High above the Earthen Peak lies the remnants of a once mighty castle. This keep was made out of iron, and it was so immensely heavy that it actually sank into the ground. This may just be a rumor, but there's no denying its sunken nature. Perhaps the real cause for this magnificent fortress's downfall was something more.
The Old Iron King lurks in the lake of lava surrounding the keep. The Iron King was powerful but short-sighted and exalted the virtue of might. He has been transformed into a demon. As his flesh burned away, his soul was possessed by the wicked things that lurk below. He possesses the soul of an ancient king from long ago - a king who met with a similar fate when he reached into the flames.
The foes encountered here are:
- Alonne Knight: The Alonne Knights' loyalty to one another is the stuff of legends, and they held fast in their positions even as the once-great Iron Keep sank into the fiery earth. The blades they wield were forged by one of the true artisans entertained by the Iron King during his kingdom's heyday.
- Alonne Knight Captain: The leaders of the Alonne Knights don fantastic armor that retains its brilliant shine to this very day. Despite having an army of the finest warriors equipped with the best weapons and armor to be found across the land, the Iron King's reign did not last. A true king requires more than simply the strength of arms.
- Ironclad Soldier: Unlike the worn-down, decrepit Old Ironclads of the Forest of Fallen Giants, these brutes are in good condition. These brutish living armors created by the Old Iron King still fight on. Defeating them will break the enchantment of Souls used to lend will to the armor, and it will become wearable once more.
- Smelter Demon: A mass of iron that has come to life, the Smelter Demon was responsible for the fall of the Iron King and his castle. From the depths of the earth he sprang, and incinerated the short-sighted king in a single blow. What other demons lie beneath these treacherous grounds?
- The Pursuer: After vanquishing the Smelter Demon and returning to that room, the Pursuer will appear, intent on hunting down those branded by the Curse.