Provost Willem

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Location Drops
Byrgenwerth 2545 Blood Echoes
Eye Rune

Provost Willem is a non-player character in Bloodborne.

Provost Willem is the head of Byrgenwerth, an academic institute from which the Healing Church originated. He and his students pioneered research of the old blood discovered in the subterranean labyrinths beneath the city of Yharnam, aiming to advance the evolution of humankind and achieve higher planes of thought. Despite Willem's central role in the foundation of the Healing Church and particularly the Choir, their paths ultimately diverged and Byrgenwerth was abandoned by all but a few loyal scholars; now, at the end of his days and barely even able to speak, he can only sit in his favorite chair and await the arrival of one who can unlock the lake's secret.

Provost Willem Information





  • Provost Willem seems to be incapable of speech by the time the player meets him, only pointing the way towards Rom, the Vacuous Spider, and sighing if the player attempts to talk to him.

Upon examining the skull in the Grand Cathedral:

Laurence: “Master Willem, I've come to bid you farewell.”

Master Willem: “Oh, I know, I know. You think now, to betray me.”

Laurence:“No, but you will never listen. I tell you, I will not forget our adage.”

Master Willem: “...We are born of the blood, made men by the blood, undone by the blood. Our eyes are yet to open..."

Master Willem & Laurence: "Fear the old blood."

Laurence: “I must take my leave.”

Master Willem: “By the gods, fear it, Laurence."


  • Master Willem's most important teaching is the adage "Fear the Old Blood". He encourages all the scholars of his college to seek enlightenment and ascension through other methods except using the Old Blood. We know that Laurence used Old Blood because he thinks that it is the key for humanity's ascension. Master Willem felt betrayed since Laurence didn't follow the "Fear the Old Blood" adage. Laurence later then found the Healing Church and made blood ministration/blood healing the cornerstone of the church.
  • According to the Graveguard Set, Provost Willem kept two loyal servants at Bygenwerth. One of them is Dores, who became the graveguard of the forest. The other servant became the password gatekeeper that guards the gate in cathedral ward which leads to the forbidden forest.
  • Master Willem's teachings in the College of Byrgenwerth eventually branched out and inspired the development of many organizations such as The Healing Church, The Choir and The School of Mensis. From the description of the Blindfold Cap, elite members of the healing church, the choir, payed homage to Master Willem's teachings by wearing this cap. According to the Student Set, the healing church borrows heavily its design.


Other Notes:

  1. At this moment, this NPC does not seem to play any significant role beyond dropping blood echoes and the Eye Rune if killed.
  2. When attacked he bleeds silver colored "blood", similar to Slime Students (possibly mercury).
  3. He has things growing out of the flesh on his back. The growths and the flesh can be mistaken for candles and molten wax.
  4. The growths have a luminous, plantlike quality and they may be a variant of the plants growing out of Rom's back.
  5. The blood mentioned above looks to be the same as the blood of the Celestial Mob and the Celestial Emissary.
  6. If the Beast Roar is used within distance of him he will jerk and turn towards where it was used (Tested once)
  7. If he is talked to after the above is done he will no longer point towards Rom, The Vacuous Spider
  8. The growths that appear on his back are similar to that of cordyceps fungi, a type of fungus that can affect the brain of its host insects.
  9. If you kill him, he seems to be aggressively cursing someone or something, without saying a word, of course.

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    • Growths05 Jul 2016 08:43  

      Someone else posted about this, but I'm re-posting because nobody seems to be giving it much thought. What is going on with Willem's back? Look at the back of his neck; it looks like there are mushrooms sprouting out of him. Why? What sort of physical change could he be undergoing to cause him to be so pale and nasty? Maybe he's devolving into a slime creature like the rest of the people in the Lecture Building? Whatever it is, something is clearly very wrong with him. He is not an ordinary old man nor a beast.

      • I "May" have found a major point of the LORE, here...05 Jul 2016 08:43  

        The Beast skull of the church... Could it be... the rest of Laurence ?! Think about it : <br/> <br/>- First of all, Vicar Amelia said clearly "seek the old blood"... strangely the opposite of what Willem talked about in the flashback... flashback that we have by touching the skull ! And then, what happen ? <br/>Ka-bloo-hee ! She became a beast ! Coincidence ? mechanic of Gameplay ? Not sure... <br/> <br/>- Second point, Willem suspected that Laurence will betray him : he who, I must say it to make my point, made a connection with the old ones... He who was respected by all the Healing Church... and most important part : he who just snapped any form of communications with the Old Ones ! Why ? We don't know... but whatever it was, he never wanted to get F*kin' closer of them, or even involved with them anymore... Besides : just look at him ! I think he paid a really hard and heavy price for his participation in the project of "making contact"... I even think his eyes are no more. And by this, I don't mean that he's blind : I mean that, at some point, his eyes have completely burned or even blew up ! All that from what he saw within the Old Ones... bloody hell ! After that, even I would fear the old blood ! (O m O" ) <br/> <br/>- Third and last, [ maybe I'm a little crazy with this idea, but... give me a chance. ] Are these guys, these "church doctors" still, um... "human" ? I mean, I could understand why the villagers would hunt us : because they're driven crazy by the plague of lycanthropia ; because of blood or even because we're an outsider, but... why them ? We work on the same side ! We hunt beasts too ! We are lone wolves indeed, but we have got the same tactics : beat the s* out of the monsters ! So why ? And here's my completely crazy idea. Don't throw me heavy rocks on the face, please... ... ... unless they were driven crazy by insight ( because : beasthood turned us into furry ; insight seams to slowly turn people slendermen ) and kill everything without distinction... I would say that, at some point, a part of them was used / or were maybe conscient to hunt anyone... for their blood. <br/>And so, my conclusion about this possible lore : <br/> <br/>I think that a part of the Church was corrupted by the lust for blood, or power, or wisdom... like every men in the old city ! Which is maybe why there's such a strange relic in the church : the skull of the one, Laurence, who embraced the blood, and became a beast ( maybe was he the first one of the church ? Even before Ludwig ? ). This could explain a lot... in the end, there is no better words... man is a wolf to man. <br/>And you ? What do you think about it ?

        • Possible Glitch/Extra Dialogue?05 Jul 2016 08:43  

          After killing him for the eye rune, I noticed that I could still talk to him (there was no body there so I was confused and attempted it) and there was some extra dialogue of "ah- ah." Or something extremely similar to that. It's very interesting that he was still able to communicate beyond death.

          • ...05 Jul 2016 08:43  

            So I am on my first playthrough and I fell off before talking to him because of yurie when I went back the rune was there... is he gone forever?? (until ng+)

            • possible explanation for the growths on his neck.05 Jul 2016 08:43  

              tomb mold description - Mould that grows from rotten flesh and blood inside the old labyrinth. Matures to bear giant spores.&quot; and since he was the pioneer more or less i speculate that he has tomb mold growing from the back of his neck... lol be funny if he turned into a chalice dungeon or material idk just throwing random ideas to what that mold would end up doing to him in expansions maybe if left alive dlc will allow him to be harvested idk just shooting some ideas.

              • I see..05 Jul 2016 08:43  

                ..A lot of posts about Willem and his growths, and I'd like to remind people that regular humans in this world follow the same rules as we do: They grow old and die. This fact, along with the various references to Willem somehow being dead or gone more or less confirms that he's no longer human - At least not entirely human. There's no way a regular person would ever grow as old as him, and humans don't bleed white. Now, his blood is similar to that of the doll, but it's -NOT- the same as the weird babies and Celestials. If you look closely you'll see that his blood is a bright silvery color, while theirs is actually a darker greyish green, as though it's somehow corrupted or dirty. <br/>That the growths on his back are similar to those on the face of Ebrietas is also -NOT- true. His growths are florescent and spire-like, indeed similar to some forms of fungi. The growths on Ebrietas are not florecent, far larger and clearly tube-like and hollow. <br/> <br/>Do I know what's going on with him? Not really, other than the fact that it obviously somehow relates to Rom, and that Master Willem himself is likely on the verge of being entirely mindless but somehow undying. I personally believe that he has transcended humanity but possibly at the cost of his mind. <br/> <br/>If I had to come up with a theory, I'd say that the Rom is titled 'Vacuous' because (as one note states) he will not share the knowledge of what happened in the last days of Byrgenwerth. I think the Willem left his knowledge with with Rom, or somehow at least sacrificed his own mind to seal Yahar'Gul. A note states that he 'Left his secrets with the lake' but I don't think Rom is what that's referring to, seeing as so many others are aware of Rom and the Great Ones.

                • The skull in Grand Cathedral, and the memory thereof, is Laurence's.05 Jul 2016 08:43  

                  Miyazaki confirms this in his interview in the Bloodborne Future Press guide. He goes further adding that his skull "served as the start of the Healing Church itself..." Should've listened to Willem, Laurence!

                  • Could he be Rom?05 Jul 2016 08:43  

                    Did anyone ever let him live until Rom is defeated and then went back to see what's up with him? I have the strange feeling that he is Rom but I can't quite wrap my head around this theory.

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