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 Lore of Old Yharnam and Blood-starved Beast
All over Old Yharnam you can find figures wearing red robes who are strung up and hanging upside down.
Some believe that these hanging corpses are Pthumerians whose blood has been harvested.
In favor of this theory is that the corpses are very tall , which could be a symptom of the Scourge of Beasts.
This cult may very well have filled the role that the Chaos Witches filled in Dark Souls.
What exactly happened to the cult isn't clear.
Maybe something they orchestrated ended in fiery chaos, or perhaps The Healing Church attacked.
In the end Old Yharnam was unsalvageable and left to the beasts. Who benefitted from this situation isn't known.
Djura, the Ashen Hunter stayed behind in Old Yharnam defending the beasts that he still believed were people.
It could be that Djura feels for the beasts because he knew them personally and once called them friends.
It's also possible that Djura sympathizes because he is himself a heretic.
He understands what the beasts are and what they wanted to be. Perhaps he even feels responsible for what happened to them.