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Elysion is an NPC in Dragon's Dogma.


The Elysion is leader of the nihilist cult "Salvation". Blinded in one eye by his own hand, in the image of the writer of the work “The Testament of Hopeless Regret”, he leads the evil destructive cult in Gransys, causing death wherever its hand reaches.

He is a powerful magician, skilled in Dark magic - together with other members of the cult he raises skeletons from freshly dead humans, and is powerful enough to create Wights from two of his acolytes in a confrontation with the Arisen at the top of The Greatwall castle.

To him the Arisen is anathema, as he worships the Dragon - fittingly he is destroyed by the self same Dragon whose destruction he welcomed at the climax of the quest Deny Salvation.


  • Briefly appears on a cliff overlooking the Encampment after the Salvation branded Cyclops is defeated in the quest Call of the Arisen.
  • Briefly appears in the Encampment leaving through the southern gate if one re-enters the tent housing the Riftstone immediately after completing Strength in Numbers.
  • Appears in Cassardis on the Arisen's return to that village, if the Arisen returns after Call of the Arisen and before the Hydra battle at the Encampment.
  • Appears at the end of the quest Seeking Salvation
  • Appears and meets his fate at the end of the quest Deny Salvation


"It took the dragon only seconds to wipe entire nations from the map of the world. One of the nations which the dragon had utterly destroyed had been large and powerful, enough so that if not for the dragon’s attacks it may well have come out the victor of the Endless Strife. But it was not a tragedy without survivors and among those few who lived through the horrors of that attack was the son of the king, the prince of this lost country. One of his eyes, wounded in his flight from the dragon’s attack, began to fester and, before long, the pestilence would claim his life. He took his rage and regret and transmitted them to the page via ink and quill. As the racking fever and pain gripped his body, he came to one conclusion: humans deserved to be destroyed. The world and its people clearly needed to be purged by the dragon’s claws in order to be reborn anew. He titled his writings “The Testament of Hopeless Regret” . The existence of this text eventually led to the creation a continent-wide secret society named Salvation. The Testament came to be blazoned always with the mark of a single eye: the Remaining Eye. This is most likely why Salvation favors the use of the cyclops, which they call “the beasts that beckon the destruction.”'

Then, many years later, one young man performed an unheard act: before a large gathering of his Salvation brethren, he tore out his own right eye. Where he came from or what brought him to the doors of Salvation is unknown. What is known is that he believed that in giving up his eye, he remade himself in the image of Salvation’s creator and impressed upon his brethren that this was the man who could lead their cause to success. Just as he had desired, the young man quickly rose through the ranks and eventually became their Great Leader, the one who guided them, and was given the name Elysion to refer to the paradise that they expect to follow death.
To be named after this idea illustrated the organization’s faith in the Elysion—that he would bring about such a paradise for all. The significant expectations placed upon him by the organization were again demonstrated when he, the Great Leader, was sent in person to Gransys after the dragon appeared. There are even whispers among the other members of Salvation that the Great Leader Elysion is in fact a descendant of the prince who originally penned The Testament of Hopeless Regret and that this heritage is why the organization places so much faith in him…"
―Elysion's Tale.[1]


In Cassardis

"Ahh, the venerable Arisen returns... Are you come to lead the pawns on a quest to slay the Dragon? Those equivocal husks?  Will or nil, the Arisen is always drawn to the Dragon, as puppets strung in Fate's own thread. Many have come before you, eager to stand tall atop the grand capstone of worldly truth that is the dragon."
"The dragon is ever born anew into the world and with it, too, the Arisen.  All Arisen seek out the dragon, but lucky are the few that attain an audience with the beast... while they yet live.  Ours is a weak, fragile world and little within it is more frail than man."
"In yon encampment they gather up their knights and hired steel... They think to grow their numbers and hunt the dragon...  But they shall soon learn their lot will e'er be as prey."

Seeking Salvation

"Tis our curse that the soul must exist in such incompletion while we remain in this material coil. And it is in that incompletion of the soul that all human suffering, pain, and lamentation finds its inexorable source. Whence, then, is salvation? Tis not to be found in pleasure. For pleasure is but another manifestation of the soul's inchoateness. A distraction born of the flesh. Is it but pain's shadow, and no less a transient illusion. For the soul cannot find true pleasure in this world. This world which writhes and struggles against its failings, bludgeoned by its own heedless throes. In a true and proper world, all souls would forever remain in an even state, perfect and complete as they are unchanging. Where can we look to find such balance? Wherein lies the equilibrium our tortured world seeks? In the dragon! Bestower of fear to all man in equal measure. The dragon is the force by which the world will right itself, and we are duty bound to cede our souls unto it. If we seek freedom from pain unending and comfort in the constancy of the soul made complete, we must submit to its fiery arbitration. Think not of this as surrender, nor as the escape of the weak or the craven. No! I bid you, do not run from fear. Do not hate it. For it is fear which rarefies and distills the soul unto its rightful, lofty character."
Upon welcoming the Arisen
"Come to join our flock, Arisen?"
"This! This is the answer, dear Arisen!"
"Unto all things, death and chaos!"

During Deny Salvation

"Ah, the Arisen! Welcome! It would seem our fates are closely bound. The honeyed sleep of destruction will find this place... and all the world, in it's turn. Indeed, the coming night ill needs us, its faithful harbingers. *laughs* Just as you, in your hubris, cannot hope to stop the divine beast that marked you. Before its might you stand as useless and frail as this ungainly contrivance of brick and mortar! Nonetheless, the trice you might delay the dragon's coming is blasphemy just the same."
"I had brought my flock to see these walls reduced to dust, but first, they shall peel the flesh from your bones, my dear Arisen. Kehehehe....hahahahaha!"
Upon the Greatwall's Roof
"Hahahaha... I fear I have misjudged the extent of your skill, dear Arisen. I see it was folly to worry of walls and armies while you still live! However... it seems my regret will be short lived. Don't you feel it? The very air dances around us! Hahahaha! The long night is come! The dragon's reign, at last, begins!"
"Merciful winged death! All-powerful and merciless Grigori! Behold, you unrepentant blasphemers! THIS! Is absolute truth! THIS IS SALVATIO- "



  • Elysion's name may be a reference to the Greek mythological term: "Elysium, a state of the afterlife reserved for those related to the gods or those chosen by them as worthy."
  • Some have noted that Elysion is similar to Darth Sidious (Emperor Palpatine) from the Star Wars series, both in appearance and nature.
  • The blade he uses to create Wights from two of his acolytes is Crimson Teeth.


  1. Dragon's Dogma characters (Capcom)