There's a way to pay for forgiveness, but just take my one hint that you should (in your first playthrough) never take a swing at the NPCs.
I played through about half of it before deciding it wasn't really my genre.Important note: There are some NPCs that you are very much going to regret not killing.
No, I will not tell you which ones. It should be fairly obvious if you're paying attention.
EDIT: I just realized that this thread started in 2013, and that Jason has probably tried Dark Souls if he was going to.
I think by this point the only single player games I touch are roguelikes and Forza games. Sometimes I dip my toe in a story/campaign based game, but they rarely keep my interest.I'm not surprised, given what other games you're into.