The story of Elden Ring is expansive and often confusing. There’s a lot of history and backstory to uncover as you journey through the Lands Between, and just getting a sense of the local politics and religion is an important aspect of figuring out what the hell you’re trying to do. It’s also easy to miss what’s going on around you, especially because so much of the game is optional. If you’re not inspecting every corner, reading every item description, or talking to every character you meet several times and on several occasions, parts of the story might blow right past you.
If you know where to look, though, you can learn a lot about what’s going on in Elden Ring, and how you’re affecting the game world as you move through it. Sure, you’re killing a bunch of demigods–but understanding who they are and why you’re killing them illuminates a lot about the game itself. So we’re endeavoring to explain the broad strokes of what actually happens in Elden Ring, not just the history that sets up the story. This is the story of you, the Tarnished who would be Elden Lord, cutting a bloody swath through the Lands Between to stand before the Elden Ring.
Of course, this article will contain spoilers. If you’re not up on the broad lore and history of the Lands Between, you should read our History and Lore explainer that talks about everything that happens before you wake up in the Church of Ambition. We’re also going to avoid going into the quest stories of various characters, as those can make your journey in Elden Ring into a more specific story. And while we’ll talk about the ending of the game, we’re only going to talk about the main, simple ending, and not any of the ones that require completing NPC quests to unlock. For explainers on those, check out our other Elden Ring story articles.
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