Yeah, there's actually a bonfire that my brother told me about in Sen's Fortress. You can find it by reaching the roof and probing the railings on the edges of the roof until you find an opening. You should find a bonfire by falling down.
Be extra sure it's the right falloff though, or you risk... you know... falling to your death.
I found that crawling up the back door to blight town was actually really fun on my level 12 run where I made it to and beat 4kings before Placing the Lordvessel to get the Red Eye Orb. It was very hard, but fair to get through. Unlike most of lower Blighttown, there isn't a lot of annoying unskippable poison, and instead there are a lot of enemies with blowdarts. Also, even though I've beaten the game several times, I only recently found out that there is a Fire Keeper's soul in that hidden area in upper Blight Town that is absolutely fucking SURROUNDED by enemies. Even though I had already beaten 4Kings, it still took me several attempts to clear that place out without dying.
In other news, I also recently tried a Minimum-Soul Level run of Dark Souls 2 with the intention of getting the Red Soapstone as fast as possible. Skipping (nearly) every enemy in Heide's Tower and using the glitch to beat the Dragonrider in 4 seconds, I quickly killed the "Priestess" at the top of the tower and took her lockstone. From killing the boss and her I had no choice but to go up several thousand soul memory points, which I am trying to avoid. After I got the stone, I went over to the Giant's Forest to kill the Pursuer. Why, you may ask, if I'm trying to do with with a minimum soul run? Well, I needed his ring, pure and simple. I was rolling with a Dagger at the time, which was fully upgraded to +3. No large Titanite shards can be found until later in the game. The Dagger usually one shots things through parries, guard breaks, or backstabs, but when it comes to bosses, it's pitifully weak.
As I stated earlier in this thread's conception, I recently learned the awesomeness of the Ring of Blades/Dagger combo, where the Ring adds a fixed amount of bonus damage, and the Dagger is sarcastically fast to attack with. So with that, I got a substantial edge at the beginning of the game. Soloing the Pursuer was challenging, but I had to one shot him or my entire strategy would fail and I would have to remake my entire character. Fortunately, I managed to take him out in one go, thanks to the Early Ring Strategies. Start with Life Ring, Get into the Early Blue Covenant, then kill the guy you enter that covenant with. There, you now have 3 rings. Two giving you % health, and one giving you flat 50 armor. It allowed me to survive not one, but two fuckups in a row versus the Pursuer. It gave me the slack I needed to take him down with a dagger. Moving on-
The real fight was yet to begin. Using the Priestess's rotunda stone, I made my way to the Huntsman's Copse to fight what I knew would be the hardest boss I've yet to face. The Executioner's chariot... at very low level... with a dagger. Turns out simply getting TO him was quite a chore, as those bouncing dark enemies near the bridge are very dangerous and nearly as strong as the pursuer. Luckily, their AI is legendarily terrible and they tend to kill themselves the minute you step over a hole. That said, that also gave me a sobering reminder. I don't WANT them dead, in fact, I want as few souls as possible. So at this point, simply reaching the boss was giving me a minimum of 2K souls per attempt, which digs right into my soul memory. Every attempt makes my goal that much more impossible.
So after cheesing the absolute hell out of the red phantom in front of the Boss's door by circling around him then using my Overpowered Dagger+3 with ring of blades high dex combo several times, he wilts like a flower and my first of many attempts ensues.
It does not go well. I'm not going to go into detail about how many times I attempted this, and will instead just say. It took me 12 attempts to beat the Executioner's Chariot at level 25 with a Dagger+3. My soul memory at the time was about 80K, not bad, but way off of what I wanted. The final attempt was very hit or miss, relying on me actually getting an Alluring skull from one of my previous failed attempts and using it to hole all of the skeletons into one area as I doinked the necromancers to death. The Executioner himself was more than capable of glitching out and shoving me into a wall and killing me in one combo, as he did several times. But I stayed on him, utilizing counter attack bonuses (Attacking while the enemy is attacking) to double my dagger's damage, going from 30 damage to almost 80 per swing. After almost breaking my dagger, he fell over and I joined the blood covenant and got my red soapstone.
Now I am currently doing low(ish) level PVP in the forest ruins. Unfortunately, my soul level is a spit too high for some people. I've managed to get about 50 tokens of spite from opponents, and at about 100K soul Memory, the traffic really slowed down. It's sad, really. Soul memory in my opinion is the worst addition to Dark Souls 2.
I wish I had a way to get a lot of red orbs at low level without farming, or get a permanent solution like the Red Eye Orb from Dark Souls 1. But alas, if I want stable low level pvp, I will have to stick with Dark Souls 1.