Majula

Saulden struggles to call Majula, original name Madula, (マデューラ) a settlement in its current state, but there is no denying that these ruins once belonged to a thriving village on the western corner of Drangleic. According to the description for the House Key, Majula was around when every “abominable” thing imaginable was being dumped down […]

Raime

Despite how closely Velstadt shadowed King Vendrick, he wasn’t the only knight to stand so near. That honor was shared with Raime, the other of the king’s “Twin Arms” (双腕) as his greatshield calls them both in its description. Aside from the obvious reference to King Allant’s Twin Fangs in Demon’s Souls, this title reveals […]

Heirs of the Sun

For all intents and purposes, the Heirs of the Sun are just the Warriors of Sunlight rebranded. Aside from the similar name to the Warriors of the Sun, heirs receive the exact same medals for performing the exact same duties as their original Dark Souls (DS1) counterparts. These are then offered to an altar with […]

Velstadt

Every king needs his bodyguards, and Velstadt earned his name as the Royal Aegis. Like the title of “King’s Shield” (王の盾) might imply, the knight stood constantly by Vendrick’s side to protect him from any and all threats. This included when the king was out on campaign or expedition, as one of Elana’s conjured creations […]

Syan

Syan, original name Zyne, (ザイン) was already recognized as Vendrick’s most loyal vassal when the giants’ invaded. Clearly, the knight’s love for king and country was unmatched, and that gave him the courage to do whatever was required of the moment. In this case, the moment was possibly the swift destruction of his kingdom. With […]

Ornifex

From the moment we free Ornifex, we can recognize her as one of the crow-men encountered in the original Dark Souls (DS1) — Dark Souls III (DS3) since localizes this term as “corvians”, so I will refer to them as such. But despite sharing the same model down to the bloodied chest and legs, she […]

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 […]

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. […]

Dragon Shrine

Preface I have previously mentioned my reservations about Dark Souls II‘s main plot, and the Dragon Shrine is very much an extension of that. The area itself is somewhat iconic, essentially an island in the sky with a swarm of fearsome lizard that could swoop down and nab you at any given moment. It certainly […]