*WARNING! SPOILER ALERT! IF YOU’RE LIKE ME AND DON’T WANT ANY HELP OR SPOILERS ON YOUR FIRST RUN THROUGH DEMON’S SOULS, PLEASE STOP READING NOW! *
A few weeks ago I typed up a post declaring the nigh impenetrably difficult Demon’s Souls to be far less difficult than I previously assumed.
While this fact still rings true, something happened today that has taken my feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction and shat all over them.
Not only that, the game proceeded to set them on fire, and eat their children in front of them, seemingly just for kicks.
Oh yeah, and then the game tore out my eyes and raped my face, once again; seemingly just for the hell of it.
I’m not gonna’ lie, the past 2 days have been a rollercoaster ride for me in Demon’s Souls.
I cleared 2 and a half worlds, dusted God knows how many bosses, and even managed to save a few NPCs.
That last part is where the aforementioned face rape-age comes in.
You see, somewhere in the Tower of Latria stage, (one of the better and more atmospheric levels if you ask me) I happened upon a caged NPC named Yurt, The Silent Chief.
Sure, he looks like a wholesome and friendly guy...
Now, as I approached Yurt, preparing to engage him in conversation; I happened to notice that some of the player created messages scrawled on the ground near him were saying some awfully nasty things about him.
“Don’t bother about nothing.”
These were the cryptic and/or cautionary messages strewn about in the immediate area.
Despite this, in games with morality systems, my general aim is to be a “white knight” of sorts on my first time through, so in keeping with that trend, I decided to free Yurt.
“He hasn’t done anything wrong as far as I can tell. He’s cool in my book for now.”
Sadly, my naivete was not to be rewarded.
From his gravelly, foreboding voice; and his decidedly menacing armor, I figured he was at least somewhat evil, however I figured I’d get a chance to rectify whatever mistakes I made by freeing him if he were to suddenly turn outright heel on me.
After I freed Yurt, I happened upon him on the second floor of the Nexus.
He was tucked away in a corner, very much out of sight; such that I was lucky to have even spotted him.
When I spoke with him, excited to see if he’d offer me a sub-quest, or reward me with some sort of item, I was surprised to find that he had nothing helpful to offer me whatsoever.
He sold no items, he offered no services, all he said was something along the lines of:
“Life is not as precious as most may think.”
Following that episode, I would go on to visit with Yurt with every successive return to the Nexus, hopeful that he would eventually say something or do something useful.
It never happened.
At some point, my dungeon crawling in Demon’s Souls fell into a unbelievably progressive rhythm.
For several hours, my character; Ultimate Warrior, was an unstoppable juggernaut of untold epic-ry.
If only I could get him to look like this in-game...
Bosses fell by the wayside, and at least one entire realm collapsed at the might of the Ultimate Warrior, effectively making me like I had finally made the gaming beast that is Demon’s Souls, my servile bitch.
After venturing into the untread depths of the heart of the lion’s den, I reached a point where my inventory was utterly full, even with the use of strength augmenting rings; and I was forced to return to the Nexus to offload my loot.
Only a game as cruel as Demon’s Souls could come at me at my highest of highs, and tear me down to the lowest of lows in the blink of an eye.
One blink, and my eyes were out of their sockets, while Demon’s Soul’s virtual cock jackhammer-ed my frontal lobe with fervor unimaginable.
You see, Yurt The Silent Chief is an assassin.
Not only that, he is an assassin assigned to kill the survivors of Boletaria, I.E. the central cast of the game made up of static NPCs, and NPCs you’ve rescued (like Yurt himself) throughout the course of the game.
Being as I never saw him kill anyone, I have to assume that he goes about his business off-screen, that is; while you are away having the time of your life, as I was.
When I returned from my epic journey, I returned to a Nexus devoid of life.
Every single character I had saved, began learning skills from, and in a loose sense, gotten to “know,” was missing from their previously constant positions.
I searched the upper floors.
I searched all of the dead end nooks and crannies.
All that remained, were a few floating orbs containing what I presume were said character’s belongings.
As I charged up the stairs, already coming to realize that Yurt had to have been responsible, I took note of the background music.
It was different.
After 20 or so hours of play, one notices when the previously monotonous music changes to something totally different.
The tone was gloomy and somber, such that I could tell that I had fucked up just by the sound of it.
When I approached Yurt, I was not surprised to hear him take full responsibility for the deaths of everyone in the Nexus.
As one would expect, the last task on his agenda just happened to involve killing me, which of course led to a brief melee between myself and Yurt.
Despite the horrors of his previous actions, Yurt proved to be a less than capable opponent.
Unable to deal any sort of serious damage to my Ultimate Warrior, I crushed Yurt, took his armor, and immediately put it into storage, finding it to be utterly worthless despite it’s striking appearance.
In the blink of an eye, Yurt The Silent Chief took my “white knight” sensibilities and swathed them in darkness.
To my knowledge, everyone who died, that is; every character in the game, will never come back.
I’ll never learn any more spells.
I’ll never learn any more miracles.
I’ll never get to hear anymore retarded stories and anecdotes that I genuinely never cared to hear in the first place.
In the blink of an eye, the living symbols of my success in Demon’s Souls were taken away from me, leaving my home base a dull and lifeless husk of pitiable solemn, complete with sad-sack music to drive the point home.
I’ll continue to push forward and beat Demon’s Souls, as to my knowledge I’m very near to the end, however I find that in getting there I simply don’t care as much as I used to.
Maybe it’s just me, but beating the game, and winning the day is a helluva’ lot more rewarding when you feel like you did a good job.
As it stands, after losing every NPC in the game to a mistake I didn’t even have a chance to realize I made; beating Demon’s Souls is going to be the equivalent to finishing a race, dead last; and crawling on all fours.
Sure, you finished; but do you feel good about it?
No, you feel humiliated; and realize you need to try harder next time, if there is a next time.
I can’t wait to be done with Demon’s Souls so I can finally move on and play something else…
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