On the middle of the Lands Between is Leyndell, the house of the Erdtree, and crucial place in all of Elden Ring. On the base of the huge tree, Marika constructed the seat of her energy. Of all of the locations within the Lands Between, Leyndell in all probability stays in one of the best form, with its partitions nonetheless standing and knights ready inside. After getting a number of Nice Runes, your journey inevitably takes you to Leyndell as you try to assert the Elden Ring and turn out to be Elden Lord. However there are different powers who nonetheless stand in your way–others who nonetheless want to take the throne.
Your journey into Leyndell places you nearer to your aim than you have ever been, however there are additionally a number of main revelations to be discovered right here, as nicely. As we delve into the Erdtree capital, as at all times, there are spoilers inside, though these are in all probability the most important but, with the best and weirdest lore implications for the general story of the sport. Here is what’s occurring as you discover Leyndell and attempt to lay declare on the title of Elden Lord.
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The journey to Leyndell first takes you throughout the Altus countryside. Although the town and its outskirts are largely intact, there’s quite a bit to concentrate to within the surrounding space as you make your manner towards it, and the Shattering has positively not spared this place.
First, if you happen to made your manner up via the Smash-Strewn Precipice, you have been possible accosted by a dragon earlier than you even actually entered the Altus Plateau correct. Dragons are in every single place within the Lands Between, however they’ve a giant connection to Leyndell particularly that we’ll get into extra a bit of later. The historical past and lore of Elden Ring features a warfare between the Golden Order and the dragons, however at the very least one, Fortissax, was impressed by Marika’s demigod son, Godwyn the Golden, and have become pals with him. The dragon you face right here, Lansseax, was sister to Fortissax and appears to even have been pleasant to the people and the Golden Order. In reality, dragons are a giant a part of a few of Leyndell’s tradition, and quite a lot of that has to do with Lansseax–so the dragon displaying as much as assault you as quickly as you present up on Altus Plateau makes some sense, from that perspective.
Earlier than you head to the capital, you possibly can discover a number of the land round it, which presents some attention-grabbing info. A bridge that heads north over a darkened forest has been destroyed, probably throughout the Shattering, given you will discover the convoys you have seen all through the Lands Between crushed among the many wreckage. The forest is populated by death-spewing, worm-faced creatures, and is the positioning of a number of units of ruins. It seems that Leyndell has roughly deserted this space, and with the bridge destroyed, no person from the capital is visiting the world to the north.
The lands on the north finish of the plateau are dotted with windmills, and if you happen to make your manner there, you may uncover some… attention-grabbing folks. The Windmill Pastures surrounding them flank the village of Dominula. All via this space, you may discover unusual ladies dancing and laughing contentedly, their faces stained with blood. They are not hostile until you assault them, for probably the most half, however if you happen to examine the world, you may discover proof of fairly a number of murders and a ghost that begs somebody to not pores and skin him.
It is powerful to say something for positive about Dominula, however there’s sufficient info floating round to take a position. On the north finish of the village, at its highest level, you may battle a Godskin Apostle boss, and given the flower competition really feel of the village and the knowledge you possibly can learn on the garments and weapons of the ladies there, the entire place has a spiritual feel–but a faith at odds with the Golden Order. The ladies appear to be celebrating in Dominula, carrying competition garb that implies that a part of the rites of that competition embrace sacrificing folks and skinning them. With the Godskin Apostle at hand, we are able to guess that these might be people who subscribe to an older faith, earlier than the arrival of Marika’s Golden Order. As to why they’re dancing endlessly, it is more durable to say, though YouTubers KitTales and Flex have a video with some good theories.
In my opinion, I believe Dominula represents one other spiritual minority working within the Lands Between, and reveals that there are individuals who do not subscribe to the Golden Order, even in Leyndell’s yard. It is fairly good proof that, throughout the Shattering and even earlier than it, there have been dissenters, and Marika’s maintain on the Lands Between was not as full as we’d have been led to consider. It additionally reveals that a number of the factions and religions of the land do not depend on the assorted demigods to drive them.
Whereas the world to the north is extra ruinous, the trail into Leyndell is in fine condition, and well-protected by troopers and even a large gargoyle statue. When you get previous the troopers blocking your entry, a well-known face even reveals as much as problem you: Margit, the Fell Omen. The primary boss you fought at Stormveil Citadel right here takes over a commoner and is a bit more simply defeated, however that gives some essential details about the character himself. The Margit you fought at Stormveil appears to have been a projection, similar to this one. It is a puppet, and another person is pulling its strings, utilizing it to attempt to cease Tarnished on their journey.
To lastly make your manner into Leyndell, it’s a must to battle and kill a Tree Sentinel, one of many mounted knights loyal to the Golden Order and the Erdtree, to discover a facet entrance into the partitions. Inside, you may discover the town in fairly fine condition, however with people who find themselves sitting round, ready for orders or for warfare to come back to the town. Loads of them do not appear to have quite a bit to do.
Heralds and loyalists of the Golden Order
The primary folks you see as you enter Leyndell are Oracle Envoys, horn-bearing folks carrying huge white hats. Descriptions on the objects you may get from Oracle Envoys name them “monstrous” and suggests they seem to blow their horns to herald the approaching of a brand new god, or a brand new age. As you enter Leyndell, then, you is perhaps approaching one of many demigods closest to claiming the Elden Ring: Morgott, known as each the Omen King and the Grace-Given Lord, son of Marika and Godfrey.
Scattered all through the town are the sorts of individuals loyal to the Erdtree you have already discovered all through the Lands Between. You will additionally discover attention-grabbing enemies within the Perfumers, who you may need seen prior to now popping up right here and there in Altus Plateau. These previously have been apothecaries, dealing in chemistry and medication, and at the very least one well-known Perfumer, Tricia, tried to heal the downtrodden of the Lands Between, like Omen and the winged Misbegotten creatures who have been pressured to be servants and slaves. However the Perfumers weren’t all essentially benevolent–Rollo, the primary Omenkiller, had beforehand been a Perfumer. Throughout the Shattering, the Perfumers have been pressed into army service, buying and selling therapeutic potions for poisons.
Touring via the town, you get a little bit of a way of its historical past and the way it has developed because the Shattering. First, proper within the middle of city, is the huge corpse of a dragon. This, it appears, is Gransax, and its assault on the capital marked the one time in its historical past when its partitions fell. The dragon was ultimately defeated, after all, and the response of the Golden Order was to wage warfare on the remainder of the dragons, led by Godwyn. As with the opposite opponents Marika and her kids confronted, the dragons have been ultimately defeated, though as talked about earlier than, a few of them allied themselves with Godwyn and the royal household throughout the course of the battle.
A relationship with dragons, in some kind or one other, had a fairly profound affect on Leyndell. There are knights there that wield powers normally reserved for dragons, and lore describes the town as dwelling to a dragon cult–although, within the lore, it is described as “historic,” so it might be that the cult existed within the capital earlier than the warfare wherein Godwyn befriended some. Lansseax, the dragon we talked about earlier, was stated to have taken on a human kind and served as a priestess for that dragon cult, so it is perhaps that a number of the folks of the Altus Plateau worshiped the dragons earlier than the Golden Order confirmed up.
The dragon state of affairs is a bit hazy, if we’re being trustworthy. Later within the recreation, you may journey to a floating, destroyed mausoleum known as Crumbling Farum Azula, the place you will discover Dragonlord Placidusax–who was, apparently, Elden Lord within the time earlier than the Erdtree. The dragons apparently had a god of their very own, who “fled,” so it might observe that folks of the Lands Between may need worshiped them the best way they worship Marika and the Golden Order. If that is the case, the dragon cult within the capital might simply have been there earlier than Leyndell was the seat of Marika’s energy, and her taking of it may need been what prompted the dragons to assault within the first place.
In any occasion, nevertheless, the dragons largely misplaced, similar to everybody else who went up towards Marika’s warfare machine.
The streets of Leyndell are fairly huge, however there’s extra hidden beneath the floor. There’s an enormous underground sewer system below the town, which you’ll be able to journey down into and discover. Whereas Leyndell is clear, white, and gold above floor, its secrets and techniques are saved within the darkness under.
Descend into the depths and you will ultimately discover a bunch of Omen enemies, with objects that specify precisely why they’re there. Omens are seen as impure–at least below the present regime–and most Omen infants have the horns that develop throughout their our bodies eliminated quickly after they’re born. More often than not, this process kills the infants. As is usually the case, nevertheless, royals do not observe the identical guidelines as everybody else. Highborn Omen infants of the capital don’t have their horns eliminated; they’re imprisoned beneath the town within the sewers and gaols inside.
The objects you discover associated to the Omens recommend that the powers that be had no drawback using them once they have been helpful. A number of the Omen carry weapons that may have allowed them to battle within the wars Marika waged across the Lands Between–although, as these weapon descriptions be aware, the Golden Order at all times had a contingency plan to verify the highly effective Omen by no means obtained out of line.
Marika and Godfrey’s personal kids, Morgott and Mohg, have been among the many Omen imprisoned beneath Leyndell. In reality, if you happen to go deep sufficient, you can battle towards Mohg, the Omen, who blocks off the trail to an even deeper portion of the sewers. This does not appear to be the actual Mohg, nevertheless, however one other projection; he stands earlier than a seal that blocks your path into one other part of the sewers, and the path to the Three Fingers, the envoys of the Frenzied Flame. That is an entire different dialogue (which you’ll be able to learn right here), however suffice to say, that is the place Mohg and Morgott grew up, and the place Mohg grew to become the particular person he’s whenever you lastly run throughout him–more on him in a future a part of this sequence.
As for Morgott, he additionally was apparently hidden within the sewers in order that he would not be killed for his Omen standing. However the expertise of imprisonment drastically differed for the 2 brothers. Whereas Mohg was pushed to worship one thing aside from the Larger Will and the Golden Order, Morgott would double down on his household, in the end, and he is a serious affect inside Leyndell.
The trail to the throne
Making your manner as much as the Erdtree takes you thru Marika’s palace. Right here, your path as much as the Erdtree is barred in attention-grabbing methods, each by the structure, which requires you to climb out onto the tree itself to advance, and by the golden spirit of Godfrey, First Elden Lord. This is not truly Godfrey that you simply’re dealing with, however just like the Margit projections or the Rennala spell, it is one thing extra of an imitation. That does not imply it is not highly effective, although, and one has to marvel if that is one other of Morgott’s defenses to maintain Tarnished from reaching the Erdtree above.
Past Godfrey is a bit of the palace that is probably the most attention-grabbing, though what all of it means is not precisely clear. You will discover the walkways right here suffering from the our bodies of Finger Reader Crones. And ready on the finish of the trail is a Black Knife Murderer.
This complete space is unusual, maybe giving a touch in regards to the cut up between the Golden Order and the Two Fingers up to now, or maybe displaying Morgott’s strikes all through the Lands Between to shore up his personal energy. The Finger Reader Crones all through the world offer you details about the place you are going and what you may discover there, and straight or not directly, they lead you towards Nice Runes. The chief of those is Enia within the Roundtable Maintain, who’s fairly direct in telling you what it is advisable to do and aiding you in your journey. Although we’re speculating right here, what feels just like the likeliest rationalization is that Morgott has been rounding up and killing these crones as a part of his persevering with marketing campaign to frustrate Tarnished who’re making an attempt to turn out to be Elden Lord; the much less info these Tarnished have, the more durable their path to Leyndell will probably be.
To invest additional, although, it is also attainable that this might have been a transfer by the Golden Order towards the Two Fingers, made earlier by Marika. Lore all through the sport hints within the route that Marika might have grown fed-up along with her position as an extension of the Larger Will, a god as named by the Two Fingers. The Black Knife Assassins are described as having ties to Marika, which suggests she may even have had an element within the assassination of her son, Godwyn. If Marika was chopping ties with the Two Fingers and attempting to shake off the management of the Larger Will, using the Black Knives to take out the Finger Reader Crones might critically hamper the Two Fingers’ affect. In spite of everything, they cannot speak, and wish the crones to interpret their actions.
The our bodies of all of the crones are positively, pointedly telling us one thing, and whether or not it was throughout the time of Marika or below the order of Morgott, we are able to see that the present Golden Order has shifted out of alignment with the Two Fingers and the Larger Will. But when Morgott was accountable, the title given to him by Sir Gideon Ofnir is perhaps a bit of deceptive.
The Grace-Given Lord
Regardless of being an Omen, we discover out that the true lord of Leyndell, because it stands post-Shattering, is Morgott. He might largely disguise himself from the general public, however for the time being, he is the chief of the capital’s army and probably the most senior of Marika’s royal lineage. The “Omen King” is probably probably the most highly effective political chief within the Lands Between, with the strongest military and the strongest partitions defending him.
Whenever you meet Morgott, you notice he seems to be precisely like Margit, and the state of affairs with the Fell Omen begins to make extra sense. Morgott seemingly stayed loyal to his household, regardless of being shunned and imprisoned as an Omen. His loyalty, it seems, was rewarded, permitting him to battle for the Golden Order because the champion often known as the Fell Omen, possibly below an assumed title to cover his id (though “Margit” and “Morgott” do not actually sound all that different–maybe Margit is simply the best way troopers and commoners pronounced the title, unaware they have been within the presence of royalty). The Fell Omen additionally as soon as led the Evening’s Cavalry, the highly effective mounted knights you discover driving round at evening all through the Lands Between. So plainly Morgott was allowed to battle Marika’s wars, at the same time as an Omen, and he was a fierce contender.
Having run up towards Margit on two events, we now get an concept of what Morgott’s been as much as, and the way highly effective he’s. The Margits we have seen seem like some form of magical projection that Morgott makes use of out within the subject. He positioned a projection at Stormveil to cease Tarnished on their solution to Godrick, which might possible have allowed him to kill a ton of would-be Elden Lords earlier than they ever obtained wherever close to gathering a Nice Rune. When that failed, he once more used a projection in an try and cease you exterior the gates of Leyndell. Morgott has been attempting to stall your progress, amongst different things–he’s additionally liable for a magical seal within the sewer past the Mohg, the Omen boss battle, which seals off the best way to the Three Fingers, presumably to maintain folks out of there as a service to the Golden Order.
Gideon calls Morgott “the Grace-Given” whenever you ask in regards to the Shardbearers, which means that he hasn’t simply fallen into the position of lord of Leyndell–he’s additionally been endorsed by the Larger Will (or at the very least the Two Fingers). That is a giant deal for an Omen, and may recommend simply how dire issues are within the time of the Shattering. Morgott is one of the best of severely restricted choices, possibly, however he has been chosen. He additionally demonstrates his loyalty to the Golden Order whenever you meet him, displaying off the seats the opposite demigods occupied as a council earlier than the Erdtree. Morgott calls all of them traitors, seemingly referring to what they’ve performed via the Shattering; every claimed their very own energy and served their very own agenda, slightly than remaining loyal to Marika and the Golden Order and dealing collectively and sustaining the royal home.
However Morgott displaying off his loyalty to his lineage and the Golden Order, plus the truth that he’s “grace-given,” raises an essential query: Why hasn’t Morgott been in a position to turn out to be Elden Lord?
You discover the reply whenever you lastly face Morgott. You see the Omen King’s true energy whenever you face him; he wields a bunch of highly effective Religion-based assaults that exhibit his dedication to the Larger Will and the Golden Order. Nonetheless, it wasn’t sufficient to make him Elden Lord, which is what he reveals whenever you lastly defeat him. In his final moments, Morgott, now shrunken and human-looking, his Omen energy gone, reveals that the best way into the Erdtree is sealed. Morgott was by no means in a position to get inside to assert the Elden Ring and turn out to be Elden Lord. In reality, nobody can, he says. Investigating your self, you discover that he is proper: thorns cowl the opening within the Erdtree that may help you enter it and declare the Elden Ring. There isn’t any manner via, and all of your work has been for nothing.
The barred manner ahead itself raises questions. Why would grace lead Tarnished to attempt to turn out to be Elden Lord, just for the Erdtree itself to reject them? And if the best way into the Erdtree was not blocked by the Erdtree, then who sealed it?
With no extra solutions, you are pressured to return to the Roundtable Maintain and seek the advice of the knowledge of the Two Fingers, starting a path that can require some dire acts towards the Golden Order and the Larger Will, and which can change the Lands Between endlessly.