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 […]

Undead Crypt

Family Evergrow As its name would suggest, the Undead Crypt is a massive mausoleum dedicated to those who have manifested the curse. Why does such a burial ground exist? Because you can never be quite sure when the Undead are finally just dead. Hollows buried on its grounds rise out of the earth like stereotypical […]

Drangleic

Preface I do not hide my personal antipathy for Dark Souls II, but that can be faulted primarily on the gameplay side of things. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that the story side of things are much better. Unlike the original Dark Souls, (DS1) “dense” doesn’t describe its sequel, with FromSoftware‘s smattering of ideas building an […]

Remnants of Manus

Despite his defeat during the events of the original Dark Souls, (DS1) Manus has persisted in one form or another. Even if the Chosen Undead vanquished the body and claimed its soul, much of that humanity had already been unleashed into the surrounding cavern. And while defeating the master halted the spread of the Abyss, […]

Nadalia

While we are told nothing of what this child of Dark had done prior, Nadalia, originally Nadola, (ナドラ) most assuredly contributed nothing positive to the world. As the apostle of “loneliness”, (孤独) her existence is defined by solitude, and the Chime of Screams derived from her soul implies this to bring her constant anxiety. Her […]

The Pursuer

Wearing the heavily-armored form of knights, the pursuers wander the continent on the hunt for any bearing the Darksign. Some possess the Ring of Blades associated with Adgarz, the mad knight of Alken. The fact that multiple rings were made in the shape of his weapon of choice indicates that he is their source of […]

Huntsman’s Copse

The Hollow Skin is a peculiar chest item to find at Brume Tower. This mask has been made to resemble a Hollow’s face with startling accuracy, even providing resistance to the Hollowing curse and the ability to see advice from other worlds. Thankfully, the description confirms that this unsettling replica is a fake by all […]