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
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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 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 elementals.
Other such elementals include sylphs (wind), undines (water) and gnomes (earth). These casts were originally formulated by the 16th century philosopher Paracelsus.
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 .
Smooth skinned 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 simply be traditional symbols of House Cainhurst.
Besides fire, salamanders are strongly related to poison. One legend tells of salamanders being so poisonous, that any tree they touch will bear poisoned fruit.
They are also revered for their immunity to fire. Salamander blood is said to immunize one against fire, so is clothing made from (spiritual) salamander hair.
Salamanders were said to feed on flames, or exude substances that immunified them against the flames. The pyromancy "Flash Sweat" may derive from such legends.
Plant Art of Castle Cainhurst
Aside from plants textures, Cainhurst can be linked to "flowers", possible Lumenflowers: .
This red gemmed flower looks just like the mutated flowers found atop the Research Hall .
Other flowers look tentacular and remind of how The Moon Presence is depicted in art .
What this reveals is that salamanders and plant art have been part of House Cainhurst since the time of The Old Hunters.
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."
The first Vileblood was born when a scholar betrayed his fellows, an event which took place during the time of The Old Hunters.
It's even less likely that the art nouveau style of her attire, and its salamanders, were conceived after this betrayal, and thus after the conception of The Vilebloods.
I conclude therefore, that plant art and salamander were intially symbols of House Cainhurst, and are only subsequently symbolic of The Vilebloods.
Plant art suggest connections to Lumenflowers, or perhaps to growth. But in the broader Souls universe, plant symbolism connects to much broader themes.
Bloodborne is also home to prominent and unusual vegetation. There's the manifold of roots, which swarm across The Labyrinth .
Based on their role in Dark Souls, vegetation, particularly petrified vegetation links to Fire/Chaos and/or the Primordial World of Fog and Archtrees.
The link to Fire/Chaos could be legitimate. Roots converge in The Labyrinth, while Pthumerians are proficient users of Fire magic .
Pthumerians favor weapons that are enraptured by fire, or sometimes poison. In Dark Souls, "poison magic" is just another form of pyromancy.
Yggdrasil has a thematical link with protagonist Gutts. Yggdrasil is the tree holds up and connects the 9 worlds, and it's gnawed at by serpents and dragons.
This condition was brought upon him when was branded with the Mark of sacrifice . This Mark served as the precursor of the Darksign, and The Hunter Rune.
In conclusion, the plant art spread throughout Yharnam may refer to Strength, Communion With The Spirit World, Hell, Chaos and Dragons.
The presence of salamanders may point to Cainhurst giving particular credence to the fierier aspects of these associations, Chaos, Dragons and Hell.
Salamanders and plants aren't the end of it. More symbolic fire is contained within the woodcarvings of Cainhurst Castle, which get increasingly ominous.
An angel seems caught up in the tumoil in the center, and from the bottom appears a grim skeleton, hanging upside down. It seems to portray the end of the world.
Fire and Cainhurst
Inside Castle Cainhurst, there is a dining hall filled with portraits. Among the most interesting, is this painting of a middle aged woman .
She has bell like adornments on her upper chest. These appear elsewhere, they appear on Chime Maidens .
The DS2 Firekeepers wore red . Chime Maidens are similar to Firekeepers. They can resurrect The Undead indefinitely , like Bonfires.
While this is not certain, it's possible that this tradition of red cloth, with connections to blood and/or fire, traces back to DS2, to The Drakeblood Knights.
The Drakeblood Knights were a mysterious order of knights, that worshipped dragon's blood. They appeared in the Crown of the Sunking King DLC.
They believed that by obtaining dragon's blood, they could achieve a true understanding of life, and transcend their own banal existence.
When the armor returned in DS3. The red cape was stated to symbolize their "yearning for blood", giving them a more vampiric quality.
The Drakeblood Knights were among first Souls characters to have an important connection to blood. They are not to be confused with Brotherhood of Blood.
Led by Sir Yorgh, The Drakeblood Knights led a raid on The Slumbering Dragon of Shulva. The plant backfired, and all the knights sunk into the Eternal Sanctum.
The word "sunk", found on the DS2 Drakeblood Set, is of particular interest, as it implies that the knights vanished underground, and may have survived.
Beneath the surface, they may have found some way to continue their line, transferring their beliefs to what would become the Pthumerian race.
In DS2, remnant Drakeblood Knights use the Spirit Tree Shield. It's linked to a spirit tree, and makes mention of a "god of dream", named "Quella".
If the "spirit tree" is indeed some Yggdrasil/Kushan Emperor like entity, it would strengthen the bonds between The Drakeblood Knights, roots, and the Chaos of Izalith.
The Vessel Shield displays a pregnant woman holding her protruding, orange belly. She is surrounded on all sides, by what appear to be plant motifs.
The servants of Aldia performed ritual sacrifices, and these egg shaped masks were said to deflect the terror and indignation of their victims.
The Vessel shield depicts a priestess, who devoted herself to appeasing "the ancient flame". This ancient flame could be related to Aldia's research as well
Priestesses devoted themselves to appeasing the raging flame, and according to The Retainer Short Sword, all priestesses had vanished from Eleum Loyce.
"Long ago, the retainers attended to the priestesses, but with their disappearance, the retainers were left to wander frigid Eleum Loyce without purpose"
It's likely that priestesses were once sacrificed to the ancient chaos, becoming pregnant in the process. It may have taken the priestesses underground.
Her blazing blood may have come from her Pthumerian heritage, it may have come from what was in the cup, or from some synergy between the two.
Besides having blazing blood, Maria is able to go into a state of levitation . Her blood can manifest in ways that are remarkably bizzare.
During one of Maria's airborn strikes, a chimerical feline materialized within her blood . When she goes into phase 3, something materializes above her, a face .
No known Great One has fire abilities, which makes this power all the stranger, and all the more likely to be related to the Pthumerians.
From Software is known to be ambiguous, and to attribute many strange qualities to "Fire". Some forms are considered benevolent, others are considered wicked.
Early into DS1 you learn that pyromancy is heresy and that clerics despise it. Clerics do worship Fire, but in the form of Miracles, The Gods and their Light.
Nito, Lord of The Dead and the sorcerer dragon, Seath, were both Lord of Fire. These Lords don't practice pyromancy, and their relation to fire is at times quite vague.
"God's Wrath", the precursor of the Miracle "Wrath of The Gods", is derived from the Soul of The Dragon God, who is described as "The Sultan of Chaos".
The Soul of The Dragon God was also used to create the first "Fireball" and the first "Firestorm", suggesting that Lighting and Pyromancy could have a common root.
The First Flame, the progenitor of the Souls of Lords, may have been something like The Dragon God, a beast at the root of both Lightning and Pyromancy.
The Witch of Izalith and her Daughters of Chaos, attempted to revive The First Flame. The result was The Chaos Flame.
In DS3, the Curse-Rotted Greatwood, a pregnant, humanoid tree, is worshipped above the hall of "The Mound Makers Covenant".
The Mound Makers have in their possession: the pyromancy "Warmth" and the katana "Bloodlust" which causes heavy bleeding, a reflection of the covenant's motives.
It's quite likely that these sights are akin to what happened in Izalith, and both areas draw connections between roots, Fire and pregnancy.
From Software's decision to fill Izalith and Blighttown with insects, wasn't made frivolously. Connecting insects to fire and defilement is something they typically do.
It all began in Demon's Souls. From the Nexus the player has access to five different areas, one of them is The Valley of Defilement and Stonefang Tunnel.
The centipedes are produced by a giant, parasitic heart . This monstrous, chained up lump of flesh, is the non-aggressive forerunner of the Brain of Mensis .
The Souls tradition is to link "insects" to fire and/or defilement, with a supplementary link to "queen" in Demon's Souls.
Cainhurst may be related to insects. They're already linked to salamanders, defilement, and "queen", and they have a courtyard filled with insectoids.
Bloodlickers are based on pretas , also called "gakis". These are souls cursed to eternal hunger and a neverending craving for putrid nourishment.
Visceral Attack refers to a number of things: instinct, fear, the noxious, the senseless, and the "viscera", the internal organs located inside the abdomen.
By means of a Visceral Attack, an enemy is eviscerated, insides strewn about the place. Gakis - pretas - are not drawn to blood, but to the disembodied excrement.
"Dreg" literally means "waste product", it refers to leftovers and sediment. It can also be used to accuse someone of being socially inferior, a criminal, or a loser.
Their item description states that dregs are "heavy" and that they will "sink to the lowest depths imaginable", like a villain.
This corroborates the idea that "dregs" is derogatory and "like sediment", and it fits into the theory that Bloodlickers are attracted to excrement.
But the river of blood is actually contaminated by droppings , most likely left by Ludwig, most likely after he ate people.
"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
The item description of "Blood Rapture" conjures up images of sex and blood, the desire for the queen and the raw euphoria of blood.
Such descriptions insinuate that The Vilebloods fancied feasts during which they gave in to vampirism and unrestrained hedonism.
Rosaria is the covenant leader of the DS3 invasion covenant - Rosaria's Fingers. The maggots she's connected to, could be kindred to the dark serpent, Pus of Man.
Hunters of The Nightmare are "blood-drunk", meaning that they're insane and homicidal - "frenzied"- like primordial Manus, whose humanity "went wild".
"Dark miracle taught in the Cathedral of the Deep.
Summons insect swarm to feast on foes.
These insects which lurk in the Deep have tiny jaws lined with fangs to tear open the skin and burrow into the flesh in the blink of an eye, causing intense bleeding."
The Deep is either an alternate name for The Abyss, or some twin phenomenon. It is a source of darkness, worshipped at The Cathedral of The Deep.
The Primordial Serpents in turn are being with very pronounced teeth, with which they can tear apart even Titanite. They're also described as exceedingly gluttonous.
In DS3's Irithyll, weapons like The Pontiff Knight's Curved Sword have been eaten away by insects, proving that these insects can chew through metal.
Hell itself is described in The Bible, as a place abound with the "gnashing of teeth":
Matthew 8:12, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Arguably, "gnashing of teeth" can refer to expressions of pain, or expressions of anger, just as easily as it may refer to the act of chewing.
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. Both are connected to fire.
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", like the sinners of Cainhurst.
All these areas are connected to female figures of power. In chronological 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 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 caduceus is formed by a pair of snakes, wrapped around a staff, ending in a pair of wings. Hermes used it as a wand.
The Black Witch's Staff also depicts the two serpents, and it's easy to imagine this being related to the Primordial Serpents: Kaathe and Frampt.
The Idea of Evil is also known as The God of The Abyss, which creates a strong parallel with "The Abyss (DS1)" and the twin serpents who sprouted from it.
This symbol plays a very important role in the Berserk manga.
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.
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.
Naturalism a broad term, covering a very wide range of ideas, from variations on materialism to social and political ideologies.
Technically, a "naturalist" is a person involved in the study of life forms, though conceivably it can be used to denote a promoter of any form of naturalism.
Naturalism has strong ties to atheism and scientism, it's also related to those social and moral ideas that hinge on "natural law"
One natural law seems inherent to Cainhurst: the belief that one should accept the natural order of things. The idea has always been popular among aristocrats.
Nobles have often believed themselves to be natually superior to their subjects, and that all class distinction was supported by God himself.
The right of the strongest is inherent to this ideology, and the right of the strongest is the default reasoning of a sociopath.
Right of the strongest is an idea often attributed to vampires as well, predators, which are stronger and faster than humans.
Naturalism can also be interpreted as "giving in to natural urges" or "to do as in nature", the ideal reasoning for those who act as predators and live unbound by rules.
Autarchy means self-rule, the first principle of this form of government is that every individual rules himself.
It is related to anarchism - a form of government without government. "Anarchists" is another anagram of Cainhurst Castle.
They're complex terms, part of contemporary political philosophy. They exist in many different forms, from modest to radical.
The question remains to what degree The Vilebloods are truly emancipated. They serve their queen, and whichever deity put her in place.
It's also a question if slavery to bloodthirst constitutes true freedom, or a diminishment of human consciousness.
The word "carnal" is predominantly used to denote sexual acts. Etymologically the word means "natural" and "of the flesh".
Carnal refers to wordly, material things and can therefore be connected to the anagram "naturalists", discussed earlier.
In medieval times people attributed the material to Satan. In fact, "satanist" is another anagram of Cainhurst Castle.
Another anagram is "Actualists", which refers to the philosophy that nothing exist but the actual world around us.
This can be interpreted as meaning: "morals do not exist", or as an invitation to embrace unrestricted materialism.
"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 is mythological figure, who 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 another anagram of Cainhurst Castle, it can mean "release" - or the dissolving of some kind of karma.
"Saccharins" are artificial sweeteners. They taste very sweet, but have almost no nutritional value.
"Sarcastic" is another anagram. Sarcasm is a form of humor that employs bitter comments and harsh criticism.
As a symbol it represents threefold destruction, and as a trident it relates to Neptune/Poseidon, water, fishing, and blood.
Of all armorpieces, the Cainhurst Helmet stands out as extraordinarily detailed and its embossments display numerous scenes related to the plot.
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.
Those in Fishing Hamlet have a much more dreary appearance . 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.
Serpico is the bodyguard and lover of General Farnese. He senses that Guts might try to kill his royal blooded mistress, and draws his sword against him.
I call it "the idol" it's the depiction of a man-shaped dragon or beaked creature. It holds up it's hand in the manner of a lord or god.
A similar, but more slimelike growth can be found in the Research Hall, clawing around the piston that powers the great elevator.
These images suggest a very twisted spirit, only a fool would put on this helmet willingly.
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 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.
There's are some remarkable patterns on the great bridge leading up to Cainhurst Castle , composed of small black stones.
These are quite odd, because the bridge is composed of bricks, and these "pebbles" don't belong there.
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.
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
A very important match exists between this chair and the drapes inside Annalise's throneroom .
Another direct match is found in the woodcarving "Tentacle Daisy ". It's a recurring ornament in the Cainhurst library .
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.
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.
It's also possible that they worked their own themes into the architecture. After all, the nobles could have been influential investors.
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 .
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.
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.
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 Widows have a "Blood Scream", their hands are tied and their necks have 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.
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 , .
Even more mysterious is that only this one female reappears, the 3 other statues connected to Cainhurst are nowhere to be found.
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.