Elden Ring Lore: Warriors of the Badlands

In Elden Ring Lore, there are two notable warriors that are associated with the Badlands. They are Hoarah Loux, also known as Godfrey, and Nepheli Loux.

Hoarah Loux, Warrior

Elden Ring Lore: Warriors of the Badlands
Artwork of Hoarah Loux, Warrior by “Gum_shrew” on Artstation.

Gum_Shrew drew this marvelous artwork. Be sure to check it out here: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/Ze9wlZ

Hoarah Loux was a warrior from the Badlands when Queen Marika encountered him and invited him to be her consort. He was a mortal with God-like strength. But Hoarah Loux was a Barbarian through and through, and he obviously wasn’t suited to be a calm and reasonable king.

Because of his insatiable lust for battle, he had to take the Beast Regent Serosh in order to calm his bloodlust. Serosh caused Hoarah Loux’s savage nature to be less intense. Essentially, Serosh is Hoarah Loux’s Barbaric Nature personified.

Hoarah Loux is the perfect representation of how over the top and powerful the warriors of Badlands are.

Queen Marika banished him along with the other Tarnished because he had lost the Guidance of Grace. He was sent back to the Badlands, where he continued to be a Chieftain.

Despite being human and banished, even General Radahn deeply respected and idolised him. Every warrior and combatant from the Lands Between dreams of being as legendary as Hoarah Loux.

Nepheli Loux, Warrior

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Nepheli Loux, Warrior by u/A-Ether on r/eldenring

u/A-Ether drew this gorgeous artwork of Nepheli. Check it out here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Eldenring/comments/tna8b1/nepheli_loux_portrait_i_made/

Nepheli Loux, Warrior is one of the most loved characters in Elden Ring, and for good reason. She grew up in the Badlands, where she constantly witnessed how the powerful slaughtered the weak and she deeply cared about the weak and hoped to see an end to the violence against them as a Warrior.

She seems to be a relation of Hoarah Loux, as they both share the same surname “Loux”. Her side quest is wonderful, so be sure to not miss it!

A DLC?

There is also the starting class “Hero”, who’s a warrior from the Badlands. There’s little information on the Badlands in Elden Ring. Players believe that a DLC named Barbarians of the Badlands will release in the near future. Let’s hope to learn more about this intriguing location if this DLC comes out.

Who are the Warriors based on?

There are a few real-life tribes and clans on which we can think that these Warriors were based.

They wield Axes as the Vikings did, and their brutish nature could’ve been based on the Barbarian tribes. It seems that their weaponry was one of the only few inspirations from the Vikings because the warriors’ attire doesn’t look like they suit cold weather.

Tribes like the Berbers from North Africa might have inspired the Warriors in the game. The Warriors’ darker skin colour and minimal attire depict this. One can say that the Warrior starting class (curved sword wielders) were heavily inspired by the Berbers as well because their outfits look really similar to those of the Berbers. Read more about the Berbers here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berbers

The outfits share some resemblance to the outfits of the Nubian warriors, too. They were one of the most powerful tribes in Africa.

Barbarians relied on brute force and strength in order to win battles, and the Warriors from Elden Ring are just that. It says in the Item Description of Hero’s set, that the Warriors from Badlands shunned excessive adornments.

Another group in Elden Ring which seems to be based on the Vikings are the Northern Kaiden Mercenaries. Their outfits and helmets resemble those of the Vikings.

If you’re interested in the backstories in Elden Ring, read more of our Elden Ring lore articles.

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