Shira

As a Spear of the Church of Filianore and the princess’ handmaid, Shira is obviously a knight of Anor Londo. Although not wearing their uniform, her formal wear nevertheless incorporates silver armor, much like Silver Knights — both even share a similarly old origin. Shira likewise wields a cross spear as well as the Lightning […]

Kamui

With a name related to the Japanese kami and use of katana, Kamui is quite obviously an Easterner. This might not seem as obvious looking at his facial features, lacking the long-slit eyes and small lips characteristic of the “snake foreigner face” (蛇の異人顔) by western detractors or “dragon foreigner face” (竜の異人顔) by the occasional endorser. […]

Albert

Adding yet another parallel between Lothric and Demon’s Souls’ Boletaria, our path to the royal holed up in the castle’s tallest tower is blocked by a trio of warriors. Of the three, the Lion Knight Albert is the most mysterious. He is positioned to defend the Twin Princes yet bears the armor and moniker of […]

Ledo

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 […]

Halflight

Even if we choose to play offline, Argo still summons a Spear of the Church for the boss battle, namely Halflight. This young man stands out, much like us, as neither a medial brought over from Anor Londo nor a Ringed City national. Instead, he proves to be Oolacilian. The term “half light” is an […]

The Executioners

Preface If I had to pick the roughest area of Bloodborne‘s worldbuilding, it would have to be the Executioners. Now, there are many parts of the game which lack narrative polish, at least on the environmental side, and this covenant is hardly far below the standard. On the whole, they are fairly well-integrated into the […]

Shrine Handmaid

The handmaid of Firelink Shrine doesn’t do her job well considering the copious ash littering the place. Instead, her cleanup seems more to support being a merchant on the side. The old woman’s initial wares are all fairly generic items that one normally wouldn’t expect to find at a shrine. But given that warriors — […]

Mound-makers

The Pit of Hollows has earned its name not only for the corpses dumped down but also the Mound-makers hiding out. Based on Hodrick’s dialogue, members of this covenant judge someone’s Hollow status by their minds instead of their bodies. This isn’t unprecedented considering that many characters will consider us Hollow purely based on whether […]

Archdragon Peak

Preface I hold an unabashed love for Dark Souls III. (DS3) Whereas Dark Souls II (DS2) threw out its old setting in a vain attempt at a soft reboot, DS3 wholeheartedly embraces it, building upon the world and plot threads from the original Dark Souls (DS1) to weave something new. From a storytelling angle, a […]

Emma

The duty of being Prince Lothric’s wet nurse fell to High Priestess Emma. In her dying moments, her Japanese dialogue quickly shifts from calling him just “the Prince” to “Lothric-sama“, a respectful address which nonetheless uses his name. In other words, this loyal subject is showing a degree of intimacy when decorum no longer matters […]