Hi, sorry I don't know if you answered this, but I recall you mentioning paleblood in a recent ask about one of your hunters, but what do you think paleblood is?
The nameless moon presence beckoned by Laurence and his associates. Paleblood. [Lecture Building Note]
I believe Paleblood to be Moon Presence herself. Or at least what the scholars called her since she’s nameless. When we find the note “Behold! A Paleblood sky!” in Yahar’gul, the color of the sky isn’t white like the doll’s blood, but reddish/purple-ish. Colors we find in MP’s design and also in her blood, which is red and not gray like that of most Kin.
Not all Great Ones are classified as ‘kin’ tho, and in fact, Moon Presence is neither beast or kin despite looking like a combination of the two things. She is alien-like like most kin are, but at the same time she shares a whole bunch of similarities with beasts, especially Silver Beasts (exposed ribs, walks both as a bipedal and a quadrupedal, the head is tilted etc).
But what ‘sells’ it for me is that she’s able to halt the hunter’s ability to heal. Our Hunter has Paleblood running through his/her veins, we entered the Dream thanks to Moon Presence’s blood (which is also what brings the doll to life, if you ask me ) and we’re bound to it because we’re bound to her.
No other being in the game can prevent us from healing except her and hostile hunters throwing Numbing Mist at us as far as I remember. So basically, if we submit to Gehrman he severs our connection to the Dream… by bloodletting us through decapitation.
“The Bloodletter assumes its true and terrifying form after it draws upon blood from the inner reaches of one’s body and soul.
This is the only effective means of expelling tainted blood, or so Brador, isolated in his cell, continued to believe“ [Bloodletter]
This idea of purging oneself from corrupted Blood was most likely a pretty common practice among those connected to the Church. And even if Gehrman is never ‘listed’ as an official member, we know for sure that he knew Laurence and he even goes so far as to say:
“The Healing Church, and the Blood Ministers who belong to it…were once guardians of the hunters, in the times of the hunter…Ludwig.”
Interesting, don’t you think? :D What better way to be a Hunter’s “guardian” than helping them not to succumb to Beasthood/Blood drunkness by bloodletting them? Just a thought!
Back to our hunter having MP’s blood in their veins, I believe Paleblood to be the reason why after becoming an infant Great One, the Hunter could be considered as Moon Presence’s child. Great Ones always lose their children but MP was a smart great one and was well aware of that. She may even have lost a few squid babies in the past and that’s why she orchestrated the whole crazy plan that is the Hunter’s Dream. (With the unwilling help of a few stupid humans, of course. Great job, Laurence.) Her goal was to steal the cords/power of other Great Ones’ babies in order to generate one of her own. Our hunter happens to be the lucky *cough* one.