[SPOILERS] [DLC2 Lore] I attempted to translate the runes on a certain special weapon, what I found was interesting.

Hi, I've tried to interpret the runic message on Gael's Greatsword as it has been recently revealed in full concept-art detail. I used this page and tried my best to interpret their intended shape, all to see if they relate to a standard runic alphabet(they share a bunch of Anglo elements). It seems they tell the story we've had confirmed in the ringed city, though I think it might have further insight into why the god's fear the age of men. Full disclaimer there is a lot of speculation here so feel free to discuss this to theory to bits.

Gael's Runes Credit youtuber Mitch L, check his video for more details and commentary on the illustrations in the book. I'm possibly wrong in terms of the arrangement and accuracy of this translation, I'm no expert and the only info I have on this is referring to the dude who translated the Titanite Slab runes (and wikipedia). But on the other hand, the translation I found was pretty concise with the lore we've been told so far.

Here is my attempted translation rune for rune, parenthesis denote interpretations of in-lore context

In revelation of this contextual interpretation, I've attempted to reinterpret the slab with new context in terms of the god's relation with nature. It reads:

Line 1

Line 2

Line 3

The slabs foreshadow Dark Souls 3's plot pretty well when read this way, and it puts Gael's sword into a proper context as well. That last line even suggests a world akin to bloodborne's handling of arcane/deific aspects.

Anyways. Here's my loose, rambling interpretation of these items and their contextual lore significance, and why they further The Ringed City's motif of binding:

In the state of nothingness (grey fog), the presence of souls(first flames,material worth/existence/potential for life) creates parity/duality/bonding.

Gael is possibly a servant of the Gods, the gods fear the unknown outcomes of the dark soul (mankind) and their ascendance to God's throne (god in the sense of worldly domain, nature still supersedes). They fear it for rational, but selfish, reasons. They are in turn scorned by the shifting forces of nature for trying to play god; afterall, that's what they were truly pretending to be. You need to become indifferent to the inevitable suffering of life and death to appreciate the beauty that forms along its many demises, this is the Buddhist/Shinto philosophy the game is attempting to impress on the audience. Whether Gael is Servant of the Gods or otherwise, the inscriptions might serve a purpose similar to the "The moon always sets in Irithyl" line earlier in the game. As in, Gael might have these runes as a reminder of the inevitability of his duty.

The gods are corrupted by desire to maintain flame. For instance, the black flame of Lady Friede is a rotten flame, it's in the rotten world of Ariandel to show how fire has become the dark it feared; A starkly contrasting revelation that further reveals the truth that dark in man is peaceful, unless tainted otherwise. The need more of the world tree to burn to keep it going (as seen with the withering kiln) leads humanity to become the kindling. This process binds nature to man, and nature's ire takes the form of beasts that punish the gods (Chaos demons, Darkwraiths, Hollowing etc) Humans are of the dark, that which would be drawn out from it's peaceful vessel by fire. In burning the world-tree (yew) to maintain the age of fire,they scorned the innocent nature in dark. In failing to see their own sins, they punished man not for their nature, but for their own tainted assumptions.

Man, wrongly scorned, carries the taint of it's bindings into it's age of dark, and the old eldritch elements in Bloodborne reveal ties to this(might be just thematic references). Gods fully created the beastial nature in man, having stared into the abyss in their hearts and fearing it. They stared into the dark, and in it's reflection saw their own fears of desire, a desire which drove them to sinfully brand men out of fear of their inevitable ascendance to power. Pretty good Hubris.

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