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The Gods are one of the people found throughout the Dark Souls series.

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 human beings, 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; the Lords. It is implied that each of the gods of Anor Londo contains a piece of the Light Soul of Gwyn.
Male of Irithyll

Male Irithyllian

As a race, size is incredibly varied, though the males of the Gods' kin are usually tall (a common Silver Knight has twice the height of a human), while the females usually appear to be the same size. Their bodies are also radically different and varied, as Gwyndolin had multiple pythons for legs, while Gwynevere was larger than her father. Since they contain shards of the Light Soul, they became strongly attuned to the First Flame. Conversely, they grew weak as it faded, and were highly susceptible to 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 natural smile, and has white skin like Gwyndolin, though with the height and dark nature 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

After Lord Gwyn entered the Kiln of the First Flame, many of the gods abandoned Anor Londo, leaving behind Gwyndolin and Smough, who became the sole deities guarding Anor Londo. The Witch of Izalith's attempt to recreate the First Flame transformed her and many of her children into deformed, monstrous beings. Gravelord Nito, meanwhile, remained in his coffin.

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 worshipped 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, Smough 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. 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. Due to the fact you receive Smough's armor upon killing Aldrich, it seems likely that he was consumed before Gwyndolin, whose dead body is manifested to combat intruders.

Known GodsEdit

Gwyn, first of the lords and God of Light.

Allfather Lloyd, Gwyn's uncle and God of Law and Caste, though "Allfather" could be self proclaimed.

Gwyn's Firstborn, once heir to being god of lightning, but now merely a nameless king.

Gwynevere, eldest daughter of Gwyn and Goddess of Sunlight.

Gwyndolin, lastborn child of Gwyn and God of Moonlight.

Crossbreed Priscilla, the bastard child of a god and a dragon, kept imprisoned in a painted world.

Dragonslayer Ornstein, leader of Gywn's four knights and former knight of Gwyn's Firstborn.

Abysswalker Artorias, member of Gwyn's four knights and master of Farron's wolf blood.

Lord's Blade Ciaran, member of Gwyn's four knights and leader of the Lord's Blades.

Flame God Flann, husband of Gwynevere.

Executioner Smough, royal executioner and the last left to defend Anor Londo.

Nameless Blacksmith Deity, now deceased smith of the gods, who's death formed the Titanite Demons.

Caitha, who mourns the undeserving dead, and the loved ones left behind.

Glib, God of Disease, influencing both the onset of diseases and their causes.

Kremmel, God of Struggle, who awards the perseverance of others.

Nahr Alma, God of Blood, who's followers take to a violent path.

Zinder and Zandroe, Gods of Desire and Greed respectively, both snakes possibly being the other.

Quella, guardian of the dreamworld, and God of Dreams.

Fina, who possesses fateful beauty, but whose embracing love is as fickle as the weather.

Velka, rogue deity and Goddess of Sin.

Faraam, a mysterious god of war.

Yorshka, also a halfbreed of god and dragon, whom Gwyndolin loved and let remain.

Known IrithylliansEdit

Aldrich, Saint of the Deep and Devourer of Gods.

Sulyvahn, pontiff and ruler of Irithyll.

Dancer of the Boreal Valley, relative of the old royalty and corrupted Outrider Knight.

Vordt and the Outrider Knights, now devolved into beasts.

TriviaEdit

  • Gwyn's wife, and mother of his children, is not mentioned.
  • Despite their status, Gwyn and the gods are no more difficult to kill than humans, with their power not included. Perhaps this is why they insured that man forget the dark soul.
  • 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.

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