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  • What’s up guys, I’m Dave Klein. Today were going to talk about the sunken and

  • abandoned city, filled with poison and traps abound. A King whose worship and beliefs would

  • turn to nothing. It’s time to talk about: Shulva and the Sunken King.

  • Legend has it that in the deepest reaches of the Black Gulch, behind a door locked from

  • the inside, is a magnificent city built for a great sleeping dragon.”

  • In ancient times, people worshipped dragons throughout the various lands that inhabited

  • Drangleic. We find multiple reliefs depicting people praying to the dragons, one in the

  • Shrine of Winter, another at the Dragon Shrine beyond Aldia’s Keep, and yet another one

  • deep within Shulva, the Sanctum City.

  • The Sunken King was one such worshipper of the dragons. Beyond the Black Gulch slept

  • Sinh the Dragon, who [slept] in the lowermost depths of the land”.

  • The King erected the Eternal Sanctum below the earth to worship the great dragon.”

  • Heerected a magnificent city, and the dragon slept soundly.” His followers were

  • Sanctum Knights, Soldiers, and Priestesses. The Priestessessang to preserve the dragon’s

  • deep slumber, but one wonders if a single phrase of their song ever reached the dragon’s

  • ears.” And his knights were guardians, whowere sentenced to eternal stewardship of

  • the Sanctum in clandestine ritual carried out in great depths” [Check description]

  • For a time, a society thrived and existed within the Sanctum. This society was focused

  • on rituals to worship Sinh and were known for their highly advanced craftsmanship. This

  • showed in the Puzzling Sword, a sword crafted with rare magnetic stones of remarkable strength.

  • The development of sorceries was stunted in Shulva, as they were considered taboo.

  • Even so, there were some occasional gems created by a group of nameless enthusiasts”. As

  • it was theSanctum City”, and sanctum meaning “a sacred place, especially a shrine

  • within a temple or churchThe majority of their buildings were created with the sole

  • purpose of worshipping Sinh, with structures including the Dragon Sanctum, Tower of Prayer,

  • and Priestesschamber.

  • And all was good in Shulvauntil the arrival of Yorgh and his Drakeblood Knights. Like

  • the others, they too worshipped the dragons…. But they had a different belief, one focused

  • on blood. The Drakeblood Knightscame from a land long forgotten, and worshiped the blood

  • of dragons. [They] were led by Sir Yorgh in a siege of the Eternal Sanctum.” “To the

  • Drakeblood Knights, fresh dragon blood was sacrosanct. They believed that by obtaining

  • it, they could achieve a true understanding of life, transcending their own banal existence.”

  • In a way, the Drakeblood Knights purpose seemed to mirror that of Aldia’s… the quest for

  • knowledge beyond their own life, the quest to find the secret to the dragon’s everlasting

  • existence.

  • Yorgh and his knights invaded Shulva andsought the blood of the dragon, Sinh.” In their

  • invasion, Yorgh succeeded in murdering the Sunken King, andWhen Sir Yorgh faced Sinh,

  • the slumbering dragon, he drew blood with a flash of his steel, but Sinh responded by

  • spewing forth the poison that had long brewed within him, blanketing the city in a miasmic

  • cloud.” “The poisonous fog blanketed the city in death, and Sir Yorgh disappeared into

  • the Eternal Sanctum”, his decrepit corpse found within Sinh’s chamber.

  • With Sinh awake, the Drakeblood Knights became stuck in the Sanctum, and were poisoned with

  • the rest. “Sinh could bear its store of poison no longer. The rain of death toppled

  • the city, but restored the dragon’s purity.”

  • The poison was so potent, that it leaked out as far as into the Black Gulch. And, while

  • it’s not a factthere is the possibility that it affected another nearby water source

  • one in Harvest Valley, and was what eventually poisoned MythaThe Baneful Queen.

  • The Sunken King and his people were left forever poisoned in their foolery, as a “race that

  • discovered a dragon, worshipped it magnificence, and perished by its side.” “And today,

  • no one even remembers the King’s name”…

  • Butthere seems to be more to the equation. The question remainswhat Elana, the Squalid

  • Queen’s involvement was. Squalid beingshowing or involving a contemptible lack of moral

  • standards’. Elana was a “child of Darkand

  • When the Abyss dissipated, the things that called it home were fragmented and scattered

  • across the realm. Eventually, these pieces regained form, in ways that hinted at humanity’s

  • true nature.” Which, would seem to imply the humanity’s true nature is to be Squalid

  • and contain aninsatiable lust for strengthLike Nashandra, Elana is also a fragment of

  • Manussoul.

  • Elanarests besides the sleeping dragon of the Eternal Sanctum.

  • This child of Dark accompanies the dragon, slowly amassing souls in anticipation of the

  • coming day of vengeance.”

  • But the question ariseswhen did Elana come to the shrine, and how did she survive?

  • Elana is the SqualidQueen”, implying she was likely married to the Sunken King.

  • If so, it’s possible she was the one who tempted and convinced the king to build the

  • Sanctumso she herself could draw energy from it.

  • Yethow was she spared the onslaught of destruction from Sinh? That brings the possibility

  • she arrived after the destruction of the landso she could leech form the dead.

  • Another thing worth noting is that she summons a warrior resembling Velstadt - who gave himself

  • toKing Vendrickin both life and death. According to Velstadt’s soul, “[he] was

  • always at the King’s side, as if he were his lord’s own shadow. After the King retired

  • to the Undead Crypt, Velstadt followed, never to return.”. The interesting dialogue here

  • beinghis lord’s own shadow”. Soconsidering Elana, a dark being and another fragment of

  • Manus can summon Velstadtthis could indicate there’s a darker purpose behind Velstadt.

  • Alternatively, she also summons the dead, so it’s possible she can simply control

  • other death beings.

  • There lies another alternative… “Raime and Velstadt were known as the left- and right-arms

  • of [King Vendrick] until their wills clashed, and Raime was deemed a traitor.” Another

  • possibility beingthis enemy who resembles Vesltadtcould be Raime.

  • In the end, a few questions still remain. Was the Sunken King tempted by Elana to create

  • the Sanctum City, or was it of his own free will? And, who was this Sunken King whose

  • nameno one remembers.”

  • Alright guys, that wraps up this Dark Souls 2 DLC Lore video. Perhaps some of these questions

  • will be answered in future DLCs to comebut until then, who do you think the Sunken King

  • is, if it even matters anymore. What do you think Elana’s involvement wasand what

  • did you take away from the warrior resembling Velstadt? Andspeaking of fragments of

  • Manusmy buddy Terramantis did a fantastic video on Nashandra I highly recommend. Also

  • the badass rendition ofPassage for a Monkfrom King’s Field was remixed

  • by none-other than Hellkite Drake. For more Dark Souls 2 Lore videos, make sure to check

  • out my Dark Souls 2 Lore playlist, and hey! I have a new show! A super show! Check it

  • out for some fun times! Alright, I’ll see you guys next time. Peace!

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