Lost/Twisted* Hunter Apprentices
Just as Gehrman had before, veteran Hunters would take on aspiring apprentices. During the early days, Hunters would personally train their pupils, commonly working with other Hunters, to ensure they would be ready for the demands of the Hunt and be able to work together. This was a slow but rewarding process with decent success. The Church eventually took full control of this and streamlined the process to keep the number of Hunters up with little regard to the risks. Apprentices were hand picked by a Church official when born and would go through relentless training and studying from a young age and would later, after having met the standards or come of age, accompany an assigned Hunter into the field. This often resulted in seasoned Hunters taking on more than one apprentice as it was unfortunately common that they wouldn't survive their first Hunt and it was rumored that some Hunters would leave their apprentices behind or, a worse fate, sacrifice their apprentices as bait if it meant saving their own skin. What is left of these unlucky apprentices is little more than husks and lost, confused, wrathful shades that are forever haunted by memories of their death, failure, and abandonment.
-Can be encountered anywhere, commonly found in places such as the Forbidden Woods, Hemwick, Old Yharnam, *Nightmare Frontier, *Hunter's Nightmare
-Uses a variety of Hunter weapons/gear
-Many are short showing that many apprentices were possibly no older than early to mid teens if even that
-Attack on sight while screaming and crying out: "You left me to die!", "This wasn't part of the plan! Help me!", "Don't leave me to die like this! Please! Help me!", "Look at me! Look at what you did to me!", "I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I'm sorry!", etc..
-They are fast and some use hit and run tactics, may even use item such as bolt/fire paper
-Drops items such as vials/bullets, can drop gems, rarely bolt/fire paper
-Will sometimes try to retreat or, if the Hunter runs away, will give up the chase
-Can be heard speaking when defeated: "Is it over now?", "Forgive me teacher! I tried!", "Do I get to go to the Dream now?", "Thank you..."
*- The Twisted Apprentices are commonly found in groups of 3 or 5, changed by the Nightmare and less forgiving than Lost counterpart. These shadows look like a disfigured cross between a young human and either beast or even (rarely) Lanterns
*-The Twisted Apprentices attack in groups and will try to use strategies to distract the Hunter to allow others to attack
*-Uses Hunter weapons/gear
*-They are twitchy and can sometimes cause Frenzy or Rapid Poison if allowed to attack as one
*-They tend to giggle sadistically and will sometimes taunt the Hunter with sing-song chants: "We were left to suffer by you!", "Is the big, bad Hunter scared?!", "Die! Die! Die!", "A game of skin the Beast it is!", "Hunt the beast! Hunt the beast!", etc..
*- Drops items like the Lost counterpart
*-Harder to shake off if the Hunter flees
*-Can be heard speaking when defeated: "No! I'm good enough! I'm not a failure!", "Not like this! Not like this!", "No!", "Teacher please don't be mad! Please don't be mad!", etc..