This is gonna be a messy update, because a lot of crazy shit happened in a relatively short period.
Absconding from the dragon was simple enough, but I still managed to lose 4000 souls along the way. After I died, naturally, I was about to set out and recover them. So, tilting my stick forward, I walked out of my little bonfire saferoom, when my face started to itch a little. As I scratched my face, I yawned. As I yawned, my thumb tiresomely veered off to the side a little bit--and as a result, since I didn't see what I was doing, my character fell right off a cliff.VIDEO GAMES
Yeah, that was the embarrassing thing I didn't want to talk about at first. To add insult to injury, I found the way to escape the Bridge Wyvern as soon as I got back
, meaning I lost all those souls for absolutely nothing. what the fuck ever man
To escape the dragon, there's a spot on the bridge that leads directly under it--and as you keep walking, you'll end up on a path towards the Undead Parish, which is where I ended up--but not before going up a small tower on the way. This lead to nothing but another black knight. This one was... noticeably tougher than the first one I faced, and after a bunch of attempts, I decided it wasn't even worth the trouble right now.
The first time I fought him, I actually tried doing what challenger suggested I do with the first black knight, and jump right off the tower, to lure him down as well--this is how I originally ended up in the Parish. Alas, the black knight didn't drop down with me, and I ended up getting fucked up by the next
ridiculously strong thing in my path--which was this... giant armored rhino-esque
thing. Once it charged at me, I attempted to roll away, but I wasn't quick enough.
Fortunately, though, I don't have to keep running through the Burg just to make it back here. Under the dragon's bridge is a spot (guarded by these stupid fucking rats that can not only poison you, but gang up and knock you over the edge if you're not careful) that lead back to the bonfire--just one floor up. I had to kick down a ladder to reach the bonfire itself, but now I have a nice little shortcut to the spot under the bridge. It's kinda neat how intricate the map design is, as Flee and Luci have been telling me. I don't really care much for the graphic style itself--I find it kinda dull and generic, but the fact that everything is kinda tied up into a little bow is pretty nice.Fuck
those rats, though, oh my god. Once they poison you, you're fucked--you have to hightail it all the way back to your bonfire, unless you have some kind of antidote--which I don't. The merchant doesn't sell any, conveniently enough. Normally, antidotes are one of the first things you can purchase from merchants in any RPG, but not this one. How irritating. You just have to not get hit and block all their attacks--but even that's risky, because when they start ganging up on you, they can drain your stamina in seconds, and the push-back from their attacks can potentially knock you over the edge. It's not great.
So, after I got my shit together, I made it back to the Parish, and instead of taking on that big rhino... thing, I just ran away from him. There were other enemies, too, like the standard Hollow soldiers and archers peppered here and there. They're starting to resist my spear's strikes more and more, which is a shame (and no, it's not because my spear is degrading). I found a few Alluring Skulls, which is an item that's supposed to distract certain kinds of enemies. Probably only weaker ones, if I had to guess. I don't know if I care to waste an equipment slot over them.
At this point, though, I noticed I was above the rhino. He was just sitting there, wide open. Which is great, because I bought more Firebombs JUST for this sort of occasion. No fucks given. All he gave me was 500 souls, but at least he's dead for good. In retrospect, I probably should've found a less cheap way of killing him--because I'm sure he won't be the last rhino in the game, and now I don't have any knowledge of how to properly fight one now. Oh well.
The rest of the Parish was blocked off by a massive gate, and the only way around it was to go under. It was very dark down there, which made it a little hard to see what was going on, and it was infested by a bunch of Hollows (the mindless/weak/armorless variety). Why are they so hostile, anyway?
After making it out of there, I traversed another white light to find myself at the other side of the gate.
Fork in the road. Well, fork in the decrepit castle.
Forks are always scary--like crossing the street on a busy road for the first time, without your parents. If you go one direction, you basically have to commit to it--for all you know, there could be an enemy on both sides, and you'll be sandwiched. It's such a simple, but serious dilemma.
I chose the right side, and found a long corridor with a menacing figure standing at the end of it. His back was turned towards me--so I figured now would be a nice time to test out this backstabbing trick that I keep hearing people talk about. I walked slowly up to the figure, and stabbed him in the back--but it wasn't a backstab. Fuck.
Instantly, the figure turned around and started attacking--it was a knight, wielding what looked like a rapier. He was strong, but I could tell he wasn't elite. Still, at this point, I had no Estus, and my health was sitting at around 50%, so I was gonna lose this fight. I pushed on for the sake of learning his attack patterns.
After I fell, I knew I had to be careful--I lost 1500~ sould and
some humanity in that fight, so I can't afford to fuck this recovery up. Making my way towards the knight again, I proceeded to get poisoned by the rats--three times in a goddamn row
. And each and every time, I had to walk back to the bonfire and convalesce before I moved on. Because, remember--I have no way of curing poison right now.
I'm genuinely annoyed at this point, so I start getting reckless again. I take a look at my other weapons--Longsword. This is what everyone's been telling me to use, so I guess I'll use it.
...I don't like it. Not at all. It's so... boring, and it doesn't feel that much stronger than any of the weapons I have been using. I can't even use it in tight corners. What exactly is the appeal of this weapon? I kept it equipped on the off-chance that there's something I'm missing about it. It's possible, I guess.
So, I made it back to the rats for the fourth time--AND they ganged up on me and pushed me off the cliff oh my fucking god please just slather me with peanut butter and fuck me in the ass
Between the black knight, the rats, and this other knight dude who I need a better name for, I was stuck in this loop for quite a long time. I could see myself steadily getting worse and worse--because I was just trying to rush through. I know you're not supposed to do that--but really, having to sit down and patiently fight every enemy as properly as possible is very mentally draining. I get bored
of it. Spear-holders always take so fucking long to attack you, and it SUCKS. That's kinda how all enemies in this game work, really. So far, anyway.
This knight dude was no exception. When I finally took him out, I was SO
disappointed that the only thing he was guarding was just another plain-old shield--a "Knight Shield," whose stats are overall worse than my current shield. It just does a little bit more damage if I whack someone with it, but it has less magic defenses, which blows.
The path on the left led me to another fork between two narrow corridors--and I was correct in my earlier fears. In my attempt to look both ways, I noticed that both sides of the fork contained enemies. On the right, a weak soldier--on the left, another one of those hard knights. Great. I'm out of Estus, and I have 10% life, so... bring it?
Somehow, I managed to beat them both. The right path ended up being a dead-end, so I went the other way--which led to another
fork in the road. Jeez. At this point, I'll spare you the minor details. I ended up choosing the wrong path that was guarded by even more of those tough knight enemies. I survived a Rasputin-level of shit, but ultimately, ended up biting the dust. I can't remember if I found anything worthwhile.
I chose the right side next time. I wish I knew castle terminology better, so I could describe half this shit--but basically, this place is fucking enormous. I visited what appeared to be some kind of altar--and promptly got the fuck out of that bitch, when I spotted this big-ass knight with a giant fucking mace. He was very, very slow, so punishing his whiffed strikes was simple enough to do with my Winged Spear. I wasn't doing enough damage, though, so I started Firebombing him instead. That did the trick.
So, enemies that momentarily flash white when they die don't respawn. I've gathered that much.
After that, I finally
made it to the next bonfire--the one with the blacksmith chilling a couple flights below. Took me long enough, I suppose. After speaking with the blacksmith (who is a comically-buff old man), I noticed a door in his room. Going through it, I was greeted by a large demon that fired a big lightning ball at me. Uh, nope. Going back.
Upstairs led to the forest that everyone's been talking about, but it's blocked off right now. I'll probably be visiting it next time. Knowing this game, I'll probably have to slay that monster downstairs, whatever the fuck it is.
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|R Weapon 2:|
|L Weapon 1:|
|L Weapon 2:|
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|- VS slash:|
|- VS thrust:|
|Right Hand:||Winged Spear, Longsword|
|Usable Item:||Estus Flask (5), Throwing Knife (15), Homeward Bone (4), Binoculars (1)|
|Left Hand:||Hollow Soldier Shield, Fists|
|Ring:||Tiny Being's Ring, Blue Tearstone Ring|
Estus Flask (5)
White Sign Soapstone (1)
Cracked Red Eye Orb (4)
Black Separation Crystal (1)
Black Firebomb (1)
Throwing Knife (15)
Repair Powder (2)
Gold Pine Resin (2)
Lloyd's Talisman (4)
Alluring Skull (4)
Homeward Bone (4)
Soul of a Lost Undead (7)
Large Soul of a Lost Undead (3)
Ores & Minerals
Titanite Shard (2)
Titanite Chunk (2)
Twinkling Titanite (2)
Keys & Tools
Dungeon Cell Key (1)
Undead Asylum F2 East Key (1)
Big Pilgrim's Key (1)
Residence Key (1)
Mystery Key (1)
Weapons & Shields
Broken Straight Sword
Straight Sword Hilt
Caduceus Round Shield
Cracked Round Shield
Hollow Soldier Shield
Hollow Warrior Helm
Hollow Warrior Armor
Hollow Warrior Waistcloth
Hollow Soldier Helm
Hollow Soldier Armor
Hollow Soldier Waistcloth
Tiny Being's Ring
Blue Tearstone Ring