lord nito

Hey there everyone! WHOO! Finally got a reprieve, as I’m done with my drawings for my final project, now I have to continue typing the written parts.

Done largely in part because I love the lore, practice drawing human characters, and to pass the time whenever I need a breather from from college.

While researching for the lore of Dark Souls for my In-progress AU Comic, I noticed how LARGE the mythology of Dark Souls and the deities that reside, along with the fan speculation of which god corresponds with whom and etc. In spite of all this, from what I can tell, outside of Gwyn’s family, there has never been a, for lack of a better term, “compendium piece” of the gods and goddesses of dark souls, so I made my own :D

Because some gods are not represented in imagery, I decided to design how they might look if they ever showed up amongst mortals. I owe a lot to Tumblr, Reddit and the DS fandom as a whole, the amount of theory and lore discussions are always gold, and of course, the lore-lords like @vaatividya and @silver-mont, their vids are always interesting to watch :)

From the Top Row: The Bearers of the Lord Souls

Gravelord Nito: No need for an explanation here xD

Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight: Drawing him was easy, but here I wanted portray a very stern, no-nonsense god king who really, REALLY is someone you don’t want to piss off, and someone who is almost NEVER happy and/or satisfied.

The Witch of Izalith: I’m honestly surprised there’s not much fanart of how her face might look like, so I pitched in. She basically resembles her daughters, but with a more matriarchal vibe, with a stronger jawline and sharper eyes to reflect that. She’s also very tall, towering over Gwyn and just slightly edging out NK in height.

The Furtive Pygmies, featuring Manus and a Pygmy Lord: With the Ringed City revealing that there were SEVERAL pygmies, I had quite some fun with the speculation and possibilities of how the Pygmies as a whole looked like.

Personally? I simply interpret them as humans but more, with more power over the dark soul, but otherwise having different roles in society like regular folk, the Ringed Knights are Warriors, the Lords are the rulers, etc.

I put Manus amongst them, why? Because no way should ONE man be able to have THAT much abyss power just because he’s a human. Since the dark soul is divided amongst humans, I interpret him having a huge chunk of the Dark Soul (as per these two threads), and thus was simply a mighty sorceror who happened to be really, REALLY old, even by Pygmy standards. Plus I always wondered… How does one torture a dead man? The Mad King was described as undying, so according to my own logic, he wasn’t totally “dead” when he was buried. His grave could signify him wanting a modicum of peace, after all, his entire race was basically put in a glorified prison by Gwyn… Sensing the growing madness within him (probably due to sheer isolation), he probably decided to “die” on his own terms in Oolacile… then future idiots proceeded to listen to TOTALLY NOT SUSPICIOUS AT ALL SERPENT and dug up his grave.

The random Pygmy Lord is basically representing one of the first Pygmy Lords.


Second Row: The Children of the Gods

The Nameless King, Firstborn of Gwyn, God of War: In a short period of time, has become my favorite character amongst the gods… There’s so much of a story to tell from him, his relationship with his family, the reasons as to WHY he betrayed the dragons, and thanks to lore threads a-plenty, I interpret him as one of the most honorable and dedicated of the gods. He watches over his warriors of sunlight even if they ARE humans (whom Gwyn HATES) AND he protects Dragons. Despite meI head-canoning him bigger than Gwyn and is in general a wall of muscle and armor, he’s STILL shorter than his sisters.

Gwynevere, Goddess of Fertility: Gwynevere here I interpret as one of the nicer gods, so I made her expression to reflect such. Because Gwyndolin’s illusion of her may be simply him projecting what he remembers most of her and thus potentially exaggerating certain aspects, I toned down a lot the “Aphrodite-esque” glamor, in favor of a more personable look, though still decked out.

Filianore: The daughter we know even less of than Gwynevere, but thanks to a certain reddit thread that discussed how dedicated NK was to her via the floral carvings that is present in Archdragon peak… She must have been someone who NK was VERY close with, so I interpret her as the “Always trying to bring life to the family” kind of sister, though closest to her eldest brother.

Gwyndolin: The Dark Sun himself. Not much else to say here, I just wanted to draw him happy for once… Because WHY FROM? He really, really needs it.


The Daughters of Chaos

Quelana, Mother of Pyromancy: Due to her own title, I interpret her as the Studious Daughter, incredibly dedicated to her craft and always finding out ways to further her pyromancy… Until the Chaos Flame incident happened of course… Then she became wracked with survivor’s guilt…

I also interpret her as being the responsible one looking out to make sure her sisters don’t do anything too brash… Though in hindsight, that would make her suvivor’s guilt worse.

Quelaag: The most well known Chaos Daughter, and whom I interpret as The Aggressive Daughter, hence why she’s the only one of the sisters with a melee weapon. As the most in-your-face daughter I head-canon that she is the one who lowers down her hood the most, especially when she feels like challenging someone. Also VERY protective of her family.

Quelaan, The Fair Lady: Last but not least, I interpret Quelaan as always having been the shyest and nicest of the daughters. Her hood is more drooped down compared to Quelana, to highlight her shyness.

Fun fact, while trying to find her real name, turns out the name Quelaan was the name the community gave to her, and just became established fanon, so I just opted to name her just that.


Third Row: Other Members of the Larger Pantheon

All-Father Lloyd: Gwyn’s uncle, founder of the Way of White. Now there IS speculation that he’s not real, but here I interpret as the real deal, and thus looks like a wimpier, older version of Gwyn, yet still has an aura of authority. I used a bit of Paladin Leeroy for his crown, because I interpret that, when he REALLY needs to get his hands dirty, he too wields a mace, setting an example to all paladin-esque worshipers after him.

His clothes are tattered despite being the godly equivalent of a pontiff, to highlight two things:

One, despite him being a “lord”, his tattered look is to signify he is not “above” the rabble/his followers.

Two, I head-canon him becoming slowly more insane and full of hate toward the undead,as more and more of his family and friends either dies off or leaving home… He eventually disappears for unknown reasons and becomes forgotten.

Fina, Goddess of Love: The most popular candidate for Gwyn’s wife, or at least his first, I wanted to design her with the Embraced Set in mind, just modified to look more queenly rather than armor. Going by the general fanon, I interpret her as the mother of both NK and Gwynevere, but due to unknown circumstances, just up-and-left. Why? I dunno I haven’t thought that deep :(

Also wanted to try out and giving her a different look, skin-tone and facial wise compared to all the other gods and goddesses out there.

Velka, Goddess of Sin: My favorite goddess, her lore and weaponry associated with her is cool, but even with DS3 and all its DLC, I wish we got to know more of her and how she even became the one to hold the title of “goddess of sin” and how she absolves it. She is also, I noticed in fan-art and fanfic, the other most popular candidate for Gwyn’s wife.

Due to the fact that both Gwyndolin and Filianore are associated with illusions and magic, I interpret her as the mother of Filianore and Gwyndolin. She has sharp features and very pale skin, and share’s Filianore’s dark hair.

For her design, I compared aspects of the Statue of Velka from DS3, and both Oswald of Carim and Cromwell the pardoner. I didn’t want her to strictly dress like Oswald and Cromwell, so I incorporated more feathers to her outfit to give her a more “regal” look, as befitting a goddess, and not just pardoner. Funnily enough, with her book of sins and outfit, she also gives the aura of a medieval judge.

Caitha, Goddess of Tears: The third goddess associated with Carim, and one that I intentionally kept her eyes hidden. Mentioned in both 2 and 3, I want to reflect her constant “mourning” nature, and since ‘Gentle Prayer’ is associated with her chime in DS3, I thought her being in a position of prayer would be most appropriate.

Nahr Alma, God of Blood and Murder: Take Titchy Gren, make him more beast-like in proportion, now make him the size of Father Ariandel with the animalistic agility of the Orphan of Kos or Slave Knight Gael, and you have the God of Blood himself. I interpret him as a kind of god that is shunned by the rest, and is mostly treated as an attack dog, and nothing more. REALLY resents the other gods.

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“With the strength of Lords, they challenged the Dragons. Gwyn’s mighty bolts peeled apart their stone scales. The Witches weaved great firestorms. Nito unleashed a miasma of death and disease. And Seath the Scaleless betrayed his own, and the Dragons were no more”

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>GWYN  >BED OF CHAOS   >GRAVELORD NITO    >SEATH THE SCALELESS

Gavlan wheel, Gavlan deal…  

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In the Age of Ancients the world was unformed, shrouded by fog. A land of gray crags, Archtrees and Everlasting Dragons. But then there was Fire and with fire came disparity. Heat and cold, life and death, and of course, light and dark. Then from the dark, They came, and found the Souls of Lords within the flame. Nito, the First of the Dead, The Witch of Izalith and her Daughters of Chaos, Gwyn, the Lord of Sunlight, and his faithful knights. And the Furtive Pygmy, so easily forgotten. 

With the strength of Lords, they challenged the Dragons.  Seath the Scaleless betrayed his own, and the Dragons were no more.

Boss fight with Gwyn Lord of Sunlight.
a friend asked me to paint a re-imagining of what the final boss fight of Dark Souls would look like. The idea was to make Gwyn be an actual lord of sunlight and that he was an all powerful god. 
This isn’t quite lore friendly but dreaming is always a fun thing 
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anonymous asked:

Gwyn/Velka, Gwyn/Nito/Witch of Izalith/Furtive Pygmy, Nameless King/Ornstein, Ornstein/Smough, Scorpioness Najka/Manscorpion Tark, and Lapp/those headless knights in the Ringed City.

Gwyn/Velka
3 = I could see why others like it but not at all my taste.

I have a. Very. Very. Specific headcanon about Velka, and I cannot imagine her and Gwyn doing anything else than bickering and throwing shade on each other like two high school rivals.

Gwyn/Nito/Witch of Izalith/Furtive Pygmy
5 = It’s alright, I ship it a little perhaps…

Is this that one porn comic where the plot is basically the same as the game but everyone is a hoe

Nameless King/Ornstein
10 = One True Pairing (OTP). I will fight to the death for this ship.

I have played games, I have cracked jokes. But not with this pairing. This ship has sailed directly over everyone else on wings of angst and feels. This is THE ship. I have changed my entire view on Ornstein’s path and relationships JUST to frame his relationship with Gwynnant better. Gwynstein has singlehandledly bodyslammed my heart to the ground, stepped on it and told me “I am your God now”. 

Ornstein/Smough
9 = I REALLY like this ship and it should be/is canon!

You see that ship just above ? That one ship with “OTP” written over it ? That ship is the sole reason why THIS SHIP doesn’t get the monicker of “OTP”. I have around 3749 headcanons about them and I would sacrifice a man to the Old Gods for some good content. AO3, save me from despair.

Scorpioness Najka/Manscorpion Tark
6 = Nice ship, I ship it but as a side ship to other ships.

I’ve seen them but I don’t know them enough to have feels, maybe when I’ll play DS2 I’ll like them more *shrug*

Lapp/Harald Knights (?)

LEAVE MY SON ALONE (and so, twelve pages of various degrees of monstruous gangbang were written and four AUs making the gangbang possible created)

Dark Souls Timeline

Age of Ancients - A colorless world enshrouded by fog, ruled by the Everlasting Dragons. 

The First Flame - Four beings find power within the First Flame, the Souls of Life, Death, Light, and Dark, each respectively held by the Witch of Izalith, Gravelord Nito, Lord Gwyn, and the Pygmy.

The Divine’s War - Lord Gwyn wages war against the Everlasting Dragons, and finds an ally in that of the scaleless Seath. The Divines win their bid for dominance, and push the Dragons to near extinction. 

Humanity’s Source - The Pygmy shatters his soul sometime in between the war and the Age of Fire, giving spawn to the ever fickle Humans. Likely during, given Havel’s status as a wartime friend to Lord Gwyn.

The Age of Fire - An age of peace and prosperity. Seath is rewarded for his assistance in the war and is recognized in dukedom, welcomed by the royalty, and is even given a part of Gwyn’s soul. Humanity flourishes under the rule of the Divines, and establish a city under their gods - New Londo. Lord Gwyn bequeaths a part of his soul to the Four Kings, recognizing their foresight. Humanity spreads across the land, establishing even more colonies such as the forests of Oolacile, the adventurous Zena, the warrior-nations of Balder, Berenike, and Catarina, the zealous lands of Thorolund and Carim, and the kingdom of Astora. 

The Four Knights - Between the events of the war against the Ancients and the Age of Fire, Gwyn appoints four individuals to guard the realm from those who would threaten it. They are Ornstein the Lion, slayer of dragons; Gough the Hawk, whose mighty arrows are faithful to their mark; Ciaran the Hornet, who strikes fear from the shadows; and Artorias the Wolf, the indomitable master of sword and shield. 

Fall of Izalith -  The Witch of Izalith fails an attempt to recreate the First Flame, and becomes the Bitch I mean Bed of Chaos, the source of all demons, Izalith itself lost to this spread of chaos. Several of the Witch’s daughters and her only son are heavily affected by the initial invocation, and scatter to the winds. Gwyn sends a special detachment of knights to quell the ever-growing presence of demons, their charred armors granting the moniker “the Black Knights.”

Reduced to Embers / Gwyn’s Sacrifice - With the dwindling essence of the First Flame, the rising power of the demons, and perhaps forseeing the chaos of the Undead Curse and power of the Abyss, Gwyn realizes that the power of the First Flame is needed, now more than ever - and so he kindles the flame with his own soul, so that he might further delay the destruction of the realm. Before his journey to the Kiln, Gwyn bequeaths most of his power to his family, but yet remains with a powerful soul.

The Undead Curse - In correlation with the dying First Flame, certain humans become branded with the darksign and become undying, and suffer negative psychological tolls after numerous “deaths” eventually becoming “Hollow,” a term in which a human has fully (and likely irreversibly) lost their sanity. 

Havel’s Coup - Archbishop Havel, a friend to Lord Gwyn and sworn enemy to Seath, mutinies against his former comrades with the power of occult, and fails, hollowing in the process. Though there is no definitive source of when exactly Havel would attempt his betrayal, it is at least sometime after the appearance of the Curse, likely during the height of the matters when the Divines and Seath were most vulnerable.

Abandoning the Light - With Lord Gwyn gone and the power of the First Flame now weaning by the second, the Divines abandon Anor Londo and likely all of Lordran itself, desperate to escape the Dark that knocks on the city gates. Few Divines remain, among them are Gwyndolin, who devises the illusions of Anor Londo in an attempt to grant a false pretense of Divine authority. Executioner Smough and Knight Ornstein also remain to protect Gwynevere’s illusion and the Lordvessel.

Fall of Balder - Balder is lost not long after the outbreak of the undead curse. 

The Art of Lifedrain / Fall of New Londo - The crowns of New Londo are offered the art of Lifedrain, a powerful art that allows one to siphon the humanity of other humans, by a not-so-mysterious serpent. The Four Kings remedy their curse with this art – at a cost – and corrupt the knights under their rule, forming the Darkwraiths, their fall to dark allowing the Abyss to further taint it’s borders. The sorcerers Ingward, Yulva, and an unnamed third sink the keep in order to contain the art of Lifedrain, and are from thereon known as Sealers. Sometime during or after the Fall of New Londo, Artorias swears a covenant to the beasts of the Abyss (likely Frampt) in order to combat Darkwraiths in their element. It is stated that he hunted Darkwraiths, but it is uncertain if he was present during New Londo’s dissolution, meaning he may have actively tried to liberate New Londo from the Four Kings, but subsequently failed before it’s inevitable flooding. (Artorias’ covenant to the Abyss being a result either way - he may have used it in an attempt to reach the Four Kings, but ultimately uses it to hunt any Darkwraith)

Fall of Oolacile - The residents of Oolacile unearth the primeval progenitor of humans, Manus, colloquially known as the Father of the Abyss. Manus’ uncontrolled humanity mutates the residents of Oolacile, and decimates the land. Princess Dusk is abducted, and Marvelous Chester is pulled from the future.

The Legend of Artorias - Artorias is summoned once again, believed to be suited to the task during his endeavors against the Darkwraiths - however, the raw form of Manus’ taint proves to be too powerful for the lesser divine. With his arm asunder, Artorias makes use of his shield to protect his companion Sif, before falling to the Abyss. The Chosen Undead is pulled from the future holding a piece of Manus’ amulet, who then lays the spirit of Artorias to rest, fells the Black Dragon Kalameet, and later, defeats Manus, stopping the spread of his Abyss, but effectively shatters his power, the repercussions of which would take ages to take form.

The Chosen’s feats are accredited to Artorias, honoring the fallen knight.

Vinheim, Dragon School of Sorcery - Dusk’s dialogue suggests the more aggressive “modern” forms of sorceries did not exist during Oolacile’s reign, meaning that Vinheim’s studies were performed sometime after Oolacile was lost along with the original arts. 

Thorolund’s Undead Hunts - Allfather Lloyd’s cleric knights of the way of white deem the undead as “accursed creatures” and begin hunting them without mercy. They are corralled to a remote location called the Undead Asylum, and given little hope of escape.

Oscar’s Prophecy / Fate of the Undead - Oscar speaks of a prophecy where undead are destined to journey to Lordran, to ring the bells of Awakening and learn the truth of the Undead. 

The Chosen’s Path - A fated undead, whom makes pilgrimage to the land of ancient lords in search of purpose. It is worthy to note that a considerable amount of time has passed since Gwyn’s sacrifice (Quelana makes mention of a thousand years since her mother had failed to recreate the First), and many Undead have pursued the prophecy, such as Knight King Rendal of Balder, and Black Iron Tarkus of Berenike, and have since failed to surmount the challenges of Lordran. Following the words of a hollowing knight, the undead rings the bells of awakening and is then tasked by Kingseeker Frampt, a primordial serpent, to collect the Lordvessel and souls of the former Witch of Izalith, Gravelord Nito, and the bequeathed shards of the white dragon Seath and the lost Four Kings. Along this journey the Chosen might meet Darkstalker Kaathe, counterpart to Frampt, who opines the prophecy as false, and instead suggests the undead to allow the First Flame to whither and usher in an age of Dark and Man.

Extended Age of Fire - Should the player choose to do so, the First Flame is kindled by the player character’s powerful soul, burning for a considerable amount of time, and assumedly lifts the curse of the undead for a temporary time. 

Age of Dark / Age of Man - Regardless of the player’s choice, the First is destined to fade. Now with the Divines powerless, the Demons of Izalith quelled, and the Abyss stalled, humanity is left to it’s own machinations.

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