Returned to the undead asylum, beat the Stray Demon after a dozen tries. Continued to the Painted World of Aramis, where I stabbed another undead dragon to dead (first try), found and killed Phalanx, who is a bit more colourful than in Demon's Souls. Also, Phalanx got degraded to a regular, respawning enemy. Bit disappointing. Bumped into a boss with fancy feather-dress, scythe and tail who talked instead of fighting right away and asking me to leave peacefully. Contemplating my options I left her alone. If I feel like it I can still come back and stab her in the back but I don't see how she can be harm to anyone as long as she stays in her painting.
Now I have the dragonhunter spear but not the dexterity to wield it. NOOOOOOOOOO!