Artorias the Abysswalker & Dark Sun Gwyndolin
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Ornstein, Captain of Gwyn's four knights, lives in the Golden City of Anor Londo, together with his roommate, Artorias, a fellow Knight of Gwyn.
The two get along well and consider each other close friends.
However, Ornstein keeps a secret from Artorias.
A secret he fears may compromise who he is to the other, something he is deeply afraid of - aside from the fact that his secret could also get him killed, of course.
But one time, Ornstein forgets until it is too late.
When he rushes out of Anor Londo without another word to Artorias, the Wolf Knight follows his friend, unsure what got into him and afraid he'd done something to upset him.
What Artorias doesn't expect is that this assumption is very far from the truth.
Gwyndolin was tired of how their father treated them and their siblings.
Late at night, they make up their mind to run off. They knew where to go - they would follow the Four Knights of Gwyn, knowing they were headed towards Oolacile. Surely one of them would know what to do now.
They weren't afraid of what those four knights were facing. It couldn't be worse than how Gwyn treated them.
In the Darkness, a voice whispers to them.
"Are you lost, child?" it coos, sounding almost mocking in its tone, and yet it felt like there was concern for them.
Gwyndolin cries, not knowing what their fate would be.
"Don't cry, child," the voice tries to calm, "it's alright. You are safe here."
The words seemed genuine.
"What is your name, child?"
"What is bothering you, Gwyndolin?"
- Part 1 of Whispers in the Dark
"Cut off mine legs! 'tis the only way!" Gwyndolin shouts at two Ashen Warriors, who they quickly recognize as Artorias and Ornstein, having reincarnated once more.
In which Artorias and Ornstein, who have been reincarnated as Unkindled after attempting to link the flame as the Chosen Undead, arrive just in time to save Gwyndolin from Aldrich's hunger, but not without a heavy price to pay.
[note that the huge text wall below is not required to read or anything but the fic probably makes a lot more sense with the extra context from the timeline]