Started a new character, a thief, and farmed up to about 20k souls in undead burg. I then made my way to Havel and lured him away from the door to give myself enough time to open the door near Havel with the master key that leads to Dark Root Basin. From there you can head to Andre and buy the seal to the door in the forest. After that its just a bit of fighting and you can get the black bow of Pharis before even killing the Taurus Demon. Great for players that want a good bow very early on.