|“||Thy next foe is...Paradise floats upon the lake...A silent being wields thunder...A moving bridge to cross to higher ground.||„|
The Twelfth Colossus, nicknamed Pelagia, is a major antagonist from the video game Shadow of the Colossus. It is the twelfth boss encountered in the game and a vessel for the essence of Dormin.
Pelagia and the other fifteen Colossi were created by Lord Emon to contain the fragmented essence of the defeated evil Dormin. He set them all to wander the Forbidden Lands, destroying anyone that comes their way, so that Dormin could never be resurrected.
Shadow of the Colossus
When a young man named Wander trespasses in the Forbidden Lands and asks the disembodied spirit of Dormin to resurrect his deceased lover Mono, Dormin agrees under the condition that Wander kills all of the sixteen colossi (tricking Wander into releasing his essence so he may be reborn). Wander agrees, and sets off.
Pelagia is the twelfth colossus that he encounters, emerging from underneath the waters of a cliffside lake to the northeast. It will immediately attack Wander, shooting electrical energy projectiles from the tusks on either side of its head. Wander must hide below the surface of the water and either make his way over to one of the small ruined structures on the lake and hide, causing Pelagia to search for him, or sneak around to the colossus' back. Wander must climb up to Pelagia's head, where he will encounter a series of bone-like stones. By hitting them, he can steer the colossus. Wander must steer Pelagia to one of the structures and jump up on top of it. Once there, Pelagia will jump up to search for Wander; it is then that Wander must jump to its now exposed chest and stab its sigil. If the colossus does not die, it will retreat to the water and smash the structure, forcing Wander to repeat the process. After the sigil is stabbed enough times, Pelagia will collapse into the lake and die, releasing the fragmented essence of Dormin contained within its body.
This fragmental part of Dormin will bring Wander back to the Shrine of Worship, where he will be prepared to face his next foe. It will later combine with the other fifteen parts to form Dormin, who will possess Wander and later be banished by Lord Emon.
Pelagia's corpse can be seen as the credits roll.
- Pelagia is the only colossi to lack eyes. Instead, its tusks serve as its eyes, blue when passive and orange when agitated, and dim when Pelagia dies.
- A very rare glitch can occur where Wander can grab onto Pelagia's belly underwater, although he will be unable to stab it.
- After Pelagia's death, returning to the lake reveals that its body has risen to the surface. This is so the player can enter Reminiscence Mode if they wish to. The same is true to Hydrus.