It is arduous to know what is going on on in Elden Ring even for those who really feel such as you’re taking note of what is going on on. Like plenty of FromSoftware’s video games, it would not exit of its option to clarify its story until you sift via merchandise descriptions and exhaust each character’s dialogue. The sport calls for you to be curious if you wish to know extra, and gives you nearly nothing for those who aren’t.
Like with Darkish Souls earlier than it, Elden Ring’s finest start line for the story and lore come from its intro cutscene. In it, you study a vital level within the historical past of the Lands Between and the fallout that occurred from it. From there, you may put collectively how these characters collide—generally actually—with your individual character, the lowly Tarnished.
Elden Ring, at the least on the outset, is a sport about an incorporeal god giving its fleeting energy to a bunch of weaklings in order that one in all them can hopefully restore every thing again to the way in which it was, besides the way in which it was would not appear all that nice.
Spoilers for the sport’s main characters and ideas comply with, however I’ve tried to maintain most of this centered on the broad concepts to complement your journey via the sport. I’ve disregarded some wide-reaching theories primarily based on late-game data so that you can discover out for your self.
What’s the Elden Ring?
One factor you be taught after spending 100 or so hours poking on the story and lore is that the Lands Between is an unfortunate place. There are a number of gods that would love a bit of the pie (for their very own causes) and their affect has rippled out into all the forged of characters and enemies you meet in your journey.
The Elden Ring is immediately related to a god, particularly an “outer god” as the sport calls them. This god, named the Better Will, despatched the Elden Ring (or one thing that may create it) down from the cosmos into the Lands Between. It appears to be the bodily manifestation of the idea of order that governs the world. Every Great Rune that makes up the Elden Ring determines how totally different components of existence work, like whether or not or not loss of life performs out naturally or if individuals are immortal. As a result of it was shattered, it’s a must to acquire these Nice Runes from every of the demigods within the sport and finally put them again into the Elden Ring on the finish. What Nice Runes you determine to position into it decide the type of ending you get and what the way forward for the Lands Between appears to be like like.
What’s the Erdtree?
The Erdtree can be related to the Better Will and the Elden Ring. It is unclear why it is a tree apart from that it resembles a world tree or life-giving tree in mythology and different fiction. The Erdtree is a bodily image of the Better Will for all of the folks that totally imagine in its management over the world. The tree can be answerable for absorbing the souls of the useless and bringing them again to life in some type, which explains why you, the Tarnished, can repeatedly resurrect. When the Elden Ring was shattered, it broken the Erdtree and for a lot of the sport you may see how its affect waned by way of the useless leaves you choose up and the various dying husks strewn all through the land.
What are the Two Fingers?
The Two Fingers are representatives of the Better Will—seeing a sample right here? The Better Will has plenty of methods of speaking to the folks and creatures of the Lands Between with out truly setting foot on the planet. The Two Fingers talk via fingerprints which can be learn by Finger Readers they usually primarily information folks (and also you, the Tarnished) with the methods of the Better Will, and type the core of a the Golden Order, a serious faith within the sport.
What’s an Elden Lord?
What it means to be the Elden Lord is type of obscure, like how being the following monarch in Darkish Souls 2 was obscure. Elden Lords have existed ever for the reason that Better Will touched the Lands Between, and probably even earlier than the Elden Ring and the Erdtree. You study a few of the previous folks and non-people which were in cost all through historical past.
Presumably the Elden Lord protects the Elden Ring and the Erdtree, and is presented the powers of the Better Will in some vogue. Whether or not or not any of this can be a good factor is deliberately left open to your interpretation. FromSoftware desires you to query what the aim of an Elden Lord is, particularly in a world the place there is not any motive to have an individual in energy and a definite division in school given the way it all performed out proper earlier than you enter the image—which is a persistent theme in all of its video games.
Who’re the Tarnished?
You’re the Tarnished. And so is everybody else that performs Elden Ring—and this works throughout the fiction the sport units up. Just like the Chosen Undead in Darkish Souls, the Tarnished are a category of individuals which can be principally fodder for the powers that be to throw at their issues (appears eerily acquainted, I do know). The Tarnished as soon as lived within the Lands Between, because the intro says, after which they received forged out for some unknown motive. When the Elden Ring was shattered and not one of the demigods took up the function as Elden Lord, the Better Will received determined and introduced the Tarnished again, lots of whom had been useless and introduced again to life within the course of.
A number of of the opposite human characters you meet within the sport, significantly those in Roundtable Maintain, are additionally Tarnished. They too wish to turn into the Elden Lord, or at the least you are informed that that is their supposed goal. Clearly, not everybody thinks it is an excellent thought.
Who’s Queen Marika, the Everlasting?
Not a lot is understood about Queen Marika from the beginning, however you will finally be taught all about her for those who comply with Brother Corhyn’s quest or for those who take heed to the turtle pope’s dialogue rigorously. The intro lays out that she shattered the Elden Ring after which disappeared. No person appears to know why she shattered the Elden Ring, however I am certain lore obsessives will debate over this for years to return. All you should know is that she broke it after which peaced out.
Earlier than all of that although, Marika selected Godfrey as the primary Elden Lord and had three youngsters with him: Godwyn, Morgott, and Mohg. The names on this sport are extraordinarily complicated as a result of all of them begin with the same letters, however these names are vital as a result of they’re hooked up to characters you will hear quite a bit about within the sport.
What was the Night time of the Black Knives?
On the Night time of the Black Knives, the primary demigod, Godwyn, died. Up till that time, demigods lived ceaselessly. The Night time of the Black Knives was a big second within the historical past of the Lands Between as a result of it was seemingly the primary time somebody immediately opposed the Better Will. You’ll be taught much more in regards to the Night time of the Black Knives by following Ranni’s questline to its completion, however all you should know is that it led to all the demigods combating over the shards of the Elden Ring.
What was the Shattering?
With the newfound energy from the shards of the damaged Elden Ring, the demigods all fought one another. The Better Will did not like this and deserted all of them, which is why it will definitely calls on the Tarnished to grab the Nice Runes from the demigods.
You possibly can see remnants of the Shattering all over. It is why castles are crumbling, why Caelid is a pink wasteland, and why all the main figures are scattered throughout the map.
Who’re the Shardbearers?
Your preliminary aim in Elden Ring is to hunt out the Shardbearers, which is only a complicated title for the folks that maintain the Nice Runes that may assist restore the Elden Ring. The Shardbearers embody: Godrick the Grafted, Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon, Common Radahn, Praetor Rykard, and Morgott the Grace-Given. All of them you will meet in some type or one other within the sport. A few of them are extra tied into the sport’s central plot than others, however every of them have little bit of vital historical past tied to them. Simply remember the fact that these should not the one characters which have Nice Runes.
How do I maintain monitor of the story?
My finest recommendation for following together with Elden Ring’s story is to hear rigorously to dialogue and skim merchandise descriptions when you may—each sword, herb, and spell has bits of information that may fill out your understanding of various points of the world. My basic routine is to select an merchandise up and skim it whereas I am standing close by as a result of it’s normal for objects to be positioned in vital places that give context to what the outline says.
You also needs to be extremely skeptical of what NPCs inform you. Everybody in FromSoftware video games have their very own agendas and whereas they may not be outright mendacity to you, they may be telling you a really skewed model of the reality. Keep vigilant and do not let your individual concepts and theories be stamped out as a result of some dude in armor mentioned he is combating for the suitable trigger. Chances are high, there’s much more occurring than what you see on the floor.