The Knights of Heide
Many a tale has been lost in the decrepit kingdom of Drangleic. Truly, what is truth but the words spoken of those that conquered the land from the previous rulers. Such a vicious cycle is the Undead curse, crushing hope in its wake with the promise of something unattainable. Who can you trust when those closest to you covet the power that governs a land?
Warriors have amassed across the river of time to venture to Drangleic, the kingdom of lost hope. A certain rat would argue that it is human nature to kill and murder the poor fool that dared vested trust in one other than themselves, so true is the song of Dark. Everywhere you go in the Dark Souls world, few have malintent, most harbor an agenda, and almost everyone goes hollow or perishes through their own greed. Once there was a kingdom of Sunlight, that’s brilliance shone like no other. It was the beacon of hope in a world fallen to the Dark, and was the symbol of hope to those that wished to be as grossly incandescent. One such a knight was so obsessed with this symbol of hope that he dedicated the rest of his days in search of it, only to discover that the light was within him. Some say that he perished to his own obsession in a kingdom of fire, some say he transcended the mortal plane and sacrificed himself in a vestige of fire. Very few shared the Sunlight warriors sense of kinship to aid others, but he served as a role model for countless others to take the same path of righteousness.
The warrior of sunlight traversed the different planes and left his mark on many an individual. His selfless action of aiding those in need in a world abandoned to madness shined the light of hope into those that would go hollow and become forever lost to the Dark. It is not known how many were touched by the sunlight warrior’s actions, but it is known that he left behind a legend in of itself; if only he knew the impact he would have.
Long ago, there was a kingdom known simple as Heide. Whether Heide was a king or whether it was a deity is uncertain. After all, many a tale is lost in the waves of time. Whether Heide was an entire kingdom or was simply a city-state that was apart of a much larger kingdom is debated by many a scholar, but the legacy of Heide remains in it’s shimmering Tower of Flame. The Cathedral of Blue still remains, even after withstanding the Undead plague and devastation of the elements. Perhaps this shows how strong the resolve of the Blue Sentinels truly is.
The Knights of the Blue must rely on one another to achieve a greater goal. However, becoming a beacon of hope for the world is not something any mortal can just achieve. One must test themselves and train diligently both in principle and in combat, in order to reach a higher plane. Refinement of the self leads to refinement of the soul, and thus a powerful ally of the blue is born. Heide was once a place renowned for it’s highly trained knights, who aspired for enlightenment in this world of chaos through harsh physical and mental training. Those that joined the Knights of Blue were to serve humanity, but those that dreamed to be a Heide knight must serve the realm. How then,you must be asking, are the two related?
The two were different but stemmed from the same resolve; a resolve once belonging to a warrior of sunlight. The archetype of hope was something strongly desired in a world of misery and decay. There was no “true” uniform for a blue sentinel, but to be a Heide knight one must wear their uniform with great pride. The knights of Heide were donned an armor that would represent their strength and hearts. Their armor was made with a special alloy that seemingly ignored the untold eons that passed and still retained it’s white color. To gleam upon a Heide knight was a breathtaking sight, as one would become lost in their presence
The Heide Knight was one that sought to aim high in all things, something that they tried to incorporate with Way of Blue. However, the Heide Knight was the very pinnacle of what the Blue Sentinels represented. It seemed that Heide was a place of strong resolve and honor, and tried to instill it into the world around them through their covenant.
Such a kingdom laughed in the face of the Undead curse. They slayed the enemies of man in nearly every encounter they had and represented an archetype of hope for those that wished to be free from this world of Dark. The world was brimming with hope and even with the looming threat of the Undead curse, the Way of Blue established itself to the far ends of the earth. Heide was truly a kingdom that shined the light of hope in a world of darkness. Alas, their good fortune and selfless acts did not auger well.
It is not known was caused the sea to swallow the kingdom of Heide. Some portend that a sea beast lurks in the depths of the ocean darker than the Abyss itself, while others portend that it was simply the gods way of saying that their time had come. Buildings and bodies are corporeal, whithering away to the erosion of time and the elements. Much of Heide was destroyed; but the Cathedral of Blue still stands to this day, still with dedicated followers that go out to aid those in need.
With no kingdom to serve, the Knights of Heide left the Way of Blue to it’s own devises and continued to do what it was they always did; refine and hone themselves. They dispersed and went on their own personal pilgrimages, understanding that even the mightiest of kingdoms can be swept away in the blink of an eye. To this day, some say they have seen a Heide Knight in deep thought, contemplating the machinations of reality and living in the moment. Even when Hollowed, their will and untold skill still holds true. Their humanity may be gone but their resolve lives on through the Way of Blue.
The Tower of Flame still stands to this day, to serve as a symbol for what the Knights of Heide once stood for; to be a light in the Dark.