To protect the Vessel, the Dreamers lay sleeping.
Through their devotion, Hallownest lasts eternal.
The Dreamers are three beings who volunteered to be put into an eternal sleep in order to use their power to seal away the Hollow Knight. The Knight encounters two projections of the Dreamers, once in Greenpath and again in Resting Grounds. Both times the Dreamers tell the Knight to abandon their quest and attempt to stop the Knight from finding their resting bodies by trapping them in the Dream Realm.
After finding a Dreamer, using the Dream Nail on their body will send the Knight into a Dream that contains a vulnerable form of that dreamer. Killing this form and absorbing it using Focus will break their respective seal.
Monomon the Teacher
|In her Archive, surrounded by fog and mist.|
|Monomon appeared to be a chief researcher of Hallownest, with strange jumbled lore tablets in the Teacher's Archives that contain certain phrases such as:
The Archives also contain a tank full of Charged Lumaflies, presumably there in order to study them. Monomon is hinted to have sourced the creatures resembling jellyfish found in Fog Canyon, if not only by accident.
Quirrel was Monomon's apprentice, and she entrusted him with her mask which would serve as additional protection for her once she became a Dreamer. Monomon wants the Seals to break in order to end Hallownest's stasis.
Elegy For Hallownest
The Elegy for Hallownest is a poem written by Monomon the Teacher. Its first four lines are displayed during the opening sequence of the game:
In wilds beyond they speak your name with reverence and regret,
Lurien the Watcher
|In his Spire, looking over the city.|
|Lurien's role in Hallownest is unclear, though given that he resided in the Watcher's Spire in the City of Tears with his guards the Watcher Knights and with various servants such as his butler, it is clear he played an important role. At the top of his spire, Lurien has a large telescope that looks down over the City of Tears contributing to his title of "The Watcher".
He became a Dreamer out of loyalty to the Pale King and to protect the City of Tears. Unlike Monomon, he believes that the Seals must remain.
Herrah the Beast
|In her Den, amidst the deep darkness beyond the kingdom.|
|Herrah was the former queen of the spider tribe of Deepnest and the mother of Hornet. She agreed to become a Dreamer if the Pale King had a child with her. Since the sire of Deepnest died, it is suggested that Herrah was desperate to have a child of the "honoured caste" due to her being only a common beast; this might have been why she wanted to have a child together with the Pale King. After Hornet was born, Herrah and Hornet were permitted little time together.
The Dreamers are encountered as a group in Greenpath and the Resting Grounds. Their physical bodies can be found in different locations, with Monomon's physical body being in the Teacher's Archives in Fog Canyon, Lurien's in Watcher's Spire in the City of Tears, and Herrah's in Beast's Den in Deepnest.
|Destroy Monomon the Teacher|
|Destroy Lurien the Watcher|
|Destroy Herrah the Beast|
- In Team Cherry's previous game, Hungry Knight, there are three masks found on the bosses that look similar to the Dreamers', specifically Monomon's.
- In the original concepts for the Dreamers, all three Dreamers looked identical; sharing Monomon's mask and having the body shape of Lurien. The identical masks can still be seen on the archways outside the Temple of the Black Egg, and on one of the Hollow Knight promotional posters. The identical bodies can still be found on the Hollow Knight fountain in the City of Tears.
- Cut dialogue exists for all the Dreamers which can still be found in the game files, including a cut version of the Elegy for Hallownest.
- After Lurien has been killed all the previously lit candles in his chamber will have been extinguished after exiting his dream.
- A test room for the Dreamers exists in the game's files. It contains a figure that looks exactly like the original concept for the Dreamers. It cannot be interacted with in any way.
- Early in development Lurien was known as "Lurian, The Whisperer". Herrah was called Hegemol, this name was reused for one of the Five Great Knights.