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  • What’s up guys, I’m Dave Klein. Today, were going to talk about the two star-crossed

  • lovers who would forever be remembered by their symbols of their affection for one another.

  • Those who would try and defy the odds for a forbidden lovethe Prince and Princess

  • of Alken and Venn.

  • In a time before Drangleic existed, the Kingdoms of Alken and Venn stood on the same land Drangleic

  • stands today. “The Kingdoms of Alken and Venn long ago flourished on these very ground.

  • They were both founded by the same man, but were reduced to rivalry and spite.”

  • Not much is said of these two kingdoms, however, I believe the land of Alken existed where

  • Belfry Sol now stands, and the land of Venn existed where Belfry Luna now stands. While

  • the two kingdoms were founded by the same man, there was tension between them, and I’d

  • imagine like the story of Romeo and Juliet, it was considered taboo to talk to someone

  • of the other kingdom.

  • There was, however, a Prince in Alken and a Princess in Venn who fell madly in love,

  • amidst this turmoil. “To this day, the forbidden love of the

  • Prince of Alken and the Princess of Venn manipulates these marionettes.

  • Surely, they never imagined that their dolls would outlast their own kingdoms.”

  • In order to show their love for one another, they created bells, and bell keepers, in their

  • respective kingdoms. “The twin bells symbolize the bond between two lovers who could never

  • be united. The bell keepers are their eternal guardians. For this is their love; this is

  • their curse.”

  • Sowhy do I think Alken is Belfry Sol and Venn is Belfry Luna? Stay with me here

  • as this can get a little confusing

  • The princess made me to guard the bell of Alken.

  • In Alken, the bell of the princess. In Venn, the bell of the prince.”

  • I believe the Prince created a bell that was given to the Princess as a gift, that she

  • has created marionettes to protect, and resides in Venn. This is theBell of Alkenas

  • it was made by the Prince, yet it resides with the Princess in Venn.

  • This is the bell of Alken The Bell belongs to the princess, it do.

  • The princess, she made me, yes. Just like so.

  • To guard the bell for the Prince’s honor.”

  • Remember, the Princess is from Venn. Soit would make sense that the Prince

  • Bell would be in Venn, or Belfry Luna.

  • Meanwhile, in Alken, the Prince is guarding the Princess Bell.

  • The prince made me to guard the bell of Venn.

  • A great not to bring is that I believe the Prince resides in Belfry Sol, and the Princess

  • in Belfry Luna. The sun being associated with masculinity, and the moon associated with

  • femininity. Gwyndolinfrom Dark Souls 1 – was raised as a woman due to his affinity

  • with the moon. It seems this theme has continued into Dark Souls 2.

  • Now, while the Prince and Princess secretly loved one another, they were never wed

  • and eventually, the Prince was promised to another… A girl infatuated with him.

  • Pst, have you heard? You know why theyre extracting that poison,

  • do you? Well, apparently, there’s this monster lady,

  • right? And the poison does wonders for her body.

  • You know, health, beauty, and that sort of stuff.

  • And I thought human women were so petty.

  • There’s something I heard from the other prisoners.

  • That creature, she was human once, you know? Yeah, in fact, she was wed to that prince

  • of that nearby castle. But her husband? She had feelings for another.

  • The princess was desperate, and sought eternal beauty.

  • Hoping that it would restore the prince’s affection, you see what I mean?

  • Before long, the Princesses ire transformed her into a monster.

  • Now, listen here, when do you think this all happened?

  • Long ago, when this very land was called something else.”

  • Mytha, the Baneful Queen was married to a prince of a nearby castle. The Earthen Peak

  • adjoins to the Iron Keep, and the Iron Keep contains Belfry Sol, home to the Prince of

  • Alken. Soit seems Mytha was married to either the Prince of Alken, or the Iron King.

  • According to Mytha’s soul, “Mytha, the Baneful Queen [sought] the King’s affection,

  • even poisoning herself to attain beauty, despite the monstrous consequences. All for the compelling

  • madness known as love.” Mytha was married to a “Kingand became

  • theBaneful Queen”. It seems that Mytha was, indeed married to the Iron King, who

  • did not return her affection. Gilligan even quips to the player,

  • That damn hag just can’t let her old flame go.

  • She’s gonna get us all burnt.” A clear homage to the Iron King.

  • Yet another lover lies in the mixthat of the Covetous Demon (Jabba the Hutt)

  • Excuse me, the Covetous Demon. (Covetous Demon footage).

  • The Covetous Demon is found within the Earthen Peak, and it’s saidthere once was a

  • man whose deep affections were unrequited. He transformed into the Covetous Demon, which

  • only made him lonelier than ever before.” “That thing ended up as a monstrous fiend,

  • what was it to begin with, and why did it never leave the queen? Perhaps it was entranced

  • by some perversion of love.”

  • Yet another person lies within this lovesquare? Lovepentagon?

  • At this point, this is what we know for sure. The rest is fairly speculative, and I want

  • to thank the various people listed who commented on my videos and helped bring this theory

  • to my attention. I think it’s a great theory, and makes a lot of sense. Solet’s get

  • into it.

  • It’s very likely the Prince of Belfry Sol is one-in-the same with the Iron King. While

  • there isn’t any concrete evidence to cement this, there are some connections that we can

  • find that help support it.

  • Given Mytha was said to be in love with both a “Princeand a “King”, it’s possible

  • before the Iron King was a king, he was the Prince of Alken.

  • Opening up the doors into the Iron Keep, youll notice these are the same doors used at Sinner’s

  • Rise, where The Lost Sinner residesconnecting both The Iron Keep with Sinner’s Rise. And

  • bare in mind, the Sinner’s Rise lies within close proximity to Belfry Luna.

  • It’s also worth noting that between No-Man’s Wharf and Heide’s Tower of Flame is a broken

  • down door that also matches up.

  • Going down this rabbit hole a little further

  • As indicated by the iron doors in Sinner’s Rise, it seems possible Sinner’s Rise could

  • have been built by the Iron King. If that is the casedo you think the Lost Sinner

  • who, as indicated by her soul descriptionis a girlcould have possibly been

  • the Princess of Venn? Or is this stretching it too far?

  • Now, the question ariseswhat about the Covetous Demon? Was he the Prince from the

  • tales of the Prince and Princess? I don’t believe so. According to his soul, “his

  • love was unrequited”, and, while the Prince and Princess couldnever be united”,

  • they did return each others love, and even built bells for each other to symbolize this.

  • It seems to me: The Covetous Demon was in Love with Mytha, who was in love with the

  • Iron King, who was in love with the Princess of Venn, who returned his love. Butthey

  • could never be together.

  • And, that’s a mouthful.

  • Sowhy do I think Alken is Belfry Sol and Venn is Belfry Luna? Stay with me here

  • as this can get a little confusing

  • The princess made me to guard the bell of Alken.

  • In Alken, the bell of the princess. In Venn, the bell of the prince.”

  • I believe the Prince created a bell that was given to the Princess as a gift, that she

  • has created marionettes to protect, and resides in Venn. This is theBell of Alkenas

  • it was made by the Prince, yet it resides with the Princess in Venn.

  • This is the bell of Alken The Bell belongs to the princess, it do.

  • The princess, she made me, yes. Just like so.

  • To guard the bell for the Prince’s honor.”

  • Remember, the Princess is from Venn. Soit would make sense that the Prince

  • Bell would be in Venn, or Belfry Luna.

  • Meanwhile, in Alken, the Prince is guarding the Princess Bell.

  • The prince made me to guard the bell of Venn.

  • In Venn, the bell of the fine Prince. In Alken, the bell of the Princess.”

  • But, this is how I interpret it. It gets pretty confusingso, if you disagree with me,

  • let me know and tell me why.

  • That wraps up this lore video on the Prince and Princess of Venn and Alken. Who do you

  • think the Prince and Princess wereand do you think we meet either of them in the

  • game? For more lore and Dark Souls videos, make sure to check out my other content. And,

  • I’ll see you guys next time. Peace.

What’s up guys, I’m Dave Klein. Today, were going to talk about the two star-crossed

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