Previously we fought and defeated the tutorial area boss. This time we will take a look whats beyond the tutorial.
Spoiler warning: I will write about anything I discover. If you don't want it spoiled, don't read it.
What is that?
When you're standing in the boss arena and look at the path ahead it will lead to something that looks familiar. It looks like the belltower from Dark Souls 1 on top of Undead Parish, and not suprisingly it also is a bell tower.
The bells will ring when the flame is about to go out, and there only embers remain.
Does the bell ring because someone is ringing it? Is it other players as it was in Dark Souls 1? I guess we will find out eventually.
When you come closer you will get to an opening in what looks like the base of the tower, and once you enter you will be greeted with.
Firelink Shrine, wtf!?
If this is your first Souls game, then this area is totally fine. It is actually nothing special. Quite dull for being a hub area. The Nexus in Demon's Souls has fantastic design, the Firelink Shrine in Dark Souls 1 has a sad type of atmosphere, Majula in Dark Souls 2 is quiet and pretty.
This. This is a cave.
First that it share its name with the hub in Dark Souls 1, is a huge thing. Does this mean that we're in Lordran? Does it mean that we're on top of the Kiln of the First Flame? Or is it literaly the shrine where fire will be linked? I don't know but I don't like it.
Soon there after I had another WTF moment.
It is not surprising to see the return of firekeepers. This is a big deal, but the design here is taken almost directly from Demon's Souls. Not only the long robes and covered eyes, but things the Firekeeper says comes directly from Demon's Souls. Is this fan service, or is Miazaki trolling all those that have tried to find a connection between the series.
Then touch the dark inside me.
Behind the crestfallen warrior, you find a blacksmith called Andre.
The name is the same name as the blacksmith of Undead Parish in Dark Souls 1, and the design is almost identical. He doesn't present himself as "Andre of Astora", but we can assume that something weird is going on.
What I really don't like is that he goes on and on to describe the mechanics of the game. This is very unsouls like, and it bugs me.
If you look around the shrine, you will find more and more Dark Souls 1 and 2 references. I have not unlocked all of the shrine, but I assume that there are a lot more secrets here than meets the eye.