Thanks for the help, but I already talked about this in the other Demon's Souls thread... I managed to beat him pretty handily last night, though. I took out Fool's Idol today (also on the first try). I feel like I'm really getting the hang of this game.
I kind of fucked up though. While I was going after Flamelurker, a shit ton of those flying bug things came after me while I was near the Filthy Man. I didn't feel like fighting them, so I ran off. Well, I guess they killed him... He's vanished from the game for me. It's not the end of the world, but being able to buy hardstone would be nice. Now I have to farm it, which eats a lot of time. Fucking lame. Ah well, lesson learned at least.
When I died in the same level I fucked up too, since I was in body form (I fell off a cliff while trying for some loot, by the way... Frustrating). I was at pure white tendency, and now I think I'm not quite there. This is going to be a problem when I want to retrieve the Dragon Bone Smasher... I don't know how to raise the tendency without killing a black phantom or a major demon, and they're all dead now. I hear you need the Smasher to kill the Dragon God, so... Yeah. I don't know how I'm gonna pull that one off.