On this second playthrough, though, I've started as a soldier and I want to move in a slightly more STR/DEX-based direction and explore some different weapons and equipment. I've only done a little world-exploring so far, the only boss I've killed being Phalanx. Here's my current status:
Coat of Plate
Crescent Falchion +1
What I'm looking for is some advice on how to proceed with my build, mostly for PVE but also ideally a build that is at least capable in PVP. As I said, I'm leaning in a STR/DEX-based direction, focusing on melee, although I'd also like to build up either my INT or FAI so I've got some magic as back-up.
I've looked at a list of existing builds recommended by people but nothing really grabbed my attention so I thought I'd see if I could get some opinions here. Any advice on potential stats, weapons, equipment and magic you think I should aim for would be appreciated. Thanks.