- Sun Jul 03, 2022 7:56 pm
It's possible, not only that Melina is the Gloam-Eyed Queen, but that the Gloam-Eyed Queen was originally from the Eternal City. Particularly the Nameless Eternal City.
The Eternal Darkness sorcery. "Originally a lost sorcery of the Eternal City; the despair that
brought about its ruin made manifest." and one of the forbidden sorceries of Sellia, which is directly above an Eternal City. Night Maiden's Mist "Below Sellia, the Eternal City of Nokron sleeps. This sorcery originates from the maiden of that place." Melina, during Boc's questline states that "Does being born of a mother... Mean one behaves in such a manner?" And this might mean that Melina wasn't born from a mother in the traditional sense. She states, "I was born at the foot of the Erdtree..." and this is directly where Deeproot Depths is, you could consider it at the foot of the tree, or naturally, below the foot of the Erdtree. Deeproot Depths is also considered the location of the destroyed Eternal City, where Astel crashed and took away their sky, the stars, forever.
As stated in the game, Astel/the meteor that fell upon the Eternal City was "sent down" by the Greater Will. This would be a good enough reason as any for the Gloam-Eyed Queen to turn against the Greater Will and the gods in order to exact her vengeance for her people and her city. The Godskin Nobles are the most ancient of the apostles, and possess inhuman physiology not unlike the characteristics of the Crucible, which was the Erdtree in its primordial form, and would also make sense given the location of the Eternal City is at the roots of the Erdtree. She would recruit those touched by the Crucible
The Gloam-Eyed Queen was also an Empyrean chosen by "the Fingers" and it should be noted that while the Two Fingers have been referred to as the Fingers, which Hyetta also possibly uses to reference the Three Fingers when stating "May the blessing of the Fingers be upon you." which would line up with Melina, in her previous life/career as the Gloam-Eyed Queen, was chosen by the Three Fingers as their Empyrean, as the chamber to the Three Fingers connects directly to Deeproot Depths, and this is the reason Melina harbors a hatred for the Flame of Frenzy, especially as we know from Ranni, that someone with the flesh of an Empyrean is bound to the will of their Fingers.
The Gloam/Dusk-Eyed Queen is already a given nod towards the association with twilight, which is also associated with the Eternal Cities. And her eyes are likely this nod, as a combination of her yellow, grace-given eye, with her blue "eternal darkness" night eye, effectively combining light and night, thus the reference to "twilight" (gloam, dusk). The Eternal Cities, their use of ghostflame, and the fact that the Black Knives were Numen associated with Marika AND scions of the Eternal City (sharing a moveset with Melina, as well), and that these assassins utilized the cursemark, which is used in ghostflame/Deathbird sorceries, brings together the association with Deathbirds, and signals to the possibility that the Gloam-Eyed Queen/Melina was the Empyrean associated with the god of the Twinbirds.