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In Dark Souls 2, I recently noticed this white soapstone icon. What does it mean?

White Soapstone Icon

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Did you burn an effigy? –  Geeo Apr 28 at 15:28
    
As a matter of fact I did, but that was quite a few deaths ago. –  brain56 Apr 28 at 15:38

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That sign means that you cannot invade, be invaded, summon or be summoned. The effect is probably active because you have burnt a human effigy.

After all the flame in the comments @Mondrianaire actually took the time to test it and I report here his finding:

You are correct and they are incorrect. The question was about the symbol, not about why he could not invade or be invaded. The covenant of champions does not produce this symbol. The only way to have this symbol is by actively burning an effigy, which was your answer. I have just tested this and here are two pictures, one while I was in the covenant of champions, but had not burned an effigy, and one 10 seconds later after burning one. Screenshot

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-1 This is wrong in the case of @brain56. Brain is experiencing the effect due to joining the Company of Champions, and not due to burning an effigy. The effect in this case is permanent and will not just wear off, so just waiting won't solve their problem. They will need to leave the covenant. –  Wipqozn Apr 28 at 16:04
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Well the question is about what that sign means, and I answered that. I then supposed it was because of the effigy since I didnt know he was in a covenant. –  Geeo Apr 28 at 16:06
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+1 to cancel out the downvote. I think the answer meant well, it was just lacking in depth. –  brain56 Apr 28 at 16:25
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Guys this is beyond ridiculous. The answer is correct but you are still free to vote down, flag for moderator attention or edit the quwstion yourself if you feel like. Just stop crying in the comments because it makes no sense whatsoever and it just makes you look ridiculously stupid. –  Geeo Apr 28 at 21:56
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You are correct and they are incorrect. The question was about the symbol, not about why he could not invade or be invaded. The covenant of champions does not produce this symbol. The only way to have this symbol is by actively burning an effigy, which was your answer. I have just tested this and here are two pictures, one while I was in the covenant of champions, but had not burned an effigy, and one 10 seconds later after burning one. imgur.com/NZ7wc10 –  Mondrianaire May 4 at 16:59

It appears I was wrong about the company of champions producing this symbol. Please see this comment and this answer,

The sign means you're unable to engage in any PVP (summon others, be summoned, invade others, or be invaded). You gain this effect by burning a human effigy at a bonfire. This is a temporary effect which will wear off after an hour. The symbol will only appear if the effect is gained via this method (source).

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This answer is incorrect for the question being asked for the exact same reasons you were fighting with Geeo about his answer being incomplete. The specific question was about the symbol, not why he cannot play with other people. The symbol does not show up if you are only in the covenant of champions, it only shows up if you burn an effigy. Although it is true that they both produce the same effects, this answer is in fact, incorrect for the question being asked. –  Mondrianaire May 4 at 16:45
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I have tested this myself personally. imgur.com/NZ7wc10 –  Mondrianaire May 4 at 16:59
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@Mondrianaire Nice find, I didn't think of that before. Come to think of it now, the effect might not be entirely the same, according to the Dark Souls wikia, you can still be invaded in the Covenant of Champions, it only disables friendly summonings: darksouls.wikia.com/wiki/Company_of_Champions You can also be invaded after burning an effigy, as it only decreases the likelihood of it, but it's not sure if the covenant also decreases the likelihood of getting invaded. –  Dominic De Coco May 4 at 21:06
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@Mondrianaire Interesting. In that case I have changed my vote on the other answer, and will delete my answer once the accept has been removed. –  Wipqozn May 4 at 23:11
    
@brain56 It appears I was incorrect, according to testing done by mondrianaire. I'd suggesting switching your accept so that I may delete my answer. –  Wipqozn May 4 at 23:12

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