Souls sequence dataminer Sekiro Dubi has launched two movies detailing unused Elden Ring quests associated to some late-game bosses: Vyke, Knight of the Roundtable, and Mohg, the Lord of Blood.

In the completed game, Vyke exhibits up as an NPC invader in Liurnia, in addition to an Evergaol boss within the Mountaintops of the Giants. Vyke was a Tarnished just like the participant character, and one who virtually made it to changing into Elden Lord. He’s implied to have had an in depth relationship with the game’s historic dragons—he makes use of dragon incantations and one among their merchandise descriptions singles him out as being “loved the most” by the dragon Lansseax. Vyke rejected the inevitable death of his Finger Maiden, and sought out the Frenzied Flame and Three Fingers, scorching his armor and leading to his imprisonment in the Evergaol.

Sekiro Dubi’s video shows how Vyke would have once been encountered much earlier in the game and under friendlier circumstances. Cut dialogue from Gatekeeper Gostoc implies that Vyke may have been found in Stormveil Castle, and Sekiro Dubi also discovered prompts for conversations with Vyke that are missing corresponding audio files, as well as a friendly, summonable version of the knight. In an added twist, Sekiro Dubi mentions that there is data for a version of Godfrey, the First Elden Lord, in Stormveil, which is quite a shift indeed from his final position as the game’s second (or third, depending on how you count) to last boss.

Alright, time to gird yourself for some dense Elden Ring family tree lore. Mohg, the Lord of Blood, is Margit’s twin brother and a child of Marika and Godfrey. He was raised in the Subterranean Shunning Grounds under the capital and rebelled against the Golden Order, founding his Mohgwyn Dynasty and gathering the Bloody Fingers as his servants. He kidnapped fellow late-game superboss Malenia’s brother, Miquella, and did… something to him, leaving him a comatose old man in some manner of cocoon. Mohg can be fought twice: once as an illusion in the Shunning Grounds, and once for real in his palace near Siofra.

The Lord of Blood has unused dialogue files (again, with no audio) for joining the Bloody Fingers with the prompt “Will you turn out to be my subordinate?” This maybe ties into these unused covenant messages found by content material creator StrayKurtis. Some of the occasion flags related to Mohg recommend that this model of him may have been encountered within the Altus Plateau, once more a lot sooner than within the ultimate game.

I may conceive of a model of Elden Ring where Vyke has an NPC questline very similar to Yura’s that results in the Frenzied Flame aspect story and ending, with Vyke changing into a fan-favorite NPC like Blaidd or D. That being mentioned, I’m fairly glad with the ultimate placement of those characters and the way in which their tales are conveyed. The kind of digital forensics Sekiro Dubi is enterprise offers us a greater understanding of FromSoft’s improvement course of, and helps us perceive how the studio refines its characters. Datamining of every of the studio’s video games exhibits how usually FromSoft characters get shuffled across the map and recontextualized forward of launch, and I’m curious to see what else Sekiro Dubi and different fanatics discover as time goes on.

You can observe Sekiro Dubi’s work on their YouTube channel, where they’ve additionally lately found dialogue for Hunter Yura and the blessed turtle pope, Miriel.