Faith in Dark Souls: Praise the Sun!

In this series of blog posts I’d like to explore the importance of religion, and especially faith, to the inhabitants of the dark souls world. Initially I will be focusing on Dark Souls III as the most recent game, but I would like to go back and examine the other games in this series too. See this post for an introduction and overview of faith in Lothric, and this post which focuses on the dark covenant the Mound-Makers.

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The sun and all its related symbology has been a favourite of mine in the Dark Souls lore, and I’m not alone. Personified by fan favourite Solaire there has been no end to images and discussions amongst fans about the Sunlight Warrior and his object of worship. However with the release of Dark Souls III debunking the long held theory that Solaire was Gwen’s son, lore theorists have been working hard to come up with new ideas about the sun worshiping knight. One that caught my eye and inspired me to write this post next was this video by The Ashen Hollow. This video hypothesises that Solaire was more self serving than pious, something I strongly disagree with. To me, the sun in Dark Souls represents hope, and Solaire’s quest for the sun is a tale of the strength of faith.

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Faith in Dark Souls: The Mound-makers and Desperation

In this series of blog posts I’d like to explore the importance of religion, and especially faith, to the inhabitants of the dark souls world. Initially I will be focusing on Dark Souls III as the most recent game, but I would like to go back and examine the other games in this series too. See this post for an introduction and overview of faith in Lothric.

In a conversation that vividly sticks out in my mind, a friend once told me that everyone believes in something. Something that shapes what they do and how they live. This has always stayed with me, especially in regards to my own faith which I outlined in the last post. As I said there, not all faith is religious.

And this is important to keep in mind when discussing the Mound-maker covenant. There are so many examples of religious faith in Dark Souls that I can post about, but I really want to talk about this dark covenant first. To me, their beliefs really highlight how important faith is to this game, and how everyone really does believe in something.

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Faith in Dark Souls: Part 1, Overview

 In this series of blog posts I’d like to explore the importance of religion, and especially faith, to the inhabitants of the dark souls world. Initially I will be focusing on Dark Souls III as the most recent game, but I would like to go back and examine the other games in this series too. This post will serve as an introduction and overview of faith in Lothric.

In Dark Souls lore I have often heard it said that Miyazaki must be skeptical of organised religion due to the number of corrupt or dark faith groups in the Souls universe. I would argue that this may not be the case, or that there is no clear evidence that what Miyazaki creates in his world directly reflects his personal feelings on our own world. In fact, to dismiss the portrayal of faith and religion in Dark Souls through this argument prevents a deeper understanding of the feelings of everyday citizens, Undead or not, in this world.

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