Name: The Dragonforged
Personality: Solitary, wise, and regretful. The Dragonforged awaits a worthy arisen to train and prepare for the inevitable battle ahead. He is well over 1000 years old (though surprisingly youthful and strong) and shows multiple scars and burns across his flesh.
Relationship: Arisen(Past), Mentor
There are very few who know of the existence of this man and none knows the truth of his identity. There is only one thing that they know for sure about this puzzling individual: he knows more than anyone else living about dragons.
His name and his ties are unknown. Equally mysterious is how he came to possess his considerable familiarity with dragons. However he came about it, the breadth of his knowledge is undeniable. He knows things that no person on the earth should know.
No one else can say if the things which he says are true. Some consider him to be nothing but a fabricator of myths and lies. Still he does seem to know something about dragons and so—since his connection with the terrible beasts was the only fact that anyone alive knew about him—he came to be known only as the Dragonforged. (The Dragonforged's Tale).
He is the only man who knows how to read Dragonspeak, and a few quests rely on this knowledge.
- Grants a Dragonleather Vest and a Draconian Strategy Vol. 1 upon speaking to him just before The Final Battle.
- After Deny Salvation, if the pawns are spoken to, they will imply that The Dragonforged faced The Dragon long ago.
- Speaking with him, he will talk about "the choice" the Arisen will have to make atop the The Tainted Mountain.
- In the room down to the right there is a well-hidden inscription that reads: "Seek the spear aimed at the hilltop sky..."
- See also
- Dragon's Dogma World and Lore
It has been supposed that the Dragonforged was the leader of the great kingdom the player sees later in the game, to which the Dragon refers during the Final Battle. One theory is that the Dragonforged's deal with the Dragon was the sacrifice of his Kingdom in exchange for deep knowledge regarding the dragons. He notes in his conversations with the Arisen that he did not trust in other people, suggesting that he was not given an option to sacrifice a beloved like the Duke and the present day Arisen.
Another theory, is that the Dragonforged faced the Dragon in battle, but was forced to fight with his hands due to his weapon (a spear) breaking - evidence for this is the Dragonforged burnt arms, and the tip of a broken spear found at the Hillfigure Knoll (see Signs of Valor) - there are cryptic references to these on inscriptions inside the Dragonforged cave. His moniker "Dragonforged" could be a reference to having fought a Dragon barehanded, as Dragonforging is usually applied only to weapons used against a Dragon.
- "All I know is yours to hear, should you desire it."
- On the Dragon : "The beast is called death incarnate, the greatest of evils... You will learn, when you come to face it, that the truth is not so simple. It possesses deep insight to match its cold and steady drive to destruction. And an air of resignation, perhaps, lies beneath its imposing rage."
- On the Arisen : "The arisen is a child of man. No more, no less. 'Tis said the Arisen is born whene'er man take his first true step toward a goal. When the spirit gives rise to action, a man becomes Arisen. Those, like us, whose paths lead to the dragon are known unto the beast as a matter of instrinct. Just as it is our own instrinct that guides us on."
- On himself : "I am he(him) who was forged in the dragon's fire. I stand astride the bounds of life and death, remaining here that I may pass my knowledge on to the Arisen of each coming age. My battle as the Arisen has spanned a thousand years and yet it knows no end. Nor shall it, until the Arisen to follow me strikes the dragon dead."
- On the Arisens's hearts : "Aye, ours are bodies marked by the wyrm, yours and mine. A scar across the chest, to stand as proof of the dragon's claim over our hearts. I carved a scarred man into the face of this hill, that it might serve as a beacon to those who bear our mark. It beats yet, as does mine, there within the beast. A thousand years since it was stolen, and yet it beats... As long as the dragon lives, the hearts in its safekeeping know no death. Our kind may die in battle, aye, but neither age nor illness will ever claim us. We have stepped free of this mortal coil, Arisen."
- "... The Arisen needs know little, and needs do still less. There is but one mantra you need hear, in truth: Follow your instinct."
- "I considered any bond with another being as a seed of doom for the Arisen. I feared them for a weakness, and feared weakness above all... And so I cast all ties aside and rose against the dragon in solitude... To this end. Even now, I know not what I ought have done different. How I ought have faced my weakness... perhaps that doubt above all, explains why I fell short."
- "Edmun? Did you speak the name Edmun? Tis the name of the Arisen who came before you. I know not how he turned away the Dragon...I bade him follow his instinct, same as I have bidden you. That is all our kind can do, Arisen of the present day. Continue forth from that first step and never look back. Tis our duty, and our fate. Though my own path stopped short, leaving me to linger on, an unsightly revenant..."