A reddit user, VG_Crimson revealed a ghastly experience for killing Miriel, the widely known turtle in Elden Ring. It was safe to assume that no one really had the intention to murder the poor turtle. This creature is a soft-spoken tortoise NPC that guards the Church of Vows and wears the pope’s hat, hence its nickname as the “Turtle Pope.” It helps you study sorceries and incantations, widen your knowledge on Elden Ring’s Lore and accept some sorcery scrolls and incantation tomes.
As it turns out, he was curious enough to know what it feels like to murder the friendly and mild-mannered tortoise who is incapable of move with its injured legs.
According to a Reddit post, VG_Crimson’s entire experience was dreadful. It seemed like FromSoftware was doing everything it could to avoid the creature from being killed. Its defensive skill was not relatively superb nor its ability at fighting, but the creature starts a massive guilt-tripping behavior once you damage a big chunk of its health bar.
The Redditor mentions,
'After the first swings, effort is futile and that you can't kill him…He will then affirm yourself after reaching halfway through his HP that you are seemingly determined, but he is kind hearted and says he would never hold this against you if you stopped and refuses to retaliate against your violent behavior.”
The final attack was the worst, the user added. The creature loudly shrieks of pain and sadness. Afterwards, it leaves some turtle neck meat and bell bearings.
VG_Crimson concluded that nothing special comes out of killing the creature and it steals the best place to store your incantations and sorceries. You only come out at disadvantage and with a haunted conscience.