Alken & Venn

Preface When I first started working on this topic, I didn’t expect it to be as enamored with the subject as I ended up being. Alken and Venn are two kingdoms that have a very simple dynamic fleshed out to an absurd degree, comparable to probably only to Drangleic itself. While their duality mostly plays […]

Boletaria

Preface As the first castle map to lie at the core of a Souls setting, Boletaria could have easily been made just a generic medieval European-style kingdom. Instead, it became a deconstruction of that romantic image, setting the brutal tone for game Director Hidetaka Miyazaki’s first fantasy title. In fact, in terms of pure attention […]

Rosaria

Preface Rosaria being such a mysterious figure for most is perhaps for the best. The topic is, admittedly, difficult to stomach, even if it isn’t the first time that Dark Souls broached such subject matter. But get past a queasy gut and you are offered one of the series’ most provocative characters. Silent, repulsive, yet […]

Aldia

Preface Despite my public criticism of Dark Souls II in total, I can still recognize that Aldia is one of the best characters introduced into the franchise as a whole. He may not have as creative an appearance or backstory as Seath in the original Dark Souls, (DS1) but he nonetheless stands out among the […]

Demon’s Beginning

Preface What makes us human? What makes us not? Even though the world of Demon’s Souls is far less fantastical than the setting of its spiritual successor Dark Souls, it is no less fascinating due to how it revolves around such simple yet fundamental questions. Better still, the world is constructed so that we must […]

The Deep

Preface Aldrich and the Deep in general is an aspect of Dark Souls that I can’t help but be morbidly fascinated with. From a thematic standpoint, they add a layer of complexity to the world of Dark Souls III (DS3) and provide a perfect response to questions posed in its predecessors. From a story standpoint, […]

Farron

Preface Out of all of Dark Souls III‘s (DS3) additions, the Abyss Watchers of Farron are perhaps the most mundane, which may play a role in their popularity. There is something cool yet heartfelt about a legion of warriors that seek to emulate one of the more popular characters from the original Dark Souls. (DS1) […]

Carthus

Preface Let me say this upfront: Carthus is irrelevant to everything. Even though its history is definitely intriguing and its culture goes in unexpected directions, the country and its people have little to no bearing on the larger plot and setting of Dark Souls III. (DS3) Nothing in this analysis will make it an important […]

Chaos Demons

Preface Izalith is my favorite part of Dark Souls (DS1) lore, so there are certainly elements I enjoy in Dark Souls III. (DS3) And while much of it does simply reiterate statements and implications from the original game, there is a fair amount of new content here as well. In fact, you can argue that […]

Sulyvahn

Preface When I had originally written my analysis of Irithyll, Pontiff Sulyvahn made up for more than half of the topic. Despite the Boreal Valley’s long and fascinating history, one character has since dominated the entire culture. Tyrants are nothing new to fiction, and villainous popes are a dime a dozen in Japanese fantasy. But […]