Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sister Friede (Dark Souls III)

One of the toughest bosses in Dark Souls III is one hot barefoot babe!

In the world of From Software's awesome RPG, Dark Souls III, there are several beautiful barefoot muses to break the monotony of shriveled undead, misshapen monsters and flaming demons. You've got the lovely, nameless Firekeeper (who is at least half-barefoot thanks to her Real Bout-ish footguards) and the ethereal Yorshka. But I say the best barefoot waifu in Dark Souls III is none other than the lovely final boss of the Ashes of Ariandel DLC expansion, Sister Friede.

Appearing first as a friendly (or at least non-combative) NPC you meet in the new painted world, Friede seems to be nothing more than a harmless priestess or nun-like figure inside a decrepit church. But careful piecing together of various clues and events all around this decaying, ruinous realm reveals far more. Friede was once Elfriede, one of the three Sisters who founded the Sable Church of Londor- a powerful personage indeed. But for some reason, she forsook her former rank and land, coming into the world of Ariandel and soon making her place in it. When the Ashen One comes, he/she is a threat to the status quo that Friede is ready to defend... to the death and beyond if need be.

You can tell, the devs have footfans at heart with this lovely femme fatale. When she appears in the cutscene for the final boss fight, the first we see of her are her beautiful, bare feet- the slappy, padding sound of her soles approaching with soft menace. Afterwards is a three-part battle to the finish against a deadly opponent who is as graceful as she is lethal.

I have to admit, after Sister Friede fell for the third and last time, a bit of me died with her. I didn't want to end her- instead I wished I could have persuaded her to relent and let Ariandel be reborn in flames. Instead I would have worshipped her myself, pledging myself to her service as Vilheim her knight did... and I'd give her foot massages all day and all night, as only an undead Unkindled could.
But alas, fell she did and vanished from sight... at least until I find her again in New Game Plus (or, I could just watch the video feature above heheh)...

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