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Pharloom

They see your beauty, so frail and fine,
They see your peace, woven of faith and toil,
They forget your heart, bound in slumber and servitude,
When you wake they shall see your truth,
A beast's nature bare to all.
- From Pharloom’s Folly by the Conductor Romino

The kingdom Hornet traverses in Hollow Knight: Silksong. Haunted "by silk and song", Pharloom is dedicated to faith and pilgrimage.

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Pharloom Inhabitants

The many creatures who have made their home in the mysteries land of Pharloom
    Shakra 
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A warrior who has mastered the Craft-Skill of cartography.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Cornifer from the first game, taking his role as the map maker.
  • I Will Find You: She is searching for her missing master, who vanished under strange circumstances.

    The Forge-Daughter 
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"If you have the materials, we can make whatever you desire. Until then, you must leave us to our work."
-The Forge-Daughter, when spoken to

A large bug working in the Deep Docks. For the right price, she can craft tools and traps for Hornet.


  • Bad Boss: She'll laugh if Hornet attacks her assistant, Ballow.
  • Royal "We": She uses the "royal we" to refer to herself, though it's unclear if she's really royalty.
  • Verbal Tic: She uses the Royal "We" to refer to herself.

    Ballow 
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"Talk to the boss!"
-Ballow, when spoken to
The Forge-Daughter's assistant, a friendly variant of an enemy found in the Deep Docks.
  • Mook–Face Turn: He may look like one of the enemies found in the Deep Docks, but Ballow isn't antagonistic at all.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Hornet can hit him if she pleases, though she won't deal damage to him. Doing so will make the Forge-Daughter laugh, though.

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Bosses of Pharloom

Like Hallownest, Pharloom is full of many powerful foes that Hornet must face, some stronger than others.
    Lace 
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"How sad. A little spider has fallen from its cage. So lost, so weak. Poor little morsel. I can save you little spider. All the trouble you’d face above. All the suffering. It’s so simple. I’ll just skewer you here and now, pluck that flickering life right out of you."
-Lace, when first encountered

Lace is a female bug living in Pharloom. A skilled but malevolent fencer using a pin, she is purported to become a recurring enemy for Hornet as she travels up.


  • Counter Attack: Lace can adopt a defensive position and wait for Hornet to strike her to enact a counterattack in which she rapidly stabs forward several times.
  • Dance Battler: Lace fights gracefully, adding dramatic, dancer-like poses to her fencing strikes.
  • Evil Laugh: Does this if Hornet dies while fighting her.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Seems to be one for Hornet herself, effectively taking the role she had — A skilled, elegant female warrior who serves as a recurring adversary for the protagonist — in the original Hollow Knight. Her moveset the first time Hornet encounters her is even very similar to the moveset Hornet had in her first battle with the Knight.
  • Flash Step: She can quickly disappear and reappear from another position to take Hornet by surprise.
  • Light Is Not Good: Is clad in white clothes, but wants to kill Hornet as soon as she sees her, delighting in the pain she will inflict.

    Steel Assassin Sharpe 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sharpe.png

Backer: Jaspal Broodam

A skilled hunter from a distant land, who, alongside his two highly trained companions, has been tasked to eliminate Hornet.


  • Natural Weapon: His nose, which he uses as both a blade and a whip.
  • Sinister Schnoz: He's one of Hornet's rivals and has a nose that's both long and deadly.


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