This post covers everything relevant to Izalith as far as the localization is concerned. It is based on a series of reddit posts from January 2018. Quotes include the official English script, my translation, and the official Japanese script in that order.
The Arrogant Witch
… Hmmm… I have a favour to ask… My mother, the Witch of Izalith, was one of the primeval Lords… Her power came from the soul that she found near the First Flame… She focused this power to light a flame of her own, but she failed to control it. The Flame of Chaos engulfed Mother and my sisters, and molded them into deformed creatures.
… Say, you. I have a request, but… My mother, Izalith, was once one of the first Kings. She found a soul by the First Flame and became a King with its power… And then, my mother tried to light a fire of her own with that power… She couldn’t control it. The Flame of Chaos engulfed my mother and younger sisters and made them into a seedbed for grotesque life.
Her mother’s true name is just Izalith, implying that the lost city is named after her and that her witch title is intended to distinguish between the two for outsiders.
Quelana never claims that her entire family were turned into deformed creatures, just that her mother and a plurality of daughters became the Bed of Chaos:
Art of the Flame of Chaos, which engulfed the Witch of Izalith and her daughters. Erects localized chaos fire pillars.
The Witch of Izalith, in an ambitious attempt to copy the First Flame, created instead the Flame of Chaos, a twisted bed of life.
Art of the Flame of Chaos which consumed the Witch of Izalith and her daughters. Spouts many pillars of chaos fire in the surroundings.
The ambition of the witch who tried to make a “First Flame” birthed a seedbed for grotesque life and a Flame of Chaos.
The witch created the Flame of Chaos and unintentionally transformed herself and at least two daughters into the monstrosity, which is reflected in the two “staves” on either side of the main body matching the two staff-wielding daughters beside their mother in the cinematic.
Quelana isn’t a liar, the localization simply failed magnificently on a key piece of dialogue. This also disqualifies the only evidence suggesting Quelaag and her sister were also transformed during this freak accident.
Only I escaped, and now I am here. But my mother and sisters have been in anguish since. I beseech you. Free Mother and my sisters from the Flame of Chaos. I cannot do it myself; I lack the strength, and the bravery…… But you… I realize what I am asking. But please, free their pour souls… Mother’s ambitions were misguided, no doubt, but surely a thousand years of atonement is enough!
But I alone have run away and come to a place like this. Even though my mother and younger sisters have been suffering for so, so long… That’s why, I want to ask you. Free my mother and younger sisters from the Flame of Chaos. I can’t do it. I have neither the power nor resolve to… But if it is you… I know that it is selfish of me, but please, free them all… Mother’s ambition was arrogant, but it has been 1000 years. They have probably already finished atoning…
This request comes after she saw us walk into Quelaag’s lair and come back out alive. She recognizes our strength to stand up to chaos demons, even her family. So, she gave us the quick version of what the Bed of Chaos is and why she doesn’t kill it herself.
It’s easy to conflate those two reasons as resulting from the same event, but she never actually implies this. All we know is that there was a freak accident some vague time ago and an incident a millennium ago that caused Quelana to flee home and fear returning to her face her family ever again. Both events are also tied to the witch’s ambition.
Soul of the Bed of Chaos and the mother of all demons. This Lord Soul was found at the dawn of the Age of Fire.
The Witch of Izalith attempted to duplicate the First Flame from a soul, but instead created a distorted being of chaos and fire. Its power formed a bed of life which would become the source of all demons, and is more than enough to satiate the Lordvessel.
Soul of the Seedbed of Chaos, which is the mother of the demons. One of the Souls of Kings that was found at the beginning of the Age of Fire.
A witch tried to make a “First Flame” from a soul and created a warped beast of chaos fire. That power that became a seedbed for all the demons is sufficient to occupy the King’s Vessel.
It isn’t that Izalith wanted to reproduce the same fire mentioned in the opening or other items. Rather, she wanted a similar flame that created life among other things. This and her purported arrogance disqualifies the common assumption she was acting in desperation.
The Guilty Daughter
The Witch of Izalith?… Please, do not speak of her… I abandoned my mother and sisters and fled to this land… Now I roam these parts, feigning ablution, and pretending to seek answers.
… The Witch of Izalith, huh…… Forgive me, but stop speaking of her, will you?… I abandoned my mother, younger sisters, all of them, and ran away… And now I’m a coward who claims to atone for the sin… and plays at seeking…
This comes before we kill Quelaag. The PC knows who Quelana is and asks about her mother, so she parrots our words. And her reaction to our question is to politely ask we shut it for restarting her guilt trip.
Quelana addresses her sisters collectively as younger sisters, implying that she is the oldest. “But isn’t the Daughter of Chaos in front of the boss room the oldest?!” No. That character is officially named “Daughter of the Witch Gurana”. (魔女の娘グラナ) To compare, Quelana is Craana or Kuraana (クラーナ) while Quelaag is Craag or Kuraagu, (クラーグ) so I will call her “Guelana” in keeping with the localization.
Art of the Flame of Chaos, which engulfed the Witch of Izalith and her daughters. Sweep foes with chaos fire whip.
This spell was wielded by the eldest of The Daughters of Chaos.
Art of the Flame of Chaos which consumed the Witch of Izalith and her daughters. Sweeps with a whip of chaos fire.
Even among the daughters, Sweeping Fire seems to be an art of the elder sisters.
It doesn’t specify Chaos Fire Whip (sweeping fire of chaos) in particular but Fire Whips in general. Conversely, it specifically suggests that these spells are used by the eldest sisters, explicitly plural. Guelana is among the eldest but is not the eldest. She and the others are younger than Quelana.
Have you heard of Lost Quelana? An inhuman witch, who wanders the Poison Swamp. Only no one has ever seen her, so who really knows? But what if she is another of the Quelaag sisters? Our Fair Lady would be greatly comforted by her presence.
Do you know about “Wandering Craana”? It is said that there is a nonhuman witch somewhere in the Poison Swamp. No one has seen her for certain, it is a foolish rumor, but… The person is said to be another of the Princess and Lady Craag’s sisters. If that is the case, wouldn’t she be a comfort for the Princess…?
Quelana isn’t lost, she is in self-imposed exile to convince herself that it makes up for leaving her family to some vaguely terrible fate. But this wasn’t when the Bed of Chaos was first created.
An orange ring enchanted by a witch. Reduces lava damage.
Since his sores were inflamed by lava from birth, his witch sisters gave him this special ring. But fool that he is, he readily dropped it, and from that spot, a terrible centipede demon was born.
Orange ring filled with the magic power of a witch. Reduces damage from lava.
It is a special ring that the witches, who are his older sisters, gave for his inborn “sore” tortured by lava, but the fool dropped it before long. For a terrible centipede demon had been born.
“Readily” gives the impression of him willfully discarding it, which is neither implied nor makes sense for the character. It seems the daughters that were older than him collectively gifted him the ring, and game director Hidetaka Miyazaki clarifies that he is indeed their little brother in the Dark Souls: Design Works interview.
Regardless, it implies Quelana, the oldest, was among them, meaning that she was around long enough for them to master chaos and fashion a ring for their brother who Miyazaki calls the first demon.
Ceaseless Discharge is the “continually sore one” (爛れ続けるもの) And ever since he dropped his sisters’ gift, he just plugs up his sore with his arm. Miyazaki confirms that he was born when the Flame of Chaos was still unstable, making him the first demon. This is odd since…
Demon catalyst formed from Izalith molten rock. Can be used as fire weapon.
The Demon Firesage was the first demon, and the last master of the original fire arts before the Witch of Izalith was engulfed by Chaos, creating pyromancy.
Demon staff that sharpened a lava rock of Izalith. Can be used as a weapon possessing attack power of the fire attribute.
Demon Fire Priests were the first demons and the last users of the flame sorceries, not pyromancies, of before the Witch of Izalith was consumed by Chaos.
There is supposedly already a demon which came first. However, Japanese is vague with pluralization without explicit indicators (ex: Quelana uses the suffix tachi [たち] to confirm that she means sisters) so it is possible this was meant to speak about multiple firesages.
Gods have multiple priests or holy women, and the Stray Demon is just the Firesage with less fire. Basically, Ceaseless Discharge is the very first demon but the first demons in general became these flame priests. Only the former was born before the Flame of Chaos was stabilized, hence why he can’t control it.
So that we wouldn’t mistake flame sorcery for pyromancy, the original text implies that fire sorceries predate the witch being consumed, not the firesages becoming demons/sorcerers.
Catalyst of the Witch of Izalith of long ago, when her daughters were still flame witches, before they were engulfed by the Chaos Flame.
Before the birth of pyromancy, their wands were mediums for sorcery, but knowledge of this flame sorcery has long since vanished.
Staff of the time before the Witch of Izalith was consumed by Chaos and when the daughters were still flame witches.
Pyromancy was yet to be born, so their staves were catalysts for sorceries, but these flame sorceries have been completely lost.
It is made over-abundantly clear that pyromancy only came about after the Flame of Chaos, implying the entire art derives from studying it. It also indicates that the witches’ role switched not too far into their mother and two daughters becoming a tree monster.
Wait! Why is the witch stabilizing Chaos, creating demons, and training them to be priests! Isn’t Izalith supposed to have been destroyed because of the seedbed and its demons!? Short version: no, the demons didn’t cause the current ruins we find.
Izalith was ambitious in trying to make her own First Flame, and she ultimately did create a life-giving fire like she wanted, just with unexpected collateral damage. And once that fire was stabilized, she was creating fewer Discharges and more Firesages. Now she could build an entire religion around her, Chaos, and demons!
Opens the narrow passage leading below at the far face of the great bridge in the Undead Burg.
The lower Undead Burg is a treacherous place. Do not turn your back on the wily thieves, or the wild dogs who serve the Capra Demon.
Key for the door to the shaft which heads to the lower stratum that is at the end of the wall side of the Undead Town Below the Castle “Great Bridge”.
Even in the Undead Town Below the Castle, the lower stratum is a dangerous area, and there are subordinates of the terrible Goat-head Demon wandering around, such as thieves that aim for the back and dirty stray dogs.
The Capra Demon has the intelligence to train the wild muts and command the seedy residents like a mob boss. Demons aren’t monsters. They are another race like humans or giants with their own culture and motivations. The Demon Ruins we explore are remnants of a civilization where humans and demons coexisted under the rule of witch gods.
And once the witches were well into demonic production…
Daughters of Chaos
Soul of Quelaag, once daughter of the Witch of Izalith, but now a chaos demon.
Special beings have special souls, and Quelaag’s soul contains all aspects of Chaos. Use it to acquire a huge amount of souls, or to create a unique weapon.
Soul of Craag, daughter of the Witch of Izalith who transformed into a chaos demon.
Special beings possess special souls. Use the soul of Craag that has various aspects of chaos to acquire a vast amount of souls or create a unique weapon.
Quelaag indeed transformed but there’s no indication of whether it was of her own volition or not. The evidence commonly cited for them being horrific victims of their mother’s failure doesn’t hold up, they’re not the first demons, and they’re not unhappy being demons.
Of note, her soul’s nature manifests several expressions of chaos…
A curved sword born from the soul of Quelaag, daughter of the Witch of Izalith, who was transformed into a chaos demon.
Like Quelaag’s body, the sword features shells, spikes, and a coating of chaos fire. Power affected by wielder’s humanity.
Curved sword born from the soul of Craag, daughter of the Witch of Izalith who transformed into a chaos demon.
It possesses a tough outer shell and thorns resembling the lower half of Craag’s body, is tinged with chaos, and boosts its might according to the user’s humanity.
Her furysword is a “magic” or “cursed sword” (魔剣) that includes a kanji used for demons, witches, evil, etc. We recreate this weapon from the “demonic” aspect of chaos in Quelaag’s soul, so it resembles the spider-half of her body.
A curved sword born from the soul of Quelaag, daughter of the Witch of Izalith, who was transformed into a chaos demon.
This blade inherits only the chaotic nature of Quelaag, and has a unique speckled design. Blade wielder erodes along with opponents.
Katana born from the soul of Craag, daughter of the Witch of Izalith who transformed into a chaos demon.
It inherits only Craag’s chaos nature, and a characteristic erratic-style design is borne on its blade. A cursed sword that eats away at both enemy and owner.
“Erratic” generally means speckles or spots, but can also refer to something uneven, irregular, or streaked. This refers to the wave-like design seen on the blade itself. Cut dialogue supports this:
Have you heard of Chaos Blade? The legendary sword of the ancient Undead master Makoto, its blade a swirling vortex. I heard it’s somewhere around here, but I can’t find it… It’s all I could ever wish for…… I’d do anything to have it…
Have you heard the story of the Chaos Blade? The famed sword with an erratic-dragon design, which was in the hands of the ancient Undead artisan, Makoto. I heard it is in this land and have been searching for it all this time, but… I can’t find it… Honestly, if I got my hands on it…… whatever the means…
He repeatedly compares the streaks to dragons, which might be a reference to the long serpentine bodies of Eastern dragons. Of course, it could be a hint to something deeper.
The dragon butts are narisokonai (なりそこない) which can best be put as the “failed to be”. This phrase is used to describe snakes and wyverns failing to be archdragons. We see Izalith and her daughters performing rituals that eventually create Chaos even before the dragon hunts in the cinematic, and it seems that their experiments included dragon corpses.
Back to Chaos Blade. The katana was apparently derived from the “chaotic” aspect of chaos in Quelaag’s soul, which is probably the source of their “Daughters of Chaos” moniker. The fact that they have inherited their mother’s chaos also alludes to the origin of pyromancy.
Great Swamp pyromancer. Casts fire spells and wields a hand axe.
Pyromancer of the Great Swamp. Other than pyromancies that manipulate fire, they also use a hand ax.
Pyromancies are “spell arts” or conjury, so the description needs to specify that we are receiving a fire spell. By that same token, the term doesn’t necessarily limit pyromancers to fire manipulation. Similarly, a conjurer is typically translated as a shaman or witch doctor, a tribal kind of spellcaster. This is why pyromancers are portrayed as rural mystics.
So if pyromancy isn’t literal fire magic, why do most spells manipulate fire?
My teacher, whom I imagine still resides in the Great Swamp, had a funny way of putting it. He said that “Pyromancy is the ultimate fantasy… We are born into Dark, and warmed by Fire, but this Fire we cannot touch. Those whose fascination with Fire persists, learn to hold it in their own hand.” He rather had a way with words, the old withering frog!
My master is likely still in the Great Swamp, but master had a way of saying it. “Pyromancy is, after all is said and done, longing. We’re born into Dark and captivated by fire, but can’t even touch it. Only those with such strong longing can have part of fire’s power in their hand.” There was a strange stylishness to the withered old man’s quirks…
It isn’t a fantasy, it is the embodiment of life’s longing. We are so fascinated by fire we try to learn how to hold it without it hurting us, harkening back the four Lords who were also attracted to the flame unlike anything found in the dark they were born in. And among them, Izalith was apparently the most captivated since she went so far as to study it as a science!
Pyromancy is the art of casting fire. Produce flame, the channel it; just as our ancestors did. A pyromancer must be in tune with nature herself. My home, the Great Swamp, is an abundant store of nature. You will understand, one day; it only takes time.
What we call pyromancy is, in other words, the art of fire. The art of the primal life, which kindles and uses fire. That’s why a pyromancer tries to be in nature. The Great Swamp that I’m from was also such a place. You too will understand someday.
The nuance of being the “art of fire” and not just fire arts can’t be stressed more. As Laurentius digs deeper, it is the art of a source life. The First Flame brought Disparity, especially life, and so pyromancers try to harness that fascinating power. As a result, their culture focuses on getting in-tune with nature as a means to get closer to creation; understand it, feel it, harness it. This leads to their primary worship of fire, the great creator, and Eingyi being exiled for exploring other elements of nature.
Izalith’s ambition was to create and control the very core of creation, a fire which begets life.
Pyromancy has a, well, rather primitive aspect to it. It meshes poorly with advanced culture, and pyromancers are considered rather unsavoury. Which is fine, as I never got along with anybody anyway. So, for me, turning Undead didn’t change a thing! Hah hah hah hah.
Pyromancy is said to have a certain kind of primitive aspect to it. At any rate, there are times when it is incompatible with civilization-like things. That’s why, usually, pyromancers are the hated. Well, I’m a misanthrope, so it works out just fine. Even becoming Undead didn’t change anything. Hahahaha.
Pyromancers’ shamanistic practices don’t always fit in with contemporary society, among other things, so they are hated by humans just as much as Undead. But the art was founded at the city of Izalith and its entire society was partially built up around it!
“Primitive” includes the same kanji as the “primal” life he references earlier, and we see it used elsewhere:
Mothers of Chaos
Primal pyromancy of Quelana of Izalith. Erect giant fire pillars in vicinity.
The tempestuous raging flames resemble those summoned by the Daughters of Chaos when they challenged the ancient dragons and scorched the very earth.
Primal pyromancy possessed by Craana of Izalith. Spouts many giant pillars of fire in the surroundings.
The violently devastating Great Firestorm is a vestige of the art they once used to battle archdragons and scorch the world.
Finally, we see the original pyromancies, implying Quelana’s arts are part of pyromancy’s early history.
In this land, pyromancers earn a certain respect. The Witch of Izalith, one of the legendary Lords, is the godmother of pyromancy. So, the day I became Undead, I was ecstatic. I felt as if I’d been chosen to attune myself to the ancient arts… Of course, it wasn’t all that romantic in the end…
This land has a special meaning to pyromancers. The “Witch of Izalith”, one of the first Kings in legend, is said to be the core founder of pyromancy. That’s why I was ecstatic when I became Undead. I’d been chosen, I’d touch the primal pyromancies… Well, it wasn’t such a sweet thing, now was it…
Pyromancers aren’t respected here, they respect something about Lordran. He feels lucky he suffered undeath because it got him exiled to where pyromancy was founded. Of course, getting captured and nearly eaten trying to get there killed his romanticism.
You may be wondering what the difference between being a godmother or mother of pyromancy is. The answer? Absolutely nothing.
Worn by the witch Quelana of Izalith, mother of pyromancy and Daughter of Chaos.
She wore this gold-hemmed black hood before even the Age of Fire, and it offers strong resistance versus fire, poison, and other perils.
Garments of Craana of Izalith, one of the Daughters of Chaos and a founder of pyromancy.
This gold-hemmed black hood has been her garment since before the Age of Fire, and it protects against fire as well as has strong resistance to poisons and the like.
Both Izalith and her eldest daughter Quelana are the parents of pyromancy, its founders, pioneers, progenitors. And if they’re founders, it isn’t a stretch to assume so were the other Daughters of Chaos. This is why I say “a” and not “the” founder since Japanese lacks indefinite articles.
Pyromancy came after the demon firesages, which came after the witch gained control of chaos, which happened after she and two daughters became the Bed of Chaos, hence her being first and foremost among the founders.
So once again, Quelana stuck around well after Chaos rampaged and worked with her family to invent a means to get closer to the source life they were fascinated with. Of course, that doesn’t mean the initial destruction didn’t bother her.
Pyromancy is the art of invoking and manipulating fire. But remember one thing. Always fear the flame, lest you be devoured by it, and lose yourself. I would hate to see that happen again…
Pyromancy is the art of fire, the art of lighting and controlling it. But, listen. Remember only this: Fear fire. Those who forget that fear are consumed by the fire, and lose everything. I don’t want to see something like that again…
Quelana believes that they made a mistake recklessly experimenting to fulfill their mother’s ambition of controlling her own First Flame. But she wasn’t alone in that belief. Despite training one of their most popular conjurers, pyromancers still revere her mother and are interested in learning Chaos pyromancies as the original arts.
In short, her entire family felt this way. They learned from their mistake and eventually controlled even Chaos. They taught the new species Izalith created fire sorcery, and then learned how to remove the staff from the equation entirely. Quelana simplified these Chaos pyromancies into standard fire ones, and they taught their citizens to fear fire so that they wouldn’t make their same mistake in playing with fire.
The country was rebuilt as a civilization of humans and demons with Chaos and its seedbed at the core of their technology, culture, and religion. This is why Quelana has no issue teaching us pyromancy. She disapproves of her mother’s arrogance in creating Chaos and later during some event 1000 years ago, not the culture they created together. And now all that’s left of that thriving culture are ruins and outcasts.
The True Master
Hmm… A mere Undead, yet you can see me? Fascinating… I am Quelana of Izalith. I am not often revealed to walkers of flesh. You have a gift. Are you, too, one who seeks my pyromancy? Like Salaman.
Oh… an Undead who can see my form? Interesting… I am Craana of Izalith. It has been long since someone, with the body of man, could see my form… You’re talented. Do you too aim for my pyromancies? Like that Zalaman.
She’s used to being seen by the bodies of things other than humans. This unique invisibility is apparently connected to pyromancy. And her inventory reveals the answer…
Advanced pyromancy of Quelana of Izalith. Charm Undead and gain temporary allies.
The living are lured by flame, and this relationship is part and parcel to the art of pyromancy. Can be used by either gender.
Special pyromancy taught by Craana of Izalith. Charms Undead and temporarily makes them an ally.
Life is captivated by fire, and such an art is probably another aspect of pyromancy. It can be used regardless of gender.
Not necessarily advanced, just different compared to her other, “primal” spells. It again references the concept of being captivated by fire. Quelana is likely using a variant of this spell to make her invisible to our eyes. Those with the talent not to be wholly distracted by fire are able to see her and thus worthy of being trained by her. Otherwise, the spell’s effects charm us into blocking her out, as if she is never there.
Long ago, I accepted another pupil, like yourself. Over two-hundred years ago, there was a man, almost as bungling as you… in your world he was called Salaman the Master Pyromancer. The little rascal really made something of himself.
Long ago, I accepted only one other person than yourself as an apprentice. Even though I say that, it is a story of over 200 years ago… He was not a very smart man, about the same as you. In your guys’ world, he is called Pyromancy King Zalaman or something, I believe. That youngster really became something…
Quelana constantly calls us, and apparently Salaman, a “stupid apprentice” (馬鹿弟子) and will only stop if we kill the Bed of Chaos. The localization translated out this tsundere behavior in favor of her using a softer tone once the seedbed is dead. This becomes especially awkward for Dark Souls III, since Karla (who shares Quelana’s voice actress) also jokingly calls us “stupid apprentice” in one meta dialogue.
Ultimately though, the young whippersnapper went on to become the king of pyromancy and spread his knowledge to the world of man.
Pyromancy of Carmina, who harnessed the power of flame to actualize the inner-self. strength/endurance boost, but lose HP.
Excessive power eats away the life-force of its caster, and like all dangerous spells, Power Within was kept secret for eons.
Art of the pyromancer Carmina who took in the power of fire and activated the power within. Temporarily boosts strength and endurance but decrease HP.
Excessive power eats away at the life power of the mother body. For this reason, that power was hidden all this time.
Power Within, or rather “Great Power Within”, (内なる大力) was hidden for a long time, but not to the extent that “eons” usually denotes.
Eerie Great Swamp
Great Swamp heretics face prejudice for their atypical looks.
Different Appearance of the Great Swamp
Atypical face differing from others. Prejudice gives birth to heresy, and heresy travels to the Great Swamp.
Apparently pyromancers not only have differing practices, they also have differing facial features which makes them equally “heretical” to mainstream society.
Of note, the term for grotesque doubles to mean the less harsh “atypical”. This wordplay is thematically appropriate and great foreshadowing for the demons described the same way.
The Fair Lady
Unique pyromancy crafted by Eingyi, considered a heretic even at the Great Swamp. Create poison mist.
Eingyi became an egg-bearing Undead who serves a deformed young girl who speaks an unintelligible tongue.
Unique art of the pyromancer Enjii, who was known as a heretic even at the Great Swamp. Generates a poison fog.
Enjii, who has now become Undead and been burdened with eggs, apparently serves a grotesque young lady whose language can’t be understood.
She’s not deformed so much as, again, atypical considering half of her body is a spider. And yet the citizens of Blighttown gladly come to serve the Flame of Chaos, helping the spider demons with birthing their new parasite children.
Soul of a Daughter of Chaos, Fire Keeper of Quelaag’s Domain.
A Fire Keeper’s soul is a draw for humanity, and held within their bosoms, below just a thin layer of skin, are swarms of humanity that writhe and squirm.
To her, the countless eggs which appeared were cradles for each tiny humanity.
Soul of a Daughter of Chaos, Fire Keeper of Craag’s Dwelling.
The soul of a Fire Keeper is a vessel for humanity, and this doesn’t change within their bodies. There are countless humanity wriggling under the entirety of their skin, so their form becomes a most disgusting thing.
As for her, they materialized as countless eggs. For those eggs are all a cradle of humanity.
Unlike other fire keepers who get their bodies horribly scarred by the Humanity inside them, Quelaag and her sister have been converting them into egg fertilizer. The servants then host these eggs until the parasites can take them over.
The cragspiders are actually “the diseased of chaos”. (混沌の病み人) They are the apparent end result of the Blighttown citizens’ loyalty. Similarly, we see the diseased citizens breeding fire-breathing pups and their Japanese name are “stray dogs of chaos”. (混沌の野犬)
Quelaag and her sister are supportive of Chaos and Eingyi’s roster keeps track of the high-ranking servants to determine whose worthy of entering the city core, like Kirk. Quite a clever plan to recreate the effects of the seedbed despite not hosting the whole Chaos Flame like their mother. But things went wrong…
Worse than Undead, we are diseased, and unwanted. Like the grime of the Great Swamp. But my dear, Fair Lady! She cried for me… And swallowed the great Blightpus, despite Mistress Quelaag’s orders to the contrary.
We are all troubling persons, Undead as well as afflicted by disease. Like a great excrement of the Great Swamp. But, nevertheless, the Princess wept for us… And then, she ignored what Lady Craag told her and consumed pus of the disease…
I don’t know why most instances of Eingyi saying “we” was translated as “I”. He wasn’t specifically wept for, unable to understand his mistress, or bearing eggs.
Anyhow, the localization makes Blightpus a thing but the Japanese never gives it this emphasis. It is just some of their infected material that the Daughter of Chaos ingested. And it is derailed the plan…
Quelaag, my dear sister… The eggs… it hurts. They’ve gone still… I am afraid…it may be too late…… I am so sorry, dear sister…
Hey, Big Sister. All this time, the eggs hurt. They’re not stirring. That is why I think they are no good this time… I’m sorry, Big Sister.
They’ve succeeded in the past but now that she is deathly ill the Humanity is only producing stillborn eggs which hurt her to birth.
You may notice Quelaag is only referred to as her older sister. This puts the apparent birth order as Quelana > Guelana > Quelaag > Daughter of Chaos. She is the youngest Daughter of Chaos we meet as far as we know.
As for Quelaag, I’ve seen it questioned why she refers to herself in third-person in cut dialogue. This is actually not unnatural or too uncommon in Japanese. The typical reason is for when women want to sound cute, but this can backfire. That’s because the other reason is to inflate your self-importance, which can come off as arrogant.
Combined with Quelaag’s very formal yet dehumanizing dialogue, and it gives me the impression of the latter. Talking down on us, like we should just know who that is hearing the name. One of them had to inherit their mother’s arrogance, right?
Cogs in the Machine
Egg-bearer Eingyi keeps this roster of those who serve his master, a Daughter of Chaos. Eingyi praises those who offer significant humanity to alleviate his master’s suffering.
But what is praise from Eingyi really worth?
List of the attendants who serve the Daughter of Chaos, the egg-bearer Enjii’s Princess, which he manages. Those who have offered lots of humanity to the Daughter and relieved her pain seem to obtain a high evaluation from Enjii.
… It doesn’t appear to have much meaning though.
Quelaag’s got quite the set-up. They offer Humanity to create new demons, and later potentially improve her sister’s health, and the high-ranking members get access to the city core back home.
… Hmph. But you have no eggs? Bah, no matter. Go along and have audience with Our Fair Lady. I pray that you will mind your manners!
… Hmph, a halfhearted person who doesn’t even bear eggs, are you? Well, fine. In that case, you best see the Princess up ahead. Please, take care not to be crude!
You may have noticed Eingyi refers to the Daughter of Chaos as the Fair Lady, or hime, (姫) the same term used to address Princess Dusk. He is quite attached to her and is naturally insulted we’re seemingly noncommittal until we bear eggs.
Bitter, sour chestnut. Removes parasitic egg from body.
The egg-bearers have chosen to serve the Flame of Chaos, and the eggs symbolize this selfless choice.
Naturally, these chestnuts are forbidden, but are allowed under certain circumstances.
Very bitter acorn. Removes the parasitic egg from the body.
The egg-bearers are those who serve the Flame of Chaos of their own free will and the eggs are a symbol of that.
Thus, this acorn is even a forbidden fruit, but everywhere there is a reason to forgive a taboo.
The last phrase is intentionally phrased very general. This is why it is thrown in as hints like in the Painted World, a whole place for taboos to be permitted.
Don’t worry for me. I care only to assist you.
I’ll be all right, I want to become Big Sister’s power.
Quelaag and her sister fled together but the Daughter of Chaos clearly has deference for her big sis. She is the follower type and wanted to help Quelaag’s plan as best she could.
Y’know, before taking compassion too far and screwing it up.
Your visits help more than anything.
Maybe because Big Sister’s been talking to me recently…?
The Daughter of Chaos thinks that we are Quelaag in her delirious state, so they weren’t communicating for a while. The older sister apparently cries for her, and her younger sister alludes to her pushing herself. Overworking herself to cope, perhaps?
A Silent Harvest
Go back. Forbidden be, these parts. The realm of the creatures of chaos. They accept their banished fate.
Turn back. Beyond here is the forbidden region of the pact. The land of chaos life. We have accepted the seal.
Despite having recently fled up here with her little sister, Quelaag still considers herself part of Izalith’s demon culture. She mentions a pact sealing them off from the outside world, which can be inferred by both the demons’ survival and willful isolation in Izalith up until recently.
Go back. Lest the flames devour all, and the children of chaos feed upon your charred ashes. Those who defy the pact… Those who trespass Quelaag’s domain… May you feel the depth of our wrath!
Turn back. Otherwise, your all shall become fire’s prey and become a seedbed of chaos life. What shall happen to fools who don’t obey the pact… to those who have invaded the land of Craag? You best realize it for yourself!
This isn’t just a generic threat, Quelaag is outright stating her plan to turn us into topsoil for germinating new demons. She wants our Humanity for her new seedbed in the Daughter of Chaos. If you come to her, she will burn you with her Chaos fire sword and use you as mulch.
However, Miyazaki said that they ultimately cut her dialogue because talking to us detracted from her character, and I agree. It doesn’t make sense for a woman who thinks we are a walking bag of fertilizer to talk to us at all, let alone potentially turn us away on the basis of a pact she is already breaking.
The silent Quelaag we face gets across her alpha personality, dehumanization of us, and glee for advancing her plan, with the rest stated or inferred from everything after her. This cut version was reduced to an exposition bot regardless of her motives and character.
But they tried to make it work…
Ahh, a precious new sacrifice! Forbidden be, these parts. The realm of the creatures of chaos. Go on, go on ahead…
Ah, new sacrifice. Beyond here is the forbidden region of the pact. The land of chaos life. Proceed ahead as you are.
I have seen people spin this as a peaceful route where you offer Humanity to Quelaag. You don’t have the new sacrifice, you are the new sacrifice. She was always intended to be the boss gating the covenant. This dialogue was just a second take at how she would address us before the battle.
Welcome, bringer of meat. The children of chaos are hungry; give yourself to Quelaag’s flame!
Welcome, sacrifice. You best be burned by the fire of Craag and become a seedbed of chaos!
This more terse, aggressive tone fits her better than the first iteration while keeping the parts Miyazaki clearly wanted, foreshadowing for the pact and the Daughter of Chaos. But it still didn’t make sense for her to bother saying it aloud, especially to walking topsoil, and so the taunts were cut.
Of all the options, silent Quelaag fit her best, and I’m glad that Miyazaki had the integrity to cut informative exposition in favor of character and atmosphere. It is part of what makes Dark Souls stand out.