Lautrec

If we kill one of Sulyvahn’s beasts in Irithyll’s garden reservoir, we acquire the Ring of Favor given to those who have received Fina’s affection. This implies that the beast is connected to one of the goddess’ lovers. There is no evidence of any medials in Irithyll besides the royalty, and we only ever learn […]

Profaned Capital

Preface Without a doubt, the Profaned Capital is the most context-dependent area in Dark Souls III. (DS3) With few relevant item descriptions compared to other areas and even a smaller relative map size, first impressions render it the most dubious portion of the game, with the most mysterious Lord. However, dig a little deeper, and […]

Rosaria

Preface Rosaria being such a mysterious figure for most is perhaps for the best. The topic is, admittedly, difficult to stomach, even if it isn’t the first time that Dark Souls broached such subject matter. But get past a queasy gut and you are offered one of the series’ most provocative characters. Silent, repulsive, yet […]

Drang Knights

Contact between the Old and New Worlds had huge ramifications for Irithyll, chief among which were the Drang Knights. This band of mercenaries wandered various lands and made a name for themselves as sellswords. Such widespread fame is largely due to their peculiar fighting style for so-called knights, relying on overwhelming aggression with two weapons […]

Gwynevere

Despite her rather prominent presence in the Boreal Valley, Gwynevere is noticeably absent from the record during the rise and subsequent tyranny of Pontiff Sulyvahn. There is no mention of the goddess being confined to the Anor Londo cathedral like Gwyndolin, and her old chair there remains empty. Neither is there reference to her being […]

Sulyvahn

Preface When I had originally written my analysis of Irithyll, Pontiff Sulyvahn made up for more than half of the topic. Despite the Boreal Valley’s long and fascinating history, one character has since dominated the entire culture. Tyrants are nothing new to fiction, and villainous popes are a dime a dozen in Japanese fantasy. But […]

Irithyll

Preface Irithyll is the lengthiest topic I have ever written an analysis for, which serves as a testament to its importance to the story and setting of Dark Souls III. (DS3) Expertly building upon the circumstances from Dark Souls (DS1) and Dark Souls II (DS2) to advance the overall narrative to its natural conclusion, the […]