Lady Maria’s intro is so fucking raw dude, she looks dead, so your character walks up to her to check for shit and she just snags your wrist, has you dead to rights, tells you you should probably just be leaving corpses alone, lets you the fuck go, gives a short monologue, and proceeds to (for most players) royally beat your ass for a good twelve times. It’s the only point in the game where your character actually has scared body language.
Plus, she only lets you go because “only an honest death” will have you be freed from the cycle of trying to learn about the old gods
“There are moments, such as the one that oppresses me now, when I feel my own self far more than I feel external things, and everything transforms into a night of rain and mud where, lost in the solitude of an out-of-the-way station, I wait interminably for the next third-class train.” ―Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet
“Look, I am living. On what? Neither childhood nor future
are growing less… . . Supernumerous existence
wells up in my heart.” ―Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies (The Ninth Elegy)
“I am, I am, I am.” ―Sylvia Plath,The Bell Jar
“A man said to the universe: “Sir, I exist!” “However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me A sense of obligation.” ―Stephen Crane, War Is Kind and Other Poems