The stories of the assembled cast of the beloved Dark Souls franchise have left many a mark in the hearts of its players. Among them, Artorias the Abysswalker stands as an icon whose tragic lore and intense boss fight earned him more than his fair share of fan works.
A piece of fan art from TheComoglio sees Artorias the Abysswalker surrounded by shadows and armed only with his massive greatsword. Though the work itself appears to be old, it started making the rounds once again, drawing new interest from fans of the Dark Souls games.
Artorias the Abysswalker is one of the bosses found in the DLC of the original Dark Souls. One of the four knights of Gwyn, he's a tragic figure who falls to the corruption of the Abyss he swore to fight. Despite this failure, his legend still persists in later entries of the series and remains an influence on the world of Dark Souls long after his passing. Another boss in Dark Souls 3, The Abyss Watchers of Farron Keep, is even based on the myth of Artorias the Abysswalker. Though his story might have been twisted by the passing ages, there is no denying that Artorias the Abysswalker is a legend both in and out of the game.
Artorias the Abysswalker's design has also drawn comparisons to Guts, the main protagonist of Berserk. Both characters are known for their brutal, acrobatic fighting style, their undying strength of will and the loss of one of their arms. These similarities might be intentional, as the creator of Dark Souls, Hidetaka Miyazaki, has admitted to being a massive Berserk fan.
This isn’t the only piece of fan art that’s gotten the gaming community buzzing. Artist Malin Falch posted his own work that combined the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Dark Souls. For those craving the nostalgia of an earlier classic, Dave Rapoza’s illustration of a reimagined cover for the original Castlevania might fit the bill. Li Kovács also put forward their own recreation of a heartfelt moment in Breath of the Wild.
Dark Souls is available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.
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