A Dark Souls Journal #2: Ash Lake

Tonight’s journey will be short, but nonetheless, there shall be progress. With any luck, I’ll even finally make it out of Blighttown. However, I have found myself in a place I didn’t expect would exist, and though I felt confident in the amount of moss I brought with me, I feel that I may be running slow on supplies. My arrows are limited, and my firebombs are gone. I had better get a move on, before I…

10:30PM

Honestly thought this was a giant crab until I came closer. I was completely off the mark. Fears alleviated.

10:32PM

Fears unalleviated. Not as bad as anything I’ve seen in Blighttown, but still somewhat disgusting. Entirely tolerable, though!

I see that these things also hit pretty hard, but nowhere near as dangerous as the parent mushrooms. I’ll remain cautious as ever, but I think I can afford to worry a little less right now. I just need to avoid being cocky. My approach is to dodge their initial attack, do three two-handed slashes, a heavy attack to deal two more hits, then distance myself to regain stamina. It’s working quite well. Just need to move quickly.

I am finding there are a lot of dragon scales around this place. I suppose this is where that one dragon covenant will appear. It feels oddly relaxing down here for a place that housed a hydra mini-boss.

10:40PM

Found a route into this tree. I kind of want to continue exploring around, though. You know, it’s one of the many unspoken rules of RPGs. You never go in the correct direction first – unless you end up playing yourself by accidentally picking the main route.

10:45PM

I played myself.

Turns out up ahead is where the dragon covenant is. I’m not sure I want to bother with this at present. I don’t really care about multiplayer right now. On the other hand, joining and leaving covenants hardly seems like a pain. I guess I’ll give it a shot for now.

I offered up all my dragon scales. It did not appear to accomplish much.

10:54PM

Asshole tossed me into the air. I got my revenge.

10:56PM

The mushroom got me. I’ll have my revenge. I don’t fear them anymore. I am better than them. I will cut them and their children up.

11:01PM

It was not the mushroom this time. It was the basilisk. This won’t deter me, however. I already have a Purging Stone on me, and I know where to get more. I’ll let the curse stick around for a little longer. You’ve had your laugh, basilisk. I know where you live, and

11:18PM

The foe is vanquished.

*emotes 'Well, What Is it?'*

I discovered I in fact acquired a Dragon Head Stone. There appears to be a body somewhere in the tree, but I can’t seem to reach it. It’s either the world’s tightest jump, or there’s another route elsewhere. I feel that I may have to abandon my attempts to get there today. If there is a way to reach it right now, that’s too bad, I can just try again some other day.

11:22PM

Oh. This wasn’t a rock. It was a skull. Oh.

11:34PM

Climbing back out of this place is proving to be a hassle. Easy in theory, but irritating in practice.

Someday you go through the rain,
Someday you’ll feed on a tree frog,
It’s ordeal, the trial to survive
For the day, we see new light!

DUN DUN DUNN DUN DUNNNNNN

11:44PM

One fall and another climb later, I’ve made it back to the top… back to Blighttown.

One success at a time. I’ll conquer hell soon.

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