- Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:04 am
So I'm just going to put down a bunch of random facts and thoughts here in the hopes someone might be able to piece them together for a theory.
Untended Graves, Champion Gundyr, too late, dead Fire Keeper, coiled sword broken, no bonfire. Irina, failed Fire Keeper, blind, Shrine location is same place we find Eyes of a Fire Keeper.
Becomes a "Fire Keeper" after purchasing all good miracles from her, but consumed by darkness after all dark miracles are bought. Eyes of a Fire Keeper, reveal a world without light, world consumed by darkness. Irina, though blind, still has her eyes in our Firelink.
Her ashes mention a "Great Betrayal," similar to the title of "Grand Betrayal" given to the End of Fire. Could she and/or Eygon be complicit in the end of fire?
From all of this, I propose three timelines for Irina:
One: She makes it to the Untended Graves and awaits her Champion of Ash, Gundyr, but he doesn't arrive. From Prisoner's Chain, we can gather that he was restrained, and I believe the power that restrained him did so to bring about the End of Fire in the Untended Graves we find. They killed Fire Keeper Irina, broke the coiled sword, and loaded the area with powerful enemies to prevent any ash from rising and linking the fire.
Two: Our timeline. Irina is unable to become a Fire Keeper, for whatever reason. Eygon is content to let her rot in a cell, as it's "safe" for her there, but we go around him and rescue her anyway. Through our actions on the light path, Irina can become a Fire Keeper, but the circumstances are confusing. First, we buy all the light miracles from her, and when we leave and return, she's gone. If we look around, we find her in the base of the Firelink tower, all alone in the dark and surrounded by Fire Keeper corpses. She's able to channel souls and level us up now, but seems… absent. She has two lines, and none of them have any emotion or personality. In addition, how did she make it to the tower? She's blind, and that's quite a pilgrimage to make for a blind person. Perhaps she asked someone like Andre for help, and he led her there, but if we don't tangle others into the story, maybe she knew the way because she's been there before. She's got a Tower Key, which is very specifically meant for that exact location, but she was never able to become a Fire Keeper. Could her own Champion of Ash, perhaps, have come too late, as in the olden tale of Gundyr? Rather than leave her here, at an empty and flameless shrine, could Eygon have chosen to force her into the path of Great Betrayal, leaving the flame to die?
And did we, by virtue of taking pity on Irina, redeem her?
Just some thoughts I had at 4 AM.