|Hemwick Charnel Lane|
|Cathedral Ward|| Witch's Abode,|
Forsaken Cainhurst Castle
|The Witch of Hemwick|
Hemwick Charnel Lane is one of several districts in Yharnam. As its name indicates, it is essentially a mass grave that follows a direct, straight road, though the player will have to unlock the main street by exploring the sidepaths.
The place seems to have been locked to prevent the Scourge of Beasts from infecting the area, as the forest at the entrance to the Charnel Lane is protected by Huntsmen and Hunting Dogs, in order to prevent any beast from traversing the gate.
Inside Hemwick it becomes quickly apparent that this small village is obsessed with the handling of the deceased. Many tiny houses with chimneys resemble crematoriums, and there are many guillotines to cut the bodies into pieces. Meanwhile, the crows feast as multiple crosses are raised with corpses on them so they are disfleshed and likely easier to handle.
Near the last area of this location, there is a large plaza where Executioners, Hunting Dogs and Grave Women patrol the area. This plaza was once connected to a large stone bridge that led to the now Forsaken Castle Cainhurst, and still has a small monument at the centre of it, dedicated to the old nobles.
- Grand Cathedral:
- Near the top of the stairs that lead to the cathedral, there are two slightly hidden paths that one can take off to either side. Take the one on the left, it is the one with overgrown vegetation.
- Carrion Crow
- Rabid Dog
- Huntsman's Minion
- Mad One - Will only spawn at nightfall or Bloodmoon if the player has 15 insight or more.
- Hemwick Grave Woman
- Wheelchair Huntsman
- The Mad Ones will only spawn if the player has interacted with the skull in the Grand Cathedral, after that if the player has 15 or more Insight they will spawn.
- Hemwick is littered with a plenty amounts of Molotovs and Bone Marrow Ash.
- The name known "Charnel" is likely hinging on the meaning of "charnel house", a place that serves as storage for the bodies and bones of the deceased. And "Lane" which is a "small road or narrow path".
- The Hemwick Charnel Lane is heavily implied to be a large installation for the purpose of storing, harvesting and cremating corpses. This stems from several facts:
- The Bone Marrow Ash specifically mentions Hemwick as the place where it was collected, and multiple instances of this item can be acquired in Hemwick.
- The Hemwick Grave Women are all using weapons that directly relate to cremation, such as the Pole Iron (to tend the flames), the Wooden Mallet (to crush bodies so they burn properly), and the Cleaver (for chopping off corpses).
- There are various small sheds (but big enough to contain a human being lying down) with smoke coming out of them, and there are many pipes that carry smoke.
- Many flammable flasks can be found scattering the sheds. They are probably large Oil Urn to fuel the cremation.
- In this area, bodies can be seen impaled on poles and having crows eating them the first time the player enters the area. Having your corpse eaten by crows, vultures, and such is called Sky Burial, a ritual mentioned in the Crowfeather Set.