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Though my gaze shall no longer fall upon this city, I will act forever in its protection.
-Lurien the Watcher
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Lurien the Watcher is an NPC in Hollow Knight. He is one of the Dreamers and is involved in the Knight's quest to destroy the Infection.

Lore

Lurien used to watch over the City of Tears from the Watcher's Spire. The Watcher Knights were his guards, and he had various servants such as his butler. At the top of his Spire, Lurien had a large telescope that looks down over the City of Tears, contributing to his title of "The Watcher".

After the Infection appeared, Lurien became part of the Pale King's plan to seal the Radiance away in the Hollow Knight. He volunteered to be a Dreamer out of loyalty to the Pale King and to protect the City of Tears and the kingdom of Hallownest.[2] Lurien and the other Dreamers sealed the entrance to the Black Egg in the Temple of the Black Egg, which put them into an eternal sleep.[2]

In-game events

Lurien appears as a projection together with the other Dreamers in both Greenpath and the Resting Grounds. Unlike Monomon the Teacher, Lurien wants their Seals to remain.[3][4] He and the other Dreamers attempt to lock the Knight in the Dream Realm after the Resting Grounds encounter.

Once the Knight reaches his physical body in the Watcher's Spire after defeating the Watcher Knights, his mind can be entered by using the Dream Nail. He can then be attacked in his Dream after which Focus can be used to break his Seal. His physical body has disappeared when the Knight wakes up.

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  • ...For King beloved...
  • ...To sleep. To serve...
  • ...Bonds must remain...
  • ...Remain...

Location

Lurien's physical body is located in Watcher's Spire in the City of Tears. The Watcher Knights need to be defeated to reach him.

Gallery

Achievements

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Destroy Lurien the Watcher

Trivia

  • When Lurien has been killed, all the previously lit candles in his chamber are extinguished after exiting his dream.
  • There is a hidden room in the Watcher's Spire which contains Lurien's journal. It can be accessed after taking the lift up to Lurien and breaking the third statue.
  • Early in development Lurien was known as "Lurian, The Whisperer".[5]

Seal over Lurien's body

  • Like the rest of the Dreamers, Lurien has numerous unused lines of dialogue which can still be found in the game's files.
  • When trying to attack Lurien's physical body in the Watcher's Spire, a Seal appears over his body.
  • Internally, Lurien has a suggestion of a relationship with another character in the game that is never hinted at in any of the visible lore. Team Cherry did not add this to the game because they did not want to reveal too much about some of the Dreamers.[6]

References

  1. Resting Grounds Lore Tablet: "In his Spire, looking over the city."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lurien's journal: "Sleep beckons eternal and these words become my last. Though my gaze shall no longer fall upon this city, I will act forever in its protection. For King, for bug, for Hallownest, I head now to my rest."
  3. Lurien Dream Nail dialogue: "...Bonds must remain..."
  4. Monomon Dream Nail dialogue: "...the Seals, must break..."
  5. The Making of Hollow Knight - Gameinformer interview with Team Cherry.
  6. Team Cherry Mixer stream of 27 September 2018.


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