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Dark Souls II: Into the Light is a one-shot digital comic based on the Dark Souls series. It is written by Rob Williams and Andi Ewington, with the art by Simon Coleby.

The first two pages of the novel were released online for free on January 8, 2014. According to Namco Bandai Games Europe, a limited print version was released "for certain editions of the game in certain countries".[1]

DevelopmentEdit

Into the Light was announced by Namco Bandai Games Europe on October 10, 2013 through a YouTube video which featured artist Simon Coleby drawing one of the scenes that will be featured in the comic.

The comic is co-written and scripted by British comic writers Rob Williams (Ghost Rider, Dark X-Men, Cla$$war) and Andi Ewington (45) with the art provided by Simon Coleby (Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, The Authority). The comic is described as having "Gothic environments, unworldly monsters, eldritch atmosphere, adventure and terror".[2]

The first two pages of the comic were revealed on the official Facebook site for Dark Souls on January 8, 2014 and more pages were revealed online each week until the release of the game in March, 2014, although a limited print version was created as well for certain editions of the game. Into the Light is set before the events of Dark Souls II.[3]

PlotEdit

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Saulden and the warrior meet.

Deep within the Shaded Woods, a lone warrior donning the Faraam Set encounters a man sitting next to a bonfire. The warrior tells the man that he doesn't want to cause any harm and advises him to extinguish the bonfire as quickly as possible since it could attract other people with murderous intent. The man appreciates the kind words of the warrior and invites him to sit around the fire for a while. He introduces himself as Saulden and then proceeds to ask the warrior why he has come to "these foul lands" to which the warrior only answers that he has come to find a cure for a curse and promptly moves on. Saulden advises against it, telling the curse bearer that "A blade cannot cut the darkness. Only the flame of a fire can do so." The warrior cockily ignores his advice and remarks that Saulden's sword "belongs to a crestfallen man who hides by his fire", before continuing on his journey.

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Venturing fourth within a dark ruin, the curse bearer brandishes a Torch and explores the interior. Suddenly, he is ambushed by an Ironclad Soldier, narrowly missing a swing from it's mace but breaking his sword in the process. As the bearer recovers, he takes a sword from one of the many corpses of fallen warriors lying around, and swiftly kills the foe.

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The bearer learns his lesson.

The bearer soon realizes that Saulden was right and regrets his impulsiveness, the weight of his actions coming into full effect. Once he encounters a mighty Dragon, the warrior's spirit is completely shattered and he soon realizes that what he wishes more than anything is not glory, but to live. The bearer flees only to be attacked and gravely wounded by a Dark Spirit. Dying, the bearer returns to the same bonfire, with Saulden still sitting there. Using his blood, the bearer desperately writes a summon sign into the ground before dying, his corpse fading away. Moments later, the warrior is reincarnated. Saulden then asks if the warrior will listen to his advice this time. The warrior replies with "I will."

VideosEdit

Announcement Trailer

Announcement Trailer

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.polygon.com/2013/10/10/4824974/dark-souls-2-comic-book-into-the-light-coming-jan-2014
  2. http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/10/12/dark-souls-ii-gets-prequel-comic-by-rob-williams-andi-ewington-and-simon-coleby/
  3. http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/10/12/dark-souls-ii-gets-prequel-comic-by-rob-williams-andi-ewington-and-simon-coleby/