It wasn't long after Elden Ring released that players began to face and fight bosses like Malenia, Blade of Miquella, who has felled individual players sometimes hundreds of times. Elden Ring's difficulty is a huge draw for fans and there are still a lot of little-known details about the game. One example is Ensha's invasion and attack on the player, which could come across as part of the typical brutality and unforgiving nature of the Lands Between, but it's actually triggered in connection, in a way, to Malenia and Sir Gideon Ofnir.
Even with Elden Ring's Shadow of the Erdtree expansion on the way, the base title has entirely hidden areas that some new players are still seeing for the first time. Fan favorites such as Jarburg and pretty much all the underground Eternal Cities are actually completely separate from the main questline and can be missed on the way to the seat of the Elden Lord. Shadow of the Erdtree has a high chance of focusing on Miquella in some way, and this growing speculation has brought more attention back to the game’s infamous Haligtree area. While the treacherous nature of Miquella’s Haligtree is agreed upon by many players, the quest to access it is just as tough.
While Elden Ring's Malenia may have become one of the most recognizable bosses in FromSoftware history, she is actually an optional boss hidden away in an area completely able to be missed by more casual players. Prior to even discovering her, players are expected to traverse past vicious creatures swimming in dangerous Scarlet Rot after getting past a litany of powerful disciples on the way to the goddess. The Haligtree is only reached through a Waygate portal at Ordina Liturgical Town, where players must solve an incredibly difficult puzzle after obtaining two halves of the Haligtree Secret Medallion. Obviously, this item is tied to Malenia and her brother Miquella, but it has ties to Gideon and Ensha too.
In the same fashion as the Dectus Medallion, the Haligtree Secret Medallion is split up into two parts that must be acquired separately and combined. The Left part of the Medallion is stuck behind Commander Niall. Defeating him will inexplicably yield the left half of the Medallion in a chest, but a ghost making haunting prayers to Lord Miquella and his Haligtree hint at Castle Sol’s deeper connection to the Empyrean, as many soldiers here saw the defense of the Medallion as their calling and hoped, one day, to bear witness to the Haligtree.
Meanwhile, the right part of the Medallion is attached to the dark side of the Roundtable Hold leader, Sir Gideon Ofnir, the All-Knowing. Hidden in the possession of an Albinauric disguised as a pot named Albus, it would be extremely difficult for most players to find this item without the help of the guide. It may seem like the usual strangeness of Elden Ring, but Latenna reveals the “all-hearing brute” has brutalized her population in search of the Medallion. Why Sir Gideon Ofnir wants the Medallion is not explicitly understood, but Gideon is suspected of spying on players and gathering knowledge throughout The Lands Between. This Medallion no doubt plays some role in Gideon's pursuit of knowledge, in which he had seemingly tasked Ensha with finding the Medallion.
As such, when players return to the Roundtable Hold after acquiring the right part of the Haligtree medallion, she'll attack. Gideon plays ignorant at first, but it's likely he who told Ensha to attack the player and take the Medallion. Later on, Gideon will come face to face with the player after acquiring certain knowledge about Marika. What that knowledge is has not been revealed either, nor is what knowledge of the Haligtree he sought. It's left open to interpretation for obvious reasons, but these two key items go much deeper than being a way to access Malenia.
Indeed, these Medallions represent relationships between Malenia, Miquella, and their supporters, the Albinauric way of life, and a piece of certain knowledge that Gideon is willing to fight the player over. This puts it on the same level as his mounting knowledge of Marika, but for now, players are left in the dark. Perhaps one day the connection between the Haligtree Medallion, the knowledge it held, and the connection to Gideon and Ensha will be known. However, it's just as likely to remain one of Elden Ring's mysteries.
Elden Ring is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.