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"The Darkmoon Knights were once led by my elder brother, the Dark Sun Gwyndolin. But he was stricken by illness, and leadership of the knights fell to me."
— Company Captain Yorshka

Company Captain Yorshka is the leader of the Darkmoon Blades and a character in Dark Souls III.

She is voiced by Martha Mackintosh.

Location[]

She can be met in Anor Londo, dwelling alone at the top of the Prison Tower that rises high above the Church of Yorshka. It can be accessed from the rotating elevator located after the Darkmoon Tomb in Anor Londo. The tower can be reached regardless of the position of the elevator. The tower is visible in the distance and requires a step of faith onto open air to reveal an invisible bridge that leads to it.

Description[]

Captain Yorshka is the leader of the Darkmoon Blades and accepts the player into their ranks if they have learned the Darkmoon Loyalty gesture.

She is a tall and slim woman, with pale skin, blue eyes with scale-like markings around them, and dark green hair. She also has two pairs of pointy ears, with the larger pair having long and rigid lobes, as well as two long lobe-like tentacles hanging from her upper neck. She wears a white dress and a veil over her hair. She is barefoot and appears to have a tail not unlike that of a dragon. Yorshka talks in an older form of English, and lives in a tower secluded from the rest of Irithyll of the Boreal Valley.

Lore[]

Yorshka's Chime

The sacred chime of Yorshka.

Yorshka is the younger sister of Dark Sun Gwyndolin[1][2], with whom she shares only her mother, as her brother is Gwyn's last born[3], but she demonstrates the draconic traits of a crossbreed in a more definite way than her brother[4]. She claims to have little knowledge of the world[1], to the point of only knowing crows and dragons as beings capable of flight[1], implying that she comes from a very isolated place. Furthermore, the girl didn't even had a name[2].

At some point, after Gwyndolin had become the "king of the gods"[5], Yorshka reached Irithyll of the Boreal Valley, the city her brother had built on the ruins of Anor Londo to house the Irithyllians, hybrids between the race of the gods of Anor Londo and humans[6]. Here she was welcomed by Gwyndolin who formed a relationship of strong affection with his newfound sister, giving her a sacred chime and even her own name that she lacked[2]. Eventually even a church was built in her name inside Irithyll, exactly where the Painted World of Ariamis was once kept[7], in which she was venerated as a goddess by the humans who worked in the city[8].

Yorshka's Spear

The spear of Yorshka's Church.

After Gwyndolin was "stricken by illness" and forced to retreat to the old cathedral of Anor Londo, her brother entrusted her with command of the covenant of the Blades of the Darkmoon. The girl thus continued to lead the company by repeating her brother's ritual phrases by heart[9], leading the knights against the enemies of the gods and to watch over those who linked the First Flame[1], accepting the proofs of their accomplished duty and rewarding them with the miracles of Gwyndolin, even without knowledge of their meaning[10]

However, Sulyvahn would take advantage of the situation, declaring himself Pontiff and becoming the tyrant of Irihtyll[1]. He managed to imprison Yorshka on the tower of her own church, isolating her from the whole world and holding her hostage[1][11]. Over time, because they were integrated into the ranks of Sulyvahn's knights, killed or exiled, the Blades of the Darkmoon would lose all their followers, leaving the girl at the head of the covenant with no knights to guide and only its legacy to preserve[1]. Yorshka would have remained alone on the tower, without hearing a thing from her brother[1] and with only the chime that he had given her to console her from the loneliness[2]. Despite her imprisonment, the humans of Irithyll, now enslaved by Pontiff Sulyvahn and subjected to his experiments, would continue to pray to the goddess in secret, worshipping the sacred spears that were enchanted with a soporific spell, trying to find comfort and rest from their condition even at the cost of hitting themselves with these weapons[8].

Theories[]

  • It can be theorized that Yorshka comes from the Painted World of Ariamis since she comes from such an isolated place that she only knows about dragons and crows as flying creatures.[1]. In addition, the Painting Guardian Set[12] can also be found in her church, that is built in the same location where the Painted World was kept in ancient Anor Londo. This would thus make her the daughter of Crossbreed Priscilla, as the only woman from the Painted World from whom she could have inherited her draconic traits[13].

Drops[]

Item Yorshka's Chime
Yorshka's Chime
Drop Rate Guaranteed

Dialogue[]

Trivia[]

  • Yorshka's outfit, described as a Saint's set, is available for the player to wear in removed content. According to the item description, Yorshka was originally imprisoned in a dungeon (the tower where she is found, according to dialogue after advancing her covenant to level 2 or higher) and her outfit, originally pure white, was stained ash grey from years of incarceration.
  • Another article of removed content, Gwyndolin's Finger, could be presumably obtained upon defeating Aldrich. It could be given to Yorshka for additional dialogue and a reward, presumably Darkmoon Ring based on the dialogue. According to its item description, she is a crossbreed.[14]

Gallery[]

Reference[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Company Captain Yorshka dialogue.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Yorshka's Chime description
  3. Darkmoon Seance Ring description.
  4. Company Captain Yorshka appearance.
  5. Soul of Pontiff Sulyvahn description.
  6. "Irithyllian" Character Creation
  7. Painting Guardian Set (Dark Souls III)#Availability
  8. 8.0 8.1 Yorshka's Spear description.
  9. Dark Sun Gwyndolin dialogue.
  10. Blade of the Darkmoon (Dark Souls III) description.
  11. Company Captain Yorshka#Location
  12. Painting Guardian Set (Dark Souls III)#Availability
  13. Company Captain Yorshka appearance.
  14. Unused content of Dark Souls 3 – Ruined finger of Dark Sun Gwyndolin. The young crossbreed girl loved her brother, of whom all that remains is this ruined finger. Even so, her love for him will never falter…
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