Maiden Astraea Information
Maiden Astraea is a Boss in Demon Souls.
She is a tall, blonde lady who works to help the plague stricken and disease affected inhabitants of the Valley of Defilement. When players find her, she is perched on a rock, blood, swamp water and plague staining her skirt and helpless. Her bodyguard, Garl Vinland, is her only form of offense and defense.
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Option #1: Saint Astraea
When you enter the area, you should see three worshippers that are too pre-occupied to bother with attacking you. Kill them and proceed to the right cliff, where there are several more worshipers and a short wooden walkway. Kill them all (they will eventually turn on you when you attack her) and move to the edge of the walkway. From this safe point, you can shoot arrows at Maiden Astraea (Saint Astraea) without any fear of retaliation. This is the easiest way to kill her, assuming that the combination of your bow, arrows, and Strength and Dexterity stats are strong enough to outpace her healing spells. Just keep pumping arrows into her as fast as you can.
After Astrea dies, Garl Vinland will stand with his head lowered, and will not engage you unless attacked. You can either fight him, or just load your current game and he will be dead. His armor and shield will be available at his spawning point.
Option #2: Garl Vinland
See Garl Vinland for strategies.
- If you kill Garl Vinland first, you can casually walk up to Maiden Astraea and talk to her. Instead of fighting, she commits suicide, telling you that she can no longer defend herself and that you can have your precious Demon's Soul.
- If you attack her instead, she will attack you with the God's Wrath and try to guilt trip you if you are close enough to her and have directly attacked her.
Notes & Trivia
It is said that Maiden Astraea discovered the truth about God's existence - or lack thereof - and thus explains why she accepted the Soul of a Demon in order to ease the troubled abandoned. Hers is ironically referred to as the most impure Soul. Yet still, Garl will never leave her side.
After you beat Maiden Astraea, and you have Pure White World Tendency, you can go back to 5-3 and fight Black Phantom Garl Vinland, who drops an important trophy weapon, the Bramd. Also note that if you left Garl Vinland alive, Black Phantom Garl will be in the way of his drops after a reload or revisit.