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Filianore

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General Info
Health Souls Location Drops
N/A N/A The Ringed City N/A
Defenses
Physical Defense vs blunt vs thrust --
N/A N/A N/A --
icon-wp_firedef.png Magic Defense icon-wp_lightningdef.png icon-wp_darkdef.png
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bleed Resistance Poison Resistance Frost Resistance Curse Resistance
N/A N/A N/A N/A


Filianore is an NPC in Dark Souls 3. She is part of The Ringed City DLC. She is in eternal slumber and is cradling an odd sphere resembling an open egg when you find her. She has no dialogue but can be examined upon first encountering her. 

Filianore Information

  • Not killable (in the traditional sense at least)
  • Interacting with, and thereby awakening, Princess Filianore is neccessary to access the final part of the Ringed City DLC.
  • It is repeatedly stated by several NPC's never to do this.

 

Location

  • You can find Filianore in the tower of Filianore's Church at The Ringed City (Location) after you defeat the Spear of The Church Summon or if none is available,  Halflight, Spear of the Church
  • Then, a decayed version of her can be found at Filianore's Rest.

 

Drops

  • N/A

Combat Information

  • N/A

 

Dialogue

She has no dialogue but upon meeting her if you approach and examine her you will trigger a cutscene and when you return to gameplay, you will find her dessicated and dead and the world vastly changed.

 

Lore Theories

Due to the very small amount of information known regarding the mechanisms of the Dark Souls universe and the sheer significance of the events that occur upon waking Filianore, the number of potential lore theories regarding these events is too cumbersome to list here.  Instead, a list of the available evidence from the DLC and game in general related to these events is listed, so that the reader might come to their own conclusion.

  • It appears that Fillianore is the origin of the Grass Crest, found on the Grass Crest Shield and Chloranthy Ring, based on the items associated with her, The Young Grass Dew and Spear of The Church Covenant, which mark the symbol of Young Grass to be that of Filianore.
  • It is suggested by The Small Envoy Banner that Filianore is the youngest daughter of Gwyn, and was gifted to the Pygmies along with the Ringed City, with him promising to her that he would one day come for her, when the time came (a promise he is incapable of keeping.)
    • This seems to be supported by a statue found right before Filianore's Church, depicting Gwyn giving a kneeling Hollow two items, a crown, later seen worn by the Pgymy Lord, and the Chloranthy Ring.
  • Shira, Knight of Filianore, claims that Filianore is the matriarch of the church, is asleep and should not be awakened, for "as the Fire waneth, does she lie by the Dark, all for the sake of Man." Her preceeding statement, that "Those who are ken to God's name (the player) are surely ken to the terrors of the dark" seems to imply that Filianore somehow protects from the terrors of the dark.  However, what this means is highly uncertain.  She does state that the Spears of The Church, and Divine Spears of The Church protect Filianore from any who would attempt to awaken her, and also that Midir, who railed against the Dark, took up an oath to protect the Princess's Slumber
  • The Ringed City Hollow, a decrepit figure found on the outskirts of the Ringed City, appears to be a Pygmy, and has similar, but different intentioned things to say regarding Filianore and what will occur in waking her, claiming that her sleep is an illusion by the gods to keep the Dark Soul from you.  He states various times a disdain for the gods and their servents, such that it can be implied that waking the princess will have negative consequences to them.  His statement that he is an ally to the player comes with the additional statement "If thou art yet human, the urge will begin to swell, to bring ruin to this heap of dung."  This seems to imply that waking the Princess will bring about great destruction, either to The Ringed City (which it certainly does) or to the world as a whole.  Lastly, if slain, he will exclaim: "May the Abyss's Curse take the gods!" a statement of tremendous significance of inumerable interpretations.
  • Judicator Argo, summoner of the Spear of The Church boss that guards Princess Filianore, actually has very little extra information to add, only that "The Abyss runneth deep." open to interpretation, and that Filianore is to be protected "by the King's decree" although who the King is can be debated, being either Gwyn, The Pgymy Lords, or another, interesting primarily in that Gwyn is never referred to as King.  
  • Filianore's design
    • Filianore's eyes are closed and a sign of the Abyss, black crooked veins, poke from her closed eyes.  It is revealed from her corpse later on that she has no eyes, much like the firekeepers.
    • The egg like sphere Filianore is carrying is highly unusual, and its destruction heralds Filianore's waking and the consequences that unfold.  Although the player breaks it, it is already in the midst of coming apart, implying it would not remain forever regardless.  Facinatingly, the sphere is identical, down to the individual cracks, to the spheres that form the core of Vagrant Crabs, strange wandering creatures born from the results of interactions between player worlds in Dark Souls I, implying that the effect of Filianore's sleep may trancend time and space and be somehow related.
    • Curiously, Filianore has black hair, unique among the children of Gwyn, and does not have a name beginning in Gwyn, like Gwyndolin or Gwynevere, although what implication these facts have is uncertain
    • Her outfit greatly resembles the other princess of the series, Dusk.
  • The awakening of Filianore
    • When the "egg" caves inward at the player's touch, Filianore awakens, stares at the player, and then light emenates from the egg.  The player is brought to the same location, only everything is destroyed for miles, leaving thousands of miles of barren ash.  The cathedrals of Anor Londo and The High Wall of Lotheric can be seen in the distance, but what state they are in is unclear.  The Ringed City is destroyed, and there is no sign of any of the features that surrounded it.  Filianore is dead in front of you, a withered husk resembling a hollow.
    • Curiously, the player can use the bonfire to transport back to the Ringed City proper, where it is wholly unaffected, but where Filianore is gone from her resting place.
      • It is interesting to note that in previous cases where an illusion is broken, the illusion remains broken everywhere, as when the lights are taken from Anor Londo in Dark Souls I even when returning to other areas of the city, implying that awakening Filianore did not break an illusion, but instead that the player was transported elsewhere in time and space.  A similar situation exists with Firelink Dark in the Untended Graves, but as with that, the mechanisms of its existence are unclear.
    • The events that follow seem to be implied to be the natural consequences of the player awakening Filianore, serving as possible evidence of the function of her sleep.
  • For more theories regarding Filianore, check out Kos Lore and A System of Rebirth by Rakuyo.

Trivia

  • Despite being unkillable, summoned phantom will see her in white as every regular NPC.

 

 

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    • Anonymous

      28 Jun 2018 19:50  

      I closed the game in the begining of her cutscene, when i came back that place where she stayed was empaty, e the world was still the same, then i died for that knight in the entrance of the church, after that everything was destroied. (sorry for my bad english)

      • Anonymous

        21 May 2018 08:57  

        A thing that should be mentioned in the hugeass lore section; when you summon into a buddy's world for Gael, and you look at Filianore, she's actually a ghost, implying to me she is actually still alive, just... withered. As with most other NPCs in the world, Filianore appears as a transparent outline, and while unkillable by phantoms, this is also true of living NPCs in the world, like the Pilgrim of Londor who drops Chameleon and Anri

        • Anonymous

          30 Apr 2018 16:08  

          I just had the weirdest maybe-revelation... What if Filianore was supposed to be the first Fire Keeper?

          I know it sounds edgy and half-baked, but bear with me, because I've actually mapped out how this could be possible. The Eyes of a Fire Keeper apparently belonged to the first Fire Keeper, and reveal a destitute world without flame. The eyes themselves look opalized, but are noticeably leaking a sort of black fluid. As I'm sure you can tell where I'm going with this, Filianore is found to be lacking eyes, and her empty sockets also leak a black fluid.

          Looking closer, Filianore actually bears strong resemblance to the Fire Keeper, except that she's larger and her color scheme is swapped. Instead of black, she wears white, and instead of silver hair, hers is black. Filianore's tiara also has similar faceting to the mask worn by the Fire Keeper, and both of their palms are covered.

          Ludleth, who many remark resembles one of the Pygmy Lords, states quite plainly, "We did all we could to spare her from them." My guess is that Gwyn wished for her to tend the First Flame for him, but she was cursed with a premonition of Gwyn's failure and the fading of the First Flame. To prevent this, Gwyn instead "gifted" her to the Ringed City to guard the Dark Soul and the Pygmy Lords, but was actually imprisoning them both, with an empty promise that he would someday return to relieve her from her newly assigned duty.

          Lacking a Fire Keeper, Gwyn desperately fathered Gwyndolin with an unknown mother (possibly Priscilla), and though he was born deformed and as a male, he raised him as a daughter in accordance with the role Gwyn would bestow upon him--as the next Fire Keeper, to be Filianore's shade. Gwyndolin's eyes are obscured by a heavy mask, and whether he possesses eyes is unknown. Visually, Gwyndolin represents a bridge between Filianore and the current Fire Keepers, wearing a white gown similar to Filianore's, but with silver hair like the Fire Keeper's, and the mask that the Fire Keepers wear could even be an imitation of Gwyndolin's mask. Interestingly enough, Aldrich's appearance also fortifies this pattern, as he takes on the appearance of Gwyndolin clad in black, appearing more like the Fire Keeper than Gwyndolin himself, if not for the mask.

          Maybe less likely so, the Soul of a Fire Keeper could have also belonged to Filianore, as it is said to bring comfort to bearers of the dark sigil. When we first reach Gael's arena, we find a lone Pygmy Lord crawling his way toward Filianore, pleading for help, not knowing that Filianore is long-dead.

          Furthering the connection between Filianore and the Fire Keepers, the tomb below the Church of Filianore is also quite similar to the tomb at Firelink Shrine, and we even find an imitation Fire Keeper's mask after killing the Moaning Knight. And, if you look closely at the corpses of the Fire Keepers in their mausoleum, you can see that their eye sockets are surrounded by a deposit black matter, though it doesn't appear to be cloth.

          I know it's highly speculative, but then again, what Souls theories aren't a total shot in the dark, no pun intended?

          • Anonymous

            23 Oct 2017 20:28  

            So many people are still speculating the significance of the egg, but I'm surprised I haven't seen anyone suggest it might be the egg that Midir came from. If you look not-all-that-closely, the interior of the egg matches the appearance of Midir's soul, with a sort of ring of stone surrounding a gaping black hole (which of course matches the eclipse, the Dark Sign, the Dark Sigils, and the hole bored into Hollows). Gwyn established the Ringed City, offered his youngest daughter, and charged Midir with battling mankind all around the same time, placing a seal on mankind even after he and his family perished. I don't imagine Gwyn would have been able to just enlist a random dragon in his service considering the violence he wrought upon their kind, so it makes more sense to me that Midir was raised from birth as a servant of the gods--and like the Spears of the Church, Gwyn tactfully kept the dragon blind to his true ambitions, caring not whether they fell to darkness in the process of defending the gods.

            • Anonymous

              18 Oct 2017 23:07  

              I think her spell reaches much further as only until the borders of the RInged City. When the game starts and we see the intro we see pilgrems wandering in a desolated world like the one we see after her spell is broken. That is how our world really looks alike I think. But when we start it is still green and normal looking. There is no desert nowhere. Thats already the illusion of Fillianore. It could also be the ultimate reason for the Pus of Man. Fillianore preserves the look but under the surface the abyss, the dark, rottens the world further and further from the inside. And sometimes this dark beomes too strong and breaks through the illusion. We see this in the Ringed City in form of the dark lake and it also happens in the rest of the world with the Pus of Man. Why the illusion? Maybe to keep a path intact that guides an Ash to the Kiln of the First Flame even after the land has fallen in ruin. And to keep the chosen one away from the Dark Soul.

              • 13 Sep 2017 03:27  

                Actually when we wake her up, she puts the Ashen one into a very powerful slumber (that bright white light we see) and we wake up after eons passed, at the end of time... just in time to recover the dark soul from Gael, who has gathered all the blood that contained it and is now waiting for the last shard, ours.

                • Anonymous

                  14 Jun 2017 04:51  

                  Not killable?, well, you are the reason of her death, maybe her end is inevitable, but at least she can still alive - sleeping.

                  • Anonymous

                    04 Jun 2017 01:58  

                    Didn't see anyone mention this, but she is almost certainly a reference/homage to the girl in the anime Angel's Egg (which was obviously one of the inspirations for all of dark souls).

                    • Anonymous

                      19 Apr 2017 07:22  

                      As she is another beautiful goddess you can seemingly repeat seeing, has anyone tried to kill her? I'm curious if she just wakes up and I don't have the game, but interested in the lore, or if it's some kind of secret.

                      • Anonymous

                        15 Apr 2017 18:04  

                        When first heard of her in the dlc I was hoping she was the pygmy that found the dark soul. Thought that would be kinda cool.

                        • Anonymous

                          10 Apr 2017 21:20  

                          The ringed city is the egg, look around, you're in a shell, with crystals in it just like the concept art depicts.
                          Illusion? Yep, as you fly in you pass through some thick turbulent yellow clouds, then the sky is just yellow, like a golden sorcery of Oolacile, and the darksign is gone from the sun.
                          It's probably been said before, Im not trying to sound overconfident about the theory, just telling you my view of things.

                          • Anonymous

                            09 Apr 2017 12:32  

                            I think the thing Filianore's is clenching, judging by the artbook, is not an egg, but a geode. Google them, they are some sort of mineral formation with a rocky exterior and its insides hollow and full of crystals. Maybe it is were the dark soul was found. It would make sense, since its shell is pale like a soul and its hollow core (which would have been housing pure darkness in the middle of the first flame) is full of curse crystals

                            • Anonymous

                              09 Apr 2017 09:09  

                              I think Filianore is the mother of painted woman.
                              And the egg is a dragonegg(the painted woman).
                              I am 100% sure that this is the first firekeeper. We know that there is ton of firekeeper corpses in firelink and we know that everytime a firekeeper is summoned, her eyes is missing, like Filianore.
                              You can even see signs of darkness in Filianores face. Can anyone figure out the tower which you cannot enter, please.

                              • Anonymous

                                08 Apr 2017 03:08  

                                All I ever wanted was a real big boobed goddess to serve yet she too was an illusion.

                                I literally cried when I saw her true dryed dead form.

                                Damn you Fromsoft, damn you.

                                • Anonymous

                                  06 Apr 2017 14:08  

                                  if you go back to the room in the (past??? not ruined city) after talking to her she is missing, but her body is still in the (future??? ruined) world. does that mean she teleports rather than time travels???

                                  • Anonymous

                                    05 Apr 2017 02:30  

                                    Her name can be translated to "Daughter of the Sun". The first part, 'filia' means daughter in Latin, and 'nore' means sun in Elvish. See? Which means she is a daughter of Gwyn.

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