Y'know, there's a theory that Darklurker is another, more powerful fragment of Manus and thus is stronger than Nashandra. Though, I wonder if the Throne Watcher and Throne Defender are also shards opposed to Nashandra, since the Darklurker seems content to sit in the Abyss if it is another piece of Manus.
Yeah, Elana the Squalid Queen. They're under the impression that for Crown of the Old Iron King it's going to be Nadalia, the Bride of Ash. Mostly, the interpretation is that Nadalia was the Iron King's unnamed wife that competed for his affection over Mytha.
The Darklurker may be a shard of Manus...Or maybe it's something else that lived in the abyss. One thing is for certain though, Elana, the Squalid Queen(from the DLC) is another shard of Manus. Well, it's not 100% certain, but she is referred to as "the Child of Dark", so it's highly likely. And I personally think the Defender and Watcher were supposed keep Nashandra(or anyone for that matter) from getting to the throne. I mean, it's pretty obvious Vendrick figured you what she truly was at some point, and that's why fled to the Crypt and commanded the two to guard the throne.
It's mostly speculation, though. I guess we may never know the ultimate truth about...Well, most things in the Dark Souls universe.
From what I understand, Elana was actually cut content made into a boss. If the DLC (as in all three episodes) is focusing on the Shards of Manus, then we have at least two more that we will have to deal with in the form of Alsanna, the Silent Oracle and Nadalia the Bride of Ash. Elana creeped me out as it was, so I can't imagine what the other two look like or fight like, though I am hoping they're not reskins of Nashandra.
In any event, I am hoping the Old Iron King DLC focuses on the Keep before it sunk into lava. Hopefully dealing with the relationship between the King, Mytha, and the unnamed... Oh God... If the Iron Crown deals with Nadalia (the name fits) then I am honestly fearful because it's going to be rather crazy fighting someone who can potentially summon another boss to help her like Elana did with Velstadt.
That's my favorite thing about the lore, it makes it so that we can make the story how we want to.
That would be really interesting. And if we have to deal with more Manus shards...Well, God help us. Although I'm not too afraid of them summoning bosses because Elana never had the chance of summoning Velstadt.
Speaking of which...Why Velstadt? Well...I may have some sort of theory. In one of his item descriptions it says "he followed the King like his own shadow". His soul is black like Nashandras. Maybe it's because he was exposed to the Dark of the Undead Crypt for so long, but maybe he was under Nashandras control. Thus linking him to the Dark and also Elana. Then it would make sense for the Child of Dark to summon a Pawn of Dark.
But again, we may TRULY never know. Maybe we don't even have to.
Unless Nadalia somehow summons Artorias or hell even Ornstein then I think we're in the clear.
I like that theory. Which again will make it creepy as hell if Nadalia can summon Artorias, Ornstein, Gough, or Ciaran. Though, I get the strangest feeling that Manus wasn't really "evil" so to speak but just the product of torture since Chester at one point stated that Oolacile incited the wrath of primeval man. So who knows?
Manus wasn't actually evil. Wasn't it Gough who said "Seduced by a dark Serpent or not, they awoke that thing themselves...and drove it mad." And in Dark Souls 2 many hexes state that the Dark is "a thing beautiful, a thing serene". Although, I'd say Nashandra is definitely evil, but that might just be because Manus probably died with a lot of hatred for humans in his soul.
Gough did say that actually which leads me to believe the people of Oolacile were dicks. I think Nashandra herself is oddly a victim of the curse of want. Her soul states she desired power to overcome her fragility. Though, what is creepy is that her human form looks a LOT like Dusk of Oolacile.