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 […]

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 […]

Oceiros

Prince Lothric was born destined to be a Lord of Cinder, but who decided this destiny for him? Making a prince of the kingdom a King of Kindling is called the work of Lothric’s blood as well as the royalty’s dearest wish, and the head of the royalty is King Oceiros. In that case, he […]

Drang Knights

Contact between the Old and New Worlds had huge ramifications for Irithyll, chief among which were the Drang Knights. This band of mercenaries wandered various lands and made a name for themselves as sellswords. Such widespread fame is largely due to their peculiar fighting style for so-called knights, relying on overwhelming aggression with two weapons […]

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, […]

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 […]