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Kos (Mother) is a non-player character in Bloodborne. This page is theoretical lore with musings by fans, and not to be taken as official or canon.
Kos


Description

Kos (Mother) is a giant, sea-dwelling Great One whose dead body gives birth to the boss, Orphan of Kos.

Her corpse, which according to the Kos Parasite was teeming with alien parasites, washed up on the beach of Fishing Hamlet.

References:

Micolash, Host of the Nightmare:
"Ahh, Kos, or some say Kosm... Do you hear our prayers?"
"As you once did for the vacuous Rom, grant us eyes, grant us eyes. Plant eyes on our brains, to cleanse our beastly idiocy."

Kos Parasite
"When the carcass of Kos washed up on the coast, its insides were teeming with tiny parasites, unlike any found in humans.
This atypical weapon can only be clasped tight and swung, but a Kos Parasite is said to stimulate phantasms inhabiting a lumenwood"

Fishing Hamlet Priest wishes the "wrath of mother Kos" upon the blood crazed fiends of Byrgenwerth.

A Latin translation of the ambient music of Hypgean Gaol suggests that they are addressing Kos, the "sleeping slug".
This song is called "Hail the Nightmare".

1: Is Kos a Great One? (by Rakuyo)

A congregation of Snail Women can be found praying in the cove near her corpse , suggesting that she is adored and worshipped by the inhabitants of Fishing Hamlet.

It is stated that every Great One loses its child, and then yearns for a surrogate (Mergo's Wet Nurse's Third Cord). The Orphan may be such a surrogate for the Great Kos.

One theory is that Kos ingested the orphan with the motive of turning him into something else, like how the Moon Presence embraces and alters Hunters  .

If she is a Great One then she seems to be one that is bound to the "bottomless ocean" of the Fishing Hamlet realm , which may be tied to DS3's "The Deep".

One great mystery is that it's possible to see Yharnam in the depths of the Fishing Hamlet waters  , which suggest that Fishing Hamlet lies above Yharnam.

It's not certain "which" Yharnam is actually seen, it could be the Nightmare Yharnam, or the real Yharnam, or both, given that Nightmare Yharnam constitutes the past.

Certain citations allude to he sky being merged with the depths of the cosmos, which could be akin to water , in the style of the philosopher Thales of Miletus.

"Here we stand, feet planted in the earth, but might the cosmos be very near us, only just above our heads?" - Cosmic Eye Watcher Badge

"The sky and the cosmos are one. - The Choir." - Cathedral Ward Lore NoteThis means that Fishing Hamlet could exist within the sky itself, held within a veil of "water".

 

(note: There exists a theory that worlds in Bloodborne are layered. Such layers are modelled after Norse mythology, in which Midgard (middle-earth) forms the center between a world of gods above (Asgard) and a hellish world (or worlds) beneath. In Norse mythology this is made possible by the great ashen tree Yggdrasil which holds up the nine worlds. In Dark Souls there are giant (ashen) Archtrees  which are so tall they seem to hold up the sky. In Bloodborne one can spot nigh identical structures by peering around in the Hunter's Dream .)

 

Careful examination of Kos' corpse reveals very human arms and hands , as well as a seemingly perfect human face .

Not a lot is known about the Great Ones, or why they appear in their diverse forms   , but it is odd to find one that could pass for a large pale woman.

Her alien features rather remind of The Crawler Slugs of The Nightmare Frontier  , like the skin, the protuberances, the slit  and the fetusses .

Careful examination of Snail Women reveals that they have shiny, fishlike scales , just like Kos , so they almost certainly share some heridity with Kos.

If Kos is a Great One that would explain the attention of Byrgenwerth, and it could have been Kos' blood that first launched Yharnam's "Old Blood" enterprise.

 

2: How did Kos die?

A lot of mystery surrounds how and why Kos died. One theory proposes that Fishing Hamlet is a whaling village, and that Kos was hunted and killed by the locals.

There's certainly reasons to believe that. As for one, many of the locals are armed with very large harpoons  , typically used in the context of whaling .

One of the main products of whaling is whale oil, generally used in lamps. Fishing Hamlet is abound with lanterns , oil lights  and explosive barrels .

Hamlet Fishmen drop Oil Urns , which some use as bombs . The priests use the lanterns as catalysts , hinting at the special nature of their contents.

However, the raw product isn't oil, it's pale slugs   . The original concept art clearly shows how the slugs provide the oil that fuels the flame .

It's not clear what these slugs are. They're probably "phantasms", described as familiars of the Great Ones, though they have the color and shape of Souls   .

They also resemble Humanities , which is interesting because in DS1 you could use Humanities to kindle Bonfires , designating them as a form of fuel.

This idea was corroborated by From Software when it replaced Humanities with "Human Effigies " in DS2, and replaced Human Effigies with "Embers " in DS3.

It's possible that all these slugs emerged from the corpse of Kos, and that burning their oil produced all kinds of eldritch problems, like insanity or Nightmare Fog.

 

The whaling analogy produces another twist: "spermaceti", a wax that can be harvested from the heads of sperm whales, and which may be shaped into candles .

This is interesting due to the prevalence of candles    and "wax  " in Yharnam. In truth "wax" stretches beyond the confines of Bloodborne.

Demon's Souls contained an element called "Sticky White Stuff ", stated to be like wax, and the waste product of a magical slug  that bathed in fluorescent water.

Sticky White Stuff is the ancestor of The Empty Phantasm Shell, which is dripping with white slime  and imbues weapons with Arcane damage

In DS3, "Grand Archive Scholars"  dip their heads in strange wax tubs , a ritual that really has no explanation outside the context of "Arcane wax".

Angels of Londor  sprout white wings which exhibit the patterning of hive wax  . They also much remind of The Orphan's slimy wings   .

 

Certain details suggest Kos was based on the goddesses Aphrodite and Venus , goddesses of fertility and love typified by their association with clams.

Clams appear numerous times in Yharnam architecture . In Cathedral Ward, clams often have statues of euphoric bearded men positioned beneath them .

Cainhurst Castle has a girl tiptoeing on a shell as a recurring motif  . Most likely this constitutes a reference to Venus, Aphrodite, and the snail goddess Kos.

The Cainhurst Helmet is actually a modification of a sixteenth century Italian helmet , one depicting a mermaid, and a pair of women in shells  .

The Greek Aphrodite wasn't born normally, but brought forth tby the castration of Uranus, whose organs were thrown into the sea, where they formed froth.

From the froth arose the goddess, supposedly drifting on a shell. This association with "white froth", is suspicious, as Fishing Hamlet is abound with "whiteness".

"White wax", "spermaceti", or white froth associated with giant genitialia could explain the various instances of white gunk in Fishing Hamlet     .

A lot in Bloodborne was influenced by Beksiński    (credit to Andreas Inderwildi). The Orphan's wings look just like a Beksiński painting of foam  .

"Wax" carries connections to "formlessness", while "froth", and "scum" carry connections to depravity. It may be this element that is empowering The Doll  .

 

Fishing Hamlet was almost certainly inspired by Lovecraft's "Innsmouth", a derelict fishing village were the inhabitants copulated with "Deep Ones ".

This theme of "fish sex" could be why Fishing Hamlet is covered in white "spermaceti", and why Kos is artistically arranged to be like Venus/Aphrodite.

The Deep Ones are led by Father Dagon and Mother Hydra, neither of which has a canonical representation. It's conceivable that Kos is Mother Hydra.

Kos being Mother Hydra is of course inconsistent with the idea that that the locals killer her, but consistent with the idea that she's being worshipped.

The Kos Parasite reads: "When the carcass of Kos washed up on the coast, its insides were teeming with tiny parasites, unlike any found in humans."

The carcass of Kos washed up on the coast, meaning it wasn't dragged ashore by whalers, and more like how men used to discover deep sea beings .

This is also how people discovered "The Thing That Drifted Ashore ", an entity invented by Junji Ito, and almost certainly used as inspiration for "Kos".

Deep Ones are creatures of the depths of the sea, while their "Mother Hydra" is a concept united with "monster mothers" like Echidna  and Tiamat .

"The Hydra" was a child of Echidna. Kos is scaled like a fish , but also like a snake. In folklore, whales were often confused with sea serpents  .

This means there needn't be a distinction between "whale" and "deep sea creature", it may all add up to one deep sea cryptid, based on Mother Hydra.

Kos didn't die on the beach. The produce in the village may stem from villagers simply scavenging the parts. But then what killed her, if not the villagers?

 

A personal theory of mine is that Kos didn't die by consequence of something else, but that she is dead by design, like Nito  or Nashandra .

She's a floater , a corpse drifting at the top a body of water. Having no real consciousness, she hunts for food by angling , like a jellyfish .

"Good hunter, have you seen the thread of light? Just a hair, a fleeting thing, yet I clung to it, steeped as I was in the stench of blood and beasts. - Ludwig

The threads of Kos don't hunt for food in the conventional sense, they reach down into Yharnam, and try to seep into brains, which they will intoxicate.

The consequence is a kind of religious psychosis, and victims like Ludwig will start to function in accordance with whatever the threads unleash in them.

An alternative theory is presented by JSF, suggesting that thread of light is based on the short story "The Spider's Thread" by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa.

The story is about Kandata, a cold hearted criminal submerged in Buddhist hell  , who Buddha tries to save by lowering a spider's thread into hell.

Buddhist hell bears resemblance to The Hunter's Nightmare  , especially those parts that report streams of blood, or the boiling/drowning of souls.

 

Kos' void of consciousness, and role as the mother of The Orphan, relate her to the motherly "womb of darkness", the veil of death from which all life is born.

Deadness relates Kos to the Japanese deity "Izanami   ", who died to become a rotting monstrosity, a master of foul spirits, and bane of life.

Kos' vegetative state characterizes her as a "great sleeper", a concept that also encompasses Rosaria, Mother of Rebirth  and Princess Filianore .

The long hair of Rosaria is full of white blemishes , like those found in The Fishing Hamlet, while her soul  mirrors concept art  of The Orphan's spirit.

Old concept art of Rosaria further accentuates Rosaria's entanglement in the strange white slime , which is also present in concept art of Princess Filianore .

"Felt sorry for the poor thing, in all her festering glory? I sowed the seeds. I'll prune the mess. I, Leonhard, swear so upon my vows to the goddess." - Leonhard

"Her slumber is a deceit… A lid covering an overgrown privy; a prop to keep thee from the dark soul of thine desire. Worry not, I am a true friend to thee." - Corrupt Pygmy

Leonhard describes Rosaria as a festering, rotting thing, something in which "seeds must be sown". He speaks of her as if she's a soulless thing, a womb, or soil.

In Aztec tradition, "the womb" is sometimes associated with the all-birthing and all-consuming earth, and at other times with the all-birthing, all-consuming ocean.

The room that holds Rosaria is full of cribs aligned with red cloth   . These underline Rosaria's role as a mother, be it a barely conscious one.

 

Rosaria doesn't speak, and demonstrates only rudimentary signs of consciousness. Filianore is likewise typified as "asleep  ", meaning not conscious.

Filianore is overgrown by vegetation , there are even roots growing out of Filianore's eyes .  The egg she clutches, mirrors the child held by Rosaria .

The Old One, the chief villain of Demon's Souls, is a giant lump of vegetation  which must be "lulled back to sleep" by The Maiden in Black .

Filianore's Spear Ornament has a peculiar design  which mirrors the snake of The Orphic Egg . The snake symbolizes the darkness surrounding creation.

The name Filianore means "to help" in Latin, "serpentine" in French and could be tied to Ophelia, the Hamlet character that went mad, then drowned in a river.

Rosaria quite plausibly has some connection to the Inuit goddess of the underworld "Sedna ", also known as "Big Bad Woman" and "Mother of The Deep".

Sedna's myth involves the loss of her fingers, either because she attacked her parents out of hunger, or because she rejected men and chose to marry a dog.

This could explain the enigmatic name "Rosaria's Fingers  ", and provide the proper context for Rosaria inhabiting "The Cathedral of The Deep  ".

Sedna is conceptually interchangeable with deities like Echidna and Tiamat, serpentine evils who birthed countless monsters, and embodied the primordial chaos.

The festering Rosaria, the root sprouting Filianore, and the dead mother Kos may all be part of the same concept, "the womb of darkness", birth bed of demons.

 

3: Is Kos the reincarnation of Quelaan? (by Rakuyo)

Quelaan is a friendly NPC in Dark Souls and leader of the Chaos Servant Covenant . She is colored brightly white and is half human, half mutant spider.

She is addressed by her servant Eingyi  as "The Fair Lady". His lady's in a sorry state: blind, confused and too ill to move.

This may be because took pity on the denizens of Blighttown   and sought to cure them of their misery by absorbing the poison in their bodies.

Did Kos try and do the same? Did she seek to purify the Fishing Hamlet residents or cure The Orphan, and die in the process?

As it happens, Kos has inexplicable insect legs sticking up from her abdomen , which are similar to the legs of a large spider .

"Kos" is actually a Greek island, which was admired throughout the Hellenistic world for its extraordinary Asklepieion (a healing complex).

The facility, dedicated to Asclepius (god of healing), was founded by no other than Hippocrates, known as the father of modern medicine.

This connection to healing does fit the parallel between Kos and Quelaan. If Kos was a healer, she may have been benevolent in nature.

Early concept art of The Fishing Hamlet shows thermal springs , which are symbols of purification and healing, thus supporting the healing theory.

The connection to Asclepius is interesting, because The Rod Of Asclepius  is a serpent entwined staff, similar to Hermes' caduceus, a symbol of mercury.

The caduceus is a recurrent symbol in the Souls universe, and the Berserk universe. It is associated with Corruption, Formless Oedon and "The Idea of Evil ".

Furthermore, Asclepius gained his power from Chiron, the divine centaur. As it happens, centaurs appear frequently in Healing Church art    .

Centaurs also appear in the Berserk Manga , as an embossment on the temple that houses "The Apostle Womb ", which From may have paired with Kos.

 

4: Is Kos the Aztec goddess Chalchiuhtlicue? - by Rakuyo

Chalchiuhtlicue was the Aztec goddess of water, rivers, seas, streams, storms, and baptism.

She was a patron of childbirth and a ruler goddess who once transformed her own people into fish

She is associated with sea serpents and seashells. She is married to Tlaloc  god of rain. She also has a son - Tecciztecatl

Tecciztecatl was known as "the old man in the Moon" and he's often pictured carrying a large, white seashell, representing the Moon.

Tecciztecatl is also called "he who comes from the land of the sea-slug shell." 

 

According to Aztec mythology, the world has been created five times. Four worlds have been destroyed by the gods and we live in the fifth world.

The first world was created by Tezcatlipoca "god of night" - the second by Quetzalcoatl "god of wind" - the third by Tlaloc "god of rain".

For the duration of his reign, each god served as the Sun of that world. Chalchiuhtlicue was to be the fourth Sun.

Her male predecessors had each grown angry with the world's people and they had each destroyed the world's people.

Chalchiuhtlicue presented a welcome change. She was kind to the people.

She also built a bridge linking heaven and earth and those who were in Chalchiuhtlicue's good graces were allowed to traverse it.

But Tezcatlipoca "god of night" would bring the fourth world to an end. 

He convinced Chalchiuhtlicue that her kindness was dishonest and that she was only pursuing selfish needs.

This upset Chalchiuhtlicue so that she cried blood for 52 years.

The resulting floods destroyed the world, but Chalchiuhtlicue turned people into fish so that they would survive.

There are two main myths as to who became the fifth Sun. In one it is the war god Huitzilopochtli, in the other it is the fire god Nanahuatzin.

 

Kos is a giant mermaid or sea serpent or slea slug. Chalchiuhtlicue is a lady of water associated with sea serpents, she's also connected to shells.

The Aztecs considered Chalchiuhtlicue's son - "The Old Man in the Moon" - and The Orphan is an old man carrying a moon shaped placenta.

Fishing Hamlet is generally considered to be located in the past. This fits the idea that Fishing Hamlet represents the fourth world destroyed by water.

Chalchiuhtlicue is a patron of childbirth, children, midwives and goddess of baptism. This can be tied to the unusual birth of The Orphan of Kos.

Below are words spoken during an Aztec baptism:

 

"Behold this element without whose assistance no mortal being can survive. Receive this celestial water that washes impurity from your heart. 

Son receive this divine water, which must be drank that all may live that it may wash you and wash away all your misfortunes,

part of the life since the beginning of the world: this water in truth has a unique power to oppose misfortune. In which part of you is unhappiness hidden?

Leave this child, today, he is born again in the healthful waters in which he has been bathed, as mandated by the will of the god of the sea Chalchiutlicue."

 

5: Fishing Hamlet as Tlalocan

Tlalocan is one of the 13 Aztec heavens. It is ruled over by Chalchiuhtlicue and her spouse Tlaloc, god of rain.

Tlalocan harbors those dead that died by drowning, lightning strikes and those that died physically deformed.

Aside from being fishmen, the inhabitants of Fishing Hamlet tend to be hunchbacks   and their priests cast bolts of lightning.

The realms also accepts those that died of diseases related to water. This could be read as "diseases related to blood".

Tlalocan is also home to Acihuat. This "lady of the waters" is thought to be the same as the Mexican Llorona.

La Llorona is a ghost of Mexican folklore, a kind of female bogeyman that drowns children.

Llorana means "weeping woman" and she's said to dwell near places of water, where her crying causes misfortune to all those who hear it.

She is bound to this world because of her terrible crime: the drowning of her own children, all for the sake of exacting vengeance upon her husband.

At night she wanders around, looking for children that resemble her own. She then drowns them, hoping the river will restore her children.

It isn't known if La Llorona is an actual character in Bloodborne, or if the ghost was merely used for inspiration.

According to the Aztec story, Chalchiuhtlicue-Kos did in fact drown her children with her tears, but there are no corpses near Kos.

Snail Women on the other hand appear quite sorrowful   and they do moan. It's not difficult to imagine them drowning someone .

 


 Possible Theory on Kos and Orphan; SPECULATION SUPREME (sorry for essay) (Theories by Fiddlesticks)


A lot of this isnt actually written, its more of observation, and it does get weird, but it is sort of possible, I believe. Lets start! What killed Kos? we dont have much to go around with, but we do have some evidences. First the wrecks, masts of sunken ships surround the boss fight area. The fishmen tend to use harpoons a lot, which is overkill for fish. I believe the fishing hamlet would hunt whales as well, a whaling town. They could had found and attacked Kos, threatened by her massive alien form, or thinking she was a strange whale swimming in the sea. Many ships were sunk, but eventually Kos died.

We know that Kos was teeming with alien parasites, Kos parasite info. We also see many little blue worms or slugs on corpses, as well as the strange slugs the fishmen store as food. I think that upon her death, many of these parasites left her body and mutated the village into fishmen, turning them into kin. News of this lead to the scholars of byrgenwerth raiding the hamlet and, according to the accursed brew, searching for eyes in the skulls of the mutant Kin fishmen. This act suggests they are Kin, as Kin of the Cosmos are the elevated humans, closer to great ones but not ascended enough. Master Willem does mention that in order to ascend, we must line our brains with eyes. Landing visceral hits on fishmen also leads to a lot of serum-ish Kin blood flowing from them. Its not the usual red.

Back to Kos, we have another clue on her death, its how the Orphan exits her body. If you look at the flesh where he leaves, and where he ends up, staring at the moon, you can infer that the orphan came from her side. This part lacks evidence as we cant really tell how the anatomy of Kos is, what if thats normal for her type? But in the case that it isnt, what if the Orphans strange exit meant that there was a gaping hole in the stomach of Kos? Exposing all her guts and womb, which is how her umbilical cord was taken? We know from the note three third cords...the scholars know of the power of great one cords. There is no way they would leave treasure like that alone. Kos is dead but seems unhurt with no visible cuts or anything. However, if we flip her over, that maybe a different story. The way her stomach flesh ends is also different from her tail, its so thick and bulbous at the end. It doesnt look natural and it could be from a wound.

Unfortunately all this has many holes OTL, for example, whaling Kos. Kos would be absolutely loaded with harpoon cuts on her back...but I have a counter for this! Its that Kos can fly! My proof is the Orphan, her not fully developed son sprouts wings in his second form. I bet with more development and practice, he could fly. Cant be sure, but if this is the case, Kos takes it to the sky after being attacked, and most of her wounds are at her stomach. Well its all speculation but lets not forget the Orphans lightning power. Most likely Kos has it too, and if she did that in the water, she will hit herself. We also know that the Orphan is not immune to lightning, though he is resistant. I believe it was a power meant to be unleashed as you fly or on dry land.

Next issue, Kos has a very human face, and human hands, could she had once been human, or some church experiment? Maybe, the only counter I have for this chance is the alien parasites in her. Where would those come from? And if she were an experiment, then she needs cleaner, sanitized conditions as her body would be vulnerable during the transition. The presence of alien parasites suggests she wasnt conditioned for things like that, however, the theory that she was once human still has footing. What if she got the parasites after transforming? She fled and lived in some alien place, though how she would find her way to alien parasites holds question. Its also possible that inserting alien parasites found in chalice dungeons was the experiment performed on her, which explains the parasites. However, if that was the case, why dont we see more like her? A result that good, very alien, yet with human features...why is this not replicated or improved? After all, the events of the DLC seem to have occurred a long time ago. I think that she just so happened to be a human like great one, or maybe she was once a human who became a kin, then hundreds or thousands of years later, she ascends from Kin to great one.

Oh, god, this feels like an essay now...next bit, if Kos was attacked by the people of the Hamlet, why do they seem to worship her? Shouldn't they hate her? Well people back then were a superstitious lot. If they witness what they assumed as an ungodly monster suddenly unleashing arcane power, lightning for example, they could think" Oh no, its no devil we angered but a god!". Lets not forget the possibility that the parasites from Kos could had changed the people. Well it could also had been powerful great one magic too, like a curse. Anyway, this change will strengthen the "We made a mistake" thought of the people. A godly punishment for angering a higher being. They worship the carcass as seen by snail women who pray to her. Maybe they hope she would turn them back, however this bit, doesnt have solid footing. If they pray to her, in hopes of returning to humans, then they should also act that way, and not be uncivilized man eaters who live in ruins. Perhaps in awe or fear of her as a great one, they worship her.

Psycho Orphan bit...even less footing here... Ok, lets start with the snail women! They worship Kos fervently, but something is off. Why dont they approach her or shower her with gifts? Many praying ones cant even see her body. That is because of fear. Not of Kos, but of the Orphan. Now this bit gets weird, but bear with me. "Mercy for the wizened child". Wizened means dry, shriveled and wrinkly. Usually by age. We all know that this is in the past, Kos didnt die yesterday, or last year, or a decade ago, she has been dead for a long time. Just look at the wrecked hamlet that used to be civilized, barnacles everywhere, old rotting wood. Lets not forget Ludwig who who, according to Yharnamite hunting clothes, recruited citizens for the hunt a long time ago. This was when there were actually people to recruit. Now they are practically all crazed beasts. Eileen the crow, who used to dream, seems to have hunted and fought until she became an old woman. I am suggesting that the Orphan has been around for a long time, he was not just birthed right when we approached him.

He heard or sensed our approach and exited his mother. It is too much of a coincidence that he is birthed right when we approach and that mom is dead. The snail women avoid the area, because moment a thing gets close, he exits and if it still approaches, he crushes and maybe eats it. The orphan sleeps there. This wizened/ old child, is not a baby. Maybe it takes a hundred years for a great one to grow up, we dont know, but this is not a newborn baby. It is a child. Look at Ariannas new born. A legit baby. The orphan doesnt even face his mom when he comes out. He knows she is dead, long ago. Look at how affectionately the tiny baby of Arianna stares at her. Its an obvious weak newborn baby, but not this Orphan.

The wizened child, might only be a child by behaviour or state of mind, always crying over his mother and never leaving her side. How long has he been here? Note that we hear him crying before he comes out. He isnt drowning in fluids, he can open his mouth and cry. He has serious issues, misses his Mom so much, he went insane, harboring this nightmare. He probably hoped to renter his mothers womb after he kills us and his tantrum ends, except he never kills us because we keep coming back. I know it sounds crazy, but think about it. The first thing this new born baby does to the first man or woman he sees, is approach slowly, walking, not crawling, then run at full speed and leap, trying to crack their skulls open with his weapon. That is no newborn, he has killed and maybe eaten other unwelcome visitors before. The snail women pray, but they dont want to pray too near. They hide in a cave, away from his sight or hearing. They know what awaits them if they approach.

I get that this is wild, The Orphan has a placenta attached to him, sign of a baby, but what if that is his only reminder of his mother left? He refuses to totally consume it and evolve. You have to force him to consume part of it, and he instantly gets bigger and grows wings. I bet if he gorged on the whole thing he would be as big as Kos, but he wont because its his reminder of her. But wouldnt it have rotted away if he was that old? Well the body of Kos isnt rotting. The dream may preserve this or make it immortal. It could also regenerate. I mean it looks alive, and all. What if it could restore itself, but an act like eating it permanently drains it?

Like I said, lots of holes here like the connection to Gehrman being an old man, and the Orphan looking old and the potential scythe like form of his placenta. For me, I dont find the placenta very scythe ish, its more like a club or sword, a chain sword then.As for the connection to Gehrman...well the first hunter could had participated in the raid of the village. I dont have much to go around here, but maybe the Orphan felt a bond between the fish people and him. He hated the hunters for the raid. But the fish people seem to fear him but in a god way...may not have been that close. They dont send guards near him... We know that the Orphan has a black ghost that truly holds the nightmare. We also know that Gehrman, the first hunter, could had lead the raid, as he was the first and probably best hunter at the time. What if Gehrman found the corpse of Kos, cut the belly open and killed the Orphan, took the cord too. The orphan having died in the real world can only sustain himself by nightmare. He unleashes his curse and the nightmare and is reborn. He creates a new form for himself in the nightmare, but all is not well. He is miserable and misses his mom greatly. He cant move on and refuses to develop, ages as a child, becoming a wizened child. Note that you no longer see the Organ he came out of ( very heavy speculation here) it just vanishes. I think he tucks or nudges it back in with his feet. To keep his mothers appearance up. He doesnt want to see Kos injured so she would appear alive, even though he knows she is dead. He probably flipped her over if her wounds were exposed so he would not see them. He could use her as a house or blanket, creepily crawling back into her womb to sleep or rest by entering the massive stomach cut. He is probably too big for the natural way. All this madness torments him until you end him as the hunter.

But the theory about the Orphan's form being after Gehrman isnt bad. Its a nightmare, and for the child of Kos, the baddest, scariest thing in his short life must have been the first hunter who could have opened his mom, took the cord and ended his life in the waking world. As for how Gehrman sleeps easier after killing the Orphans ghost...well i only have more loose speculation there. The Orphan wanted to trap him in the nightmare, but could not because he was already caught in the Hunters Dream. This child cannot match the fully developed Moon Presence. He only succeeds in a piece of Gehrman's soul, tormenting him at times through nightmares I guess. This ends my essay, sorry for long read. Remove if its too long haha...

Location

This character can be found at The Coast, and any notes on any other encounters

    • Can this NPC be an ally?: No
    • Can this NPC be an enemy?: No

 

 

 

Other Notes:

  1. One may assume that Kos was cursed and sick and that this caused her death. The description of the Kos Parasite states that she was teeming with alien parasites. The skin of her belly looks heavily inflamed and has a putrid color. When Orphan of Kos is born, the placenta he drags behind him looks a great deal like a cursed blood gem.

 

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Face of Kos
 

Hands of Kos




    • Anonymous

      29 Jul 2017 22:04  

      I'm trying to fit different characters/creatures from Bloodborne into a sort of Tarot deck, and for Kos, I can't tell if she would represent more closely the Sun or the Tower.

      The Sun depicts a golden star (or, you know, the sun) over a coastal landscape, from the sea of which rises a crustacean, representing the subconscious. On land, a wolf and a domesticated dog bay toward the sun. Kos reminds me of the crustacean, and the glowing "sun" in the Hunter's Nightmare obviously plays the part, but I wonder if maybe the Orphan of Kos could replace the wolf or the dog? The Orphan's first reaction to being born is apparently to look to the "sun" and weep. If either the wolf or the dog represents the Orphan, could the counterpart be the Hunter themselves?

      As for the Tower, which is also referred to as "the Lightning" in some sets, it represents the sudden reversal of knowledge. Lightning is unusually prevalent in the Fishing Hamlet, having been harnessed by the fishwitches, as well as originating from the corpse of Kos herself when the Orphan wails. The entirety of the Hamlet lies in the shadow of a lighthouse, which may parallel the Tower as it is illustrated with a shining gold crown at its peak, underneath of which extends a jagged expanse of stones.

      The Tower would probably better suit the narrative of the Fishing Hamlet, which apparently revealed a secret so insidious that the Healing Church decided it was better left forgotten...

      • Anonymous

        25 Jul 2017 19:08  

        Kos reminds me of Tiamat, the salt water goddess of primordial existence. Tiamat was killed by her own child, Marduk, the "King of the Gods," and her divided body became the heavens and the earth.

        • Anonymous

          04 Jul 2017 22:22  

          After spending a lot of time in the Fishing Hamlet with my monocular, I've got some weird musings to share.

          The phantasms flooding the Hamlet are unusual, even in a world filled with extraordinary creatures. Unlike the phantasms described elsewhere, which are depicted more like slugs with eye stalks, the creatures captured by the fishermen look more like squids, or at least something like a cephalopod, with a small opening into their body amidst numerous small tentacles. In fact, they look more like the Hunter after becoming an infant Great One, though I doubt these creatures are bound to mature into gods. Though this incongruence suddenly makes sense when one considers one of the Brain Fluid descriptions, "In the early days of the Healing Church, the cosmos was associated with the ocean, and so the cerebral patients would imbibe water, and listen for the howl of the sea." It seems the unusual invertebrates were once envisioned as marine cephalopods, but were later understood to be more like gastropods, now making their way onto land.

          Most of these creatures glow blue, except for the ones already captured in barrels, or the ones being used as candle wax. As theorized already, the fishermen seem to use these phantasms as fuel for their bombs, as well as traps in the glass jars throughout the Hamlet. Though, the flames cast off by all these items seems somewhat unusual compared to the flames emitted by the Hunter's Torch, molotovs, or by weapons imbued with fire paper. This flame is peculiarly brighter, a sort of pale gold color, accented by a slight grayish-purple corona. This flame is seen in two other places: dancing on the mummified bodies that act as traps in Yahar'gul, as well as by dropped items.

          Well, this seems coincidental at first, until you remember that the rate of finding dropped items is determined by your level of "Discovery." Discovery is also affected by your Arcane level, and there are a few other ways to boost Discovery that shed intriguing insight into this puzzle of color symbolism. One method is through the use of the Milkweed rune, which transforms the Hunter into a Lumenwood, "feeding phantasms in its luscious bed." Incidentally, the Empty Phantasm Shell item description states, "Phantasms guide us, and lead us to further discoveries." It would appear that phantasms are not "discoveries" in their own right, but that their "blood," or whatever resides inside them in place of blood.

          This concept is furthered by the Madman's Knowledge and Great One's Wisdom, which depict blue-gold "slugs" of flame sprouting from a cloven skull. The description for Madman's Knowledge states, "Coming into contact with the Great Ones is considered a blessing, for even if it drives one mad, it allows one to serve a grander purpose, for posterity." This indicates that "madmen" do not understand their own revelations, but their madness can be deciphered by others in order to formulate a "safer" understanding of the cosmos. If phantasms "lead to further discovery," can it be surmised that they represent madness, and that the flame within is the truth residing within insanity? The entire game offers what can be perceived as fractured clues toward the lore and the significance of the story--it simply takes a Hunter great enough to piece together the puzzle.

          Circling back to the aforementioned "pale gold" color, it doesn't seem so unusual now that the moon over the Hunter's Nightmare should be painted this same tone. If this Nightmare represents the secrets of Byrgenwerth and of the Healing Church, it appears they at last made a climactic discovery--but the discovery itself was too terrible for them to bear, and so they absconded the eldritch Truth in a feigned attempt to protect Yharnam from further destruction. Unfortunately, the thirst for knowledge runs deep, and their attempts to preserve the secret failed, resulting in the curse of Yharnam. Laurence's Skull mentions that his human skull "represents his past, and what he failed to protect," as if it was his own decision to seal off the Nightmare, but it seems that to his dismay, his successors in the Healing Church had their own intentions. Curses, as described by the Cursed Pthumeru Chalice, are the result of "inciting the anger of the Great Ones."

          The blue glow of the "live" phantasms is also symbolically imperative, relating them to the celestial mobs of the Orphanage, as well as to the majority of arcane attacks. These creatures are the product of the Research Hall, who evidently never understood their own revelations. "The Choir was a creation of the Orphanage, where young orphans were raised in secret as potent unseen thinkers for the Healing Church." The beings known as the Living Failures were of the same brand as the Celestial Emissary, but it seems their mental state was slightly too deteriorated, and thus nothing of value could be divulged from them. It took many years until the Choir was able to perfect their craft, when they began to use lowly Yharnamites as subjects, using a mixture of water and quicksilver to create the celestial mobs (closer inspection of their blood as it stains white clothing reveals it is actually a silvery fluid, and they frequently drop quicksilver bullets upon death despite not possessing firearms. Quicksilver, being the archaic term for liquid mercury, greatly affects the central nervous system. An interesting detail in the Research Hall is the way some of the patients seem to be scratching at themselves frantically, which is later understood when the player finds numerous headless corpses in the Fishing Hamlet covered in small, bioluminescent insects. Mercury poisoning is known to cause a hallucination that bugs are crawling all over one's body, or just under their skin.)

          Water also plays a major role in the early story, appearing in relation to everything and anything arcane. Arcane attacks in and of themselves are mostly represented by icy blue snowflakes. Lakes and other large bodies of water serve as "bulwarks guarding sleep" (the ship masts rising from the sea may not be the result of shipwrecks, but are present to effectively illustrate this quote. A bulwark is the body of a shipping vessel). Snow falls steadily in the Cathedral Ward, and Cainhurst is blanketed under a thick carpet of snow, possibly representing the onslaught of the Executioners. The Research Hall patients likely imbibed water in suggestion of hydrocephalus and water intoxication, both of which affect the nervous system and can cause hallucinations.

          Thus, with all this in mind, we begin to slowly understand the nature of Kos, and of the Truth unearthed by Laurence.

          It would appear that the Fishing Hamlet was initially discovered by Byrgenwerth, but had been revisited by Laurence in later years. Byrgenwerth's aim was to collect the eyes of the villagers, a plan potentially conceived by Willem himself. Whether this raid was successful remains unknown, but judging from the deformed statues present in both the Hamlet and outside the abandoned Byrgenwerth, the school was seemingly indebted to these individuals. (The statues themselves look somewhat like the fishermen, but only in Byrgenwerth do they begin to take on the appearance of Amygdala, hinting at some sort of connection between Amygdala and the Hamlet. This is further evidenced by the more "octopus-like" statues of Amygdala decorating the stairs of the Grand Cathedral, which wield spears similar to the harpoons used by the fishermen.) Either way, Byrgenwerth was at least able to make their way to the carcass of Kos, which was already long dead, if one considers the Kos Parasite's description--"When the body of Kos washed up on the coast, its insides were teeming with tiny parasites, unlike any found in humans." Although, it's unusual that Micolash would continue pray to Kos if he knew she was already dead. Furthermore, if their initial discovery revealed that Kos was already lost, how could she have granted eyes to the vacuous Rom? Unless, of course, these "prayers" are nothing more than wishes that experimentation using Kos' remains would somehow elevate their thoughts--could the eyes "granted" to Rom be the eyes of the slaughtered Hamlet villagers?

          It doesn't seem that the Orphan was yet present when Byrgenwerth found Kos, otherwise they never would have been able to gather the Kos Parasites. These parasites, though they seem to disappear in later years, can actually be found in a specific enemy--the brainsucker. Looking closely at the back of their cranium, one can find a long scar running from ear-to-ear, evidently stitched shut in some ghastly experiment. The hideous invertebrate that sprouts from their skull was clearly placed there synthetically. Judging from its appearance, the parasite within the brainsucker looks surprisingly similar to the Kos Parasite, at least as it is portrayed in the inventory graphic. The large tubular structure is semi-transparent and bulbous, but looks frail and uneven, unlike any phantasms. The tentacles sprouting from the brainsucker's face also appear similar to the strange, worm-like tendrils at the center of the Kos Parasite. Apparently, the brainsuckers were the result of an attempt to try and give these parasites some sort of "voice" by implanting them in a human host, and by "stimulating phantasms."

          The "oldest" brainsucker one can find (not counting the disregard for time in the Chalice Dungeons) is probably the one beside the tree at Byrgenwerth, suggesting Byrgenwerth was the first to discover the Kos Parasites. The brainsuckers found in the Upper Cathedral Ward must be the Healing Church's continuation of the study at the old college, evidence again of Laurence's failure to stop his successors from perpetrating the Nightmare. What could this experiment have possibly produced, though?

          Bear with me: the Kos Parasites eventually evolved to become Ebrietas. Ebrietas has always remained a mystery regarding her placement in the story, but I believe I may have figured out what she is. Undeniably, she must have some relation to Kos, considering they each resemble nudibranchs, and Ebrietas is specifically referred to as "Daughter of the Cosmos," an obvious allusion to Kos. The most prevalent question surrounding Ebrietas seems to be, why is her arena called the "Altar of Despair," and why does she seem to mourn in front of a statue of Rom? Well, if Ebrietas is a result of an experiment using the Kos Parasite, or if she is a mature version of a Kos Parasite, couldn't one consider Kos to be her surrogate mother?

          And as for the statue of Rom, it seems she is praying that her mother might one day be revived, considering Rom is the Great One presiding over dark secrets. The name "Ebrietas" itself is unusual, as many fans now know it is Latin for "intoxication." There appear to be multiple references to intoxication in Bloodborne--blood intoxication, intoxication by purification, and water intoxication. Drunkenness seems to by synonymous with obsession, and illustrates that heavy doses of anything, even of just actions, heralds the downfall of an individual. What, then, is Ebrietas' obsession?

          Firstly, it's not a bad idea to compare and contrast her bodily fluids. Ebrietas, like the brainsuckers, the celestial larvae, and the celestial mobs, normally bleeds a silvery fluid, most likely liquid mercury. She also vomits blood, but this blood is dark and induces Frenzy for some unknown reason. The noodles sprouting from her head (in concept art, these noodles emit the exact same blue tendrils as the Celestial Emissary) issue a yellowish fluid similar to that released by Amygdala and the One Reborn. Giving her a visceral attack coats her in a heavy black fluid, though it appears to be thick red blood (thick blood is regarded as "the result of obsession" in the Thick Coldblood description). In the end--I have no clue what she's drunk on. She pukes blood, though, so... I guess she could be feeding off of "frenzied" madmen? Was she, too, once a patient at the Healing Church, now enlightened to the stature of a Great One?

          Phew, I gotta slow down... I won't even get into the topic of the Orphan in this reply. That's a whole other spiel.

          • Anonymous

            21 Apr 2017 12:50  

            it's a very, very far stretch I'm making here, but....
            Could the Moon Presence possibly be a decayed, skeletal rendition of Kos?
            I mean, both the Doll and Gehrman have prooven ties to the DLC. It'd make a bit of sence having the Moon Presence be an odd mirror of Kos.
            VattiVidya made a video (Bloodborne DLC > 50 Interesting Insights) that suggested the idea that the umbilical cords were the "stolen child (parts)" of Kos
            . This could add another explanation as to why the Moon Presence reacts aggressively when you've consumed all 3 cords?
            it's a far stretch for lore, but an interesting idea

            • Anonymous

              18 Mar 2017 19:04  

              some parts of what you say deserve many congratulations and the part of the child who is old in reality and uses its mom's body as a lair...well that's perfect, the same about the prayers who keep the distance. The orphan surely is born much time ago and can not separate from her mom. I think Kos was a loving mom, and not bad as the others great ones. Even her aspect is too different from the other great beings. I am also sure the population tried to kill her, and she broke the ships. The old fish-man says "for the wrath of mother Kos", so the population of the village has witnessed her rage, probably because they attacked her, and killing her could mean killing her beloved son. Probably it was she who transformed the population in fish-men, probably because her nature is not a killing nature (as a great being she could kill everyone in the village).Then the hunters came to the village to study the population, they may have taken some of them to do horrible experiments, indeed we know the experiments of the church had the aim of creating great beings artificially (bosses Living Failures), and probably Kos defended the now fish-men population, becoming then worshipped. The population knows how evil is the orphan, the old fish-man says to "forgive" the orphan. Since it is the son of the loving Kos, and since it passed through a tragedy, the population somehow "forgive" him, but never approaches him. He is still an evil being. The circle is closed ^^

              • Anonymous

                lore?05 Jul 2016 14:48  

                She should be an inhabitant of the hamlet but was impregnated by an unknown-not-yet-appear-before great one for a surrogate child (which is the last boss). That act turned her into the monster we saw and that somehow affects and transformed all the females in the hamlet into something like her, hence the snail ladies...

                • Anonymous

                  Quelaan05 Jul 2016 14:48  

                  That theory is so dumb I cannot express it in words. <br/>One similarity in roles does not suggest reincarnation. If it did, then we are in fact playing Dark Souls 3.

                  • Anonymous

                    Fisherman deity05 Jul 2016 14:48  

                    A youtube user pointed out that Kos might have been a deity worshipped by the fishermen, and when the college hunters attacked, they killed Kos. As a result, the villagers or the orphan cursed the hunters to be forever trapped in the Hunter's Nightmare. Her death was a tragedy to the fishermen, and was probably done by Gehrman and Maria, hence their guilt.

                    • Anonymous

                      Relation to Rom05 Jul 2016 14:48  

                      Micholas speaks like Rom was a person transformed into a Great One (or Kin) by Kos, and that Micholas wishes to receive this gift as well.

                      • Anonymous

                        Heavy editing needed05 Jul 2016 14:48  

                        Kos Parasite outright states that the corpse that washed up on the beach was in fact Kos, and most of the games dialogue and descriptions relating to her can lead one to safely assume she's probably a great one, though what this means in regards to her ability to give birth seems to be unkown. Also, Kos being a reincarnation of Quelaan? There's nothing wrong with wild-mass-guessing, but an official page on a wiki that people access for reliable and probable information is no place to throw up conjecture that is more than likely wrong, or at least highly fanciful. Please try to adhere to a certain standard here.

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