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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


 

Cainhurst Grin

 

Varying between decadent and menacing, Cainhurst offers some of the most interesting dress in the game.

Summed up, the pieces that relate to Cainhurst are The Cainhurst Set, The Knight's Set, Maria's Hunter Set, The Noble Dress and The Crown of Illusions

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.


 Knight's garb Bright

 

Cainhurst Armour Cape 

Noble Dress - Art Nouveau Noble Dress

Maria's Hunter Garb - Art Nouveau Maria Hunter's Garb

Cainhurst Castle Stairs - Art Nouveau Cainhurst Castle Stairs

 

Another quirk specific to Cainhurst is the use of symbolic salamanders. 

For those who do not not remember, salamanders - or Fire Lizards -were powerful enemies who appeared in DS2. They looked like this DS2 Salamander.

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 Knight Garb Salamander- Here's one on the back. Knight Garb Salamander 2. They also appear on the female version Female Knight's Garb.

 

One can be found on Maria's Hunter Cap Maria's Hat.

Two can be found above the entrance of Annalise's throneroom. Here's one Salamander - Here's both Salamanders

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.

 

Plant patterns appear in such places as the Pthumerian Labyrinth, Research Hall, The Cathedral District, Central Yharnam and Mergo's Loft.

There is significant overlap as well divergence in what is depicted. It's not always clear if the art is inspired by gothic Gothic Plants AGothic Plants BGothic Plants C, or art nouveau Art Nouveau AArt Nouveau BArt Nouveau C.

Church Garb and Executioner Garb do not depict such patterns at all. Cainhurst has them on almost every armor piece.

Aside from plants, Cainhurst can be linked to Lumenflowers, for at least one is depicted on the female Knight's GarbLumenflower, Red Gem, Knight's Garb.

This red gemmed flower looks just like the mutated flowers found atop the Research Hall Research Hall Lumenflowers. Other strange flowers appear on the garb as well Knight's Garb Green Gemmed Flower Knight's Garb Large & Blue Gemmed Flower.

 

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.

Maria's attire displays a salamander as well as plants and flowers. The item descriptions state that the attire came from Cainhurst.

House Cainhurst became The Vilebloods after a scholar stole "forbidden blood" and brought it with him to Cainhurst Castle.

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.

Cainhurst Strange Face First is an embossment of a strange face engulfed in flame . Such faces can also be found in burnt Old Yharnam, near a crucified Blood-starved Beast.

Cainhurst Woodcarving The second carving resembles a fireplace and inside appears a grim scene involving a cage, a crowd of people and what seem to be flames.

Apocalypse Scene The third scene is quite complex. In the center there appears to be a mountain vanishing into the clouds. This could also be a nucleair explosion.

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.

Here's another carving Cainhurst Tentacle Daisy. It has an innocuous flower on it, but it's possible to recognize a face in it. It could depict an amygdalan and its "trunk".

 

Strange Face Woodcarving Apocalypse Scene

 

 

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 Portrait.

The point of interest being the adornments on her upper chest. These patterns appear elsewhere, they appear on Chime Maidens Chime Maiden.

The woman in the portrait could very well be a Chime Maiden before transformation. Chime Maidens also display Art Nouveau patterns on their dresses.

In Yahar'gul, the Chime Maidens accompanying The One Reborn have pyromancing abilities. These also wear red, a popular color in Cainhurst and Pthumerian art.

Lady Maria is another shackle linking Cainhurst to fire. In the third phase, she sets her own blood alight. Maria's Fire

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. Maria, Face in Blood 

Her blood displays other strange things as well. In this picture Blood Feline, 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.

In Bloodborne, The Cainhurst courtyard is full of Hateful Maggots and insectlike Bloodlickers.

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.

There's the enigmatic Mi-Go Zombie, half fly - half human and the bizarre insectoid Rom. Both these enemies are "Kin".

 

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?

Item descriptions like Executioner Gauntlets describe them as decadent nobles and sadistic. Blood Rapture invokes images of sex and blood.

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

Corruption 

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" 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 Cainhurst Moist, 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 Cainhurst Throne Bright. 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 Cainhurst Vaulted Ceiling. 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 Noble Dress, here's one with notes Noble Dress Notes.

 

Analyzing anagrams of "Cainhurst Castle" just builds up the connections. Understand that these are all partial anagrams.

Naturalists

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.

 

Autarchists

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.

 

Carnalists

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.

 

Tanatalus

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.

 

Trishula

A trishula is a symbol of Shiva, god of destruction. It's a symbol associated with The Moon Presence but also Amygdala.

Consult Moon Presence Lore by Rakuyo and Amygdala Lore by Rakuyo for more on this trident shape.

 

 

Cainhurst Helmet

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 Cainhurst Grin.

The helmet also contains a number of False Eyes. There's a particularly well developed one at the height of the ear Cainhurst False Eye. 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.

 

Cainhurst Helmet Snail Woman B Cainhurst Helmet Snail Woman A

 

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.
 

Venus, Cainhurst Elevator Venus Pedestal & Naked Lady

 

The last part of the helmet is formed by "the locks" Cainhurst 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 Cainhurst Helmet, The Idol.

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 Brainslug A.

Which from further away looks like Brainslug B. 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 Cainhurst Smother, 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 Gutts' Grin, the snoutlike visor may come from the berserk armor Berserk Armor.

Alternatively, the helmet also resembles Griffith's hawk helmet. This helmet varries from birdlike Griffith Full Armor to resembling a mocking demon Griffith Mocking Helmet.

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.

 

The Unseen

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 Frontier Headstone covers the Forbidden Woods and Hemwick, Cainhurst seems to be directly tied to Hemwick.

The Unseen Headstone also displays some very strange, otherwordly art, but architecturally Cainhurst doesn't appear stranger than Yharnam or Hemwick.

The answer may lie in how the areas of the Unseen Headstone are unlocked.

 

In order to gain access to Cainhurst you require the Cainhurst Summons. With it you can summon a ghostly chariot Cainhurst Chariot.

The ghostly chariot can take you across the broken bridge of Cainhurst Castle. Upon arriving, the horses are dead and frozen over Cainhurst Horses Are Dead.

Alfred actively seeks the "path to Cainhurst" but cannot find it. Only with an Unopened Summons is he able to reach it.

This ritual of acquiring a Cainhurst Summons suggests that Cainhurst is no ordinary place.

Alfred doesn't talk about Cainhurst like it's an area that could be accessed with a small boat and some climbing gear.

Cainhurst is "hidden" and it's hidden by mystical means requiring a mystical key, the summons.

 

Another "hidden" area on the Unseen Headstone is Yahar'gul, the Unseen Village.

Yahar'gul can be accessed early into the game, but only in the form of the Hypogean Gaol.

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.

So both Yahar'gul and Cainhurst are hidden areas that require special means in order to be "unveiled".

 

If Cainhurst is not a normal area, then what is it? Is Cainhurst Castle a Nightmare?

One particularly strange fact about Cainhurst is its Moon. It is pale white, always, even if you have slain Rom Cainhurst Castle Moon

This oddity is not unique to Cainhurst. The Forbidden Woods, Byrgenwerth and Hemwick all retain a white Moon.

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 Cainhurst Unseen Stones A, 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 Cainhurst Unseen Stones B. 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 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.

However, such bizzare images are not exclusive to Cainhurst and Yahar'gul.

Hemwick, Byrgenwerth and the Forbidden Woods all retain a white moon after Rom has been defeated.

Old Yharnam harbors an infamous floating statue. Yharnam's daylight sky has parts that look painted on

Defeating Rom will alter the sky in various areas and reveal the monstrous Amygdalas.

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

 The Nightmare of Mensis contains a number ornaments that reappear in Cainhurst Castle.

 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 NoM Acorn Plant reappears in the Research Hall, but most of Mergo's Loft has its own unique plant patterns NoM Plants & Flowers

 A very important match exists between this chair NoM Mensis Chair and the drapes inside Annalise's throneroom Cainhurst Castle Drapes.

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 NoM Tentacle Daisy". It's a recurring ornament in the Cainhurst library Cainhurst Tentacle Daisy.

"Lions" the symbol of Cainhurst Cainhurst Castle Lions can be found  all over Mergo's Loft, they appear on the chairs NoM Lions Chairs and the mysterious mirrors NoM Lions Mirrors.

Lions also appear in the Research Hall Lion Legs Research Hall and Iosefka's Clinic Lion Legs Iosefka's Clinic in the form of table legs.

The chest armor of the Mergo's Attendant Nanny depicts two large bats Nanny & The Bats. This is likely a link to the Gargoyles and the vampiric Vilebloods.

A variation of these bats can be found on the smaller Mergo's Attendants Mergo Attendant Chest. These depictions may also be interpreted as two fire breathing drakes.

Both these enemies have what appear to be small wings on their backs Mergo Attendant WingsNanny Wings. 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 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 Teleport Mirror, like a fog gate. Opaque mirrors show up in embossments as well Dark Mirror.

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 Lady Maria 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 Cainhurst Missing Mirror.

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 Cainhurst Empty Niches.

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.

 Not everything from the Research Hall reappears in Cainhurst. Other images reappear in Byrgenwerth or The Lecture Building.

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" 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 Parasitic Structure.

Here's another close-up Parasitic Structure B. It bears resemblance to the parasitic creature found on top of the Cainhurst Helmet Cainhurst Helmet.

This structure I cannot identify Unidentified Woodcarving, but it is also unique to Cainhurst. Here's an example of the Cainhurst version Unidentified Woodcarving Cainhurst.

Next is the strange face "in flames" Strange Face. 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 Strange Face High Stratum.

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.

  1. Sir Alonne: Like Maria, the samurai knight from DS2 can be found sitting down with a large lightsource behind him Sir Alone. Both warriors use katana like weapons and Cainhurst Knights are themselves samurai themed.
  2. Grand Archives Scholar 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.
  3. 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 Samurai. 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 Cainhurst Helmet 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 plantsLabyrinth Plants & Flowers, a vineLabyrinth Vine, a standing plantLabyrinth Standing Plant and roses on the wooden compartiment of a statueLabyrinth Roses.

Such art reappears in the Research Hall and in the art of Cainhurst. It also appears in Mergo's Loft and the Cathedral District.

It's safe to assume that plant art goes lies at the base of Yharnam's architecture, but it may have diverged later on.

Plant patterns are omnipresent on Cainhurst Garb but they are not found on Church Garb, Executioner Garb or Choir garb.

This does present some evidence that after Byrgenwerth and labyrinth exploration, there was a chism between Vilebloods and Executioners/Choir.

Aside from architecture, one of the most prominent links to Cainhurst is formed by the Pthumerian Descendants and Pthumerian Elders.

Drabed in elegant, red garbDescendant Spinning, 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.

White, silver hair also typifies Annalise of Cainhurst, the Bound Widows, Bloodlickers, Cainhurst Servants and Gargoyles.

The Pthumerians don't just wear the color red, the chief color of Cainhurst Cainhurst Red, but they are also adorned by depictions of plants and flowersDescendant Art Nouveaux.

Another link can be found in the Vengeful SpectreVengeful Spectre Frontal. This ghost shares a number of traits with Cainhurst, starting with a vulnerability to "Righteous".

"Righteous" is a damage bonus found on certain Church Weapons, it is the counterpart to the "Serrated" bonus found on Workshop Weapons.

Righteous is typified by how it singles out Cainhurst enemies. Aside from the Spectre, only Bloodlicker, Gargoyle and Bound Widow are affected.

Vengeful Spectre being targeted by Righteous strengthens the link between Spectre and the Cainhurst enemy, Bound Widow.

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.

Spectre is covered is covered in a strange, white ectoplasm and she is capable of full invisiblity. Widows only have partial invisibility.

 

Besides the connections between the Widows and the Spectres, connections exist between Yharnam, Pthumerian Queen and the Bound Widows

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 Labyrinth Gargoyle. They only apear in Pthumerian Labyrinth Dungeons.

 

The following scene appears in the first hall of every labyrinthLabyrinth Apostles, notice how one of them holds a book. This scene is found on the Cainhurst gateCainhurst Apostles.

More links can be found in the weapons the Pthumerians use.  See here a picture of a standard Pthumerian dagger Pthumerian Dagger, and a Pthumerian pick Pthumerian Pick (to be improved).

This style of weaponry reappears on Martyr Logarius himself. The dagger is like his sword, the pick is like his scythe/staff.

The magic staff of Logarius is unique in the world above, but not in the labyrinth.

The Pthumerian Elder does use a magic staff, with which he may teleport and twist fire into deadly forms .

The Pthumerian Queen herself makes use of a magic daggerYharnam's Dagger, but one with a twisted form. I believe the coiling symbolizes Corruption.

 

 Depictions of lions aren't as common in the labyrinth as they are in Cainhurst, but they are presentLabyrinth Chest. They're on the treasure coffins.

Such coffins may be found in burial chambers, abound with relics. Surprisingly, the chambers contain statues specific to Cainhurst Mischievous Lady Labyrinth .

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 Cainhurst Statues, along with drinking hornsCainhurst Castle Drinking Horn that are identical to those from the labyrinthLabyrinth Drinking Horn.

 

 Parallels between Queen Annalise and Maiden Astraea

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.

Death Cloud
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.

Relief
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.

Resurrection
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.

 

To compare this to Annalise, she is the ruler of the "Corrupted Vilebloods" and wishes you partake of her "rotted blood".

The rune of Cainhurst, is Corruption . The Vilebloods seek Blood Dregs so that Annalise can give birth to a "Child of Blood".

"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.

If you allow Alfred access to Cainhurst, he will cheer about how he grinded the "rotten siren" into fleshy pink pulp.

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.

Both let another defend them. Annalise is first defended by Logarius, then she tries to entice the player into becoming her champion.

It's possible that Annalise aims to turn you into her "Garl Vinland" and that her previous guardian was Logarius.

 

Portraits


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Royal Statues


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The Library & Other


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Cainhurst Castle Apocalypse God Thumb.jpgCainhurst Castle Drapes Thumb.jpg

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    • 09 Dec 2016 08:25

      I think, this was going so well until the very last part. Loagarius wasn't Annalise's guardian. He wasn't able to kill her because she became immortal; he was an Executioner and used the crown to shroud Cainhurst so that no one would go there and become Vileblood. He was NOT of Cainhurst himself. Other than that this is actually really interesting, and I think that the Cainhurst nobles at least are related to the Pthumerians.

      • Regional Appearance of the Moon05 Oct 2016 12:01

        I can't help but notice the locations whose Moon remains unchanged (Forbidden Woods, Hemwick, etc.) exist outside of Yharnam. Perhaps the Blood Moon is a localized effect only? It could be representative of the extent of the Moon Presence's influence. After all, do we think the whole world is experiencing this ghastly phenomena? <br/><br/>The Great Ones (Ebrietas in particular) have been show to manipulate time to some degree it's not a stretch that the Moon Presence could be affecting time locally. The Night of the Hunt may not be as long as a standard "Night" at all. It was said that this hunt would promise to be longer than usual, which I chalked up to how awful the experience is for the inhabitants, but perhaps they're referring to the actual, measurable duration of the night? Each subsequent "Night of the Hunt" may be longer than the one which preceded it.<br/><br/>This may also help explain why beasts evolved the way the did in Yharnam in comparison to outside locations. The Forbidden woods is an exception since it is composed of people chased out of Yharnam itself. Byrgenwerth is full of weird insectoids, Cainhurst is full of vampires, and Hemwick is practically untouched (full of strange witches who exhibit little to no beastly mutation).<br/><br/>Naturally, take these musings with a grain of salt.

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