DS1 was the start of Gwyn's disastrous monster-fuck-of reality so there wasn't any knowledge of prolonged effects linking the fire would have no that simply walking away doesn't resolve the unnatural circumstance as someone else would simply link the flame eventually. Even so Gwyn tied Humanity to the state of the Flame so as it weakens the Darksign and undead manifest as a push for humanity to link the Flame or slowly degenerate unto feral undead. The Age of Dark did come naturally until Gwyn unnaturally started the concept of linking the Flame, starting The Way of White as a religion built upon the concept and convincing his children to round up humanity for said purpose. What you need to focus on is Aldia's dialogue in context of The Ringed City, i'll try to let you figure it out before spilling the goods, oh watch " Angels Egg " as well. You are right, there isn't a solution to the cycle as Humanity is forever bound to link the Flame which will forever give diminishing returns hence the end of time in DS3. Dark Souls 2 focused on this point directly which is why Aldia somehow picked up on Seathe's train of though and sought to create a hybrid which would exists outside of the cycle. What Aldia did to himself to get this immunity is unknown though he looks like a bundle of tree roots set aflame by chaos..... However by the events of DS3 this becomes known hence Kaathe's plot for the manifestation of The Dark Lord finally coming into proper play with the Sable Church's plot for you to usurp the flame, which is the actual ending . By taking the First Flame as your own this could be divided among men thus breaking Gwyn's chain of events otherwise the Flame will eventually reset itself as narrated. This is one of the few things actually explained in DS3 which is rather depressing as the game seems less developed than DS2 was initially. I think implementing fast travel from the start instead of building an interconnected world is what screwed the series lore. I figured that the events of Gwyn fucked shit up. But what I can't shake off is what Kaathe said in DS1, "Soon the flames will fade and only Dark will remain." Like couldn't they just wait long enough for the flames to fully subside? I always thought that letting the flames die out was just putting the age of fire out of its misery; the natural thing to happen even if it wasn't as pleasant at the age of fire. Also, something I found interesting in DS1 was that it seemed that all the lord souls grew weaker over time, with the exception of the Dark Soul. It seemed that the more you tried to suppress it, the stronger the dark grew. Fire will eventually fade, but Dark won't fade, it will merely retreat until. It felt like the Dark was always there but was being held off for a limited amount of time by Gwyn and the lords. (Where does Nito fit into all of this? He really did not seem to give a shit about the fading fires lol) Aldia is probably the most interesting part of DS2. I still don't get what the purpose of the fake ancient dragon was though. Like before the remastered ending, I always thought that the fake dragon was Aldia after his experimentations to transcend the curse succeeded (or failed?) Either way, could the fake ancient dragon have something to do with Aldia's chaos tree appearance? In that quote it seems that hes confirming that the countless relinking of the flames is an almost perpetual lie over the world. By fleeting form, I guess hes saying that after the age of fire was created, humans took on our "normal" humanoid forms which is actually not our true forms. Perhaps, prior to the age of fire, humans would look like the dark monsters from DS2. I guess what hes referring to is the form of Manus. Although I always assumed that Manus only took that form after his humanity began to "run wild" as they say. IIRC Manus' grave was in the shape of a normal sized human. Interesting. Trying to connect the Aldia speech to Ringed City, it sounds like what Aldia is saying is that we can break the cycle, but that by breaking it, we will get rid of the warmth and goodness that comes with it. But how does that connect with the Ringed City ending? Yea that slumber thing was a cover-up. What was Slave Knight Gael's purpose? And where does the titular Dark Soul itself fit in with the ending of the Ringed City? Like I know it was a single soul that was split up and gifted to every human descendent of the original dark lord. But what of it? Like I feel like the Dark Soul should be addressed in some way at the end of things in the DLC.
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