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Firelink Shrine is the central hub for players and NPCs in Dark Souls. Similar to the Nexus featured in Demon's Souls, this area connects to several additional areas that may be explored by players in a non-linear fashion. Upon arriving at Firelink for the first time after leaving the Undead Asylum tutorial area, the player is greeted by a Crestfallen Warrior who advises that there are two Bells of Awakening in Lordran that must be rung per the ancient Undead prophecy, giving the player their first objective. Anastacia of Astora, an imprisoned mute, also appears in this area as a Fire Keeper, the maiden attendants of certain bonfires found throughout Lordran. As the player progresses through the game, it is possible to encounter additional NPCs that will eventually gather at Firelink to provide further support or conversation.
Firelink Shrine connects to the Upper Undead Burg, as well as the flooded ruins of New Londo and the Catacombs. Several shortcuts can also be opened that provide easier access to Undead Parish and the Lower Undead Burg from Firelink. Players may also eventually return to the Undead Asylum by climbing up to the gigantic bird nest atop the Shrine's ruins.
The primordial serpent Kingseeker Frampt sleeps beneath the flooded ruins of the Shrine and will appear after the player rings both Bells of Awakening. His emergence opens a hole in the Shrine's floor, allowing players access to Firelink Altar, a large subterranean chamber containing a set of stone doors that lead to the Kiln of the First Flame and Gwyn. These doors can only be opened by placement of the Lordvessel, which must be filled with the Lord Souls of Nito, the Bed of Chaos, Seath the Scaleless and the Four Kings.