The focus of the second is "Curse". ~Yui Tanimura
Just found this quote recently and got me thinking about curses found within the realm of Dark Souls. Frankly, I really only looked at it from a gameplay perspective at first glance.
One of the new things that is implemented into the game is that each time we die we lose health even after we spawn. This, at least from my perspective, was likely influenced by the curse system put inside Dark Souls which was influenced by how health worked within the realms of Demon's Souls. Regardless, with this being added gameplay will without a doubt be affected, with players being more aware then ever about not mucking up their chances of survival.
However, after the defeat of the boss Gwyndolin a few days ago I realized that this boss is a little more unique then we give it credit for.
1. He rules over a covenant. Only one other, that we can kill in a legitimate boss battle does this and that's Nito. For those that do not know Nito itself has a rather large influence on the WoW (Way of White) as explained here.
2. He has a opening cutscene before the boss fight AND after the fight. This is what makes him unique. No other boss from the original game has more than one cutscene with the exception of O&S, but they differ as two cutscenes are used to explain what happens after the one of them is killed, so what exactly differs? Well, the dialogue. In both cutscenes Gwyndolin speaks down to us as heretics and after this he curses us.
An eternal curse upon thee..."
While Gwyndolin may not have been the hardest boss in the game it seems that his purpose within it must have played some form of a great role. We see he plays a large role within Anor Londo, but it seems that he plays a different role in DkS then most other bosses we encounter to begin with.
Dark Souls 2 is known to be a sequel to what has already transgressed within the first game, with it highlighted that the existence of curse(s) playing a major role. So what I have to ask is, lorewise, do you think that the curse that Gwyndolin may have placed upon us after his defeat might play some form of role in Dark Souls 2?