字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント The stone-humped hag, the angels, Silver Knight Ledo. Alva and Zullie, and the Murkmen. At the end of the world, much is explained, for characters are ripped here from all ages, all cycles, without too much regard for context. And some, like the Dragonslayer Armor, even came from our age, an age that ended long ago. This armor has seen it all: Once, it was worn by a legendary dragonslayer, and it lost its master, but it retained the memory of the fights it had against the Arch-dragons. Memories that were so potent, the armor itself -- imbued with a soul, admittedly -- still remembered their sporting hunts. And left behind in Lothric, it came to be manipulated by the Pilgrim Butterflies, dark beings that may well be counterpoint to the angels that we'll get into later, who settled there as Lothric's age drew to a close. And now, deep in the Abyssal swamp, the armor, it reads, was defeated by the Champion of Ash in Lothric, and was left ages to rust. Until it was possessed, once again, by the memory of the hunt. And why I start the video with this armor is because I really want to talk about how ages HAVE passed. Remember when you placed the cinders, and you were teleported to a ruined shrine? Everything and everyone here in the Dreg Heap -- including Gael, including Lapp -- they might not have done these things, but they still made it to the very end of an era. And, of course, a couple more minor characters made it here. Though their stories have always been just below the surface. "One was a wayfaring knight, on an endless, forbidden search. Only the Abyss granted closure, if not reunion with his beloved." Honestly, most of us probably only know Alva as that one red phantom who invades in Irithyll. But he's featured in TWO games now, and he has a story worth telling, although admittedly, this is a story that the game explicitly tells us, for once. There's not much guesswork to be done here. So this is a tale of three characters: Alva, Saint Serreta, and Zullie, the witch. Alva was a wayfaring knight who made it his quest to search for a cure for Saint Serreta's sickness. He fully dedicated himself to this cause, to the point where he eventually punished himself for his failures. His search would end up being quite famous, for many bards would eventually sing tales of his travels, and, of course, his involvement with the witch. Zullie is the witch, somone referenced to employ heretical magical crafts, which are said to be widely misunderstood, forcing her to wear a veil when she traveled, rather than the pointed hat she would wear sometimes with a deep, unspoken sense of pride. Zullie heard of Alva's dedication to Saint Serreta, and decided to use all manner of tricks and deceit to ruin him. Perhaps she was trying to demonstrate the fragility of faith, or that dedication of man is ultimately a pointless thing. And so, her wtichcraft assumedly played a part in this, but we also hear that she intended to seduce Alva. Zullie, however, never loved anyone, nor was she loved in return. But, as it turns out, in trying to seduce him and trying to make him fail, it's as if she accidentally found some admiration for the man. In the end, Alva would not find a cure for Saint Serreta's sickness, and, as a result, wracked with guilt and remorse, he relinquished his knighthood. However, he, and Zullie the witch, eventually both found their purpose in life in each other. Zullie, as unloving as she was unloved, became Alva's closest supporter. And Alva, despite failing his saint and his purpose, would accept the aid of the witch who once plotted against him. And that's the story in a nutshell. But one more thing: Alva is named "seeker of the spurned" in Dark Souls 3. Which is an odd title, because to "spurn" something is to reject it with disdain, and the only real candidate for that, in this story, is Zullie, who was spurned as a witch. So, if he's the "seeker of the spurned" than at this point of the story in Dark Souls 3, he must, logically, be seeking Zullie. And the implication, I think, is that they're finally reunited in the Ringed City. "Only the Abyss granted closure, if not reunion with his beloved." The implication in this quote, with Alva's invasion in front of Zullie's set as well, is that Alva was finally reunited with the witch in the city that was losing itself to the Abyss. And, as we'll get into in the video about the locusts and the Ringed Knights -- subscribe for that -- perhaps the Abyss is not so evil after all. But there's something else I wanna talk about: it's that, in Japanese, the word for "spurned" is pulled from "imi", which is a noun with a significant degree of nuance. We have to thank Loremaster Nojah for helping us out with this. Because the word "imi", which they pulled the word "spurned" from, in Japanese means something more like a taboo, a shunned person, or, strangely, a purification rite. And obviously, searching for purification or absolution is very different to searching for a shunned person. And I thought it was weird he was titled "seeker of the spurned", which is why I brought this up. And I'm glad I learned about the word "imi", because its definitions -- both "seeker of the spurned" and "seeker of purification" -- both are definitions that fit with the story. Because, at once, Alva is the seeker of Zullie the shunned, and reunites with her in the Ringed City. But also, he is wracked with guilt and remorse over failing to find a cure for Saint Serreta, and, as a result, he could be searching for absolution and purification and release from his sin, which is a word that "imi" implied. Zullie, on the other hand, appears to enter the service of the Judicator Giant -- a character we'll talk about later -- who enlists, by force or otherwise, the most powerful beings who come down here seeking the Dark Soul. One of these phantoms is Ledo of the Silver Knights, who invades us properly in a tower far above the Abyssal Swamp, swinging that great, stone-imbued hammer around. But when you finally get your hands on it, you discover that this giant rock would've made Havel proud. And it probably did. It's description says that Ledo was a traveling eccentric. Someone who befriended both Havel -- probably because they both loved rocks -- and giants, as well. Which might explain why he's summoned by the Judicator Giant. I came across a great Ledo theory in the comments of this video a few days ago, when it was released early for patrons. Salim B. comments that Ledo could've been the friend that imprisoned Havel the Rock in Dark Souls 1. And it's a great theory, looking back. The Watchtower Basement Key tells us that there are rumors of a hero-turned-Hollow, who was locked away by a dear friend. And, of course, this is a reference to Havel, but back then, we assumed that the friend who locked him away was most likely Gwyn, listed as Havel's "old battlefield compatriot". And he was the closest thing he had to a friend back then. But I think, if we knew about Ledo, than we would certainly be more likely to ascribe this imprisonment to Ledo -- a Silver Knight -- rather than Gwyn -- a Lord -- who might've had more important things to do. What do you think? This theory gives a lot of character to Ledo, and one of the most significant things about Ledo, for me, is that here's our first mention of a Silver Knight with a name and a personality. Not just these faceless knights that are unquestionably loyal to Gwyn, Gwynevere, and even empty cathedrals. This goes a long way to making this Order seem more interesting, more human. And I might be less inclined from now on to see them as an army unit, and more as individuals who were ultimately driven to serve the kingdom of Gwyn, but who also had agency to leave said kingdom and go on their own travels. The woman who sees all these travelers go by, seeking the Ringed City, is the old, stone-humped hag atop the Dreg Heap. "Don't run off and die, love. It's a nicer view with you in it." This old, stone-humped woman, according to her ashes, was once the wetnurse of royalty. So our question is in two parts: A) why is a pilgrim of Londor here? And B) to whom was she a wetnurse of royalty? Well, in Dark Souls 3, the wetnurses are exclusively related to the Lothric royal family, whose wetnurses groomed the inheritors of the throne. "But Vaati," you say, "the Dreg Heap is at the end of the world, and this woman could be the wetnurse of ANY royalty, right?" And I thought so, too, initially. Until I looked more closely at the image for the old woman's ashes. As pointed out by Sanidus K in the last video, she wears the priestess ring upon her finger, confirming that she was, in fact, wetnurse to the kingdom of Lothric at some point. And, considering her knowledge of Prince Lorian's endeavors -- "That Prince Lorian spoke of, I'm sure." -- we can hazard a guess at the priestess this woman may have once been. But the question that's really important is, who is she now? Well previously, all signs pointed to every pilgrim being of Londor, which was a land devoted to the usurpation of fire. Which is a goal that's in stark contrast to the fire-linking goals of Lothric, where this woman apparently came from. And I don't think who she was really matters, because if anyone were to leave their former life behind, it would be those of Londor. Because this is a society that was comprised of undead who led "unsavory lives". Their land has many references to absolving sin, and their very tome offers salvation to Hollows. Also, conversely, cursing all things living. This reminds me of the angels in more ways than one. And these angels seem exclusively born of the pilgrims, who are assumedly of Londor. Which means that the angels now fly pretty much in the face of what we previously thought we knew about the Angelic Faith of Lothric. Assuming, of course, that these angels are indeed the angels that visited Gertrude, and started the Angelic Faith. So, I suppose I kind of have to take back a lot of what I said in THIS video. Which I recommend you watch, if only to understand why I'm taking some of those things back.