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Hallownest led by The Pale King is a custom fictional civilization by JakeWalrusWhale and TopHatPaladin. It is from the game "Hollow Knight".

This mod requires Brave New World.



Hallownest is the kingdom in which the game Hollow Knight takes place. Once ruled by the Pale King, its seemingly immortal god-king, the kingdom has fallen into ruin by the time the player encounters it. The land of Hallownest covers a vast network of caves and tunnels in the middle of a wasteland. They are inhabited by both sentient and wild bugs, among other creatures.

The Pale King[]

In Hollow Knight, the Pale King was a higher being who founded and ruled the kingdom of Hallownest. Originally existing as a wyrm, the Pale King shed this form in Kingdom's Edge in order to adopt a new form that resembled the bugs of the region. The Pale King expanded the minds of these bugs, granting them sapience in return for their eternal devotion. This agreement became the founding contract of Hallownest.

Dawn of Man[]

"Higher Being, these words are for you alone. Within our lands do not hide your true form. Let us all bask in your majesty, for this kingdom could only produce one such as you. Pale Wyrm, through your reign and guidance, you successfully granted all bugs a mind to think, a will to break, and a voice to cry suffering. All bugs in your knigdom worshiped you, a true god that gave them everything. You gave them peace and prosperity, in return for their loyalty. You attempted to prevent the infection, at any cost no matter how great, for the sake of your kind. Despite your kingdom falling due to the infection, you left an everlasting brand on bugkind.


Art by TopHatPaladin and Elесtra_Draganvеl

Oh, gracious god, the bugs look to you again for a king that can repel the Infection. Can you stop the Radiance and prevent bugs from subjugating to the will of the Infection? Can you raise an army of Void for the sake of keeping your kingdom in one piece? Can you build a civilization that can stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "Welcome, fellow king. I am The Pale King, the true higher being of Hallownest. I hope bug and man can coexist in peace."

Defeat: "Fighting for 'honour' or for 'loyalty'... You might as well be fighting for dust. Your actions will take its toll on Hallownest for eternity."

Unique Attributes[]

Hallownest (The Pale King)
Pale king icon crop

Art by JakeWalrusWhale

No Cost Too Great

Fallout appears where your units die, or where they kill other units. Clearing Fallout generates Golden Age Points. Military units may clear Fallout, giving them a Strength boost but lowering their max HP.

Vessel icon crop

Art by JakeWalrusWhale

Vessel (Longswordsman)
  • Doesn't obsolete.
  • Is very cheap to produce, but is very weak.
  • Suffers no HP penalty from clearing Fallout.
  • Clearing 5 Fallout tiles upgrades the Vessel into a Pure Vessel, which is noticeably stronger than the melee unit of the era.
Stag station icon crop

Art by JakeWalrusWhale

Stag Station (Caravansary)
  • Can Airlift Units when there is a Stag Station between cities.
  • Tiles with a Road in City Limits have a chance to produce Fallout every turn.
HallownestIcon crop
City List
  1. White Palace
  2. City of Tears
  3. Dirtmouth
  4. Grubhome
  5. Queen's Gardens
  6. Forgotten Crossroads
  7. Resting Grounds
  8. Kingdom's Edge
  9. Greenpath
  10. Royal Waterways
  11. Crystal Peak
  12. Distant Village
  13. Mantis Village
  14. Fog Canyon
  15. Fungal Wastes
  16. Isma's Grove
  17. Deepnest
  18. Soul Sanctum
  19. Stag Nest
  20. Ancient Basin
  21. Deserted Village
  22. The Abyss
  23. Temple of the Black Egg
  24. Colosseum of Fools
  25. Howling Cliffs
  26. The Hive
  27. Godhome
  28. Grey Mansion
  29. Lake of Unn
  30. Ancestral Mound
  31. Spirits' Glade
  32. Crystallised Mound
  33. Teacher's Archives
  34. Blue Lake
  35. Path of Pain
Spy List
  • Hornet
  • Zote
  • Cloth
  • Quirrel
  • Sly
  • Cornifer
  • Iselda
  • Monomon
  • Lurien
  • Herrah



Peace Theme War Theme

Hollow Knight OST - White Palace


Hollow Knight - Sealed Vessel (Soundtrack OST)

'White Palace' by Christopher Larkin 'Sealed Vessel' by Christopher Larkin

Mod Support[]

Unique Cultural Influence[]

(To Hallownest) "Our people are now worshiping you and are being infected by some weird orange disease. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

(From Hallownest) "We are glad to see that your people are now worshiping us and are being infected by some weird orange disease. The amazing works of our civilization are truly inspiring!"

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence
Wish for the World

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 20 June 2020


  • JakeWalrusWhale: Art (Vessel Icons, Stag Station Icon, Map), Code (Database, Compilation), Text (DoM Text, Diplomacy Responses), Research, Design
  • TopHatPaladin: Art (Leaderscene, Civ Icon, DoM Image), Code (Lua), Text (Pedias), Research, Design
  • EmeraldRange: Unit Model help
  • Electra_Draganvel: Pale King fanart used for the Leaderscene
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