Dark Souls Diary Entry 8
Daily Deaths: 1
Total Deaths: 40
Bosses Beaten: Moonlight Butterfly, Capera Demon, 2 Butcher Mini-Bosses, Giant Rat
Current Level: 29
Sweet Loot: Evil Eye Ring, Spider Shield, Soul of the Moonlight Butterlfy, Magic Weapon Spell
Awful Moment: Falling down a trap in The Depths getting cursed, then dying, and losing 6,ooo souls and a humanity.
I’m not a numbers person. Mark Twain said it best when he said, “There are three kinds of lies. Lies, damned lies, and statistics.” That said, I’ve got some amazing numbers today.
One daily death.
Two major bosses beaten.
Damn it feels good to be a gangsta. I said it a while ago, but I’d like to beat Dark Souls in under 150 total lives and if I keep up this solid play I just might. Though Jim’s comment a while ago about multiple Taurus and Capra Demons leads me to believe that I’d best save plenty of lives for end-game.
Last night started off with a successful run at the Moonlight Butterfly. It’s really pretty easy–roll past its attacks, smack it in the face when it lands. Game Over. The Butterfly drops its soul which can be used to craft a spear or shield, according to whichever of the competing Dark Souls Wiki’s I checked.
That was a good win for me and a great way to start off the night. Next up for me was the Capra Demon. My new strategy is to take a few runs at a boss as a spirit before I tackle them on my own. So I joined a game as a spirit and helped a caster take down Capra. It all seemed too easy–so I ran back to Firelink to use up my souls and undo my hollowing. I was really hoping to get at least two spirits into my game, but given some of the complaints online about the trouble with summoning I was willing to settle on one. This was really the first time I’d been intent upon summoning other players into my game–and it worked. It worked really well. Within two minutes of summoning my first player I had a second in the game and just like that the Capra Demon passed into legend.
My brother had really talked up the Depths so I was pretty geeked to hit it. Before that though, I upgraded my attunement level to 12 so that I could use two spells/miracles. I bought the Magic Weapon spell… which I now regret. It’s a fine spell, but it doesn’t buff weapons that already have magical properties. In all likelihood I’ll upgrade my spear Partisan and use that spell in some kind of super-tank mode, coupling it with my Black Knight Shield. I should have bought a miracle instead, but such is Dark Souls.
I love the confusing level design of the Depths. I also really like the “Butcher” mini-bosses–they reminded me instantly of the Butcher from Diablo. By this time of night I was feeling pretty cocky, a common theme for my Dark Souls play. I’d beaten two bosses without dying, whomped a couple of Butchers… that’s when the floor fell out from under me.
Sort of. I wasn’t looking where I was going and I fell into a hole…the worst hole ever. Moments later, the word “Cursed” covered my screen, a moment after that I was dead. Did I mention loving the level design in the Depths… let’s call it love hate. In that hole I’d left more than 6,000 souls, a humanity, and to top it all off I was cursed.
This was a, “$#&$#^ it!” Moment for me.
I decided my best chance at getting my souls back was to head over to the healer in New Londo. On the way I fell off a bridge. I wasn’t pushed. I wasn’t backing away from an enemy. I just walked off… like an idiot. Okay, so I died twice–the idiot walk just didn’t really feel like it should count as a death.
Mark Twain was right about numbers.
Daily Deaths: 2
Total Deaths: 41