Dark Souls 3 Lore ► The Hollows of Londor


Londor, they call it the Hollow Realm and it has links to a primordial serpent, to New Londo, to Velka, the Goddess of Sin, and to the most intriguing, hard to get ending of Dark Souls 3. It’s a hugely significant location from a lore point of view, and I’m confident that this is where the DLC will be based. “Make Londor whole…” Let me paint a picture of Londor for you. Londor is a society of undead, comprised
of corpses and shades who have led unsavory lives. As such, these hollows are deeply detested, and
hated, which is nothing new for hollow-kind, really. It’s even been recorded that sometimes a
hollow will use a purging stone to remove the physical effects of the
undead curse, temporarily reversing their hollowing. And occasionally a hollow will
even fool himself into thinking he’s no longer cursed, and will turn on his own
kind. Which reminds me of what Hodrik says down here. “This pit is for hollows, not for the
likes of you sane folk. Or perhaps you are a hollow posing as otherwise?” And I tell you these things because even
though the hollows of Londor are hated, even though they sometimes fight amongst themselves, they still remain a truly unique example of hollows forming
a society, and that is interesting because undead are a powerful force if
they have a purpose. We see that in the Undead Legion who
fought the abyss, and we see that in every protagonist from a Dark Souls game really. So it begs the question, what are
the undying hollows of Londor fighting for? And what are they bound by? “The Age of Fire was founded by the old gods, sustained by the linking of the fire. But the gods are no more, and the all-powerful fire deserveth a new heir. Our Lord of Hollows it shall be, who weareth the true face of mankind.” This is Yuria, seeker of the Lord of
Hollows, and one of the three maidens who founded The Sable Church of Londor.
The Sable Church translates to “The Black Church”, and it’s towers are said to
resemble the eight jagged branches of the Morian Blade. The
church is said to offer salvation to hollows, which must be a pretty
attractive tagline for cursed individuals. I’d wager that if I was cursed with
undeath, then I’d be pretty open to a little bit of faith to keep me from
hollowing. So it’s very clearly implied that the Sable Church is what keeps the
hollows of Londor grounded. This faith is not an oath taken lightly however, because those who fuck up are
exiled and they’re given the words to the Atonement miracle. Hollows who recite
this miracle think that they’re reciting words of forgiveness, but in reality the
Atonement miracle makes you attract more attention from foes and increases enemy agro range. That’s a
pretty evil punishment! Not only are you exiled, you’re exiled and you
have death following you everywhere. The three maidens who founded the Sable
Church, they cut an imposing figure. All three are highly skilled fences. So
skilled in fact, that they were able to found the Sable Church between just the
three of them. The third eldest daughter is named
Lillian, a woman who seems to have contributed a lot of the theology behind
the church. She was the first to speak the words of
the Londor Braille Divine Tome, and is also set to recount tales that portray
the suffering and conflict of hollows. Lillian is not featured in game, not yet anyway. The second eldest is Yuria,
and if Lillian was the speaker than Yuria would be the swordswoman, as she is said
to have claimed a hundred lives with her weapon Dark Drift, this legendary cursed
sword with an unseen blade that penetrates straight through shields. Nothing can defend from Dark Drift. And
the eldest? The firstborn daughter? She’s not been named, but we know that she
exists because these three daughters founded the church, and the only others
in this equation that go without names.. Well, they’re the mother and the father
of the three daughters and surely these parents are important right? Because why else would there be
three founders that are referenced as “daughters”, with mentions to their order
of birth? So the only reason I can think of that
they would do this is that the parents are important, and I think I know who the
mother might be, but that speculation will wait till the end of the video. At
any rate these three daughters are described as maidens of a primordial
serpent, and when we murder Yuria we figure out who this serpent is. “Kaathe, I have failed thee…” “Greetings undead warrior. I am the primordial serpent, Darkstalker
Kaathe. I can guide thee, and illuminate the
truth. Your ancestor claimed the Dark Soul and
waited for fire to subside, and soon the flames did fade, and only dark remained.
Thus began the age of men. The age of dark. However, Lord Gwyn
trembled at the dark, clinging to his age of fire and in dire fear of humans, and
the Dark Lord who would one day be born amongst them, Lord Gwyn resisted the course of nature by sacrificing himself to link the fire
and commanding his children to shepherd the humans. Gwyn has blurred your past to
prevent the birth of the dark lord. I am the primordial serpent. I see to right the wrongs of the past. To
discover our true law.” The primordial serpent of Dark Souls one,
who corrupted the four kings, who polluted the kingdom of Oolacile with the
abyss, is back. And now through Yuria, through the Sable Church of Londor, the pilgrims, Yoel, Kaathe continues to seek a
ruler of men. “They failed me. Every last one of them. They were strong, but saw not the truth. I am certain that you will prove different.” Kaathe and the Sable Church are watching events in Lothric very closely, because the world is on the precipice of the linking of the fire. And
the Sable Church are determined to influence that event. Hundreds of Londor Pilgrims are sent
towards the highest towers of Lothric Castle. So many of them have died on the
way here, and they’re presumably coming here because the Lothric bloodline is
obsessed with creating a worthy heir to link the fire, and that’s the event that
Londor want to influence. However, they’re kind of out of luck,
because Lothric refused to link the fire and you, the unkindled who the linking of the
fire passed down to buy some twist of fate met with Yoel, a pilgrim who had all but given up “Ah, you have attained ample strength. All will soon be clear, my good lord.” “Thanks to thee, Yoel’s soul is redeemed. Allow me to express my gratitude in his
stead.” When we meet with Yuria, she frequently mentions she’s keeping an eye on all those who could potentially be a Lord of Hollows. Orbeck
is one; Anri another, but she believes that you are the true Lord of Hollows
and compels you to strike down Orbeck before he becomes a threat, and to claim Anri’s Dark Sigils in this ritual,
within the Darkmoon Tomb. If you betray Yuria, you don’t do her quest in time, or you straight up attack her then the Pale Shade of Londor will
hunt you down. But if you’re allied with Yuria, then
the Pale Shade will assist you throughout the world. Another thing to note is that many
characters associated with Londor use bleed weapons, like Dark Drift, or the
Morian Blade, or the Mannequin Claws, and blood loss is also a proven way to slow
the reanimation of the undying. So that would be a pretty popular weapon in a
land full of hollows. It’s amazing, the level of depth in this
game when you look into it. So let’s talk about the undying. About
the undead curse, the Dark Sigils, and the Dark Sign. I’ve noticed a trend. When characters
talk about the Dark Sign, they often call it a shackle. Something weighing men down.
“With dark unshackled, a curse will be upon us.” “- and cast off the shackles
placed upon your brethren.” “- one who might shatter the shackles of fate.” “Shackled by falsehoods, they yearn for love, unaware of it’s grand illusion.” The undead curse is often referenced as appearing after
Gwyn linked the fire, so we assume that Gwyn is at fault somehow. It’s the gods who shackled us. And while
we don’t quite know how it started we do know what happens to undead cursed with the Dark Sign. “For when the undead dies it is never truly dead, but only one step
closer to hollowing. Not all undead are hollows, but all hollows were once undead.” You might be wondering, “What are Dark
Sigils?”. Well I’m assuming that they’re synonymous with the Dark Sign. And the
description of the Dark Sigils says that they’re a problem because our humanity
literally leaks out of them, and the gap that that creates is filled with the
accumulation of the undead curse. So our character is always in the
process of losing his Dark Soul, becoming more like the hollows that all humanoid
beings appear to have stemmed from. And for ages undead have been shepherded towards the first flame to fuel it, to link it, to sit at it, and reset the world, and keep the
gods in their age of fire. But the world was never meant to be stuck in this age
of fire. It was supposed to go; the age of
ancients, the age of fire, and then the age of man. Natural progression. But this age, this
age of fire, it struggles to die. Much in the same way that the undead
struggle to die. I mean you even see the Dark Sign in the sky towards the end of the game. That’s pretty symbolic. “It is all a curse.
And it is your cursed flesh that will inherit the flame.” Undead are
literally burned as fuel for the bonfires that perpetuate this age. And I
had a realization, I finally understand that this is what we see in the opening
cutscene. We see the Soul of Cinder burning and undead to ash. assumedly to be buried in the Untended Graves. Which, remember, are not far at all from the kiln. And then we arise from
this undead ash as unkindled. Not just undead, unkindled. In Miyazaki’s words, unkindled are undead who failed to link the fire, and were burnt to ash. They exist to inherit the past, and put
an end to this cumulative tale. So, the unkindled is special. We’re not
just cinder, we’re not just the corpse of an undead,
we’re both. We’re something new. A new species for lack of a better word that,
has a choice. The undead curse no longer has the power
over us that it once had. We can choose to fuel the bonfires and
burn like charcoal, or we can choose to embrace the undead curse itself. Let’s go back to Dark Souls 2, where it
actually foreshadows a lot of this happening. Vendrick, a past Lord
of Light, and a lord of mankind who lost himself to the curse-.. I think he knew
that this was the way it would end, or at least he thought it would. “With fire they say a true king can harness the curse. A lie, but I knew no better. Inherit fire and harness the dark. Such is the calling of a true leader.” We
are the unkindled who inherited fire. We are the cursed undead who harnesses the dark. We gain levels through the power of the Dark Sigil, and we even kill other powerful hollows and claim their
Sigils for our own, so that we can be strong enough to claim the first flame
for mankind, and that is a new ending. “Our lord and leige, thine heart is fixed upon
the linking of the fire. But brave usurper, I prithee, when the moment cometh to link
the fire, wrest it from its mantle, so that we hollows, in most honest shape of man,
may have it for our own.” You want to know what confused me most in Dark Souls 2? I probably avoided talking about it
because it didn’t make sense, and I couldn’t make an episode on something
that didn’t really make much sense, so the Prepare to Cry Episode 4 – Nashandra is missing because I could not figure out her motives at the time, but now I think I get it. So,
she was the fragment of the abyss that usurped the Age of Fire from her Lord
of Light, Vendrick. And after this Drangleic faded into dark, so you think “Great, she won, she got exactly what she wanted right? The world has plummeted into dark, so surely she’d want to keep it that way, right?” Wrong, because she calls us her Undead. She guides us, she tells us where to find Vendrick, she tells us where to find the giants, she guides this bearer of the
curse all the way to the First Flame, and we kill her. That doesn’t seem very smart but she
says, And now I think I understand, I think Nashandra needs an Undead. I think she
needed to wed Vendrick to claim the First Flame, but he ran away to the crypt
where she couldn’t follow him, so she needed a replacement, the Bearer
of the Curse. I think that’s why she led us here. “If you proceed, Nashandra will come after you, knowing that you will take the throne and link the Fire. She covets the First Flame, and the
Great Soul.” In a similar manner, I think we wed Anri in this bizarre murder ritual and can subsequently claim the first flame
like a Nashandra wanted to. I always found it strange that a being
of Dark would want to claim the First Flame. I had just thought they would want to stop
people linking it, and let it die but in Dark Souls 3 we learned that you can usurp it, and we learned that those of Londor are making a real push for that to
happen. So Dark Souls 2 aside, in the Lord of Hollows ending of Dark Souls 3 we
stifle the First Flame within our bodies and collapse. When we rise, reborn, you see this beautiful little
detail you see the Sun in the background is no
longer red like the Dark Sign. It’s ringed with white, and there’s this illusion
where we lift this new Sun into the sky signaling and symbolizing a new age for
mankind This video is crazy long, but the best is
yet to come There’s two things i’m very excited
about seeing in the next DLC, and I do think it’s really likely that we’ll get
Londor DLC. So one is that there’s this boss in Dark
Souls one that was called Undead King Jar-Eel, and he was cut from the New
Londo experience of Dark Souls one and I have a lot of fond memories of
discovering Jar-Eel from another Dark Souls Youtuber, Hellkite Drake. He’s really good
at digging in the game’s files so since New Londo mirrors Londor, which
I guess is New New Londo I’m pretty hyped to maybe fight Jar-Eel in the DLC, who knows. But the biggest curiosity, and you see a clue in the thumbnail, is Velka the Goddess of Sin. Because i personally think it’s undeniable that Velka is
heavily involved in Londor, and Velka the Goddess of Sin is one of the
most influential and curiously, the most absent characters of the Souls series. So Velka the Goddess of Sin is a rogue deity, but she is versed in arts both new
and old, and is considered to have a great range of influence even as gods
are concerned. So let me convince you of her
involvement in Londor. So her followers wear uniform black, just like
the three founders of the Sable Church and one of them in Dark Souls 1 was
called Oswald, who was an inhuman swordsman. A fencer to be exact, just like the three daughters who
founded Sable Church. And in Dark Souls 1 & 2, these servants of Velka were called The Pardoners, men who listened to the confessions of sinners, and the key words
being they offered salvation. The Sable Church too, is also said to offer
salvation. So I think if anyone is going to be the
mother to the three daughters of The Sable Church, then I would put my
money on Velka. Hundred percent. Many spells like Vow of Silence are the spells and rights of Velka in Dark Souls one, and in Dark Souls 3 they’re said to originate from Londor.
In Dark Souls one also with the Clutch Rings, that were said to reach out to the
Crestfallen, and prevent despair. In previous games they were said to belong
to a dark deity and here, now, in Dark Souls 3, those same rings are fabled in
Londor to prevent the despair of men. Speaking of rings, we get the Sacrifice rings from Yoel’s
ashes, the hollow ashes. And the Sacrifice rings also directly reference Velka.
I’m still going on with my list, Velka also oversees the Darkmoon List of
the Guilty in Dark Souls 1 which was a covenant led by Dark Sun Gwyndolin, and
in Dark Souls 3 this could explain why we sacrifice
Anri within the Darkmoon Tomb – she has a relationship with the Darkmoons as well,
so it’s crazy the amount of links there are here, but one more. There is a lonely statue of Velka in the
Undead Settlement, and this statue can dissolve hollowing. It can cure hollowing
in the same way that a purging stone does, so Velka is irrefutably linked to the Dark
Sign and the Sable Church of Londor. I think that’s pretty undeniable. But most
curious is she is a rogue goddess the other gods feared, and hell I wouldn’t be surprised if
Velka is the one that holds the final few secrets of the Dark Souls series. Wouldn’t it make sense if Velka was the
one punishing the world for the First Sin? Yeah, food for thought. Time will tell.
Thank you for watching and I’ll you all soon. 🙂

100 thoughts on “Dark Souls 3 Lore ► The Hollows of Londor

  1. Alfriede is the older sister, she is also known as Friede, and we know the father: Ariendel… Speculation that the mother is Priscilla since she is half breed, just like Yorshka (we can't see Yuria). Perhaps even the Painting Woman is related to them…

  2. I was just thinking at the beginning of the first game the undead are “corralled and led to the north, to await the end of the world.” And the ringed city is supposedly placed at the end of the world. Could the undead be waiting for a champion to halt the linking of the fire and save them from the curse put on them by Gwen?🤔

  3. So you mentioned that Anri may be linked with the darkmoon as we sacrifice her within the darkmoon tomb. You also pointed out that in the Lord of hollows ending the "sun" we raise is now ringed in white, could this be because it's actually now a dark moon rather than a sun?
    Are we just fliping the godhead upside down with the darkmoon now on top?
    It also bears a resemblance to the symbol of the way of white too.
    And as a fun thought; moon now in charge -> aldrich's dreams of deep oceans -> bloodborne? -> profit

  4. So I've been binging your vids after playing through Dark Souls 1 through 3 and now I'm hooked.

    And then I heard you cuss for the first time at 3:00 so now I'm twice as hooked.

  5. Completed ng+ today with lord of hollows ending.
    Let me tell you, watching my sunbro rise with that yellow sun staring at me was the best thing so far in this game

  6. Everytime I hear velka I keep thinking since she was a rogue goddess and feared by the other gods then what if she got the name of the first sin from Gwyn for creating humanity

  7. I think Londor would've been a better DLC than Ariandel. Not knocking Ariandel, great content, buuuuut Londor had so much potential =(

  8. Oh I see, each age grows from the last. The age of fire inherited the land of ancients, and now humanity is to inherit fire. Before, Kathe had tried to create only an age of dark (like the Abyss) yet light would always return in time. Then in DS2, the spawn of the dark tried to take what they lacked from others. Now in DS3, Kathe's followers return, guided by the goals of the daughters of Manus and with new purpose, to inherit fire like they always should've.

  9. So… this comes really late and I am certainly not the first person to observe this, but Vaati didn't mention it in the video as far as I am aware: the dark sign/sigil is a circle of fire surronding darkness. In my opinion this supports the idea of the dark sign as a shackle or prison for the darkness within men.

  10. I just sit at work and listen to VaatiVidya all day. So calming and peaceful and…interesting. All of the Souls' games are so great. Bring on Sekiro!!!

  11. Could Velka be the one who brought humanity into the world of dark souls? Could she of been the one who started everything in the dark souls series?

  12. I wonder when your character is hollow why the other hollows in the game attack your character if you are their lord?

  13. I am for the opinion that Dark Souls needs a rest now. The fire fading seems like a fitting ending for the trilogy.
    But I would like some sort of Dark Souls: Velka. Something for a future light in the series…

  14. I was NOT prepared for the "…those who fuck up are granted the Atonement miracle…"

    Almost did a spit take laughing.

  15. this video is not "crazy long"…. vaati… if you made a 3 hour long youtube lore video.. EVERYONE WOULD WATCH IT

  16. I'm not sure why, but the line "those who fuck up" cracked me up. Didn't expect him to say something like that, with that somber tone xD

  17. I don't get how there are many endings in dark souls 3, is it four endings, and the last is this lord of hollows? The other two darks souls has only 2 endings, right? I have only played darks souls 2 and only for a bit, so mind my ignorance. But, is this ending in dark souls 3, lord of hollows has something to do with Miyazaki fellow and From Software not doing a sequel?

  18. Yo, i haven’t played dark souls, but is the primordial serpent or whatever voiced by John Hurt?

  19. I don't know if you have, but there is a great comic by Mollyjames on Tumblr based on DSIII, featuring her Unkindled, Halply.

  20. 0:30 " let me paint a picture " right premises. Wrong location. I'm loving your videos. I about to buy Dark Souls 3 in this weekends special. So I'm here getting the down low of all the lore

  21. I just wanted to let you know that I marathon your videos while I play all 5 of the Demon Souls Born games.

    I let the adds play and love all your stuff.

    I hope you keep doing this for Elden Blade.

    Are you excited for it?

  22. "This video is already really long."
    No, this is a short video. Long videos are 3+ hours. Not <30 minutes

  23. I have my own theory about velka. I think she's the only true deity in the whole franchise. That's why gwyn feared her. He's an ascended human who claimed to be a deity.

  24. They could have made such an interesting dlc… but no, we got the damn painted world with the only good stuff in it, Friede's gear.

  25. I like the Velka First Sin theory. It makes sense and has a room to be true given all the coincidences relating to Velka and her symbols.

  26. Duvidas:
    1) O que seria usurpar a chama então? Seria uma forma de roubar o poder e impedir ela de ser reascesa? E se outro Undead viesse mais tarde, ele poderia me matar e reacender a chama? Pergunto isso porque no fim, falamos do FIM do CICLO.
    2) Esse ritual de casamento a qual a Nashandra necessita e nós, Unkindled, precisamos também fazer pra reascender e usurpar a chama funciona como?
    Grato!

  27. Everyone here going after the fact about how the DLC(s) weren't Londor… except… The was the ringed city perhaps Londor to begin with? I know that it is not just londor any more by the time the player gets there… but a part of it probably (or maybe bulk of it) is londor

  28. I bet after watching this video Miyazaki be like "Oh, that's what Velka was supposed to be. I was wondering what she was since I added her in DS1".

  29. I'm stuck, I want to play dark souls morally so I'm working towards the end of the fire ending but londor seems like the only hope for humanity, if I end the fire, will londor collapse, what if kill yuria? She wants me to kill me boy orbec but orbec is nice

  30. Is the ringed City pretty much londor, land of Hollows?.

    There's always something new to learn about the world of Dark Souls it's so amazing

  31. Ringed City is Londor, wtf kind of place is named "Ringed City"? It's likely that the name was just forgotten by time.

    Another mistake maid by the community is thinking that the Sable Church of Londor represents all of Londor which cleary isn't the case.

    Sable literally means dark, and in Londor we have a group named "Spears of the Church". Spears serve the gods, Sable Church serves mankind, one is literally a perverted version of the other.

    Many buildings in Londor have the same symbol as the "Sword of Avowal".

    Come on people, this is really simple.

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