Bandai Namco graced us with some new Elden Ring lore in a small update to the official site.
However, it raises far more questions than it answers, mostly because it answers very few.
We have a better idea of what's happening in The Lands Between, and with family wars and a substantial amount of power up for grabs, it's hard not to see George R.R. Martin's hand in the narrative - even if he finished his role long ago.
Here's Bandai's Elden Ring story overview:
Rise, Tarnished, and be guided by grace to brandish the power of the Elden Ring and become an Elden Lord in the Lands Between.
In the Lands Between ruled by Queen Marika the Eternal, the Elden Ring, the source of the source of the Erdtree, has been shattered.
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Bandai Namco Releases New Elden Ring Lore
Marika's offspring, demigods all, claimed the shards of the Elden Ring known as the Great Runes, and the mad taint of their newfound strength triggered a war: The Shattering. A war that meant abandonment by the Greater Will.
And now the guidance of grace will be brought to the Tarnished who were spurned by the grace of gold and exiled from the Lands Between. Ye dead who yet live, your grace long lost, follow the path to the Lands Between beyond the foggy sea to stand before the Elden Ring.
And become the Elden Lord.
Who the Tarnished are, why Marika is apparently fine with an undead person taking her power, and what makes them apparently immune to the Elden Ring's sanity-shattering power is left tantalizingly just out of reach.
Fortunately, we won't have too much longer to find out since Elden Ring releases early in 2022.
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[Source: Bandai Namco]