Dark Souls 3 remains ripe with potential for player-created narratives.
Dark Souls 3 has a story, and it’s a pretty good one, once you spend a year watching YouTube explanations and puzzling out the whole franchise to your satisfaction.
But there are new Dark Souls 3 stories being written every day as the multiplayer community continues helping, hindering, protecting, duelling, invading, murdering and harvesting each other.
Close to Dark Souls 3’s release we saw dozens of examples every day as people put together weird and wonderful builds for the express purpose of engaging in themed invasions for their own or others’ amusement, a series tradition that gave us the Mr Meeseeks Gank Squad, NPC disguises, and many more – and some possibly apocryphal anecdotes like the Fashion Police.
One that really stuck in my mind is Friendship Chest. Rather than just string together a series of backstabs and emotes and throw some dubstep over it, or release unedited stream footage, creator Sean Txty, AKA Cursed Object, wove a narrative and used cinematic techniques to tell a beautiful tale of Dark Souls 3 adventures.
Since then, his invasions seem to have taken a more traditional bent, focusing on bring pain and ruin to his Dark Souls 3 hosts. Some months ago he debuted Vile Catherine, a dagger-only invader, and after enjoying success with this one he produced a follow-up, Ungrateful Jack: The Bastard in Black – Vile Catherine’s trainee.
As you’ll see in the video above, Ungrateful Jack is an up and coming assassin whose story is framed by gorgeous JRPG portrait dialogue boxes. He uses a raw mailbreaker +5, and thanks to the obscuring ring he’s able to stay invisible while outside lock-on range – a favourite Dark Souls 3 invasion tactic.
Despite this, Jack may not be the stealthiest Dark Souls 3 invader you’ve ever seen, and his handler seems to despair of him on occasion. But the lad gets the job done, and keeps us entertained along the way, and that’s the main thing.