look i get that historical vagueness and character ambiguity is a staple of the souls series but it’s really hard to care about any of the lore in dark souls ii when it basically goes “this could have been a cool character/premise……………….. but it’s been lost to time we’ll never knooowwwwwwwwwwwwww”
Dude, the first game made a whole dlc just to expound on the fall of oolacile and they literally introduced you tk every knight of gwyn in one pack. Just wait. Theyll probably pull some fuckery like that with ds2
The first game had a cohesive set of lore with enough gaps for fan speculation and ambiguity. You had a very clear idea of who the Four Lords were, and their relationships with each other and NPCs in the game. The AotA DLC expanded upon a small portion of the game’s overall lore and focused on characters which are alluded to in the rest of the game.
Dark Souls II's lore is so hollow and fragmented that I could barely bring myself to give a shit, none of the four Great Souls have anything to do with each other and are there more or less to shoehorn plot and design knock-offs from the first game, most of the bosses are irrelevant to the overall lore, none of the areas feel meaningfully connected. It's sloppy writing, someone basically got paid to shrug their shoulders and go “fuck it we'll just say nobody remembers”