He guards the gate to the Forbidden Woods. To get through his door, players must give him a password, which is in fact, the old adage of Byrgenwerth.
He was one of the two last loyal servants of Master Willem. The two still remained with Willem after the departure of Laurence. Willem sent them to explore the catacombs beneath Yharnam and they went mad after an encounter with the Eldritch truth. Despite their madness, they still served Master Willem faithfully.
Willem then entrusted one with the mission of guarding the graveyard next to Byrgenwerth and the other with the gate to Forbidden Woods. If anyone wanted to go back to the institute, as Master Willem had hoped, they would remember the old provost's warning "Fear the old blood".
Following his master's order, the gatekeeper brought along several incense pots and guarded the door to Forbidden Woods. He was dedicated to his mission and now he has been dead long ago. But he, who is now only a ghost of distant past, still asks by-passers the password should they want to get through his door.
Knows that I’m at the door and got to…. got to close the door…. got to close…Oh no, no, no, no...Someone at the door. got to get the door, got to get the door.
Who’s there, who’s there? Don't you wish you could hear them when they are coming... You mustn't... Oh, no, no... it bit me, bit me…he was bleeding...Oh, no no no no. He was bleeding... he wasn't...No, no, no, no not like that, no, no, no...
Gotta get the door... Must get the door...No, no, no. Knock, knock, knock, all day. Knock, knock, knock all day, all day, all day, all day... all day, knock, knock, knock...
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What's the password? Ah, my first visitor in two decades... I suppose it's just that kind of a night
Ah, my first visitor in two decades... Wel, go on, then buzz off!
The hunt is on tonight. No need to throw yourself to the wolf. Now be gone.
Fear the old blood
I don't know how the hunter learned the password, but let me say this much... Down the embankment, beyond the forest, there it stands, old Byrgenwerth... But it's not what you think. They don't welcome new comers, and their knowledge is better left untouched. No. The old college is not what it once was. Those who enter, never return. At least, not as who they were upon entering... Don't say you weren't warned...
Fear the old blood
I don't know how the hunter learned the password, but let me say this much... I cannot stop anyone who knows the password. I can only warn them. So, go on, visitor. For that's what the master wishes of you. Sometimes, master's whims are most mystifying...So, go on, visitor. For that's what the master wishes of you.
Fear the old blood
I cannot stop anyone who knows the password. You are free to go.
Ah, ahh, ahh, a nightmare is upon us... Is this your doing, great master? Does it mean that my work is done? ...Ahh, ah... Ohh,... I failed... Forgive me master, forgive me master Willem
Ah, my first visitor in a year...Ah, my first visitor in a decade...Ah, my first visitor in two decades... Ah, my first visitor in a, uh, half a century... Ah, my first visitor in a, hoo, a full century...
To get the password, the player must defeat Vicar Amelia and interact with the skull on the altar.
His unused dialogue suggests that many hunters had contacted the Gatekeeper but none could give him the correct password.
Upon inspecting his corpse, the message "Already dead" will pop up. This, along with his skeletal remains, suggest that the Hunter was interacting with the ghost of the Gatekeeper all along.
The Hunter is seemingly the first and only one to give the gatekeeper the correct and intended password. It's rather strange since Laurence's Skull is held at Cathedral Ward. The only possible reason is that thanks to associated with the dream, the moon-scented hunter is able to contact with the memory of the first vicar. But still, there were countless hunters before the Hunter had visited Hunter's Dream but yet the gate is still shut tight.
Several incense pots can be seen scattered around him, likely to make sure that beasts would not approach him.
Several Incense pots can be seen around him. When the Incense burned out, his fate was sealed