6. The story
If you haven’t watched the game’s opening cinematic you can do so now, to better understand the story that will unfold in Dark Souls 3.
Certain story plots of the series will come to an end.
When you enter Firelink Shrine, a dreaded knight will meet you and fill you in on what to do on this new quest. The jest of it: you are an Ashen One, an Unkindled, who has been risen from his grave to hunt and bring down the Lords of Cinder, four powerful monstrosities that have deserted their thrones in Firelink Shrine.
In the main hub you can see five thrones, with four of them being empty. Exploring each of them you’ll find the names of the enemies you need to hunt: Saint Aldrich of the Deep, Holy King Lothric Last Hope of his Line, the Watchers of the Abyss and Yhorm the Giant of the Profaned Capital. The only Lord of Cinder who didn’t leave his post is Ludleth the Exiled, to whom you are going to talk to.
Ludleth can fill you in on the back story, and he informs you that all of his throne-brethren are people that at some point in their lives – a long ago time; linked the fired. This process has been repeated across the franchise, and we might see it come to a close in this iteration of Dark Souls. This horrifying ritual has left Ludleth a charred corpse, but don’t expect the other Lords of Cinder to be in such a weak state.
Ludleth continues to explain how all of the five Lords of Cinder must retake their rightful thrones in order to rekindle the fire again. It’s crucial that the fire is linked so it preserves the world.
When you talk to Ludleth, an in-game menu opens suggesting that further down the story, you’ll be able to do more than just talk with him – that’s because every other talk-only character will speak to you immediately, rather than prompting a menu.