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|“||Visitor… Moon-scented hunter… I am Annalise, Queen of Castle Cainhurst. Ruler of the Vilebloods, and sworn enemy of the church. Yet, our people are murdered, and we are prisoner to this wretched mask. What is it thou’rt in search of?||„|
Annalise, also known as the "Queen of the Vilebloods", is the ruling leader of the Vilebloods and the enemy of the Healing Church, as well as a villain in the videogame Bloodborne.
She is voiced by Jenny Funnell.
Annalise is a fair woman of an indeterminate age, her obscured face doing this. She wears an iron mask (implied to have been forced upon her by Logarius as a form of punishment) that completely obscures her face, her long white hair growing out from the back and sides. Her dress is a dark grey noblewoman's dress similar to the grape-colored dress that Arianna is seen wearing.
There is little known about Annalise's reign. The hunters that served under her considered the death of beasts as decadent art, and hunted others, especially hunters, to find blood dregs in their coldblood in order to allow her to consume them and bear a child.
He is very formal and aristocratic, demanding the Hunter to address her as Queen and bow to her in a formal manner before cooperating with him/her in any way, and speaks in majestic plural despite of the destruction of her court. This could, however, be out of a form of sorrowful denial over the destruction of the Vilebloods, as she is unoffended should the Hunter decline her offer into the Vileblood clan, even considering it a "wise choice."
Despite her hatred of the Healing Church, she shares with them belief in the Great Ones, as her goal for the harvesting of blood dregs was so that she could bear a child of a Great One.
Powers and Abilities
At first glance, it could be assumed that she was a normal human being. However, it is clear that she is anything but.
She is immortal, as not only could she be restored from being pulverized into a literal bloody-pulp by Alfred, but the sole reason why Cainhurst was shrouded from the outside world by Martyr Logarius was because he could not kill her, instead sacrificing his life and humanity in order to keep everybody else from stepping foot into Cainhurst.
It is also possible that she may hold some arcane magic, as she implies all of the Vilebloods are prisoner to her mask when she clearly uses I/me when referring to herself specifically. It is possible her mask, which has notable cracking on one side, was made to restrain her powers.
It is mentioned that her blood is "intoxicating" and "corrupted"(though this is implied to be healing church propaganda), and that members of the Vilebloods would hunt and kill others to have the opportunity to drink her corrupted blood.
Once, a scholar betrayed his fellows at Byrgenwerth, and brought forbidden blood back with him to Cainhurst Castle. It was there that the first of the inhuman Vilebloods was born.
Cainhurst was the home castle of old nobles, secluded from Yharnam but still interacting with them. They were a group that valued bloodlines and tradition, and enjoyed spilling blood, both their own and others. It is explicitly mentioned they loved extravagance and parties, before being exterminated by the Executioners for the "forbidden blood" they stole from the Healing Church, and therefore ending their trades with Yharnam.
The Executioners came to Cainhurst and became to brutally massacre the nobles of Cainhurst, their leader Logarius staying behind to kill Annalise. This was impossible given her immortality, so he used the Crown of Illusions as a means of making access to the Castle and the Queen in question impossible for others, leaving himself to rot and decay on guard, becoming a lich-like being.
The hunter receives an invitation to Cainhurst from an unknown source(impossible to be the queen, as she is surprised by the hunter's presence), which brings them to the abandoned castle where she was imprisoned, where they defeat Logarius and encounter Annalise, and can then join her covenant.
She is later visited by Executioner Alfred if he is offered the unopened summons, who in his fanaticism proceed to obliterate the Vileblood Queen into a fleshy pulp in order to avenge his master. The Hunter can them take her remains to the Altair of Despair, rejuvenated her form back to normal.
- She is loosely based off of The Empress Tarot card, as well as famed murderer Elizabeth Bathory.
- It is implied that Annalise could be a descendant of the Pthumerians (possibly even Queen Yharnam herself), as she has the same skin-tone and hair color, as well as possessing their (speculated) ability to regenerate from death.
- Lady Maria and Annalise are confirmed to be distant relatives.
- In the banquet hall where the Noble Dress is found, there is a portrait of a woman in a crown holding a white haired infant. Many speculate this to be Annalise's child, but there is no proof of this to be the case.