Shadeon wrote:Rakuyo wrote:That's a very important question, but very hard to pin down.
Here's how far my ideas have evolved:
A: Dark is in fact evil.
Wouldn't that mean the PC is innately evil since we are presumably the decendant of the furtive pygmy, wielder of the Dark Soul?
I imagined hollowing to simply be the empty shell that's left behind when the envitable degradation of the curse finally eats away the last bit of ones 'humanity'. The fading of the flame to me, seems like a representation of life's inevitable end, and facing that which most (if not all) beings fear; the loss of our existence to the unfathomable void of non-existence, or simply the loss of one's existence for one that's potentially worse.
Some embrace that change which is neither inherently good nor evil, and some fight it desperately. The PC's choice to link the flame being our contiued struggle to hold on to our current existence no matter how miserable it may seem, or let it fade out, accepting the peerless dark and whatever it may bring.
That is what it would suggest, fits rather well into my "Souls world is hell" theory.
In Berserk the zombie characters are invariably evil, and Gutts is a rather twisted soul with an even bleaker fate.
Gutts is kinda like an undead at times, if you consider his obscene endurance and inclination to bite things.
On the other hand, the protagonist may just be extremely haunted. He does have a choice and he may redeem himself by his actions.