Beyond the optional boss in the dark copy of the tutorial area is a dark copy of the Firelink shrine prowled by three Black Knights which explode into pinatas of rare loot thanks to Fault’s high luck and covetous ring. Fault now switches into what will be her default armor set for the rest of this playthrough: Black Knight armor but with the Dancer’s Helm to save a bit on equip load. Good defense, looks cool, light enough for fast dodge rolls.
Beyond the knights are some interesting goodies including a special item that can be used to unlock a bonus ending. I did this on my first playthrough for no good reason other than I had found the area on my own without any wiki help and I didn’t want that to go to waste. This time around we’re just going to stuff the ending item in our box and forget about it so I can see the normal ending instead.