"Sister of mine, as I foretold to you, someone is heading towards the forbidden gate."
Esdras is a member of The Anointed Legion and the brother of Perpetva. He is a boss that The Penitent One will have to defeat if he is to cross the Bridge of the Three Calvaries in order to enter the Mother of Mothers.
There are a couple of points in the game where he will appear running after the Penitent One and speak of their upcoming encounter, referring to the boss fight.
The relevant item description has another person comment on the death of his sister and claim that it caused him such trauma that he went insane, denies her death, and talks to her as if she was still present. However, while she may be dead, she is a very active and violent ghost who has her own boss fight against you, and responds to his plea during his own boss fight to assist him. So it seems just as likely that he can still perceive her after her death, and that he is genuinely communicating with her rather than insane. He does remark at times that he cannot see her, but intermittent visibility is common with other ghosts in the game, most of which are only visible while attacking and shortly before and after attacking.
Behaviour and Tactics
- Hammer Blow: Esdras swings his hammer in front of him; can be dodged and parried.
- Hammer Charge: Esdras starts to spin while moving forward, can be dodged.
- Knock Back: Esdras hits the ground creating a wave of energy that deals damage and pushes away the Penitent One.
- Storm: Esdras starts to spin and crosses all the area side to side leaving a trail of lightning bolts behind him, both the spin and the lightning deal damage.
- Lightning Spin: Esdras starts to spin in place throwing energy based projectiles in both directions.
- Lightning Wall: Esdras rises his hammer and summons a lightning storm in front of him.
- Perpetva: Perpetua joins the battle helping her brother.
Many of Esdras techniques can be blocked by using the Parry button, even the ones that look unblockable. One strategy is to equip the Heart of Virtuous Pain to make it easier to successfully block his attacks and launch a quick counter attack while he is vulnerable. Resist the urge to use Thrust attacks to slide under or through him or to jump over him, his defenses are broadly impenetrable between attacks and his range is infuriatingly wide.
When Esdras begins to slowly spin and build up speed and electrical energy ( the Storm attack listed above ) quickly run / dodge to the opposite side of the battle area, place The Penitent One right up against the edge. This is an ideal time to activate a Prayer to heal or boost your offensive power. Esdras will stop spinning before he can hit you and you will have safely moved out of the range of Lightning Bolts. You can begin attacking him before he stops completely and possibly execute a full combo before he launches his next attack. Be ready to Parry his counter attack and follow up with another short combo or riposte.
When Esdras begins a Lightning Spin simply duck under the lightning blades; you are free to use low attacks on him if you are close enough while he performs this technique.
To reduce damage suffered equip Lightning / Electrical resistance ( Perpetva's Protection, Amber Eye, Seashell of the Inverted Spiral ) and Defense improving ( Dove Skull, Ember of the Holy Cremation, Silver Grape, Frozen Olive ) Rosary Beads.
Avoiding this fight
There is a way to avoid this fight, by first visiting The Resting place of the Sister.
There, Perpetva will talk to the Penitent One and he'll gain the Incomplete Scapular. If he then confronts Esdras before the church, they will not fight. Instead, Esdras will tell the Penitent One to meet him at the Brotherhood of the Silent Sorrow.
The player will still gain all the rewards as if Esdras was defeated in a fight.
|First Encounter||Sister of mine, as I foretold to you, someone is heading towards the forbidden gate.
Someone who seeks the purge and excommunication of all that is sacred and rests there.
No... No... Do not place your doubts on me.
I am ready.
|Second Encounter||Indeed, sister of mine. Our encounter is approaching.
The Miracle will protect me. I do not need your protection this time.
Leave me alone.
|Defeated||Sister... Forgive me...
Now I will cross over to the other side of the Dream and return to your side...
|When encountered after speaking with Perpetva||Sister, I know you are there, even if I can’t see you. Hear my plea.
After your departure, it is now my turn to prove I’m deserving of our captain’s trust. I will not fail Crisanta.
And may the greatest of pains devour me if I let the penitence through this door.
On your guard, Penitent One.
That elusive light…
It can’t be her…
Is that true, sister?
Is this really the sublime light of your virtue?
So… You have received the much esteemed and blessed favour of my sister.
With her blessing she has given you the ability to hear her noble voice, full of grace.
Penitent One. Meet me in the chapel where Guilt was given shape.
Where you were anointed the Penitent One and where you knelt for the first time.
It will be in this remote place that my sister will hear my plea, and will send her Voice to me once again.
|First Encounter in the Mea Culpa Chapel||Virtuous Penitent One, this was the place where your sword was born of guilt itself, bringing pain to the flesh as the soul could suffer no more.
The voice of my sister, may the flories protect her, recited verses to me as tender as they were wise, her words revealing a different destiny for you.
Further away, although not in distance. Woven in shadows, though full of light.
I have been guarding this key for a long time now.
It will open the door behind which lies that which the holiness itself condemned to eternal reclusion.
But I no longer have the power, nor the words, to describe it…
Head for the Library of the Negated Words. There you’ll find the keeper of keys, although the one I am entrusting you with is missing from his collection.
|When spoken to again||Head for the Library of the Negated words and look for the key bearer.|
|After failing Crisanta of the Wrapped Agony's questline||The hands hewn in the gold of Crisanta’s helmet eschew the glare of the truth that you must understand.
Her faith will never let this light pass. Not even you believed in her.
Relevant Item Descriptions
"Esdras, you say?" spoke the soldier, "That madman could not bear the death of his sister. He's still talking to her as if she were there beside him. Sometimes it even seems as if they were arguing. He's long gone and hasn't been seen since."