Prior Existence Edit
Little is known of the lives of the Lords before the discovery of Fire, but it is mentioned that they came from the Dark. Gwyn had an uncle in Allfather Lloyd, and a company of knights by the time of claiming his soul, so he clearly has existed long before the Flame. The Witch was accompanied by her adult daughters when she claimed her soul, so she must also have been a mother long before. Nito is shown to suddenly appear to reach for his soul, but it is not known if he used some sort of travel to the Flame, or if he spontaneously sprung to life. The Pygmy also has unknown origins, but is theorized by some to have been a literal pygmy amongst the comparatively larger mortal races, though what race the Pygmy comes from, or if they even come from the same race as any of the other three Lords, is not certain, and they could very well be a race of their own.
Discovering Souls Edit
After approaching the First Flame, the four Lords claimed the strength of lord souls, metaphysical representations of the newly introduced concept of disparity. Nito claimed a manifestation of death and disease, the Witch claimed the concepts of life and heat, and Gwyn was imbued with the powers of light and energy.
War and Dragon Hunts Edit
Now with the strength of Lords, the three waged a war on the Everlasting Dragons that ruled the grey. They were joined by Seath, a scaleless albino dragon that pillaged the Primordial Crystal from them as well, possibly to make certain that they would be made mortal.
As the beasts flew forward, Gwyn released grand bolts of light so powerful that they stripped the dragons of their stone scales, the source of their everlasting nature. With her daughters, the Witch wove firestorms that incinerated the land, and burned the weakened beasts. Once this was done, Nito arrived for the killing blow by releasing the miasma of death upon the scaleless foes, killing them in one fell strike. Soon the dragons were no more, and the Age of Fire could begin.Even after the war, Gwyn was known to have sporting hunts of those descended from the dragons.
Age of Fire EditDuring this place in time, a number of things happened, but the actual chronology is uncertain. The kingdom of Lordran was established, and the Lords took to their different homes and agendas. Gwyn had his city of the gods, Anor Londo, built in the center of Lordran, which would eventually be inhabited by his children, his faithful silver knights, and other beings awarded with fragments of his soul. These include other deities, such as the king's four knights. He also bequeathed fragments to four individuals, and naming them rulers of New Londo, for their foresight.
From the union of an unnamed dragon and an unnamed god or goddess, the crossbreed Priscilla was born, and Gwyn had an individual named Ariamis create a cold alternate world within a painting. As she grew up within the painted world, she grew stronger and developed the power of lifehunt, so powerful that the gods feared her and had her painting guarded to make certain nothing went in or out.
The Witch returned to her home of Izalith, but what she did there is not known.
Seath was awarded dukedom and became the one dragon respected by the royal family, even receiving a fragment of Gwyn's soul, and was rewarded with an archive of all known knowledge. He retreated into his new home to study immortality, through the Primordial Crystal, and his discoveries would inspire scholars to invent the art of manipulating the energy of the common soul as a result of this.
The Fast-Fading Flame, The Birth of Chaos, and the Pygmy's Plan Edit
Even with the power and knowledge gained through the lord souls, they were soon surprised to find the First Flame fading, and with it the light and power of the gods.
But there was one who knew that this would come. For there was a fourth Lord, who they had forgotten, who stayed in the darkness while their larger kin fought the dragons. An unnoticeable, unnamed Furtive Pygmy.
They had discovered something in the fire that while small, possessed a power and potential surpassing the other lord souls. This soul was the opposite of light, and appears to represent emotion and a strange essence called the Dark, being controlled and strengthened by an unthinking empathetic response to the feelings of others. Claiming the dark soul, they would become a new Lord, the first Dark Lord, and god of Dark. Understanding the ability of Dark to expand and increase in strength, they had spent the Age of Fire breaking off innumerable shards of Dark, and with them they created their children and became god of humanity. Soon the flames would fade completely, so that they and their descendants may rule the world that the soon to be powerless gods, through their war with the dragons, made safe for them.
Meanwhile, the other Lords feared the Dark and the growing strength of humankind, and sought to prolong the inevitable end of their rule. Desperately, the Witch attempted to use her own soul, the soul of life, to recreate a new flame. But trifling with the very fundamental concepts can corrupt them, and the flame she created devoured her, killing her and many daughters as well. Using her soul as the fuel and her body as a seedbed, this fire grew and consumed Izalith, mutating most of her surviving daughters into abominable creatures and turning her only son into a volcanic monstrosity. Then this corrupted flame began to use the Life Soul to create corrupted life imbued by fire, and the beings were called Demons, and the fire was named the Chaos Flame. In response, Gwyn and many of his knights fought the demons to mitigate their danger, charring the knights black.
Fearful of the Dark and of humans ruling the gods, Gwyn had one last idea to stop it. Taking some of his black knights with him, he bid his clan farewell and left to the Kiln of the First Flame, burning himself to prolong his clan's rule and incinerating the knights that guarded the entrance. His lord soul allowed the age to continue for approximately another thousand years, but left Gwyn hollow and burned after losing his soul.
When this occurred, the other gods used unknown means to erase the memory of humans' true power from later generations, while potentially removing those coming before. To stay in power, the gods shepherded the humans into worshiping them, teaching them to fear the Dark. By the time any human encountered the power of Dark, they had no clue as to how it work or had any memory of how they used to manipulate it, and were transformed into corrupted beings.
Some while after, the curse of undeath was formed, possibly due to the damaging of fundamental workings when Gwyn artificially prolonged the fading. Humans, who were meant to rule in the Age of Dark, received the Darksign. Those that bore it would be revived after death, though their humanity would be lost, and without restoring it would devolve into mindless corpses like Gwyn. But the undead were also able to serve as a vessel for the souls of those who die around them, and use the souls to strengthen themselves.
Seath was driven blind and mad by the frustration of achieving immortality, and had his attendants kidnap maidens from across the land, to be experimented on. Eventually he discovered immortality, becoming a true undead (in that he could never die in the first place), so long as the crystal remained. Through the facets of this crystal, the human sorcerer Logan would discover the true potential of soul magic, and be able to extrapolate the crystal sorcery of "Paledrake" Seath into human suitable forms.
At some point the firstborn of Gwyn betrayed the gods and allied with the descendants of the dragons, and his name and Light Soul shard (the difference between gods and hollows) was stripped from him, and was removed from all recorded history such as annals and statues.
Despite the memory of The Pygmy being lost to humans, Darkstalker Kaathe worked to make certain that the Age of Dark would occur, and it's Dark Lord be crowned. He traveled to Oolacile, where human sorcerers worked to create golden sorceries, and informed them of a powerful primeval human buried there. In an effort to gain power, they unearthed and revived the man, subjecting him to extremely torturous imprisonment. This dark sorcerer was driven mad and, with his humanity driven wild as well he generated the very first Abyss, consuming the land and corrupting citizens. Then Kaathe went to New Londo, seducing the kings with the art of lifedrain, which corrupted them and their knights. Soon the city was flooded, and the dark servants were imprisoned in the Abyss at the cost of the lives of the citizens.
When Darkwraiths posed a grand danger, one of Gwyn's four knights Artorias traveled with his wolf Sif to Oolacile to combat the Abyss, where he made a covenant with the denizens there to traverse the dark without being swallowed so that he could hunt the Darkwraiths. They were overcome by the power of the Dark, and he was forced to sacrifice himself to save Sif, becoming corrupted by the Abyss.
The Way of White was formed by Gwyn's uncle Lloyd to hunt down the hollows, but due to the progression of undead to hollow, it became the simple act of hunting and corralling all undead. Those that they did not kill were imprisoned in an asylum to wait for the end of the world, for it is said that one day an undead will escape the prison and succeed Gwyn as the fire's fuel. At the same time, Kaathe preaches that this chosen has the opportunity to become the new Dark Lord and usher in the Age of Dark. The choice is theirs.
The Four Lords Edit
Upon becoming attuned to the Death Soul, Nito was transformed into a representation of death, possibly due to his life force being the very concept of death. What he looked like before is unknown. During the war on the dragons, he offered the killing blow by unleashing the power of the Death Soul, generating a miasma of death and disease on the land.
After the war, the Catacombs were built to house the remains of the dead, and further in was the Tomb of the Giants that likely housed the bodies of giants and other grand creatures. Within the tomb Nito sat quietly, administering the death and disease of the world from his coffin slumber. He also has a cult devoted to spreading death, called the Gravelord Servants, who kill in other worlds and prove their duty to Nito by presenting him the Eyes of Death.
He was trusted with the Rite of Kindling, which consists of using darkness to fuel bonfires, by the Way of White before it was stolen by Pinwheel. There were also Occultists who sought this power to destroy the other Lords.
Upon becoming attuned to the Life Soul, the Witch gained the now nonexistent power of flame sorcery, which allowed the use of the Life Soul to generate heat and flame. She passed fragments of this soul to her children, the Daughters of Chaos, and her only son. Like her children, she had ashen skin and blue lips, though she stood much taller than them and seems to be of identical height to the staves her children used for flame sorcery. During the war on the dragons, she and her children wove firestorms upon the land to burn and ground the now scaleless dragon foes.
As the fires faded, she desperately attempted to create a new flame to act as a replacement, but it killed her and used her as a seedbed to birth the demons. Her children were also corrupted, except for Quelana, who taught a flame manipulating art to a human and became the mother of pyromancy.
Multitude years later, the flame of chaos has been long extinguished, and the demons are dying out.
Upon becoming attuned to the Light Soul, Gwyn gained the power of energy, and could freely manipulate light and transform it into lightning. His clan has wildly varied physical appearances, though most have whitish skin and are usually taller than humans, though there are many exceptions to this standard. During the war on the dragons, he launched a legion of bolts of sunlight at the dragons, removing their scales and weakening them for the other Lords to strike.
Gwyn became the king of Lordran, and each member of his clan was given a fragment of his soul, with their own souls. He had four knights, three gods and one giant, and a host of other silver knights. Despite one of the knights being a giant, which were slaves for the gods, Gwyn gave all his knights equal merit. His executioner, Smough, also wished to become a knight but his sadistic cannibalism ruined that.
By utilizing a prayer to the bearer of the Light Soul, and the gods, it can cause miracles to occur. He was also known to hunt the descendants of the dragons, a trait for which many miracles were originally used for.
In his fear of the dark, he sacrificed himself to the First Flame, prolonging the age of the gods. His soul was able to keep the Flame burning for a long time, but since it used his soul, he lost it and went hollow.
Even with his soul spent and gone, his will still exists in the world, powering miracles and allowing light to continue existing with the age of the god's worldwide dominion.
At some point, his firstborn son tamed a stormdrake, and allied with the dragon descendants. For this treachery, he was stripped of his godhood and banished him, expunging from all record of history.
Unlike the other Lords, the Dark Soul did not have any instantly apparent effect on the Pygmy, likely because they never kept it to themself. They appear to have looked like a generic hollow before claiming their soul, but if they took a fragment, they likely would be no different physically from the human beings they made. During the war on the dragons, they likely stayed hidden in the Dark, waiting for the world to be made safe.
Once this was done, they initiated their plan. They would spend the entire Age of Fire splitting their soul, creating the human race, and teaching them the art of humans which rivaled gods. They would rule the world when the fire faded, and bring about the Age of Dark, and rule the gods. After Gwyn became cinder, the gods took measures to remove the influence of the Pygmy and the primeval humans, and to make the humans forget the power they held.
This power would not remain buried, and the Oolacile sorcerers unburied Manus, driving him mad and triggering his generation of the Abyss. Maddened by the Dark, one of the sorcerers developed the first dark sorceries available since the first fading, which were powerful enough to rival gods. Kaathe formed the covenant of Darkwraith, which steals humanity, and spreads discord. He would search for an undead to be worthy of replacing the Pygmy as the Dark Lord, and bring about the rule of man, with the primordial serpents serving them.
Many years later there would be a number of other humanity arts, though not exactly the same arts natural to the humans, as some require having faith instead of simply the awareness of it.
- Due to the diversity of size and appearance amongst the Lords, and by extension any of the races they associate with, each lifeform that arose from the Dark could have been generated unique from the others around it.
- This could explain why the Pygmy and their humans bear little similarity to the gods, Daughters of Chaos, and other lifeforms, under the assumption that the Pygmy was uniquely generated as a race of their own.
- It is never explicably mentioned whether or not Gwyn and the Witch required a consort for their children to be born, as Gwyn's wife is never mentioned, nor the Witch's husband.
- The Witch's children were referred to as "Daughters of Chaos" before the Chaos Flame, but what this referred to back then is unknown, perhaps having to do with the lost flame sorcery arts.
- Nito's origins are never made clear, but in the opening cutscene his cloak spontaneously forms as his hand reaches for his soul, but whether or not he was attuned to his soul before or after his spontaneous formation is unclear.
- Through the use of modifications one can see that Nito's character model has legs, one a broken thing which he limps on, showing that the skeletal bulk could actually be mere armor. One of his arms which wields his war scythe is actually shown to be a part of his body, controlled by a complicated arrangement of joints, though why he gained this limb is not made known.
- He also appears to be the only Lord with no descendants, but he still offered much of his own soul to fuel and give existence to the concept of death, allowing things to die even after he himself had died.
- In Dark Souls II, he is heavily implied to have been "the one who gave us the first death" that created the Fenito, and prevented their natural deaths so they could serve as grave wardens in response to the once human warriors invading a crypt for undead.
- The Pygmy's gender is never specified, and the model is merely one of the other bald figures from the opening cutscene, though the lack of breasts could clue towards an answer.
- Despite claiming to serve Darkstalker Kaathe, the church of Londor believes the true faces of humans to be those of hollows, ironic considering that undead hollowing results from losing your humanity.