There are a lot of mysteries in The Lands Between. What is her name? Who are the Outer Gods? And why is Miquella wrapped in a big egg? Maybe we’ll get answers in the next expansion, Shadow of the Erdtree, but until then, the Tarnished have to make do with what little information Elden Ring gives them.
One Tarnished has asked what’s up with the strange coffin elevators in Elden Ring’s underground areas because no one has told them why they are there. There are a number of coffins that can take players from Siofra Aqueduct to Deeproot Depths, from Deeproot Depths to Ainsel River, and from the Lake of Rot to the boss fight with Astel.
The first time you use these coffins, you just strap yourself in and go over a waterfall. If you want to go back, you can use the same coffin to get to the area you were in before. It will magically float back up the waterfall with orange runes that light up.
There Are Coffins Everywhere
Even for the Lands Between, a way to get around that involves coffins is a little strange. There is also no official answer to the question of who or what made these coffins. Several people on the Tarnished over the Elden Ring subreddit have made jokes about this lack of explanation, with one suggesting that director Hidetaka Miyazaki just yelled “coffin elevator” one day while making Elden Ring.
The post below shows the image of a coffin being used as an elevator:
We turn to Reddit user MTDLuke for a real explanation. “There’s no proof, but I think the Nox/Night Folk/Numen put their dead in these coffins, which are then magically carried down the river as part of their funeral ceremonies,” they say. “This is why there are coffins all along the river. The coffins going up and down the waterfalls are just a reminder of the magic they used to let they’re dead follow the path of the water through the Eternal Cities.”
In the legends of the Elden Ring, the Nox had to deal with a lot of dead people because Queen Marika made them live underground forever and they tried to make a star spawn their new god, but it destroyed one of their underground cities.
Getting a lot of dead people to their final resting place was probably an industrial problem that needed an industrial solution, and what would be better than a coffin that was magically enchanted to go back to its source when it was done dumping its dead?
VaatiVidya’s lore video is a good place to learn more about the Eternal Cities and the Nox because it gives a clear explanation and has very well-done screenshots from the game. When Shadow of the Erdtree comes out, whenever that might be, we hope it will add to the Nox’s history.
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