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One day, perhaps you will make atonement for what you've done.

–Lord Emon to Wander

Lord Emon is a supporting character in Shadow of the Colossus with ambiguous motives. He plays an important role at the end of the game and can be considered both a pseudo-antagonist and a sympathetic character.


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Lord Emon is a shaman who narrates a vision in the introduction to Shadow of the Colossus, vaguely explaining the origin of the lands Wander has come to, emphasizing they are forbidden to enter. He is portrayed as having extensive knowledge regarding the containment of Dormin and has the ability to use powerful magic. He also apparently knows Wander, given a quote towards the end of the game ("so it was you after all").

Later in the game (after the twelfth colossus is defeated), he is shown in a cutscene with a small group of soldiers at his command and is pursuing Wander to prevent the use of "the forbidden spell" - the ritual involving destroying the sixteen colossi which will resurrect Mono.

In the closing sequence of the game, he and his soldiers arrive in time to see the last colossus statue destroyed. Lord Emon then sees Mono lying on the altar and is seen speaking words over her, seemingly a chant, with his hand raised towards her when Wander arrives at the temple. After expressing shock at Wander's horned and shadowed appearance and rebuking the creature, Emon declares Wander to be "possessed by the dead" and orders the accompanying soldiers to kill him. After the possession of Wander by Dormin, Emon and his contingent flee the Shrine of Worship, but not before Emon takes the sword used to slay the colossi and casts a spell that banishes the evil spirit from Wander.

Emon and his men flee from the Shrine by racing across the great bridge, which begins to collapse behind them as they ride. Before leaving forever, Emon looks back one last time and wonders if Wander will ever live to make ammends.


Lord Emon's concept art, showing different versions of the mask.

It has been speculated that there is a history between Lord Emon's religious sect and that of the spiritual Dormin. Among this speculation is the idea that there is or was some animosity between the two and that Emon's sect is in some way responsible for the imprisonment of Dormin in the idols and their colossi. Dormin said to Emon, "Thou severed Our body into sixteen segments for an eternity in order to seal away Our power. We, Dormin, have arisen anew". There is no doubt that Emon's predecessors sealed him and gave each colossi a part of him. Some believe that Emon was the previous owner of the sword Wander stole prior to the game's events, supported by the fact he knew the capabilities of the weapon. It has also been speculated that Emon caused Mono's death; he foresaw that she would cause the reawakening of Dormin and had her sacrificed because of this "cursed fate," thus enraging Wander and instigating a self-fulfilling prophecy.


  • "That place... began from the resonance of intersecting points... They are memories replaced by ens and naught and etched into stone. Blood, young sprouts, sky--and the one with the ability to control beings created from light... In that world, it is said that if one should wish it one can bring back the souls of the dead... But to trespass upon that land is strictly forbidden..." (opening narration)
  • "I don't believe this... So it was you after all. Have you any idea what you've done?! Not only did you steal the sword and trespass upon this cursed land, you used the forbidden spell as well..."
  • "Poor ungodly soul... Now, no man shall ever trespass upon this place again. Should you be alive... If it's even possible to continue to exist in these sealed lands... one day, perhaps you will make atonement for what you've done." (last spoken lines in the game)


The Game Shadow of the Colossus ( Demo  · Pal Release  · Shadow of the Colossus HD  · PS4)
Characters Wander  · Agro  · Mono  · Dormin  · Emon
The Colossi I  · II  · III  · IV  · V · VI  · VII  · VIII  · IX  · X  · XI  · XII  · XIII  · XIV  · XV  · XVI
Unused Colossi ( Devil  · Evis  · Griffin  · Phoenix  · Roc  · Saru  · Sirius  · Spider  · Worm  · Yamori A  · Datamined Colossi)
Magic Sigil  · Hard Mode
Colossus Arenas Temple  · Proto  · Arena  · Kirin's Hill  · Canyon · Canossa  · Lakeside  · Underground  · Geyser  · Gravewind  · Leo's Cave  · Poseidon's Lake  · Desert  · Ruins  · Parthenon  · Sanctuary
Unused Arenas ( Badlands  · Cave  · Crater  · Devil's Plain  · Dune  · Hillock  · Labyrinth  · Sluice  · Stonehenge  · Valley )
The Forbidden Lands Shadow creaturesSave shrinesFruit treesWhite-tailed lizards

The Shrine of Worship
Umbral GladeStone Arch GorgeDried MarshNorthern SpanDesert FortressMisty FallsRavine EntranceHalf-moon CanyonWestern PlainRound Stone HillLair to the WestStone Bridge CliffCliff PathLair on the MesaWestern CapeArch Bridge PlainBlasted LandsAutumn ForestEastern BluffValley PlainSouthwestern CapeSouthern PlainGreen CapeThe Broken Seal

Soundtrack Roar of the Earth
Walkthrough Time AttackGolden Coins
Other media Nico  · Official artbook/guidebook  · Collectible figurines  · Film adaptation
Giantology campaign
Hoaxes Jebal-Barez skeletonTamil Nadu tsunami giantSulu Sea eel statuePolarneft conspiracySayre family vacation
Characters Eric BelsonCasper ShillingEd GuylerArkady SimkinBoris AtlasovAndrew and Ellie Sayre
Media Giantology podcasts (FirstInterview with Arkady SimkinThirdFourth) • IPICP memo
SotC Template CoverLogov2.png Walkthrough
Characters Wander  · Mono  · Agro  · Dormin  · Lord Emon  · Guards  · Shadow Creatures
Colossi I  · II  · III  · IV  · V · VI  · VII  · VIII  · IX  · X  · XI  · XII  · XIII  · XIV  · XV  · XVI
Locations The Forbidden Lands  · Shrine of Worship  · Colossus Arenas
Main Items Power-ups (Lizards · Fruit) · Weapons (Ancient Sword · Sword of the Sun · Queen’s Sword · Sword of Dormin · Bow & Arrow · Ancient Bow · Harpoon of Thunder · Life Sword) · Collectibles (Relics)
Gameplay Hard Mode  · Save shrines  · Time Attack  · Reminiscence Mode  · Watermellon  · Barrel
Media Roar of the Earth (OST)  · Official Art and Guide Book  · Nico Bonus DVD  · Film
Releases OPM Demo  · PS2 original  · PS3 remaster  · PS4 remake  · Credits
Early Builds Preview version  · PSU Preview version  · E3 Demo
Unused Content Unused Colossi  · Datamined Colossi  · Colossus Test Stages  · Unused Locations  · Beta Mountains  · Shadow of the Colossus Development Phases