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 […]

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 […]

Mirrah

Mirrah is a nation shaped by its geography. Located to the far east of Drangleic, it is constantly beset by invasion from its neighbors — an existential threat that the country has to contend with every single day. Because of this, Mirrah’s military is its most valued asset, resulting in it becoming a country of […]

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 […]

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 […]