Continue your journey with Prima's Dark Souls 2 Guide and Walkthrough!
Head to the far right corner to find a Radiant Lifegem on the left, then head back around to the other side to light the next bonfire. Go up the stairs outside the bonfire room, then down the hall and through the doorway on the left. Continue down the next hallway, taking down the zombie and make your way through the left doorway.
Target the sorcerers in the next room, then focus on the lesser enemies. The magic projectiles from the sorcerers can make fighting the other enemies more difficult. Head into the next room and up the stairs. Speak to the Fenito at the end of the path and browse his shop should you need anything.
Continue down the next hallway and up the stairs at the end. Take out the guard that attacks, then head down the path to the left to engage another guard. Make your way to the end of the path and through the mist door at the top of the stairs ahead. Take down the enemies inside, destroying the stones to ensure you find all of the enemies. Pick up the Simpleton's Spice and two Black Firebombs in the corner, then light the bonfire in the adjacent room.
Head into the next room to take down more stones and enemies, with a Bracing Knuckle Ring +2 in the corner, and the Soul of a Lost Undead beneath the stairs. Collect the items and go up the stairs and through the doorway to find a Divine Blessing and the Soul of a Hero in the next room.
A Nameless Usurper invades and attacks from the next hallway. Continue down the hallway and through the crypt. Take down the ghosts inside the various tombs, then attack the "wall" ahead, which is actually two enemies holding two shields each. Be careful as you engage them, since there isn't much room to fight in the narrow hallway. Back up into the previous room if you need more space to fight.
Move into the next room and drop down the hole into the room below to find more stones, sorcerers and zombie-like enemies. Take them down carefully or else they will gang up and make it extremely difficult to defeat them while avoiding attacks from multiple sorcerers. Near the middle of the room is a Radiant Lifegem and Homeward Bone. Pick up the items, then head down the hallway on the far right to find another sorcerer and the Large Soul of a Proud and Dragon Charm at the end.
Head back into the main room and continue down the hallway at the end of the room, then up the stairs to the left. Pull the lever at the top of the stairs, then go back down the stairs and into the doorway directly ahead. Continue down the next small set of stairs, then down the hallway to engage the seven enemies at the end. Move up cautiously to engage them in small groups instead of all at once. Take out all of the enemies, then head through the mist door to engage Velstadt, the Royal Aegis.