The Silver Knights have always been characterized by their slick, graceful combat even in heavy armor. But such angelic guards were bound to have variances in their organization, and none break the mold quite like Ledo. Although this knight wears their standard armor, he employs an unconventional variety of their weaponry: a great hammer lacking any sort of magical enchantment. As if that wasn’t enough, it is the weightiest hammer demanding the highest strength requirement of any we can acquire. Ledo undoubtedly preferred large, slow, unwieldy swings with a mundane blunt instrument over the blessed and elegant fighting style of his brothers in chivalry. This is no doubt why he ended up becoming close friends with Havel, another Silver Knight with such heretical tendencies. Indeed, Havel appears to have given Ledo a few pointers, as his great hammer’s “Rock Call” (岩呼び) skill is an obvious reference to the Rock’s moniker with an effect reminiscent of his great shield’s “Rock Body” (岩の体) skill. Until the royalty objected, the two were free to be as nonconformist as they like.

Great hammer used by the Silver Knight Ledo. It is by far the heaviest even among weapons of the knights of Anor Londo.

It is said that Ledo, who is known for heresy and said to have traveled remote regions, had close friendships with the giants and even “Rock-like” Havel.

Battle art is “Rock Call”. Summon rock masses to hammer while spinning. Also, with the strong attack, strike the ground with that momentum and explode the rock masses along with the impact.

Greatshield said to have been carved from a giant rock. Extremely hard, and heavy.

It is said to be a relic of Havel himself rivaling the great dragon tooth which never breaks and harbors special power befitting him.

Battle art is “Rock Body”. Transform the equipper’s whole body into a mass of rock via a quiet prayer that raises the shield.

However, the gods’ decline revealed cracks in loyalty to duty. Recall that the original Dark Souls established the Silver Knights’ choice to stay as the gods left Anor Londo, dedicated to protecting Gwynevere whilst she — albeit only ostensibly — fulfilled her royal prerogative. Those who didn’t carry the shields blessed with Gwynevere’s divine protection lacked the same sense of debt owed to the goddess. That theoretically made it easier for them to break from the herd and depart for the world of man. Yet, Ledo carries such a shield and still set off. And while Havel at least seemed to remain relatively close to home, Ledo was ready to explore the far corners of the world. What did he hope to find in these remote regions largely outside the gods’ reach? Perhaps to pick up where Artorias left off, since his ability to invade us suggests that his journey brought him face-to-face with a Darkwraith. Or perhaps he simply wished to further refine his crude mode of combat.

Thick and heavy shield of the Silver Knights who served the former royal family. Flowing grooves are deeply engraved on its face.

It is said that the divine protection of the goddess who left in old times still remains in the shield of they who have been protecting the small manor and abandoned church.

Cut content does confirm plans for armor vaguely resembling the Silver Knight set to be included in The Ringed City DLC, leading some to posit plans for the heretical Ledo to have heavily dirtied and customized his armor while touring the wild frontier. Even assuming this assessment accurate, a developer Q&A confirms that the armor ultimately wasn’t implemented for narrative reasons. In other words, FromSoftware eventually concluded that the visual storytelling inherent to the set wasn’t consistent with their setting — and, if it belonged to Ledo, their characterization of him. Therefore, it is safe to say that the knight, maintaining his armor as he has, still highly respects his allegiance to the Anor Londo royals, even if he is too much of an oddball to stay and protect his princess. Or perhaps his aim had always been to help safeguard his other princess. Put another way, Ledo departed for the Ringed City specifically, choosing to swing his hammer for Filianore. And whether or not that was his original goal, he ultimately wasn’t interested in becoming another of her Spears.

Once he found his way into the capital at world’s end, the Silver Knight met the adjudicator giants and decided to be their close friends, too — his love for inhuman strength had likely been a huge motivator for this endeavor. In the end, he did befriend them and forged a pact allowing them to summon his spirit for help. Their bond was so strong, in fact, that it would have left behind some tangible remnant for us to collect and utilize the summons for ourselves according to the cut item’s description. Ledo’s invasion from within the city — specifically one of the supports to the royal mausoleum arch — likewise demonstrates his support for their efforts to protect it from countless threats. Maybe his knightly conscience demanded that he do something to assist the gods’ plans, hopeless as they may be. Regardless, he is more than willing to lend his sympathies to the physically robust, and the giants’ implicit acknowledgement of his strength probably didn’t hurt either. As to his ultimate fate, he might have been further rewarded for his continued efforts.

Proof of a compact a giant judge uses to summon. Temporarily summons Ledo, the heretical Silver Knight.

The judge compacts are exchanged for several reasons. Many of them are no more than one-sided performances, but there are rare friendships and even transactions.

This is an example of friendship, and isn’t that why it left a unique form?

Before we can reach the support where Ledo invades, we must pass by what looks to be a coffin facing the larger arch. The fact that this monument isn’t part of the graveyards for either the commoners or the royalty indicates that it doesn’t memorialize a local. And if this is the tomb to some outsider, then the honorable knight of Anor Londo who invades only a short ways away afterward is the prime candidate. Considering that so many of the older medials are dead, including seemingly all other Silver Knights of their ilk, the idea that Ledo himself has long since passed is more than feasible, whether it be from age or battle. In either case, the undeniable work put into his tomb shows the city’s appreciation for his contributions. And administration is, of course, currently being enforced by the giant adjudicators. For all his peculiarities, Ledo was a strong man willing to protect his homeland from the far reaches of the world. That alone was worth honoring his legacy.