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MEASUREHEAD – "YOUR BODY BETRAYS YOUR DEGENERACY."

Jean-Luc Measurehead is a character in Disco Elysium.

Background[]

It's goddamn Measurehead! A black-übermensch monolith guarding the button to the harbour office door. Into "science"-anthropometry based racism. Loud, eloquent if need be, antagonistic superiority attitude. Will not lower himself to your inferior level, does not *argue* and *debate* with you—he is just better in every way. Helps take the dead body down, if you know and say the right things.

Measurehead is a Semenese supremacist, with over two meters of height (2.2 m to be precise) and a disturbing muscle to body ratio. He considers himself to be the pinnacle of all the races[3], and looks upon all others with disdain, particularly those who are mixed-race[4]. To Measurehead, the people of the Occident (whom he calls "Ham Sandwiches" or Occidental Haplogroup B4)[5] have fallen from grace[6] after giving the world eugenics, electricity, missiles, and aerostatics, on top of other scientific advances (like race theory). He considers the stop of brutal subjugation of other cultures to be a sign of weakness and of things to come. His biological/cultural-essentialist philosophy about what people are supposed to be allowed to be and do is poorly supported gibberish, but it is entertainingly, comprehensively, exhaustively elaborate poorly supported gibberish. The only facet of Semenese culture he dislikes is their supposed invention of Disco while under the influence of drugs, though this is probably false.[7]

Measurehead isn't all that pleased about working under Evrart Claire, due to the difference in color palettes between the gentlemen. However, Claire's professed desire to challenge what M. calls polycultural capital motivates him to exercise discipline and control himself (plus, he gets to chastise inferiors as much as he wants). Although his alignment with the nominally socialist Union might seem surprising as well, to him it's all in the service to the greater good: The ultimate victory of the Semenese.[8]

Perhaps ironically, he himself is not Semenine, but Revacholian. All his knowledge of the Semenine Islands comes from radio and books, but that doesn't stop him from declaring the supremacy of haplogroup A4A and literally tattooing anthropometric charts on himself. Or being part of the Semen Retention Society and generating strategic semen reserves for victory in passing on the spirit and mind (no, it doesn't make real sense).

He thanks Father Jairzinho for making him hard, completing the softness bestowed upon him by his mother. He is his actual father, though Jean-Luc uses the term as a matter of respect. He looks up to both of his parents as sources of inspiration, father as a source of iron will and discipline, mother as a celebrated worker of the harbor secretariat (now retired).

Interactions[]

  • Measurehead is encountered on Day 1, guarding the button that leads to the Harbour secretariat and can be a critical obstacle on the way to Evrart Claire. If dealt with, Measurehead also provides alternative solutions for pulling the body down from the tree.
  • Given Harry's state, you're in an uphill struggle with Measurehead from the start. However, if you keep him talking, you will eventually realize that you can deal with him in two ways:
    • Internalizing his racism (Advanced Race Theory is unlocked if you pass a Conceptualization Medium 10 check). Question him on his origins and don't mention that he isn't actually from the Semenese Islands for a +1 to the check.
    • Or succeeding in punching him out (Physical Instrument Formidable 13 check ). This is made easier by observing tattoos and mentioning his craniometrics are not as perfect as he thinks, requires Visual Calculus; be sure to follow it up with a 360 elaborate kick; otherwise, Measurehead will grab your hand and crush it, -1 Health for you!).
      • Failing the attempt, you can try again with better chances by telling Kim "I might do it again" (Volition check) and getting fighting advice from the Scab Leader for +1 to the check.
      • Kim isn't pleased about your fistfight with Measurehead and he will ask you not to put him in situations where he'd be forced to shoot random civilians (he's not even sure Measurehead would be affected by a single bullet).
  • Measurehead is the ultimate part of the Turn back the wheels of time task, the Fascist Political Vision Quest. The Talk with him is the final part of the quest, requiring passing a White Suggestion Check to get him away from the Women and have The Talk about turning back the wheels of time. He has lots of insight to offer - if quirky and twisted by his racism - and ultimately explains that you can return to the past on the Sereglee Island, the southernmost of the Semenine Archipelago (AKA Ile du Fantome) and walk into the pale. Then he'll redirect you to the Paledriver.

References[]

  1. MEASUREHEAD'S BABE – "These cops are just jealous, Jean-Luc."

  2. JOYCE MESSIER – "Now they won't even let me into the harbour. There's a 2.20 m racist behemoth blocking the gates."

  3. MEASUREHEAD - "OCCIDENTAL HAPLOGROUP B4 IS DONE GIVING ORDERS AROUND HERE. THE INFLUENCE OF THE "HAM SANDWICH RACE" IS WANING."
  4. MEASUREHEAD - "LESSER RACES LIKE THE "MESQUITO", A GROTESQUE MIXTURE OF A MESQUE WOMAN AND A SEMENESE MAN, ONLY POSSIBLE IF THE MOTHER IS MESQUE AND THE FATHER SEMENESE."
  5. MEASUREHEAD - "OCCIDENTAL HAPLOGROUP B4 IS DONE GIVING ORDERS AROUND HERE. THE INFLUENCE OF THE "HAM SANDWICH RACE" IS WANING."
  6. MEASUREHEAD - He pauses in melancholic reflection. "YOU WERE ONCE A NOBLE AND POWERFUL RACE."
  7. MEASUREHEAD - "OFFSHOOTS OF THE SEMENESE PEOPLE INVENTED DISCO WHILE HAVING SEX UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF COCAINE. IT IS A SHAME UPON MY RACE - BUT WHAT IS DONE IS DONE."
  8. MEASUREHEAD - "I ANSWER TO THE UNION ALONE - AND I DO THIS OUT OF *RACE HEROISM*."
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