Ludleth of Courland

NPC
General Info
Health Souls Location Drops
250 0 Firelink Shrine Skull Ring

Ludleth of Courland is a Lord of Cinder and an NPC in Dark Souls 3.

 

Ludleth of Courland Information

  • Can be killed but will revive after you reload the area.
  • If you give him the Transposing Kiln, he will be able to transpose boss souls into weapons and items. Ensure you give him the Kiln before placing all the lord souls as you will not be able to transpose any souls until the next playthrough otherwise.
  • He permanently dies after you place the 4 Cinders of the Lords, but you can still transpose great souls if you've given him the kiln beforehand. Interacting with his empty throne will prompt you to begin transposition.

 

Location

  • You can find Ludleth of Courland at Firelink Shrine, sitting on the second throne starting from the left side. 

 

Drops

 

Dialogue

First encounter dialogue

 

Oh, thou’rt unkindled, and a seeker of Lords. I am Ludleth of Courland. Look not in bewilderment as I say… I linked the fire long ago, becoming a Lord of Cinder. If substantiation be thy want, set thine eyes upon my charred corse. This sad cadav’r. No need to be coy, have a closer look."

Following encounters dialogue

 

Fret not, fret not. My feet are here firmly planted. For I am a Lord, and this is my throne."

Selecting "Talk"

 

Knowest thou of our purpose? Five thrones will take five Lords, as kindling for the linking of the Fire. The fast fading Flame must be linked to preserve this world. A re-enactment of the first linking of the fire. So it is, I became a Lord of Cinder. I may be but small, but I will die a colossus."

Upon leaving

 

Treat the Fire Keeper not with discourtesy. She is much like thee. Prisioners, both, kept to link the fire."

"Now, now, do not be away overlong."

Selecting "Talk" upon reaching Undead Settlement (Before fighting Curse-Rotted Greatwood)

 

Listen, this might pique thine interest. Before I was a Lord of Cinder, I was a student of transposition. The process of extracting, and coalescing the essence of a soul. A forbidden art, that once left a foul stain upon Courland's honor. Tis an art that grants powers once thought unattainable. Most transposing kilns were lost with Courland, but this place is a crossing for all manner of cursed objects. If thou happen'st 'pon a transposing kiln, bring it to me, quick."

Once Transposing Kiln is given

 

Oh, belike it is… a transposing kiln in thy possession. Seen better days, but, methinks it shall suffice. Now bring me a twisted soul. Transposition is the art of extracting, and coalescing the essence of a soul. In transposing a twisted soul, its true power transferreth to thee. Thy purpose is to seek Lords, and slay them. What's to fear in a little transpositon, now?"

After killing the first Lord of cinder

 

Ahh, most illustrious Lordseeker. Or should I say, Lord-Slayer?
Fine kindling for the thrones , is it not, each soul truly worthy of Lordship.
And all slain by thy hand. To bind them them to their thrones, even in death.
Oh I have no qualms. For as we to our thrones, thou art to thy duty.
In fact, methinks thou'st help helped these poor Lords along their rightful path."

With Lothric's and Lorian's swords

 

"Ahh, thou'st two most peculiar swords discover'd.  A curse once bound them together, such that they served as one.  A transposing kiln should restore their rightful form.  But before thou should'st act, think well upon the matter.  As thou knowest, they are but newly rent apart."

Upon finding the Eyes

 

Ahh. Found her, did we? And the black eyes that shimmer within, I see? Tis as if it were but yesterday. We did all we could to spare her from them. Much has happened since. Mayhap I should apprise thee... Of what the thin light of these eyes might reveal to the eyeless Firekeeper. Scenes of betrayal, things never intended for her ken, visions of... this age's end..." 

Selecting "Talk" after finding the Eyes

 

The eyes show a world destitute of fire, a barren plane of endless darkness. A place born of betrayal. So I will'd myself Lord, to link the fire, to paint a new vision. What is thine intent?"

Upon leaving, after giving the Eyes

 

I took the mantle of Lord of Cinder of mine own volition. I speak these words with pride. Choose thy fate alone. Seize it with thine own hands. All the more, should thy fate entail such foul betrayal." 

Upon approaching him, after the player has previously killed him

 

Ahh, it singeth, to the bone, it hurts... Please, help me. Be done with me... No, gods, no, I cannot bear it... It burns, burns, help me..."

(After killing Dragonslayer Armour) "See ye not? I am a lord... A wee flame, belike, but I shoulder the world... Forgive me. Oh please... I am not to blame. I'm not"

Selecting "Talk" after the player has previously killed him

 

Ah, beg pardon. I must have dozed a while. So, happened upon any twisted souls?"

After slaying Aldrich with Anri

 

Ahh, well met. Thou'rt at last returned. Knowest thou the name, Anri of Astora? The brave lad/girl left this, as thanks. (Sword) Though gave no elucidation... So. Happened upon any twisted souls?"

(Leave) "Now, heed this little warning, from this little lord. Seek not the boy. She knoweth her faith. What will become of her upon her duty's end. She would not wish thee follow her."

After placing all Lord Cinders

 

Ahh, well met. All is as planned, is it not? Five lords for five thrones... Glory be, my Lord-slaying Champion. It is all thy doing. The stage is set for me to play my part as Lord, too. Go. Speak with the Fire Keeper."

(Wishing for a world without Fire) "Ahh, well met. All is as planned, is it not? Five lords for five thrones... To think others might ne'er be raised... And I, of the Last Lords, a rather little lord, most undeserving of the honour. Speak with the Fire Keeper."

Trivia

  • The engraving on his throne is "Ludleth the Exiled".
  • There appears to be blood or soot on the fabric he sits on.
  • If you speak to him after he revives he will be having a dream about when he linked the fire in his world.
  • Ludleth speaks a much older form of English than the other characters.
  • Courland was a real area that existed in Latvia.
  • Ludleth has no legs.
  • Ludleth's line, "I may be but small, but I will die a colossus." is completely even different in the Japanese version, so much so that it possibly affects the lore. In Japanese, Ludelth's "colossus" line reads "この小人が、王の栄誉に浴したのさ", which, when translated, reads: "Even this Pygmy here was honored to become a lord." The kanji "小人" can translate to dwarf, small person, and elf even, but it has always been translated as "Pygmy" since Dark Souls I.

 

 

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    • Anonymous

      It seems you can't get Anri's Sword if you talked to the Firekeeper after playing all the cinders in the thrones. Approching his throne just gives you the option to transpose souls.

      • Anonymous

        Embarrassingly I did not even notice him until the cutscene at the end when he lights on fire. I spent the whole game carrying boss souls wondering when I could use them to make some gear. I really messed up that first play through.

        • Anonymous

          he looks tough but he's vulnerable to plunging attack. i used my pkcs to hit for 1132 damage and destroyed him and i pointed him down but then the fire keeper aggroed. backstab + charged hvy attack later and i was patches squat on her corpse. 5-6 million free souls with covetous silver serpent on Ng+. best farming spot in the game

          • Anonymous

            Can we get a round of applause for this guy ? He's a tiny lil gnome man who singlehandedly brought the world back into the Age of Fire, keeping the darkness contained within the Untended Graves, all from pure WILLPOWER after seeing horrifying visions of the future in the dark. Champion Gundyr in all his strength and glory failed miserably, and Chadleth here took his place as lord of cinder even though he knew linking the fire would burn his body alive. Also, he is the ONLY lord who has retained his sanity and still wants to uphold his duty as bearer of a lord soul.

            • Ludleth lost in a basketball game with the flame, now his broken ankies tie him to his thrown to be eternally babied by a hot chick, some buff dude, and old chick, and a bunch of other hiccups in your life recruited to give you their belongings for souls.

              • Anonymous

                I see a lot of people ask what Ludleth means when he says he "willed himself Lord" I believe it means he was afraid. He knew what linking the flame would do to him and knowing full well he would be engulfed he carried on anyway. After all if Gwyn became a lord of cinder what hope would this pygmy have? He has seen the eyes of the firekeeper before and knows of the betrayal. He's very knowledgeable of events so possibly knew the consequences of linking the flame before he did it, although there is no proof of that, however like many that link the flame Frampt may have been involved.

                • Ludleth is the last of the believers of the lie of Gywn. All the other...and I try not to laugh when I type this...LORD...have had enough...and just want to be left to their own devices. They've clearly seen the fire linking does nothing at all but burn them alive and waste their lives. Their ultimate reward for their sacrifice...to be revived...to be burned again. NOPE. Only ego-mad Ludleth wants to "die a colossus". Short guy complex, I guess. He had to remove his own legs so the truth wouldn't force him to get the hell out of there. The Lords didn't run. They don't have a duty either. IT IS ALL A LIE.

                  • Anonymous

                    For being so mundanely placed, right at the beginning of the game, there's frustratingly little to make sense of who he is and who he was. A Google search will tell you that Courland is a historical region of Latvia, but there is no reference as to what that name means. A mildly interesting connection may be the Latvian word "kur" which traces various etymologies including "to cut, to heat, to burn, to create." The obvious overtones of this series directs us to, "to burn," and we can clumsily speculate a translation of Courland as "the Land of Burning." Given that Ludleth is a pygmy, and that his throne resembles the tombstones in the area we fight Gael, one conclusion is the possibility that Courland was a name for the Ringed City and/or its greater area. Ludleth tells us that Courland was "lost," which usually connotes destruction, and this doesn't line up with the fact that we can still very much travel there. But, from our travels in the Ringed City, we learn that it was once a city of relative import, and now languishes at world's end, the missions and visits it once received frequently long past, overrun by abyssal creatures, and so it could be considered "lost" in this sense. The land of the Pygmy royals being called "the Land of Burning" dovetails very satisfyingly with Gwyn sealing them with fire, and humanity's role as fuel for his Flame for ages on end. Just a thought.

                    • Anonymous

                      Curiously, the "小人" kanji which in Japanese translates to "pygmy," when translated from Chinese renders, "villain." In both China and Japan there are traditions of using the multiple meanings of specific renderings of words in both poetry and for uses like politically subversive text, to hide the true meaning of a phrase. This lends some credence to the notion that the furtive pygmy was literally the villain, or enemy, of the gods, (and thus the Dark Soul itself is effectively a weapon to end the age of the gods.)

                      • Anonymous

                        He's a Pygmy Lord. His throne, which is similar in appearance to a tombstone, is the same as those found in Gael's Boss Arena. Ludleth betrayed his humanity by linking the fire, sustaining the rule of the Gods, the very same that caused Humanity with Undeath.

                        • Anonymous

                          Killed him once for the ring, now no matter what he never revives despite the info in this wiki that he does upon reload. Anything I can do?

                          • Anonymous

                            I was wondering, this dream he has, is it really from when he linked the first flame?
                            There's a few things that gave me this idea over his dialogue. There was a theory about him being the soulfeeder. If this is true, then we now that the soulfeeder was burned (skull ring "Even after its accursed corpse was burned"), so he could refer to that moment? He feels he asks for forgivness..
                            Plus one of his line got altered (just as mentionned on the wiki) refering him as a pygmy lord ("Even this Pygmy here was honored to become a lord.")
                            One Pygmee is missing where you fight Gael, we all said that he supposly was the one we saw at the entrance of the ringed city, but could it be in fact Ludleth throne?
                            On his Lord throne he is refered as an exile. He maybe desired to become strong, and start eating souls to make his blood fluid again, and for that, was exiled from the ringed city and burnt to be purrified.
                            Maybe then he wanted to find redemption for what he did, and became a lord of cinder?
                            He feels really proud of his choice of being a Lord of cinder, to his sacrifice. But he also fear those flames, and feels sorry for something he did.
                            Courtland could simply be the place where all Exiles come from, some kind of a dark town where peoples with no place to go can stay, like thieves, murderer or exiles. He is called "of Courtland" certainly after he became a Lord, because this is the only place he could mentionned as his "home".

                            • Anonymous

                              It's a shame they never added in new dialogue for the Ringed City, should the player want to keep him alive long enough until getting there. (You can get to the Ringed City before going to the Kiln if you do the Ashes DLC first.) Especially if he's supposed to be a Pygmy.

                              • Anonymous

                                Killing Ludleth will result in him staying killing. Ive tried resetting the game and the area. Nothing works.

                                • Anonymous

                                  He is there to remind us that sacrifices have to be made in order to save this world and that this game will very likely not have a happy ending in store for us. But in his calm and friendly manner he gives us hope that our actions will not be in vain. If not for us than for others at least. If the lords would represent a certain aspect of the flame Ludleth would be "warmth".

                                  • Anonymous

                                    For a legless little fellow with a soft voice who never moves, this guy's a real bamf. The only one of the four resurrected Lords to not abandon his throne, and to make sure of it he removes his own legs. And it feels like it's implied that he slew this horrible soulfeeder creature that his ring describes in his prime. AND, if you choose betrayal, he encourages you to own your choice, even though it runs counter to everything he once stood for. That takes guts.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      "Now, heed this little warning, from this little lord. Seek not the boy. She knoweth her faith. What will become of her upon her duty's end. She would not wish thee follow her." what

                                      • Anonymous

                                        In dark souls one you are exiled because you hold the curse. Ludleth is from the age where they exiled barers of the curse. Or he was simply exiled from a land because he used a kiln not sure, but what seems obvious is he weaved half of his own soul in to his rind so when he linked the flame the first time he didn't actually die like he was suppose to, so only half of him was used as kindeling ushering in a short age of fire. Betrayal maybe his, most of not everyone else got infected with curroption like gundyr

                                        • Anonymous

                                          every other past lord of cinder has an unkindled follow them ,e.g. onion knight follows the giant yorm .your character is asked to help with the twins becoming lord of cinder ,but only after you have awoken.so my question is are you Ludleth's unkindled follower ? what is your relation with him ? you help him once again become a lord of cinder ,is this your quest?
                                          was you exiled with him

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Could the place where we fight Gael be the remains of Courland.
                                            The corpses and the guy crawling has no legs and they all have crowns.
                                            Could the eyes of the Firekeeper belong to Fillianore?
                                            Ludleth has knowledge from a past long forgotten.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              The blood on his throne gave me the notion that he either removed his own legs to avoid the temptation of running like the other lords or someone removed his legs so that he wouldn't run. If he had his legs burned away then there would not have been blood. Did the other lords run because they knew they would be used as kindling for the linking of the flame this time (hard to endure and survive a burning for a second time) or did they run because they no longer wished to be part of the cycle and return to their former glory? I don't know but I bet the little legless man wanted his honor restored from exile and removed his own legs so that his will wouldnt falter and decide to run. I dont know.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                When you give the Firekeeper her sister's eyes, if you talk with him it sounds like he knows that you plan to betray them and extinguish the flame.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  But I will die a colossus.Most based NPC in the game, wish there was more lore about him, like his fighting style or Courland.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Ludleth has another dialogue not mentioned here. Upon speaking with him while having both Lothric's Holy Sword and Lorian's Greatsword in the inventory, he will say few unique lines, and even more, if I remember correctly, after selecting "Talk". It was about the player now having two "special" swords in their possession, and that they may now merge the swords together, if they wish so.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      If you kill Ludleth he will drop a ring called the skull ring as noted in the guide. Upon reading the description it speaks of a being not to different from any of the main protagonists of the dark souls games who uses his ability to draw strength from souls empower himself. His body is eventually burned and the smell sticks to the air. If you re-load firelink Ludleth is having a dream you may listen to. He says how something burns and singes. Then awakes. As also previously td there seems to be soot on his throne. Ludleth also has no legs and seem to be covered in ash or soot to me. Ludleth was obviously the soulfeeder spoken of in the rings description. And as harkwood put it when speaking of Aldich "They made him a lord of cinder not for virtue but for might" The soulfeeder or ludleth is obviously a lord of cinder he has his throne and he dies when getting to the final boss. So either he was made to be a lord through the promise of power, he was forced into it, or he to was a chosen undead destined to link the flame. Either ways he is either scorched by the first flame that in honesty due to his nightmare dialogue he seemingly wanted no part or he is burned alive after the linking of the flame by people who forced or tricked into doing it so that uf the lord ever wants to lave his throne he is unable to.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        After entering the untended graves and dieing to champion gundyr i returned to firelink shrine and desided to talk to him. I mindlesly skipped through his dialogue but noticed it wasn't the usual "After killing the first Lord of cinder" speech, instead he mentioned something about the fire keeper. Then when I went to the fire keeper and talked to her she asked me what he had said about her. I came here to check what it was he said, but it's not in the list of dialogues.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I personally believe that what you see in the Betrayal ending is very similar to what happened when Ludleth linked the flame. My theory is that he finished his quest, wanted and end to fire, but at the last second changed his mind and took back the fading flame. Perhaps he was never truly a Lord of Cinder, and merely an Unkindled like the Player. Maybe thats why the world is in as bad a shape as it is. He tried to kindle the fire with a dying flame.But then again, what do I know?

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            "Ah, beg pardon. I must have dozed a while. So, happened upon any twisted souls?"This npc has dialogue related to Anri of Astora after you help them defeat Aldrich in their world.He saying somesing more after that something about little girl or something i missed that part accedently..

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              he is not quite he when he is talking to you normally and briefly becomes himself after you kill him, begging to end his tormentit really seems like there is some bigger force orchestrating the firelink shrine and 4 base NPCs that are helping you there and directing you to link the flame

                                                              • Ludleth is the only character in the entire game that references a land known as Courland. Absolutely no backstory behind it or anything, except from the skull ring."One of Courland's transposed wonders. Derived from the soul of a Soulfeeder."This is also the only time that transposition has mentioned a soul of a boss that we've never seen before.Methinks we might see one in the next DLC.Or at least more on Courland.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  There's another set of dialouge if you kill him, kinda like how Gehrman begged for Laurence and Willhem to save him from the dream. Theory: Ludleth would have gladly left along with the other LoCs IF he was able. But the first flame burned away his legs, so as to prevent his escape because if all the LoCs had left at once, it would've died out then and there, but it trapped Ludleth (Like the Moon Presence and Gehrman ) to prolong its life until the others are returned

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    The Skull Ring he drops tells about a creature called the Soulfeeder, whom was hated for his greedy consumption of souls. It says something about his legs being removed. Ludleth is not who he appears.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I can't remember where along the way in the playthrough this was, but when I selected 'Talk' when at the Firekeeper at one point, she asked me if (to paraphrase) Ludleth had been telling me anything she should know about. However, talking to Ludleth gave me no new dialogue. And this was definitely before I got the Eyes. Anyone know what she was talking about, anyone else hear here say something along these lines?

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        He talk about Anri giving her/s sword after defeating Aldrich and before leaving he warns the ashen one about Anri doesn't want to be found

                                                                        • Ahh, most illustrious Lordseeker. Or should I say, Lord-Slayer?Fine kindling for the thrones , is it not, each soul truly worthy of Lordship.And all salin by thy hand. To bind them them to their thrones, even in death.Oh I have no qualms. For as we to our thrones, thou art to thy duty.In fact, methinks thou'st help helped these poor Lords along their rightful path.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I feel like there's probably some secret penalty for murdering him. I'd really like his ring early on since I'm trying to "tank" most of the bosses when I co op with friends, but there's this looming feeling I get that I'll mess something up or he'll charge me twice as much for transposing soul weapons or something. Is there ANY known penalty to killing him and having him respawn?

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              he has got some extra dialogue after you get the eyes from the unintended graves shrine. he basically describes what the firekeeper will see should you give her the eyes (it's not nice).

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Not 100% sure what the triggers were, but I gave the eyes to the fire keeper, and talked to Ludleth. It didn't always come up, but he started saying "The eyes show a world destitute of fire, a barren plane of endless darkness.A place born of betrayal.So I will'd myself Lord, to link the fire, to paint a new vision.What ist thine intent?"Then sometimes as you leave his menu, (only after talking to him the first time, after warping to the shrine? It seems to trigger then) he'll say "Do not treat the Firekeeper with discourtesy.She is mine like thee. Prisoners, both, kept to link the fire."Other possible relevant info: I have given the firekeeper the soul of the firekeeper, I've explored every area up to the first bonfire in Lothric Castle. I had given the firekeeper the eyes, and told her _no_ for wanting the world without fire, didn't kill her. I talked to Ludleth then, killed the firekeeper to get the eyes back, but neither of them seemed to notice that I took the eyes back.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I can't seem to transpose the Soul of the Lords. I've tried multiple different things and for some reason it will not let me. Maybe this is a glitch or bug?

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Not sure what initiates it, but if you have the firekeeper eyes from the untended graves, and talk to the firekeeper about them before giving them to her you open up some crazy arse lore with ludleth.Ludleth pretty much confirms that he imprisoned the firekeeper with the eyes. He says "we had no other choice. we did everything we could to help her" (paraphrased). he goes on to say that she was more or less the harbinger for total darkness. Ludleth feared this so much he decided to link the fire himself Implying (most likely out of the 5 lords) that he was the first to link the flame.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      I killed him in ng1, drops the ring, respawns sleeping for the first time, you talk to him and have a new useless dialogue, but he respawn every time you kill him.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Not sure if it's safe to kill him - I gave it a shot, and he didn't seem to care at all - nor did I have any sin from doing so. But, I'd rather not kill him to get his ring if it drops eventually naturally.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          once you activate the option of the betrayal ending his talk dialog and end of conversation dialog changes both mentioning the sight of the betrayal

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            He seems like he's going to be a really interesting character, he speaks in the new 'Accursed' Trailer saying "My feet are planted firmly... I am a Lord and this is my throne". Interesting that he says 'feet' because from what we've seen he doesn't have feet. I think that Ludleth on the throne is an illusion, but you have to find the real corpse somewhere. He said 'I will die a colossus', maybe he already did die, as a colossus.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              I havent played the game yet but i dont think he's a real lord. We're supposed to be returning the lords to their thrones, but we can kill him. I think he's faking

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