The other threads are a little outdated and I know necro-ing is taboo so I just wanted to create a thread to talk about this.
I'm always a little behind the curve playing content, I only just came off of LWS4 a little while ago. I've been doing plenty of reading about The Icebrood Saga but now I'm a good ways into it and it's some of my favourite content, hands down. The Bound by Blood zone was incredible, the Metal Legion... quelle excellence! I loved it. What a bloody madhouse it was. I've always wanted to drive the charriots too and I finally got my chance. This lead into some very, very cleverly written intrigue! Which is lovely as my partner and I live for intrigue. We quickly figured out that (caveat emptor, of course) Braham's guild probably weren't as evil as the vagueness were suggesting, that they might've been the ones to resist the Sons of Svanir rather than slaughtering all of the Vigil soldiers. Intrigue is fun!
Then it turns out that Jormag is non-binary which just made my day. I had no idea that ArenaNet was progressive enough to do something like that so openly. I approve. How could I not? It's great. We need to start thinking of the Elder Dragons more as people, after all, especially with what we learned about Kralkatorrik. It turned out that Kralky wasn't evil after all, rather he was just being tormented by someone or something in order to continue the cycle of destruction and creation. I can't help but wonder what's responsible for the torment, and it gives rise to questions like what if the humans aren't from another world, but rather were the most pious chosen by the Gods to bring forward into the new cycle?
I mean, what if the Six were somehow responsible for the cycle in some way? What if they rely on worship so much that they want the world to come crashing down whenever their chosen start losing faith? Then, when the new world is created, they send in their clean-up crew—The Forgotten—to sort things out to prepare the world for their humans, and the humans being so thankful will be incredibly pious once again and reliant on their Gods as their technological and societal progression will have been reset. Of course, it looks like this time The Forgotten betrayed the Six by working against the cycle of destruction and creation. Madcap theories abounds. I love this.
Anyway, I'm just glad that Jormag is non-binary. They're such an interesting dragon and I have some pretty big questsions as to whether they're suffering from the torment or not, or perhaps whether they are but they're doing an incredible job of resisting it due to what their power is. I mean, their power is persuasion after all. Plus, dragons with a more feminine edge seem to have a stronger capacity to resist the torment for whatever reason. Glint, Aurene, et al. Though that could be coincidental, of course. I'm hoping at the end of the day that the behaviour of Jormag comes down to three factors: 1.) they are being tormented but they're resisting it, 2.) they're out of touch and doesn't really know how to deal with mortals, but they want to heal them and end their suffering and their main and most effective means for that is mind control, and 3.) they might not be fully in control of their power and they might be unable to stop being so persuasive. Perhaps the torment makes it more difficult for Jormag to focus and control their powers.
I can only hope that Jormag turns out to not be as evil as they appear. What would be especially brilliant is if they lead into Cantha by having Jormag be a bit of a crazy parent; they love their thralls, they want to protect their thralls at all costs, so they're against anyone who would harm their thralls. At one point, my understanding is that they wanted to stop the cycle of destruction and creation by freezing the world and its oceans. Their goals have shifted since then due to the rise of Aurene, of course, as Aurene introduces some interesting new possibilities. One of hte things that could be up with Jormag that the torment is playing on is fear of the Deep Sea Dragon. In the Icebrood trailer, the first time Jormag gets growly and upset is specifically when focusing on an underwater scene and talking about suffering. Jormag is terrified of the suffering that the Deep Sea Dragon could bring to their babies.
Thus, Jormag might be looking to ally with Aurene against the Deep Sea Dragon as they expect an imminent invasion of Canthan forces that could wipe out the thralls they're so set on protecting from death and suffering. Death and suffering seem to be buttons for Jormag, in that Jormag is all about preservation and the end of pain. If others are in pain it seems to drive Jormag a bit potty, perhaps it's an empathy thing that relates to their ability to connect with minds. So the potential for death and suffering that a Canthan invasion lead by the Deep Sea Dragon could cause is absolutely terrifying to them.
Anyway, I love where this is going. I appreciate what ArenaNet is doing here, it's the most fun content I've played thus far.