Dark Souls 3 ► Lore of the Main Bosses

The stories of Souls Games
have always revolved around bosses, but that statement has never been more true than for Dark Souls 3. If you understand who you’re killing in this game,
then you will understand the story. The first one in your way is Iudex Gundyr, the Ashen Judge
and Scabbard to the Coiled Sword of the Shrine. This sword is bequeathed only to Chosen Ash
who can best him in battle. But before he was the Ashen Judge, Gundyr walked through this place much like we did, on his way to meet his firekeeper and link the fire. Charged with a duty, and granted a cast iron halberd
that would never crumble, Gundyr arrived… late, greeted by a shrine without fire,
and a bell that would not toll. The flame had already faded and his firekeeper had been thrown
into the depths of the Bell Tower, grave of firekeepers’ past. She never met her champion and the ensuing tragic farce, became a favorite tale of the masses. And after he was bested by an unknown warrior,
which is probably us, Gundyr the Champion,
became sheathed to a coiled sword in the hope that some day
the First Flame would be linked once more. Perhaps, Gundyr with his Unbreakable Halberd
was fated to eternal service from the beginning. Since it is implied that Gundyr expected
to meet a firekeeper, he was likely meant as a candidate for linking the fire. Those capable of linking the fire
are named Lords of Cinder, beings capable of bringing back the world from the brink of darkness by linking the First Flame. Indeed, the game speaks of three Lords of Cinder
who have already linked the fire, and they’re being resurrected as a last resort,
to link it once again. In the opening cutscene, you saw them: Aldrich, Saint of the Deep Yhrom, the Giant and Farron’s Abyss Watchers. Each of these Lords once had an Age of their own and the remnants of their Age lives on in Dark Souls 3 and in their resurrection. For example, Aldrich is linked to these bosses and their stories. The Abyss Watchers are linked here, and those in Lothric are conjoined here. For simplicity’s sake, we are going to discuss these stories in three chunks starting with Aldrich, Pontiff Sulyvahn, Vordt and the Dancer,
who all reside in the Boreal Valley. The Boreal Valley is currently ruled over by
Pontiff Sulyvahn, a tyrant who sends his Outrider Knights to serve as his watchful eyes and his guards, and the first knight of Pontiff Sulyvahn we meet is Vordt, an Outrider Knight who ambushes us
as we attempt to leave Lothric. So, the Outrider Knights’ job is to keep an eye on things Sullivan’s knights are also described as his
“watchful eyes and his punitive blades” Each Outrider Knight is provided with a ring
by the Pontiff, which transforms them into frenzied beasts
and lures them into battles of death. Specifically, the two main Outrider Knights we see upon the High Wall Of Lothric appear at both points of progression in the area. So, perhaps they serve as strategically placed guards in order to hinder our progression and for Sulyvahn to keep an eye on the world. When you went through Irithyll, I’m sure you noticed those ghosts that seem to be walking the streets. Well, they likely represent the Outrider Knights before their departure and descent into madness. Because two in particular are very interesting,
they walk together: one man, one female. And the woman wears the mask of the Dancer. Vordt was never far from the fleeting Dancer,
who watches over Emma in Lothric’s Grand Cathedral. The Dancer is far more intriguing than Vordt is. The Pontiff ordered her to serve as a Dancer
and then he ordered her to serve as his Outrider Knight. He bestowed enchanted swords upon her:
one dark and one light, mirroring his own. Eventually, the Black eyes of the Pontiff
transformed her into a beastly creature: her gauntlets fusing with her own hide. The fascinating thing about the Dancer, though, is:
who she was before she became Sulyvahn’s pet. It’s a very popular theory that she is one of the three daughters of Gwynevere, who appear in game Here’s the evidence: Her Aurora Veil is said to be “An article of the old gods”. Which is permitted only for direct decedents of the old royal family. The Dancer’s Soul can also be transposed, to give you the spell “Soothing Sunlight” – miracle of Gwynevere, of the old royalty Gwynevere used to reside in Anor Londo, home of the gods, and her line continues in Lothric. So Gwynevere was also revered as a goddess of fertility and bounty she raised many heavenly children and the Dancer – having one of the three Sunlight spells – is clearly one of them. and of course, as you know, Pontiff Sulyvahn, the Tyrant, now rules over Irithyll and Anor Londo So, it’s my belief, that Sulyvahn gained power within Anor Londo Then proclaimed himself pointiff and ordered Gwynevere’s daughter to serve as his dancer The sword in his left hand is a ceremonial sword, representing the judgement of the moon. Deep Protection tells us that the Deep was originally peaceful and secret place. Its deacons wearing dark red robes, denoting their blessing of fire. Overtime, however, the Deep became the final rest for many abhorrent things, and indeed, human dregs were likely some of those things as the Dregs of Humanity are said to sink to the lowest depths imaginable, forming the bedrock of the world. Those who linger too long on the brink of the Deep will often slip, And lurking within the deep are insects, which tear open the skin and burrow into flesh. Eventually, those dedicated to sealing away the horrors of the Deep succumb to its very power. An example of this is their Tome of Knowledge, which was originally intended to teach divine protection, but it had dark tales added to its pages, making it a thing most profane. And along with this descent, presumably, was Aldrich Saint of the Deep. “A right and proper cleric, only he developed a habit of devouring men. He ate so many that he bloated like a drowned pig, then softened into sludge, so they stuck him in the Cathedral of the Deep, and they made him a Lord of Cinder, not for virtue, but for might.” Aldrich was this simple saint, who became a hugely powerful being eventually chosen, maybe willingly and maybe not, to become a Lord of Cinder, and link the Fire. The Deacon Skirt tells us that the deacons tended to the flame, and I’m, perhaps, inclined to believe that this meant that maybe they were tending to the flame of Aldrich when he was a Lord of Cinder. And whether this is true or not, we do know that the deacons eventually succumbed to the horrors of the Deep, and neither tending to the flame nor the faith can save them. You would have noticed that many deacons cast Dark Soul Sorceries, which were imparted to them by Archdeacon McDonnell. An adherent of Aldrich who was largely responsible for the corruption of the deacons. Archdeacon McDonell delighted in the Cathedral’s stagnating souls. For him, they represented the glorious bedrock of this world. Under the guidance of Archdeacon McDonnell, these deacons became both clergymen and sorcerer. The Archdeacon’s sin, as its called, was to channel faith for sorcery, which transformed his staff from a symbol of religious authority into a catalyst of dark sorceries. The deacons, they still had faith, but it was not in fire any longer. It was in Aldrich, Saint of the Deep, their master. Upon his ressurection, Aldrich, like many Lords of Cinder, ruminated on the fading of the fire. For him, it inspired visions He saw beyond the Age of Fire, to the Age of Deep Waters and the coming Age of the Deep Sea Filled with new purpose, he knew what he had to do. He would devour the gods himself. When we get to the Deacons of the Deep, we expect to find Aldrich in his coffin, but he’s already left for his home in the Borreal Valley. The deacons here are lead by Archdeacon Royce, who is one the three archdeacons who remained behind to keep eternal watch over his master’s coffin, hoping that one day he would return. Aldrich left behind a small doll in his coffin, that Pontiff Sulyvahn gave to his most valued subjects. Wherever you go, the moon sets in Irithyll. Wherever you may be, Irithyll is your home. When Aldrich left, Archdeacon McDonnell went with him. We come across McDonnell in the depths of Anor Londo, and McDonnell, like many other archdeacons, is obese. He’s huge, and I see that as a legacy of Aldrich, who derived power from gluttony; they’re clearly mimicking him. In Anor Londo, Archdeacon McDonnell came to lead the Aldrich Faithful who are defenders, who exist to ensure that Aldrich, Devourer of Gods, remains undisturbed. And when we come across Aldrich, we realise why he wants to be undisturbed. Because Pontiff Sulyvahn, with the Devourer of Gods by his side, has imprisoned a God of the Old Royalty in the Abandoned Cathedral to be fed to the Devourer. Gwydolin, son of Gwyn and prior leader of the Dark Moon Knights, was gradually devoured by Aldrich. As Aldrich slowly devoured the God of the Dark Moon, He dreamt. In this dream, he saw the form of a pale girl in hiding, and we know this is Yorshka, who is sister to Gwyndolin, and a half-breed who is parallel to Priscilla from Dark Souls I, but, the interesting thing about this is the dream that Aldrich had because apparently, Aldrich only needs to dream about someone to learn their skills for he uses Priscilla’s Lifehunt Scythe in battle, and this fact that he can learn things through his visions, has some interesting implications because Aldrich is clearly wielding a Gravelord Greatsword upon the end of his spear, which lends credit towards this theory, that Aldrich has devoured Nito in some capacity, and he is called the Devourer of Gods, plural, after all. So another question becomes “Did Aldrich also devour Nito?”. Well, he has the wispy Nito-like cloak with skulls within it, but I think that it’s more likely that the skulls are just remnants of humans he’s devoured You have to remember there is no concrete evidence that he has devoured Nito. And I personally think that it’s more likely that he simply dreamt up the Gravelord Spell in a similar manner to which he dreamt up the Lifehunt Scythe from Yorshka, but what you think shapes the story here, so let me know. So that’s all of the pontiff’s lackeys explain, for the most part. And the biggest unanswered questions here to go into in other videos is “What exactly the relationship between Sulyvahn and the deacons is?” and “In what order this story of corruption and treachery played out?” because timeline is always one of the hardest things to get right in the Souls Series, but the biggest curiosity in my opinion and the one that really, really interests me, are Aldrich’s visions of the Age of the Deep Sea From a being, remember, that has visions so accurate that he can learn spells from those visions. So, in a franchise that’s entirely self contained within this Age of Fire and its cycles, this, this vision of the Deep Sea It’s pretty much the only mention of a different future, and its appearance in these descriptions feel so out of place, that I almost expect it to be referenced in the future in some capacity, assuming its not just a reference to Bloodborne. Maybe this indicates what Miyazaki is doing next on one of his projects or maybe we’ll se something related to this in the DLC. Moving on. Something set Sulyvahn down this path. When Sulyvahn was young sorcerer, he discovered the Profaned Capital, and down there, he discovered an unfading flame below a distant tundra over Irithyll, and when he found this, a burning ambition took root within him. The Profaned Flame, the origins of it aren’t known, but we do know a few things. We know it’s an unfading flame; we know that it can be manipulated, and we know that it swallows the hearts of those who wield it. The pontiff himself imbued his greatsword with this fire, and he also gave it to his holy knights. Shortly after he did this, the Fire Witches had their heart swallowed by the flame And as one last example of its corrupting influence, the Handmaidens who wield it down at the Profaned Capital, their dagger says that take pleasure in wounding others, And of course, the Pontiff himself doesn’t exactly have a good moral compass, but apart from that, we know precious little about the Profaned Flame and this has been the hardest part of the script to write for me because the Profaned Flame defies all categorisation as flames that have existed previously in the series., so I am going to work on my theories on it, and while I’m doing that, I’ll list those theories in the description because I can talk about this thing for a very long time without actually getting anywhere, but the final thing, and probably the most important thing we know about the Profaned Flame, is that Yhorm the Giant became a Lord of Cinder to put it to rest. Now, clearly, Yhorm was not successful because the Profaned Flame has infiltrated almost all of Irithyll, and set a lot of events in motion. This just adds even more tragedy to Yhorm’s tale. Yhorm is the descendant of an ancient conqueror, and was asked by the very people once subjugated to lead them, serving as both a weighty blade and a stone hard shield. Yhorm fought unflinchingly as a one-man vanguard, but one day, he lost the one he wished to protect. In response, he threw down his greatshield, and added a left handed notch to his machete instead so he could two-hand it for he no longer had anything left to protect All the while, his human subjects appeared quite disrespectful of him. They were insincere when they called him a lord, and they doubted him. He is called Lonely Yhorm in his cinders, and perhaps that’s because he lost the one he wished to protect or perhaps because he didn’t have the love of his people. At some point, the Profaned Flame became a real problem in the capital, for according to his cinders, Yhorm decided to sacrifice himself and become a Lord of Cinder to put the Profaned Flame to rest. I don’t know why Yhorm decided that “Hey, I’m going to put out fire with fire.”, because when he did this, fire rained down from the sky and incinirated naught, but human flesh. This is an interesting insight into who the linking of the Fire consumes. It consumed humans and humans alone, and you see their disfigured, smelted corpses all around Yhorm’s chamber. Before he linked the fire, however, Yhorm left behind two Stormrulers, which was a legendary greatsword, also known as the Giant Slayer, for the residual strength of storm that brings Giants to their knees, so this thing could kill Giants and one he gave to the humans who doubted him, he called them out on their cowardly words and gave them a weapon capable of killing him, and the other Stromruler, he gave to a dear friend in return for a promise. This dear friend was Siegward, who journeys to the Profaned Capital in order to uphold his promise and slay his old friend. Presumably, Yhorm asked Siegward to kill him if he ever betrayed his duty, and Siegward does so, seeing that Yhorm has not returned to link the Fire once again. The Profaned Capital also had its sorcerers who claimed heirship to the legacy of the renowned scholar, Big Hat Logan, even going so far as to emulate the type of staff he used. But halfway across the world, I know of two Crystal Sages who emulated him even more closely. These Crystal Sages served as spiritual guides to the scholars of Lothric’s Grand Archives, and one of them went on to ally with the Undead Legion. The Undead Legion of Farron was a caravan of Undead dedicated to the eradication of the Abyss wherever it was found. The Abysswatchers, as they were called, follow the duty and the form of the Wolf Knight of Dark Souls I, known as Artorias the Abysswalker. They are essentially his legacy. They made their home in Farron Keep, and high above Farron Keep, lies an emaciated old wolf. The Abbyswatchers, for their hunting of the Abyss, they required some art that went beyond any existing art. Wolf’s Blood, the legacy of Artorias, provided just that. Their pointed steel helm became shirked as this sinister omen by the masses because, think about it, if you saw that pointed steel helmet coming towards your kingdom, you knew you were in trouble ’cause these guys are dedicated to taking out the Abyss, and indeed their home in Farron might just be set above such a kingdom, for below are the Catacombs of Carthus, and sealed within a goblet, deep below in the catacombs is the encounter with High Lord Wolnir, a ruler who succumbed to the Abyss. Before succumbing to the Abyss, Wolnir was a conqueror. He ruled over the people of Carthus of the Sands, formidable warriors who were masters of the curved sword and also of pyromancies that enhanced the effectiveness of their curved swords The swordsmen attached great value to victory at all costs, for where was the honour in death? They lived for their High Lord Wolnir, who was conqueror of most lands known to their people, and yeah, you can see why they loved him. In Wolnir’s time, there were other lords who had their crowns rightful bequeathed upon them, but Wolnir brought them to their knees and ground their crowns to dust, forming his own crown from theirs for he was the one high lord keen to outlive all others, reminds me a lot of what we did in Dark Souls Two. Anyway, somehow Wolnir himself fell to the Abyss, and he was gripped by this fear of true darkness and he pleaded to the gods for the first time In our boss fight with him, there is a darkness below Wolnir, and it’s struggling to consume him, but Wolnir had his Holy Sword and he had three armlets that he stripped from the corpses of clerics and these things gave him some resemblance of comfort. Of course, we destroy the bracelets, and the Abyss finally consumes him. While he was in the Abyss, however, Wolnir was not inactive. Black Serpent is this pyromancy that was discovered from the Abyss by Wolnir which went on to inspire the black arts of his grave wardens . The Grave Warden Pyromancy Tome was developed by his grave wardens who discovered his pyromancies And going back up for a second, Wolnir and the Abyss, their proximity to the Abysswatchers probably isn’t coincidence. In fact, it makes quite a lot of sense for Carthus to be one of the kingdoms the Abysswatchers toppled. So, let’s go back up to the Abysswatchers for a second and see if this theory holds any weight. Eventually, the Abysswatchers became Lords of Cinder. Their shared Wolf’s Blood served their mandate as lords, essentially, it meant the requirements. To gain access to the Abysswatchers, you have to extinguish three flames, and I’ve always wondered why this ritual existed. It felt very video gamey and out of place, but I went through once more recently and I looked really closely at the engravings behind each flame. One looks like the Four Kings, one looks like Nito, and one looks like the Bed of Chaos, three of the main lords in Dark Souls One, and these were the souls you had to collect to gain access to Gwyn and open a giant stone door, so these are likely here to symbolise that, right? We’re extinguishing three flames and we’re opening the door, that explains the ritual. Anyway, that’s more a piece of trivia than anything. After the Legion’s Watchers became Lords of Cinder, the Wolf Blood dried up, and Farron was consumed by a festering wood Dark Wraiths began to roam. The Keep fell to ruins, and as suggested by many of you in my lorethrough, the Abysswatchers after upon resurrected to link the Fire once more may have been affected by the Abyss as well. So here’s the theory, the Abysswatchers were driven to seek out the Abyss, right? Well, what if, upon they ressurection, the Abyss far below in the Catacombs of Carthus crept into the Abysswatchers themselves? This would explain why the Abysswatchers are locked in endless combat with themselves because they’re driven to seek out the Abyss, but they also can’t die so they’re locked in endless combat. When I read this theory in the commends, something else clicked as well. the Wolf Knight Armour, which belonged to Artorias who fell to the Abyss, says that the armour of the Abysswatchers suggests their own eventual end. So, the game is drawing a parallel here beteween Artorias and the Abysswatchers. It’s saying that the armour of the Abysswatchers shows that they’re falling to the Abyss as well. And here’s the really interesting thing, when you look closely at their armour, you realise it has black tendrils of the Abyss rising up so the armour is showing us that they fell to the Abyss… probably. This theory isn’t concrete and no one should take it as such, but I think it’s the best explanation for their in-fighting. It’s my favourite explanation anyway, and mostly, this one was all you guys, so thank you. 🙂 Onwards to Lothric, the knights of Lothric were hunters of dragons, explaining their affinity with lightning and why they worshipped the Sun. They have since tamed dragons and with their drakes, they once crushed anything that threatened their shores The knight has served as one of the three pillar of Lothric since Ancient Times, and it shares place along side the Wyverns as a symbol of Lothric. However, tales of dragons layers are now a rare thing and they’re told only in fragments and in whispers in remote regions. The Dragonslayer Armour lost its master long ago, but it still remembers the sporting hunts they shared together. When we fight against it, the armour retains its master’s fighting style, but now it has a new master, the Pilgrim Butterfly Now the Soul of the Dragonslayer Armour is the only mention of these butterfly creatures, so speculation abounds whenever you talk about them. When you look up at them closely, though, closer than the game intends you to ever get, you’ll see that they’re flesh and bone and they’re almost bent backwards with a ribcage jutting outwards. Now, their name is one of the biggest clues we have, and the word pilgrim makes me think of the Pilgrims of Londor, who all died on their way to the peak of Lothric. And just like these pilgrims, these Pilgrim Butterflies fly upwards to the peak of Lothric, as well. And in both these cases, with the Pilgrims and the Pilgrim Butterflies, we have no real idea why either of them are going up so perhaps we’ll learn more if ever we get Londor-themed DLC, and I think that’s pretty likely. I’m going to list two other theories in the description about the Butterflies because the bottom line is we don’t know what they are. Next is the Archives, and beyond the Archives is Prince Lothric and his brother, Lorian. Curiously, these are the only Lords of Cinder who were not featured in the opening cutscene of lords being ressurected, and I believe, that’s because they never linked the Fire, and I think their rejection of linking the Fire might have been what set all of the desperate resurrections into motion. This is just a theory, but I think it’s backed up by most of these descriptions and this dialogue: So there’s Prince Lothric and Lorian, his brother. Lorian is the eldest and before he was crippled, he was a knight who single-handedly slayed a Demon Prince, the victory eternally scorching his sword with flame. The Cinders of A Lord states that the Lothric Bloodline was obsessed with creating a worthy heir. They needed someone to link the Flame, and for some reason, Lorian did not suffice, so they put their faith in the next born, Prince Lothric. As his throne states, “last hope of his line” Prince Lothrics, destined to be a Lord of Cinder, was born into swaddling clothes used in ancient prayer and they are all that he has ever worn. He was cherished by the Royal Family despite being born into illness, a frail and shrivelled child. He was their last hope and meant to be a champion, but some things will remain distant dreams forever. Linking the Fire proved impossible, so the family resorted to unspeakable means Descriptions don’t say or imply what these unspeakable means are, so that’s up to us to guess that. But after mentioning these unspeakable means, the Cinder description goes on to say that the path to linking the Fire is a cursed one indeed. So Prince Lothric was cursed. With what? We don’t know, but Lorian embraced his brother’s curse, leaving him mute and crippled. It is said that Lorian, the one who embraced the Curse, did so willingly and embraced his fate. When we kill Lorain in the boss fight, Lothric ressurects him, saying, “For that is our curse.” So maybe being unable to die itself is the Fire Linking Curse, and why he says, After becoming one, the Souls of the Twin Princes says that they rejected their duty to become Lords of Cinder and settled down far, far away to watch the fire fade from a distance. The curse has made their souls nearly inseparable. So, why did Lothric grow to despise and reject his duty as a Lord of Cinder? Well, it’s very likely due to a man named as the First of the Scholars, Soul Stream says that he was alleged to be a private mentor of the Royal Prince and that he doubted the Linking of the Fire. So, it’s very likely that this scholar was the one who made Lothric reject his fate as a Lord of Cinder, and there is so much more to the tale of Lothric, but we don’t have time. I want to talk about the kingdom, about the royal family, but this video is only about the main bosses, so I still have to mention Oceiros king of Lothric, and his wife, the queen, so please subscribe and look out for the optional bosses lore video. And the final main boss, the being we fight after the Firekeeper chastises the lords for going without thrones is the Soul of Cinder itself, located within the Kiln of the First Flame. The Soul of Cinder if actually a fairly easy being to explain. Ever since Gwyn, the first Lord of Cinder, many exalted lords have linked the First Flame, and it is their very Souls that have manifested themselves as Defender of the Flame The Soul of Cinder is their deific manifestation More specifically, it’s clear that the Soul of Cinder is this conglomerate of players themselves, us from previous games and cycles who have linked the fire. Using the Ninja Flip Ring from Dark Souls One, curved swords, pyromancies, sorceries, miracles and in phase two, the music shifts to this twisted tribute of Gwyn’s theme as he takes on the First Lord’s fighting style. The Kiln also, it represents the state of the world if you look behind you. It’s a city twisted and distorted and folded in on itself, just like the entire game and bosses we just journeyed through. Dark Souls Three contains the histories, the people and the lands of of the Abysswatcher’s Age, of the Pontiff and Aldrich’s Age, of Yhorm’s Age, and the story of Lothric that literally seems to have called forth old Lords of Cinder to link the Fire once again. And as you stand in front of the Flame, four choices lay before you, more than any previous game, but that’s a video and a story for another time for this video is far, far too long already, and judging by my analytics for videos like this, only half of the people who started watching this video will still be watching now, so to you guys, thank you for sticking it through 🙂 this video took a really long time to make. And the major shoutout in this video has to go to a guy, who runs a YouTube channel, named AGRcactus. He taught me how to use a lot of these camera tricks, and this video would not look half as good if it wasn’t for his guidance. He has this video called “The Beauty of Lothric”, which really shows off how beautiful this game is when you look at it from angles that the game developers didn’t really expect us to look at it from. So, do me a favour and check it out and subscribe to him. It’s crazy. I’ve probably been talking for about half an hour now, and I haven’t covered nearly as much as I would have liked to have covered, so for that, we have the lorethrough series. which is dedicated to being really in-depth as we go through every single area in the game. And to bring out the characters and their stories and what their stories relate to, we have Prepare to Cry. And for everything else, we have the secrets videos, but next is a video just like this one which gives you an overview of the optional bosses. And whether you’re a Patreon or a viewer, thank you for watching and I’ll talk to you next time. 🙂

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  • You are by far the greatest of all the dark soul tale tellers my friend

  • the only mention of nito in ds3 is the gravelord sword on the tip of aldrich's blade

  • 20:50 Did you hear about those warriors from Carthus? I hear they have curved swords! Curved. Swords!

  • What kind of sword are you using in this video?

  • Never played this so it’s all gibberish to me. But damn these bosses are gorgeous.

  • I know you said "He has three armlets" but my ears for some reason heard "he has three omelets" 😂

  • I love the souls series, but the dancer ruined three for me.

  • You put a lot of work in this masterpiece, respect.

  • … but does it have a conclusion… 😂👌

  • see's upper part of Aldrich
    For a devourer of men and gods he doesn't look so bloated-
    sees rest of him
    … well I'll go fuck myself then.

  • so basically wolnir was an arab

  • Are we ever gonna get a lore video on Edwad Emberpants?

  • Yes… the abyss watchers fell to the abyss. It's very obvious they fell to the abyss. No, they were just killing one another for fun. It was clearly just a training exercise while waiting for somebody to come through the door, or for skeletons from Carthus to come outta the crypt. … Basically it's kind of a common sense thing if you read armor descriptions, which… you did? You even looked at the abyssal tendrils gripping the cape and didn't notice the ones all over the breastplate, legs, mask, helmet… EVERYWHERE. The armor is coated, just like Artorias. They were consumed and still fighting on against the abyss. They were all following in the footsteps of our beautiful champion, Artorias. Sun bless him with it's incandescence.

  • 2019 and i just got here… a stray soul, wandering the sands, wondering about all the things there might be

  • Cant wait for a dark souls offshoot game where you dont link the fire, you just keep the first flame alive against the first tide. With two discs gameplay so you could choose either side like WOW mmorpg… Except darks souls. And if you picked the tide you'd find fabled grand sea souls to sacrifice rather than a linking monarchy of fire. Aldritch couldnt dream better. Plz Be honest with replies.

  • I fell asleep to this a couple nights ago, thanks Vaati.

  • Bro I see no ads. I hope you monetize your videos, you deserve it for the work you put in

  • At 26:00 for the dragon slayer armor, does anyone have a theory on why there is dragon slayer armor in the ringed city DLC?

  • I think the pilgrim butterflys are the spirits of dead pilgrims explaining why they are heading to the peak of lothric.the pilgrim butterflys are just trying to complete theyre task that they did not complete in life

  • D e e p e s t l o r e

  • Lothric & Laurian, Lothlorian. I see what you did there.

  • i don't care

  • Thank you for no ads you've gotten an new sub love the lore as well!

  • I don't really know if it holds up, but I always had a strong belief that if the chosen undead chooses an age without fire it leads to the Bloodborne timeline. Both games have Gothic architecture, and have some Lovecraft influence (Bloodborne more so), so it would not be that far of a stretch to say these time lines are similar. While Bloodborne is a "Spinoff" who says it's not a canon ending for one of the games?

    If Aldrich dreamt about a dark age, or a period called the "An age of water" it does make sense to a certain degree because in Bloodborne water acts as a bulwark. So as a matter of fact we could deduce that the reason Aldrich wanted to bring about a dark age was not for his own sinister purposes but rather to protect us, we also see this in a reflection of the Aldrich covenant.

    The Aldrich Faithful covenant is a purple covenant. Meaning they are a mix of good and bad (since dark phantoms are usually red, and blue sentienals are well, blue, and when you mix red and blue you get purple). They want to protect Aldrich and his vision for an "Age of the deep" at the cost of invasion. While Hawkwood says Aldrich became a devourer of flesh, he doesn't say explicitly when Aldrich started eating flesh. Or who Aldrich first victim(s) were. Perhaps because he started eating the gods, they cursed him to become bloated and soften to sludge.

    Then there is the whole mystery revolved around Aldrich's time when he linked the fire. We know he succeeded but who's to say he didn't have his doubts? That in his final moments he thought "Maybe I shouldn't have done this?"

    Anyone else think there is something to it? Or am I just pulling this shit out of my ass?

  • hate ur indian accent

  • good video i stuck through it

  • Love your VIdeos

  • 15:15 if the word vessel corrupts by taking all the living crap out of things then how did you mange to resist it in ds1?

  • Holy shit Aldrich, using Gwyndolin's corpse and nito's sword?

  • Amazing video
    I've become a die hard soulsborne fan
    One trophy away from platinuming Bloodborne

  • I love you gundier

  • butterflys kinda look like the gaping dragon

  • me at 11 pm: all right gonna sleep now
    me after finding this video: ah shit here we go again

  • I'm pretty sure that flame is in the Lordvessel.

  • I like that out of force of habit I'm worried about spoilers but it's not like I'd see this for myself anyways.

  • Amazing video!!!! I watched the whole thing.

  • If you listen closely, the Dancer's theme sounds like a twisted version of Gwynevere's

  • Haha bequeefed

  • It be crazy if dark souls 3 really is a pre pre prequal of Bloodborne. Like the world ends and Aldritch’s dreams of the deep sea is the eldrich world of bloodborne come to be since the game has a ton of deep water symbolism

  • This is so cool

  • TBH, it would have been awesome to see gundyr be a Lord.

  • My guess is that the pilgrim butterflies are an evolved form of the corpse/trees on the high wall of lothric. the tree corpses reach towards the peak of lothric, and the pilgrim butterflies look very similar. I think that the pilgrim butterflies are the tree corpses

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  • What if Aldrich is Gywndolin? Sounds daft, just a thought, nothing serious.
    But he looks the same? Like maybe the reason he wearing the crown too?
    Would explain why his choice of boss room is the very place his sister was, where his father was.
    His half sister wouldn't know him consider nobody really saw him often (and for good reason) he slowly succumbed to madness devouring man and all. Warping him name to something different to hide his past?

  • Thank you for sticking it through and making it. You got a new sub 😉

  • You know I doubt anyone will see this but wouldn't it be unique in Dark Souls one that if you finish the story and light the flame while wearing the silver knight set that you spawn again but wearing the Dark Knight set?

  • I think the pilgrim butterflies look like the vein and artery structure around some bones of a dragon

  • Hay the flame must be four seath the scaleless one of the four to go to gwyn

  • What if the profained flame was actually the flame of chaos (hence all the corpses in the demon kings arena) and even though its corrupting influence is weaker now, it still poses a great threat tp the balance of light and dark. Which also probably explains why yhorm was trying so hard to get rid of it.

  • Thorn had the right idea. He wanted to do backfire sadly it didnt work all too well for him

  • 9:15 the deacons having fun on their own

  • Watching his videos makes me wanna get a pc the graphics are just jaw dropping

  • Your sub count doesn’t mean shit, you’re a top tier youtuber no matter what anyone says

  • If anybody reads this, could the age of Deep be what ends the age of Man, that ends the Age of Fire? In New Londo, the Abyss that is said to be the coming age of Man, was halted by drowning it.

  • wolnirs sword looks like gwyns sword only eroded like it says in the description

  • could gnaw be a refrence to the locust in the ringed city

  • 14:45 This dream about Great Sea is Aria's paiting… She is paiting cold, dark and very gentle place… Pure, deep sea that is immune for any corruption.

  • I wanna snuggle up with vaati while he tells me about the kings of lordran and the stories of the gods

  • How does one learn ds3 lore without this dude?

  • I know I'm three years too late, but I've came up with an interesting theory that may prove to be True, perhsps every one know its already, but I think that High Lord Wolnir may be the Father of Yhorm The Giant, also known as the great conqueror. That would explane how big he is and also that he was the one Yhorm sworn to protect, and as he has fallen to the abbys Yhorm has thrown away his shield, becouse he failed to protect his Father. I know it's late, but it may bring some interesting insight into the games lore. Perhaps Yhorm wanted to use the power of the profane flame too bring his Father back from the abbys, but he failed and destroyed his land. What do you think?

  • I really want to watch this but it's full of spoilers

  • Is yhorm the descendant of vendrick? Vendrick conquered the giants. And the word giant is relative. Vendrick was giant compared to the player. So perhaps his title as giant was obtained by those smaller than him. And why would yhorm be hanging out with a weapon designed to kill him. Would make more sense that it was a family heirloom.

  • Anyone else notice how the Pilgrim Butterflies' heads look a bit those of the Amygdalas from Bloodborne, just without the little spines?

  • I only noticed this when i seen this video but the watch dogs of the old lords has a beast ring on their hand. I was always too busy doing barrel rolls to notice.

  • Another thing to note is that many of the enimies here that deal with Aldrich appear in the chalice dungeons of bloodborne. Lole the hand maidens, beast, the watch dogs, the murk men or what ever those shadow guys with the sickles are called. But also in the chalice dungeons they are all embered. When I go to the chalice dungeon for the old moon presence boss the first thing I thought of was Aldrich, then the water surrounding the area though this was some what cut from the main game. It's just odd how well it relates from dreams, to visions of the deep water and the deep sea runes and how the black garbed hunters exist in both games. Why the moon presence, what does it have todo with the moon? I'd love some more theory videos on the moon presence, the dark moon Goddess and Aldrich.

  • "When you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you."

    Thought that was intentionally obvious

  • I'm sorry, 4 endings? There's usurping the fire, linking the fire, and putting out the fire. Where's the 4th?

  • Why does VaatiVidya sound like AltShiftX (the guy who breaks down the lore of Game of Thrones)?

  • Considering Aldrich has a coloured lightstick on his staff he may very well have devoured Ravelord Neeto

  • What's the name of the music track you can hear in Min 12:00? And generally what's the name of alle the music tracks you used for this video?

  • What you could mention about the abyss too is how many enemies in carthus are found to have glowin red eyes, similarly to the third abysswatcher that fights against the others. This could be a sign of being consumed by the abyss and could support your theory of the abyss watchers being themselves consumed.

  • 31:30 that's a really nice matchcut. One of the things I love the most about watching Vaati over the years is that his editing and cinematography (when using the freecam mod to compose shots) has gotten better and better over time, being more purposeful and resonating well with what he's talking about. For example, here he's talking about how the Soul of Cinder is all of the characters who have previously linked the flame manifest. He uses a matching cut from the Soul of Cinder as subject to the player character, a character who will (presumably) link the flame after defeating the soul. This style of cut, given the context, suggests a similarity between the Soul and the player. It's a nice subtle technique that really fits with the boss' explanation. Good job, Vaats, proud of u

  • It’d be sick if Dark Souls 4 could be set in this ocean world, maybe even set after Bloodborne. Doesn’t have to be dark souls, but I’d love the canonical sequel set far in the future in the world of Dark Souls

  • Perhaps the "drastic means" Lothrics family took was to abandon the Sun cult, which would explain why EVERY sun covenant statue has been smashed throughout the souls games

  • Could the deep sea be how the land is vast and ashen in the dlc maybe?

  • Umm 😐Is it just me or does Aldrich the dovourer of gods. Is the protagonist of Elden ring 😕

    Because they look the same 😑

  • to this day it bothers me that aldrich is the glob, not the body

  • Even with this video, am confucious. Ngggggnnnnnnnnhhgggggghhh pinkguychromoosemes

  • hey vaati……..

    beware the pants of ember

  • I've never hated a character in a video game as much as I hate Aldrich. I'll never forgive him or Sulyvahn.

  • 14:00 I shit you not, Irithyll is THE most beautiful place ever put in a video game.

  • Damn, I dropped a tear when I realized that Siegward killed Yhorm for this exact reason, it's because of this promise.

    Holy cow, how deep must a friendship be that one asks the other for killing him when something specific happens to him and the other one not only accepts but fullfils the promise he gave to the other.

    Damn, I mean, really, this is so cruel and beautiful at the same time, killing your best, most beloved friend because of a promise you gave to him, jezuz "cry"st.

    I always struggle at getting a deeper understanding of the story behind dark souls, because it's not like in other RPG's (like The Witcher) where you have hours of content heavy dialogues.

    Now I know the background of that cutscene, it's really short, but so deep and meaningfull, I am absolutely amazed, wow, I feel how an other tear makes itself ready to drop out of my eye right now, absolutely beautiful.

    God, I should punish myself for not helping Siegward when he was stuck in the well at one of my NG's+.

    Thank you so much for sharing these deep insides, I am absolutely overwhelmed by it.

  • The lord of cinder is the chosen undead from DS1.

  • why ia every from software game so miserable

  • The abyss watchers were going to go to irythil, but one of them drank all the sieghbrous, they've fought ever since

  • Am I the only one that feels like Aldrich should've been the hardest boss, due to Aldrich being the so called strongest being; and an all-seeing being, if Aldrich could have visions, Aldrich surely saw their own demise.
    That being said; I would've loved it if during Aldrich's second phase, she devours Dark Sun Gwyndolin, her brother; either that or upon death say, "My brother, I come for you." Or something like that, any of these two idea's in my opinion would've made this a more dark and lasting boss.

  • I am still looking forward to a game called Deep Souls

  • Am I the only one that noticed all the similaritys between the abyss watchers and the hunters in bloodborn?

  • TLDW: Sulyvahn ruins everything.

  • Ah the ‘Abyss’ a concept quickly forgotten.

  • The pilgrims are definitely the pilgrim butterflies

  • I just realized, could the Old Wolf Of Farron be Sif? Because doesn’t Sif watch over Farron Keep, which was once oolacile?

  • @VaatiVidya these videos are great! Thank you! Did you ever offer a shirt with your knight lighting a bonfire at the end of your videos like at 33:50 ?

  • Imagine being slain by a dude then later that same man but newer somehow comes and kills you again for his trial… damn

  • sea of deep = abyss ?

  • What's the music at 05:20?

  • I don't know if this is like a glitch but I killed Emma early and started this fight. But never finished it. After beating a different boss I was teleported into the room. The dancer was there but wouldn't fight back. Wouldn't move or anything

  • Vativiidya: most people haven't made it this far through the video.

    Me: on their 15th viewing or 16th?

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