A major hallmark of director Hidetaka Miyazaki’s works is that the lore of his games is rarely straightforward. Players can work their way through the entire game without really understanding what’s going on, and even those who understand the game’s plot can struggle with the dark and confusing background, characters, and areas.
The brand new FromSoftware game, Ring of Elden, follows suit, but its tradition is there. As a game written by Miyazaki and by fantasy writer George RR Martin – both known for their unusual ideas – some of the game’s story is surprising, revealing, or downright weird, and it’s all easy to miss.
ten Millicent is the descendant of Malenia
As in many real-world mythologies, the gods and demigods of Ring of EldenThe pantheon forms a tangled web of family ties. Much of the game focuses on the children and stepchildren of Queen Marika the Eternal and Radagon of the Golden Order, but there are more distant relationships mentioned.
One of them is Millicent, a girl the player can meet in Caelid. At the request of her adoptive father, the player can meet Millicent several times in the Lands Between, helping her each time. With red hair, one arm, and stricken with scarlet rot, Millicent is the doppelganger of the demigod Malenia – and is later explicitly confirmed to be her descendant. Whether she is a biologically related girl or something more unconventional involving Scarlet Rot’s influence is never explained.
9 Gideon and Seluvis were friends
Gideon Ofnir the All-Knowing and Preceptor Seluvis are just two of the NPCs the player can encounter in the Midlands. Gideon is an initially helpful Ternished in Roundtable Hold, working to have one of his own crowned as an Elden Lord, while Seluvis is a rude and dismissive mage working with Ranni on his plan to usurp the Two Fingers.
Both turn out to be more sinister than they initially appear, and they both know each other. When Seluvis tries to recruit the player to help him sexually assault Nepheli Loux, Gideon can step in and assassinate Seluvis. The story given in the item descriptions suggests that they were once friends until Seluvis turned one of Gideon’s relatives into a helpless doll.
8 The Black Knife Assassins’ Response to Marika
The Black Knife Assassins are a recurring series of boss enemies that also have a major presence in lore. They were the ones who slew Godwyn the Golden and started the Shattering, the conflict that saw the demigods tear the Lands Between in their desire to achieve as much power as possible.
In a twist, however, the player can learn through item descriptions that the Black Knife Assassins respond to Marika, and potentially the Two Fingers as well. As such, it’s entirely possible that Marika ordered her son’s death according to her plan.
7 The Windmill Village is likely to skin gods
One of the scariest areas of Ring of Elden is Dominula, the village of the Altus Plateau windmills. When the player arrives, the women who live there hold a festival reminiscent of real-world pagan rituals, dancing around wreaths of flowers and wooden structures.
At the very top of the village is a Godskin Noble, one of the sinister recurring villains who wear the skin of deities. The village as a whole has a skinning pattern – with a spirit outside begging to keep its skin – and it is by fighting this noble that the player gains the “Godskin Peeler”. As such, it seems this village is where the sinister work is being done.
6 Maliketh is the ecclesiastical beast, Gurranq
Gurranq, the Beast Clergyman is a character that players can encounter very close to the start of the game, thanks to an early teleport trap. He is a mostly peaceful cleric who asks Deathroot to eat and can teach the player several unique Incantations to benefit Force builds.
Maliketh the Black Blade is a much darker, late-game character: the shadow of Marika on which she hid the Rune of Death, and a mandatory boss fight in Crumbling Farum Azula. However, the two are actually the same character, as shown by their identical appearances and the fact that Maliketh has unique dialogue if Gurranq’s questline is completed.
5 Radagon and Marika can be seen pounding the Elden Ring
One of the major initial debates over the game’s lore came as early as the opening cutscene. Throughout, a hidden figure can be seen pounding what is strongly indicated to be the titular Elden Ring, as its burst is described.
Due to the hidden nature of the figure, fans have debated who they are and even their gender – swearing that some snaps showed a male outline and others a female one. With revelations later in the game, both seem true. The scene showed both Marika breaking the Ring and Radagon attempting to reforge it.
4 Melina and Ranni share some kind of connection
Melina and Ranni are two of the game’s most important characters, mysterious women who are part of Terni’s questline. Melina offers to serve as Tarnished’s Maiden and ultimately sacrifices herself to let them reach the Erdtree, while Ranni tries to recruit the Tarnished to aid in his plan to overthrow the Golden Order.
Although they never interact directly, they seem to share some sort of connection. They have identical markings on their faces – each from a different side – and have the corresponding eye perpetually closed. Also, although Melina is the mistress of Torrent, your horse, Ranni knows him and expresses affection for him, suggesting that they met.
3 Gowry is a relative of rot
Kindred of Rot are disturbing insectoid creatures who worship the scarlet rot infecting Caelid and attempt to expand its influence over the world. Gowry is a seemingly kind man met in Caelid, Millicent’s adoptive father who urges the Terni to protect her and help her deal with her scarlet rot infection.
The continuation of Millicent’s questline reveals that Gowry has sinister intentions, but the player may learn this sooner. Killing Gowry has his voice taunt the player as his corpse becomes a Kindred of Rot, and he will reappear each time, simply pointing out that there are more parasites in Caelid than he can inhabit than the player has the time to kill.
2 Marika seems to be punished
Much of the game is spent trying to get the Terni into the Erdtree, where Queen Marika the Eternal is said to reside. Once the player does, they get their first glimpse of the Midlands Goddess, and she is in a sorry state.
After breaking the Elden Ring, she is found hanging from a runic bow by the wrists, impaled, and appears to be physically worn out. Although it is never stated, it would seem that she was tortured as punishment for breaking the Elden Ring – especially as the Elden Beast later shows complete disregard for hers and Radagon’s body. .
1 Melina may have ties to the dark-eyed queen and destined death
The Gloam-Eyed Queen and Destined Death are two lore concepts that receive few mentions and have sparked many fan theories. Destined Death seems to be another name for the Rune of Death, as well as the concept that even gods must eventually die. The Godskin Nobles and Apostles seem to have some connection to this.
Additionally, the Gloam-Eyed Queen is a mythological figure, believed to be the leader of the sinister Godskins, whose identity is unknown. In one particular ending – the Lord of Frenzied Flame ending – Melina opens both eyes to reveal that the closed one is dark in color and promises to bring Destined Death to the Lord, instantly causing fans to connect her to these two. things.
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