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An Elden Ring Movie ► Age of the Duskborn

  • Published on Jun 8, 2023
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    ►The Magic Scripts by Crypt of Insomnia
    ►Thrilling Night by Crypt of Insomnia
    ►24_Crumbling Farum Azula from Elden Ring OST
    ►63_Beast Clergyman from Elden Ring OST
    ►Beautiful and Tragic by Crypt of Insomnia
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    ►Quiet Crying Cellos by Crypt of Insomnia
    ►50_Lichdragon Fortissax from Elden Ring OST
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Comments • 4 477

  • VaatiVidya
    VaatiVidya  2 months ago +8367

    I couldn't have made this video alone - please support all of the collaborators listed in the description! Everyone brought their unique strengths to this episode, and I'm lucky to work with so many talented people!

  • Golden King
    Golden King 2 months ago +353

    Honestly I got respect for Darius. Bro was afflicted with basically Stage 6 cancer, AIDS, Arthritis, and Parkinson’s and after hearing what happened to his brother he hit us the the Vince Carter “ I GOT ONE MORE ME”

    • Eko Sandvic
      Eko Sandvic 2 months ago +30

      I agree with you but that ending really stabbed my gut. At least I recovered from the damage I had back then since most say that Fia was victorious anyway.

    • That little Monstrosity
      That little Monstrosity 6 hours ago +1

      @Eko Sandvic
      it reminds me of how dominula village and godskin apostle were celebrating and mocking Marika, even though they lost the war, they cope with what they can

  • Hairless Chimp
    Hairless Chimp 2 months ago +658

    I hope the DLC explores the death stuff more in depth due to Miquella’s connection to Godwin

    • Hawaii Menace
      Hawaii Menace 2 months ago +4

      ​@Tom Bane Proof?

    • Scallion Rice
      Scallion Rice 2 months ago

      @Tom Bane pls send vid....ofc for research purposes

    • Eli Smith
      Eli Smith 2 months ago +8

      Nah I want Melina to chase the lord of frenzy

    • Hevno
      Hevno Month ago +1

      I wish it would allow us to help miqula get godwyns soul back

    • Logotokoumpo
      Logotokoumpo Month ago +3

      ​@Tom Bane thats some nasty SHIT....send me the link

  • Darth Fandango
    Darth Fandango 2 months ago +1013

    Damn that Fia's Mist kill on D was absolutely brutal.

    • BigBen
      BigBen 2 months ago +10

      Thats what I said

    • Maarten Prys
      Maarten Prys Month ago +22

      It made me realise this was the evil ending

    • I_Wanna_Be_Canadian
      I_Wanna_Be_Canadian Month ago +16

      @Maarten Prys no the hell it isnt

    • IMPlosive
      IMPlosive Month ago +19

      @I_Wanna_Be_Canadian it’s an evil ending. Those who live in death literally wipe out villages💀

    • FancyMan456
      FancyMan456 Month ago +33

      ​@I_Wanna_Be_Canadian Bros blinded by the debuff hugs Fia gives.

  • Atlog
    Atlog 2 months ago +530

    You have to be one of the most talented content creators on this platform. Your dedication to detail in your videos, your cinematic ability, and the wonderful choreography of the fight scenes was impeccable. Great stuff as always VaatiVidya, you and your team did great!

    • jason chow
      jason chow 2 months ago +5

      keep the money for your family and food. u.s dollar is dead

    • TokyoAi
      TokyoAi Month ago +8

      @jason chow If it's dead then who cares about $9.99 its nothing right?

    • Blu spirit
      Blu spirit Month ago

      @jason chow how is it dead?

    • 05-032 Mendicant Bias
      05-032 Mendicant Bias Month ago +1

      ​@jason chow Seeing as it is still in use, it is obviously not dead.

  • Evan Raiff
    Evan Raiff 2 months ago +249

    I don’t think it gets talked about much, but the voice acting in the Souls games is really great. That “Die! Die! Die!” That Devin says could’ve been generic screaming but the VA turned into a much more menacing threat, like an executioner raising the axe. Really drives the fanaticism home

    • Eko Sandvic
      Eko Sandvic 2 months ago +8

      You're right man! This game has an amazing cast.

    • Maverick Titan
      Maverick Titan Month ago +7

      Elden Ring's English language voice cast is an enormous step up from mediocrity of FromSoft's earlier localizations. I still wonder if the VAs for Darksouls 1 even had access to proper microphones.

    • 3http
      3http Month ago +9

      @Maverick Titan i kind of like the slightly muffled voices from DS1 characters because it really sounds like they’re speaking behind a metal helmet

    • ThatRipOff
      ThatRipOff Month ago +10

      @Maverick Titan Idk wtf you're on about lmao. There was never any English "localization" for the voice acting. It's always been in English. FromSoft has used the same VA agency for nearly their entire Souls catalogue, and it's always been outstanding in every entry.

    • Elpsykoongro
      Elpsykoongro Month ago +5

      @Maverick Titan if you think there was an English localization then you clearly are new to from software games

  • Kevin O'Neil
    Kevin O'Neil 2 months ago +2839

    You and your collaborators have raised the bar by a significant margin. Feeling privileged to be a part of this community right now.

    • Itsbikezombie
      Itsbikezombie 2 months ago +18

      Yeah within the first minute I could tell that this was going to be special.

    • Ramrod bLDM
      Ramrod bLDM 2 months ago +1

      You ain't a part of this community. Just cause you just started playing souls games at elden ring doesn't mean you're part

    • J. L.
      J. L. 2 months ago +29

      @Ramrod bLDM oh lord 🙄

    • Declicitous
      Declicitous 2 months ago +28

      @Ramrod bLDM least gatekeeping souls “veteran”

  • Hitsuyo Waru
    Hitsuyo Waru 2 months ago +182

    BRO CAN WE PLEASE TALK ABOUT THE CINEMATOGRAPHY IN THIS MASTERPIECE I legitimately lost it when godskin apostle kicked in with the duel. Continue making art please.

  • The King In Yellow
    The King In Yellow 2 months ago +36

    To tell the truth, though I know Ranni's ending will be the last ending explained, I would still love to see Goldmask's storyline and the Golden Order Fundamentalists rendered in Prepare to Cry.
    Brother Corhyn's blind faith and Goldmask's struggle against a Golden Order that won't change until his death both come together to tell a tragic story.

  • Apokailyptic
    Apokailyptic 2 months ago +209

    I showed my 60 year old mother this video, who has never played a single game in her life, and even she said the visuals and storytelling of this video were fantastic. Hopefully she's open to watching more of your content in the future :)

  • Gamer 210
    Gamer 210 Month ago +73

    I love the lore and the stories in Elden ring. They are so good and are so intertwined with each other. I just wish I didn’t have to watch X-vid videos to understand it.

    • sethescope
      sethescope Month ago +5

      X-vid videos are just faster. If you decide to spend time going through item descriptions and NPC dialogue, you'd be able to piece it together yourself. it just takes time, but if you don't have that time or just have things you'd rather spend your time on, that's why X-vid videos exist.

    • Robbo209
      Robbo209 28 days ago


  • cdp124
    cdp124 2 months ago +124

    The contempt with which the Tarnished destroys D after he kills Fia is both satisfying and terrifying

    • Hevno
      Hevno Month ago +31

      Never understood why ppl hate on d he seems a rather good fellow doing his best for his order and his home, i suppose simps will ree at anything that threatens their "wifu"

    • cdp124
      cdp124 Month ago +20

      @Hevno think about it from the perspective of the tarnished: guy wearing a former friend's armor shows up and kills the woman that had helped you realize the plight of those that live in death, as well as being a companion to you all game.

    • Nines :3
      Nines :3 Month ago +23

      @Hevno D twins are fanatics, they were rejected by all but golden order so they defend the views of golden order like fanatics would by executions and crucifixions.
      People who live in death are not even bad, they were simple villagers or nobles that were burried in the roots of the tree, hoping to be reincarnated one day, it's not their fault that the tree roots were corrupted by Godwyn's corpse.
      Fault lies with Golden order taking the rune of death out of the Elden Ring, meanwhile D brothers see people who can't die and blame them instead of the order that caused them to exist in the first place.

    • Hevno
      Hevno Month ago +11

      @Nines :3
      the ppl were already living and reincarnating without an issue even after the rune of death was removed, like you said it is not their fault that they were corrupted by poor godwyns death roots, but it is also not godwyns fault nor the golden order, if you want to blame someone for why they came to be it would be the vile wench ranni for doing what she did and causing all this torment.
      Those living in death are unnatural they are not living yet they are not dead their existence is simply Pain (I am very sure those wandering skeletons are not happy).
      Since they can no longer reincarnat through the erdtree the golden order seem to just want to put them down and give them a true death.
      That is why I defend the twins unless you and the undead all across the land were happily making love to each other I am sure you noticed all of them (save for fia) are aggressive and dangerous and the twins and those like them work to put an end to the damage caused by ranni

  • Androski
    Androski 2 months ago +3950

    If we maintain this current trend of video lengths, Ranni's story is looking to be nearly an hour long! Strap in boys, it's gonna be a wild one.

    • SL4PSH0CK
      SL4PSH0CK 2 months ago +36

      oh god totally lol

    • esoel
      esoel 2 months ago +16

      Can't wait...

    • eomund1
      eomund1 2 months ago +19

      I hope so. Or longer even.

    • J D
      J D 2 months ago +10

      Make it 3 and Release it in theaters i would go

    • jeeB
      jeeB 2 months ago +27

      My wife deserves it

  • Darth Toxicus
    Darth Toxicus 27 days ago +7

    25:15 I feel for Maliketh, it’s painful to be betrayed by someone you’re so loyal to….I’ve been there….

  • The Speaker
    The Speaker 2 months ago +12

    I forgot that Fortissax still fought on in Fia's dream, it's a small detail that i've forgotten since i haven't played in a couple of months
    Really convinces me that the DLC will be in Miquella's dream, especially since i also believe it's related to Godwyn

  • Ricky Huxedurp
    Ricky Huxedurp 2 months ago +28

    Goodness malaketh’s voice actor. Need some more credit. Wow he’s really good.

  • IchabodTheCrane
    IchabodTheCrane Month ago +12

    Godwyn's spear being an homage to the Dragonslayer Spear was a really nice touch. Good to see my favorite character living on, a decade after his first appearance.

  • James Pham
    James Pham 2 months ago +23

    The quality of this series is phenomenal. Great work guys!!

  • Mispap1
    Mispap1 2 months ago +4334

    Thanks for watching everyone. This video was a true passion project, and the amazing support we receive from you keeps us inspired to create better videos with each installment in the PTC series. All I will say is that Ranni's video will be absolutely legendary. Any guesses as to how long it will be?

    • Pink F
      Pink F 2 months ago +93

      Please let it be 2 hrs+ I could listen to Vaati talk forever even if it was randomly generated AI gibberish!

    • loleurish
      loleurish 2 months ago +6

      Thanks for watching tho the video isn't up yet lol. Timing issue.

    • Blank Dragon
      Blank Dragon 2 months ago +38

      It's going to be 1 hour and 45 minutes, and come out in 32 years.

    • Cornelius Dwyer
      Cornelius Dwyer 2 months ago +18

      You really killed it. Vaati has always been high quality but you've been consistently raising the bar. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

    • Zeesos House
      Zeesos House 2 months ago +9

      @Pink F agreed. He could read the back of milk cartons and I'd be there.

  • arthur zigart
    arthur zigart 2 months ago +4

    that honestly make me think on how good of a being godwin must have been
    dude has a homie so loyal he was fighting DEATH on a dream/alter dimension just to protect his friend

  • therealforestelf
    therealforestelf Month ago +2

    as soon as I have coin to spare again, I will gladly support this endeavor! these - I don't wann say videos, I wanna say movies, are incredible! digestable for my friends and family to whom I could not properly explain why 'that strange game where you die all the time' makes me eyes so wet. thank you Vaati, thank you mispap, thank you John, Xavier, Aether & Chaos, Sebastian, Quelaag and SmoughTown. You have created a true masterpiece of a series! I hunger and thirst for many more to come!

  • Ray Herrly
    Ray Herrly 2 months ago +67

    Holy hell, I'm actually speechless. The Prepare To Cry videos for Dark Souls 1 are a huge reason why I became such a big fan of these games. And now that you have a budget, the quality has just gone through the roof. Amazing work. I just got shivers down my spine, watching this on my laptop at the library.
    Thank you for all that you do and made possible.

  • Sammie Nope
    Sammie Nope Month ago +17

    38:56 The music is swelling, the story is captivating, Maliketh is gracefully dancing through the air like he has wings carrying him through the fight...
    " _Ha_ , you bonked him with the flippy sword~"
    Yep, that's Elden Ring!

  • Nahobien M.D
    Nahobien M.D 2 months ago +2

    C'était absolument incroyable 👌👌

  • M S
    M S 2 months ago +1452

    One of the most beautifully written and performed stories of Elden Ring, and you just elevated it to the next level.

    • Jeetkun Jo
      Jeetkun Jo 2 months ago +24

      Hahaha now u can pay to have your comment highlighted xD

    • Sea of IwannaBuyAllegiance
      Sea of IwannaBuyAllegiance 2 months ago +4

      Dat intro, right?
      The questline of Maliketh aka Gurank, D' and his brother, I feel they were meant to be connected much more.
      But as with all FromSoft games, the dev's had to cut a fair share when the release-date _death'line_ approached. 😏
      Nice to see that Vaati does not forget to show how closely these questline's relate in theme.

    • M S
      M S 2 months ago +3

      @Jeetkun Jo Yeah, right? I didn’t even realize that until I saw Vaati liked my comment 😂

    • Enis Karaman
      Enis Karaman 2 months ago +21

      @Jeetkun Jo bro whats wrong with supporting the high quality content and getting a highlighted comment. its his money, whats it to u?

    • Tyr Lant
      Tyr Lant 2 months ago +4

      ​​@Enis Karaman some would say it's bad to be a paypig, save that money for your family, don't spend $ simping for e-celebs, that sort of thing.

  • Drank Duck
    Drank Duck Month ago +1

    Love the idea of this series being your interpretation of the way the story unfolds, and the reminder is much appreciated. The cinematic style of this series wows me every time.

  • Totally Not Skull Kid
    Totally Not Skull Kid 2 months ago +28

    You've always been a bonfire for this community. Maybe even *the* Bonfire, and it's so fitting that your works now include so many more others that have a love for these twisted little worlds
    and their tragic and heroic characters. Thanks for all the years Vaati and for stoking the flames of lore for both new and old members of the audience. Your recent uploads feel like a revitalization and it'll be great to see what you all do with the DLC.
    Good shit.

  • legitamte
    legitamte 2 months ago +28

    It seems no matter how high you and your partners raise the bar, you still find a way to raise it again. An absolutely captivating story, composed and told perfectly. The Fortissax battle in particular was jaw-dropping, I cannot believe that fight could be so choreographed.

  • Shizzy Shizzy
    Shizzy Shizzy 2 months ago +2

    Your videos are amazing! Keep up the good work 👏🏻

  • Chad Doell
    Chad Doell 2 months ago +12

    During my playthrough I found Fia's story the most compelling. The last few scenes with her were so emotive compared to most interactions in the game.

    • Eko Sandvic
      Eko Sandvic 2 months ago +2

      I feel the same way bro. 🥲 I cried the first time I did her questline.

  • Californian Sniper
    Californian Sniper 2 months ago +937

    I actually teared up at Rogier’s death scene here, he’s such a wise character and a big help with Margit. Leaning against his his hat in his final moments awake, heartbreaking.

    • mikeshogunlee
      mikeshogunlee 2 months ago +20

      Hat Bro be rockin in the Dusk now.
      Rock on Hat Bro.

    • Work Study
      Work Study 2 months ago

      Me too

    • Tim B
      Tim B 2 months ago +3

      His friendliness reminds you of a certain courier doesn't he? Bitter Springs vet.

    • HelplmChoking
      HelplmChoking 2 months ago +20

      I don't have much time to play, and I've always been far more interested in the lore and world of From games so combat has been a huge struggle (and not one I really enjoy). But I took down Margit on the first try thanks to Rogier. Then he appears at the round table basically bedridden, rambling, infected and dying and it was such a sad thing to see, even if he seemed happy to see me

    • Lord Lightskin
      Lord Lightskin 2 months ago

      @HelplmChoking if you have bleed weapon you can farm the giants on storm hill for a little bit until you can get the bird farm

  • Robert Stimmel
    Robert Stimmel 2 months ago +2

    The production quality in these videos is blowing my mind. I would love to see Vaati return to Dark Souls and Bloodborne eventually to give those games this treatment. Thanks for another great video!

  • Amirali nonya
    Amirali nonya Month ago +1

    This is truly a masterpiece

  • Viktor_V/-\ughn* Da_Vaudville*_villaiN••

    This was awesome, really some next level stuff. The cinematography and artwork were top notch. By the way the artwork for the black blade inscription @ 17:08 is just…mwaa chefs kiss…perfect!! Keep up the good work vaati boy!!

  • Hypris
    Hypris Month ago +1

    This is some of the best work iv ever seen put into a lore video

  • Quinlan Fraser
    Quinlan Fraser 16 days ago

    The script, the visuals, the presentation, the audio, everything about these videos has pushed the quality of in-depth storytelling to new heights. Tremendous props to everyone who works on these. It's absolutely beautiful to watch and I am enraptured by these videos. I am beyond excited to see the Age of Stars ending video when it comes out! Love your videos as always Vaati

  • Han Solo (but I'm dead)
    Han Solo (but I'm dead) 2 months ago +1590

    The detail of the player character using different weapons and spells related to death throughout their journey in the video is incredible. It's as if they're examining, studying, exploring the different forms of death, as a Death Philosopher.

    • Roman von ungern-sternberg
      Roman von ungern-sternberg 2 months ago +27

      I wish this game let you have real effects on game play from which side you pick like what was shown around 35:00 by siding with those of living death you had them come out of sources of it to aid you and maybe you spread it as you went on etc.

    • Han Solo (but I'm dead)
      Han Solo (but I'm dead) 2 months ago +21

      ​@Roman von ungern-sternberg I understand why you'd want an in-game effect, but as a matter-of-fact, this is an RPG. It lets you have fun making a build and stylizing it with a story. Yes, having the dead enemies not attack you much later in the game as you align yourself with them is interesting, but it would make the gameplay restricting. You're supposed to help create the story too, don't let the game do all the heavy lifting in the department of imagination.

    • Roman von ungern-sternberg
      Roman von ungern-sternberg 2 months ago +11

      @Han Solo (but I'm dead) the r in rpg stands for roll your roll effects the world, I felt this way back in dark souls as well. How much replay value would it add if your choices had real consequences? Both relatively instant ones like that faction aiding you and long term ones like the world being effected by your last play through helping one side? I know Iam not crazy when I talk about this since I swear a dynamic world reacting to your choices used to be fairly common.
      I mean even bioshock had a little of this, I never felt like a better person than when I spared a woman who looked after my daughter and got her to second guess the Karen cult leader who tried to take full custody. She couldn’t call off “the family” and their bushwhack but she sent me some drones for back up and warned me. Little things like that really take things to another level.
      “You had me under a gun... and yet you just walk away? No monster alive turns the other cheek. No monster does that. A thinking man does that. “

    • Pedro Miret
      Pedro Miret 2 months ago +5

      @Roman von ungern-sternberg Beyond how mind breakingly complicated it would be to do a world with this level of detail be everchanging in regards of the player completing certain quests...
      There is an issue with map management, quest overlap and such.
      If you change the world due to this quest, then you have to do the same for that of the age of frenzied flame, age of stars and such. You can do many of these at a time, and all of that going on would be a bit of a mess.
      That and Deathroot is an essentially slow burning effect. It need not be automatic.

    • Roman von ungern-sternberg
      Roman von ungern-sternberg 2 months ago +1

      @Pedro Miret eh an untold amount of time passes between new game and new game plus

  • Jon Kersley
    Jon Kersley 2 months ago +3

    Man I cant help but laugh at the "Wrath of D" line. Dude sounds so fucking nuts and I love it

    • Eko Sandvic
      Eko Sandvic 2 months ago +1

      Glad you have your fun lol. I take his behavior and what he did too seriously so I don't feel the same. But I don't want to ruin your fun :)

  • CanadianCrowe
    CanadianCrowe 2 months ago +2

    this video is on another level. ive been watching your channel for years and i must say the production value of these novels you and the others create is staggering. the perfect mixing of in game dialog with your script mixes in a way where even though they speak in a sort of backwards old english thats hard to understand the way its put in your story almost translates it for us. even though the character is silent the script and the environmental storytelling you created almost gave them a verbal script. i could hear the character speak which is just brilliant script writing. the music in the background was muted in the story telling but always there ever present. Only to swell and demand attention during the fight scenes. exquisite. Now the fight scenes itself are a masterpiece. you guys took a game that is famous for its difficulty and created beautifully choreographed movie scenes with it. Camera angles where perfect. (radagon death scene with him falling over had me out of my chair) the choreographing was impeccable, the scene sticking out most in my head was the ending fight with D setting it up as the protagonist on the back foot at the beginning, taking a swing as a spell is being cast making the viewer believe "oh! hes got the timing he'll interrupt the spell and gain ground in the fight!" only to have the spell go off first knocking our champion back. This creates perfect tension in the fight even for those who have played through this storyline on their own. Even though this is what i would describe as a documentary on Elden Rings story you guys turned it into a full blown movie and for me personally. This movie gets a 10/10. Simply amazing. Well done!

  • Ocean Man
    Ocean Man Month ago +8

    It would be nice to have a perfect order ending video too! This one was very good 😭

  • Beyond_The_Tequila_Rift
    Beyond_The_Tequila_Rift 2 months ago +7

    32:16 The melody in the background and her words are so melancholic and deep, yet beckon for sympathy and empathy...Beautiful!!! Then you fight Godwyn's friend Fortissax....What an epoch!!!

    • Eko Sandvic
      Eko Sandvic 2 months ago +2

      Exactly. That contrast you are describing reminds me of the beauty of having the duality of life and death.
      Thanks for giving her a compliment. ^^
      I love her very much.

  • luciddre4m
    luciddre4m 2 months ago +1028

    That Fortissax battle was incredibly well done. This entire video rules.

    • Tyler Bryant
      Tyler Bryant 2 months ago +16

      I agree, even kept it accurate by denying him his second phase LOL

    • Menou Ba
      Menou Ba 2 months ago +2

      ​@Tyler Bryant they absolutely did him dirty
      Him and Gransax
      WTF ?
      Where did "the six years length and the biggest budget ever" go to ?

    • Matteo Passi
      Matteo Passi 2 months ago +15

      ​@Menou Ba sorry, but fortisax isn't a reskin, while similar, it has many differences from other ancient dragons, like lanseax.

    • Menou Ba
      Menou Ba 2 months ago +1

      @Matteo Passi you are in the game community
      No matter what do you say they are going to say that you are right despite being WRONG
      he is a reskin
      Him and his sister
      Both are and they do all the same things
      A mili different in color or move doesn't make him unique or different nor "nOt A rEsKiN"
      And also Gransax is a reskin

    • Matteo Passi
      Matteo Passi 2 months ago +3

      @Menou Ba You said it yourself, they are brother and sister, it's normal they look alike, and again, it's not a reskin, or at least, not a bad one. Do you want an example of a reskin? The Blue Smelter Demon, of DS II

  • Just Some Jersey Devil With Internet Access

    Ever since I started noticing parallels between Dark Souls and Elden Ring, I have had a Theory. A theory so crazy it might just be right. Hear me out, for there are two parts to this theory.
    You See, there are many things that seem to imply Elden Ring to be a Prequel to Dark Souls 1; the title "The first of the dead" is shared by Nito, whose role as ruler over all death and impromptu king of the undead, mirrors that of the yet-to-be-reborn Godwyn. The Erdtree Burns here, and so the gods of Dark Souls find a Fire, deep beneath the earth, and within it the souls of lords... elden lords, perhaps? Giants and Dragons live across the lands between, and some giants dress surprisingly similar to those found in Lordran, even blacksmithing with their great strength, just like a giant in Anor Londo. The Basilisk Frogs of Deathblight that are found at the root of the erdtree, are also found, perhaps later, in the great hollow, the base and roots of a Giant Archtree, beside a lake filled with Ash... like would remain after the burning of the Erdtree, perhaps. The Dragons still roam across The Lands Between, and perhaps after the burning of the erdtree, the slow fall of the golden order, perhaps the dragons chose to rule once more in the fog. Perhaps these dragons were then slain by the gods of Dark Souls. The Serpent is Derided as a sign of avarice, and what do we have in Elden Ring, but a massive serpent, avaricious to the point of devouring even gods.
    So many things line up if Elden Ring actually took place before Dark Souls, however, many other details seem to point towards the Opposite Conclusion, for there are many things that seem to suggest that Elden Ring takes place _after_ Dark Souls 3.
    The Stray Demons of Dark Souls 3 are covered in roots and branches, nearly overgrown, and in Elden Ring the Erdtree Avatars ARE overgrown and seem to be the same beings, if empowered by the minor erdtrees. At the end of the hidden ending of DS3, the firekeeper says that lights will grow in the void, and what do we have in elden ring but a void with stars in it, the same void that spawned Astel, and the Fallingstar Beasts, possibly even Gravity Magic Itself. There's a cult in the far north of The Lands Between, which worships an Eclipse. not an eclipse like we would see in our world, but the Exact Same Bleeding Eclipse that we see in Dark Souls 3, its image a crest on shields oh so similar to those wielded by undead that once bore that mark on their chests. The design is Unmistakable, so if this didn't happen after the events of Dark Souls 3... how did it get there? The bridge-like highways of The Lands Between are oh so similar to those seen in Dark Souls 3 that it seems hardly a coincidence; down to the square indents in the sides every so often. The use of Crystals in Magic grew throughout the events of the Dark Souls Trilogy, from a niche technique barely harnessed by Seath the Scaleless, to something used by the Crystal mage, and thus seemingly more frequently. And what do we have in Elden Ring, but its full integration into common magic as the Glintstone Sorceries. Sister Friede's blackflame is now used by the Godskin Mages, The Chaos Flame requires linking like the fires of old, down to the motions required. The Serpent-men still exist, still by that name. Aldrich, devourer of gods, could very well have grown to a large, serpentine form. Perhaps The Greater Will found an archtree worthy of bearing its power.
    My theory, however, pulls on both pools of evidence and a shared theme of Dark Souls and Elden Ring; The turning of an age, the turning of a cycle. What if the events of Elden Ring are just the other half of a cycle? One that repeats over and over again, just like the linking of the flame, one that starts in a formless age of fog when beings find the souls of lords among a fire, one that ends when the erdtree burns, and fog envelops the world once more... while the souls of lords smoulder beneath the ground, waiting to be found? And in the middle, an age of Darkness, after which stars dot the void.
    Yet certain things stay the same, the flame can burn out of control, the void can corrupt, and the gods impose their will upon humanity, who worship blindly, even if some wish to shed that yolk.
    This is my theory, take it as you will.

  • SlayedbyQuile Gaming
    SlayedbyQuile Gaming 24 days ago

    Why does this not have MORE LIKES! THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! I absolutely enjoyed this. I appreciate all the hard work and effort you and your team put in

  • DJ Morales
    DJ Morales 2 months ago +14

    This is pure art. Thank you Vaati and all involved for bringing this to us.

  • Champion Season
    Champion Season 11 days ago

    There’s so much talent in the world, it’s crazy I didn’t get a single drop. Truly a masterpiece… great work

  • Kerkor
    Kerkor 2 months ago +6

    This is the most beautiful piece of Elden Ring content I've seen yet, which is saying a great deal because of how much great stuff there is. This ending, and all the questlines that make it up, was what I did in my very first playthrough of Elden Ring, and it's always had a special place in my heart because of that. This is brilliant, and so very touching. Extraordinary work as always!

    • Eko Sandvic
      Eko Sandvic 2 months ago

      Very touching indead! Age of Duskborn is also my favorite ending and path to go through.

  • IneitaBongtoke
    IneitaBongtoke 2 months ago +736

    It’s insane how high quality these videos are becoming. Kudos to EVERYONE involved in this process. This stuff is better than most tv shows.

  • IsaiahtheAvenger
    IsaiahtheAvenger Month ago

    What an absolutely incredible video! I sat and watched the entire thing from start to finish captivated by the countless hours of work and effort you and your peers put into this! Great job Vaati! What an amazing way to help others understand Elden Ring's story and get them invested in it! Props man!

  • Eric Bergholz
    Eric Bergholz Month ago +1

    That was insane, thank you 🥺💖

  • Lummen
    Lummen Month ago +4

    What an amazing retelling of the duskborne ending. This really makes me want to make a necromancer.

  • CheshTheCat
    CheshTheCat 2 months ago +4

    As someone who has watched your channel from the original prepare to cry to this, it is absolutely inspiring to see how much progress, love, and effort your videos continue to get while they evolve into the next beast of lore video. I truly think you are one of the best souls lore presenter on the internet man, and you are a constant inspiration to one day try and make videos once life slows down a little!

  • Nerd Kink
    Nerd Kink 2 months ago +3

    That fight scene with D....had me in tears, he cared for his brother.

  • Grimulkin
    Grimulkin 2 months ago +860

    The cinematography in this video was truly stunning, huge props to Mispap1

    • azu803
      azu803 2 months ago +4

      and the soundtrack too. This channel gets better and better, amazing

  • Sacred Cow
    Sacred Cow 2 months ago +5

    Great video, i never expected Fia to hold such significance and that her questline would give a whole new ending. Although it would've been better if you had mentioned something about the dusk/ gloam-eyed-queen; who originally wielded the power of destined death. So i hoped that she'd have some sort of significance in this ending or its outcome. I myself am quite confused about the subject and would appreciate if you made a video about your take on the topic.

  • Texas Toast
    Texas Toast Month ago +2

    I love the different things the pc does like the laying his head on rogier, the blue flame at ranni’s true body, the hand on fia’s head it just make everything more cinematic

  • kïtsune
    kïtsune 20 days ago

    These are so amazing! I honestly can't believe that this production quality is made by a sole content creator on YT! You've done a great service to the Elden Ring lore community, & I just can't get enough of your videos! Thank you so much!
    I would LOVE to see 1 of these movie length kore videos made on Ranni's ending with the Age of Stars next! 🙇‍♀️🙏🥰

    • Mispap1
      Mispap1 19 days ago

      The age of stars is our next episode, coming out hopefully next month. It'll be the best and longest one yet😁

  • romulobezerras
    romulobezerras Month ago +1

    Pretty much everyone has already said it, but I'm saying it again: it's a REALLY good video! Congrats to all the team behind it. I loved the animations made to the story points beyond those covered visually by the game. Can't wait for the next lore videos!
    And those made from the dlc we'll get!

  • Ishthefish
    Ishthefish 2 months ago +1

    Your videos have made me enjoy playing the game so much more than just blindly killing boss after boss. Keep up the great content!

  • Captain Kaz
    Captain Kaz 2 months ago +950

    Still get chills with the Malekith transformation and the music; it’s an incredible sequence. His move set is damn awesome as well.

    • Eric42
      Eric42 2 months ago +16

      My favorite Boss and cutscene.

    • Tushkan Dragonlord
      Tushkan Dragonlord 2 months ago +7

      shame his hp is like 10k lol

    • Rude
      Rude 2 months ago +12


    • Ali Bader
      Ali Bader 2 months ago +1

      Personally my favorite souls boss of all time

    • DraGS Kcinnay
      DraGS Kcinnay 2 months ago +4

      Maliketh, not Malekith
      Yes, agreed

  • potato man
    potato man 2 months ago +1

    I'm only in the first Start of the video and I want to say the animation is amazing and I hope I could see more of this for The entirety of for Elden ring and dark souls in this type of animation style. Thank you my friend

  • D TheDarkArtist
    D TheDarkArtist 2 months ago +2

    It amazes me that you and your teamare able to put together such an extravagant lore video with nothing but in game assets and a little modding. It attests to both the amazingly rich game FromSoftware has given us as well as the creativity from your team as well. I can't believe how far games have come for a video like this to be possible. Amazing all around.

  • Jansz101
    Jansz101 Month ago

    23:56 to 26:08
    This whole bit just made me feel a certain way
    Absolutely awesome work here !!!!!!

  • IBringTheNapkins
    IBringTheNapkins 2 months ago +1

    Thank you so much for this. You guys are incredible

  • DominDorio
    DominDorio 2 months ago +907

    the part where Rogier describes his friendship with D really gets me, especially when he says "But our paths since diverged. Never again to cross. Though that's hardly an uncommon fate for two friends".

    • Varsoon HKS
      Varsoon HKS 2 months ago +41

      D's a cool guy who hunts down the undead and Rogier started simping for a necrophiliac that glorified literally zombies and skeletons. It's a tale as old as time.

    • CursedUsername
      CursedUsername 2 months ago +12

      @Varsoon HKS Rogier didn't really simp as much as he wanted to find out the truth and it turns out that following Fia was the best course of action.

    • Varsoon HKS
      Varsoon HKS 2 months ago +27

      @CursedUsername He's been entirely won over by her philosophy that the undead have done nothing wrong and don't deserve persecution and that having Fia gestate the mending rune will be a means of salvation for the undead. This is not a logical conclusion for anyone to come to. Rogier goes from being someone trying to discover the truth of deathroot, fighting the undead alongside D, to someone who has been indoctrinated to Fia's cause--so much so that he even dies a second death defending her at Godwin's corpse.
      In more relatable terms, let's say you have a friend who you play basketball with and he's really into the history of the sport. One day he meets a woman who thinks basketball is racist and should be cancelled, so he stops hanging out with you, stops playing basketball, and commits his life to ending the sport. This woman is notoriously promiscuous and offers 'comfort' to those who side with her. Your friend dies in an anti-basketball rally. The woman who has convinced him of all of this then later finds and kills you. Was your friend
      1. Just a noble scholar of basketball history trying to find the truth
      2. A good dude that was led astray by a hussie?
      Sorry, man, Rogier simped for Fia and died chasing her nonsense cause.

    • Red Bone
      Red Bone 2 months ago +10

      @Varsoon HKS But Rogier and D wasn’t that kind of friends. They worked together, yes, but their motivation were ultimately different. One is a devout follower of the Golden Order and all that it stood for, while the other is a scholar who wishes to learn about Those Who Live In Death and the Night of the Black Knifes. Their path crossed due to the nature of their objectives, but it only made sense that they eventually went separate path.
      And regarding your stance on Fia’s goal, have you watched the video? Fia’s goal was not to worship Those Who Live in Death, but to create an Age where Those Who Live in Death have the right to exist, and will have a purpose to live, unlike how they are in the current age, without purpose, goals, or really thought. Fia’s ending is simply give such thing to Those Who Live in Death by giving them a Lord to follow, because as a Deathbed Companion, it is in her belief that such beings has a right to such things. Now whether you agree or disagree with her belief and goal is up to you.
      Personally speaking, the ending doesn’t really solve any of the inherent problems in the land Between making it an okay ending at best.

  • Jiří Voborský
    Jiří Voborský 2 months ago +2

    I love the characters you create for your videos. You can really see the story behind them, and how they fit into the specific part of lore you're working on.
    Also, I suppose I finally understand Those Who Live in Death, they simply live without "souls"

  • SchansKir
    SchansKir 2 months ago +23

    I love the idea of changing armor set to royal remains, as if Fia’s hug turned you into one of those who live in death

  • Darío del Álamo
    Darío del Álamo Month ago +1

    Que maravilla de videos haces❤

  • Pyro Maniak
    Pyro Maniak 2 months ago +2

    absolutely phenomenal storytelling as always, love the takes on the lore, love the showcase of all the weapons and summons, this was my first ending and i was very disapointed in that a handful of them just got pallet swapped endings but i very much enjoyed this take on it.

  • S
    S 2 months ago +6

    Stellar production Vaati! Absolutely top tier lore presentation and retelling, really, this is on another level.
    I can't wait for your take on my blue waifu Ranni (the storyline I was drawn into on my first playthrough without knowing anything about it going in)

    • Eko Sandvic
      Eko Sandvic 2 months ago +1

      Always nice to see that other players can pick their sides in a game.
      My waifu is Fia

  • Agathe Doublet
    Agathe Doublet 2 months ago +3

    wow, thank you so much for those videos, so rich and beautiful, poetic. I have never been so passionate about a game's lore, and I love that.

  • meteoraguy2434
    meteoraguy2434 2 months ago +2

    Vaati, you’ve done it again my good sir. It’s been amazing to watch your “Prepare to Cry” videos evolve from DS1 all the way to Elden Ring. You are a piece of the reason I love this franchise so much! Please don’t stop my man! I’m sending this to my friends who just got into Elden ring and want to know about the lore!!!

  • The Death Star
    The Death Star 20 days ago

    D and rogier’s friendship is amazing

  • Andrew Busch
    Andrew Busch 2 months ago +1

    I hope VaatiVidya is hired to make all the cutscenes for the next Souls game.

  • SethJSteiner
    SethJSteiner Month ago +1

    jeez this production is so impressive. Well Done!

  • NewsFlash
    NewsFlash 2 months ago +627

    The animation in this video is absolutely incredible!! Thank you Vaati for supporting 2D animation and the artist behind it!!

    • Leviathan
      Leviathan 2 months ago +3

      beautiful animations.

    • bankss4
      bankss4 2 months ago

      Were they the ones who did the animation right at the start because it looks so official? 😮

  • Christopher Sebastiao
    Christopher Sebastiao 23 days ago

    The editing of this video is extremely professional. Absolutely amazing.

  • Aaronmizuo
    Aaronmizuo 2 months ago

    This is definitely a deeply collaborative work, but I hope you feel the deep satisfaction of being the one who brings it all together.
    These are beautiful... and it'd be lovely if the folks at FromSoftware could see and enjoy loving takes like these on their work.

  • Savior of Rukh
    Savior of Rukh 2 months ago

    Awesome! At this point this could be a standalone Movie with such visuals! Thanks for the Hard work!

  • Taylor Noce
    Taylor Noce 2 months ago +2

    My gosh, the production quality you and your partners create is unbelievably amazing. The amount of detail put into the shots and editing was extremely well thought out. I also really enjoyed you throwing in a laugh with the metal music against the Mariner. Well done!

  • Valerian Void
    Valerian Void 2 months ago

    ....this was incredible, a full on movie. The passion, work everything I loved everything about this.

  • Silly_Wizard97
    Silly_Wizard97 2 months ago +418

    My GOD that last fight’s cinematography was absolutely immaculate. This team is absolutely legendary.

  • Ziana Wind
    Ziana Wind 2 months ago +1

    Honestly Thanks for doing this.
    Silly Weird I don’t have A Console just tablet. I won’t play Elden Ring but it’s the kind of art and storytelling I enjoy. I can still find inspiration and get ideas from videos like yours though. That compared to 90% shallow storytelling in media this days.. believe me the work you guys chose to do I Very Very much appreciated.. it was really worth your time and effort
    I hope you continue and are blessed with meaning and support through your whole creative process

  • AppleJacks Maniac
    AppleJacks Maniac Month ago

    I love this series you got going on. Very informative and relaxing. I barely sleep at night, but just listening/watching these videos puts my mind at ease (like listening to rain at night in the fall). Can’t wait for more to come!👏🏽💯

  • Caveman Cult
    Caveman Cult 2 months ago +8

    Man the cinematics of this was so good, you should be proud of yourself and others who worked with you

  • eclectic_packrat
    eclectic_packrat 2 months ago +1

    This video reminded me of everything I love about Vaatividya lore videos, from the first dark souls till elden ring and everything in between. Brilliant work.

  • modernoverman
    modernoverman 2 months ago +1

    Really looking forward to something on the Greater Will and the Golden Order!

  • SmoughTown
    SmoughTown 2 months ago +76

    I think this may be your best mate. Tremendous work

  • Sekiro
    Sekiro 2 months ago

    This was seriously great work 😳
    These videos are like comfort food..

  • Razorsedge Customs
    Razorsedge Customs 2 months ago +3

    These were easily some of the biggest and best scenes you've had in a video, who ever did the editing did an absolutely stellar job

  • iiPanCake
    iiPanCake 25 days ago +2

    End part NEEDS a kickass electric guitar solo after "the age of duskborn"

  • KingSim92
    KingSim92 12 days ago +1

    Love the video! Can’t wait to see the next one. But don’t give up on the golden order ending please.

  • Shattered Remains
    Shattered Remains 2 months ago

    Amazing video editing from you and collaborators was beautiful to watch, and commentary is great as always from you

  • Dan
    Dan 2 months ago +514

    It's very sad that both Lanseax and Fortissax lost the person they loved.

    • Monsieur Dorgat
      Monsieur Dorgat 2 months ago +34

      Godwyn lost a friend but gained a Bad Dragon 😜

    • Roman von ungern-sternberg
      Roman von ungern-sternberg 2 months ago +7

      @Monsieur Dorgat the fact that there are a brand of consummation aids called bad dragon just adds a extra layer to your comment

    • Victor Prati
      Victor Prati 2 months ago +2

      Amongst many other characters

    • Monsieur Dorgat
      Monsieur Dorgat 2 months ago +4

      @Roman von ungern-sternberg 😇

    • Dan
      Dan 2 months ago +7

      @Monsieur Dorgat Godwyn and Vyke getting that dragon bussy

  • 徐兆岡
    徐兆岡 2 months ago +1

    Your quality of video only gets better
    Thanks for bringing us those

  • Alan Batch
    Alan Batch 2 months ago +4

    Your old videos used to be good but my god this is a MASTERPIECE.

  • Amocoru
    Amocoru Month ago +2

    This quality is massive. Extremely well done, wow.

  • Sonatine
    Sonatine Month ago

    Your content is next level stuff. I enjoy these lore videos a lot.

  • SakuraWulf
    SakuraWulf 10 days ago

    Holy shit! Over 2.5m subs? I didn't realize Dark Souls became that popular. I always knew you were a great narrator with a nice voice. You deserve the subs man. I still don't know anything about Dark Souls or Elden Ring but you do a great job at trying to teach me about it.

  • John O ́neil
    John O ́neil 2 months ago +483

    That cannonball onto the Tibia Mariner was glorious.
    Seriously though splendidly done, simply incredible.

    • Melon Toast
      Melon Toast 2 months ago +10

      I thought he was going to Lions Claw into that thing but no; buttslam/groundpound. Gave me a good chuckle.

    • Maximus Storm
      Maximus Storm 2 months ago

      At this point, I have no idea how the Tibia Mariner isn't more of a joke than Pinwheel. All you have to do is stand next to it and spam attacks. You'll get hit once or twice at the most and he'll be dead before your finish him off. The only frustrating part about this fight is the face he teleports, and it's always when they have like, 0.00001HP left🗿🗿

    • Lawman Lawman
      Lawman Lawman 2 months ago

      @Maximus Storm Simple; because there are other bosses as easy as the Tibia Mariner; Soldier of Godrick, Cemetary Shade, Trolls etc, but in DS1 Pinwheel is in a class of his own in terms of difficulty, making him stand out even more.