Do you think sulyvahn is one of Velka's children?
This is… actually a fair theory? Allow me to get on the soap box and elaborate.
First off, thanks to Snap Freeze we know that our dear ol’ Pontiff is actually from the painted world.
“One of the spells left behind by the young sorcerer Sulyvahn before leaving the Painted World. Creates a cloud of near-freezing mist.
Sulyvahn was born and raised inside the painting, yet had little use for his frigid homeland, since he had not yet experienced loss. “ (Dark Souls 3 Wiki)
Velka herself obviously has always had ties to the painted world to the point where her (Well presumably hers since her clerics use occult weapons) occult ember even resides there in Ds1. The Crow Demons found in the painted world (who may be ancestors of the Corvians in Ds3?) are also confirmed by Miyazaki to be followers of Velka.
The Crow Demons is supposed to be a follower of Velka, the Goddess of Sin, and its powerful delusion has managed to alter its physical form.” ( Dark souls: design works, 2013)
Velka’s miracles are also found in the painted world, and an interesting note about them is that they seem to be ‘dark miracles’. This is never fully confirmed anywhere, but the fact that the sable church, who have heavy associations with The Dark™, use very similar miracles is pretty suspicious. Also I mean look how dark their icons are. Shit is purple and doom looking.
Notably for Sulyvahn we have the Greatsword of Judgment:
“A ceremonial sword, held in Pontiff Sulyvahn’s left hand, representing the judgement of the moon, but with magic far closer to sorcery than any existing lunar power. Its dark blue hues, deeper than the darkest moon, reflect sorcerer Sulyvahn’s true nature. “ ( Dark Souls 3 Wiki.)
Its possible that the ‘True nature’ expressed here has some ties to The Dark™ as “true/nature” are terms often associated with either the Abyss or The Dark. And now with the Ringed City DLC we have some very odd Velka/Abyss connections, thanks to the Purging Monument. But that’s a can of worms for another day.
Even Sulavyahn’s association with the Deep Cathedral has some possible Velka connections.
Lastly, if you really want to get speculative, look at what he did to Irythill and the Blades ‘n consider the following points.
- Velka was originally supposed to have a covenant in Ds1 and they had an invasion item that was rumored to target peps in the Darkmoon Blade covenant.
- Velka was very likely the one behind the occult rebellion, which was aimed at fucking over the gods.
now that I’ve laid all that out on the table. Allow me to introduce some counter evidence:
Cut content from the Ashes of Ariandel…. The Nameless Tree-Woman …probably. We really don’t know who this dialogue belonged too but its assumed it was the tree where you find Snap Freeze. You can find her dialogue here at 20:20
If you listen it really sounds like this character was probably intended to be Sulyvahn’s mother. But, since it is cut content and there really isn’t much other than some left over dialogue files, take it as you will. Maybe she was his mother, maybe she was just a care taker? It’s impossible to tell.
Tldr; I’d rate this theory at a solid “it’s definitely possible, I don’t know how likely.”