Miquella

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Role Empyrean

Miquella is a background character in Elden Ring

 

My brother will keep his promise. He possesses the wisdom, the allure, of a god - he is the most fearsome Empyrean of all." - Malenia

 

Miquella's lore

Miquella, the brother of Malenia, is one of the Empyreans. Cursed to be forever young, he created the Haligtree to allow himself to grow to be an adult and to purge the rot from Malenia. This is after the realization that the Golden Order was unable to cure Malenia from the rot.

"One of the incantations of the Golden Order fundamentalists. A gift of gratitude to the young Miquella from his father, Radagon..... And yet the young Miquella abandoned fundamentalism, for it could do nothing to treat Malenia's accursed rot. This was the beginning of the unalloyed gold." - Radagon's Rings of Light

 

Before he can grow the Haligtree to its full potential, Miquella was stolen away by Mohg, Lord of Blood, in his cocoon form. Mohg wished to have Miquella elevated to godhood with himself as Miquella's consort. However, regardless of how much blood Mohg tried to share with Miquella, Miquella does not respond to Mohg. From a lore perspective, Sir Gideon Ofnir has confirmed that Miquella is alive because one needs to be alive to slumber. Gideon's aforesaid comment about Miquella slumbering is consistent with cut content suggesting that Miquella is in the world of his dream, and this may explain why Mohg received no response from the physical body that he has abducted from the Haligtree.

"Wishing to raise Miquella to full godhood, Mohg wished to become his consort, taking the role of monarch. But no matter how much of his bloody bedchamber he tried to share, he received no response from the young Empyrean". - Remembrance of Mohg, Lord of Blood

"Miquella is mine and mine alone" - Mohg

"If he continues his slumber within the cocoon, all will be well..." - Sir Gideon Ofnir

 

Miquella's true ability appears to be the ability to compel affection from others. 

"The Empyrean Miquella is loved by many people. Indeed, he has learned very well how to compel such affection" - Bewitching Branch

 

 Notes & Trivia

  • Miquella's needle can be used to purge the influences of an outer god.
  • Miquella's Haligtree area is seen by the Albinaurics, an oppressed race of artificial beings, as the chosen land. 
  • Cut content shows that Miquella is St. Trina, god of slumber. "Finally, I have found it..... St. Trina's, no, Lord Miquella's cadaver... Such that I may aid you, O Lord... So please, I hope you welcome your humble servant Rhico... Into your dream, the world of your heart...... Indeed, I beg you grant my wish, that when you transcend from empyrean to god, allow me a place by your side....." - Rhico, cut NPC 
  • Cut content shows that Miquella's Great Rune is the Rune of Abundance. "Twinblade that contains the power of the Rune of Abundance. The holy power within the blade can call upon part of Miquella's own strength" - Abundance Twinblade
  • Miquella's Rune of Abundance seems to be the opposite of Malenia's Rune of Rot. 
  • The current state of Miquella's physical body that Mohg stole can be seen in the cocoon. The physical body looks thin with misshapen skin. This, however, may not be reflective of Miquella's true state as he is said to be slumbering within the world of his dream, and a ghost from the Consecrated Snowfield said that Mohg stole the precious "flesh" (and not soul) of Miquella.
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    • Anonymous

      Miquella being the Gloam Eyed Queen is an awesome concept, and now that I think about it, fits way better than it being Melina. Miquella, spiteful that the Golden Order could do nothing to help Malenia's rot, turned against them, forming the godskin apostles in an attempt to overthrow the Order, and save his sister. I really hope DLC elaborates on Miquella, because he's such a cool enigmatic character.

      • Anonymous

        While shaky, if the updated translation of the Godskin's theme is correct, then Miquella is very explicitly Saint Trina and the Gloam-eyed Queen.

        • Anonymous

          Mysterious how Miquella is the only mentioned shardbearer who still has his Great Rune by the end of the game (that we know nothing about) as well as him having no associated Divine Tower... unless the Haligtree is his tower though that would be weirder still since it isn't near the Erdtree like the others. Hopefully DLC will answer these questions.

          • Anonymous

            I'm pretty sure Miquella is actually the Gloam-Eyed Queen. The Godskins are weak to sleep, and even though the lyrics of thier boss music is not officially Latin, there have been rough translations done that suggest Miquella is actually an incarnation of the Gloam-Eyed Queen.

            If you look at St. Trina's torch, there is a single eye near the forehead of Miquella, and the purple hue given off by the torch and the sword is of a similar color to the jewels worn by the Godskins. We know that the Queen was defeated by Maliketh, but I don't think we know if that was before Miquella was born, or after. Not to mention, Miquella was an empyrean, but we never hear about his shadow, or Malenia's for that matter, but Vargram the Raging Wolf, one who aspired to be a shadow, is seen wielding a Godslayer's Greatsword (indicating the one in the tower is not the only one I suppsose?).

            • Anonymous

              'Miquella's true ability' reads the last line in regards to an items description. I find that funny after stating "..he created the Haligtree.." in one of the very first lines. I think it's just another ability, if not personality trait, from being a god?

              • Anonymous

                I would have expected more lore about this whole genderchanging (Dynasty with Mohg...you know) and parthenogenesis (Whos your daddy...Miquella) things so they look like a gimmick.

                • Anonymous

                  My dear twin, accept this gift.
                  A gift of abundance, my last drop of dew.
                  Let all things flourish,
                  whether graceful, or malign.

                  — Miquella the Unalloyed

                  • Anonymous

                    It seems he will be a DLC boss but he seems to be trying to do a good thing? So i see no sense in fighting him

                    • Anonymous

                      Ah, dear little Miquella. Where have you gone? are you hiding from me? Come out, come out, don't be afraid!

                      AAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!! MMMIIIIQQQQQUUUUUUEEEEEELLLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                      -Mohg, the Consumed King of Blood

                      • Anonymous

                        Inb4 he turns out to be a dlc boss, and he emerges from his cocoon likely not in the best mood, before absolutely ruining your ass, while making the Orphan Of Kos seem like a joke.

                        • Anonymous

                          Ok, if Malenia is saying that this dude is the "fiercest empyrean of all" that's really freaking scary. I imagine his intelligence and faith surpass all of those in the lands between.

                          Just like a lot of characters in the lore have 2 identities. I think we can expect to see 2 identities with him as well.

                          I imagine phase 1 of his boss fight ( that's if we do fight him) being st. Trina. Then when phase 2 starts he reverts back to his true self. Miquella, the only off spring of Marika to recieve her luscious golden locks.

                          • Anonymous

                            Watch as the devs drop us a DLC about the God the ancient dragons worshipped and another about Grace itself and that's it, that's the whole game lol
                            Just as we expected a DLC about the Deep and the Sable Church of Londor in DSIII and what we got was "REMEMBER THE PIGMY?" and "Simp Simulator: Ariandel edition"?
                            I would love to pay for a Miquella DLC, I'm clearly on board for that, but you know.

                            • Anonymous

                              It's complete speculation, but I suspect Miquella and Malenia are the same person like Marika and Radagon. Biggest clue I can find is the hair color. Malenia has red hair like Radagon and Miqeulla from what can be seen in opening, is blonde like Marika. I don't have many evidence to support this, but it's a cool theory if you think about it.

                              • Anonymous

                                The question is, who’s the companion of his and her sister, as all empyreans have companions, also, why Malenia is her second phase is as if she wants to prevent you from getting closer to the big human like body in the tree which have a big hole that almost fit the cocon in mohg’s palace

                                • Anonymous

                                  This is what it looks like when someone falls victim to Mohgin' time. As we can see, Miquella is locked in a cocoon, and will remain that way for Mohgillion years

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I am once again entering this comment section to remind Miquella fans that his soldiers are literal suicide bombers.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I do love how in the one paragraph yall write that Mohg is trying to “share his blood” but in the rememberance is says he is trying to share his bloody bedchamber. Yall make it sound like Mohg is trying to do a blood transplant, when really he is just r*ping Miquella

                                      • Anonymous

                                        There are a couple of hints in the game that Miquella won't accept Albinaurics, perhaps because they're artifical beings and thus foreign to the Lands Between. Take the Ivory Sickle description: "Sickle fashioned form ivory. Weapon carried by aged Albunaurics. These weapons are evidence of their dedication to the Haligtree, despite never having entered its presence." You also only see Albinaurics in the Consecrated Snowfield, not in the Haligtree itself (besides maybe Loretta, but it's debatable if she is one).

                                        • Anonymous

                                          > creates safe haven for elden ring oppressed minorities
                                          > protects player from outer god's influences
                                          > creates his own erdtree to cure his sister from covid-19
                                          > helps people with insomnia with special st trina sleep stuff
                                          miquella best boy

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Going along with some of the overarching themes seen in game, I've come to think that malania and miquella are the siblings of Melina. Without getting too spoiler heavy, Marika had three sets of kids at different times, and malania / miquella are missing part of their triad. rykard and radahn play second fiddle to the chosen ranni... Godwin reads to me like baldur the beautiful from Norse mythology, and his brothers were both born omen... Miquella and malania are both cursed, so it would make sense that Melina was the chosen of her triad, and wanted out just as much as Marika or ranni. I have some more in mind with this theory, but it has less to do with miquella directly, so I'll save that for now.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I wonder if Miquella actually ends up with traits of an omen considering Mohg was giving him blood. The fact his body appears to have grown from what we see in the cocoon means Mohg may have succeeded, but at what cost?

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Okay, I did some more thinking on the narrative of the game and at this point I'm 100% sure that if there's a DLC, it'll be about Miquella, Godwyn and Marika's relationship with the two. Because currently the game's plot is a total mess. No one has even come close to figuring out Marika's intentions when shattering the Elden Ring and I feel that's because the writers didn't either. Which is odd considering that finding the answer to this question was the main premise of the story trailer. I just hope they can somehow salvage the main game's story because it just does't make a lot of sense and is pretty unsatisfying right now.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Miquella's "affection" ability makes me wonder whether he is truly a pure-hearted adorable little boy or a deceptive omnipotent schemer.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    People talking like he's gonna be the final boss of the expansion when it's actually going to be a past/dream version of Godwyn.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      If I had to take a guess, I'd say Miquella's/St. Trina's "appearance was as sudden as their disappearance" (Sword of St. Trina) because the royal family realized he, too, was cursed like Malenia. While Malenia's curse, her affliction with Scarlet Rot, would be apparent from birth, Miquella's agelessness would only show after some time had passed. I also get the impression that, of the two, Miquella was loved more by his parents, Radagon in particular. Radagon's Rings of Light were gifted to him by his father, and later Miquella returned the favor with the Triple Rings of Light incantation. There's no mention of any such instances with Malenia. On the contrary, she inherited Radagon's red hair, and as the description of the Giant's Red Braid tells us: "Every giant is red of hair, and Radagon was said to have despised his own red locks." This, combined with the fact that Marika refers to him as "leal hound of the Golden Order" (Melina dialogue) leads me to believe that he probably didn't like his cursed, red-haired daughter very much. Perhaps that's why she went out in search of a mentor (Prosthesis-Wearer Heirloom) - to replace her father figure.

                                                      There's so much tragedy hidden here. Of a father who despised his daughter due to the way she was born, of a golden boy who turned out to be just as impure as the black sheep of the family, and of two siblings who, in spite of society's and their family's perception, loved each other and sought to create a refuge for others who had been mistreated by the Golden Order. It explains why Miquella's and Malenia's statues in the Haligtree don't depict them in a triumphant pose. Instead, Malenia is holding Miquella, because they only ever had each other, and because it represents the solace they want to extend to all other "cursed" creatures.

                                                      If there's an expansion it should, well, expand on this story.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        It seems the demi-gods are based on pagan deities. Perverted degenerates who inbreed(Greek gods are what im familiar with) so it makes sens Mohg was trying to "romance" his sibling.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Miquella's boss fight: 1st phase he bombards you with Rings of Light like a roided up Rennala/Gideon. 2nd phase he still does this but also, "Come, dear sister."

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Bet he's gonna be int/faith with sleep status and if he still has the rune of abundance, he'll have life steal too.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Wait, if the tarnished kills malenia, then even if miquella succeeds in growing up he wont be able to meet malenia anyways..

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                I'm guessing he looks about 10 - 13? Because aint no way he was lugging golden epitaph around if he was any younger.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  So, I had a bit of a brainwave while discussing potential DLC. I would not be surprised if the Cocoon of the Empyrean becomes the portal into a DLC area. As this page discusses, cut content suggests that Miquella is in the world of his dream, and Gideon appears to confirm that he's not dead but slumbering. So yeah, maybe we're gonna get to explore Miquella's Dream.

                                                                  • Hidetaka Miyazaki: And they all have to be adults
                                                                    George R. R. Martin: But-
                                                                    Hidetaka Miyazaki: THEY ALL HAVE TO BE ADULTS.
                                                                    George R. R. Martin: What about a compromise?

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I can see Miquella being a grafted spider-like monstrosity with different body parts from the other Demi-Gods (I.e. Malenia’s arm). Mohg was artificially “growing” him by adding different body parts onto him. The cocoon definitely has a spider vibe to it.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        I don't know why a tarnished involved in all this... it is definitely just a family having issues and not getting along. I would blame the father and the mother for having so many kids and raising them properly.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          For those who think there may be some nefarious stuff going on in regards to his ability to charm and "compel" people, while that may very well be true, I don't think Miquella is malicious or manipulative. Charming the people around you to like you is a pretty good self-preservation method when you're trapped in the body of a child, surrounded by powerful building-sized siblings, and in a world where even the plants are deadly. Heck a lot of people seemed to like him just based on the stuff he did and not necessarily him using mind powers.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I hope we get a DLC that introduces Miquella as an active character and maybe even gives us an alternative ending, call it the "Age of Abundance" or "Age of Dreams". I feel like an ending involving Miquella would be similar to Ranni's; they both turned against the Golden Order and seek to keep the influence of the Outer Gods away, and Miquella actually achieved the ability to with his needles. Imagine a fully ascended Miquella and a possibly restored Haligtree! From what we know he seems like a chill guy so I doubt an ending with him would be as bad or full of destruction.
                                                                            TDLR: I think he's neat and want him to have his own ending.

                                                                            • Anonymous

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                                                                              Miquella is actually trying to undo much of what the Golden Order has done. Based on what we know about primordial gold (Crucible Knight gear lays most of this out), it preceded the gold of the Golden Order, and is heavily associated with the Crucible, which is also explicitly called the primordial form of the erdtree.

                                                                              Primordial gold has a copper hue (the Crucible Knight gear is made out of it), compared to the Golden Order’s yellowish gold (this is actually very important for what I talk about later). We don’t know much about the specifics of the Crucible, but it is referred to in a few places as the source of all life, or where all life began, mixed together within the Crucible. This tells us that both it and its primordial gold preceded the Erdtree and the Golden Order, indicating that the Golden Order’s yellowish gold is actually an altered version (or perhaps “alloyed” version) of primordial gold. The Golden Order didn’t create gold; they just altered or tainted it in some way. So Miquella’s unalloyed gold is most likely a recreation of something that preceded the Golden Order entirely, meaning he’s trying to purify gold itself and by extension life and the order of the world itself, rather than purifying the Golden Order.

                                                                              Miquella is recreating the pre-erdtree world (by removinf the Golden Order’s taint), rather than improving the new world the erdtree and Golden Order has created.

                                                                              There are quite a few very compelling pieces of evidence backing this theory, and I’ll try to list the most important ones for anyone who reads this to look into in more detail.

                                                                              1. The repaired unalloyed gold needle has almost the exact some copper hue as primordial gold (compare to Crucible Knight armor). Interestingly, the broken one is closer to yellowish gold, and fixing it makes it oranger (it only looks like Golden Order gold when it lacks its real power).

                                                                              2. Look at the progressive color change of the consumable runes you find. The weaker runes are yellowish, and progressively get oranger/more copper colored as you get to the Numen and Lord Runes. Side note, when you give Gowry the broken needle, he comments that it is “the work of a meticulous bold craftsman who grasps the essence of life,” which I think further implies a connection between runes (the source of our character’s power and of the Elden ring), primordial gold, and the underlying life force of the inhabitants of the Lands Between.

                                                                              3. There are a number of scattered references to the “Great Tree” as something distinct from the erdtree; a possible predecessor that the erdtree drew power from and eventually supplanted. This provides a potential alternative to the erdtree as a model for Miquella’s Haligtree. It wouldn’t make sense for him to simply be growing another erdtree if he already decided the erdtree doesn’t have the answers to his problems.

                                                                              4. Ordovis’s Greatsword (the crucible knight sword) is “imbued with an ancient holy essence,” which almost certainly refers to its primordial gold material. As you point out in your video, “halig” means holy, providing a potential reason for his decision to name his tree—the icon of his unalloyed gold order—the haligtree.

                                                                              There are plenty of other connections that I’ll try to add in an edit as I recall them, but for now I’ll try to wrap things up with my own speculation about the implications this theory has for our understanding of not only Miquella, but also the Golden Order and the Greater Will. We know that unalloyed gold wards off the influence of outer gods. If primordial gold is the same material, then it too should have the same power. Since it existed before the Elden Beast crashed into the Lands Between, it likely served as a defense against Outer God meddling back then. The Golden Order’s gold seems to be a corrupted version of this primordial gold, and also seemingly lacks this ability to ward off the influence of Outer Gods. This would provide an incredibly satisfying explanation for the motivations and behavior of the Greater Will and its various representatives, and the Golden Order’s obsession with their yellowish gold.

                                                                              The Greater Will, being an outer god, was prevented from directly influencing the lands between due to the existence of primordial gold. By sending indirect forms of influence (the fingers, the Elden Beast, the erdtree) that eventually spread its influence further via Marika and Radagon, it was able to begin corrupting primordial gold (speculating side note, this may be the real function of the erdtree. If runes represent life force, and are the real essence of “gold,” then erdtree burials make a lot more sense since the erdtree can filter primordial gold out this way). As primordial gold was gradually supplanted with this new form of gold, the Greater Will could exert its influence more directly. However, this had an important side effect: all Outer Gods could exert their influence on the Lands Between now. This could explain why Malenia is born with the Scarlet Rot at the apparent height of the Golden Order’s power, for example, and why the erdtree and Golden Order can’t provide a solution to it. In reality, the Golden Order actually indirectly caused her affliction by opening the world to the unchecked influence of the Outer Gods.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Ugh, the "bussy" people down below are such degenerates. What's ya'll obsession with that word? It ain't cute...

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Seems like the person most fitting for a DLC expansion; the mere facts that 1) Miquella is straight up the most powerful Empyrean and 2) He can remove outer-god influence and 3) a lot of his lore is up for interpretation (why is he cursed for forever-childhood, why reject Mohg’s visions of dynasty, etc etc.) All of it is just highly sus

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Would be cool to travel back in time to a period before the shattering and helping Malenia and Miquella for a new ending. Caelid should be all green too, and maybe some of the ashes are alive like Finlay as NPCs

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      I wonder where is Miquella slumbering. It could be in an alternate world of dream, or it could be that his mind is still in the Haligtree.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Miquella will make an interesting new ending. He is the only one who is capable of removing outer god influences.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Miquella will make an awesome dlc. From should give what people want rather than coming up with something totally random.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I would really love a Miquella dlc, but at the same time it would break my heart to have to kill yet another boss that I sympathize. I could be wrong, but as far as I know, he hasn't done any evil or deviance that makes us have to kill him. He pretty much just wanted to cure his and his sister's curse.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Has anyone tried getting to miquella without getting finger pricked by white mask? Perhaps our allegiance with the lord of blood and acceptance of the bloody finger is why miquella won't talk to us.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                To be honest, I don't think there'll be any DLC involving Miquella, or any DLC at all for that matter. What we got with Mohg and Malenia already felt like DLC put into the main game. Remember, Sekiro only got minor free content updates as well, and that game's story also seemed poised for DLC to many people.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Malenia is weak to fire and hemorrhage. maybe it’s because of this combination that Mohg, with his bloodflame, was able to steal Miquella.
                                                                                                  Undefeated swordswoman my arse

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Miquella's consciousness seems to be in the world of his dream, and Mohg was unable to reach him. So is Miquella just leaving his physical body to Mohg, so that Mohg can use the power of blood to grow his body? From the looks of it, Miquella's body grew and this means that his curse of eternal childhood was broken.

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