In Elden Ringit’s killed or be killed — brutally. The sport is designed to place you ever on the defensive, able to lash out earlier than you your self may be lashed. However that shoot first, ask questions later mindset led to an occasion I actually and deeply remorse. I killed a dragon, and I really feel actually terrible about it.
In Elden Ringeven the rattling flowers are harmful, however opposite to the sport’s fame, not every part within the Lands Between desires to kill you. There are these cute rodents that scurry about and pleasant little donut-rolling sheep that exist solely to bleat at you as you zip by them on Torrent. I’ve had so many peaceable moments sitting on the sting of a cliff, gazing in wondrous awe on the golden Erdtree with a convocation of eagles for firm. I’d by no means assume to kill any of those creatures as a result of, for one, they’re value a pitiful quantity of runes, and secondly, they’re innocent. (Editor’s notice: killing the calm, clever outdated tortoises needs to be punished by a full recreation restart, even when it’s an accident.)
Dragons encourage no such reverence. Dragons are assholes. So when a good friend advised me there have been numerous runes available for a simple dragon kill, I used to be all ears. He advised me to carry a weapon that’ll trigger the bleed standing impact, confirmed me the place on the map and despatched me off. I discovered the dragon sleeping in Caelid, the closest place Elden Ring has to a residing hell. It was an enormous creature, 5 instances larger than the smaller dragons that prowled round it. I needed to be very cautious, deathly afraid that aggroing one of many smaller ones would wake the massive one. As instructed, I snuck round to the dragon’s tail and began wailing on it.
The dragon didn’t transfer. It didn’t appear to register the tiny human astrologer with the samurai sword poking it within the butt, kinda like how I don’t actually discover a mosquito chew till lengthy after it’s gone. I’d been warned that the dragon’s roar would carry the smaller ones crashing down upon me, however that didn’t occur. It solely roared as soon as, affecting me with a few debuffs, however I remained unhurt as I slowly whittled its large well being right down to nothing, the bleed impact taking out huge chunks at common intervals.
Then the dragon died with barely a whimper to mark its passing, and I felt just like the greatest piece of shit.
That was not how dragons in Elden Ring behaved. I already defeated the dragon in Limgrave that drops down on gamers’ “shock motherfucker” type, and I tried to struggle the Glintstone Dragon in Liurnia earlier than its magic breath one-shot my pathetic ass. I anticipated to run for my life the minute this dragon confirmed an oz of struggle, and it by no means did, and I can’t assist however really feel like I’ve dedicated some grave sin.
This error is a part of the rationale why I ought to have waited longer earlier than enjoying Elden Ring. I needed to offer Tarnished lore fanatics time to elucidate what all these creatures are, their motivations, and their storylines. It’s uncommon for a dragon to only let a participant kill it unanswered, so now I feel I’ve killed some light creature who’s truly actually cool. Possibly it simply needed me to assist it treatment the blight that’s infecting its kids — one thing I’d know if I had accomplished some obscure quest as a substitute of simply exhibiting up with a sword. And now I’ve destroyed any likelihood of resolving that plotline and incomes some form of “Buddy of Dragons” achievement. I don’t even know its title. When a participant aggros a boss in Elden Ring, often an enormous well being bar seems on the backside so you already know the title of the foe that may probably kill you many instances earlier than you work them out. This dragon simply died, anonymous and unhappy.
Now, did I spend my blood cash to go up 9 ranges in a single huge chunk and one of many 5 dragon hearts I earned to get a elaborate new dragon incantation?
Did I really feel horrible about it?
Hell is an actual place in Elden Ringbut it surely’s not Caelid — it’s my very own soul.