@zevvion: The notion of the "difficulty" in the souls games really started on Dark Souls. Within the Demon's Souls community the general feeling about the game's was that it has a very specific set of rules you have to abide by and if you veer from them you get punished. It required your attention and patience, but it was never viewed as so difficult as beyond the means of gamers. That point of view was more of someone looking at the game from the outside without trying to understand it.
I remember back in when Vinny was the only one who gave Demon's Souls a fair chance and if you go back and listen to the podcasts from that time you can hear the cast's lack of understanding about the game. As I recall a one Mr. Shoemaker saying how the game looks like something he will never be interested in playing, or something in that line. It was actually a pretty sore spot for me as I also expressed my feelings that the game isn't as hard as people make it and they should maybe give the game a fair chance.
@shadowconqueror: Thanks for the correction. I don't know why I keep referring to him as a her.
Also, I don't know why a lot of people are thinking that Cleric beast is actually Ludwig. I personally don't think it is.
Because you get Ludwig's stuff after beating him and it has been shown that people affiliated with the Church turn to beasts.
Correction. The emblem that gives you Ludwig's stuff is in the Healing Church Workshop. Cleric Beast drop the Sword Hunter Badge which unlocks the Kirkhammer and the Repeating Pistol.
There is also a character using Ludwig's stuff, as well as that Choir-specific flamesprayer, in the Nightmare of Mensis. The badge that allows you to get that flamesprayer is in the area where the Choir made contact with the Great Ones - right after you happen to get the Radian Sword Hunter badge, which is directly linked with Ludwig's Lineage. Their proximity to the Choir and Ebrietas can't be coincidence. If I were to hazard conjecture, I would say that the Choir sent their best and most able Hunter in to destroy the School of Mensis' plans from within, but he ultimately succumbed to madness.
Given that you only get a low-level Sword Hunter badge from the Beast, I see no compelling evidence that the Cleric Beast is Ludwig.
Interesting take. I would like to add to if you assumption is correct then I think that the Healing Church's motive in that was driven by jealousy. The School of Mensis and the Healing Church ultimately had the same goal but I think the fact that the School of Mensis had better success in that goal made the other very jealous and probably wanted to be the only figure with that power.
World wise, it was my second favorite world. 5-2 is design to pretty much test your patience and perseverance to it's limits. It also has a really cool npc and an amazing boss encounter that sticks with you.
@spoonman671: Yeah I can relate. Miyazaki is very well known for being a masochistic troll. He will put stuff in the game just for...reasons...and let player wonder about it for months and months before coming out and saying that it was just a joke on his part.
Old Lady doesn't really have anything, Oedon organizer guy has an okay rune but you should feel pretty horrible if you actually kill that thing, that's like the nicest NPC in the game.
Eventually she starts confusing you with her husband/lover/significant other. She then starts giving you sedatives if you exhausts her dialogue and you can just "milk" her for all the sedatives she has until she has nothing left. You can just keep going back to her every now and again for more sedatives.
Actually at one point she is gone from her usual place and you can find her dead body, right outside the doorway she sits by, with a note left for her loved one. She actually dies going out looking for sedatives for you.