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Nov 11th 2011 at 9:27:25 AM •••

While I don't have anything to bring up about the page itself, ixix of Neo Gaf has compiled a pretty extensive biblography discussing everything stated about most of the varying characters of Dark Souls and sourcing where the information comes from. This should prove helpful.

Part 1 http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=32453914&postcount=15169

Part 2 http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=32453932&postcount=15170

Nov 5th 2011 at 7:09:08 PM •••

So, the Dark Lord ending. The world plunges into darkness, but a possible 'Age of Man' starts. Now, the 'Link the Fire' ending is a major bummer once you realize that Gwyndolin is totally just waiting for the only threat to him to burn himself up so that he can rule the next Age of Fire. But if he's dead, then Link the Fire is less of a bummer: especially if you've killed all the bosses that are actually a threat to the world, it really seems like it'd be a good thing. Unless your character goes mad while being burned for eternity and all, and thus releases some evil monstrosities.

Knowing From Soft, that'd probably happen.

What I want to know is what people think of the Dark Lord ending. It seems like the PC could lead the undead and such to a new age of prosperity, with all the creepy crawlies dead.

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Nov 7th 2011 at 3:04:56 AM •••

From what I gathered, Linking the Fire with all the baddies dead would only serve in making more cursed undead, as I seem to recall that the Darksign is connected to the Age of Fire. And it may be very well possible that, with all that power, the player character really does go mad and maybe create a few new lieutenants to subjugate the land. In any case, it breeds disparity, in giving a few individuals superhuman or even godlike power, which seems to have a strong possibility of corrupting them.

The Dark Lord ending however, means that this will be no longer possible. No more old gods to rule them, and humanity being responsible for their own fate. I read in an excellent plot-analysis that it may be possible that the Furtive Pygmy actually broke his "Dark Soul" into millions of pieces and endowed humans with them, granting them Self and, well, Humanity (also explaining the fact that "Humanity" items are actually black, they are fragments of this original "Human Soul prototype"). This makes humans kind of the "darkhorses" compared to the pompous, glorious Lord-Fire-creatures, but possess free will and destiny and are not bound or "linked" to any primordial flame. Therefore, this ending will free humans from the already waning power of the Lords, and give them a fresh start on their own, with freedom to succeed or fail, but on their own terms.

Nov 7th 2011 at 9:34:51 PM •••

The primary issue with which ending is the better outcome is that there isn't any concrete information on what caused the Dark Sign and how to cure it, and whether it is cured in either of the endings. Kaathe doesn't mention it. Frampt is untrustworthy. Anastasia mentions that linking the fire will cure the Darksign, but she got her information from Frampt, and like I said, he isn't trustworthy. Regardless of whether humans or gods rule, the world is basically doomed unless the Darksign is cured.

Sep 29th 2011 at 5:58:37 AM •••

Someone needs to write a new summary. I'd do one, but I can't think of anything.

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