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AzizSolomon

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While this theory makes sense to a point, I think the majority of us, including me, believe that our sunbro is indeed Gwyn's Firstborn. Here's why: we get most of the game's lore from item descriptions, so let's take a look at a few, shall we?

Ring of the Sun's Firstborn - Lord Gwyn's firstborn, who inherited the sunlight, once wore this ancient ring. Boosts the strength of miracles. Lord Gwyn's firstborn was a god of war, but his foolishness led to a loss of the annals, and rescinding of his deific status. Now, it first mentions that Gwyn's Firstborn inherited the sunlight. Now, who do we know that dedicates their entire existence to the Sun? Solaire. The ring is also noted to be Ancient, meaning it has been around for a very long time, just like the gods. The ring itself boosts the strength of miracles, including the Lightning Spears that Solaire is known so well for. Gwyn's Firstborn was a war god and therefore very savvy in the ways of battle. We see this as Solaire helps us easily defeat multiple bosses and his readiness to help at every turn. It also mentions that the Firstborn made a foolish farce in losing the Annals of history. The first time Solaire speaks with you at the balcony, he tells you that you should believe him to be foolish. The Firstborn was finally made mortal and had his power taken away. I'll touch on this later with the Armor he uses.

Sunlight Blade - Miracle wielded by Lord Gwyn's firstborn. Boost right weapon with rays of Sun. The power of sunlight, manifested as lightning, is very effective against dragons. When the eldest son was stripped of his deific status, he left this on his father's coffin, perhaps as a final farewell. This Miracle was used by the Firstborn of Gwyn and powers up your weapon with the rays of the Sun, further strengthening the theory with Solaire's connection to the Sun. Now, this is the part that can agree with the theory of Ornstein being the true Firstborn, but Solaire's evidence is much more apparent and stronger in the long run. Plus, I'm sure that all knights had a part in slaying dragons. Now, the miracle says that after the Firstborn was made mortal, he left his miracle on the grave of his father. This means that Gwyn was already declared dead, or as we know, was hollowed in the Kiln. This means that Gwyn couldn't have been the one to take his status. Perhaps Gwyndolin? Or maybe he has given up his godhood to pursue a quest? During your first encounter, he mentions wondering if 'they' would see him as a laughing stock. Maybe this is his family and everyone back in Anor Londo.

Great Lightning Spear - The weapon of the God of War, who inherited the sunlight of Lord Gwyn, but had respect only for arms, and nothing else. This Miracle is described at the weapon of the God of War. Solaire wields this Miracle rather often. Coincidence? Perhaps.

Sunlight Medal - The symbol represents Lord Gwyn's firstborn, who lost his deity status and was expunged from the annals. But the old God of War still watches closely over his warriors. This doesn't tell us much more than we already know, but it mentions that the God of War watches closely over his warriors. Solaire is the one person that ever mentions the Warriors of Sunlight. He is also, again, always there to help in many boss fights.

Armor of the Sun - Solaire's incredible prowess must have come from rigorous training alone, for his equipment exhibits no special traits. Finally, we come to his own gear. Pretty much all of his armaments have the same basic idea: They have been adorned with the image of the sun, are all very mundane, and that Solaire much have trained very long and hard to be as powerful as he is. He may have trained this much or could still just have a sliver of his original power. However, if he has trained this much, it could explain his undying dedication to the Sun and his will to help other warriors.

TL;DR - Long live the Sunbro Firstborn!
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