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  1. I've been around since late November of 2012, so I've almost managed to experience the hyped up launch of GW2. It's a bit unfortunate that I didn't get to experience the first Halloween and that one-time Lost Shores event, but I've had a fun time since. As for the narrative, it's had its ups and downs, the rushed Champions and HoT especially being notable in that regard. I do think a lot more could've been done with all of the dragons and their champions, even Zhaitan despite him receiving the most time in the story via buildup thanks to the lengthy personal story. Same applies to most vi
  2. While Braham's survival was curious, former narrative director Tom Abernathy did state in deeg's 3-hour chat (available on YouTube; it's well worth a watch) that the reason Braham survived was to 1) subvert expectations as players and characters in-game didn't expect him to survive after his heroic sacrifice, and 2) to explore a hero's story after he's fulfilled two prophecies and what he'll do now that he's finished his mom's work and has "clear skies ahead of him." I kinda agree with Tom's reasoning as Braham's survival allows us to explore further norn stories such as power struggles b
  3. Indeed, but that doesn't mean ANet can't adapt a similar approach in the far future; they've shown during the Icebrood Saga that they can get stuff done even with a smaller dev crew as they gradually siphoned people to work on EoD while still managing to deliver maps with new enemies like Bjora Marches, Drizzlewood Coast, Forging Steel, Darkrime Delves, and Dragonstorm. Given the typical GW2 expansion development of 2-3 or so years and how each expansion has had at least four zones (packed with events, collections, minidungeons etc. as well as some major features like a new class, elite specs,
  4. As long as the company earns enough revenue and the powers that be decide to keep developing the game (even if/when other projects emerge from the studio), we should keep getting expansions. If older games such as EverQuest 2 and even the original EverQuest still get expansions, I don't see why ANet can't deliver such even if some far future expansions might end up being smaller in scope due to resource allocation reasons. Cutting up and sacrificing the sadly rushed Icebrood Saga in favor of End of Dragons is enough proof that the suits who gifted the devs the opportunity to work on an ex
  5. It'll be interesting to learn more about the lore of Cantha's rapid development considering what we know of IRL technological development (often caused by financial competition between nations or warfare use such as how ARPANET that would become Internet's foundation was developed for the US Department of Defence) and Tyrian history. There are quite a few reasons for Central Tyria's rapid development compared to Elona (even if Elona had never fallen to Joko): 1) Tyria had the benefit of forcing multiple intelligent races to mingle and share knowledge, having sensible enough leaders o
  6. Well, the last time old Kaineng City was seen was during Cobiah Marriner's last visit to Cantha on the eve of Zhaitan's awakening and the Rising of Orr that created the Great Tsunami as depicted in the Sea of Sorrows novel. Given how that tsunami killed a lot of the Olmakhan and forced them to rebuild Atholma all the way southeast at Dajkah which had been transformed into an archipelago as a result (as revealed in the Atholma lore books), and how the tsunami flooded old Lion's Arch and much of Krytan land even more north of it (leading to Krytans abandoning their old capital Lion's Arch, fleei
  7. The change of DR watchknights would've been received better if the return of the Twisted Marionette had retained the original model instead of using Mists shenanigans to retroactively change its look. Not only was the marionette Scarlet's experiment, she was also unhinged and liked outrageous designs for many of her inventions (even when adapting others' work such as the Krytans'), so the sexualized look works there due to being linked to a villain. Especially since it's the memory of the marionette manifesting on Tyria, so retaining the original look works for the historical narrative angle t
  8. Perhaps Jalis is gone. But we've also seen the Destroyer of Hope fail to slay Aurene or the Destroyer of Life fail to destroy Rata Sum despite similar prophetic names. The survival of these champions, or having the Destroyer of the Last King just chilling out near Primordus while the Destroyer of the Ironhammer Line attacked Metrica Province rather than stayed in the depths to eradicate the remaining stone dwarves, would thus not necessarily mean that Jalis and his family are gone and that these champions' priorities might've changed when Primordus needed a full-scale destroyer invasion of the
  9. While the change is jarring, we've had similar changes to other notable character voices such Glint's warm and motherly voice from PoF changing into Jocelyn Blue's more sharp voice in Season 4, or Almorra's voice changing from Jeyne Taini's gruff and elderly voice from personal story and Season 3 into Courtenay Taylor's younger and less deep voice in Season 4 and the Icebrood Saga. At least with Canach the vocal change can be explained in-universe. Now that he's won his major bet and become very rich while traveling the world with Sayida to collect all that money, he can afford to stop actin
  10. I wish we had had Jory, Kas, Rox and Frostbite fighting alongside us in the "Dragonstorm" instance and appearing for those final chats in "Champion's End" to give us that proper Dragon's Watch reunion; we haven't seen them all together in one instance for quite some time now. I found it weird that Rox in particular wasn't around for that final battle given her strong bond with Braham and when she'd already been acting as the Olmakhan ambassador to the High Legions. I would've loved a scene in the aftermath of Ryland's death where Rox would comment on Rytlock's family (perhaps even readd t
  11. I do recall some old theories about that throne potentially being the fifth bloodstone, also known as the keystone, that has the power to unite the other four bloodstones into one whole Bloodstone. While the throne doesn't look at all like bloodstones that we've seen so far, perhaps the keystone could be different in looks due to magic hijinks (even though such seems unlikely as all the five stones come from the original stone and should share its looks). The somewhat unreliable narrative of Thadeus Lamont's History of Tyria book does claim that the gods charged Doric's bloodline t
  12. There's never been any "good" alliance (that we know of at least) with any atoning krait. The oratuss priest caste (would be fun if they were led by a high priestess, but so far the highest-ranking krait we've seen have been oratuss) keeps a tight leash on the krait population, indoctrinating them to believe they're the superior race who will inherit Tyria and wash away the lesser, unworthy races once the abyssal prophets return and flood the world. Scarlet was able to lure some krait to her side and work alongside a Nightmare Court splinter faction in the Toxic Alliance by dangling obelisk sh
  13. I hope we get some updates on the dwarves eventually beyond that brief dialogue tease we got in Hoelbrak during Dragon Bash. While the above dialogue suggests that most dwarves have died out during their battles against destroyers, we've yet to learn if heroic figures like King Jalis Ironhammer or High Priest Alkar still exist down in the Depths of Tyria. As seen with the failure of the Destroyer of Hope to slay Aurene in Season 3, the existence of champions like Destroyer of the Last King or Destroyer of the Ironhammer Line does not necessarily mean that these destroyers
  14. Speaking of norn and spirituality, I wonder if something Warming Hearth and I discussed in wiki some time ago could also be brought to the editors' attention. Could it be possible to rename Raven, Wolf, Bear, and Snow Leopard NPCs in Braham's "Wildfire" instance to Raven Spirit, Wolf Spirit etc. for consistency's sake? For example, in previous story instances of the Icebrood Saga such as the "Still Waters Speaking" (and in earlier personal story instances such as "Romke's Final Voyage") story step, Wolf was named Wolf Spirit as an NPC. We also had the spirit monicker being used for several oth
  15. While the Sons seem to be done for, I would like the idea that some of them reconsidered their views about women's flaws and came to believe that Aurene, despite being a "girly" dragon, was the greatest predator on Tyria and thus the true Dragon worth revering since Aurene's actions had led to the downfall of three Elder Dragons, a lich king, and a Spirit of Action called Balthazar. Imagine if the Sons remained misguided and violent but now they'd actually congregate to Aurene and shout "Praise Dragon!" while killing people in her name. It could lead to interesting story possibilities as we no
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