Future Press game guide description: “Alfred is a member of the Executioners, an order of hunters affiliated with the Healing Church. He is on a mission to assassinate the Vileblood Queen Annalise and free the Executioners' former leader, Martyr Logarius, from eternal stewardship of the castle's seal. If you give him the Unopened Summons found in the Cainhurst throne room he will travel to the castle and finish what his master started by pummeling the queen into pulp with his Logarius' Wheel. With the remains of the queen still on him he laughs jubilantly and is seemingly unhinged. Afterwards, he will thank you for your assistance and leave Cainhurst. He is next found dead at the altar where you first met him.”
Alfred is a protege of Master Logarius and a hunter of Vilebloods. While his dialogue seems to imply he had a personal relationship with Logarius his later actions heavily imply that he is more of a well-read fanatic. Logarius commanded a band of warriors called the Executioners. The Executioners wore a conical gold helmet which was their symbol. The helmet represented luminosity, ambition and an unflagging resolve to face impurity, staring it down with a “stern, golden spirit”. Their motto appears to have been a quote from Logarius that reads:
“Acts of goodness are not always wise,
and acts of evil are not always foolish,
but regardless, we shall always strive to be good.”
This quote seems to be dealing with their “unique brand of justice” which is essentially murder. Here Logarius is tellingly, rationalising the murder of those the sect deemed to be impure saying an act of goodness (perhaps sparing their lives) would not necessarily be wise, while an act of evil (murdering them) would not necessarily be foolish. This quote is certainly a window into Logarius’ ideology. The Executioner’s toiled away in their workshop; a secretive enclave of mystical beliefs and heady fanaticism which served as the backbone of the Executioner’s unique brand of justice.
From the description of the Executioner’s Gloves it would seem that the Executioners have been active for a very long time. The gloves belonged to an executioner from a faraway land. They say that these gloves have been passed from executioner father to executioner son, implying that the executioners are a familial sect or related by blood, perhaps a little like the gypsies or romani people in reality. These gloves allowed those wearing them to summon wrathful spirits of the past by smearing them with blood. It is easy to imagine who these spirits may have been, as each generation of executioner must have been steeped in hatred for the ‘impure’. Alternatively it may be the spirits of their victims. But the fact that the nobles (or Vilebloods), sworn enemies of the Executioners, found immeasurable delight in the dance of the vengeful spectres, perhaps implies that the spectres they were witnessing were the deceased executioners being bent to their will.
So, while the Executioners were certainly strongly affiliated with the Healing Church they are very likely to have established themselves prior to the Church. The Executioner’s garb mentions that, with its heavy draping of Holy Shawl, the garb later became the basis for all Church attire. This implies that the Executioners were influential in the Church, especially at its beginnings. It may be that the line of Executioners essentially ended with the martyrdom of Logarius. The leadership of the sect was likely continued by a family tree, responsibility perhaps being passed from father to son over time. If Logarius, the commander of the sect, were to be removed from the picture, without heir then it follows that the sect may have either come to an end, or, what is much more likely, become a part of the Healing Church. This is certainly implied by the Corruption Rune description which states that heretics in the eyes of the Church are subject to the wrath of the Executioners, placing the Healing Church in a leadership position and the Executioners as extensions to the Church’s will. The idea that the Executioners ceased to exist as a separate entity after Logarius martyred himself, makes his sacrifice that much more impressive, since without an heir it’s possible that Logarius would have known that he was not only dooming himself, but his sect.
Over time the Executioners may have simply died out, or become hunters for the Church, what eventually happened to them is unclear. The only Executioner we meet in game, is Alfred.
Alfred is a fountain of knowledge. He will tell the player the histories of Byrgenwerth, the founding of the Healing Church, what he knows of the Healing Church’s blood ministration and of course, the history of Logarius and the Vilebloods. He also claims that he was once a hunter, or that, that is how he started out. Because he is so knowledgeable and well read, it seems likely that he had access to tomes and scrolls that detailed the events he describes. His knowledge of the Healing Church is the most vague, and only pertains to knowledge that the Healing Church would likely be happy to be shared. It seems likely then, that Alfred is a somewhat of a scholar. He likely became a hunter for the Healing Church, but began delving into history and became enamoured with the past, especially the history of Martyr Logarius. To him it seemed unfathomable that this great man would never be canonized, that his great achievement would never be truly recognized!
The player finds Alfred praying before an altar in a small church. The purpose of this church is unclear, but it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine it was built to honor Logarius or his Executioners. Alfred is certainly friendly enough to begin with, and offers much useful information. But he tells the player that what he is really seeking is a means to enter the Forsaken Castle Cainhurst and destroy the immortal ruler of the Vilebloods, Queen Annalise. If he is able to destroy Annalise, then Master Logarius can finally be canonized for his deeds.
After the player defeats Logarius, they can find the Cainhurst Summons in Annalise’s throne room, which was previously hidden from sight by ancient magic. These summons allow Alfred to find his way to the Castle, likely in the same way the player does, by coach at Hemwick Crossing, and then reach the throne room of Annalise, now that it is has been revealed by the Crown of Illusions. Once there he proceeds to crush Annalise to a fleshy pulp with his Logarius Wheel. A most fitting end he believes to “rotten siren”. To him, Annalise is truly dead, because even though her flesh lives on, she cannot do much in the state she is in “all mangled and twisted, with every inside on the outside, for all the world to see!”. He now believes that he has achieved what Martyr Logarius could not, apparently not realising that Logarius donned the crown of illusions of his own volition so that no one would ever see the Queen, nor be able to access her corrupted blood. Through his actions and dialogue Alfred clearly shows that he never understood the sacrifice Logarius made.
After Alfred has gloated about his victory, he will make his way back to the altar the player original met him at. It is likely that once there he martyrs himself. This is implied because we find his body curled up in the foetal position, as if he has stabbed himself in the heart. It may be that after achieving his goal of allowing Logarius to be canonized as a “true martyr” Alfred attempts to join him in the ranks of those martyrs. Alternatively, it may be that Alfred was hunted down and killed, perhaps by one still loyal to the Queen. However this seems unlikely considering Annalise herself says to the player after they swear a Vileblood oath that she and the player are the very last two Vilebloods on this earth.