"Continue ahead and drop down a series of ledges until you land in the water" after the ballista usually leads to a large loss of health, because the first drop is too large. I just found out you could use dagger's WA 'quickstep' to go down that first ledge without any loss of health whatsoever.
Seems like it has the same properties as the crow quills WA had originally, ignoring gravity =D
What is the area shown in the cave opening, before reaching the red eyed skelies and the lever for the balista. It looks like some sort of cathedral or castle. If its from DS1, I wouldn't know, haven't completed it.
False, need to make multiple characters and test if you want actual results. Did it today and the Mimic still won the fight, made an alt and speed ran through to the mimic to test again and this time the demon won with a little health. depends on the ai and attacks chosen to decide who will win but the mimic and demon still attack one another if provoked.
You can actually get to the Old King's Antechamber Bonfire quite easily if you make the ballista hit a hole to the ground near the wall which it can break under it before the giant crab enemies, I accidentally noticed and there is only one enemy on the way until the bonfire, and then you can get the estus shard pretty easily without even making the jump and kill the fire statue safely
This is my favorite mid-game area to invade due to the wide variety of hazards to use against gonkers. If you spawn on the lake and the host/phantoms are underground, pay attention to the ballista because it will shoot in their general direction despite not being able to hit them at all. The sandworm provides excellent cover for healing if they're greedy and trying to kill you rather than going for the boss. Tsorig makes an excellent ally if they're actually dumb enough to follow you down there. Just be wary of the black knights because for some reason they can attack you even when not seeded. The bridge before the ballista area guarded by a black knight is still a good place for a showdown especially if you have Force or a weapon with a stomp/launch type WA. Nobody survives long enough to get out of the lava.