Amygdala is a boss that appears in Bloodborne.


 

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.

 

 1. Introduction

 2. Significance of the name "Amygdala"

 3. Amygdalas Around The World

 4. Byrgenwerth

 5. Amygdala And The Mi-Go

 6. Amygdala The Fruiting Body

 7. Amygdala and Chaos

 8. The Connection Between Amygdala and Gerðr The Jötunn

 9. Amygdala's Sex and Gender

10. Azathoth

11. Observations & Trivia

 

Introduction

Amygdala is a giant, nine-limbed monster that resides in the Nightmare Frontier.

Referred to as "Lord Amygdala" by Patches the Spider, Amygdala may be behind his transformation into a spider. 

An NPC with the voice of Patches will bestow upon you the Tonsil Stone if spoken to after the death of Rom.

This rock, which looks like Amygdala's head, may be used to gain access to the Nightmare Frontier.

Within the Nightmare, Amygdala rests invisibly atop a tower until the player gets close. She drops the Ailing Loran Chalice.

In the following quotations, Patches talks about Amygdala or mentions nameless divines.

 

"Heh heh heh heh...Oh Amygdala, oh Amygdala...
Have mercy on the poor bastard...Hah hah hah!"

"What a joy it is, to behold the divine.
It must be such a pleasure. You're in my debt, you know.
You're in nigh on a beast of the field, but here you are, treading a measure with the gods."

"Hah hah hah! Don't dally, you lucky scamp! The gift of the godhead
cometh! Heh heh heh... yes... Ha hah!"

"Ah, well met. My apologies, but I feel a profound thought occurring...
On the good grace of a certain god, and the way he meted out his love. *laughs*"

 

Significance of the name "Amygdala"

    

1. Amygdalae are a pair of neural nodes inside the brain. Amygdalae are part of the limbic system, a very old part of the brain, and are involved in processing emotional reactions. Amygdalae link memories to emotions. Amygdalae assure that you store frightening experiences and that you respond adequately to a situation that you remember as frightening. They're also needed to recall the emotional nature of memories. This could mean that Amygdala's behavior is related to a very emotional memory.

2. Amygdala is the medical name for "tonsil". The tonsils are a pair of glands at the back of the throat, they serve to protect the body against infection. Standing on the frontline of the body's immune system, they're infamous for getting infected. Like the appendix, they are often removed upon infection. Upon the item Tonsil Stone, you can read: "A latticed, deformed rock, or perhaps a meteorite. Appears useless, but possesses some odd gravitational force that prevents its riddance." It states that the stone is malformed, useless but difficult to get rid of. This malformed, useless rock could refer to the nature of the "not so important" tonsils. This might illustrate the nature of Amygdala. It's possible that she's unwanted and malformed but difficult to get rid of. A tonsil stone is a real thing, they're sometimes formed in the crevices of the tonsils. They're harmless but spread a putrid smell.

3. Amygdalē is Greek, meaning "almond". Amygdaloid is a word used to refer to anything shaped like an almond, specifically this refers to a spectrum of shapes in between a triangle and an ellipse. The almond tree blooms in winter. The nuts produced by the wild variant contain deadly poison.

4. A hernia of the cerebellar amygdalae - "cerebellar tonsils" - entails a Chiari malformation. This can cause headaches, difficulty focusing, concentrating, and thinking, reduced coping skills, fatigue, muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, gagging, choking, vomiting, dizziness, nausea, tinnitus, impaired coordination, neck pain, unsteady gait and balance problems, poor hand coordination, numbness and tingling of the hands and feet, as well as speech problems. Less often, people with Chiari malformation may experience tinnitus, slow or fast heart rhythm, a curvature of the spine (scoliosis), abnormal breathing, central sleep apnea, and, in severe cases, paralysis.

 

Amygdalas around the world

Lesser Amygdala Grab - Yahar'gul Amygdalan Statues - Nightmare Grand Cathedral Amygdalan Head - Hunter's Nightmare  

The being generally referred to as "Amygdala" is the boss found inside the Nightmare Frontier, which drops the Loran Chalice.

But there are many other important "amygdalans", like the "Lesser Amygdalas ", found in Cathedral Ward and Yahar'gul.

Most Lesser Amygdalas are found in Yahar'gul, to see the creatures you must have defeated Rom, or have acquired 40 insight.

Amygdalan art appears in Byrgenwerth Amygdalan Statue - Moonside Lake, The Nightmare Frontier Amygdalan Statue - Nightmare Frontier, Cathedral Ward Amygdalan Statue - Grand Cathedral and The Hunter's Nightmare Amygdalan Statue - Nightmare Grand Cathedral.

Art also appears The Forbidden Woods Amygdalan Statues - Forbidden Woods and Yahar'gul Amygdalan Statue Of Yahar'gul Chapel Amygdalan Gargoyle, while corpses are found in The Hunter's Nightmare Amygdalan Petrified Corpse.

The white marks on their dried out exoskeletons Nightmare Amygdalan Exoskeleton indicate that these Nightmare amygdalans were of the boss variety.

Unlike the boss variant, Lesser Amygdalas cannot be damaged, have darker pigmentation, and no white marks Amygdala's Head  .

Lesser Amygdalas have tentacles extending from their heads The Tentacles Of Lesser Amygdalas, but Amygdala does not herself have any tentacles Amygdala's Head.

Amygdala also has a glowing chest opening Amygdala's Glowing Chest Opening, but Lesser Amygdalas only have a non-glowing chest opening .

One Lesser Amygdala in Cathedral Ward is responsible for warping the player to The Hunter's Nightmare DLC Lesser Amygdala - Invisible Grab Attack Curse The Fiends, Their Children Too.

This can only happen after the player has acquired The Eye of a Blood-drunk Hunter, otherwise the grab deals damage.

Finally, Amygdala boss fights can be found in Great Isz and Lower Loran Root Chalices and The Pthumeru Defiled Chalice.

 

Byrgenwerth

There's evidence to suggest a connection between Amygdala , Byrgenwerth and The Garden of Eyes / Mi-Go Zombie.

Byrgenwerth's garden is aligned with statues of mutating humans  , some which much resemble Amygdala  .

The Garden of Eyes of Byrgenwerth, has amygdalan traits as well, like numerous eyes  , and a segmented tail  ,.

On top of that, they carry black orbs  , depicting a 10 legged spider, which are also aligned with numerous eyes.

There are important differences as well, like Gardens having a form of wings, and being Kin, which Amygdala is not.

The Gardens also have 5 fingers and toes, whereas Amygdala has 6 fingers on each hand  and 6 toes on each foot .

 

Amygdala and the Mi-Go

  

The Mi-Go are aliens imagined by Lovecraft, described as having a "convoluted ellipsoid" for a head, covered in antennae .

The arthropod like creatures have diverse limb counts, which may explain why Gardens of Eyes have 12 limbs, and Amygdala 9.

Mi-Go may remove and attach new limbs, like tools. That same behavior is shown by Amygdala during the boss battle Amygdala, Ripping Of Two Arms Amygdala, Weaponizing Ripped Off Arm.

The Mi-Go are described as fungoidAmygdala's head imitates latticed fungi like Colus , Ileodictyon , and Clathrus .

Mi-Go are also described as crustacean-like. While Amygdala doesn't exactly remind of a lobster, she's certainly arthropod-like. 

Mi-Go have an insect-like society divided into castes: worker, soldier and scientist. Gardens of Eyes may be this scientist cast.

They worship The Outer Gods and are of malicious intent. Their name is derived from the Tibetan "Migou" which means "Yeti".

The Mi-Go are made from otherworldly matter, and cannot be caught on film, making their detection seem like an hallucination.

Amygdalans are similarly undetectable , becoming visible only after the player either defeats Rom or amasses 40 Insight.

 

Amygdala, The Fruiting Body

  

"Mould that grows from rotten flesh and blood inside the old labyrinth. Matures to bear giant spores." - Tomb Mold

"Tomb Mold" is the blood-drinking fungus that infests The Labyrinth Labyrinth Vegetation - Concept Art, and is likely to have some connection to Kin.

While fungus can be found in every type of Pthumerian Labyrinth, its "giant spores" may only be found within Isz .

Above ground, giant spores appear on the spider of the Altar of Despair  and in the cave beneath Iosfka's Clinic  

They also appear in The Hunter's Nightmare, in the ash generated by the black lava , and in the river of blood .

Master Willem appears infested by fungus .  Mi-Go are fungoid, and fungi seem to have some connection to Kin.

Gardens of Eyes are Kin, as are the mushroom-like Celestials Sprouting Celestials, and the mushroom-eyed Celestial Larvae  .

Amygdala's unusual head resembles the fruit of Phallaceae , a family of fungi with diverse fruits     .

The Labyrinth ceilings   are covered in mycelium, the white threaded, subterranean body of a fungus  .

It may be mistaken for cobwebs, but the size and structure are off, and spiders don't hang webs parallel to a surface.

Fungi are subterranean predators, who grow hyphae in search of food, which once found is infested and consumed .

Mushrooms are what mycelium produces when the fungus seeks to reproduce, they are merely its reproductive organs.

Mushrooms in turn release clouds of spores, which should they land on food, will then sprout hungry mycelium threads.

That Amygdala's head resembles a fruiting body, could indicate Amygdala as being the transient phase of an organism.

But Amygdala's "Phallaceae head" could also be a living, breathing insult, connecting her amygdaloid head to genitalia.

 

Amygdala and Chaos

Apart from its similarities to latticed fungi, Amygdala's head also takes after the swellings of the DS1 "Egg Carrier Undead Egg Carrier".

In DS3, the latticed pattern appeared as fungus on a staff Storyteller's Staff - Latticed Poison Pattern, which the Corvian used to cast fire and poison spells.

It's a recurring pattern associated with poison Consumed Garden - Latticed Poison Pattern Yorgh's Spear - Latticed Poison Pattern Sanctum Soldier - Latticed Poison Pattern. The staff relates Amygdala to both fungi and pyromancy.

The witches and their pyromancy are entwined with poison, and are at times capable of "insight related invisibility Quelana - Invisibility".

Quelana refers to her mother and siblings as "deformed" Quelana - Deformed Creatures, which is also the word chosen to refer to amygdalans Eye Of A Blood-Drunk Hunter - Directions.

"A latticed, deformed rock, or perhaps a meteorite.

Appears useless, but possesses some odd gravitational force that prevents its riddance. A dubious soul once said:

Step lightly round to the right of the great cathedral... The gift of the godhead will grant you strength..." - Tonsil Stone

Amygdala's spider-like traits were also exhibited by Quelaag Half Spider Witch Quelaag, The Daughter of Chaos The Daughter Of Chaos and The Bed of Chaos The Bed of Chaos 

The insect-like Centipede DemonCentipede Demon and Ceaseless Discharge Ceaseless Discharge, both had a large orange gash on their chests Centipede Demon - Chest Gash Ceaseless Discharge - Chest Gash.

Amygdala has the same trait Amygdala - Glowing Chest Gash. For Centipede Demon this served as a mouth Centipede Demon Eating, the same may apply to Amygdala.

The Bed of Chaos had tentacular hair Bed Of Chaos - Tentacle Hair A Bed Of Chaos - Tentacle Hair B, a feature that seems related to the tentacles of the Lesser Amygdalas Lesser Amygdala Tentacles.

Earlier designs of Amygdala were more plant-like Amygdala - Concept Art A Amygdala - Concept Art B, and she's linked to a poisonous swamp, just like the witches.

This swamp is filled with illustrations of a great tree Nightmare Frontier - Great Tree Imagery and roots Evil Eye Roots, which may be references to Lost Izalith Bed of Chaos - Concept Art Great Roots of Izalith.

The scythe-shaped form of the Amygdalan Arm Amygdalan Arm - Concept Art may also be explained as a recycling of The Bed of Chaos' arm Bed of Chaos - Scythe Claw.

 

The Demon Ruins and Lost Izalith were overgrown by great roots Demon Ruins - Great Roots Lost Izalith - Great Roots, like those seen below Amygdala's arena Nightmare Frontier - Great Roots.

Their areas were lava themed Lava Themed Demon Ruins. The Nightmare Frontier also shows signs of volcanic activity  Nightmare Frontier - Molten Rock Real World - Molten Rock  Nightmare Frontier - Basalt Columns A Nightmare Frontier - Basalt Columns B Svartifoss Iceland - Basalt Columns.

The Caryll Runes found in The Nightmare Frontier are about reducing poison and fire damage, as well as increasing health.

Pthumerians live in a labyrinth overgrown by bizarre roots Labyrinth Roots Doorway Labyrinth Roots Tunnel Labyrinth Roots Ceiling and they are proficient pyromancers Pthumerian_Ritekeeper_Thumb2 Pthumerian Elder Pthumerian Undead.

Their Keeper of the Old Lords Keeper Of The Old Lords, with its Bone Ash Set, is a pyromancer who echoes witches of other titles Yuria The Witch Karla - Dark Souls 3 Witch Beatrice.

Enemies of the cut content greatly resemble the Chaos Demons of Dark Souls Cut Content - "Creeper" A Cut Content - "Creeper" B Capra Demon - Dark Souls Remastered Taurus Demon - DS1 Old Demon King - DS3 (credit Sanadsk & co)

The Fiery Chaos carries ties to pregnancy The Chaos Larva - DSR The Vessel Shield (Old Chaos) - DS2 Curse-Rotted Greatwood - DS3, and pregnancy plays a large role in Bloodborne as well Celestial Child Of Arianna Queen Yharnam - Pthumerian Pregnancy.

The Egg Carrier eggs, which resemble Amygdala may have been designed after the eggs from the Alien series Egg Carrier - Sack Opens Facehugger Egg.

The Vile Maggot within grabs the player by the face and lays eggs, which resembles the function of the Facehugger Facehugger.

If that was the inspiration, then connections between aliens and chaos already existed in DS1, thus producing Amygdala.

Such maggots made it into Bloodborne as Hateful Maggots Hateful Maggot, which infest the Silverbeasts near Amygdala NMF Silverbeast - Maggots Showing NoM Silverbeast - Maggots Extending.

 

The connection between Amygdala and Gerðr the Jötunn

Gerðr was a legendary giantess, or Jötunn, who caught the eye of the Norse god Freyr.

He looked upon her ravishing looks and became heartsick with love.

Freyr confided in his servant Skírnir that he had seen a beautiful girl with shining arms Gerðr With The Shining Arms Amygdala With The Shining Arms.

"From Gymir's house I behold forth
A maiden dear to me;
Her arms glittered, and from their gleam
Shone all the sea and sky."
"To me more dear than in days of old
Was ever maiden to man;
But no one of gods or elves will grant
That we be together should be."

Skírnir then rides to Jötunheimr to deliver his lord's marriage proposal to the beautiful lady.

Upon arrival, Skírnir offers 11 golden apples of eternal life and a golden ring that multiplies on its own, if only she will marry Freyr.

Yet Gerðr refuses his offer, for the Jotuns are on hostile terms with the Aesir gods and Gymir, Gerðr's father, has no lack of gold.

It is then that Skírnir pulls out his sword, swearing to cut off the girl's head, but Gerðr refuses for she will not be coerced.

Skírnir then threatens to kill her father and he pulls out his magic wand, with which he may curse Gerðr.

He says that she will be forever lost to the sons of men. From early morning, Gerðr will sit on an eagle's mound, facing Hel.

Food shall be hateful to her. Her appearance will be a spectacle. They will glare at her. Everything will stare at her.

Gerðr will experience "madness and howling, tearing affliction and unbearable desire" and in grief, tears will flow from her.

Harassed by fiends in Hel, At the roots of the world The Roots Of The World, the finest thing Gerðr will be given to drink is the urine of goats The Nightmare Frontier Swamp.

He carves the runic character *thurisaz on Gerðr, as well as three runes symbolizing lewdness, frenzy, and unbearable desire.

 

 In the Norse story, Gerðr gives in and marries Freyr, but Amygdala may have had a worse ending, with her becoming cursed.

Gerðr is described as a Jotun with shining arms. Amygdala has shining arms Amygdala's Shiny Markings Her Glowing Hand Amygdala's Brightest Arm, and "Lesser Amygdalas" do not.

Above I mention the possibility that Amygdala is a Mi-Go. "Mi-Go" is derived from a Tibetan word for "Yeti" - a snow giant.

Skírnir stated that Gerðr would be lost to the sight of men, explaining why Amygdala resides in such an isolated dimension.

He also promised that Gerðr would live in Hel "at the roots of the world", and massive roots are seen beneath her arena The Roots Of The World.

She would also be spectacularly ugly, and drink nothing but piss, which may have become the poison of the Nightmare Poison Of The Nightmare Frontier.

Skírnir also said that Gerðr would sit on a mound, facing Hel. Amygdala sits atop a tower Amygdala On Her Tower, facing the Nightmare Frontier.

He declares that she is to be with a three-headed "Thurs" and he marks her flesh with the rune "Thurisaz", and also three others.

Thurisaz can mean Jötunn but can also mean "torment" or "thorn", translating to a three-headed: "torment", "Jötunn", or "thorn".

In that context: Amygdala has a tail which ends in three points Amygdala's Trident Tail and also has three, trident-shaped, spines on her back Amygdala "Three Thorns".

"Gerðr" is a variant of Gertrude, which means "spear of strength". Statues of amygdalans often hold spears  or staves .

The NMF contains these sludge covered staves Nightmare Frontier - Sludge Covered Staves. The slime on the church spears Cathedral Ward - Amygdalan Spear suggests they depict the same object.

 

Supporting the Gerðr theory is the theory that Amygdala is related to the Chaos Witches Chaos Witch Quelaag Bed Of Chaos of Dark Souls 1.

The witches lived beneath an infected swamp Poisonous Swamp "Blighttown", which happened to absorb the excrement of The Depths The Depths.

There are potent parallels regarding the looks, themes, and enemies of The Nightmare Frontier and Blighttown.

Blighttown was full of Giant Leeches Giant Leeches - Blighttown who could only spit and thrash, much like the NMF Crawlers Crawlers - Spit Attack Crawlers - Thrashing Slugs.

Blighttown had giant, boulder throwing "barbarians Infested Barbarian". The NMF is the home of boulder throwing Yetis Rock Throwing Yeti.

The NMF is full of depictions of a great tree Nightmare Frontier - Great Tree Imagery and roots Evil Eye Roots, which may be references to Lost Izalith Bed of Chaos - Concept Art Great Roots of Izalith.

Finally, The Depths contained a mysterious substance Mysterious Substance A Mysterious Substance B, as well as a large number of freakish slimes Depths Slime.

That substance is likely the precursor of "Paleblood Water Beneath Iosefka's Clinic Paleblood Water Plaque - Research Hall Paleblood Water - Rom Realm", an important substance used in research.

Enlarged Head Patients echo slimes Enlarged Head Patient - A Enlarged Head Patient - B Enlarged Head Patient - C, and they're seen near Paleblood Water, suggesting a connection.

Paleblood Water can form into plaques Paleblood Water Plaque, which may explain the stains on Amygdala's arms and brain Amygdala's Shining Arms Amygdala's Tainted Brain.

The Gaping Dragon, who appeared near the DS1 plaque, had six-fingered hands Gaping Dragon's Six Fingers, A Gaping Dragon's Six Fingers, B, just like Amygdala Amygdala's Six Fingers.

The DS1 plaque may be linked to dragon blood Dragon Blood Crystal - SoTFS, the Bloodborne incarnation of which is Blood Stone Blood Stone Chunk Twin Blood Stone Shards.

 

Supposing Amygdala is Gerðr, then is there a Bloodborne Skírnir as well?

Of Skírnir it is known that he claimed to be neither Aesir, Vanir or Alf, which means he's without a clear origin or affiliation.

As Messenger of the Gods, he's analogous with Hermes/Mercury, bearer of the caduceus Caduceus, a symbol seen in-game Pilgrim With A Caduceus Charm.

The caduceus is a recurring element of Souls titles Caduceus Kite Shield - DS1 Caduceus Round Shield - DS3  Bed Of Chaos Caduceus Pattern - DS1 Undead Crypt Caduceus Pattern - DS2, and is likely connected to The Primordial Serpents.

The symbol was likely not derived from Mercury, but from Berserk's Symbol Of God Symbol of God - Human Sacrifice The Symbol of God - The Egg's Shrine - the symbol of pure evil The Idea of Evil.

Skírnir is Old Norse for "shining one", which is analogous with "Lucifer", who in turn may be equated with "Baphomet Baphomet_Hermaphroditic_Goat_Thumb1".

"Nyarlathotep Nyarlathotep Rendering" is Lovecraft's "Messenger of The Outer Gods", who is the ruler of the Great Old Ones, akin to Oedon.

Nyarlathotep served as inspiration for The Moon Presence The Moon Presence, who's probably one and the same as Formless Oedon Moon Presence & Formless Oedon - Artbook

This Nyarlathotep/Moon Presence could pass for Skírnir, a shady and mercurial herald, the devil in the shape of a servant.

 

Amygdala's Sex and Gender

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Amygdala's sex is a matter of some dispute in the broader community, with clues pointing in opposed and puzzling directions.

One DLC dialogue of an Amygdalan Lesser Amygdala - Curse The Fiends suggests that that Amygdalan is a female, nonetheless, some believe the voice is Kos.

Lesser Amygdalas are smaller and darker than Amygdala Lesser Amygdala - Darker Color And Tentacles, and they have tentacles, which may point to sexual dimorphism.

Patches refers to Amygdala as a "Lord Amygdala", a title that usually belongs to a male, though there remains room for doubt.

Japanese is a genderless language, which means that translating a term to English, which often demands gender, can be hard. 

As discussed above, several traits of Amygdala suggest influence by Izalith, which includes a lot of spider ladies Chaos Witch Quelaag Bed Of Chaos The Fair Lady.

Amygdalan tentacles may have come from The Bed of Chaos The Spidery Hair Of The Bed Of Chaos. The Tentacles Of Lesser Amygdalas, while The Fair Lady may have inspired the ashen color.

Patches corresponds to Amygdala in the manner of a male spider Patches - You were as a Lamb - to a large female spider Wasp Spiders - Sexual Dimorphism offering a ritualistic snack.

There is also a male Child of Chaos: Ceaseless Discharge Ceaseless Discharge - Brother Of Quelaag, with other characteristics evoking a Centipede Demon Centipede Demon - Chest Gash Amygdala - Chest Gash.

There has already been a great deal of sexual ambiguity in Souls titles, great examples of which are found in the internal ID lists.

The androgynous Gwyndolin The Androgynous Gwyndolin was listed as "ImperialMother", The Bed of Chaos / Witch of Izalith was listed as "IzalisKing".

In the data Amygdala is "FalseGodBig", and Lesser Amygdalas are listed as "FalseGod", names which have been used before.

"Nisekamisama" or "False God" was the internal ID name for a copy of "The Fool's Idol The Fool's Idol", a female boss of Demon's Souls.

The Lost Sinner The Lost Sinner With The Chaos Larva, the heir of The Witch of Izalith, is herself sexually dichotomous: very muscular The Lost Sinner - Ingame, with hints of a beard.

There are also odd parallels between Amygdala and The Sinner, like a stigma Amygdala - Stigma The Lost Sinner - Stigma, and being sentenced/disfigured/cursed.

The Lost Sinner is also connected to all sorts of bandaged enemies Lost Bastille - Gaoler Lost Bastille - Prisoner, a theme that relates to the land of Loran Beast Scourge Patient The Afflicted Beggar.

Amygdala is the keeper of the Loran Chalice. Bandages also relate to Casca Casca In The Torture Room Casca As The Thorn-Crowned Witch, which could pertain to the NMF Bandaged Casca - Stone Stacking Nightmare Frontier - Stacked Stones.

Bandages also connect to the Torturers of DS2 Torturer - DS2, and may have to do with self-harm, which relates to The Witch of IzalithWitch of Izalith - Sore Encrusted Hands.

Self-injuring is a theme directly linked to Chaos, as is "deformity Quelana - Deformed Creatures Poison Mist - Deformed Young Girl", a term also specifically affixed to Amygdala A Deformed Creature - Eye Of A Blood-Drunk Hunter The Deformed Rock - Tonsil Stone.

"A cursed sword of unknown origin bearing uncanny streaks on its blade. Attacks also damage its wielder.
The sword is not unlike a thing misshapen, granted life, but never welcome in this world.
In other words, chaos itself." - Chaos Blade DS3

"It is an alluring vortex, and a lonely soul. Effect: attacks also damage player." - Chaos Blade DS2

"Butchers Butcher - DS1" were very muscular women, connected to Blighttown "I Would Have Been Her Supper, Without You", which may have been an homage to Leatherface Leatherface, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Gender-bending is an old FromSoftware tradition, and include the change of Seath into Freja, "the coffin" and The Reversal Ring.

It also featured prominently in one of the major inspiration of Souls: Berserk. Which was full of gender experiments Griffith Pakk Flowerstorm King Danann.

The enigmatic Heavenly Daughter of DS3, Gertrude, whose name is analogous to Gerðr, is an adherent of DS3's "Angelic Faith".

This Angelic Faith was, I think, derived from God Hand The Angels of the Apostles, who wanted to bring forth an Age of Dark Evil Shall Overcome The Sacred They Shall Call It: "The Age Of Darkness". like Kaathe The Primordial Serpent Kaathe.

Kaathe was once going to appear as a boss in Lothric, staged to be the Angel of the faith of Lothric The Primordial Serpent Of Lothric, but was eventually cut.

He is worshipped by the Hollows of Londor, and is the predecessor of Rosaria of The Cathedral of the Deep, nurse of Dregs "Human Dregs".

Dregs are - in my thoughts - a kind of evil spirits that possess people The Possessed Pursuer, with a variant that exists in Bloodborne: Blood Dregs

In Demon's Souls, "Dreglings Dregling" were mad humans, Demon slaves, which I believe they still are, resembling Berserk Souls Of The Abyss Berserk's Possessed Beastmen .

In spite of many commonalities between The Cathedral of the Deep and Londor, the church in Londor is The Church of Filianore

Yet Londor contains the snail people Snail Cleric - Ringed City, connected to The Cathedral of the Deep Crying Snail Person - Cathedral of the Deep, alongside references to the sea Deep Gem Aquamarine Dagger.

Aldrich's "Age of the Deep Sea Age Of The Deep Sea - Aldrich Concept Art" could, in fact, be a complex echoing of the drowning of New Londo New Londo - DS1, the seat of Kaathe.

Water-related ideas may also have been derived from Chaos/Darkness, which is likened to water in Ancient and Biblical tradition.

It's plausible that the Church of Filianore is the same religion as that as of the Cathedral of the Deep, along with The Angelic Faith.

A follower of the Church of Filianore is called: "Spear of the Church", as it happens, spear is the meaning of the name "Gertrude".

Amygdala is connected to spears Amygdalan Spears - Grand Cathedral Sludge Covered Staves - Amygdala's Arena, hence the theory about Gertrude/Gerðr, and the embroilment of all sorts of smut Rosaria, Mother Of Rebirth.

"If thou'rt yet human, the urge will soon begin to swell.
To curse the gods, and bring ruin upon this accursed heap of dung." - Stone Humped Hag

In addition to this, the symbol of the church "Spears Of The Church", appears to be based on Sheela Na Gig Sheela Na Gig, which might refer to Amygdala Amygdala.

Chaos might explain the oddities of Filianore's Spear Ornament The Orphic Snake Filianore's Spear Ornament, New Londo could explain the details of Aldrich Mass Of Souls - New Londo Aldrich, Devourer Of Gods.

The likeness of Darkness to liquidity may explain the function of Velka Velka - Purging Goddess Of Dissolution Ghost With Child - New Londo, "Purging The Purging Monument In The Ringed City Yuria Of Londor: Purging Stone Merchant" and The Pus of ManPus Of Man: Liquid Soul Mass Cursed: Petrified Status Effect.

Such ideas of liquidity may trace back to DS2's "Darkwraith covenant": The Brotherhood of Blood Titchy Gren - Drenched In Blood and its Undead Purgatory.

Their bloody obsessions might just have inspired Bloodborne's concept of "melting in blood", and The Pthumerian Labyrinth The Pthumerian Labyrinth Concept Art.

As it happens, the jail-like Purgatory The Undead Purgatory A The Undead Purgatory B, rather resembles the prison city Yahar'gul Yahar'gul Jail Structure Yahar'gul Prison Cart (Elvish for "dark/bloodwraiths"

This Purgatory contained the two-headed Executioner Chariot Two Headed Horse With A Breath Attack - A, who is the inspiration for Ludwig in The River of Blood Two Headed Horse With A Breath Attack - B.

Ludwig and The River of Blood are tied to Kos Kos, The Sleeper and The Orphan Orphan Of Kos, which are in turn coupled to the Pthumerians Pthumerian Corpse With Undeveloped Fishbone The Orphan With Developed Fishbone.

Pthumerians worship the crying woman The Labyrinth, The Crying Woman, their dead end up in The Fishing Hamlet Pthumerian Corpse - Pool of Blood Pthumerian Corpse - Fishing Hamlet, and they're tied to water Labyrinth Salamander The Pthumerian Queen.

It's Ludwig who inspired the Deep Accursed enemy, which is tied to the deep sea faith that mirrors Bloodborne Heavenly Babies - Bloodborne Heavenly Babies - DS3 Angel Of Londor Orphan Of Kos.

This religion uses the red veiling Red Veiling - Cathedral Of The Deep, seen in Bloodborne Red Veiling - Pthumerian Elder Red Veiling - Pthumerian Chime Maiden Red Veiling - Catacomb Skulls, the motif of crying women Weeping Woman - Cathedral Of The Deep and humanlike snails Humanlike Snails - Cathedral Of The Deep.

Snails conjure up Fishing Hamlet Hamlet Snail Woman, Deep invokes Deep Ones Lovecraft's Deep Ones: Hamlet Priest Lovecraft's Deep Ones: Hamlet Fishman, and a woman tied to rebirth Mother Rosaria - Concept Art, rather reminds of Kos.

Symbols of Mensis appear near Aldrich Mensis Pattern - Yahar'gul Child Mensis Pattern - Aldrich's Chamber Of The Princess, Murkmen are covered in barnacles Barnacle Encrusted Murkman, like Fishmen and Hamlet departed Fishing Hamlet - Barnacle Encrusted Corpses.

Angel wings may be the wax-like slime of slugs Sticky White Stuff - Demon's Souls Fishing Hamlet Slime Sticky White Master Willem Angel Of Londor, or derive from human candles Human Candle: The Mensis Ritual, or from Amygdala Sticky White On Amygdala, Part 1 Sticky White On Amygdala, Part 2.

White gunk, like the stuff seen on Amygdala, yet more fog-like The Depths - White Crystal/Fog Deposits 1, appeared in The Depths The Depths - White Crystal/Fog Deposits 2 The Depths - White Crystal/Fog Deposits 3 a.k.a Lordran's sewers Lordran's Sewers - Dung Pie.

The Depths contained Slimes Slimes Of The Depths, which mirror The Enlarged Head Patients Clocktower Patient - Enlarged Head Depths Slime - Predatory Drop Enlarged Head - Predatory Drop, who also possess white markings Research Hall - Concept Art.

This white could be Messengers Messengers White Goop Messenger Growing Spectre, because Winter Lanterns Winter lantern Messengers and the Brain of Mensis Brain Of Mensis Messengers are covered in Messengers.

Messengers are white, which is the color of death in Japan, and the color is linked to figures associated with death High Lord Wolnir - Concept Art High Lord Wolnir - White/Dead Gunk Great Lady Of The Undead Crypt.

DS3's cut content tied pus and Hollows to slugs Rotten Slug Untransformed - Lance McDonald Rotten Slug / Cramped Casket - Lance McDonald, which recalls DS2's Ooze Aromatic Ooze - Magic Weapon Buff Pungent Ooze - Cut Content DS2, a reiteration of Sticky White Stuff.

Londor is heavily death oriented, and they wear white The Londor Pale Shade, alongside black. It's possible that the color refers to ghosts New Londo Ghost - Assassin  New Londo Ghost - Banshee.

Gold mask worn by those who kill in the name of the Sable Church of Londor.
A faint, kindly smile is bound to its surface, giving them the moniker Harlots of Death.
What lies beneath that expression, however, is nothing more than the face of a darkly shriveled Hollow. - Sneering Mask

One of the twisted souls, steeped in strength.
Use to acquire numerous souls, or transpose to extract its true strength.
Friede was the first Ash to enter the painting, but together with the good Father, they chose rot over fire. - Soul of Sister Friede

A braille tome of Londor, first spoken by Liliane of the Sable Church.
Give this to a storyteller to learn miracles of Londor.
This is a forbidden tome, as it offers salvation to all Hollows, and conversely curses all things living. - Londor Braille Divine Tome

Such ideas are affirmed by the strange affinity between Messengers and Murkmen Defaced Murkman - The Dregs Heap Defaced Messengers - Cathedral Ward, and their ties to Hollows The Hollow Skin The Messenger's Gift.

White blood is linked to The Darklurker Darklurker White Blood - A Darklurker White Blood - B, who takes after the Grave Wardens Grave Warden, Undead Crypt, who take after The Pthumerians Tomb Guardian, Pthumerian Labyrinth.

The Grave Wardens worshipped a lady of death Undead Crypt - Lady Of Death, who was associated with dead children, resembling Messengers Lady Of Death - Death Cherubs Death Cherubs - Close Up.

Ever since Nito, death has been intertwined with defilement Nito - Death And Disease, something reaffirmed by Nito's reincarnation: The Rotten The Rotten.

The miasma of death exudes from the sword, a veritable toxin to any living being. - Gravelord Sword

The Rotten inhabited The Gutter The Gutter, a sewage pit akin to Blighttown Blighttown, in fact, The Rotten takes after Blighttown's Butchers.

The Rotten embraces all, in his sanctuary for all things unwanted or tossed away. - Soul of The Rotten

This could indicate a closer connection of Nito to Blighttown, and death to sewage than previously thought, clarifying white ooze.

Another indication of that is High Lord Wolnir Wolnir At The Profaned Capital, the skeleton king initially staged to be the final boss of The Profaned Capital.

The Profaned Capital featured Dung Pie eating Monstrosities of Sin Monstrosity Of Sin, along with the waste inhabiting Sewer Centipedes Sewer Centipedes.

One might also point to the Dung Pie throwing Cage Spiders Cage Spiders, which mimic The Rotten, and concern Wolnir's Mound Makers.

Dung recalls Blighttown Dung Pie = Blighttown, where a Fair Lady once decided to drink all the Blightpus Pus --> Filled With Rotting Dead The (Black) Pus Of Man, explaining her ashen color The Ashen Daughter Of Chaos.

If white slop is a kind of dead, that may explain the ties between Bloodborne's slimesWhite Slop Enemy - Slime Scholar and The Pthumerian Undead Black Eyed, Pale Queen Yharnam White Slop Enemy - Vengeful Spectre.

If the dead, like Souls, can form solids then that could explain Brightstone Brightstone Cove Tseldora  - Part 1 Brightstone Cove Tseldora  - Part 2, along with The Gaping Dragon's plaque White Plaque Of The Depths.

This icky material fits the idea of Milkweed Milkweed, or Asclepias, which contains latex Latex, a distasteful, poisonous and sticky liquid.

The equivalence to Souls in this respect might explain why such white gunk was smeared onto everything Locust Preacher Splooch Grand Archive Scholar White Gunk - Old Yharnam Concept Art The Orphan Of Kos Amygdala.

Even after its accursed corpse was burned, it is said that the pungent stench of souls left the air permanently stained." - Skull Ring

The material appears on many characters Rosaria, Mother Of Rebirth Elana, The Squalid Queen Filianore, Mother Of The Church, which may have to do with an underlying connection to Izanami Izanami - Manga Rendering A Izanami - Manga Rendering B.

Izanami is the Japanese mother goddess that became a rotting demon, traces of which appear in her offshoots Death Filled Kos: The Sleeping Slug Messengers Filled Crawler: Nightmare Slug Leonhard About Rosaria Filianore - Sleeping But Deceased.

The witch capital Izalith may have been derived from "Izanami", and Izalith may be linked to Amygdala Great Roots - Lost Izalith Great Roots - The Nightmare Frontier Scythe Claw - Bed of Chaos Scythe Claw - Amygdalan Arm Bed Of Chaos Tentacles Lesser Amygdala Tentacles.

There's evidence to suggest that Bloodborne was intended to include a Chaos Demon / Izalith inspired arc Keeper Of The Old Lords - Pthumerian Witch "Lesser Demon" - Lance McDonald & Sanadsk Hateful Maggot / Vile Maggot Flower Pattern - Pthumerian Labyrinth Flower Pattern - Demon Ruins.

If connected to The Bed of Chaos Bed Of Chaos Tentacles Bed of Chaos - Zullie The Witch Cut Content, Amygdalans may also be connected to Sewer Centipedes Sewer Centipede Hair, and Tree Women Tree Woman Hair.

It's possible that Izalith is tied to the evil tree of life "QliphothQliphoth - Slan's Residence A Qliphoth - Slan's Residence B Chaos Eaters - Izalith Sewers and to Berserk's dominatrix God Hand: Slan Slan, Fire Goddess - Part 1 Slan, Fire Goddess - Part 2.

Berserk could explain traits like masochism Witch Of Izalith - Scorched Hands The Masochistic Slan The Lost Sinner, goat-demons Goat Head Apostle Capra Demon and the ties Pyromancy has to heresy The Witches Sabbath - Berserk The Witches Sabbath - Joffra Boschart

Traces of the tumultuous seedbed that birthed the beings known as Demons. - Chaos Bed Vestiges

It's worth observing at this point that Blighttown is derived from The Valley of Defilement, a swamp of barbarians and excrement.

“Archstone of the Demon Leechmonger The Valley of Defilement leads to a huge swamp into which all that is unclean flows, 
becoming a nest for putrilage, vermin, and plague.” - Leechmonger Archstone

Near Pure Mercurystone, and a fountain of blood, Maiden Astraea Maiden Astraea & The Fountain Of Blood produced Plague Babies The Plague Baby - The Blood Fetus, and founded a religion Depraved Church - River Of Blood.

The links to religion were deep, with the Depraved dropping Fainstones, and Garl Vinland's "parietal design" referencing religion.

The Valley also contained Jellyfish and vampiric Phosphorescent Slugs, which may have sired various Bloodborne ideas Snail Woman - The River Of Blood Great One's Wisdom: Phosphorescent Slugs.

Excrement infested rivers and Mensis could cause "spiritual corruption", even more so if the river has dead, Vermin or Dregs in it.

Spiritual corruption could cause a distortion of reality Yahar'gul - Mensis Ritual, a Souls idea Crestfallen Saulden - Things Shift And Waver, which was probably once derived from Berserk The Interstice - Turning Point Of Realities.

You must despise me. But remember, we Monumentals, too, are trapped within this Nexus.
For we prevent your world from breaking apart at the seams. - The Monumental

Amygdala may have been consuming this filth in the manner of the ashen Quelaan, or the atoning Lost Sinner, or the Norse Gerðr.

It's the links to these female characters that has led me to regard Amygdala as a female, in spite of the Lord, therefore male, logic.

Recent translations by Lokey_DS also indicate that in DS1 "Lord" and "King" were used, regardless of sex, for The Witch of Izalith.

That I'm wrong in this respect is not impossible, some evidence points against this thesis, but I prefer regarding Amygdala as she.

 

Azathoth

"Outside the ordered universe is that amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the center of all infinity—the boundless daemon sultan Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time and space amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes."

"Azathoth" is another one of Lovecraft's better-known deities. This primordial being is the sole creator of the universe and father of all evil gods. Though repugnant, Azathoth is described as "an idiot god". His creation of the universe, the evil gods and all life, was an accident. He's described as being void of consciousness and creates from the fundamental chaos within his nature. He did it all with the facility of taking a breath.

In Ebrietas (Lore) I discuss the possibility of Ebrietas being among the monotonous pipers which sing to Azathoth

Besides the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes, Azathoth is attended by the "muffled, maddening beating of vile drums".

Amygdala might be sounding those vile drums, as the counterpart of Ebrietas, and the other half of Azathoth's infernal orchestra.

Banging the earth with her palms, Amygdala performs long combos  , often too inaccurate and prolonged to be effective.

Many of these combos involve hitting the area just beneath her, performing these even when the player is far removed from her.

When she rips off her arms, she significantly extends her range, yet this doesn't stop her from oddly bashing the ground

The arms themselves end up looking a great deal like drum sticks , blunt instruments potentially used to worship Azathoth.

 

There are reasons to believe that Amygdala is crazed. The reference to the brain's amygdalae could indicate a profound trauma.

The fight against Amygdala may not be against a reasoned higher being, whose intent is rational and whose actions are organized.

It may rather be a fight against a delirious individual, psychotically performing a ritual, the purpose of which since long forgotten.

  

Observations & Trivia

First off, Amygdala has 9 limbs with 6 "digits" on every hand   and foot Foot, Amygdalan Statue. Each digit has a nail that is long and thin.

There are many stiff hairs on the head , back, knees and arms . Each arm has two elbows but the knees are normal.

A large cage protects her brain, inside of which numerous eyes are hidden . They come out when she screams or uses lasers.

Every eye has another three pupils, triangularly placed around the main pupil. Every hand contains a large orange "eye   Normal Hand, Amygdala",

There also appear to be smaller, auxiliary openings, which may all be functioning eyes, complementing the eyes in her head.

There's a large opening in her chest  In Lesser Amygdalas, this opening is less bright   and it "blinks" or breathes.

 

A strange "whiteness" covers some of her arms   . White, veiny lines   can be seen on her brain as well.

This substance seems fused to the flesh, and its brightness varies, with some parts dull and other parts close to luminous.

One of her arms on the right side seems to be especially bright. She holds it in such a way that the eye is always facing you .

On her back, there are three spines that form a trident . Her heavily plated, segmented tail  also ends in three points .

Amygdala "eye sockets" on her feet as well , and she can rip off her own arms, causing volumes of blood to spew forth.

The blood loss does not in any way impair her performance. The ripped off arms themselves actually remain very much alive.

Amygdala can secrete an acidic juice from her "brain"   . It's not clear if this is meant to be an attack or a necessity. 

It could be the antibodies secreted by the tonsils, it could be stomach juice, it could be the tears Gerðr is supposed to shed.

In any case, the substance inflicts Fire damage, which rather supports the idea that it serves some kind of digestive function.

The original concept art of Amygdala put forward a darker creature, with more plant-like traits, and a scythe-shaped thumb.

 

 

 

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    • Anonymous

      16 Mar 2019 06:26  

      Great job, I liked specifically the details about the Garden of Eyes' spider (nightmare apostle) ball. It appears that humans who become infested with evil eyes go through a transformation in which some point will result in an Amygdala. I believe that's why they're called 'false gods', they are humans (or pthumerians, for the chalice ones) who gained tremendous power, through the cost of a lesser/fouler kind of evolution. Kin of the cosmos are also not 'true' great ones per say, they aren't unique since there's multiple Ebrietas and Roms in the labyrinth, and Ebrietas is referred specially as a left behind great one, who couldn't ascend to the nightmare/dreamlands. It all led me to conclude that Amygdalas are a type of 'evil'/opposite kin of the cosmos, who didn't ascend to great one status because the method of their transformation included the compulsive accumulation of eyes, and the Living String description mentions specifically the existence of regular eyes and the evil ones. Creatures who become kin seem to achieve it also through the consumption of eyes and/or insight, but their transformation was the standard one, compared to the Amys who definitely messed with more sinister stuff. The Witches of Hemwick for example, also mindlessly collected eyes, and their resulting power, expressed in the form of a purple arcane magic is a showcase of 'dark arcane', so to speak, since all purple arcane in the game relates to something in this line, like Amygdala's laser rays and the accursed brew (curses, anyone?). The only doubt for me remaining is what causes eyes to become evil, or to an eye to be inherently evil. Maybe that's where the labyrinth mold comes in (?). The concept of filth, tainting and stagnation permeates the game, and an infecting fungus might as well be the catalyst for the corruption of creatures' eyes (rats for example). Whoever tries to use these tainted eyes is sure to mess with the darker side of arcane magic. However, it's clear to me that Amygdalas somehow succeded in entering the dreamlands, unlike their kin counterparts. That I have no idea why and how.

      • Anonymous

        28 Oct 2018 01:17  

        my main question is how there are multiple amygdala if (according to some item descriptions) all great ones are completely unique? I understand that there is a difference between lesser amygdala and the boss kind, but don't they all still count as great ones, meaning there shouldn't be multiple amygdala?

        • Anonymous

          10 Oct 2018 10:58  

          What about the theory that Amygdalas are products of the Healing Church experiments to create an artificial elder beeing? Their own god? (statues in the church, statue in Hypogean Gaol)

          • Anonymous

            19 May 2018 00:53  

            The way I like to think of it, Amygdala represents the fear that is USED by humankind to control each other. The Mensis ritual calls forth these creatures, perhaps incidentally, and they act in many places as the gatekeepers to prolong the ceremony. Only a person with remarkable will can penetrate this seal to reach the truth, as with the tonsil stone or the eye of a blood-drunk hunter. Mensis utilizes the Hunt to strike fear in the hearts of Yharnam, and simultaneously provides them with faith that the Mensis ritual is the key to salvation, when in fact it does nothing but provide the school with power over the city.

            • Anonymous

              24 Jan 2018 04:45  

              I just realized today that Amygdala only has seven arms, not eight, meaning it has nine limbs altogether. The left side has three arms, while the right has four. It's the same for the lesser variants as well. Not sure if it matters, but I thought it was an interesting detail.

              • Anonymous

                20 Jun 2017 13:50  

                I wonder if Amygdala is similar to Rom in that it protects secrets of some sort? "The spider hides all manners of ritual secrets...." At first, this seems to refer specifically to Rom, considering the note is found at Byrgenwerth, but do you think it's possible it might be referring to any spider-like creatures in the game? It's sort of strange that there are two instances of lesser Amygdalae (sounds better than "amygdalas" imo) transporting players to regions of the Nightmare. The black spiders in Mensis also seem to be protecting/hiding something, and same goes for the Wet Nurse, another creature with too many damn arms.

                While I'm at it, I was also thinking about the relations between Great Ones and the Kin, and I realized that the Kin are often referred to as the "children" of the Great Ones, despite the Great Ones being apparently incapable of reproduction. Do you think the lesser Amygdalae are truly Great Ones? or are they, like the Celestial Larvae and the "Children" of Rom simply Kin enemies? For that matter, I'm rethinking what the Great Ones "losing" their children really means. Maybe it's not that they're infertile or impotent, but rather that the Great Ones disown their children for some reason? Are they for some reason disappointed that their "Greatness" is lost on their offspring? What sets Arianna's child apart from the other Celestial Larvae to legitimize it as an infant Great One? (Probably her relation to the Vilebloods and the Pthumerians, but what makes them so special?)

                I know, it's a lot of question marks....

                • Anonymous

                  29 Jan 2017 02:11  

                  All I see is a picture of the boss and the note at the end saying this isn't official canon. Am I supposed to click somewhere? Or is there no text on this page?

                  • Anonymous

                    21 Nov 2016 19:18  

                    Tonsil in Portuguese is amígdala, since Portuguese, French, Italian and etc... are all derivatives from latin, it is the reason it is almost the same for all of them.

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