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What/Who is/are "The Obscure"


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I think the expansion name makes less sense as an adjective than as a noun, so if "The Obscure" was a noun, what/who do we think it/they is/are?

Just want to see what people come up with as the entity or entities with the name "The Obscure". Could be past stuff that Anet is renaming now, or something brand new, but what are our thoughts?

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'The Obscure' might just be another name for 'The Arcane' or whatever brand of magic is being tapped by the sky wizards. We'll be getting a new mastery called Heart of the Obscure, which is said to be some kind of artifact. It appears to be made from concentrations of the stuff with the 'heart' being a sort of fancy stone/energy mass and the 'obscure' being the magic woobles that power/emanate from it if we're going by the associated screenshots they've shared.

The factions appear to be outlined already too, being the Wizard’s Court and the Astral Ward on the 'good guy' side and the Kryptis on the 'face-eating demonic monster' side, which makes it more likely that the Obscure isn't referring to a group of people.

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11 hours ago, AgentMoore.9453 said:

'The Obscure' might just be another name for 'The Arcane' or whatever brand of magic is being tapped by the sky wizards. We'll be getting a new mastery called Heart of the Obscure, which is said to be some kind of artifact. It appears to be made from concentrations of the stuff with the 'heart' being a sort of fancy stone/energy mass and the 'obscure' being the magic woobles that power/emanate from it if we're going by the associated screenshots they've shared.

The factions appear to be outlined already too, being the Wizard’s Court and the Astral Ward on the 'good guy' side and the Kryptis on the 'face-eating demonic monster' side, which makes it more likely that the Obscure isn't referring to a group of people.

Seconding the "Obscure is an artifact" notion. The real question is, what's its purpose? And why does the Commander, an outsider, have it?

I think that beyond the arcane, it's more specifically tied to the Mists and will be instrumental in closing rifts and portals if the screenshots are to be taken at face value. But I doubt it's just a portal-closing device.

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https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Arcana_Obscura

durmand priory archives is the obscura

but who's the arcana

https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Rata_Arcanum

who wants rata arcanum?

the inquest

who hides the inquest?

high councillor flax

who hides the elder dragons eating magic too

flax is the obscure!

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Councillor Flax: We know, Professor. We've always known. Preparations are being made to exploit your "discovery" for Rata Sum's benefit even as we speak.

this is why zojja is back

to stop flax from floating rata sum into the sky to rule over tyria through the obscure

we even have https://loadinginfo.staticwars.com/uploads/2023/07/01/1688256598-AsuraIsland_Sketch_wallpaper.jpg

asura island

looks like rata sum

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