Last time Fault the thief challenged the tutorial boss and died. Repeatedly.
Fortunately I eventually get good enough at dodging to kill the boss. As you might imagine this will become a sort of running theme for this playthrough.
More importantly, with the tutorial out of the way Fault is able to make her way to Firelink Shrine where a mysterious blindfolded woman offers to help her turn souls into levels because this a FromSoftware adventure game and that’s just what happens. The mysterious woman also mentions something about needing to find some Lords of Cinder so they can kindle some magic fire etc… etc… deja vu.
The thief’s crazy low starting level means I can level up multiple times with nothing but the souls from the tutorial boss. Normally this would be super exciting but my build restrictions mean I have to dump all those points straight into luck despite desperately wanting more health. Oh well, at least the game gives you an itty bitty defense boost just for leveling up.