Smough's power grew as he consumed the bodies and souls of men and other creatures. He began to lose form and as time passed he gave up the name Smough the Executioner and became Aldrich, Saint of the Deep just as his Weapon description seems to hint at since it says "his past as an executioner". I dunno I could be totally wrong, I'm just putting it out there cause I love discussion and I haven't seen this theory yet. Seems like there's a lot of mysteries surrounding him. Aldrich wears no armor, fights differently, and seems to have a much more grandiose purpose in mind in relation to the Deep. I doubt that Aldrich is Smough, mainly because the circumstances don't match up completely. smough can't be aldrich because he's already king of the storm I think you mean Ornstein. The real Smough and Ornstein seemed to have survived the events of Dark Souls 1, however Ornstein left his post to go after his king as his armor suggests. Finally the last piece of evidence(which as actually what made this think of this in the first place) is Smoughs Armor set. So they're both cannibals, but they're so very different in their ways. We, as the Chosen Undead, probably kill Smough in DS1, with Ornstein being an illusion. Your theory is certainly plausible, but I would personally disagree with it. You get Smough's armor for killing him. You kill the deacon holding the doll and Anri and Horace who were hunting him find that he wasn't at the tomb after you kill him and move on through the catacombs and eventually Irithyll to find him. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, Put my sign down at Smelter and the host is taking me to Midir. You get Smough's armor for killing him. For which sounds less threatening? Does the Ashen One bring the armors to her, for her to turn around and sell back to him? Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. He was believed to be their captain. Aldrich was a cleric who grew fond of eating humans. Also, Smough was known for grinding up and eating the bones of his victims, not their flesh. Smough's gear doesn't say he was the last line of defense against Aldrich specifically, just that he was the last one there. AFTER you beat Aldrich. That second bit of evidence is kind of compelling since usually she starts selling boss equipment after you kill the boss, but the first bit is just a vague similarity also shared with the Covetous Demon and Maneater Mildred. He starts the fight in the exact same place and position as Smough. Now I've thought for a while, even since Dark Souls 1 that Smough and Ornstein are being kept in the dark about a lot of things especially the wear-a-bouts of Gwynevere. Smough's Armor is a Chest Armor in Dark Souls 3.It is part of the Smough's Set.. Grotesque armor associated with Smough, the last knight to stand in defense of the ruined cathedral. The Pontiff (Sulyvhan) locked up Aldrich long ago with Gwyndolin in that room (the same room where you fought Dragonslayer Ornstein and Smough in DS1). He then goes off snd becomes a cleric for some reason, and then reacquires a taste for human flesh and becomes the Saint of the Deep. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. Now granted, we are very far past the events of ds1, and it is possible for Smough to have worked his way back up the ranks, but it seems more likely his name would carry an air of disgrace. It states : "Pontiff Sulyvahn of Irithyll imprisoned a god of the old royalty in the abandoned cathedral, to be fed to the devourer". Smough is devourer of suns and gods and burgers. Aldrich, on the other hand, "infamous for his appetite for flesh apparently had the desire to share with others his joy of imbibing the final shudders of life while luxuriating in his victim's screams.". The royal executioner of Anor Londo, Smough is an antagonistic and cruel individual who enjoys grinding the bones of his victims and using it as seasoning for his meals. Boasts extremely high defense and can be donned by humans, but not without great difficulty." Maybe Smough's soul has echoes, like Seath or Artorias? :), Supplements his meals with murdered enemy bones, ground into dust, Isn't one of the official Four Knights, although is considered a knight according to the item description in DS3, Big focus on magic crystal spells and fire spells, Made a Lord of Cinder because he became so powerful after eating so many people, not due to virtue or purity, But overall, I disagree with your theory because it rests on the following-, Both Aldrich and Smough are big and scary and powerful. Imo the O&S fight really happened in DS1 (because making it an illusion cheapens it). But all things considered, the similarities seem to end there. Slay gods and gain their strength. Good Rebuttal! He was already, at best, a Squire to Ornstein. You don't get an Umbral Ash like others, no you get it like you would with the Undead Legion. What kind of arc is that? Grotesque armor associated with Smough, the last knight to stand in defense of the ruined cathedral. In DS1 Anor Londo’s cathedral isn’t ruined yet, which places this event closer to DS3. All in all, there's not enough concrete evidence to confirm or deny Aldrich's identity. Both of them eat people, both of them have a strong connection to the gods, and both are in royal/noble positions. A malformed ring left by Aldrich, Saint of the Deep. Why did he become a cleric?Why did he change his name? level 2. bellystraw. He falls back into cannibalism or maybe he never stopped, but never the less he becomes more and more powerful. He commanded zero respect before he got his ass handed to him. Smough relished his title as executioner, so much so that he ground the bones of his victims into his feed. you can't say smough didnt survive when ornstien clearly did and travelled to arch dragon peak to find the king. It feels as though there is a disconnect in the fantasy when it comes to boss armors on the vendor - namely, how does the old woman keep collecting the armors? The chamber that once … Also, there happens to be a magic using man in the Dark Souls comic that came out this week named Aldrich. That alone, imo, is enough for me to believe they're two very distinct people (one of whom is already long dead, too). Aldrich was once a holy cleric hailing from the city of Irithyll with a craving for human flesh. Smough is just kinda a big guard that wants to be liked and to crush people. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. Aldrich is a Shard of Smough's Soul. Nameless King is the dude riding the bird. If Smough devoured Gwyndolin, the change in tactics would be accounted for. Ok my brain is firing off some thoughts on this, I don't agree with the idea but I'd really great if it were true. I don't think Giants can bear the dark sign either, so he ain't comin back. But I'd like to know what do you think about the fact that Smough is no where to be found, his weapon tells that he was left alone to guard the kingdom and why we only get Smoughs armor after killing Aldrich similar to how we certain armors after killing bosses? Ornstein was one of Gwyn's Four Knights, alongside Gough, Artorias and Ciaran. So that leaves Smough alone to guard Anor Londo. Aldrich is certainly the most interesting boss to me currently. The reason you get smoughs armor is most likely just fan service. Cool thought but in the item descriptions and dialogue with hawkwood, it's said that Aldrich started as just a plain old miracle using cleric but he had a fascination with eating people. -As we know there are many time lines like how someone always relights the flame (ex. No, King of the Storm is that damn bird. Yet another piece of evidence against this theory lies within the description of Pontiff Sulyvahn's Soul. Doesn't an item description name him as a priest though? Lore regarding Smough. Recovers HP from critical attacks. It doesn’t try to hide shit. There is a way via Anri storyline if you choose not to follow the hollow story where Anri will summon you into her fight with Aldrich and you help her kill him and find that he has devoured gwyndolin and stolen Priscilla's lifedrain ability. If all this is one enormous coincidence I'll eat my hat. - Page 2. Aldrich, infamous for his appetite for flesh, apparently had the desire to share with others his joy of imbibing the final shudders of life while luxuriating in his victim's screams. You beat the Undead Legion and they give you their armor. One is that both had a habit of eating people in some way. I think Smough really died, but when Anor Londo was brought back through the convergence, several of its inhabitants came back with it, including Smough. He was called a priest - which is generally considered to be a high ranking position akin to that of Knight itself. 4 years ago. If so wouldnt smough if they were the same? You will face him in Anor Londo, in the same chamber you once fought Ornstein and Smough. In addition, Aldrich is specifically described as a cleric or saint who was born in Irithyll. Tacking Smough onto Aldrich like that would be really creatively bankrupt, I think. Eventually he ate so many people and became so fat he go incredibly large and upon eating more people devolved into sludge. Smough/Aldrich try to move on with his new life, but his old pleasures continually pull at him and finally, he can’t take it anymore. I think he sent us his armor after killing that pleb because he was too full to get up and kill him himself. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Twisted great Hammer associated with Smough, the last knight to remain at his post, guarding the ruined cathedral. The other is that when you kill Aldrich the handmaid starts selling Smough’s set. However, if we were to assume that he did somehow survive that, it still doesn't negate the first point - Smough commanded ZERO respect, BEFORE he failed to stop you. I think the best thing about DS3 is the vague holes in the story, and if this is your head cannon then I say more power to you in it; I've certainly had some off the wall theories that I choose to keep as my story and I have all the respect for someone who does the same. Ornstein is the captain of the Four Knights of Gwyn Lord of Cinder, serving alongside Artorias the Abysswalker, Lord's Blade Ciaran, and Hawkeye Gough.As his name would suggest, he was an honorary dragon slayer. When you defeat Aldrich, Smough's set becomes available for purchase from the Shrine Handmaid. Also, you find Smough's Great Hammer in a chest next to Ornstein's Leo Ring in Irithyll, in that room that contains other pilfered treasures from Anor Londo's prime. For Dark Souls III on the PlayStation 4, a GameFAQs message board topic titled "Why the f*** do we unlock Smough Armor after killing Aldrich?" Depending on the order you killed them, his very body was absorbed by the illusion of Ornstein. Due to the lands of the lords of cinder converging as the flame fades, we have no concrete evidence that Irithyll and Anor Londo are one and the same. Smough's Leggings is a Legging in Dark Souls 3.It is part of the Smough's Set.. Grotesque armor associated with Smough, the last knight to stand in defense of the ruined cathedral. Again I have no proof or backing its just a way left field idea. Now if you didn't know already Spoiler: and there are hints that show up before you even discover this one is the appearance of Silver Knights in a chapel with images of Gwynevere, and in this very chapel: Smough's Greathammer. But Smough was dead. When you kill Aldrich, Smough's entire set becomes available for purchase in Firelink Shrine. So then when aldrich came across anor londo he found smoughs corpse and had a nom, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the DarksoulsLore community, Press J to jump to the feed. After killing Aldrich, Smough’s armor is able to be purchased, suggesting someone attuned with Smough was eaten by Aldrich. There’s a simple explanation for why we get Smough’s armour from the maiden after killing Aldrich- Aldrich ate Smough. Thus being watchful protectors of the cathedral itself. He starts the fight in the exact same place and position as Smough. Smough's power grew as he consumed the bodies and souls of men and other creatures. Suppose with Ornstein gone, Smough was left out of check and began forming his own following being the most powerful being in the kingdom at the time perhaps even creating a covenant while he was at it. In the intro it says Aldrich ate so many people that he turned into a blob, so he wasn't always that way. Respectfully, I'd have to disagree with this theory. About the armour thing, you could say that if you canonically kill smough first he doesn’t actually disappear in that white mist and instead ornstein just sucks the large out of him.