A question about the Abyss

    Share
    avatar
    Encore
    Chosen Undead
    Chosen Undead

    Posts : 4317
    Reputation : 28
    Join date : 2013-05-12
    Age : 20
    Location : Bracing myself for the Winds of Change, being supported by the towering pillars of my friends.

    Re: A question about the Abyss

    Post by Encore on Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:32 pm

    Isn't it that Kaathe wanted to four kings to be Darkwraiths?

    And their knights got fused with armor and became Darkwraiths too?



    _________________
    It is all like the repeating drip of thickening oil...

    Song of Myself
    avatar
    Dibsville
    Abyss Dweller
    Abyss Dweller

    Posts : 9377
    Reputation : 134
    Join date : 2013-03-09
    Age : 20
    Location : Gensōkyō

    Re: A question about the Abyss

    Post by Dibsville on Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:41 pm

    The Four Kings are commanders of the Darkwraiths.


    _________________
    PSN: Dibsville
    The Exiled of Ariamis; join the cause!
    EarthScraper wrote:OK, now I've just learnt that you never mess with Dibs on a Dark Souls topic, cause he will put you down.
    avatar
    Encore
    Chosen Undead
    Chosen Undead

    Posts : 4317
    Reputation : 28
    Join date : 2013-05-12
    Age : 20
    Location : Bracing myself for the Winds of Change, being supported by the towering pillars of my friends.

    Re: A question about the Abyss

    Post by Encore on Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:44 pm

    Oh right. Sorry, I forgot.

    There so much about the Abyss.


    _________________
    It is all like the repeating drip of thickening oil...

    Song of Myself
    avatar
    Djem
    Obsessed
    Obsessed

    Posts : 581
    Reputation : 20
    Join date : 2012-12-08
    Location : Anatolia, Land of the Rising Sun

    Re: A question about the Abyss

    Post by Djem on Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:58 pm

    Soul of Stray Demon wrote:And after you beat the four kings, you can walk on the abyss without the ring. So it may be something they are doing?

    Scarecrow's post before you:

    skarekrow13 wrote:In both cases the Abyss appears to be tied to a host or hosts that give it a will or goal.

    I think Scarecrow got it right. Without the Four Kings to use it for their own goals, the Abyss isn't deadly to us. Maybe it's because we're a Human? The Dark doesn't harm us. But maybe if a Silver Knight for example were to step in it (even without the Four Kings there) it would die?
    avatar
    Encore
    Chosen Undead
    Chosen Undead

    Posts : 4317
    Reputation : 28
    Join date : 2013-05-12
    Age : 20
    Location : Bracing myself for the Winds of Change, being supported by the towering pillars of my friends.

    Re: A question about the Abyss

    Post by Encore on Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:06 pm

    It was the abyss that corrupted the inhabitants of Oolacile, with the help of Manus.

    I still think it is for gameplay purposes.


    _________________
    It is all like the repeating drip of thickening oil...

    Song of Myself
    avatar
    skarekrow13
    Chat Moderator

    Posts : 10236
    Reputation : 410
    Join date : 2012-01-27
    Location : Ralph Wilson Stadium

    Re: A question about the Abyss

    Post by skarekrow13 on Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:27 pm

    Everything's actually for gameplay purposes.  The lore is just for us to have fun with since there's very few things that can be proven.  

    Anyway, here's the reasoning I have for the need for a host/guide.  

    Four Kings: Due to their threat to the outside world they needed to be sealed.  This implies that they would spread without the seal.  Again, water is often used as a means to seal evil in mythology/fantasy. We remove the seal either by killing the guard for the key or proving that we're able to follow in the footsteps of the last person to "traverse" the Abyss safely.  This corroborates the need for a seal lest something bad happen, aka the Abyss or threat spreading.  

    Once we kill the Four Kings, there are several interesting things to note.  We no longer need the ring to "traverse."  Yet prisms still fall through the "floor."  Also, while seemingly infinite, you can use the fire as a reference to show that you can only access a set area.  This could be just gameplay but it could reinforce the idea that only a "pocket" of Abyss had encroached so far.  Why is the ring no longer necessary though?  It's my take that the Abyss is now unguided by the Kings. Without a hostile will, the Abyss is no longer hostile. Is there more evidence of this?  Why yes.  After killing the Four Kings, Ingward's job is suddenly meaningless.  He will depart to Firelink and is now unconcerned with the Abyss.  A person who seemingly has dedicated an eternal life to ensuring the integrity of the Seal abandons it.  It's safe to say that without the Four Kings; there's no threat.  The Abyss is still there.  But there's no threat.  

    Manus: Similar idea, he obviously is not sealed with water and it looks like that part of the Abyss has spread further, corroding a lot of terrain and destroying Oolacile from below.  The Abyss shows indiscriminate destruction.  Or does it?  When you fight Manus, isn't it strange that there's a perfect arena for him to hang out in?  Almost like it's providing some ground for him since he's not a wraith.  And when you kill him....once again the threat stops. Elizabeth hints that it's too late for Oolacile (like we didn't know that already) but that the threat of further encroachment is gone.  Fast forward to Darkroot instead of Royal Wood and we see that the Abyss has indeed receded.  



    In both instances the Abyss is harmless by itself, neither harming nor spreading.

    avatar
    Djem
    Obsessed
    Obsessed

    Posts : 581
    Reputation : 20
    Join date : 2012-12-08
    Location : Anatolia, Land of the Rising Sun

    Re: A question about the Abyss

    Post by Djem on Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:50 pm

    Great explanation, +1
    avatar
    Shkar
    Revived
    Revived

    Posts : 2657
    Reputation : 101
    Join date : 2012-03-18

    Re: A question about the Abyss

    Post by Shkar on Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:53 am

    I haven't played through in quite a while, and I don't feel like searching. Is there anywhere that says that the danger is the Abyss spreading? If not, isn't it entirely possible that the abyss was sealed off in order to contain the darkwraiths and the Four Kings so they don't go around sucking out people's souls?

    I could see the gods taking a firm stance against that, whether you believe they are good or evil. Doesn't matter how tough your body is or how long your lifespan is if you have no soul.


    _________________
    XBL GT: DeadlyHeretic
    avatar
    Dibsville
    Abyss Dweller
    Abyss Dweller

    Posts : 9377
    Reputation : 134
    Join date : 2013-03-09
    Age : 20
    Location : Gensōkyō

    Re: A question about the Abyss

    Post by Dibsville on Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:59 am

    That's exactly what the abyss was sealed off for; to keep the Four Kings and the Darkwraiths in check.


    _________________
    PSN: Dibsville
    The Exiled of Ariamis; join the cause!
    EarthScraper wrote:OK, now I've just learnt that you never mess with Dibs on a Dark Souls topic, cause he will put you down.
    avatar
    shadowzninjaz
    Insomniac
    Insomniac

    Posts : 1068
    Reputation : 10
    Join date : 2013-01-12
    Age : 17
    Location : Korea

    Re: A question about the Abyss

    Post by shadowzninjaz on Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:15 am

    U do fight him in the abyss but what dibs said is pretty clear that they r 2 different parts of the abyss


    _________________
    Hiya!!!
    Psn: shadowz_ninjaz
    Skype: shadowz.ninjaz

    Sponsored content

    Re: A question about the Abyss

    Post by Sponsored content


      Current date/time is Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:58 pm