Mending Rune of the Death-Prince

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Type Great Rune
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Can be used to mend the shattered Elden Ring

Mending Rune of the Death-Prince is a Great Rune in Elden Ring. Unlike most other Great Runes, it can't be equipped. Its only effect is to alter the ending of the game.


Rune gestated by Fia, the Deathbed Companion.
Used to restore the fractured Elden Ring when brandished by the Elden Lord.

Formed of the two hallowbrand half-wheels combined, it will embed the principle of life within Death into Order.

The Golden Order was created by confining Destined Death. Thus, this new Order will be one of Death restored.


Where to find Mending Rune of the Death-Prince in Elden Ring

Awarded to the player by Fia after completing her questline: 

After obtaining the Cursemark of Death from Divine Tower of Liurnia, bring to Fia in the Deeproot Depths. Reload the area to find her sleeping, then interact with her to trigger the Lichdragon Fortissax boss fight. Defeat it, and return to find the Rune on Fia's corpse. [Elden Ring Map Link]


Elden Ring Mending Rune of the Death-Prince Use

Grants access to an alternative ending after defeating the final boss. See Endings page.  


Elden Ring Mending Rune of the Death-Prince Notes & Tips

Obtaining this item will not affect any other ending. 



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    • Anonymous

      this would actually kill ranni, right? it would reverse the ritual she did to become incorporeal. theyre intertwined. godwyn's soul is dead but his body is alive so it could be reversed with ranni. when you use the rune and reverse the ritual, ranni should die too. food for though for the ranni haters (myself included) out there

      • Anonymous

        Who gives a **** about Fia? Homeboy Godwyn deserves a proper death, not being doomed to stay a giant tumor in his mother's basement.

        • Anonymous

          the way she words it and based on the lore of deathbed companions, this thing is technically your orgy child with her, godwyn, rogier, lionel and everyone else in the playerbase

          • Anonymous

            The cringing rune of the cringe cringe tbh. Anybody wanting to be part of Fia’s merry band of reddit moderators needs to reevaluate things

            • Anonymous

              Ok, hear me out here. It's gonna be a long one. So I'm starting to think that what this rune does is essentially attempt to undo all the damage the 'Greater Will' has done to the Lands Between, which includes a severance from death while working under the assumption that death was an end in the Lands Between in the first place. But I think about the name of the land itself--BETWEEN--and am convinced that it is somehow a point of resurrection that has been halted. I am working under three theories, all of which can run tangentially through one-another.

              The first, and most basic, is that everyone here is already dead, (or forgotten -- I'll get to that later) and that the entire world of Elden Ring is in a state between lives, and then rebirths into lives outside of the land between. Following this, that the 'Greater Will' has impinged whatever cycles of rebirth this caused. The unnatural side effects can be seen clearly -- search for a comment in this thread beginning with 'mho the most sympathetic ending,' wherein anon made a great argument for these issues being akin to genetic defects in humans. Put simply, by meddling, the 'Greater Will' manifested a state of purely static Order, halting all life in other worlds in exchange for 'perfection' in this one, requiring the removal of predestined death, thus causing the sad state of the world, of Godwyn, of those that live in death, and on and on. These things falling outside the percieved natural order became a sort of blasphemy, which, in my opinion, serves to somehow feed the Erdtree and thus the 'Greater Will' -- remember the Erdtree wasn't there before, but was forced by it on the Lands Between in the form of a comet, supplanting whatever power was already there in the Greattree. Whatever the Greater Will was or (more likely) is, it saw the use it could take from the Lands Between, and started toying for its own gain. As for why it's less involved directly now, who can say exactly -- maybe it had its fill and moved on, maybe it is not a physical being as we think of it, and phased out of our realm of existence with the power it gained from the Lands Between, or maybe it is physical and is just getting out of range. Maybe it never really even existed, and all these things have just been ascribed to a being that isn't really there (all questions we could ask of our own Earthly gods). Though this would beg the question: why do the three fingers have a clear and tangible effect on the end of this world?

              Parallel to this, I think, is the possibility that it is a realm of stories, and is filled with tales and characters that have been forgotten to time, or tarnished (kek) by age and retelling. It could be both between worlds and story realm. This might explain why the Erdtree, clearly an analogue to mythological world-trees, especially Yggdrasil, would have corpses in its roots--an aspect noted of the Nidhogg's wings. Stories are twisted together as they are forgotten and relearned; things get lost, shuffled and combined. The Greattree-to-Erdtree usurpation is, after all, not at all unlike that of modern religion over the skeleton of 'paganism.' We still use pagan rituals in Christian celebrations constantly.
              --- This connects to a side-theory of mine that the entire game is meant to be a concrete summation of (mostly western) mythology, in the same sense that Lord of the Rings was of its time. There was a very obvious reverence for Tolkien put into this, and of everything that Tolkien referenced: from Greek mythos to Norse gods and the Christianization of Nordic tribes, Beowulf through to Arthurian legend. Lucaria seems to be the main modernization (with magic researching crystals that might be able to contain the mind in the same way the Erdtree does, these crystals coming from the stars denoting a need to reach beyond to research them and learn more to break free of the order imposed by the 'Greater Will'); however, the use of a Romanized name and the fact that Raya Lucaria existed alongside (and, though for some time in opposition to, relatively evenly with) the Golden Order is a nod to the fact that science evolved alongside religion, is as old as if not older than religion, and in many ways seeks the same outcome, even should it be considered 'heretical'... though the argument could be raised that it is only heretical by the standards of the Golden Order, which has its own biases. But back to my second theory: a world made of stories ---
              And of course there is so much reference to Arthurian Legend, I don't need to state most of it. However, two aspects I think are important are: 1) Arthur's relation with Mordred is rocky to say the least, and he never produces an heir; the same certainly cannot be said for Godfrey, who is teeming with sons. Instead of having a bastard son with (possibly) his own sister, Morgan, it is Guinevere/Marika who has children with her own twin-soul self, producing the child that will eventually result in the Scarlet Rot that slowly consumes an otherwise undying world. 2) In Arthurian legend, the Otherworld Annwn, ruled by King Arawn, is noted as being free from all form of disease or death -- naturally so -- abundant in all things, but still with hunting grounds and its fair share of war, even entries from other worlds. So, is the Lands Between parallel to Annwn? Is it perhaps an attempt by the 'Greater Will' to construct the same? Or maybe we are meant to recognize it as what it is--a world of story and memories, which can be reversed and contorted, and are in need of rebirth via retelling or risk being lost to their own propensity to degrade in human thought?

              Almost done, I swear. Finally, a theory that could combine both of these, and might have more bearing on the actual world and occurrences of Elden Ring. After all, the second theory can fold into the first, and this last one can fold over them both -- even if the Lands Between is meant to be a realm of actual occurrences. My last idea is that the Erdtree (or more likely the Greattree, before it was taken over by the 'Greater Will') is or was meant to be a place where people went after death to live or start a new life (which is why this could be part of both of my earlier theories), sort of like a database for souls to either pass through, or find some eternal rest. We can think of it like a library of lost souls, or a compendium for all of their legends to be stored. If so, they might have formed the greater religious conscience of the people of the Lands between, or even beyond. They might have contained the knowledge from which beings from this and other worlds pulled for inspiration (which might go to explain the paintings found around, though this is reaching, I know), which was altered by the actions of the Greater Will and the Erdtree acting as a parasite on the Greattree. If that's the case, and the 'Greater Will' altered the Greattree for its own gain, it truly is the most evil thing in the Lands Between, and I'm glad that Marika went through so much trouble to circumvent it/Fia destroyed it/Ranni escaped it entirely. Ironically, this might mean that the only ending that is still within the purview of the Two Fingers' desires (corrupted though they might be) is the Three Fingers' as it essentially causes a hard reset on the Lands Between, allowing it to try again.

              • Okay, how to put it... we know, that on that faithfull night the FRAGMENT of Death was stolen. And we all know, that no matter what, the Tarnished MUST defeat Maliketh before Death will come to the lands between - and so it does, as you take that rune from the Beast, no other actions needed - and you cant use this one instead. And it looks nothing alike at all.
                Last, but not least, the thing, carved into flesh of Godwyn and Ranni are never ever called a "rune". It is called "mark" or "brand" but not a "rune".
                So I personally presume, that Fia's rune isn't rune of death, but a rune of Fia, rune of Un-Death, which she gestated from the Deathmark. And within this Rune, as goes in description, lies the principle of life within Death - so within its new order everyone must die... and everyone becomes Undead after that.
                After all, player DOES release the Rune of Death from Maliketh on ANY ending and nothing points that it didn't come back to its rightfful place as we mend the Ring with any rune at our disposal, so it cant be the specific for this mending rune.

                • Anonymous

                  It's actually pretty simple: Those Who Live In Death only exist because there is no proper role for Death in a world where Marika plucked the Rune of Death from the Elden Ring. Thus, they have to live in Death. If use this rune to reintegrate the concept into the new Order, Those Who Live In Death will cease to exist as there's now proper death. In other words, they don't have to live in death anymore because they can now actually die.

                  • Anonymous

                    Anybody else notice that Fia never is shown to walk or stand. Like she has frail legs? She obviously can move around, but we know she heavily relies on teleportation. Most characters with frail legs still manage to crawl around short distances.

                    Notably failed life mutation and creation is associated with frail legs. The Juvenile Scholars, Albinaurics, Wyverns and Dragon-Kin all share this trait. They still manage to crawl, but they can’t walk. Miquella obviously has frail health as well. His statue in the Haligtree has him hugging his sister while sitting down. It is safe to call his adult form a ‘failed transformation.’

                    She even offers the player the Sacrificial Twig:

                    “Believed to be a twig pruned from the Erdtree long, long ago.”

                    The white coloration mimics St. Trina items. Which are all likely weapons crafted by Miquella

                    She was protected by Rogier. A Dexterity-based character that lost his mobility to disease. We even receive allusions to Rogier getting through the castle through running past enemies.

                    Fia even looks like an offshoot of Marika. It’s a bit bizarre.

                    The way Miquella’s is seen by what looks like a ‘Shadow Erdtree’ in the DLC image just enhances this.

                    There might be more to Fia than meets the eye?

                    Notably she dies healing the rune of death, but she doesn’t succumb to death root? So she is capable of reincarnation?

                    She formed the capability through contact with Godwyn? In her land, cuddling with the living brings life back to long dead heroes. Perhaps her connection to Miquella is that her order might be the only way to resurrect Godwyn? Perhaps it is why Miquella broke away from Golden Order Fundamentalism?

                    What each Elden Ring Ending implies is left unfortunately vague.

                    • Anonymous

                      What I believe the Mending Rune of the Prince of Death does:

                      I would enshrine Life in Death as part of the Order and also 'restore Death'.I take that to mean that noone is immortal anymore, but Dead people can still live. But also die, because they are not immortal, but also live again, because life in death and so.

                      So everyone is and isn't immortal at once. Sounds nice.

                      Also I would restore the Elden Ring and it wouldn't be shattered anymore.

                      The Reason I believe the Restoration of destined Death to be the Eradication of Immortality, is because the Golden Order sealed away destined Death to make the Demi-Gods and Gods immortal. Therefore by restoring destined Death noone, not even the Gods, would be immortal.

                      • Anonymous

                        What I believe the Mending Rune of the Prince of Death does:

                        I would enshrine Life in Death as part of the Order and also 'restore (destined) Death'. I take that to mean that noone is immortal anymore, but Dead people can still live. But also die, because they are not immortal, but also live again, because life in death and so.

                        So everyone is and isn't immortal at once. Sounds nice. Very goofy.

                        Also I would restore the Elden Ring.

                        Clarification: The Reason I believe the term 'restore Death' to mean, that noone is immortal anymore, is because the Golden Order sealed destined Death away to make the Gods and the Demi-Gods immortal. So by restoring destined Death everyone would go back to being mortal.

                        • Anonymous

                          I don't think this ending means that normal death will be restored to the lands but rather those who live in death become a normal part of society and that the lines between life and death will be become blurred, like spirits going in and out of afterlife if that makes sense.

                          • Anonymous

                            1. "Embed life within death (undead) into [the Golden] Order." Undead beings are no longer "in opposition" to the golden order, so there is no reason to hunt, kill, or discriminate against them.
                            2. "This new Order will be one of Death Restored." With destined death returned to the elden ring, and the Erdtree burned away, Erdtree burials will stop and as a consequence, the (souls, life-forces, idk) of the denizens of the lands between will no longer be absorbed by the Erdtree, a practice that I think was used to feed or otherwise empower the outer god known as the Greater Will. Perhaps this means a return to burning the dead in ghostflame with the help of death birds, or perhaps this means death happens in a more natural way without any magics.

                            • Anonymous

                              I wish these endings would change the after-game world. Like no respawns for death ending, flames abundant everywhere for the frenzied etc.

                              • Anonymous

                                Man, it’s like they didn’t finish the whole story and just left it to us to put it all Together and finish the story for them…

                                • Anonymous

                                  "It will embed the principle of life within death into order"
                                  Does that mean everyone will eventually just turn into skeletons instead of reincarnation? Or does is basically just install an update to the Erdtree OS to fix the bug where dead people keep walking around

                                  • Anonymous

                                    This ending is still a big mysterie for me.
                                    Doe Fia actually cure Those Who Live in Death by letting them die a true death? Because it says:
                                    "The Golden Order was created by confining Destined Death. Thus, this new Order will be one of Death restored."
                                    Also if the wants to revive Godwyn his Soul needs to either return or his body truly die. I wish we had a proper cutscene

                                    • Anonymous

                                      My theory is that this doesn't actually "restore death" in the traditional way, but essentially turns everyone into a zombie like Godwyn. So the soul will die, but the body lives.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        If you get this in your first play through and decide to go with a different ending, does this item carry over to ng+? Or would I have to do fia’s quest again?

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I think a thing that most people misinterpret about this ending is the relationship between death and the Erdtree. In the beginning, when the Rune of Death was part of the Elden Ring, Destined Death meant that people would die and never return. The removal of it and the establishment of the Golden Order meant that souls would return to the Erdtree and be revived/reborn through its grace. Those Who Live in Death, similar to Omens, are the souls of those who rejected or were rejected by the Erdtree. Instead of dissipated or awaiting reborn would become undead. And it's important to know that Fia's purposed as a Deathbed Companion meant that she was essentially a necromancer, taking the lifeforce of others and using to revive important people. This is what she wants to do with Godwyn, allow him to die a true death so that he may be resurrected in a sense. Her entire plan revolves around us using the Mending Rune to essentially hijack the cycle of death and rebirth. So yeah, I don't really consider that to be especially good, but that's just my opinion.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            So after watching Vaatis new video that explained the crucial detail about the concept of death in the fundamental Golden Order. The golden order isn’t holy vs Undead in the traditional sense as the only true death is inflicted by the Destined Death- removed from the Golden Order and hidden with Maliketh. The “death” which Golden Order allows is to shepherd the souls of the dead to the erdtree, to be “reborn” aka fed to the Elden Beast aka Greater Will for food. Basically the Erdtree is a parasite feeding on human souls and that’s why all the catacombs have tree roots in them. Life in death, as in the undead skeletons are the souls who didn’t reach the erdtree. That’s why Undeads are the anathema against Golden Order because they deny the Greater Will(our alien overlord) their souls thus they are hunted down with a zeal.

                                            Fia’s endgame is to let undead reign supreme. No one shall feed souls to the erdtree any more

                                            • Anonymous

                                              imho the most sympathetic ending

                                              people have speculated that the greater will has been using Erdtrees to harvest some kind of life force or energy from the lands between, as corpses are grafted into their roots and seem to give them nourishment life, while the Erdtrees themselves almost remind me of conduits for the greater will. It seems like the idea of hunting down and killing those who live in death comes from the fact that they serve no benefit to the greater will and don't have any real life-force or energy to offer, so they are shunned.

                                              Then you have Godwyn himself who has become this grotesque new entity known as "The Prince of Death" after having his soul obliterated by Ranni and her Black Knives, Godwyn was one of the most beloved demigods and nothing in lore indicated he'd done anything to deserve his fate. Then the rune of death split, destroying Ranni's Body and Godwyn's Soul, and of course afterwards Marika shattered the Elden Ring in grief. But before that point the nature of death had already been tampered with to some degree, which might have had something to do with Godwyn's gnarly rebirth into The Death Prince.

                                              It really does feel like this world's "curse of the undead" is more akin to the disabilities of the real world. For some reason our DNA can sometimes mess itself up by accident, we didn't choose our biology or ancestry or how we evolved; it just happened naturally. In Elden Ring; the people/creatures who inhabit the lands between may one day die and continue to "live" on as a corpse. For that they are considered abominations and there are entire orders dedicated to purging them from the world.

                                              Why though? Could it be as simple as the idea/belief that everyone and everything should one day die and return to the Erdtree? And that living an existence outside of this holy cycle is blasphemous?

                                              One of the Demigods along with a huge percentage of The Lands Between are already "living in death" They do not seem to have any malicious or heretical plans to ruin the earth or undo existence or to defy the order, they are merely believed to do so by existing passively, so in my mind it feels right to be giving them a new shot in a world that has literally been altered to suit them better. Godwyn might rise to his former glory one day as a new being/demigod, and those who live in death will no longer be rejected by their own world/gods for failing to act as a good enough source of nutrition for the Erdtree.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I strongly think that this item is mistranslated. It mixes up three concepts and pretends they're one. Destined death, life within death and "Death". Fia wants you to become protector of those who live in death and to spread "life within death" across the world by mending the ring with the rune whereas at the moment life within death is only achieved by coming in contact with the cursed remains of the death prince (big squid) that spread through the roots in the underground (as a concept, not a gameplay option).
                                                "Destined death" here is namedropping, nothing more. The rune has nothing to do with DD besides DD being what killed godwyn. DD was confined for its power of killing the beloved demigod sons of Marika, and was eventuallly stolen for that purpose. Did the act of confining it create another source of life within death? ...maybe? Who knows.
                                                Anyway, "Death restored" is what THE GOLDEN ORDER WANTS, as opposed to "life within death legalized". The golden order wants stuff to die when you kill it because it's innatural. D wants this, Corhyn wants this, not Fia.
                                                As matter of fact other language translations go like this "The old order was created by confining destined death. The new one will be a cycle of rebirth" which makes more sense than whatever the english version says.

                                                • About Ranni and Godwyn:
                                                  I heard some people think Ranni tricked the Rune of Death but that wasn't the case imo:
                                                  Yes, both Ranni and Godwyn died by the Rune of death, and I know Godwyn died in Soul only and Ranni (or Renna) died in Body alone. But I don't think it was her "splitting" the "target" of the Rune of Death and tricking it...
                                                  I don't think Ranni really expected dying like tha,t but when it was starting she quickly abandoned her body - by sshedding her old skin like a snake. Iirc some item descriptions explain exactly that!
                                                  My point is, I always saw the Double-Death that happened there : as a Brutal Backfire, Double Edge Curse of the Destined Death : She used it on Godwyn, but the Rune of Death was too powerful and also "infected" or "bitten" her in the process - which caused her death:
                                                  "2 demigods died that night, while Ranni was the first to die in body, Godwyn died in Soul alone" or something like that...
                                                  The Rune of Death was more than she could handle, but she managed to avoid its full effect, probably in the last moment, cheating death.
                                                  Another way of looking at it possibly is: Godwyn was strong enough to avoid dying in body, so the Rune if Death targeted her weaker more vulnerable body instead - after already claiming his Soul. That's when Death was satisfied.
                                                  This wasn't fully planned, imo.
                                                  But Ranni made a last ditch sacrifice to escape Death, denying and defying her fate, until she could rise again.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    what I take is in this ending Godwyn takes the place of Marika inside the Erdtree and becomes a god of death

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      i killed her, no real woman asks on her own if she can hold me. MUST be a trap.
                                                      I achieved victory for all of you my friends!

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        i killed her, no real woman asks on her own if she can hold me. MUST be a trap.
                                                        I achieved victory for all of you my friends!

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Will this overwrite any other endings? Im going for the ending with Renna and not sure if this will break that ending.

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