Realization hit me like a wave as I was working to build up Humanity and kindle bonfires. I met a Hollow when I traveled into New Londo. I completely blacked out on it, but it was clearly the crestfallen knight who had disappeared. I was stricken with a deep regret. I probably couldn’t have stopped it from happening, but still…
I also found the corpse of a witch when I happened to go back to the Valley of the Drakes. I could only pray for them both.
I also took the time to visit Quelana and learn all the pryomancy she could teach me. As she was teaching me, she asked me a favour. To kill her sisters and mother, who had become demons and were writing in agony. I could feel Quelaag’s sorrow as she said this. How must it feel to ask someone to kill your family.
With my work done, it was now time for me to enter the Demon Ruins that were nearby. I fought demons in the surface world, without a doubt, but now I was in their world. Where they were once scant and few, they were now plentiful. Capra and Taurus demons were plenty.
That wasn’t where my first challenge lay though. Along a side path, I found a giant fiery mass of flesh and tendrils. At first he didn’t do anything, but that quickly changed as I touched the corpse on the far end that was wearing the same robes as Quelana. It was clear doing so had upset it as it started attacking visciously. It was hard to hit him from land by whatever means. I had to wait for it to strike before taking shots with my spells. It was finished pretty soon after though. Quelana must’ve been a special person to him. It’s rather sad. However, I noticed that with it gone, the lava below had receeded, allowing me to pass further in.
Last time I had fought them, the Demons were tough and almost too much for me to handle. Now, however, I’d become much stronger, so they weren’t too bad to fight. Some careful planning with the Taurus demons and some retaliation with the Capras and it wasn’t hard to disperse them.
They were the least of my problems though. Descending further down, I found a demon centipede gaurding the bonfire. I made a point of defeating them from long range however. There were also these miniature legless demons breathing fire everywhere. They weren’t too tough to deal with. A mere swing of the sword was enough to deal with them.
There was a temple before me before long, but I took a slight detour. After taking out the Taurus and some centipedes, I found another ember. I didn’t think Andre could use this one. This seemed to be the specialty of the blacksmith I found in the Catacombs, Vamos, I believe his name was.
I headed back to the temple, whereI found a side path. I was being pulled in that direction. Going down it, I found a door surrounded by a lot of demon bugs. I opened it and found one that wasn’t like the others. I felt at ease when I killed it. This was something that was going to end Solaire’s life. I felt it deep within my soul. With him safe, I now had to make sure to protect Siegmeyer.
Entering the temple, I found something I was hoping not to see. A demon with the same body type as the ones in the Asylum. Even now, they come back to haunt me. This one was much stronger though. He was practically bathed in the life fire of this world. I prepared a lot for fire defense, but still, it was pretty cumbersome to fight him between his powerful melee attacks and fire. Still, it only took a few spell shots to take it down. Logan’s spells once again proved invaluable to me.
Further in, I found a path that lead back to Quelaag’s domain. Though further in was another bonfire, followed by another fog gate. Through it, I found the source of those demon centipedes. There was lava all over the place. I was quite thoroughly boxed in. I had to wait for it to come to me to fire off attacks just like the creature in the beginning. Once I killed it, it coughed up a ring. This ring would allow me to walk in the lava. I was rather lucky. I made my way into the Lost Izaleth.
I found Solaire there. He seemed rather depressed. He didn’t seem to even notice I was there. He just kept talking about how he couldn’t find his sun. I wanted to comfort him, but I couldn’t find the words. I could only carry on. There weren’t much in the way of enemies now. Just more of those legless demons and these demons without tops. They must be what makes those asylum demons. After I got to the next bonfire, I made of point of killing all the large demons that were in my path while carefully managing myself. They were strong, so it was a matter of managing my spells.
There was a temple further within, larger than the last, but in even worse shape. Ontop of those legless demons there were these strange jelly-fish looking ones. I could already tell they were dangerous, so I rather opted to fight them with my spells rather than my gear.
I found another pyromancer dressed the same as Quelana guarding the entrance to the main temple. I took her out quickly, but she was powerful. Was this a vision left by the Witch of Izalith?
I also found the other side of that door. After taking out the Titanite Demon, I found Solaire again, sitting where the demon bugs were. He seemed even more depressed, but at least he’s alive. He can find a new reason to live once we were both out of here.
Heading back, I fell into a trap where I found Seigmeyer before a pit filled with more of those jellyfish demons. He offered to help me after everything I’ve done for him and told me a rather alarming plan. He would distract those demons while I got away. I wasn’t about to let him do that. I jumped into the fight with him and backed him up.
However, my help wasn’t enough. Siegmeyer was hurt too badly and he died, calling for his daughter as he did. I wanted to scream. I succeeded in protecting a friend, but failed to do the same for another.. I don’t know how I even could begin to tell Seiglinde about what happened.
I could no longer keep putting it off. I had to face the Witch of Izalith. I returned to the entrance of the temple and found her. She was now a tree creature…. It’s… ironic.. Doesn’t she hurt herself, being the origin of Pyromancy and all?
She clearly wasn’t happy to see me. She started to attack as soon as she could move. All I could do was guard and try to avoid her, but even that was taxing because every strike felt like it could rip my arm off… I seem to be getting that a lot…
I quickly noticed two glowing points on either side. I made my way to one and cut away at the bramble before striking it. Doing so seemed to unleash some spirit form. She seemed to be upset after that. I quickly made my way to the other point, but I had to be careful because the floor was collapsing around me. She knocked me into one of the resulting holes soon after. On my second try, I made it to the second point, but then she crushed my body. The third, I was more diligent and finally cut my way to it, unleashing more of the spirit form… Like I needed her to get stronger..
She crushed me again as I got out, but on my third try, I ran towards her as a path had opened up in the tree body. The floor collapsed to bar my entry, but I found a stray root and made my way inside. I cut through bramble after bramble while she was pelting me with fire. I finally cut my way to the center and found the true demon.. a slug… Not exactly what I was expecting… I easilly killed it and claimed her soul. It was a sad state, but she was clearly powerful. She used the entire tree as a puppet with that massive amount of mana.
With that done, I made preparations for our final trip. I got a ring in order to talk to Quelaan but.. I didn’t have the heart to. I think Quelaag was more hesitant to talk to her than I was. I didn’t have the heart to talk to Anastacia either, nor Laurentius or Griggs. Part of me wish I had. I knew I wouldn’t be coming back.
I made my way to the Firelink Chamber and offered the souls I had collected to the Lordvessel. The door before me opened and as I entered, I could see the spirits of knights walking around. This was the true nature of the Black Knights. Spirits trapped between worlds, unable to die. Just as undead as I am, but on a different level. As I entered the Kiln of the First Flame, it was apparent what had happened. A huge catastrophy, a blast that couldn’t have possibly left a single being alive. Runs of broken and even deformed stone, as if they had been melted and quickly frozen again. A floor covered in ash like nothing ever seen before, and in the middle was a sort of Colosseum. The knights were still stronge, but I was now far stronger and I could take care of them easily. I even managed to collect some of their gear.
As I entered the gate at the end of the road, the truth had become very clear. While he was engulfed in flame, this man, Lord Gwyn, was no longer a god. I instantly knew why he never returned to Anor Londo. He was a Hollow now. That wasn’t to say that he was on the calibur of the Hollows I had fought up until that point. He was fast, viscious, and yet somehow still managed to be graceful while he was at it. I couldn’t fire spells at him as he seemed to see my telegraphed castings and every time I tried to heal up, he took the opportunity to charge at me. He defeated me time and time again, but I couldn’t fall now.
I decided my spells wouldn’t work, so instead I kept both my Rapier and my Greatsword. My best option was to avoid most of his attacks and counter the one particular combo. It took a lot of patience, but soon enough, his body was crumbling. It’s ironic. I was cast away by the gods for my ability to hunt them. I could rip through them like they were nothing. If I were allowed to stay, it might not have turned out like this, yet now, here I stood, the Godslayer everyone accused me of being. I had no time to think of that, though. I held my hand out to the fire, and took the flames into myself.
I write this now for any adventurer who finds it. I am now at the center of the flame. Neither God, nor Dragon, but both. I stand with a soul strong enough to keep the flames burning. However, I don’t know if my dual nature can keep me from meeting the same fate as Lord Gwyn. For this, I pray to you, find me. If I am still sane, I will welcome you with open arms. If I become Hollow, however, do not hesitate to kill me and take everything I’ve accomplished as an inheretance.
Know, however, that you stand no chance of making this journey unless you are strong, for Lord Gwyn’s Knights now serve me. One last time, I shall cry out my name.
I am Priscilla, Dragon God of the First Flame.
Priscilla obtained Large Flame Ember.
Priscilla obtained Demon’s Catalyst.
Priscilla obtained Izalith Catalyst.
Priscilla obtained Spiked Shield.
Priscilla obtained Barbed Straight Sword.
Priscilla learned Chaos Fire Whip.
Priscilla obtained Titanite Catchpole.
Priscilla obtained Speckled Stoneplate Ring.
Priscilla obtained Lord Soul.
Quelaag’s Furysword levelled up to +5. It cries Triumphant!
Darkmoon Bow levelled up to +5. It cries Triumphant!
Priscilla obtained Old Witch’s Ring.
Priscilla obtained Chaos Flame Ember.
Priscilla obtained Black Knight Shield.
Black Knight Shield levelled up to +5. It cries Triumphant!
Priscilla obtained Soul of Gwyn, Lord of the Cinder.
Priscilla linked the Fire.