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I'm a friend to all and happy to serve a traveller so bold as you. Is it information you seek? That I can provide.
-Midwife
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Midwife is an NPC in Hollow Knight. She gives lore on Herrah and Deepnest.

Lore

Midwife is a servant to the Nest, although few need her services as a midwife since Deepnest's brood has fallen to the Infection.[2] While she is willing to provide information on Herrah and the Weavers, her appetite often gets the better of her, making her try to eat others.

In-game events

Midwife can be found in the southern part of Deepnest near the Distant Village. After listening to her, she attempts to eat the Knight by opening her mask, revealing a mouth filled with teeth.

She cannot be damaged, and hitting her causes her to hide until re-entering the area.

Midwife has new dialogue when the Grimm Troupe Icon.png Weaversong Charm is equipped.

Dialogue

First Encounter Oh. Please. Please. Don't be shy. There are some nasties about here alright. Not me. I'm a friend to all and happy to serve a traveller so bold as you.

Is it information you seek? That I can provide. Yes. Oh yes. Heehee.
That village above here, home to a sad creature. Hers is a tale of tragic exchange. Cost her and her people greatly, though I suspect she bore no regret in making it.
Heehee, yes. I know. I know. You're intrigued. You want to know the tale. Well I'm sorry. I'd love to tell it, but I'm just, I'm very, very sorry, and I haven't eaten in some time...
And oh, I'm STAA-AARVING...

Second Encounter Ahh! It returns. I do apologise about before. Heehee. No matter. No matter. My appetite oft gets the better of me. For now at least, I'm content.

Would you hear about myself? There's not so much to say. I'm a servant to the nest, though few in recent times would seek my service.
Our brood is lost to that pestilence of the mind. A sad fall for the most intelligent species.
Ah, but hmmm. I've eaten yes, and full. Then again, another little morsel would make me oh so happy. The perfect end to a meal...

Third Encounter My dear. Aren't you so kind, checking again on my well-being. I'm ever the caring host. I can't understand why more don't visit in your manner.

Now you won't mind while I take just a little bite... Just a leg perhaps? A full belly is the best path to happiness...

After acquiring King's Brand (after first encounter) My good friend. You wear that bright mark of relationship. Then you've met her perhaps? Her who'd guard the mark, the Gendered Child.

A spritely thing, isn't she? Pale gift to the Nest and the Beast, and fair trade for sacrifice made.
Long she's been distant. It'd do our spirits well were she to grace us a visit home...
...He hee. Oh. Hmm. I am sorry. Old memories cause my mind to wander on such silly diversions, especially when I'm oh so famished...

Dream Nailed Gah!! Get out! Get out! Get out!

Grimm Troupe Icon.png While having Weaversong equipped Ohhhh.. Heehee. Been prying about the weavers' home, have you my dear? Quite brazen to pilfer that special charm.

Amazing things the weavers once crafted on their looms; stories, shields, spells. So much of our history was spun upon their spools. Your little friends there are testament to their talents... heehee.
Oh! I do apologise. I've just felt a rumbling down below, in my belly. Just wait right there a moment. Don't you move now...

Grimm Troupe Icon.png Dream Nailed while having Weaversong equipped Just because you're suddenly rich with threaded friends, don't think you're welcome in my mind! Out! Out! Out!

Location

Midwife is found behind a breakable wall at the end of the corridor accessible from the southeast exit of the Distant Village.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Midwife is one of the few NPCs who can be "hit" with the Nail without taking damage.
  • Midwife is one of the few NPCs who is able to detect when they are being Dream Nailed.
  • Midwife is the only NPC who can hurt the Knight but is never fought as an actual enemy.

References

  1. Reddit comment by Matthew Griffin
  2. Midwife: "Would you hear about myself? There's not much to say. I'm a servant to the nest, though few in recent times would seek my service. Our brood is lost to that pestilence of the mind. A sad fall for the most intelligent species."
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