I want to say thank you for this episode.
I have not finished the story yet, but the wholesome, non-militarized take on the Charr is absolutely delightful and so unexpected.
More than the story, though, the map tugs at my heart. I am originally from Portugal, emigrated half a decade ago, and this map is so stunningly gorgeous and feels like home to me. The Crystal Desert has been rather good with that already, because the North African/Middle Eastern inspiration of climate, geology and flora are not too far from the savannah-ish places of the Iberian Peninsula where I grew up (The trees! The lavender shrubs! Such small things but they are so important to me), but this map goes even further in closeness. This map actually focus on coastline--more than the northern section of Istan does!--and for me it's a treasure. It reminds me of the falésias (cliffs) of Alentejo and Algarve, and there are little touches everywhere. The color, the predominance of cliffs instead of hills, the trees that can be easily Vachellia tortilis or Pinus pinea, even the fact that most of the water is to the west and south...
So thank you, Anet. Thank you to your graphics team for making this beautiful map feel very real and for the saudade it brings me.