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Knight King Rendal (レンドル) is a mentioned character in Dark Souls and a mentioned character in Dark Souls II.

Lore[]

Dark Souls[]

Silver coin

The face of Rendal on the Silver Coins.

Rendal was the legendary "Knight King" of his homeland Balder[1]. He wore a ring capable of granting its wearer with the protection of iron, increasing the defense against physical attacks, thus leading many legends to circulate about him, as it was said that not even the claws of a gigantic wyvern would be able to damage it[2]. Rendal was so important that Silver Coin were minted with his portrait on its face[3], similar to the faces of the gods Lloyd and McLoyf[4], although these coins of great value in the world of men had little value in Lordran.

Ring of Steel Protection (DSIII)

The ring of steel protection of Rendal.

However, with the fading of the First Flame, more and more Undead started to appear among humans[5], to the point that in Balder it reached a widespread outbreak and the kingdom was reduced to ruins in the ensuing chaos[1]. Knight King Rendal thus gathered the remaining Balder Knight of his country and left for Lordran[6][7], the ancient kingdom of the gods where according to legend the Undead would have to pilgrimage and overcome various tests to learn about their fate[8]. In an attempt to reach Anor Londo to link the fading Flame and thus save what remained of their kingdom, nullifying the Curse of Undeath[9], Rendal and his knights arrived at the Sen's Fortress which tested the potential Chosen Undead with deadly challenges[6]. However, even if they were able to navigate the fortress, Sendal and his knights never managed to overcome the final test of the Iron Golem placed to defend the entrance to the city of the gods from countless heroes trying to reach it[10], and continued to try and fail for decades[11] until even the Knight King himself died, losing his ring in the fortress[7], leaving the now hollowed knights to wander around aimlessly[6].

Dark Souls II[]

In the times and region of Drangleic, despite Rendal's failure, his ring that offered great physical protection was passed around but his tales became long forgotten and even the greatly wizened had no recollection of his exploits[12], thus remaining the last trace of his existence.

Dark Souls III[]

In the times and region of Lothric, despite the many centuries that passed, Rendal's ring that offered great physical protection was passed around and it was said that he was lined with steel on the inside, such that even the talons of mighty dragons did him little harm[13], thus keeping the last trace of his existence until the last days of the Fire, even if his name was forgotten and only is title of "Knight King" remained[13].

Artifacts[]

Trivia[]

  • The English localization of the Ring of Steel Protection claims that "Of the many legends surrounding the Knight King Rendal, one of the more well-known speaks of his standing down a giant drake and slashing it to pieces".
    However, a more accurate translation of "騎士王レンドルの逸話は数多く巨大な飛竜の爪ですらも 彼を十分に傷つけなかったという" would be "The ring of Rendal, the legendary Knight King. Grants the blessing of iron, which increases the bearer's physical defense. There are many rumors circulating about the Knight King Rendal. It is said that not even the claws of a gigantic wyvern could harm him".
    This specifies in fact that there is no legend in which "he faces a giant drake and slashed it to pieces" as the English locatization claims but rather that not even a giant wyvern could harm him. This is in fact corrected with the more accurate translation of the Ring of Steel Protection (Dark Souls III) in Dark Souls III that claims: "Ring of the Knight King of ancient legend. Increases physical damage absorption. The Knight King was said to be lined with steel on the inside, such that even the talons of mighty dragons did him little harm."

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Balder Set description.
  2. Ring of Steel Protection#Trivia description.
  3. Silver Coin description.
  4. Gold Coin and Copper Coin description.
  5. Opening (Dark Souls) dialogue.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Balder Knight#Location
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ring of Steel Protection#Availability
  8. Oscar, Knight of Astora dialogue.
  9. Kingseeker Frampt dialogue.
  10. Core of an Iron Golem description.
  11. Crestfallen Merchant dialogue: "Let me give a nibble of advice. Don't even consider visiting Anor Londo. Not in your state. For a century, they have tried, and failed. The Knight King Rendal, Black Iron Tarkus, and even Logan himself. You won't stand a chance. You'll be eaten alive. But, go along, if you wish. If only to deepen your despair!"
  12. Ring of Steel Protection (Dark Souls II) description.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Ring of Steel Protection (Dark Souls III) description.
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