The Gods are a race in the Dark Souls series, and one of the primary races in the lore.

Lore Edit

They came

The birth of the Gods' race

After the manifestation of the First Flame, a race of towering humanoids was born. They came from the Darkness, much like Humans, but their essence changed forever when three powerful individuals found the Souls of Lords within the flame. Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight, the Witch of Izalith and Nito, the First of the Dead: these three beings thus became the first and most powerful of the Gods, known from that time as the Lords.
Male of Irithyll

Male Irithyllian

As a race, size is incredibly varied, though the males of the Gods' kin are usually much taller and larger than a human, while the females usually appear to be the same size: the god of Moonlight Gwyndolin was something of an exception but, precisely due to his short stature and frail body, was considered as a woman. Since they contain shards of the First Flame, they became the polar opposite of the dark energy of the Abyss.

Female of Irithyll

Female Irithyllian

In the third game, the preset of Irithyllian is described as having the features of the old gods, implying that they recently commenced breeding with humans: this preset includes a white skin like Gwyndolin, though with the diminutive height that humans possess. Members of this race are destined to either move to or be taken to live in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley, built upon the ruins of the city of the gods, possibly to be closer to their pure kin of gods.

Plot Edit

Dark Souls Edit

The Witch of Izalith was the first deity to disappear, warped into something barely alive by her own attempt to recreate the First Flame: Gravelord Nito was apparently unfazed by this catastrophe and kept sleeping in its giant coffin, possibly in order to preserve himself from becoming completely hollow. After Lord Gwyn entered the Kiln of the First Flame, most of the gods abandoned Anor Londo, leaving behind a small army and two powerful warriors, Ornstein and Smough, to protect the city; while the first was a veteran and an honorable knight, the latter was just a ruthless executioner, clad in deformed-looking armor to strike fear into his victims. Much more shady was the role of Gwyndolin, the only greater God that remained in Anor Londo. He created an illusion of Gwynevere, Lord Gwyn's attractive, gigantic daughter, to hide the fact that she left Anor Londo and married Flame God Flann. It is unknown whether this is her true size or just meant to make her more imposing. The second is an androgynous man with a fragile body but strong magic powers. Gwyndolin has the same goal as Kingseeker Frampt, using the fake Gwynevere to convince the Chosen Undead to rekindle the First Flame.

Dark Souls II Edit

The gods are mostly forgotten by this point in time, with their names unknown, though there remains the ruins of old cities who once worshiped the old gods. The souls of the three Lords are said to have been reborn and try to influence the world despite being mere fragments.

Dark Souls III Edit

By this time, the only remaining gods are Gwyndolin and Yorshka. When Gwyndolin fell ill, Yorshka took command of the Darkmoon Knights. After the sorcerer Sulyvahn arrived in the ruined city, he declared himself Pontiff, and created the city of Irithyll in the ruins of Anor Londo, but he had no faith and was merely a pure sorcerer who desired to control the people. He then attempted to capture the remaining gods for Aldrich to consume, but Gwyndolin allowed himself to be captured so that Yorshka was saved, though she ended up imprisoned atop her church. When Aldrich arrived, he ascended to Anor Londo, where Gwyndolin awaited him.

Known GodsEdit

Irithyllians and Relatives of GodsEdit


  • Gwyn's wife, and mother of his children, is not mentioned.
  • Since Gwyn possessed an uncle (and therefore parents) as well as being the ruler of a kingdom when he finds his soul, it can be theorized that the Lords and their kin lived a very long time before the advent of flame, though so far there have been no sources to prove that nor has there been indication of what life could have been like for those living.