By Jonathan Wojcik and Rev Storm
ENTRY 18: THE GRAFTED SCION
Grafting is another of Elden Ring's many weird and disparate concepts. It comes up repeatedly as a plot point relevant to several characters, but the most disturbing example is easily the grafted scion, actually the first major encounter in the game and a large, dangerous enemy that moves around so dang much we never got a clear shot of our own. At a glance its's just a big, lumpy blob with a human face and a bunch of long, gangly limbs, mostly hidden under robes...
But up close, the Scion is a bunch of human bodies welded together, mostly children, along with a single small bird wing for whatever reason. The long limbs are even just a whole lot of arms chained together by their hands!
One NPC, Roderika, has a lot of interesting things to say about this phenomenon:
"Everyone's...been grafted. Everyone who came with me.
They crossed the sea for me. They fought, for me.
Heh... Only to have their arms taken. Their legs taken.
Even their heads...taken. Taken and stuck to the spider.
Did you know? If you're grafted by the spider, you become a chrysalid.
It's quite the lark, when you think about it."
...And what does she mean about a "chrysalid?" Roderika notably gives you the spirit jellyfish ashes, and makes a few mentions of "the little chrysalids" at Stormveil, a location where you will in fact find quite a few of the ghostly jellies. This implies that when your body is used for grafting, your soul always turns into a jellyfish, but is that just an origin for the jellies or is that the only place they come from?!