Amygdala is a boss that appears in Bloodborne.
This page contains lore research by Rakuyo, its contents are not official canon.
Referred to as "Lord Amygdala" by Patches the Spider, Amygdala may be behind his transformation into a spider.
"What a joy it is, to behold the divine.
It must be such a pleasure. You're in my debt, you know.
You're in nigh on a beast of the field, but here you are, treading a measure with the gods."
"Hah hah hah! Don't dally, you lucky scamp! The gift of the godhead
cometh! Heh heh heh... yes... Ha hah!"
"Ah, well met. My apologies, but I feel a profound thought occurring... On the good grace of a certain god, and the way he meted out his love. *laughs*"
Significance of the name "Amygdala"
1. Amygdalae are a pair of neural nodes within the brain. They're involved in processing emotional reactions. Amygdalae are part of the limbic system, a very old part of the brain. They're required to link memories to emotions. Amygdalae assure that you store frightening experiences and that you respond adequately to a situation that you remember as frightening. They're also needed to recall the emotional nature of your memories. This could mean that Amygdala's behavior is related to a very emotional memory.
2. Amygdala is the medical name for "tonsil". The tonsils are a pair of glands at the back of the throat, they serve to protect the body against infection. Standing on the frontline of the body's immune system, they're infamous for getting infected. Like the appendix, they are often removed upon infection. Upon the item Tonsil Stone you can read: "A latticed, deformed rock, or perhaps a meteorite. Appears useless, but possesses some odd gravitational force that prevents its riddance." It states that the stone is malformed, useless but difficult to get rid of. This malformed, useless rock could refer to the nature of the "not so important" tonsils. Consequently it could also refer to the nature of Amygdala. It's possible that she's unwanted and malformed but difficult to get rid of. A tonsil stone is a real thing, they're sometimes formed in the crevices of the tonsils. They're harmless but spread a purtrid smell.
3. Amygdalē is Greek, meaning "almond". Amygdaloid is a word used to refer to anything shaped like an almond, specifically this refers to a spectrum of shapes in between a triangle and an ellipse. The almond tree blooms in winter. The nuts produced by the wild variant contain deadly poison.
4. A hernia of the cerebellar amygdalae - "cerebellar tonsils" - entails a Chiari malformation. This can cause headaches, difficulty focusing, concentrating, and thinking, reduced coping skills, fatigue, muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, gagging, choking, vomiting, dizziness, nausea, tinnitus, impaired coordination, neck pain, unsteady gait and balance problems, poor hand coordination, numbness and tingling of the hands and feet, as well as speech problems. Less often, people with Chiari malformation may experience tinnitus, slow or fast heart rhythm, curvature of the spine (scoliosis), abnormal breathing, central sleep apnea, and, in severe cases, paralysis.
Amygdala around the world
Within the The Hunter's Nightmare there are dried out exoskeletons of dead amygdalans . The white markings indicate that they were of the boss variety.
These similarities are likely connected to the black orb seen on the Mi-Go. It depicts a 10 legged spider and is itself aligned with yellow eyes .
The researchers also retain their human 5 fingers and toes, whereas an Amygdala has 6 fingers on each hand and 6 toes on each foot .
Barnacles aren't mollusks, but arthropods. They're also one eyed and hermaphroditic, which could be related to Oedon. Their arthropod nature could relate them to Mi-Go.
Amygdala and the Mi-Go
Mi-Go are a race of extraterrestrials appearing in the work of Lovecraft. Mi-Go have a "convoluted ellipsoid" for a head, covered in antennae.
Mi-Go can remove limbs and attach new ones, like tools. The same behavior is displayed by Amygdala, when she carelessly rips off two of her limbs to use as weapons .
Mi-Go are described as both fungoid and crustacean, and Amygdala's head bears resemblance to latticed fungi like Colus , Ileodictyon and Clathrus .
The rest of Amygdala can be described as arthropod like at least. She even bears vague resemblance to other Souls insectoids like the Children of Chaos .
Mi-Go have an insect like society and their numbers are divided into 3 castes: worker, soldier and scientist. The Mi-go zombie could belong to this scientist cast.
They worship the outer gods and are of malicious intent. Their name is derived from the Tibettan "Migou" which means "Yeti".
Their most advanced technology is related to biology and surgery. Mi-Go cannot be caught on film, which makes their detection comparable to an hallucination.
Amygdala, The Fruiting Body
"Mould that grows from rotten flesh and blood inside the old labyrinth. Matures to bear giant spores."
Mycelium, the white threaded true body of a fungus, is woven all across the ceilings of the labyrinths. Mycelium is subterranean and grows in search of food.
As previously mentionned, Amygdala's unusual head resembles the fruit of phallaceae , a genus of fungi that bear very diverse fruits .
This mycelium is easily mistaken for cobwebs, but the structure is wrong, the size is wrong, and no spiders would stick its web so parallel to a surface.
Mushrooms are what mycelium produces when it seeks to reproduce. Mushrooms release clouds of spores, which in turn sprout hungry mycelium threads.
Another possible connotation is that mushrooms are naught but the genitalia of fungi, Amygdala's "phallaceae" head could therefore be a living, breathing insult.
The World Egg is a cosmological concept that recurs in various mythologies, it's known in Vedic tradition as Hiranyagarbha and as the Orphic Egg in Orphism.
Hiranyagarbha literally translates to "Golden Egg" or "Golden Womb". The egg is reffered to as The Creator, Brahman, Brahmā, and The Soul of The Universe.
In the beginning when there was nothing, Svayambhu, the self-manifested Being arose. Svayambhu created the primordial waters and the seed of the universe therein.
Then the egg became a womb, which was then entered by Svayambhu. The germ hung in the darkness for one year, then brought forth all realms of the universe.
These eggs remind of the strange tombstones found in the Forbidden Woods and Yharnam . These tombstones look like fossilized stinkhorns.
Not only does Amygdala resemble stinkhorn fruit, she resembles the foul growths that protrude from the DS1 Egg Carrier , which are brimming with maggots.
Phanes is usually enwrapped by a serpent. He also has the hooves of the hermaphroditic goat, like Baphomet or the Wiccan "Horned God".
His name means "to bring light" or "to shine", and is therefore interchangeable with "Lucifer". Phanes also bears some relation to Mithra, Persian god of contracts.
In Berserk, Griffith essentially plays the role of Lucifer/Satan, the hauty angel that became the scourge of mankind and a rival to the Christian God.
Griffith possesses a kind of glamour, making people adhore him beyond apprehension. Phanes himself is associated with "Eros", which might explain the glamour.
Eros is the Greek god of love whose name evolved into the double-edged Freudian concept. Eros is love and the root of all human want and temptation.
Ymir is the hermaphroditic ancestor of all rime giants. Ymir is also grandfather of the gods of Asgard - The Aesir - Odin's kin.
Odin and his brothers eventually slew the giant, then used his flesh and bones to shape the world.
"Out of Ymir's flesh was fashioned the earth, And the mountains were made of his bones;
The sky from the frost cold giant's skull, And the ocean out of his blood." - Poetic Edda
The Moon Presence in turn parallels Griffith in a number of ways.
Griffith is dark androgynous entity, as is The Moon Presence, they're both related to the Moon, in Griffith's case in the form of an eclipse , or "Dark Sun".
The Moon Presence was inspired by Nyarlathotep, The Crawling Chaos, whereas Griffith is at one point stripped of his muscles , reducing him to a crawling state.
It is in this torturous state that the Scarlet Behelith answers Griffith's prayer, and summons The Dark Angels, who turn him into a member of Godhand.
The caduceus is recurring symbol in the Souls universe and is generally associated with dragons and The Primordial Serpents (see The Devil).
It's also commonly associated with "magic". In Bloodborne, quicksilver powers magic and quicksilver is associated with Formless Oedon.
The name "Oedon" was likely derived from "Odin", the Norse god that the Romans equated with Mercury, the Roman messenger of the gods.
Lovecraft's Nyarlathotep is Messenger of The Outer Gods. "Messenger" is a concept that unifies The Moon Presence, Oedon, and The God of The Abyss.
The Messenger's caduceus connects them to Dark Souls Sorcery, Chaos, The Primordial Serpents and the central androgyn Griffith/Lothric/Gwyndolin.
In DS3, Kaathe still lingers on, but Frampt has disappeared. The way items refer to them is ambiguous, and serpents are never referred to as "good".
Multiple item make reference to their existence, but never do these items make a distinction between a serpent of Fire, and a serpent of Dark.
in Berserk, there is also no real distinction between "fire" and "dark". Dark is everywhere, and a Dark Lord does exist, but there is no "Linking of The Fire".
Fire exists in the form of a demented religion and angelic demons, puppets of the same Dark God, who burn everything they classify as "foul" and "sinful".
Another Fire exists in the fury that consumes Gutts, a raging hatred that nonetheless seeks to protect those dear to him, but threatens them as well.
In this context, the winged thing at the center of the caduceus, can only be Griffith, the counterpart of Phanes and Lucifer, the seductor venerated by serpents.
The Symbol of God - the caduceus - is likewise associated with the Moon , and that which extends from The Dark God is akin to the Umbilical Cord .
The ritual to conceive a new Great One is parallel to Berserk's Eclipse, in which "A Dream" obscures The Sun and countless are sacrificed to feed the newborn god .
The Eclipse, the dominance of The Moon, is a persisting theme in Dark Souls as well. "The Eclipse", "The Dark Sun" was first personified by the androgynous Gwyndolin.
The pale youth, youngest of Gwyn's line, is the twilight of Anor Londo, a cold-hearted narcissist who entertains the illusion that Fire still rules Anor Londo.
Like Griffith, Lothric too is the product of a strenuous and unnatural conception, and Gwyndolin's birth, having no known mother, is a paradox.
These pale youths are hidden away, obscured, Dark. "Mergo" the obscured, invisible Great One, related to "Paleblood", could well be their conceptual brother.
Mergo is often thought together with The Moon Presence, an androgynous god that inhabits "A Hunter's Dream" and stands to be the agent behind everything.
The only way to break out of this spell is to use 3 Third Umbilical Cords, in which case it turns into a boss battle against the foul manipulator.
The connection between Amygdala and Gerðr the jötunn
Gerðr was a legendary giantess, or jötunn, who caught the eye of the Norse god Freyr. He looked upon her ravishing looks and became heartsick with love.
"From Gymir's house I behold forth
A maiden dear to me;
Her arms glittered, and from their gleam
Shone all the sea and sky."
"To me more dear than in days of old
Was ever maiden to man;
But no one of gods or elves will grant
That we be together should be."
Skírnir then rides to Jötunheimr to deliver his lord's marriage proposal to the beautiful lady.
Upon seeing the lady, Skírnir offers 11 golden apples of eternal life and a golden ring that multiplies on its own, if only she will marry Freyr.
Yet Gerðr refuses his offer, for the jotuns are on hostile terms with the Aesir gods and Gymir, Gerðr's father, has no lack of gold.
It is then that Skírnir resorts to threats. He pulls out his sword, swearing to cut of the girl's head, but Gerðr refuses for she will not be coerced.
Skírnir then threatens to kill her father and he pulls out his magic wand with which he may curse Gerðr.
He says that she will never again be seen by "the sons of men". From early morning, Gerðr will sit on an eagle's mound, facing Hel.
Food shall be hateful to her and he declares that when she comes out she will be a spectacle. They will glare at her, everything will stare at her.
Gerðr will experience "madness and howling, tearing affliction and unbearable desire" and that, in grief, tears will flow from her.
She will be harassed by fiends all her weary days. Gerðr shall everyday crawl without choice, nor hope of choice.
Gerðr will suffer in tears rather than feel joy. She will live the rest of her life in misery with a three-headed thurs* or otherwise be without a man altogether.
Skírnir commands for Gerðr's mind to be seized, that she may waste away with pining and at the roots of the world, Gerðr will drink the urine of goats.
He carves "thurs" (the runic character *thurisaz) on Gerðr and three runes (unnamed) symbolizing lewdness, frenzy, and unbearable desire.
In the Norse story, Gerðr finally gives in and marries Freyr, but in Bloodborne the story may have taken a turn for the worse, with Gerðr becoming cursed.
Jotun means as much as "Frost Giant". Above I mention the possibility that Amygdala is a Mi-Go. "Mi-Go" is derived from a Tibettan word for "Yeti" - a snow giant.
Skírnir said that Gerðr would never again be seen by the sons of men. This could explain why Amygdala resides in a deadly and secluded dimension.
He said that she will be spectacularly ugly and that she will drink nothing but piss. This "piss" could be the poison found within the Nightmare Frontier .
Skírnir claims that "food will be hateful to her", "that she will drink nothing but piss" and that she will never see "the sons of men".
All of this could explain why Amygdala is a mouthless amygdalan in an isolated dimension. It also explains her aggression, as she's hungry and crazed.
*Skirnir states that she is to be with a three-headed "thurs", and he marks her flesh with the rune "thurisaz".
Thurisaz can mean Jötunn but it can also means torment, or "thorn". This means that she is to be with a three headed "torment", "giant", or "thorn".
In the context of "thorn": Amygdala has a tail - that tail ends in three points . She also has three - trident shaped - spines on her back, between her shoulders .
If Amygdala is Gerðr, then is there a Bloodborne Skírnir and a Bloodborne Freyr?
Of Skírnir it is known that he claimed to be neither Aesir, Vanir or alf. This means he is not of the bloodline of the ruling gods, or one of the fair alves, vassals of Freyr.
In his role as Messenger of the gods, he's analogous with Hermes/Mercury, who the Romans equated with Odin, whose name inspired Oedon.
Skírnir is Old Norse for "bright one", which is analogous with Lucifer, The Devil, who in turn may be equated with Phanes/Griffith (see above)
Nyarlathotep is also known as "The Messenger of The Outer Gods". This persona could also be related to The Messengers, or the Primordial Serpents of Dark Souls.
Freyr may have a counterpart in Bloodborne as well. Around the boss area of Amygdala, there are wrecked ships , shrouded in mist.
Identical ships appear in Fishing Hamlet . Freyr is the son of Njord, god of the sea. Freyr was also known to have a boat which always caught a favorable wind
"Outside the ordered universe is that amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the center of all infinity—the boundless daemon sultan Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time and space amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes."
"Azathoth" is another one of Lovecraft's better known deities. This primordial being is the sole creator of the universe and father of all evil gods. Though repugnant, Azathoth is described as "an idiot god". His creation of the universe, the evil gods and all life, was an accident. He's described as being void of consciousness and creates from the fundamental chaos within his nature. He did it all with the facility of taking a breath.
Beside the "thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes" - Azathoth is accompanied by "the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums".
Amygdala performs long combos, banging the earth with her palms . These attack are inaccurate and too prolonged to be effective.
Many of her combos involve hitting the area just beneath her. The peculiar part of this is that she does this even when the player is far removed from her.
As I discuss above, there are reasons to believe that Amygdala is crazed. The reference to the brain's amygdalae could indicate a profound trauma.
The fight against Amygdala may not be a fight against a reasoned higher being, whose intent is rational and whose actions are organized.
It may rather be a fight against a delirious individual, psychotically performing a ritual. Perhaps this is prayer, perhaps this is habit, its purpose long forgotten.
Amygdala and "The Morbid Scene"
The Great One may be related to what I've labelled "The Morbid Scene" , an embossment found on various doors, typically near places of learning.
The morbid scene shows a small human, a man, with what is either a fig leaf or a three-headed phallus . It could also be Amygdala's tail .
If it's a phallus then it's most likely a symbol of fertility. Phallic imagery has also been used to ward of evil spirits, or strike an intimidating pose.
The character also seems to have a phallic nose, and twin serpents home in on the main phallus. It's not clear if the character is a Great One or a victim.
It could also depict Gerðr's transformation. Skirnir cursed her "to be with a thurs", which can mean "to be with a thorn", and "thorn" can refer to the male organ.
Amygdala may therefore be cursed with both female and male parts. "To be with a thurs" can also mean to be with a Rime Giant, or to be with malice or torment.
The picture could therefore depict the rape of Amygdala, or the instilling of vile intent, and the auguring in of a torturous existence "with a thurs".
Observations & Trivia
First of, Amygdala has 10 limbs with 6 "digits" on every hand and foot . Each digit has a nail that is long and thin.
Every eye has another 3 opening in a triangle around the main pupil. Eyelike structures can be found on other parts of Amygdala's body as well .
Every hand contains a large orange "eye", there are also other smaller openings. These may all be functioning eyes, complementing the eyes in her head.
There's also a large opening in her chest which could be an eye. In Lesser Amygdalas, this opening is less bright and can be found "blinking" or breathing.
This substance seems to fused into the flesh and could be emerging from under her skin. Its brightness varies, some parts seem to be radiating light.
Amygdala has eyes on her feet too, or at least "eye sockets" .
Amygdala can rip of her own arms, this will cause limitless volumes of blood to spew from the wounds.
The blood loss does not in anyway impair her performance. The arms themselves remain very much alive.
Amygdala can secrete an acidic juice from her "brain" . It's not clear if this process of excretion is an attack or a necessity.
It could be the antibodies secreted by the tonsils, it could be stomach juice, it could be the tears Gerðr is supposed to shed. It could also just be waste.
It deals Fire damage, which does support the idea that it has a digestive purpose.
The original concept art of Amygdala depicts a darker creature , with a tail more like the roots of a plant. It also possessed an elongated thumb.