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Edmun Dragonsbane is an NPC in Dragon's Dogma. Also known as The Wyrmking.


Respected ruler of all Gransys. In his youth, he was dubbed a hero when he repelled the dragon. For that, he was also given the name Dragonsbane."


Overview

Duke Edmun Dragonsbane is ruler of Gransys. Born into the soldiery, in his youth he became an Arisen and together with a party of pawns set out to conquer a Dragon that had been terrorising the land.

Soon the threat from the Dragon was dispelled and Edmun returned to Gran Soren a hero, credited with its dispatch. Not long after he was crowned Duke on the wave of approval surrounding his deeds.

He then ruled Gransys for many a year, seemingly ageing little - though he had had many wives he had no heir, nor no family of his was known alive.

In point of fact Edmun had not slain a dragon but had in fact accepted it's bargain, sacrificing his beloved, Lenore, to its clutches. With his own heart in the Dragon's safekeeping he was granted almost perpetual life, and as part of the bargain with the Drake obtained wealth and power to sate any desire.

Much later, when others who had been youths when Edmun had tret with the Dragon had grown to old age, another Arisen from the little village of Cassardis set out and did defeat the Dragon

Once the Dragon was defeated, Edmun's immortality was ended, and he aged rapidly, gaining the many years he had lost, becoming a wizened and weakened old man, dying not long after.

Edmun wears a Set of Duke's Clothing, and carries a Crossed Cinquedea, though during Come to Court the Arisen is knighted with a Bastard Sword.

Combat

As the ageless Duke, Edmun is a formidable fighter. He has access to the Dragon's Maw attack and will use it. It is possible to slay Edmun either with a Maker's Finger or via Poisoning, though he is immune to a Maker's Finger if seated in his ducal throne. On death an Inclination Elixir may be obtained

Later as the aged Duke he is much weaker, and slowed - when aged he is vulnerable to all debilitations (Blind, Tarred, Torpor, Poison, Lowered Strength, though even when Blinded, the Duke can somehow still locate and strike the Arisen.

Quests

Background

QUOTE DD2
"Originally just another soldier, one day Edmun awoke as an Arisen. Perhaps it was coincidence, perhaps fate, but just days later, a dragon attacked Gransys. Fulfilling his role as an Arisen, Edmun enlisted a number of pawns and set out to face the dragon. The epic battle that followed would be celebrated in song for generations to come, for unlike so many before him, Edmun triumphed over the wyrm. Slaying an evil dragon—in all of recorded history, there was only one other who had achieved this miraculous feat: the great unifier, Godking Leonart. Yet now, Edmun too had defeated a dragon. With everyone singing his praises, plus the support of the noble Gildas who had long been his ally, Edmun was propelled into the heart of government on an overwhelming wave of support.

A number of years passed. When the former duke fell ill and passed away childless, Edmun was selected as his successor. None contested his appointment to the position of duke for he was one of only two men to ever successfully complete a Wyrm Hunt. To refute him was to refute Leonart, the very father of their nation.

Having been appointed duke, Edmun took the name “Wyrmking” for himself. This title, a reminder of his victory over the dragon, was happily accepted by the people. Under the rule of Wyrmking Edmun, Gransys has seen a long period of peace and Edmun, with seemingly inexhaustible youth, remains hale and healthy to this day.
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―Edmun's Tale.[1]

Edmun's pawn is missing, and his family unknown. Though Fedel claims to be the Duke's nephew, according to Domenique he was previously a serving man in the employ of an uncle of the Duke.

According to Nettie the Duke has had procession of wives, but yet lacks a living heir. His latest spouse is the young Aelinore, a princess from Meloire.

Quotes

  • "Heed this well, Arisen: To challenge the dragon is to challenge Edmun Dragonsbane. It will not stand."

During Come to Court

  • "All through my reign, I foresaw the coming of this danger. And so I gathered men into armies, stones into strongholds. I readied for war. And then you, Arisen... You came to us, and the dragon with you. Pray, think on the meaning of that, and on your duty."
  • "Carry on in your endeavors for the duchy, Arisen. As long as you've the will to fight, I shall see you are granted the opportunity."
  • "If it is work you want, seek Aldous."

When making an arrest

  • "Presumptuous fool!"

Notes

  • If the Arisen chooses the ending Solitude they end in the same position as the Duke.
  • Before he is aged, Edmun can personally arrest the Arisen if they commit a crime in the Demense.
  • Though Ser Elthar the Treasury guard is normally immune to the Arisen's attacks, if caught by those of the Duke, he can be slain.
  • If fought to around half of his health the Duke May arrest the Arisen himself. If any of the treasury items were stolen they will be confiscated on arrest.
  • Edmun cannot be become the Arisen's Beloved - though he will accept gifts and react accordingly.

Trivia

King Cassiodorus , Dragonslayer

King Casiodorus surrounded by advisors in "Dragonslayer".

  • Duke Edmun's false claim to have killed the Dragon is not unique - in the final scene of the film Dragonslayer (Paramount/Disney, 1981), King Casiodorus takes credit for the killing of the Dragon.

Speculation

Edmun's pawn is never seen, nor does there seem to be any record of it. Furthermore Pawns are forbidden to enter the Demesne, which some take as being suspicious, though most people of Gransys will also never be admitted to the Duke's close quarters.

  • It may be that the duke has forbidden pawns from entering the castle ... for then he will be cruelly reminded of the sacrifice he made against a Dragon he believed he could not defeat. alternatively it may be that pawns will know of his betrayal, or that he fears such a thing.
  • The ending, Solitude, obtained if the Arisen also accepts the Dragon's bargain, shows them enthroned, in the Duke's Demense, but totally alone, even their pawn is gone - it seems likely that the Arisen loses all power to summon pawns if they take the Dragon's bargain.
  • It has be speculated that Lenore was both his beloved and pawn, and that by sacrificing her he lost the remainder of his soul. A simpler explanation is that Lenore was his human beloved, and a separate person to his pawn.

See also

Gallery


Sources

  1. Dragon's Dogma characters (Capcom)