The last king of Armoroad
King Seyfried is a story character in Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City. The Abyssal King, he rules the mysterious Deep City and has sworn to eliminate the corrupt Deep Ones no matter the cost. Upon meeting the party, he reveals the true nature of the Yggdrasil Labyrinth and the Calamity. His servant Olympia acts as his personal soldier, messenger and confidant.
He's the final boss of the Porcelain Wish route, as the Automaton King.
Despite Olympia's actions to stop any human from reaching the Deep City, Seyfried himself is polite, reasonable and willing to make compromises with the party and Armoroad for a common cause. His subjects' adoration cast him as a fair, benevolent ruler. He acts on the interest of Yggdrasil and humanity, battling the threat of the evil Deep Ones.
However, he's obsessed with the complete destruction of the Deep Ones, and more than willing to resort to extreme measures as long as it guarantees their demise. Not even reuniting with his long-lost sister Gutrune is enough to make him stop, only seeing her as a monster.
It's heavily hinted that both his extreme attitude towards the Deep Ones and inability to remember Gutrune or Flowdia are a product of the Yggdrasil Tree transferring his consciousness to an automaton body; whenether this is an accidental or deliberate side-effect is unknown.
Seyfried was born in pre-Calamity Armoroad as the royal prince and heir to the throne, and older brother of Princess Gutrune. After his coronation, he somehow managed to communicate with the Yggdrasil Tree, who informed him of the Deep Ones and the impending doom they represented for humanity; he agreed to join Yggdrasil in its campaign against the Deep Ones. By his pact with Yggdrasil, Armoroad sunk to the seas, an event that came to be known as the Calamity, trapping the Deep Ones, but also himself and a great portion of Armoroad, into the depths of the sea. He accepted to have his consciousness transferred to a mechanical body so that he could see his mission to its end, but the process caused him to lose most of his memories and (possibly) part of his personality.
He established the Deep City and became its ruler and protector. The Yggdrasil Tree created other automatons, the Yggdroids, as warriors designed to kill Deep Ones; of these Yggdroids, Olympia was specially created to serve as Seyfried's right-hand, and modelled after Seyfried's beloved but forgotten younger sister. He ordered Olympia and his soldiers to hide the existance of the Deep City from humanity, by whatever means neccesary, as he believed that humanity was too weak and easily corrupted to fight the Deep Ones by themselves.
Ultimately, his soldiers failed, and the player's party arrives to the Deep City. Seyfried summons them to the palace and explains the nature of the labyrinth and the Deep Ones, hoping to earn their alliance, but also requests them to keep the Deep City a secret and bring a false report to Armoroad. No matter the player's actions, the secret is leaked, and Armoroad requests a truce between the cities; he begrudgingly agrees then.
This tense alliance breaks once the player reaches the Fourth Stratum. He gives the party an ultimatum to join him or become his enemy, as he believes that Armoroad's actions are foolish. More than that, he's somehow discovered that Princess Gutrune has been corrupted by the Deep Ones and is turning into one herself. He orders Olympia to stop anyone from going deeper into the labyrinth, the party included if they refuse to join him.
Abyssal Desire Edit
As the party has proven repeatedly their skill in the labyrinth, he tasks them with hunting down Gutrune in the Fifth Stratum and eliminating her. He doesn't appear in the final battle. During the post-game, fully confident in the party's strength and loyalty, he tasks them with destroying the Abyssal God, leader of the Deep Ones and ancient enemy of Yggdrasil.
He remains unable to remember Gutrune during this route.
Porcelain Wish Edit
He takes it upon himself to slay Gutrune, certain that the corrupted princess will bring ruin to Armoroad. He confronts her and the party in the last floor of the Fifth Stratum, accompained by Olympia. Flowdia tries to plead for him to remember his sister and his past, but to no avail, and the party is forced to fight him. He loses, but before he expires he remembers his past, and asks Gutrune for forgiveness; the Yggdrasil Tree laments his death.
Despite his death, the Yggdrasil Tree continues its mission against the Abyssal God, recruiting the party for it.
Eldest Path Edit
He takes it upon himself to slay Gutrune, certain that the corrupted princess will bring ruin to Armoroad. He confronts her and the party in the last floor of the Fifth Stratum, accompained by Olympia. The party interrupts the confrontation to give the Porcelain Offering to the siblings, and though he resists it's Olympia who persuades him into taking it. The results are not directly seen, but the offering restores his memories and sanity.
After the party slays the Progenitor, Seyfried decides to leave Armoroad with his sister, as both feel that, given their past and non-human status, they no longer belong there. He gives a final message to Olympia, to request the party to slay the Abyssal God.
- Seyfried is a variant of the Germanic name Siegfried, which in itself is derived from the Old Norse Sigfriðr or Sigfrøðr.
- Unlike Gutrune, he doesn't become human again at the end of the Eldest Path, as his original body was discarded, not transformed, when his mind was transferred to his current body.