Mound-makers

The Pit of Hollows has earned its name not only for the corpses dumped down but also the Mound-makers hiding out. Based on Hodrick’s dialogue, members of this covenant judge someone’s Hollow status by their minds instead of their bodies. This isn’t unprecedented considering that many characters will consider us Hollow purely based on whether […]

Emma

The duty of being Prince Lothric’s wet nurse fell to High Priestess Emma. In her dying moments, her Japanese dialogue quickly shifts from calling him just “the Prince” to “Lothric-sama“, a respectful address which nonetheless uses his name. In other words, this loyal subject is showing a degree of intimacy when decorum no longer matters […]

Tseldora

Preface I have no fond memories of Tseldora, but I could say that for the entirety of Dark Souls II. What surprises me is that I found a lot more to like when finally committing to this analysis. Part of this is thanks to my love for Seath as a character, but he is just […]

Fishing Hamlet

With not even a known name to add nuance, the Fishing Hamlet seems to have been exactly that: your typical “fishing village”. (漁村) Shipwrecks at sea, a lighthouse on the tallest peak to lead those ships back home, shallow waters to dock dingies in town, nets to haul in catches; everything revolves around eating the […]

Lloyd

Even so many years after the events of the original Dark Souls, (DS1) Allfather Lloyd will be forever known for his obstinace as the Way of White’s leader. The old man’s Sword and Shield Rings represent the law and social status his high priests preserved in the church capital of Thorolund in DS1, boosting attack […]

Harvest Valley

The further eastward we journey in Drangleic, the more mountainous it becomes. And with every peak, there is a valley; the Harvest Valley is no exception. The rocky terrain is surrounded by much taller crags and cliffs. It has well earned its name as the “Valley of Pooling” (溜りの谷) in reference to the poison pools […]

The Old Ones

In conversing with Shalquoir, the cat will eventually make mention of the Old Ones. Her Japanese dialogue doesn’t use that exact term, her and Saulden both preferring to call them merely “the four”. (4つのもの) But Straid and item descriptions do speak of these “Old Ones”, (古きもの or 古き者) with Shanalotte employing something similar in meaning. […]

The High Wall

Consider that is where we arrive when first traveling there, it is easy to assume that the High Wall simply refers to Lothric’s outer defenses. The walls we warp atop do tower high above the city, with only the castle at its center surpassing them in height. But the description for the Small Lothric Banner […]

Hunter of Hunters

With a name like Hunter of Hunters, it should be no surprise that the covenant is almost as old as the hunters themselves. The Blade of Mercy passed down to the current Hunter of Hunters, Eileen, is made from the same meteoric iron as Gehrman’s Burial Blade, and was decidedly crafted at the old workshop […]

Caryll

Although referred to as a “runesmith” in the localization, Caryll, or Karel, (カレル) is more accurately a “copyist” (筆記者) known for transcribing the Great Ones’ speech into script. No other student of Byrgenwerth was apparently so keen to capture the arcane potential of such inhuman sounds into the written word. This isn’t too surprising, since […]