The world of Dark Souls can be a lonely place. The very nature of the locations, the worlds and the storylines fall over themselves to repeatedly hammer home the fact that your presence ultimately means nothing.
Even the death, revival and retrieval mechanic that are at the very core of the experience are structured around the fact that your death is inevitable and ultimately pointless.
But still there are thousands of people that have spent the hundreds of hours that are needed to see these stories through to their conclusion. And challenging gameplay, immersive locations and lore can only stave off so much frustration, so there must be something else that keeps us all coming back.
For a lot of people, that can be the characters. Not just for their sense of familiarity and the small times when their repeating dialogue moves from being frustrating to being comforting, but for these islands in an otherwise changing landscape where you are trawling through a new game and stumble across someone you recognise.
All complaints about fan service notwithstanding, here are ten characters that appeared in more than one of the three main-line Dark Souls games.
Matthew is a Marine Engineer to trade who writes sub-standard Scottish crime fiction in his spare time that can be found here:-
Originally brought up in the Western Isles of Scotland, he lived in Edinburgh for 15 years but now stay in Dunbar with his partner, son and dog.