I'm just thinking Astora's Sword as a starter weapon, as I won't be able to ascend anything till I get to the Divine Ember.
Cleric -> Master Key -> Astora's Sword -> Burnt to a Crisp -> Boom! -> Undead Burg
The Lucerne - can you use a shield with that?
I am looking forward to renewing hostilities with Ornstein & Smough.
Also, have had this rolling around in my head for the past couple of months(NSFW - language):