valley-of-defilement

OKAY SO

it’s been a while since I did a proper recap of my misadventures in Demon’s Souls, aside from the occasional post here and there!

AFTER FINALLY DEFEATING THE MANEATERS I realized I was stuck between 4-2 and 5-2 and wasn’t feeling particularly optimistic about either option lmao

BUT UPON SUGGESTION, I went with 5-2 first and yOU KNOW WHAT

IT WASN’T /THAT/ BAD

i mean don’t get me wrong it’s a terrible, terrible place but it only took me a handful of tries to get my bearings and navigate it! Nothing there is too strong and I had enough poison and plague blossoms to keep myself relatively safe even in the most disgusting circumstances

i found a decent little chunk of treasure, including that cool hammer polearm but didn’t buy anything from the Filthy Woman in my hurry.

DIRTY COLOSSUS WAS KIND OF SAD idk if I was over-leveled at this point or what but he didn’t really pose much of a challenge. I loved his design though, it was a fun fight and he was a cool demon!

SO THEN IT WAS ONTO 4-2 WHICH JUST

man it gave me all kinds of hell, so much hell that I actually decided to press on through Stonefang into the Burial Ground and take on the Dragon God for the first time ever.

WOW.


WOOOOW.

WHAT A COOL FIGHT! It took me a while to figure out that you could destroy the debris yourself and didn’t have to wait for him to clear it for you and I actually almost got him on my firat try, if I’m not mistaken… I’m not sure when or if the nature of the fight changes after the second shot.

BUT AFTER THAT I OPTED TO GO BACK TO SHRINE OF STORMS AND GOT KICKED AROUND AGAIN

so i decided I should maybe upgrade some of my gear! a good idea, BUT I GUESS EVEN AT THIS POINT I’M SUPER LOW ON ORES??

so i went diving into Stonefang, lookin for rocks and Sparkly Lizards

AND I FOUND SOME

AND I FOUND THE BEARBUG BURROWS

AND WOW

WHAT AN AMAZING AREA

i spent a solid 40 minutes in the annals of the burrows I can’t believe how EXPANSIVE Stonefang Tunnel is!!

I love that you have to actually go hunting for most of your ores in the mine or trade w the merchant there! It adds to the immersion having to go on these little mini-adventures to gather supplies.

LONG STORY SHORT i found the Dragon Straight Sword+1 and a handful of Dragonstone so I figured I’d get Ed to upgrade it for me and try it out against the Shadows in 4-2

ENDED UP UPGRADING A BUNCH OF STUFF, my Flamberge to +5, my Straight Bow to +6, and my new Dragon Sword to +2!

went back to Shrine and got messed around lmao

I SHOULD CLARIFY when I say that, though, that I mostly mean I kept getting overwhelmed, careless, and impatient, not just totally destroyed! I can do it, I just wasn’t doing it well!

SO I DECIDED TO START TAKING OUT THE STORM BEASTS WITH ARROWS AND

MAN

THAT TAKES FOREVER the trajectory is so weird!!

BUT AFTER A SOLID COUPLE OF ATTEMPTS i learned that you can, in fact, ROLL UNDER THE SHADOW LASERS and that pretty much single-handedly saved me and allowed me to reach the POOLS.

WOWWWW


WWWWOOOOOWWWW

WHAT A COOL FUCKING AREA

I love Shrine of Storms and everything about it just keeps getting better, I spent a good deal of time getting overwhelmed by slugs and narrowly avoiding the wisps

I FOUND HILTLESS AND THE RONIN’S RING

AND GOT TRAPPED IN THAT TINY PASSAGE W SLUGS ON EITHER END ATTACKING ME RELENTLESSLY

I barely escaped and made it to the fog gate

AND I SWEAR TO GOD

AS IF I COULDN’T LOVE THIS PLACE ANY MORE

OLD HERO

he’s gotta be up there with some of my favorite Souls bosses, his design and concept are so neat to me…

as for the fight, I can deal alright damage with an enchanted Hiltless, about 120 or so per hit. It takes a WHILE to whittle him down like that (he has a lot of HP) so it’s just a matter of staying on top of his INSANE LUNGES

if he hits me ONCE with a direct hit i’m out of the game lmao, SO IT’S HIGH PRESSURE staying on top of him!

i got 48 Soul Remains and tried baiting him around a little bit but (to my surprise :C) it didn’t really seem to work…

I tried him a total of three times in between significantly more failed 4-2 runs and never got him halfway down but I think I can do it.

I mean, I KNOW I can, but it FEELS good!!

PROGRESS!

I’m a little concerned with the sheer amount of progress, actually, because I feel like there’s still a fair number of characters I haven’t met!

30 days of Dark Souls

Whoops. Here’s days…nineteen-twenty…three? I think. I am not mathing today. 

Day 19: First stat to 50?


Stamina. What the fuck else would it be? HA.

Day 20: Favorite armor set?


Bitch, have you SEEN that Ornstein Set? You’d best be lovin that shit.

Also I love the silver knight set. So dosh.

Day 21: Blighttown or Valley of Defilement for best “WHAT THE GODDAMN FUCK VIDEO GAME DEVS?!”


Blighttown is for pansies. VALLEY OF DEFILEMENT WILL CLAIM ALL OF YOUR INNOCENCE.

all

the

innocence. ._.

Day 22: Parry or Backstep?


Limit me to one? Fuck you, I do both equally. 

Day 23: Two handed, or one handed with shield?


Two handed, mothafucka. 

Until Gwyn, o'course. 

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Technical difficulties and our own incompetence combine to finally knock us off the plan we made for this play-through. See: Dave get mobbed by depraved ones (it’s like Twitter, but less awful) plagued by rats and take all our frustration out on innocent skeletons just trying to defend their home. And a giant monster with a golden crow for a head.

Day 21 - Blight Town or Valley of Defilement for WTF Moments?

This one has to go to Valley of Defilement. Purely due to the fact that I have run across more glitches in that area, than I have in Blight Town. One main example is when I watched as an enemy jumped after me, fell into the swamp, and slowly sank into it. Never to be seen again…

Now, if we’re talking difficulty and annoyance, Blight Town takes the cake…F'ing blowdart guys…

DS Challenge Day 20: Blighttown or Valley of Defilement?

Blighttown is a sunny day in Central Park in comparison.

The valley is horrible in every sense of the word. It’s a nightmare, almost unspeakably vile, especially the gut-wrenching tragedy of Garl Vinland and Maiden Astraea. Just….. uuughh…

And you can’t even roll or dodge in the valley swamps; there’s no rusted iron ring, so the giant dreglings are basically 10/10 terrormasters.

The only easy parts of the valley are the bosses.