Well, I decided that while we wait for the king of RPGs, Dark Souls 2, to come out that I'll make yet another new character. This time a classic Pyromancer. My final build with be: http://mugenmonkey.com/darksouls/?c=128898180134387238
The idea is to get 45 dex asap in order to max out my casting speed of fireballs (since they are slow as molasses to cast). Get Crown of Dusk and Bellowing Dragoncrest Ring and your spells will obliterate bosses. My weapon will be a Chaos Great Scythe +5, Ricard's Rapier+15, Lighting Uchigatana +5 and a Composite bow +15. Note: I may not bother Ascending my pyro glove until new game + just to save souls to level up. I'll see how it goes.
The general idea of this build is to be a classic Dex build with access to Pyro Spells (magic is too powerful to pass up in the soul games) and still have access to the wonderful utility spells of Sorcery such as Hidden Body, Aural Decoy, and fall control. Great Magic weapon with oolacile ivory catalyst actually adds 198 damage. Thats a lot for such a small investment in INT.
At the start of the game I like to use the Master key to run through the starting areas to grab all the items you can right at the start of the game. It takes about 30 mins and starting the game with Estus flasks +2 is really sweet. The best part is that I got all but one item in the top area of New Londo without dieing once. The item left is a soul item within the big ghost house so its easy to get when I come back here latter in the game. Just, I even got the Ring of Sacrifice on the roof, the Firekeeper soul, and most importantly the cursebite ring. I'll never fear being cursed now. I'd like to say I feel pro for being able to do this but this is a ridiculously minor feat compared to the crazy speed runs people are still doing. I'd suggest leaving the Ring of Sacrifice on the roof for latter in the game when you can clear out all the ghost. I was just feeling cocky and was very lucky. lol
Really, the key to getting items in New Londo early without dieing is abusing F4 to reset enemies. Its a super cheap tactic but hey, the AI in this game is cheap as well, such as being able to clip through walls when you can't so I say its all fair in Dark Souls.
Below is a screenshot of my little goddess of fire. I just got the Great Scythe and ascended it to fire +1 which makes the undead burg a cake walk and will help a lot vs the Gargoyles. Best of all I again managed not to die in the catacombs. HUZZAH!.
Just for fun, I'll try to tell you guys how many times I die. lol I don't expect it to be too high since I know where everything is in this game. I'm thinking I'm not going to bother getting every item in the game since thats both a waste of time and really suicidal. lol