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Londor, also known as the Hollow Realms[1] or the Land of Hollows[2] is a mentioned location in Dark Souls III.

Description[]

Londor is a realm located in the south of Lothric[3], consequently placing it even further south of Drangleic[4], in a region corresponding to that of the ancient Lordran[5].

Lore[]

Dark Hand (DSIII)

The dark art of Lifedrain unique of Londor.

The origins of Londor can be traced back to when the Primordial Serpent Kaathe[6][7][8] welcomed three human sisters into his service as his maidens: Elfriede, the eldest[9], Yuria, the middle one[6], and Liliane, the youngest[10]. Kaathe's past attempts to find a candidate for the title of Dark Lord, prevent the linking of the First Flame, and to finally bring about the Dark Age[11] of humans had all failed[12], leaving the gods in command of men and the world, and allowing the Age of Fire to continue, albeit increasingly faintly[13]. However the Primordial Serpent had continued to try to reach his goals and the acceptance of these three sisters as his maidens represented the first step in finding and empowering a Dark Lord who could usurp the First Flame for themselves and use it to shape a new world for the sake of all Hollows - what was left of humanity after thousands of years of oppression by the Darksign[14][6][15]. And so Kaathe taught the three sisters, already highly skilled fencers[8], the art of the Dark Hand, capable of absorbing the humanity of their enemies[16][17].

Morion Blade

The sword resembling the towers of the Sable Church of Londor.

Wearing their dark attire, the three women would thus become the founders of the Sable Church[8]: a faith and an organization that preached the coming of the Dark Lord that would claim the First Flame[15] and aimed to offer salvation to all Hollows[8]. At some point the three sisters, now mentors of the Sable Church[8], settled in a land that would become known as Londor, the Hollow Realm[1], and over time an increasing number of undead and hollows would find refuge there[1]. In Londor, the Sable Church would construct black and twisted towers[18] to serve as their physical place of worship, and Elfriede, as the eldest sister, became the leader of the organization[9]. The fact that there were three founding sisters was important as it ensured that their legacy would survive, each being able to carry on their mission and ensure that the Dark Lord emerged even if the others went missing[15].

Hollow Gem

The hollow titanite gems of Londor.

Over time, the number of hollows that find refuge thanks to the Sable Church continued to increase until Londor became a true undead society, a "Hollow Realm"[1]. Its inhabitants were in fact wretchedly aged humans, fraught with deceit, and dubiously secretive, so it was no wonder that they are deeply detested in the rest of the world[19]. The Hollows of Londor thus began to employ illusory rings that allowed them to retain a human appearance even while hollow[19] and Purging Stones that reduced undead curse build-up and cured hollowing, allowing the inhabitants of Londor to feign normalcy and continue to live as apparently human, even if occasionally a hollow would fool even themselves and turn on their own kind[20]. The inhabitants of Londor also managed to mine their stagnant humanity and use it to infuse titanite, creating Hollow Gems that they would then use to forge hollow weapons - artifacts that were able to peer into the "essence" of their wielders and increase their damage based on their luck[21], the unique and elusive essential property of humans[22].

Londor Braille Divine Tome

The divine tome containing the dark miracles of Londor.

A culture and even religion completely opposite to the Way of White, which worshiped the gods through miracles[23], also began to take shape in Londor. Liliane, as one of the founders of the Sable Church, started to recount tales that portrayed the suffering and conflict of Hollows, which the church aimed to bring salvation to[10]. She even created a tome of dark miracles that were forbidden in the rest of the world as they offered salvation to the hollows and conversely cursed all living beings[24]. The culture of Londor therefore not only rejected the gods and their rules and stories, but shifted the object of veneration towards the Hollow themselves, bringing attention to their tales and placing their faith on their own kind to perform miracles[25]. The Sable Church thus developed several different dark miracles such as the Dark Blade, which could be used to reinforce weapons with the power of the dark[10], and and even sacrilegious miracles that blessed corpses, transforming them into dark traps, as they believed that if undeath was human there would be no need to hesitate blessing corpses that were, after all, incompatible with living things[1]. The ancient dark miracles of Velka, that allowed the blocking of the magic of those around the caster, including themselves, were also recovered[26].

Pale Shade Set

The attire of the Pale Shades of Londor.

Now a full-fledged organization, the Sable Church even began to train agents to enact its will in the wider world. Such agents, all skilled swordsmen, were taught to trust only their blade, and thus, entrusting of anyone they might encounter, they were said to bring the silence of Londor with them wherever they went[26]. They also learned the art of the Dark Hand passed down by Kaathe[27], the ancient miracles of Velka, now part of the repertoire of the Sable Church[28], and a forbidden dark sorcery[29] that infused a manifestation of humanity with strong emotions to make it tenaciously pursue its target[30]. These swordsmen became known as the Pale Shades of Londor, a group of assassins who killed in the name and interests of the Sable Church in the rest of the world in order to fulfill their goals[31]. They were all undying hollows that fought neither for honor nor exaltation and yielded nothing but withered moans, giving rise to much fear and contempt[32]. They were equipped with lethal curved claws that cause heavy bleeding[31] and poisoned throwing knives[33]. Though dark and shriveled hollows, they wore pure white attire[32] and golden masks with faint, kindly smiles which earned them the moniker "Harlots of Death"[34]. Sir Vilhelm, one of the hollow knights of Londor known for being a cold-blooded hangman, would also directly serve the three sisters of the Sable Church, becoming particularly loyal to Elfriede[35].

Dark Sigil

The Dark Sigil of a true Lord of Hollows.

The goal of Londor, however, always remained to find their awaited Lord of Hollows who was able to break the order of the gods and inherit the First Flame, wrestling it from its kiln and using it to reveal the true face of mankind [36]. Thus, the Hollow Realm and the Sable Church continued to study the Dark Soul and the Darksign, so that they could gain the knowledge and power necessary to break the chains of the gods and usurp the First Flame[37]. The result of their research was the Dark Sigil, an artifact capable of bypassing the Dark sign of Fire placed around the Dark Soul[38], allowing the darkness which had accumulated in the body to flow again, unlocking the true power of humans,[39][40], thus allowing a Hollow to reach the strength required to usurp the Flame[41].

Sword of Avowal

The ceremonial sword for the wedding rite of the Lord of Hollows.

At some point, Elfriede, as leader of the Sable Church, attempted to usurp the First Flame herself[42]. However, she only managed to take control of a spark, turning into a blackflame[43], before she ended up failing as the power of the Flame consumed her, burning her face[44] and leaving her an Unkindled ash[45][46]. After her failure, she renounced everything[47], leaving behind her role as leader of the Sable Church, Londor[48] and even her name, becoming known simply as "Friede"[49]. Having lost her purpose, she was eventually drawn into the Painted World of Ariandel[50] and came to consider it her new home[51], leaving Yuria and Liliane to carry on the mission of Londor.

Learning from this failure, Londor created a method to further increase the future Lord of Hollows' dark power through a "marriage ceremony". By using the Sword of Avowal in a ritual[52][53][54], the Dark Lord could extract and transfer the darkness of another Hollow into themselves, thus increasing their power to a sufficient level to claim the First Flame[55].

At some point before reaching his goal, Kaathe died, leaving the remaining sisters of the Sable Church to carry on his vision of an Age of Dark lead by the Dark Lord [56]

Yoel

The pilgrims of Londor.

As the First Flame continued to fade and Prince Lothric refused to link it, the Unkindled were exhumed from their graves to hunt down the Lords of Cinder of the past that had refused to return to their "thrones" and serve as fuel for the Flame a second time[57]. It was at this pivotal moment that Londor and the Sable Church decided to make their move[58]. Hundreds of Hollows were thus cast out from Londor and sent to Lothric on a pilgrimage with the specific goal of "dying"[59][60]. They were equipped with shell-shaped protections chained to their backs[61], similar to the robes of clerics created to contain the prevent them from becoming seedbeds for stagnant darkness during long journeys, which could manifest the Pus of Man[62][63]. In addition these pilgrims were given a dark miracle, the only tale known to them, that they believed carried words of forgiveness. In reality they were cursed by this magic, which attracted more attention from foes, and consequently accelerated the achievement of their goal of "dying"[59][64]. These pilgrims of Londor, whose humanity had accumulated and stagnated inside their body during their journey, upon death, underwent a peculiar transformation which caused their corpse to grow and evolve into a new form of sentient life, similar in appearance to a humanoid insect[65][66][67]. These humanoid larvae are harmless on their own but are capable of manifesting and controlling physical bodies that resemble Angels equipped with large shiny wings and capable of striking with overwhelming power[68][69][70].

Angel - 01

The dark angels spawned from the corpses of the pilgrims of Londor.

The pilgrims of Londor continued to reach Lothric by passing through the main gate across the bridge to get to the Cathedral[71]. However, the bridge was broken when the High Walls appear with the sudden lifting of hundreds of meters of the rock under the city, preventing the pilgrims who have arrived from continuing[72]. Despite this, one day one of the Angels spawned from their corpses managed to visit Gertrude, the holy maiden of Gwynevere, Queen of Lothric[73] and it revealed to her a truth capable of manifesting pillars of light[74]. The holy maiden was convinced by this truth and began to spread the worship of those she considered "divine messengers"[75]. However this faith was viewed as heresy in Lothric, as it opposed the worship of the ancient gods and the duty to continue linking the First Flame, so was consequently unrecognized by any of the Three Pillars that govern the realm[76], leading to a civil war inside the walls of Lothric between those still loyal to the Pillars and the Winged Knights that followed Gertrude's angelic faith[77]

At a certain point even Yuria, one of the founders of the Sable Church of Londor, arrived in Lothric[78]. Her goal was to find an Unkindled strong enough that, with the additional power granted by Dark Sigils, as well the marriage ceremony Londor had developed[79], create a being capable of usurping the First Flame, ripping it from its Kiln and taking it inside their body, thus becoming the Lord of Hollows that Londor awaited[80].

Trivia[]

  • The English localization of many descriptions regarding Londor use terms such as "foul", "unsavory" and "leaden silence" to describe the land with a negative meaning. However in a more accurate translation these adjectives simply do not exist and the atmosphere of Londor appears much more neutral despite its dark aspects.
    • Example1: Dead Again (Dark Souls III) description: "Londor, the Hollow Realm, is a society of undead, comprised of the corpses and shades of those who led unsavory lives. Is such blessing really something one must ponder?"
      However a more accurate translation would be: "If undying is human, there's no need to hesitate blessing corpses that are, after all, incompatible with living things. Is there?"
    • Example2: Vow of Silence (Dark Souls III) description: "Members of the Sable Church are all trained swordsmen, each sworn only to their weapons as they bear the leaden silence of Londor."
      However a more accurate translation would be: "Members of the Black Church of Londor block the magic of those around, including themselves. All notable swordsmen, the silence of Londor is always with them, and their swords the only things they will always trust."

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References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Dead Again (Dark Souls III) description: "Londor, the Hollow Realm, is a society comprised of undead. If undying is human, there's no need to hesitate blessing corpses that are, after all, incompatible with living things. Is there?".
  2. Dark Hand (Dark Souls III) description.
  3. Opening (Dark Souls III) dialogue: "In venturing north, the pilgrims discover the truth of the old words: "The fire fades and the lords go without thrones.""
  4. Witchtree Branch (Dark Souls III) description: "Witchtree staves are customary in the far north, and allow for faster casting than ordinary catalysts."
  5. Since the region where the Giants came from is far north of Drangelic (see Varangian Set description) and the Eastern Lands remained in the eastern direction for both Lordran and Drangleic (see Murakumo and Murakumo (Dark Souls II) and Murakumo (Dark Souls III) description) it must mean that Lordran was located in the far south of Drangleic.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Billed Mask description.
  7. Yuria of Londor dialogue: "Kaathe, I have failed thee..."
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Black Set (Dark Souls III) description.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Onyx Blade description.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Dark Blade description.
  11. Darkstalker Kaathe dialogue.
  12. See Four Kings#Lore and Manus, Father of the Abyss#Lore
  13. Opening (Dark Souls III) dialogue.
  14. Yuria of Londor dialogue: "Our Lord and Liege. I prithee play the usurper. When the moment cometh to link the fire, wrest it from its mantle. The Age of Fire was founded by the old gods, sustained by the linking of the fire. But the old gods are no more, and the all-powerful fire deserveth a new heir. Our Lord of Hollows, it shall be, who weareth the true face of mankind."
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Yuria's Ashes description.
  16. Dark Hand (Dark Souls III) description.
  17. Yuria of Londor#Character information (Dark Hand)
  18. Morion Blade description.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Untrue White Ring description.
  20. Purging Stone (Dark Souls III) description.
  21. Hollow Gem description.
  22. Anri's Straight Sword description.
  23. Med Heal (Dark Souls III) description.
  24. Londor Braille Divine Tome description.
  25. “Normal” miracles require the human to have faith in the gods and their tales to reproduce the miracles (See Med Heal (Dark Souls III)). Consequently, if the miracles of Londor tell the stories of the Hollows, to perform these dark miracles one must have faith in the human being himself (See Dark Blade).
  26. 26.0 26.1 Vow of Silence (Dark Souls III) description: "Members of the Black Church of Londor block the magic of those around, including themselves. All notable swordsmen, the silence of Londor is always with them, and their swords the only things they will always trust."
  27. Londor Pale Shade#Equipment Dark Hand.
  28. Vow of Silence and Vow of Silence (Dark Souls III) description.
  29. Londor Pale Shade#Equipment Affinity.
  30. Affinity (Dark Souls III) description.
  31. 31.0 31.1 Manikin Claws (Dark Souls III) description.
  32. 32.0 32.1 Pale Shade Set description.
  33. Poison Throwing Knife (Dark Souls III) description.
  34. Sneering Mask description.
  35. Vilhelm's Set description.
  36. Yuria of Londor dialogue: "Our Lord and Liege. I prithee play the usurper. When the moment cometh to link the fire, wrest it from its mantle. The Age of Fire was founded by the old gods, sustained by the linking of the fire. But the old gods are no more, and the all-powerful fire deserveth a new heir. Our Lord of Hollows, it shall be, who weareth the true face of mankind."
  37. Yuria of Londor dialogue.
  38. Ringed Knight Set description.
  39. Dark Sigil description.
  40. Yoel of Londor dialogue: "As I have said, I was once a sorcerer. Alas, the magic of Londor is a far cry from the wonders of Vinheim. But I can teach you what I know. Perhaps more importantly... I believe that I can help tease out your true strength. We pilgrims of Londor are keenly aware. That those branded by the Darksign possess something quite special..."
  41. Yuria of Londor dialogue: "...Oh, prithee...art thou good Yoel's master? I am Yuria of Londor, a close friend of his. Thanks to thee, Yoel's soul is redeem'd. Allow me to express my gratitude, in his stead." "Another matter. Thou'rt a Lord, art thou not? Bearer of the dark sigil, and our Lord of Hollows. For the time thou remain'st our Lord, we of Londor shall serve thee. And I, of course, am also thine."
  42. Yuria of Londor dialogue and Soul of Sister Friede and Onyx Blade description.
  43. Onyx Blade and Sister Friede#Third Phase: Blackflame Friede implying that Friede, in order to have a dark flame within herself actually managed to usurp part of the First Flame and infuse it with her darkness as Ashen Ones normally no longer have fire inside of them (see Ashen Estus Flask).
  44. https://darksouls.fandom.com/wiki/File:Cw0GrBcXgAAxfSF.jpg
  45. Soul of Sister Friede description and Slave Knight Gael dialogue.
  46. Yuria of Londor dialogue: "Ahh, our Lord and Liege. 'Twas the soul of my sister. Elfriede... a poor wench turned to ash, who would abandon Londor. If thou wouldst, let it nourish thy Lordship, and in return, do her a small kindness... Remember those who stayed by her to the end, in the shadows cast by fire... And lastly, my Lord, take up thy rightful mantle of Usurper."
  47. Ordained Set description.
  48. Yuria of Londor dialogue.
  49. Soul of Sister Friede description.
  50. Painted World of Ariandel#Enemies
  51. Chillbite Ring description.
  52. Sword of Avowal description.
  53. Old Woman of Londor dialogue: "Welcome our gracious Lord. Your spouse awaits you, you are very near. Please, take the Sword of Avowal. May you be the truest Lord of Londor yet. Your spouse awaits you, you are very near. May you be the truest Lord of Londor yet."
  54. Yuria of Londor dialogue: "Our Lord and Liege. Knowest thou of a youth/maid named Anri? He/She is hollow, and will join thee in wedlock. A fellow of mine guides him/her at this moment. When the time is ripe, thou mayst make thy salutations. For what Lord taketh no spouse?"
  55. Yuria of Londor dialogue: ""Ahh, our Lord and liege. I presume thy holy vows are sworn? Wonderful. Now thou'rt the true and deserving Lord of Hollows. With a spouse, the strength to claim the fire is thine. Thy Lordship, I prithee wrest the fire from its mantle. I, Yuria, and all of Londor, embrace thy impending Lordship."
  56. Yuria of Londor dialogue: "Kaathe, your dying wish ... it wasn't fulfilled"
  57. Opening (Dark Souls III) dialogue.
  58. Yuria of Londor dialogue and location.
  59. 59.0 59.1 Atonement description: Miracle given to those cast out from the Sable Church of Londor. Attracts more attention from foes. This is the only tale known by exiles, who believe it carries words of forgiveness. Cursed journeys, too, must come to an end.."
  60. Yoel of Londor dialogue: "Please, grant me death, Undo my shackles. Ohh… Ohh, then it’s true… A Champion of Ash, as I live and breathe. To be in your presence is a great honour. I am Yoel of Londor, a pilgrim as you can see, only… Somehow, I've failed to die as was ordained. Well, perhaps my calling lies elsewhere. Say, Champion of Ash, how does the idea of taking me into your service strike you? I was once a sorcerer. Surely I can be of use." and Old Woman of Londor dialogue: "Oh, my, I see you're Unkindled. For a pilgrim such as I, all tucked in and awaiting death, to have this honour. This presages a most glorious death indeed. Praise thee, praise thee."
  61. https://darksouls.fandom.com/wiki/File:Yoel.jpg
  62. Cleric Set (Dark Souls III) description.
  63. https://darksouls.fandom.com/wiki/File:Cathedral_Deep_Pus_Statue.jpeg
  64. Yoel of Londor dialogue: "Ahh, mm, yes, of course. An accursed pilgrim has no place in your honourable service. But if a lost soul should encounter a legend such as you, could that be anything but a movement of fate? I will remain in this spot. Praying solemnly that you might have a change of heart."
  65. thttps://darksouls.fandom.com/wiki/File:Cathedral_Deep_Pus_Statue.jpeg
  66. https://darksouls.fandom.com/wiki/File:Larva.jpg
  67. https://darksouls.fandom.com/wiki/File:SWIjzGW.jpg
  68. https://darksouls.fandom.com/wiki/File:Angel_-_01.jpg
  69. Angel#Strategy
  70. Stone-humped Hag dialogue: "...My time has come, has it? Well, maybe I'll get to see an angel." and Stone-humped Hag#Notes: "When the Stone-humped Hag dies after reaching Filianore's Rest, a non-hostile Angel will spawn in the sky above the initial area of the Dreg Heap. It will attack the player only if attacked, but will lose hostility once line of sight is broken for a few seconds."
  71. Yoel of Londor#Location and pilgrism of Londor bodies located on the bridge toward the Undead Settlement and before the Cathedral of Emma, High Priestess of Lothric Castle
  72. Small Envoy Banner description.
  73. Bountiful Light description.
  74. Divine Pillars of Light desccription.
  75. Divine Pillars of Light and Winged Knight Helm description.
  76. Divine Pillars of Light and Winged Knight Helm description.
  77. Winged Knight Set and Winged Knight Halberd description.
  78. Yuria of Londor#Location
  79. Sword of Avowal description.
  80. Yoel of Londor and Yuria of Londor dialogue.
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