Longtime Souls series data miner Lance McDonald has Discovered the early stages of a cut NPC quest in the Elden Ring, built from the game’s console network test in November 2021.
The Stormhill Shack (formerly Scavenger’s Shack) where you meet Roderika in the finished game is empty in the network test build, but Lance was able to re-deploy the NPC that was once meant to live there: Monk Jigo.
Jigo has been “seduced by the good lady alcohol” and asks for your help in securing the ingredients of “Dreambrew”, a legendary drink with magical properties. This quest ties into another curiosity from the network test: non-hostile, slumbering animals hidden all over the world. They were meant to deliver “Dream Mist” which you would then collect for Jigo using St. Trina’s Crystal Ball. St. Trina is a cryptic character in Elden Ring lore that is associated with sleep and dreams, and it seems they were initially planned to be more present in the game.
Lance also gave a glimpse of Dreambrew’s ultimate use: gifting it to NPCs for a bonus dialogue. Lance gave his first batch of Dreambrew to Merchant Kalé at Limgrave’s Church of Eleh. This put Kalé to sleep, and while the in-game audio is just the merchant’s snoring, the subtitles briefly describe his nightmare of being tortured by the Mad Flame.
This seems to be meant to be a long-running quest, with Dream Mist providing another collectible to hunt in the Lands Between, and subsequent NPC conversations giving more context to Elden Ring’s story.
In the completed game, players can fight an optional boss in a character’s dream at the end of the game Fia’s questline† It’s unclear at this point if the Dreambrew Quest would end up featuring similar gameplay, jumping into characters’ dreams, or just the bonus dialogue. We can probably expect further exploration of this abandoned storyline and gameplay mechanic in future videos from Lance.
For his part, Lance also has the strange giant heads that appear in distant landscapes in the network test, but are absent in the final game. Fellow Souls Series Data Miner Willie the witch has also maintained a steady stream of insightful Elden Ring videos.