This page contains lore theories by Rakuyo. Please understand these are musings and interpretations by a player, and are not to be taken as official or representative of other's views.
The Mysteries of Cainhurst Garb & Architecture
Varying between decadent and menacing, Cainhurst offers some of the most interesting dress in the game.
Excluding the crown, all sets are typified by art nouveau depictions of flowers and plants. Such art is found all over Cainhurst Castle as well.
Another quirk specific to Cainhurst is the use of symbolic salamanders.
The word "salamander" most commonly refers to a kind of amphibian but it's also used to denote "fire spirits".
These salamanders are litteraly embodiments of the element of fire. Other such elementals are sylphs (wind) and undine (water).
Three salamanders can be found on the Knight's Garb: Here's one on the front - Here's one on the back. . They also appear on the female version .
One can be found on Maria's Hunter Cap .
Two can be found above the entrance of Annalise's throneroom. Here's one - Here's both
Smooth Lizards adorn the wooden bookstands of the Cainhurst library, I believe these to be salamanders as well.
It's important to note that salamanders aren't necessarily symbols of The Vilebloods. They may be traditional symbols of House Cainhurst.
Aside from plants, Cainhurst can be linked to Lumenflowers, for at least one is depicted on the female Knight's Garb.
In the age of The Old Hunters, House Cainhurst was a house of nobles allied with the Healing Church. Lady Maria lived and died in this age.
Alfred is the one who shares this information.
"Ah, there's something I want to tell you. A bit of wisdom from the eminent Master Logarius!"
"Once, a scholar betrayed his fellows at Byrgenwerth...and brought forbidden blood back with him to Cainhurst Castle."
"It was there that the first of the inhuman Vilebloods was born."
Salamanders and plants aren't the end of it. More depictions of fire can be found inside Cainhurst Castle and they get increasingly dark.
Beneath the clouds there appear two angels. At the bottom there appears a grim skeleton but it is hanging upside down. It seems to depict the Apocalypse.
Fire and the Women of Cainhurst
Inside Castle Cainhurst, there is a dining hall full of portraits. Among the most interesting is this painting of a middle aged woman .
The point of interest being the adornments on her upper chest. These patterns appear elsewhere, they appear on Chime Maidens .
The woman in the portrait could very well be a Chime Maiden before transformation. Chime Maidens also display Art Nouveau patterns on their dresses.
Lady Maria is another shackle linking Cainhurst to fire. In the third phase, she sets her own blood alight.
No known Great One has fire abilities, which makes this power all the stranger. It is even so that the Strange Face - mentioned above - appears in her blood.
Her blood displays other strange things as well. In this picture , a strange feline creature appears, just in front of the nightmare door.
These findings are very bizarre, but From Software is known to attribute many strange qualities to "Fire".
Answers may be found in how From has handled Fire in the past.
The Dark Souls series contains many kinds of fire and not all are good. Early into DS1 you learn that pyromancy is heresy and that clerics despise it.
This creates an interesting parallel, for in Bloodborne, the Vilebloods are heretical and they are despised by the clerical Healing Church.
Pyromancy in its highest form was practised by The Witch of Izalith and her Daughters of Chaos. They created their own flame, the Chaos Flame.
The Chaos Flame proved to be a source of evil and brought forth demons. From it formed The Bed of Chaos, a living tree harboring an evil insect.
Lost Izalith is overgrown by the roots of giant trees and in DS2 Aldia creates columns of fire that are also roots.
In the heretical Bighttown lies the Great Hollow, an "ashen" archtree that leads to Ashen Lake, harboring the Dragon Covenant.
In DS2 the Shrine of Amana is na area overgrown by countless roots. It's home to the Archdrake Sect.
In DS3, a Curse-Rotted Greatwood is worshipped above the hall of the "Mound Makers Covenant". This covenant harbors the pyromancy "Warmth".
Outside, there's a village of undead. They are accompanied by pyromancing "Evangelists" and a large congregation can be found around a pyre.
In the nether regions of the village, you can find walking skeletons who are sprouting roots from their abdomen.
There seems to be a correlation between roots and the theme of fire. It's possible that all these Bloodborne references to plant life, are likewise referring to fire.
In returning to Izalith, the site is also abound with demonic insects of various sizes.
Within Izalith/Demon Ruins you may find Chaos Bugs, Burrowing Rockworms, Vile Maggots, Egg Carriers, The Centipede Demon and The Bed of Chaos.
Above Izalith lies Blighttown, there you can find Cragspiders, Giant Mosquitoes and The Parasitic Wall Hugger.
Other insectlike enemies exist in the Pthumerian Labyrinth and Mergo's Loft. Both are linked to Pthumerians and Yharnam - the former "Vileblood Queen".
Izalith doesn't just contain a lot of insects, the insects themselves carry links to "Fire". This started in Demon's Souls.
Within the Valley of Defilement (the first "heretical Blighttown") you can find Giant Mosquitoes and Giant Ticks - bursting with blood.
In the "lava area" of Stonefang Tunnel there are several blazing hot insects. They're called Bearbugs and look like they're made out of magma.
Apart from fire, The Tower of Latria (tower of the queen) houses countless Man Centipedes. These are produced by monstrous, parasitic flesh.
Respectively, these create the following links:
"Heresy", "Defilement", "Depraved" - Insects
Fire - Insects
Queen - Insects
In recap, both The Vilebloods and Witches of Chaos are considered heretical by the local clergy.
Both are connected to insects. Both are architecturally connected to plant life, which could deepen the Cainhurst connection to Fire beyond Lady Maria.
The Vilebloods are called "vile", "filthy". Queen Annalise refers to her own blood as "rotted". Their Caryll rune is "Corruption".
The Witches of Chaos are connected to the filthy, heretical Blighttown. Blighttown and Izalith are abound with insects.
Before DS1, the "Great Swamp" was the Valley of Defilement, filled with the heretical "Depraved".
All these areas are connected to female figures of power. In order, "Maiden Astraea", "The Witches of Chaos", "Queen Annalise of the Vilebloods".
It's worth noting however that Cainhurst isn't the sole group connected to insects.
The connection to insects may run deeper than Bloodlickers and Hateful Maggots, for in Bloodborne there is something called Vermin.
Vermin are depicted as centipede-like parasites and are resented by members of The League, the cooperative covenant in Bloodborne.
"Haven't you seen enough of these wretched beasts, freakish slugs, and mad doctors? Sentence these fiends to death. With the help of your League confederates. What do you say? Why not join the League?"
"Now, there is one thing you must know. By the oath of the League, those who bear its rune will see vermin. Vermin writhe deep within all filth, and are the root of man's impurity. All vermin are to be crushed. The League exist to expunge all vermin, ridding us of any trace of human corruption. And so, until we are rid of all vermin, you must continue to hunt and kill." - Valtr
Whatever Vermin really is, Valtr considers them to be the essence of evil, they infect humans and make them evil and "impure".
He doesn't specifically mention Cainhurst but seeing as The Vilebloods constitute the opposing invasion covenant, they likely contain Vermin.
The Vilebloods also have the reputation of being impure and vile, but is this reputation justified?
They insinuate that The Vilebloods fancied feasts during which they gave in to vampirism and unrestrained hedonism.
Such images have often been connected to witches as well, man-eating women who invited Satan to orgies and sacrificed blood in his name.
There are also multiple connections to be found between witchcraft and the Corruption rune of the Vilebloods.
The Corruption Rune
The Corruption rune is comprised of two patterns with separate origins.
The first pattern consists of two entwining, vertical lines. The second pattern consists of three horizontal arches.
The entwining lines have been with the Souls series for a long time. It appears on the Izalith catalyst from DS1.
It also appears on the Black Witch's Staff from DS2 and the Izalith Catalyst from DS3. On the Black Witch's Staff, the entwining lines are two black serpents.
In the real world, this symbol is most known under the name "caduceus" . It is a symbol of medicin and the god Mercury.
This symbol plays a very important role in the Berserk manga, which is considered by many to be a major source of inspiration behind the Souls series.
Its role in Berserk is complex, for it is the symbol of both the leading church and the heretics it violently persecutes.
The main feature of the Berserk church is its obsession with punishment.
Its members sado-masochistically punish their own flesh or sentence heretics to be burned alive. Their holy symbol is the caduceus.
The heretics on the other hand care not for punishment. They organize large orgies under the blessing of the satanic "Goat Head".
They're hardly innocent as they indulge in cannabalism. The caduceus appears in the form of two serpents circling Goat Head's phallus.
It's quite possible that this scene with Goat Head inspired The Vilebloods.
Admittedly, the horn of the Moonlight Butterfly displays a caduceus as well. This is a magical creature but not directly tied to pyromancing witches.
I believe The Devil Tarot to bo the source of the arches. In the picture above, three arches are formed from the chain, Satan's thighs and Satan's wings.
That the Devil is associated with witches should not surprise. He's the patron of the kind of decadent hedonism that took place at Cainhurst.
What truly took place at Cainhurst - and how depraved it was - is left mostly to the imagination, but various clues point to "satanic" practices.
This is a picture of Logarius' throne , a moisture stain shows a naked woman, legs kept together, bending over, ready to be mounted.
If you missed it, here's a brighter version . The next clue can be found not far away, within Annalise's throneroom.
If you look up at the ceiling here, you will find very unusual arches . It contains many more ridges and nodes than a realistic ceiling would require.
This makes the ceiling resemble the complex ropework, once invented in Japan for the purpose of torture. It is now a form of decorative bondage or "Shibari".
Closer inspection of the Noble's Dress reveals a sexscene. Here's a version without notes , here's one with notes .
Analyzing anagrams of "Cainhurst Castle" just builds up the connections. Understand that these are all partial anagrams.
A Naturalist is someone who follows so called "natural laws". It's a broad term, covering a very wide range of ideas. Some may be considered wholesome, some may be considered morally questionable. One natural law that could be connected to Cainhurst is "survival of the fittest". Such an idea is likely to be popular among decadent nobles. Nobles have often considered themselves to be of better breeding than their subjects, they're also wield far greater power than their subjects. Often have they believed that this order is the right way of things and that their rule is supported by God and natural law. Right of the strongest is an idea often attributed to vampires as well. Vampires are stronger and faster than humans. If might makes right then they're doing nothing wrong. Naturalism can also be interpreted as "giving in to natural urges" or "do as in nature". This is typical thinking for those who which to act as predators and live unbound by rules.
Autarchy means self-rule, the first principle of government is that every individual rules himself.
It is related to anarchism - a form of government without government. "Anarchists" is also an anagram of Cainhurst Castle.
These are complex terms are part of actual political philosophy. They exist in many different forms, moderate and radical.
Their relation The Vilebloods may be that The Vilebloods do offer a form of emancipation.
Joining the Vilebloods means discarding the rule of the Healing Church and possibly any sense of "morality higher than the self".
The question remains to what degree The Vilebloods are truly emancipated. There are ample signs that they serve some kind of god.
It's also a question if slavery to bloodthirst constitutes true freedom or a diminishment of human consciousness.
Carnal is most used to denote sexual acts. Etymologically the word means "natural" and "of the flesh".
It reffers to wordly, material things and can therefore be connected to the above "naturalists".
In medieval times people attributed the material to Satan. In fact, "satanist" is an anagram of Cainhurst Castle.
"Actualists" is also an anagram, this again refers to being wordly, perhaps pragmatic.
"Anti-cult" is an anagram and may refer to The Vilebloods being againsts religious congregations in all forms.
It may also mean that The Vilebloods are the cult that is the antithesis of other cults.
"Ultrachic" may be formed, a possible reference to decadent luxury.
Another word is "arcanists" which can refer to "the natural", "cults", "witchcraft" and the Renaissance.
Tantalus offended the Greek gods by offering his own son as a sacrifice.
As punishment food would forever escape his grasp and water would back away should he try to drink it.
"Catharsis" is also present in Cainhurst Castle, it can mean "release" or the dissolving of some kind of karma.
"Saccharins" are artificial sweeteners. They produce a very sweet taste, but have almost no nutritional value.
"Sarcastic" is present. Satire is a form of humor that employs bitter comments and harsh criticism.
A trishula is a symbol of Shiva, god of destruction. It's a symbol associated with The Moon Presence but also Amygdala.
Of all armorpieces, the Cainhurst Helmet stands out as extraordinarily detailed and its embossments display numerous scenes related to the plot.
One of its most known features is the hidden "toothy grin" which is concealed by the helmet's unusual visor. It can be seen atop this page .
The helmet also contains a number of False Eyes. There's a particularly well developed one at the height of the ear . It's only present on the left side.
Very interesting is that the helmet displays Snail Women. This directly connects Cainhurst to Fishing Hamlet and the slug goddess Kos.
The Snail Women on the helmet show a different side to Snail Women. They have a mischievous smile and wield a mysterious staff.
Those in Fishing Hamlet look much more dreary. They're near blind, their slimy hair droops straight down and their back is covered in organs.
Cainhurst Castle contains another mysterious reference to slugs. A young girl tiptoes on a shell-like pedestal, appearing strikingly similar to the goddess Venus.
In her right hand she holds what could be a slug or a shell. This could also be One Third of Umbilical Cord, required for ascension.
The last part of the helmet is formed by "the locks" , these can be found drooping down the front of the helmet.
They look as if they belong to good-looking youth, but there's another side to them. Go upward from the locks and you'll encounter this .
I call it "the idol" it's the depiction of a man-shaped dragon or a creature with a beak. It holds up it's hand in the manner of a lord or god.
It's identity is unknown, though it could be related to to the beaklike nature of the helmet. Turn the image further and you come across this .
Which from further away looks like . I consider this to be some sort of parasite, a slug, slime or centipede.
A similar, but more slimelike growth can be found in the Research Hall, clawing around the piston that powers the great elevator.
There's another grotesque image on the helmet, a face smothered with cloth , only the nose is visible .
These images suggest a very twisted spirit, only a fool would put on this helmet willingly.
The Cainhurst Helmet is based on a real Italian helmet . Note that the lady's face is exactly where the smothered face would be.
Several other details may stem from Berserk. Gutts could have provided the evil grin , the snoutlike visor may come from the berserk armor .
Alternatively, the helmet also resembles Griffith's hawk helmet. This helmet varries from birdlike to resembling a mocking demon .
If this theory is correct, and the designers used both helmets, then it represents a dichotomy of good and evil.
It may then be up to the player to decide what the helmet truly represents.
Cainhurst lamps are accessible through the "Unseen" Headstone in the Hunter's Dream.
It's curious that Cainhurst is sorted under "unseen" and not under the Frontier Headstone.
The answer may lie in how the areas of the Unseen Headstone are unlocked.
The ghostly chariot can take you across the broken bridge of Cainhurst Castle. Upon arriving, the horses are dead and frozen over .
The Hypogean Gaol displays completely different enemies and no blood moon.
In order to "reveal" its true nature the player must destroy Rom, the Vacuous Spider who has woven a web of deception.
One particularly strange fact about Cainhurst is its Moon. It is pale white, always, even if you have slain Rom .
So far no one has presented a theory that adequately explains this.
There's are some remarkable patterns on the great bridge leading up to Cainhurst Castle , I'm referring to the small black stones.
These are quite odd, because the bridge is composed of bricks, and these "pebbles" don't belong there.
Here's another picture, it seems as if the bricks have been melted . This created depressions in the bridge along with these unusual patterns.
These patterns can be seen elsewhere they can be seen on the Unseen Headstone .
There are things in the sky of Cainhurst Castle that don't make sense.
Falling snow may hang in suspension, but only when standing on certain spots. (Video upcoming)
There are reasons to believe Cainhurst Castle is subject to some distortion of reality.
There's the eternally white Moon, the snow and the horses. The fact that it is "hidden" may be explained by a distortion of reality.
This distortion may remove Cainhurst Castle from sight or even move it to a seperate dimension. It's not yet possible to verify the specifics.
Old Yharnam harbors an infamous floating statue. Yharnam's daylight sky has parts that look painted on .
Based on the information at hand, Cainhurst Castle can't be qualified as a Nightmare, "normal" realm or an inbetween.
If distortions of reality appear everywhere, then it becomes difficult to say what the difference between normal and Nightmare really is.
Connection to Mergo's Loft
Other patterns reappear the Research Hall, but as such in Cainhurst Castle, others reappear in both places.
Art nouveau pictures of plants and flowers for instance, are abundant in both Cainhurst Castle and the Research Hall.
This etching reappears in the Research Hall, but most of Mergo's Loft has its own unique plant patterns .
A very important match exists between this chair and the drapes inside Annalise's throneroom .
This supports the theory that Mergo's Loft is connected to the Vilebloods. There may also exist a link between Cainhurst & Mensis.
Another direct match is found in the woodcarving "Tentacle Daisy ". It's a recurring ornament in the Cainhurst library .
"Lions" the symbol of Cainhurst can be found all over Mergo's Loft, they appear on the chairs and the mysterious mirrors .
A variation of these bats can be found on the smaller Mergo's Attendants . These depictions may also be interpreted as two fire breathing drakes.
Both these enemies have what appear to be small wings on their backs , . This is another tie to batlike qualities.
One of the most mysterious things found within Mergo's Loft - in terms of decor at least - is the so called "opaque mirror ".
The mirrors are actually not all reflective, they are called such because they are designed like standing mirrors and blinding screens.
These mirrors can be clean or covered in eyes, in the Micolash boss fight they allow him to teleport across the library.
Teleporting mirrors are never covered in eyes and are blurry , like a fog gate. Opaque mirrors show up in embossments as well .
The existing mirrors are cracked and they're all cracked in exactly the same way, and herein lies the first link to Cainhurst.
Cracks identical to those of the mirrors can be found next to the impassive Lady Maria of the Astral Clocktower, on a fractured picture .
The only difference is that the picture is "mirrored". This is not in itself uncommon, in Bloodborne symbols often get mirrored.
Mirrors as such may be related to Cainhurst as well. Mirrors have been mysteriously removed from Cainhurst .
The rest of the furniture, the statues and the expensive cutlery were all left the way they were.
The main hall also contains a number of mysterious niches with nothing in them .
They could have been windows that were filled up with bricks, but most windows in Cainhurst were left untouched.
In some twisted way, the missing mirrors could be related to Annalise having her face concealed.
Connections to Research Hall
Many images found in Cainhurst appear in the Research Hall as well.
Cainhurst was initially allied with the Healing Church and their paths diverged after a Cainhurst scholar created the Vilebloods.
The resemblances in architecture may have come from the nobles recreating the Research Hall inside Castle Cainhurst.
It's also possible that they worked their own themes into the architecture. After all, the nobles could have been influential investors.
Here I will only discuss those bits of architecture that reappear in Cainhurst, but not in Byrgenwerth or the Lecture Building.
First is the "Apocalypse God" or "Apocalypse Scene" . This woodcarving can be found on one of the central plateaus.
It appears on all sides of the main pillar. Next is the parasitic structure that can be found on the elevator's main cylinder .
Here's another close-up . It bears resemblance to the parasitic creature found on top of the Cainhurst Helmet .
This structure I cannot identify , but it is also unique to Cainhurst. Here's an example of the Cainhurst version .
Next is the strange face "in flames" . It seems to be important as it appears many times within the Research Hall.
It can be found as adornments on the long staircases, walls, doors and supportive structures .
It's often paired with the "samurai" - see image - which is unique to the Research Hall.
The samurai appears upside down on all walls within the Astral Clocktower, this could mean it's tied to Lady Maria.
Its meaning is unclear, but I've prepared a list of possible meanings.
- Sir Alonne: Like Maria, the samurai knight from DS2 can be found sitting down with a large lightsource behind him . Both warriors use katana like weapons and Cainhurst Knights are themselves samurai themed.
- Grand Archives Scholar : The Scholars dip their head in wax to give themselves candlelike heads. These heads also resemble the traditional hairstyles of the samurai. In Japanese it is called the Chonmage, outside Japan it may be known as "samurai buns". The theme of the Grand Archives Scholar fits the Research Hall. Some of the Scholars' heads are lit like a candle. Why they do this is unclear, but it may be a form of sacrifice. This theme of fire or sacrifice may be connected with Lady Maria. Wax from which wax statues may be formed, could be related to Maria's imitation, The Plain Doll.
- Dragon God: The Dragon God is a giant man shaped dragon and one of the four archdemons in Demon's Souls. His soul was used to create the very first versions of Fireball, Firestorm and God's Wrath (Wrath of the Gods). The samurai has two great arrows emerging from his sides . The Dragon God had to be defeated by using two giant spearguns to immobilize his arms. When the Dragon God was speared the giant projectiles would stick out from his body in a kind of cross shape, like the arrows on the Samurai. This creature could be "the idol " on the Cainhurst Helmet. It's not uncommon for an animal god to be represented as a human or vice versa, so it's at least possible that the samurai is actually a monstrous god. What makes this more interesting is that the Dragon God resided in the realm of the "Burrowers". The Burrowers are a race of people that mindlessly kept on carving out more underground tunnels. These creatures behaved very much but like the Pthumerian Watcher's Gravedigger. This realm was also the greatest source of , these first Crystal Lizards looked a lot more like salamanders than their Dark Soul incarnations. Salamanders play a very important role in Cainhurst art.
The connection to Pthumerian art
First off, the Ptumerian Labyrinth is teeming with depictions of plants and flowers.
Here are 4 such examples, respectively of flowers and plants, a vine, a standing plant and roses on the wooden compartiment of a statue.
It's safe to assume that plant art goes lies at the base of Yharnam's architecture, but it may have diverged later on.
Drabed in elegant, red garb, these silver haired beings remind their visitors that they're dealing with aristocracy.
This is further emphasized by the use of the word "descendant". This word signals that these bosses are defined by their lineage.
The Pthumerians don't just wear the color red, the chief color of Cainhurst , but they are also adorned by depictions of plants and flowers.
Another link can be found in the Vengeful Spectre. This ghost shares a number of traits with Cainhurst, starting with a vulnerability to "Righteous".
The two ladies are both ghosts. Both are extraordinarily tall. Both have pale hair. Both are armed only with a large silver knife.
That being said there are also differences. Bound Widow has a "Blood Scream", her hands are tied and her neck has been slashed.
Both have their hands bound. Both can be found crying. Both are armed with a single knife. Both are female artistocrats. Both have blood attacks.
The Cainhurst enemies Bloodlicker and Gargoyle also appear in the labyrinth.
Bloodlickers may show up in any labyrinth after the player's perfomed a visceral attack, they come to lick up the corrupted blood.
Gargoyles can rarely be found in labyrinths . They only apear in Pthumerian Labyrinth Dungeons.
The following scene appears in the first hall of every labyrinth, notice how one of them holds a book. This scene is found on the Cainhurst gate.
More links can be found in the weapons the Pthumerians use. See here a picture of a standard Pthumerian dagger , and a Pthumerian pick .
This style of weaponry reappears on Martyr Logarius himself. The dagger is like his sword, the pick is like his scythe/staff.
The Pthumerian Elder does use a magic staff, with which he may teleport and twist fire into deadly forms .
Such coffins may be found in burial chambers, abound with relics. Surprisingly, the chambers contain statues specific to Cainhurst , .
These statues appear in every burial chamber. They are gold in Loran, silver in the Pthumerian labyrinth, bronze/oxidized in Isz.
Even more mysterious is that only this one female reappears, the 3 other statues connected to Cainhurst are nowhere to be found.
Statues of the lady are also found on the Cainhurst dinner table , along with drinking horns that are identical to those from the labyrinth.
Parallels between Queen Annalise and Maiden Astraea
Maiden Astraea is a boss in Demon's Souls. She's one of the four archdemons and final boss of the Valley of Defilement.
Maiden Astraea is a noble, she drops the "Pureblood" Demon's Soul. This soul can be forged into the Blueblood Sword.
"A white iron straight sword born from the soul of the demon Maiden Astraea.
The sword of true nobility, endowed with the essential power humans are born with, which increases its attack power." - Blueblood Sword
Before the start of the game, she ventured into the grey fog that enveloped Boletaria. She was a famous hero and was also known as Sixth Saint Astraea.
Like many heroes, she failed to stop The Old One. Instead she settled in a great swamp and became an idol of worship, to the Depraved Ones.
Ever since that Demon witch came here, everything has turned foul. All the men worship her like she's the Virgin Mary. The same men who would snatch my child away from me! This was a much better place before she came. I was the apple of every mans eye. You’re here to rid us of her, aren't you? Well, don't show her any mercy! - Filthy Woman
Maiden Astraea became a demon long before the players meets her. Her soul can be formed into 3 different spells, each mentioning her corruption.
Spell from the Demon Maiden Astraea's Soul
Generates a cloud of plague.
It is natural that those who take in all that is impure are themselves the most impure of all.
Spell from the Demon Maiden Astraea's Soul
Fully recovers another by touching them.
Though Astraea is the most impure demon of all, her works are equal to those of divine beings.
Miracle from the Demon Maiden Astraea's Soul
Returns any Phantom near the caster back to their own world, granting them their living body.
This miracle is a countersign of the corrupted former Sixth Saint Astraea.
Unique about that Maiden Astraea boss battle is that you don't actually fight Astraea. Instead you fight Garl Vinland, her champion.
Astraea has also spawned so called Plague Babies , these creatures are bloodred and live in the filthy water of her den.
"Dreg" refers to "the lowest". The "dregs of society" are "the scum of society", they are things that are unwanted and dirty.
Like Astraea, Annalise is a noble and is worshipped as a queen. They're both characterized as women of bewitching charm and beauty.
Annalise is a whitehaired matriarch who's characterized by her pure Pthumerian blood. Astraea is a fair blond who drops the Pureblood Demon's Soul.
Though portrayed as powerful, both Astraea and Annalise behave as helpless women. Even in the face of death, they will not turn hostile.
It's possible that Annalise aims to turn you into her "Garl Vinland" and that her previous guardian was Logarius.