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Did you also find the golden crystal guy behind the lake with the hydra? He fights like the other crystal guys, just hitting harder, having more hitpoints and it's in water, thus mobility reduced.
I have no idea how to get back to the undead asylum. Maybe if you ask the giant raven nicely?
I thought I'll head for the New Londo Ruins once I'm cursed anyway, since I didn't want to spend souls on the temporary curse thing and already used up the curse-things I found at the ruins. "Unfortunately" I didn't get cursed yet. Maybe I should just save some souls and get some temporary curses. 3 or 4 should be enough I hope?
Yesterday no Dark Souls... I'm getting withdrawal symptoms! Hope I find some time to play later today...