Dark Souls 3 The Ringed City screenshots reveal a lot about DLC’s story and how it’s connected to the rest of the lore

By Sherif Saed, Monday, 23 January 2017 20:15 GMT

You don’t need a reason to admire Dark Souls 3 screenshots, but when they come with developer commentary, well, they’re extra worth paying attention to.

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The second and final DLC for Dark Souls 3, The Ringed City, was unveiled earlier today. The add-on looks to be taking us on a journey to a place new to the series, and thanks to new screenshots, we have a better idea of that eponymous city.

Namco released a number of screenshots to go along wit the announcement, but more importantly, the publisher provided context for each of them that tells us a whole lot more about the DLC’s story and its place in the general Souls lore, not to mention saving us some guesswork.

We’ll present the descriptions of each one below, followed by the screenshots they’re referring to.

The last survivor of Demons who were born from the Flame of Chaos, dwelling below the land. With a grotesque look having been exposed to poison, their flame is fading away…

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A Gray Giant who has existed since the Archdragon was found. The Giant used to be a judicator, working under the Gods.

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When a city falls into an Abyss, Locusts will then arise. It is said that they will feast on anything and everything that is in their path.

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Vicious knight swinging a giant greatsword. Sunken in a swamp, his body is swollen with every cavity bloated. Instead of having a head, a clump of darkness dwells and with armour half decayed.

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Dreg Heap, the furthest end of the world. Various remains from different historical periods have accumulated over time, resulting in high towers.

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A traditional city for the Pygmies, called the Ringed City. A portion of the bridge is curved, creating a wall on the inner side. Countless tombstones line the top of the wall made of rock.

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Half covered in foliage, the city looks desolated with ancient ruins.

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A man with a plate-armour helm you can encounter at Dreg Heap. He states that he’s an amnesiac hollow and calls himself “Rap.” Maybe he could be a reliable fellow…

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This shield, formed by the head of a descendant of an Archdragon, harks of the ancient dragon slayers. Even the descendant of an Archdragon perishes not, the skill restores its former strength.

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A tower rises above the clouds, at its top stands a well-known sword.

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A pyromancy which tears down the enemies with the great fan of flame. Pyromancers, who once lived in an ancient land with their greatest fan weapons and enchanting looks, seem to still exist.

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Unusually shaped paired great shields resembling great doors. The firmly closed door will help to block a myriad of attacks from the enemies.

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There’s quite a bit to unpack here. YouTube channels that specialise in interpreting the game’s lore will have a field day with this.

Dark Souls 3 – The Ringed City is out March 28 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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