Martyr Logarius

Lore

Logarius was the leader of a secretive band of fanatical warriors known as The Executioners. Logarius' Executioners appear to have been a faction in a wider organization of executioners with its roots in a faraway land. The rules and customs of these executioners were passed from father to son, implying that the executioners are a familial sect or related by blood, perhaps a little like the gypsies or romani people in reality. Like the Hunters under Gehrman and the Healing Church hunters, the Executioners under Logarius toiled and crafted away in a dedicated workshop. Their workshop was a secretive enclave of mystical beliefs and heady fanaticism that served as the backbone of their unique brand of justice. Their badge was shaped like a wheel, which to them symbolised righteous destiny. The symbol of the Executioners is their golden ardeo. A conical gold helmet which to them represents luminosity, ambition and an unflagging resolve to face impurity “staring it down with stern, golden spirit”. Ardeo in this case is likely a reference to the Latin word for fire; burn; rage; and turmoil, meanings that are very in line with the emotional and fanatical beliefs and behaviour of the Executioners. The design of the Executioner's gold ardeo appears to be based upon the Caryll Rune 'Radiance' which was inscribed by their members. Looking at this rune reveals its resemblance to their golden cone shaped ardeo, with the notable difference that there is an eye in the center of the rune, but not on the helmet. This rune is very close in resemblance to the Eye of Providence symbol, which may refer to The Executioner's in their capacity that they perhaps believe they act in the will of god or gods.

Logarius' executioners were an enclosed organisation. The fact that their workshop was a secretive enclave indicates their seclusion from wider society, perhaps as an attempt to separate themselves from anything they did not wish to associate with, or which they deemed impure. Their mystical beliefs likely revolved around blood, believing that certain kinds of blood were corrupt or impure.

“Let us cleanse these tarnished streets.
And may the Good Blood guide your way.”
Alfred, Hunter of Vilebloods

Their fanatical beliefs made them feel entitled to take the lives of any who would be deemed tarnished and their skillset and equipment gave them the power to do so. The brass rivets of their gloves are unique to the Executioners, and reflect their adoration of hand-to-hand combat. The Executioners Gloves are so infused with the ire of the fallen, that wrathful spirits can be summoned when the gloves are rubbed with blood. The attire of Logarius' band of executioners has a hunter rune on the chest which may have been adopted when they made themselves hunters of Vilebloods; the nobles of Cainhurst castle. Their slaughter of the Cainhurst nobles took place after the founding of the Healing Church, so by this time we know that other hunters had already begun hunting.

The defining moment in Logarius’ life came after the events at Cainhurst. Alfred tells us that once, a scholar betrayed his fellows at Byrgenwerth and brought forbidden blood back with him to Cainhurst Castle. It was there that the first of the inhuman Vilebloods was born. Alfred believes, like Logarius’ executioners before him, that the Vilebloods are fiendish creatures, said to threaten the purity of the Church's blood healing. The Cainhurst nobles were for all intents and purposes, the ruling class and aristocracy of the Yharnam area and people. Their castle, only accessible by a bridge across the Moonside lake, connecting to Hemwick Charnel Lane was the home of the Cainhurst King and Queen. The size of the Hemwick Charnel Lane's boss room and the common farming tools owned by the residents indicates that the area may once have been used for agriculture, providing food for the nobles of the castle in a kind of feudal system where the Cainhurst nobles are the lords and the Yharnamites the serfs. Annalise tells us that:

“Vileblood or no, forget not; We are thy Queen. Bend the knee”

Implying that she was Queen over all the people in the region, regardless of affiliation. The nobles themselves appear to have descended from the Pthumerian monarchy. The Pthumerian people were also ruled by a monarchy from their capital city of Ihyll. It was there that the Pthumerian monarch, who was traditionally a woman, assumed a name with classical roots and ruled over the people. The Pthumerian bloodline is characterized by silver hair and pale blueish skin, with a tendency to be significantly stronger than an average human. These traits of the Pthumerians, especially the silver hair as the knight's wig description tells us, were prized amongst the nobles and servants of Cainhurst, evidently because they indicated true descent from the royal bloodline.

The old nobles of Cainhurst were long-time imbibers of blood, and no strangers to the sanguine or 'blood-red' plague that resulted from taking special blood. This description of the Reiterpallasch weapon implies that the nobles were taking blood prior to the introduction of the Byrgenwerth Scholar's 'forbidden blood'. This makes sense, since if the traitorous Byrgenwerth Scholar knew that the nobles were interested in blood, then their reward would be greater for bringing them unique and special blood, providing the initial incentive for bringing the blood to them. This betrayal by a scholar and the known presence of Cainhurst descendants in the school of Byrgenwerth as shown by the presence of Maria, implies that there were other descendants and operatives of Cainhurst mixed in with the scholars and that the nobles may have been keeping a close watch over the discoveries of that institute, perhaps employing spies to infiltrate it.

The Cainhurst nobles were split into various factions. As noted, their use of blood transformed them into beasts. The disposal of these beasts was left to the noble's servants, who were called knights for the sake of appearances. These servants were evidently abused and mistreated by the nobles, as their frantic scrubbing of the castle's surfaces and finery indicates. Armed with the Cainhurst Reiterpallasch and the pistol Evelyn, these hunters of Cainhurst would dispose of beasts discretely taking great pride in their accomplishments and revelling in the victories of the past. Though tasked with working in the shadows, the knights could not help themselves and left the blood-stained corpses behind as an example of decadent art.

Positioned above the servants of Cainhurst were the nobles and aristocracy. Like the monarchy, the nobles were often characterized by their silver hair. However, it would appear that intermingling with more common blood somewhat diluted the Pthumerian bloodline, as a number of Cainhurst descendants such as Maria and Arianna have blonde hair, perhaps a trait looked upon as being impure by the nobles, though seemingly not uncommon. Castle evidence indicates that the nobles enjoyed great banquets, perhaps at the expense of the Yharnamites, and wore fine garments. Their pompous displays of great wealth and bombastic language likely incited the anger and jealousy of many Yharnamites who saw them passing by.

In the upper echelons of the aristocracy there were the royal guards of Cainhurst, loyal guardians of the Vileblood Queen Annalise. These guards were known as Vilebloods. To become a Vileblood, Annalise's servants drank her blood and swore an oath against the Healing Church. While guarding the queen may seem like a passive role, all evidence indicates that they were very active in their pursuit of blood, and more specifically: blood dregs. Pledgers to the Cainhurst Vilebloods oath are hunters of blood who find dregs for their Queen in coldblood, particularly that of echo fiends; otherwise known as hunters. The term 'echo fiend' is unique to the blood dreg description, and seems to imply that the hunter's blood that Annalise sought was that of a hunter who was able to channel blood echoes into strength, one that was connected to the Hunter's Dream, a “Moon-scented hunter”.

The term dregs in this case appears to refer to the quantity of the substance they are searching for in that there is only a small amount left in coldblood. This is likely a pun on From Software's part, as the blood dregs themselves resemble human sperm, a very small substance in and of itself. The Blood Dreg description implies that only those who have sworn the Vileblood oath can see the 'frightful' blood dregs in coldblood, in a similar way to the way the Impurity rune and Vermin work. The Vilebloods would actively seek out the blood of hunters. Wielding the Cainhurst Chikage, a weapon able to utilize a blood rite that would coat the blade in poisonous blood, the Vilebloods would begin a hunt of their own. Indeed, their weaponry and armor are all tailored towards hunting other hunters. The paper-thin silver Cainhurst set tells us that the royal guards wore it to deflect the blood of ill-intent and capture prey for their beloved Queen. Their prey, as we know, were hunters, and the blood of a hunter as carriers of the Scourge of the Beast can cause infection to any who ingest it, making armor that will deflect blood essential. The Vilebloods concocted a special bottled mist cloud that numbs a hunter's life essence and prevents restoration of HP, guarding the secret closely lest it be used against them. For all intents and purposes, while the hunters hunted beasts, the Vilebloods hunted hunters, considering them “prey”: an animal that is hunted and killed for food. The hunters of the Vileblood's time were the hunters of the Healing Church made up of those under Gehrman's tutelage as well as Logarius' executioner's; bearers of the Hunter's Rune.

As has been established, the Vilebloods would find blood dregs in the coldblood of hunters. Coldblood in the world of Bloodborne contains the will and echoes of the one whose veins the blood flowed through. Hunters sustained by the dream gain strength from Blood Echoes. They imbibe the blood with thoughts of reverence, indeed gratitude, for their victims. The Blood Dreg description tells us that Queen Annalise would partake of these dregs, partake meaning to eat or drink something, and these dregs appear to be a form of sustenance for Annalise. Annalise drank the dregs so that one day she may bear the Child of Blood, a child conceived through blood use; the next Vileblood heir. This is presumably under the belief that special blood would cause a kind of miraculous conception. An idea that is fairly sound considering the fate of Arianna.

Though the Cainhurst aristocracy ruled over the people of Yharnam, the discovery of blood by the scholars at Byrgenwerth allowed a new power to rise. The Healing Church founded by Laurence and his associates provided miraculous blood healing to the populace, galvanizing the common people to the Church's precepts and generating the fanatically faithful. The Cainhurst nobles, while being no strangers to blood and its properties were not the ones who provided blood healing, instead they wisely (knowing the effects it can have) kept their blood to themselves, despite how it may have looked to the Yharnamites.

Annalise will tell the player that should they become a Vileblood, they will be a sworn enemy of the Church and that to even become a Vileblood, they must take oath against the Church. Whether this was part of the induction prior to the slaughter of the Cainhurst nobles is unclear. It seems more like a reaction to what happened, but if not, it certainly indicates tension between the nobles and the Healing Church. As it was, the tension between the Healing Church, as its power and influence grew, and the ruling Cainhurst nobles must have been volatile. The Cainhurst Vilebloods operated in direct opposition to the Church, capturing and slaughtering the hunters who carried out the Church's will. The slaughtered hunters likely included members of Logarius' executioners as we know the Church had closely aligned itself to Logarius' executioners, to the point that any who were deemed as heretics in the eyes of the Church were subject to their wrath. The fact that the Executioner's Gloves are found within Cainhurst and its description mentions the delight the nobles found in watching the wrathful spirits summoned, indicates that these gloves were taken from an executioner by force, prior to the genocide of the nobles, strongly indicating that the executioners were hunted by the Vilebloods.

Eventually the Church grew powerful enough to enact a political coup against the Cainhurst nobles. The Rifle Spear description indicates that this was before the burning of Old Yharnam, as the Rifle Spear was made in imitation of a lost Cainhurst weapon (the Reiterpallasch) by the Powder Kegs, hunters who were branded as heretics, likely for the burning of Old Yharnam. Without fear of retribution from the people, the Church declared the nobles to be fiendish creatures who threatened the purity of the Church’s blood healing, branding them Vilebloods and declaring their blood forbidden. This made the nobles subject to the wrath of the Executioners. Logarius addressed his followers saying:

“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, rationalizing 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.

Master Logarius led his executioners into Cainhurst Castle to cleanse it of the Vileblood. Wielding the symbolic Logarius wheel the executioners proceeded to slaughter the nobles of the castle. It appears that the castle was having a banquet which was hurriedly abandoned when the besieging executioners arrived. The bridge to the castle may have been destroyed by the executioners, to stop the nobles from escaping, or by the nobles to stop the executioners approaching, or perhaps by the Church to stop curious interlopers from finding abandoned castle. The inner grounds of the castle appear to be where the main battle was fought. Bloodlickers litter the area, gorging themselves on the remains of the fallen. By the time the player arrives, the area has almost been licked clean. There is a noticeably absent direct route to the throne room of the Cainhurst King and Queen, which may have been destroyed by the executioners after capturing the castle, to hinder any who would seek out Annalise and her forbidden blood. Alternatively, the nobles may have destroyed the route in an attempt to halt the progress of the executioners. This staircase route would have been in the castle grounds, where all that now remains is a valley full of broken boulders, bloodlickers and maggots. Within the walls the bereaved ghosts of Cainhurst maidens linger, endlessly weeping for the fallen. Their bound hands, blindfolded eyes and slit throats indicate the way they were executed, a rather merciful, however frightening end. The nobles appear to have attempted to impede the executioner advancement by dragging their many sculptures and statues into the path, but these were shoved aside, many of them fallen and broken. Eventually the executioners under Logarius fought their way into the throne room. It appears that the King of Cainhurst descended from his throne to meet the invaders, with his crown atop his head, and that he was promptly slaughtered. The Crown of Illusions, which the King of Cainhurst wore is said to reveal illusions, and was used to obfuscate the throne room in which the King and Queen reigned. Logarius donned the crown and entered the throne room.

Perhaps it was at this time that Logarius tried to commit further regicide, but Annalise is immortal, and one of the few truly immortal beings in the Bloodborne universe. Her flesh is undying, and even when smashed into pulp, remains warm as if cursed. Logarius found that he was not able to execute her, and that her blood would therefore still be available to any who would partake of it, that the Vilebloods could not be ended until she was gone. In order to ensure that no one could gain access to Annalise, Logarius sent the executioners away, donned the Crown of Illusions himself and took up residence outside the throne room, becoming a “blessed anchor” in order to guard the vile secret of Cainhurst. Annalise herself was imprisoned indefinitely, and made to wear a mask that was possibly put in place to stop her from drinking further blood dregs, thereby ended her chances of creating an heir. Though he did not die, Logarius was considered a martyr and made one by the Healing Church, sacrificing himself for their cause.

The leadership of the executioners 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 also his executioners.

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. Though Logarius is considered a martyr, Alfred does not believe he was truly able to achieve martyrdom because his task was not complete, he did not end Queen Annalise and the Vileblood line. In order to help his master, Alfred finds a way to Castle Cainhurst and crushes the Vileblood Queen to fleshy pulp. Despite continuing to live, her existence is most likely agony, and having allowed his master to achieve true martyrdom by completing his mission, Alfred considers his work complete and the story of Logarius concluded.

Attacks Table

Theories

Logarius is immortal because of imbibing the blood of the Cainhurst Vilebloods as he slaughtered them

Logarius is a Pthumerian

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