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Furtive Pygmy

The Furtive Pygmy is a mentioned character in Dark Souls and one of the original Lords in the Dark Souls universe.


Unlike the other Lords, form of the Pygmy is almost impossible to perceive in the opening cutscene, and it is the only time they are visible. What can be seen is the form of a bald human figure, physically indistinguishable from a modern human.

Closer observation of their hands reveal the markings to be dirt and burns, with natural human skin beneath it, revealing that the Pygmy was not naturally hollowed when they claimed their soul.


The Furtive Pygmy was one of the Lords, who found the manifestations of disparity in the First Flame, but is often forgotten in the ancient tales. While the other Lords took large, readily powerful souls, the Pygmy lingered behind and discovered a very small soul. This soul, the Dark Soul, appeared to resonate with them and they claimed it as their own.

The Pygmy did not appear to participate in the great battle against the Everlasting Dragons, having remained hidden, and their existence did not seem apparent to the other Lords. According to Kaathe, the Primordial Serpent, the Pygmy hid from the world with the Dark Soul and waited for the Age of Fire to subside. Soon after the Fire began to fade and humans emerged from the darkness that followed. Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight despaired in the approaching Dark and clung to the Age of Fire in dire fear of humans and the 'Dark Lord' who would one day be born among them. To stave off the Dark he subverted the course of nature and sacrificed himself to link the Fire, though what he linked the Fire to remains unclear. Before departing, Gwyn bade his children to corral the humans under the Way of White. Gwyn, along with his children, blurred humanity's history in order to prevent the rise of the Dark Lord. In this context, the Lord of Darkness is also interpreted as the Lord of Men. The fate of the Pygmy remains unknown.

By the time of Dark Souls, the Furtive Pygmy is all but forgotten by the world, though some are still aware of their origins. In Dark Souls II, the group known as the Pilgrims of Dark appear to worship a Dark Lord of some sort, though by that time any number of characters could hold that title, including the Furtive Pygmy, the Chosen Undead if they chose to not link the First Flame, Manus, given the nature of the Dark Chasm of Old, or even a prominent dark sorcerer.

Though seeming to be forgotten completely, the will of bringing the Age of Dark is passed down to by the way of Kaathe to the Sable Church of Londor[1], whose members wish to see their Lord of Hollows crowned and rule the lightless world. It is revealed by The Painter that she intends to use the Dark Soul to paint a new world to replace the current rotting one, and that her parental figure Gael seeks it, leading him into the Ringed City.


They are only ever mentioned by Darkstalker Kaathe, leader of the Darkwraiths, who resides in the Abyss formed in New Londo. According to Kaathe, the Furtive Pygmy planned to use the Dark Soul and its power to bring about the Age of Dark. This task is then passed on by Kaathe to the Chosen Undead, a supposed descendant of the Pygmy.[2] If complied with, Kaathe and several other Primordial Serpents will bow in respect to the new Dark Lord.


  • Despite seeming to serve the will of Kaathe, those in the Sable Church of Londor also advocate the idea that the "true face of mankind" is that of a hollow, which actually lacks humanity.


  1. "Kaathe, I have failed thee..." Yuria of Londor's dying quote.
  2. Dialogue with Darkstalker Kaathe.

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