@Revoltage- Thanks a lot, your post has now given me the drive to begin a new character, which will be the third that I've got on the go now. :roll:
But unlike you I intend to have this character carry out the start of each next run naked and unarmed. He/she is free to pick up and use whatever items he/she comes across throughout the run, but at the end of the run (namely just before linking or walking away from the fire having just dispatched Gwyn) ever
(with the exception of Gwyn's soul), including all consumable items and any magic/miracles/pyromancies that the class would not normally have at the start of a new game, must be dropped preventing me from carrying any of it over to the next run, which means that any advantage I may have will come from my Characters stat development, and that alone.
Oh, and Gwyn's soul can only be used for the purposes of upgrading or creation, it is not to be used as a means to gain more souls (currency) early on in the run.
The big question is how long will it be before I rage quit?
Now, if you, or anyone else for that matter, have got any suggestions as to what the starting class should be please feel free to throw them in my general direction?