The Eclipse

After defeating the last Lord of Cinder, we return to Lothric to discover the world experiencing a solar eclipse. Normally, this would be the result of the moon blocking the sun, casting the lunar body’s shadow upon the earth. However, the timing of its appearance and its later reaction to us subverting the First Flame […]

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, […]

Gwynevere

Despite her rather prominent presence in the Boreal Valley, Gwynevere is noticeably absent from the record for the rise and subsequent tyranny of Pontiff Sulyvahn. There is no mention of the goddess being confined to the Anor Londo cathedral like Gwyndolin, and her old chair there remains empty. Neither is there reference to her being […]

Havel

This post covers everything relevant to Havel as far as the localization is concerned. It is based on a series of reddit posts from May 2018. Quotes include the official English script, my translation, and the official Japanese script in that order. Rock’a Bless This ring is granted to adherents of Gwyndolin, Darkmoon deity and […]

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 […]

Irithyll

Preface Irithyll is the lengthiest analysis I have ever written, which serves as a testament to its importance to the story and setting of Dark Souls III. (DS3) Expertly building upon the circumstances from Dark Souls (DS1) and Dark Souls II (DS2) to advance the overall narrative to its natural conclusion, the small details portray […]

Heide

Preface Heide embodies perhaps the most frustrating aspect of FromSoftware’s approach to the lore in Dark Souls II. (DS2) We are provided very little to work with even compared to comparably ancient events in the original Dark Souls. (DS1) As a result, reconstructing the overall picture of these ancient civilizations relies more heavily on inference […]