew Valley has aged like a fine wheel of cheese since its launch. And the latest 1.6 update has compelled me to try another playthrough again. Here’s hoping my subconscious mind can forget the dreary elements hiding beneath all the fun to be had.

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Shameer Sarfaraz is a Senior News Writer on eXputer who loves to keep up with the gaming and entertainment industries devoutly. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and several years of experience reporting on games. Besides his passion for breaking news stories, Shahmeer loves spending his leisure time farming away in Stardew Valley. VGC, IGN, GameSpot, Game Rant, TheGamer, GamingBolt, The Verge, NME, Metro, Dot Esports, GameByte, Kotaku Australia, PC Gamer, and more have cited his articles.

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