what potential Elden Ring cut content discovered by a data miner may have revealed a quest related to the game’s cover art character, Vyke.
If you weren’t aware of it, that would be perfectly fair, given how stupid the lore is From Softwares games, the knight you can see on the Elden Ring album cover isn’t actually your character. He is actually a character called Vyke, who is in the game as an intruder and in a boss fight. And now YouTuber Sekiro Dubi seems to have uncovered some details that may indicate that Vyke once had a questline in the game.
In Sekiro Dubi’s video, an inaccessible dialogue from Gostoc makes reference to “a rather repulsive looking knight” with armor that “melts inside, practically falls apart”, very clearly in reference to Vyke.
Sekiro Dubi also appears to have discovered a cut-out questline for Vyke, but no text or audio is left of it. With dialog options also removed, but still selectable.
Vyke was supposed to be summonable to Stormveil Castle, and Sekiro Dubi argues that it may have been for Godfrey rather than Godrick, as the first’s character model turned out to be spawned in another datamine as well. Although there is no way to know for sure.
Vyke’s quest also had three rewards, the first being single neutralizing boluses and then two carved items.
Let’s briefly try to explain to Vyke for some context why it’s interesting that he deleted the content (a few spoilers ahead). Like you, Vyke is tainted. According to item descriptions on his armor, “no other Tarnished was closer to the throne of the Elden Lord than Vyke.” The description goes on to explain that Vyke went deep under the capital and was “scorched by the flame of rage”.
Like many armor sets in the game, Vyke’s is one that you can acquire. And it’s melted very clearly in a number of places, with larger fingerprints embedded in the armor, probably due to the three fingers that are under the city.
This, in turn, means that Vyke would have been struck by the flame of rage, something that is madness caused by an outer god. We can even see the moment when he is said to have been taken over by the flame in the album cover for the February issue of Game Informer.
We’ll probably never know why Vyke’s story was made more mysterious, but it may just be that it was more interesting as a mystery than something told more directly to you.