Blood LoreThis page contains theory by Rakuyo
Types of Blood
Brown to Grey, With Black Deposits
Blue to Gray With Black Deposits
Living Failure Black
Blood-starved Beast (see Complex Blood: Blood-starved Beast)
Watchdog of The Old Lords (see Watchdog of The Old Lords Blood Type)
Amygdala (see Complex Blood: Amygdala)
Ebrietas, Daughter of the Cosmos (see Complex Blood: Ebrietas)
Orphan of Kos
Garden of Eyes
Yahar'gul Reviving Enemies
Filthy, With Green Deposits
Watchdog of the Old Lords (Solids & Lava - Black Deposits on Surfaces)
Laurence, the First Vicar (Cinders & Lava)
Green & Red
Environmental (see: Rakuyo's Youtube Channel)
Isz Labyrinth cosmic mist
Loran Labyrinth weather effects
Cainhurst Castle Snow (and snow effects)
River of Blood (Hunter's Nightmare)
Labyrinth Mole Terrain and Labyrinth Cave-ins
Veiny Rocks (Hunter's Nightmare)
Black Lava (Hunter's Nightmare)
Altar of Despair (light and water)
Old Yharnam Sludge
Upper Cathedral Ward Ash
Particle Effects (various)
Clouds Moving Behind The Moon
Other Liquids, Gasses and Effects
Messenger Fog ,
Phantom Death Fog
Black Warp , ,
Lore Note (Hunter's Dream) , ,
Note (Hunter's Nightmare Light)
Madman's Knowledge , ,
Empty Phantasm Shell
A Call Beyond , ,
Augur of Ebrietas
Blacksky Eye ,
Tiny Tonitrus ,
Old Hunter Bone ,
Messenger's Gift ,
Beastclaw , ,
Full Beasthood ,
Chikage , , , ,
Bloodletter , , , , ,
Holy Moonlight Sword , ,
Logarius Wheel , , ,
Hitting Wooden Objects ,
Bone Marrow Ash ,
Numbing Mist , , ,
Sedatives , ,
Pungent Blood Cocktail , ,
Oil Urn ,
Hypochromic red blood cells are deprived of hemoglobin, which is the essential, iron holding protein, that permits the transport of oxygen throughout the body.
It's this iron holding protein that gives blood its red color. As a consequence of diminished hemoglobin, the patient may suffer from pale skin and a lack of energy.
One popular thesis is that the myth of the vampire was brought forth in order to make sense of the symptoms presented by anemic victims.
Vampires would sneak into houses at night and drain the anemic victims of blood, leaving them pale and faint.
With Bram Stoker's Dracula, anemic symptoms became the traits of the vampires themselves, victim and vampire were integrated into the same anemic curse.
The vampire became a reclusive, dark and morose being, while anemic skin turned into a symbol of the vampire's never-ending need for blood.
As such, anemia and "Paleblood" may be interpreted as a vampiric trait, a medical condition, or both. The pale blooded may be vampiric and/or part Great One.
A first playthrough begins with the mysterious Blood Minister mentioning Paleblood and then administering a blood transfusion.
This line has led people to think that the protagonist suffers from hypochromic anemia. He/she may have come to Yharnam to receive Blood Healing.
But if the protagonist came to Yharnam to treat his condition, then why is he/she asked to seek more of it? "Seek paleblood to transcend the hunt!"
Before granting a transfusion, the Blood Minister speaks of a "contract". After mentioning the contract, the character creation screen is initiated.
"Good. All signed and sealed. Now let's begin the transfusion. Oh, don't you worry. Whatever happens... You may think it all a mere bad dream..."
It's possible that after absorbing the Healing Blood, the protagonist is forced to hunt "by contract", and that Paleblood is required to absolve the contract.
From a frail, anemic man, the protagonist then transforms into a powerful Hunter. He's then on a clock, to transcend, or become consumed by The Hunt.
White Blood Cell Paleblood
Redgrave, well known author of The Paleblood Hunt, connected Paleblood to white blood cells.
As Beasthood is a plague, white blood cells may be what protects one against it, by imbibing the cells, the scourge may be tamed.
But Redgrave's White Bloodcell Theory doesn't merge with the idea of hypochromic anemia, or the notion that Paleblood is in some way connected to vampirism.
Fictionally, hypochromic anemia could advance to the point that blood loses its redness completely.
But non-red blood is not white. Blood void of red blood cells is called "serum" and it is yellow .
The hypochromic blood may become more transparant, but it will never become white. So hypochromic blood is not what The Plain Doll has .
White Blood = White Blood Cells?
But this has nothing to do with hypochromic anemia or the vampire themes that fit so well with "pale blood".
What is Paleblood?
White blood is found only in The Doll. So why would the protagonist be asked to look for "Paleblood" if he finds it at the very beginning?
"I think there are two different ways you could interpret “paleblood” here.
One is the color of the sky after you defeat the Vacuous Spider and the Mensis secret ritual is revealed . The sky there is a very pale blue."
What then to make of White Blood and Hypochromic Anemia?
However, paler red blood could also be the result of added Plain Doll White Blood . Neither the theory of hypochromic blood or white blood, fully solves the mystery.
But, I've found in Bloodborne a liquid, that harbors within itself both properties, white and transparancy. Which I've called "Paleblood Water".
The Paleblood Water
The Doll has white blood, The Moon Presence has pale red blood. Hypochromic anemia points to transparent blood.
The Lore Note "Behold! A Paleblood sky!" points to Paleblood being the sky, or a color in the sky.
Paleblood is a very confusing term. It may be considered a disease, The Hunter's salvation, the sky, a peculiar color, ...
From a large number observations I may have isolated a candidate fit to carry all traits attributed to Paleblood.
It unifies within it the properties of whiteness and transparancy. It is both an enigmatic liquid and something that can be found in the sky.
This Paleblood tends to appear in very inconspicuous forms, which is why I believe it flew under the radar of so many Bloodborne players.
These white deposits can even be found on the highest beams and plateaus of the Research Hall , , .
An Enlarged Head Patient in the lowest puddle provides a hint to this truth.
"Has someone, anyone, seen my eyes?
I’m afraid I’ve dropped them in a puddle.
Everything is pale, now…" - Enlarged Head Patient
The significance of this find increases if you consider what is being developed at the Research Hall.
But this "water" also deposits "whiteness" on its sandbanks , just like the liquid found in the Research Hall.
This cave also harbors some uniquely white flora . Aside from the rare, giant pollen, the white flowers appear only here and in The Altar of Despair.
This strange water reappears in Rom's white realm. It once again manifests as a strange mix of transparancy and whiteness.
The "sky" of Rom's realm is an alien white , which is in part reflected by the watery surface below.
Like the cave water, Rom's water displays rippling shadows. In the Paleblood Cave, these shadows contain the impossible reflections.
Rom's water does not display impossible reflections, but this could be because the water is simply reflecting the white sky above.
Post-Rom the sky is abundant with color . Before that, it is a calm gray and white . The water is grey and foggy
Behind the mansion, there's a particularly bright patch of sky . Gehrman can be found napping there, the view may be why he chose the spot.
The sky of the Research Hall loses its nightmare nature and becomes a milky white . A bright light shines down in an almost blissful manner .
In Nightmare Yharnam, the sky turns a more neutral grey and the Nightmare Sun is again replaced by a patch of white sky .
Other sightings of "white"
The Bloodborne world contains many more remarkable sightings of "white".
Strange white smears and creeper plants can be found around the well of Fishing Hamlet . Several walls also hold bizarre white deposits .
Amygdala has white lines on her brain , this is the same for the labyrinth version. Her arms also display bizarre "whiteness"
The Vengeful Spectre is a labyrinth entity defined by its pure white veil . Yet she's no ordinary ghost, underneath it she has flesh , yet she bleeds "ghost" blood .
Her veil is actually a white slime, by using a torch, parts of her are reveiled as red and bloody . This is actually typical for Pthumerian Undead.
Aside from Pthumerian enemies, the walls and floors of the Loran Labyrinths are covered in deposits of "white" as well as red slime .
My preliminerary theory is that these alternating patterns of white and red are related to the Blood Moon and consequently to The Moon Presence.
One labyrinth enemy is white and only white, called The Pilgrim . This praying entity isn't hostile and will only act in self defense.
"Labyrinth sky" is always a bright, featureless white . It does not change, no matter which Chalice is used.
The white blemishes on these otherwise dark characters, rather resemble the Fire Keeper Soul . Which is said to be "gnawed by darkness".
If these marks are related to the Fire Keeper Soul, then the lowest common denominator amongst these characters is that they're connected to Fire.
In The Grand Archives of DS3, mysterious scholars dip their heads in giant wax tubs . This gives their heads the structure of giant candles .
Black Blood Theory
As such, there's not much blood that's perfectly black.
Black Jellies excrete black blood during attacks , but when damaged they bleed Filthy Blood .
Outside of these places these Kin bleed brown blood: . Brown blood looks different from black blood, but leaves the same black deposits .
Surfaces and clothes hit by brown blood become steeped in black. The same holds true for blue-gray blood.
There are many more enemies with brown blood than there are with dark blood.
Black blood as a remodelling of "The Dark"
Blood that's black carries with it certain ideas and themes. Dark is a color of night, melancholy, death and evil.
Over time, From Software has been developing its own interpretation of "dark". Their most distinguishing feature is their linking of "dark" to "humanity".
The Dark Souls series started with the working title "Project Dark". It has since become a famous series, starring three critically acclaimed titles.
The dark forms a complex theme involving a Dark Soul, a Dark Lord, Hollows, Darkwraiths, Humans, The Abyss, Hexes, Firekeepers and Darksigns.
In any Dark Souls game, men and gods have descended into darkness, and it is up to the player to undo this corruption, or complete its process.
For all its importance, the games never explain just what "Dark" is. Humans are said to be Dark, the humanity sprites that turn undead into humans - are dark.
"This black sprite is called humanity, but little is known about its true nature." - Humanity, Item Description
"Soul of Manus, Father of the Abyss.
This extraordinary soul is a viscous,
lukewarm lump of gentle humanity.
Ancient Manus was clearly once human.
But he became the Father of the Abyss
after his humanity went wild, eternally
seeking his precious broken pendant."
- Soul of Manus Item Description
"In the past, humans were one with the dark. The former King of Light... He feared humans. Feared that they would usher in an age of dark." - Grave Warden Agdayne
"The truth I shall share without sentiment.
After the advent of fire, the ancient lords found the three souls.
But your progenitor found a fourth, unique soul.
The Dark Soul.
Your ancestor claimed the Dark Soul and waited for Fire to subside.
And soon, the flames did fade, and only Dark remained.
Thus began the age of men, the Age of Dark.
Lord Gwyn trembled at the Dark.
Clinging to his Age of Fire, and in dire fear of humans,
and the Dark Lord who would one day be born amongst them,
Lord Gwyn resisted the course of nature.
By sacrificing himself to link the fire, and commanding his children to shepherd the humans,
Gwyn has blurred your past, to prevent the birth of the Dark Lord.
I am the primordial serpent.
I seek to right the wrongs of the past to discover our true Lord.
Undead warrior, we stand at the crossroad.
Only I know the truth about your fate.
You must destroy the fading Lord Gwyn, who has coddled Fire and resisted nature,
and become the Fourth Lord, so that you may usher in the Age of Dark!" - Darkstalker Kaathe
Are Hunter's then related to beings with dark blood? If so, does that mean that they are not related to the same creatures with non-dark brown blood?
Brown blood produces the same black spatter that darker blood produces, this could mean the two types are fundamentally related.
Black spatter could point to this "blackness" existing, in solution, within both blood types.
A solid, dark matter when dissolved in a liquid appears exactly as that liquid would appear. In this sense "black" may be hidden in blood of any color.
Assuming the liquid evaporates immediately upon hitting a surface, it leaves behind the dissolved substance, in this case something black.
Questions remain, why would Humanity, or Darkness, exist within the blood of these alien beings? And how are they connected?
After Dark Souls 1, From Software has been moving away from associating darkness with humanity directly.
Hexes are portrayed very negatively. Their descriptions mention jealousy, cruelty and madness. They are an affront to all life and they are forbidden.
"This hex is regarded as a poison due to the outward symptoms,
but in fact the mist eats away at the target's inner essence.
Just the traits that led to the prohibition of hexing." - Dark Fog
Much of the DS2 plot is centered around the children of Dark. They brought greatness to their kingdoms, but they also ushered in their destruction.
This emphasis on "weight" appeared before, in DS1.
DS1 had no "dark" element. But it did have dark sorceries that dealt physical damage. These dark sorceries were described as "weighty".
Dark Orb - "Abyss sorcery discovered by an Oolacile sorcerer on the brink of madness. Fires Giant Dark Orb.
In contrast to standard soul sorceries, Abyss sorcery is weighty and inflict physical damage. Perhaps a human soul is closer to matter in its humanity."
Dark Bead - "Abyss sorcery discovered by an Oolacile sorcerer on the brink of madness. Fires successive Dark Orbs.
In contrast to standard soul sorceries, Abyss sorcery is weighty and inflict physical damage. Perhaps a human soul is closer to matter in its humanity."
This theme of "weightiness" echoes with the meaning of "dregs". Dregs are things synonymous with sediment, deposits and precipitation.
Dregs have a negative connotation. Dregs are undesirable, they're dirt, they're waste, they're redundant, etc.
The "dregs of society" are the scum of society, the criminals, the unwanted, they're anything considered synonymous with the dirty and the low.
Such thinking has a very old root. In medieval thinking, "high" was considered divine and "low" was considered depraved.
The world was devided in layers, Satan resided in the lowest reaches of the earth, God resided in the highest stratum, humans lived in-between.
Humans were "higher" than animals. The lowest parts of human beings were the animal aspects: the senses, the feelings, the drives.
Kings and nobles were higher than their servants. So much so that people believed in "blue blood" and the innate superiority of the ruling class.
There existed a moral distinction between the high world of the soul - of ideas - and the filthy, depraved, material world.
The idea emerged that Satan resided in all that was material. Only the immaterial soul, bestowed upon humans by God, was fundamentally untouched.
The word dreg - sediment - points to distinctions between different kinds of "souls". There are "souls" that are "light" and there are "souls" that are "heavy".
What are Dregs? The many kinds of souls
Throughout the Souls universe, From Software used many different terms to refer to a kind of spirit or soul.
Should this hero die before reaching the final boss, and this was likely, he/she would be be sent to the "Nexus of Souls".
From here the player could re-enter accursed Boletaria in "Soul Form", the equivalent of a phantom or wraith.
By using a "Stone of Ephemeral Eyes" the undead hero could regain corporeal form, doubling his/her health and allowing cooperative summons.
In order to survive the ordeal ahead, the hero needs "Souls". These can be found on the battlefield and are dropped by demons and humans alike.
The most common Souls are white and are left behind by humans. The greatness of the Soul depends on the heroism of the human that left it behind.
Quantified Souls are needed by The Maiden in Black to increase the hero's strength, they are also used as currency by the various merchants.
It isn't clear if Quantified Souls are purely a gameplay mechanic or if they also have some significance to the lore.
Quantified Souls are obtained by killing enemies or by "crushing" the soul of a hero or a demon.
Conventional insight attributes a singular soul to a singular person, one person cannot have 400.000 souls, and should one have them, they'd represent 400.000 people.
Another common insight is that, while souls may be differentiated on a scale of good to bad, souls are not larger or smaller than other souls.
But in the Soul universe, heroes have great souls and common soldiers have lesser souls, Demons have massive souls as well.
Greater souls contain more Quantified Souls than lesser souls. What exactly this says about heroes, and what it says about people with "lesser souls", isn't clear.
First off, the idea that each Quantified Soul represents one person, is in my opinion unworkable.
Even the lowliest enemies drop several Quantified Souls, and the souls of ordinary soldiers contain thousands of Quantified Souls.
I posit that Quantified Souls are the basic building blocks from which all souls are composed, they're basically the atoms, or quantums, of a soul.
This would imply that in Souls, a person's soul is divisable, it can be destroyed and its form may never be seen again.
Though it is awkward to think of souls in this way, it does answer other questions.
If the hero was to add an "undivided soul" to his own, it is hard to imagine how schizophrenia could be avoided.
Adding to one's soul imparts great power, but aside from being a source of power, "souls" in Demon's Souls, are connected to reason and sanity.
The Old One is the primordial demon who takes away sanity, and it does so by eating human souls.
Demon's Souls intro cinematic:
"On the first day, man was granted a soul. And with it...clarity
on the second day, upon Earth was planted an irrevocable poison. A soul-devouring demon" - Demon's Souls intro cinematic
Demon's Souls second intro cinematic:
"King Allant the twelfth, by channelling the power of souls, brought unprecedented prosperity to his northern kingdom of Boletaria.
That is, until the colourless Deep Fog swept across the land.
Boletaria was cut off from the outside world, and those who dared penetrate the Deep Fog never returned.
But Vallarfax of the royal Twin Fangs broke free from the fog and told the world of Boletaria's plight.
That the Old King Allant had aroused the Old One, the great beast below the Nexus, from its eternal slumber.
And that a colourless Deep Fog has swept in, unleashing terrible Demons.
The Demons hunt down men and claim their Souls.
Those who lose their souls also lose their minds.
The mad attack the sane, and chaos reigns.
Vallarfax spoke of the enticing power of the Demon souls.
Each time a Demon claims a human soul, the Demon's own soul is invigorated by the life force.
And the power of a mature Demon Soul is beyond human imagination.
The legend spread quickly.
Mighty warriors were drawn to the accursed land, but none have returned.
The colourless Deep Fog slowly creeps beyond Boletaria's border.
Humankind faces a slow and steady extinction.
The Deep Fog will eventually swallow all lands near and far.
But Boletaria has one final hope.
A lone warrior who has braved the baneful fog...
Has the land found its saviour, or have the Demons found a new slave?"
Those who lose their souls also lose their minds. The other side of souls is that they represent "lifeforce", this may be why souls can increase one's power.
Even those that don't seek power, must avidly hoard souls or face insanity. This is the reason souls are needed by the many merchants of Demon's Souls.
"Well, that's quite alright.
I wish to stay here, but I need souls to stay sane.
Surely you must understand this…" - Once Royal Mistress
Due to the Demons, the realm has been overrun by mad humans. The most basic grunts among them, are called "Dreglings ".
Dreglings are humans. They went insane and became the bottom-dwellers of a world ruled by Demons.
This resonates with scenes from one of Demon's Souls' principal sources of inspiration: Berserk. (Warning Berserk Spoilers:)
St. Albion is a tormented human settlement of the Berserk universe. Its people are between a rock and a hard place.
On one hand a group of canabalistic cultists are involved in human sacrifice and devil worship.
On the other hand they face the Holy See Religious Order, which is avidly burning people alive for "being heretics".
The Holy See Religious Order are led by the psychopathic general Farneze and father Mozgus. They adhere to self-punishment and unquestionable faith in "God".
These affairs are gradually steeping St. Albion in human evil, and in the end, St Albion is destroyed by a deluge of its own tormented souls.
"Frenzy" and "madness" are important concepts when Dark Souls describes The Dark.
"The Darksign signifies an accursed Undead. Those branded with it are reborn after death, but will one day lose their mind and go Hollow" - Darksign Item Description
"Yes, you will become one of them. Hollows prey upon men, feast upon their souls. This is the fate of the cursed. Heh heh heh…" - Firekeeper Hag
"Let me guess. Fate of the Undead, right? You'd have done better to rot in the Undead Asylum. But who knows, going Hollow could solve quite a bit!" - Crestfallen Warrior
"My thoughts are…scattered... my memories are fading, oldest first...The curse is doing its work upon me. I'm frightened… Terribly so…" - Lucatiel of Mirrah
"I still think on that creature from the Abyss that preyed upon me.
My faculties were far from lucid, but I quite clearly sensed certain emotions.
A wrenching nostalgia, a lost joy, an object of obsession, and a sincere hope to reclaim it…
Could these thoughts belong to the beast from the Abyss?
But if that were true, then perhaps it is no beast after all?" - Dusk of Oolacile
But the Humanity of Manus "went wild", turning him into "The Father of The Abyss", a twisted monster, forever searching for what it had once lost.
There is an old myth that "angry dead" stalk the living, envious of their life, they seek to control them and act out their unresolved urges and affairs.
The Unwanted are the outcasts, the rejected, the undesirables of the world. These souls were claimed by the angels of darkness, and they became "Apostles".
These spirits are most likely what Dark Souls' Humanities were based on. Humans who have become demons and wraiths.
One side of them is made up of criminals and sociopaths, the other side consists of "frenzied" spirits who have lost their minds to powerful emotions.
Becoming infested by such "evil dead" may be what makes up The Undead Curse. "Hollowing" could be the erosion of the mind at the hands of these evil spirits.
Berserk's Protagonist Gutts is always fending of such dark spirits , ever since he acquired The Mark of Sacrifice , the precedent of "The Darksign ".
Evil dead are able to fuse into large soul masses , like the ones seen in New Londo , and they may shape into new beings .
In Berserk, spiritual happenings are accompanied by a "distortion of reality", which means that the world of the dead begins to overlap with the world of the living.
Distortions of reality may explain the many instances of "merger " in Bloodborne, and it may also explain merger seen in Dark Souls .
In The Hunter's Nightmare, great masses of dark lava are found everywhere , and one may observe tombstones sprouting from this lava .
Furthermore, Yharnamites appear to have been digging up this mass , which is likely related to the Forbidden Grave , and to the screaming plumes .
There are additional reasons to believe that dark masses are actually dead human wraiths, and that the Undead Curse is fundamentally tied to spirits and possession.
When undead heroes appeared in Demon's Souls, they did so as phantoms , not zombies, and many DS characters were first designed like ghosts .
Furthermore, there are NPCs that appear to have merged with the dead , suggesting that many of their properties are due to disembodied spirits.
But I posit that the actual crisis involves a much more primal case of paranormal activity, fundamentally about evil spirits rather than wolves and werewolves.
In this primal case, the distinctions between "vampires", "werewolves" and "ghosts" are less defined, thus producing the polymorphous monsters of Bloodborne.
The rise of these spirits could be due to the influence of The Moon, due to accumulated "spiritual corruption", or due to the sickness referred to as "Ashen Blood".
The Moon is known to influence lycanthropy and paranormal activity. It also governs tides/water, which means it could exert influence over "blood" in Bloodborne.
While the statement "they're people" could refer to what remains of their humanity, it could also mean that the townsfolk are possessed by the spirits of dead people.
Such practices are typically put into effect to prevent the dead from rising from the grave. Which could entail that all Beasts are as undead as those of Yahar'gul.
What might "Darkness" have to do with "Blood"?
Human or no, the oozing blood is a medium of the highest grade, and the essence of the formless Great One.
Both Oedon, and his inadvertent worshippers, surreptitiously seek the precious blood." - Oedon Writhe / Formless Oedon
The following is from wikipedia:
The word Azoth is also related to the Ain Soph (ultimate substance) of the Kabbalah.
In his masterwork The Secret Teachings of All Ages. Manly P. Hall explained this connection: "The universe is surrounded by the sphere of light or stars. Beyond that sphere is Schamayim (שמים), the Hebrew word for 'heaven', who is the Divine Fiery Water, the first outflow of the Word of God, the flaming river pouring from the presence of the eternal mind. Schamayim, who is this fiery Androgyne, divides. His Fire becomes Solar fire and his Water becomes Lunar water in our universe. Schamayim is the Universal Mercury or Azoth -- the measureless spirit of life. That original spiritual fiery water comes through Edem ("vapor" in Hebrew) and pours itself into the four main rivers of the four Elements. This comprises the River of Living Water—the Azoth—or fiery mercurial essence, that flows out from the throne of God and Lamb. In this Edem (vaporous essence or mist) is the first or spiritual Earth, the incomprehensible and intangible dust out of which God formed Adam Kadmon, the spiritual body of man, which must become fully revealed through time.
In his book Transcendental Magic, Eliphas Levi wrote: "The Azoth or Universal Medicine is, for the soul, is supreme reason and absolute justice; for the mind, it is mathematical and practical truth; for the body it is the quintessence, which is a combination of gold and light. In the superior or spiritual world, it is the First Matter of the Great Work, the source of the enthusiasm and activity of the alchemist. In the intermediate or mental world, it is intelligence and industry. In the inferior or material world, it is physical labor. Sulfur, Mercury, and Salt, which, volatized and fixed alternately, compose the Azoth of the sages. Sulfur corresponds to the elementary form of Fire, Mercury to Air and Water, Salt to Earth.
"...We are born of the blood, made men by the blood, undone by the blood. Fear the old blood.
By the gods, fear it, Laurence." - Master Willem
"A colourless Deep Fog has swept in, unleashing terrible Demons. The Demons hunt down men and claim their Souls.
Those who lose their souls also lose their minds.The mad attack the sane, and chaos reigns." - Demon's Souls Intro Cinematic
"But remember, hold on to your souls. They're all that keep you from going Hollow.
Oh, I'll fool you no longer…You'll lose your souls…" - Firekeeper Hag Strowen
Thick Coldblood - "Doubtless, the product of obsession, a potent source of human strength."
Frenzied Coldblood - "This manifestation of madness comes from a mindteetering on the very brink."
If true, a creature's "darkness" may be measured by the blackness of its blood. On examination, there aren't many beings whose blood is fully black.
If a being that is completely Dark requires the blackest blood, then that must mean there aren't many beings in Bloodborne that are completely Dark.
The problem with this idea that dark blood must point to an evil essence, but there is no apparent moral or behavioral distinction based on blood type.
Not all Great Ones leave behind black deposits, it's even so that their blood can vary dramatically depending on where they are encountered.
My theory is that these "dark sediments" or "dark dregs" may not point to an intrinsic, inborn darkness, but rather an acquired one.
The darkness attaches itself to certain people and beings for certain reasons. I distinguish two situations, the Nightmare Hunters and the "dark blooded".
I believe that Human Darkness attached itself to the Hunters and their weapons as they were slaying Beasts. The reason for this is that "Beasts" are people.
In the first picture for instance, a possesed man contorts his limbs in a manner that is identical to how a Scourge Beast contorts its limbs .
As a consequence, Scourge Beasts don't move like wolves at all, they move like strong quadruped humans.
Called "Skeleton Beast ", this creature had decisively hominid features, but walked on all fours. It's a fast and ferocious killer.
Human Darkness may possess animals , this could be why in the Souls universe, Attack Dogs sometimes display manlike features .
Beasts may actually just be people possessed by Human Darkness. Like in St. Albion, they may have emerged from the terrible evils committed upon them.
As the Yharnamites continued to sin and abuse humans, angry spirits piled up. They are in this sense a "waste product" of Yharnam's endeavors.
Hunter's kill them, clean the streets, but when the Moon hangs low, the dead come back. Over time, Hunters become drenched in curses and human evil.
The Hanged Man is the Tarot symbol of ultimate surrender, of being suspended in time and of martyrdom and sacrifice to the greater good - biddytarot.com
Those who are branded with the Mark of Sacrifice - are cursed to fight a never-ending battle against the forces of darkness. Hunter is The Mark of Sacrifice.
The Dark Blooded
I present three options:
A: Dark blooded aliens have a fundamental darkness in their essence, one akin to Human Darkness, just not "human".
B: Dark blooded aliens are infected by primordial darkness, pouring in through a wound in their essence, this is an idea expressed in Berserk.
C: The blackness in the blood of these aliens is Human Darkness, and it gets there through infection, or because aliens deliberately consume Human Darkness.
Moving this line of thinking forward: Beasts are those possessed by Human Darkness, and the dark aura around Nightmare Hunters is a haunting.
Hunters use simple weapons made of matter, and without Hunter Tools they can't use magic. This can be a problem when facing paranormal enemies.
In popular culture, the walking dead are as common as rain, and everybody knows you can kill a zombie by shooting it in the head.
But in more authentic folklore, one of the scariest things about the undead is that they, being already dead, don't simply die.
Special rituals are needed, holy water, silver, a stake through the heart,.... The undead are moved by unholy forces, not of this world, and they're at times unstoppable.
These ideas are not foreign to the Souls universe, The Chosen Undead does not simply die, it hollows, it loses its soul, but in reincarnates in The Bonfire.
If this applies to undead Beasts, they can be repelled, but the spirits come back, they find new vessels, and the cycle starts all over again.
Here's where the dark blooded come in. Their function is to digest and dissolve the dark spirits. In this dissolved state, the darkness is stored in their blood.
Why do they do this? How does it affect them? What are the differences among the dark blooded? While I can't provide definite answers, I can outline some possibilities.
Possiblity 1: dark blooded start as morally grey, but benevolent "Devas", spirits and gods who govern the universe and seek to restore the natural order.
In doing so, dark spirits may be reabsorbed into "nature". If the natural order of Bloodborne is worth bringing back, is another matter altogether.
It's possible that absorbing the darkness eventually corrupts these beings. This is a common fate for Souls NPCs that tried to fight the darkness.
Either way, killing these beings may not actually solve much, as Human Darkness will be released from their blood.
In this sense, dark blood may be a rendition of the natural defense of poison. The blood is like a taint, a curse indicating that the hunter killed a higher being.
Simply to release this black poison into the environment, could be something the Moon Presence actually wants.
None of this is proven, it's merely food for thought. The need to release, or use the darkness inside these beings, is also part of possibility 2.
There's concept art in which depicts The Moon Presence in the same fetal position that Griffith assumes as he's transforming into an angel of darkness.
This display of affection, and closeness, reminds of the scene where, what appear to be Berserk Messengers, express their adoration for Griffth .
To be continued
Spewers & other liquid discharging enemies (upcoming)
Complex Blood: Blood-starved Beast
The Blood-starved Beast is a very complicated case, with different types of blood and different blood depending on where it is found.
Aside from the color brown, BsB Brown has distinct red tones and is greener in color than the standard brown blood.
All Blood-starved Beasts in the labyrinth bleed red blood . There doesn't seem to be any difference in the other liquids discharged.
In life, Blood-starved Beasts have two kinds of blood explosions. The first signals the beginning of phase 2 , it doesn't do anything else.
When the aura wears off, the BsB must perform this "outburst" again to recreate the aura. A phase 3 outburst is much less red than a phase 2 outburst.
The Blood-starved Beast is always discharging something. There's a brown-purple-red gunk that can be seen in phase 1 , then intensifies .
Complex Blood: Amygdala
Amygdala's another enemy with varying types of blood. She's a spewer and her blood changes depending on where you fight her.
As such, The Nightmare Frontier version is the simplest. It bleeds red blood from its head: arms, legs: and tail: .
These patterns could be related to "white blood", like that of The Plain Doll . This is discussed under White Blood Theory.
It's not certain that these two are related, though that would fit aspects of my black blood theory. The vomit deals fire damage.
Complex Blood: Ebrietas
The fact that Ebrietas "sneezes/spits" red blood, but keeps brown blood inside her body, could mean there's some inferiority to red blood.
Red, human blood, being inferior to "alien blood" fits well with the theory that Ebrietas is a Chtulhu like being, and thinks of humans as vermin.
The lower parts of Ebrietas' body are in themselves black . Here are spatter shots from an imperfect run , it's possible they show too much red blood.