Maybe some of you aren’t in to Dark Souls or haven’t gitten gud yet, I still want y’all to be able to understand what we’re talking about in our Dark Souls remix “My Dear Artorias”. Let’s break it down here (spoilers ahead).

For an overall view of the song, this is about what Manus might have to say to Artorias when they met. Manus defeats Artorias and the Abyss consumes him. I talked about it more in the original post. The music video plays along with some of the material, but let’s go through the lyrics and some other components piece by piece (comments in brackets):

[the bell chime represents the Chosen Undead, the player, reaching the first goal in his journey]
I knew you’d come
You’re like a moth to flame
Questing on
For glory and fame [Manus is already aware of Artorias’ desires]

Your contempt for the human race [Gwyn’s kingdom saw humans as a threat and even committed a few atrocities including flooding New Londo]
Use all your skill and might
But you’re still leaving here in disgrace [Manus already knows the outcome of the battle]

Your lord, your liege is hollow [Artorias’ king Gwyn has gone hollow and can’t sustain his kingdom]

Swing your sword and your shield till your arms break [Remember when the Chosen Undead meets Artorias, his arm hangs broken and limp at his side]
Feel the thrill of the kill when you’re taking something
And make it nothing [Manus encourages Artorias to indulge in bringing about destruction]

Guard yourself, but your soul left laid bare [Artorias arrived with a shield, but it wasn’t enough]
The vanity I can see is staring back at you
I’m staring back at you [Riffing on Nietzsche here]

I know your story
Your place in the sun
Did you know it’s setting? [The seat of the kingdom in Anor Londo is fading to darkness, only illusions make it seem like the sun still shines]

Let me share with you
The darkness found in me [Manus has access to the Dark Soul, and draws power from it]
They wanted power [The residents of Oolacile imprisoned and tortured Manus to take his power out of him]
I gave them insanity [It didn’t turn out well for them, they turned into the warped creatures the Chosen Undead encounters]

I won’t stop till I find what was taken from me [Manus reaches out through time to find his Broken Pendant, it is unknown what it means to him, but ironically it brings about the Chosen Undead who defeats him]

Swing your sword and your shield till your arms break
Feel the thrill of the kill when you’re taking something
And make it nothing

Guard yourself, but your soul left laid bare [that shield that Artorias brought, he leaves it to protect his friend Sif when it becomes apparent he is going to lose]
The vanity I can see is staring back at you
I’m staring back at you
[the bell chimes again, the Chosen Undead is about to arrive, he does and confronts the corrupted Artorias]

When you stare at me
I stare back at you

Again, just had to share with y’all a little more clearly some of the thoughts I had while writing this song. Thanks for listening!

~Drew

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