Oswald sells the Karmic Justice miracle, as well as rings of various resistances, a Book of the Guilty, and Indictments. Oswald is most useful for his ability to absolve a player of sin: in doing so, all formerly friendly NPCs that the player had made hostile earlier are reverted to their neutral state and sin accumulated from killing other characters or players is eliminated. Oswald also allows players to leave covenants without facing a betrayal penalty. However, players will still lose half of their offerings to that covenant.
He is very easy to kill as long as the player takes care of him quickly. He can heal with his talisman and use the miracle Karmic Justice which counters multiple hits landing on him with a powerful nova explosion, so if he used this miracle, it is best to use a slow, one hit kill weapon to avoid triggering it. He also equips a parrying dagger in his left hand and can parry attacks fairly easily, which normally follows up with a powerful and possibly fatal riposte.
Little is known about Oswald; he reveals little of his own past and other characters never mention him. He is aware of the existence of Petrus, as well as his treachery, but it is unknown how he knows this.
Curiously, Oswald's set is found in the Painted World of Ariamis. Whether this is a future version of himself that succumbed there, or that another pardoner had lived (and died) there, is unknown.
Health and SoulsEdit
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These stats are sourced from FuturePress's Official Dark Souls Strategy Guide.
Twin Humanities ×2
Book of the Guilty
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- Oswald was originally going to sell Affidavits, an item that allowed players to abandon covenants.
- Oswald's standing stance is the middle of a Well! What is it! gesture.
- According to the Dark Souls: Design Works art book, Oswald used to be a Black Knight, possibly a Commander.
- If its contents are canon, it would mean Oswald was one of Gwyn's guards and a witness of the First Linking of the First Flame, and the only one that survived with his sanity and body intact.
- Though Oswald claims that there's no sin he can't undo, this is not quite true. Killing Petrus before the other Way of White members arrive at Firelink Shrine will cause them to be irrevocably aggro'd, and the Darkmoon Knightess likewise will never de-aggro if Gwyndolin is killed.