Last time, on Dueling Swords, Dark Souls, we slew a legend! Then found out we were fated to do the same work for which that lazy bum had been posthumously taking all the credit for. Sucks to be us.
I’d go on the whole screw destiny kick here, but really, if Artorias doesn’t do it, and we don’t do it, then Lordran’s pretty much screwed. I’m pretty sure it’s this Abyss that completely wiped Oolacile off the map back in my time, and if it’s not checked here, there might not even be a Lordran for me to run around and be the Best Chosen One in. Besides, I haven’t rescued Dusk yet. And I want to try rescuing a princess just once. I think a hero of my stature needs that behind them.
I head back to the Sanctuary to heal up, then return to the arena in which I fought Artorias. There’s someone there. A woman. Here in the place of that Epic Battle of the Ages. It looks like she’s placing a memorial to how awesome our fight was. She must be a fan of mine. I walk up to her, and start telling her all about my awesome fight with Artorias. She turns, and…
Oh! Ohhh. She was… close with him. In mourning. And here I am, running my mouth. I hang my head, then hand her Artorias’s soul. I’m sure I could use it to make something awesome, but Artorias, at least, the man he was before the Abyss took him, deserves something better. Let her have the soul for his little shrine.
In return, she gives me her weapons. The Dark Silver Tracer and the Gold Tracer, a pair of short swords. She seems to understand the condition Artorias was in, and doesn’t hold a grudge against me for killing him. I look over the weapons, and realization comes to me. That is the Lord’s Blade Ciaran! Another of the Four Great Knights. Her blades require a fighting style that does not match mine in the least, but I suspect her giving these to me is more for her sake than anything else. She does not need these anymore.
I leave her to grieve in peace, and head up the stairs at the other end of the chamber.
That path leads me to a large, open area with a few staircases branching off. I take one, and find myself on a balcony outside, overlooking the Royal Wood. I follow it around, and it leads me to this locked door set into a tower. I can hear movement inside, but the door’s locked, and I have no way to enter.
I collect some souls from up here, head back down, and take the other exit.
A hallway to the side leads to the Battle of Stoicism Gazebo. Like someone was throwing darts at a dictionary. Basically an area for people looking for a fight online, because apparently Dark Souls’ random invasion mechanic doesn’t give you enough opportunity for that. It does give you some unique duel and deathmatch options, but I don’t really get much out of playing against people I don’t even know, so I don’t have a whole lot of interest in this type of multiplayer.
Instead, I take the staircase down, and find myself near a bonfire in a whole new section of the city.