20 Things Only Dark Souls Fans Will Understand

From admiring a lovely view to masochistically powering through even the most arduous boss battles and thwacking small lizards...the Dark Souls community is just amazing.

From the outsider's perspective, sat there behind comfortable games that hold your hand, tell you everything you have to do and are easily beatable without dying once, delving into Dark Souls is immensely daunting. Those who have accepted the challenge and ignored this franchise's infamous notoriety for being extremely punishing have found some of the most rewarding games ever created; learning many things about themselves, gaming itself and all the while attaining previously unachievable levels of rage after dying for the umpteenth time against a pathetic enemy. These people are also the ones who have experienced the amazing depth of the Dark Souls series, learning several amazing things that only the select few brave enough to venture into Drangleic and Lordran will ever know. To those outside of this exclusive club, you'll probably never understand how these factors affect pure Dark Soulers. Unless of course you go out and buy Dark Souls 1 and 2 immediately. Which you should. Now. Go. Or alternatively, read on and wonder what on earth these things are before going out and getting stuck in!

20. The Importance Of Regular Sun-Praising

It's a little known fact that many Dark Soulers can be found at the crack of dawn every morning around the world, their arms raised to the sky as they praise the dawn of a brand new day. Okay so that wasn't true, but every Dark Souls fan understands the importance of the phrase 'Praise the Sun'. Every player of DS went through a phase where they had no idea why there were messages all over the floor that proclaimed that we should worship the big shiny thing in the sky. If you delve into the lore of Dark Souls (which is filled out by fans of the series), it's widely believed that the sun is a deity in the Dark Souls universe and it's even possible to cause the sun to vanish by carrying out certain actions in the original game. In Dark Souls 2 however, developers From Software embraced the love of the sun even more by adding multiple locations throughout the adventure that had gorgeous views of the lovely shiny object. Every single message you'll read here will either say Praise the Sun or Gorgeous View Ahead. It is a rite of passage for anyone playing Dark Souls to proclaim their love of the sun wherever necessary. It's just a thing that must be done.

Dan Curtis is approximately one-half videogame knowledge, and the other half inexplicable Geordie accent. He's also one quarter of the Factory Sealed Retro Gaming podcast.