Tyrian Travels: Chapter One

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At this year’s MomoCon, Narrative Director Leah Hoyer and Narrative Designer Ross Beeley hosted a panel on the fundamentals of narrative design for Guild Wars 2. With help from the audience, they created the basic concept for a new character. This character and her moa will be traveling through some familiar territory—read along in this series of stories to see the world through her eyes!

We were late to the junk auction—properly known as the Low-Level Amateur Market Annual Sale—because Momo wanted to chase bugs. From the moment we set foot into Soren Draa, you would’ve thought the ground had come alive. She stuck her big beak in the grass and all but tore her lead out of my hands.

That was how I arrived at the last place I wanted to be: fifteen minutes behind schedule, elbowing through throngs of attendees, wrestling and pleading with a bird three times my size. I like to tell myself I trained Momo well, but moas are naturally skittish. By the time I coaxed her to her pen and started to unpack, she was making low, suspicious noises at the passing crowd.

“You can chase all the bugs you want when we’re done. You can chase them for a whole hour.” I rushed to set up my invention, making a hasty check of the harness and case, and then slid it over Momo’s head so the biothermal analyzer rested snugly over her breastbone. I ran a test; the fifteen-year estimate came up promptly, and the display was clear and readable. “Trust me, I want this rigmarole over with as much as you do.”

“Squok.” Momo ruffled her bright pink feathers, tilted her head to the side, and eyeballed a patch of grass, as though daring it to produce something living. Laughing at her made me feel a little better.

For the first time, I was glad my P.E.T. wasn’t flashy or complicated. Some of the other inventions up for sale were massive, with blinking lights and terminals. I’d nabbed a small station far from the main walk for cheap—it gave me less chance of being approached by a buyer, but I didn’t really expect to find anyone interested in my invention, anyway.

A voice cut through the drone of the crowd. “Well, well, if it isn’t the grass-fed disaster. I thought you’d given up, Vikki.”

“Tonni.” I took a deep breath before turning around. “Are you exhibiting today?”

Tonni pushed her way to the front of my booth and gave me one of the cold, appraising looks I’d spent my school days dreading. Her hair was coiled in precise loops around her long ears, her sleek black-and-red coat decked out with the latest personal magitech enhancements. It was probably too much to hope for that she’d hit a rough spot after college, seen the error of her ways, and come looking to make amends.

“Buying, not showing.” She wrinkled her nose. “Maybe. I’m looking for gems in the rough. Brilliant ideas before their time, ambitious solo projects bogged down by unreasonable ethical constraints—that sort of thing.”

I swallowed. “I haven’t got any of those.”

“Shocking.” She eyed Momo up and down. “Is that thing on the bird your invention? What is it?”

I wanted to tell her to go chase a few bugs herself, but what if she was the only person who bothered to show any interest in buying? What if she was really curious about it? I stood up straight and adjusted the analyzer harness. Momo huffed. “This is the Predictive Existence Tool,” I said. “It…well, it predicts the remaining existence of domesticated livestock.”

“The name’s a little forced. It tells you the animal’s life span?”

My ears burned, but I went on with my spiel. “It can help identify any unknown medical conditions by doing a full-body examination of the—Momo, shh!”

Momo squawked and lunged for the grass again, tracking something. I tugged her back gently, and I thought I heard Tonni snicker.

“Why don’t you give me a demonstration?” she said. “If your bird will let you.”

“Of course she will. Momo, stop.” I adjusted the halter, smoothed Momo’s feathers, and kept my head down while I started the P.E.T. It beeped, trilled, and bathed Momo in a brief flash of violet light—totally unnecessary for the analysis, but my mentor, Floxxa, had suggested some theatrics. “As you can see, this moa—”

I stopped short and stared at the display. That wasn’t right—it couldn’t be right.

Tonni peered over my shoulder, reading the display. “One year?”

“That isn’t right,” I stammered. “It should be fifteen years, not one. She’s only a year old now, and I just tested the device. It must be—”

“A malfunction?” She shook her head and tsk-tsked. “How unfortunate. For a faulty prototype, I’ll give you a fifth of the asking price.”

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I sat underneath a tree and watched the other amateur inventors clear the last of their unsold projects away. A few of them left in tears. I felt awful for even thinking it, but at least mine wasn’t the only malfunctioning invention.

“It was a malfunction,” I said to Momo, who’d tired herself out running through the grass after I handed the P.E.T. over to Tonni. She rested her head on my knee, and I pressed her tall crest feathers down to make them spring up again. “Anyhow, there’s always next year.”

Next year. My stomach sank like a lump of hard bread. What if it wasn’t a malfunction at all? What if I doomed Momo to spending her last year on Tyria playing with her toys in the corner of Floxxa’s lab while I beat my head against another invention, just because it was easier to believe that my very first completed project was broken? If this was one of the educational enhancement stories I’d read growing up, things would definitely turn out like that.

Of course, the protagonists of those stories always had reasons to believe in their inventions.

“There are moa ranchers in Kryta,” I said, thinking aloud. I scratched between Momo’s eyes. “They could give us a second opinion.”

I’d only ever seen paintings of Kryta, but the thought of traveling across a sea of grass under the open blue sky shook some of the gloom clouds from my cranium. I imagined Momo zooming through the fields, stretching her legs and basking in the sun. I’d always been too busy or tired to take her anywhere interesting.

My only hope for gaining any kind of scientific credibility in Rata Sum was gone, and for barely enough money to pay my lab fees. I didn’t even have enough coin to take a gate to Divinity’s Reach. And if Momo was really hurt, or sick…

But she seemed to be in perfect health, and when I looked down at her she warbled softly at me as if to say, Adventure? Let’s go!

“How about it, Momo?” I hoped I sounded more confident than I felt. “Do you want to go for a walk?”


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It’s Royalty Week at the Black Lion Trading Company!

All that glitters isn’t gold—but the former tends to follow the latter, if you catch my drift. Fortunately for you, here at the Black Lion Trading Company, you can look like royalty for reasonable prices. Go ahead and tell everyone how rich you are! They never need to know that your shield isn’t real amethyst.

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    Amethyst Aegis Shield Skin

    This shield is cut from 100% real, solid amethyst crystal and embellished with pure gold.* The gemologist who cut and polished the original design wasn’t the subtlest soul on Tyria, but do you see how the light hits those facets? That’s craftsmanship.

  • Shattered Bloodstone Circlet

    Scare your friends by wearing imitation bloodstone shards directly on your head! Alternatively, you can apply your favorite dye and declare yourself long-lost royalty. I’m sure Kryta won’t notice one more person laying claim to the throne.

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    Mini Jungle Lord Faren

    The Lord Faren calendar, woodblock prints, full-body portraits, and novelty shot glasses are all sold out. I’m appalled, but I’m still going to offer these scandalous miniatures. I sell, you buy, and neither of us judges the other.

Savings Fit for a Queen

Make out like a bandit with sales on luxury items! The Royal Terrace Pass, Exemplar Attire and Noble Count Outfits, Lord Faren’s Rapier, Mini Golden Pig, Magic Carpet travel toy, Banker Golem, Mist Herald Backpack skin, and Total Makeover Kit are all 20% off this week. Mask of the Queen has returned to the store, and Mini Southsun Faren is still available for 5 Black Lion Miniature Claim Tickets.

Available Now in the Gem Store!

Log into Guild Wars 2 and press 'O' to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Captain’s Council Goods and Services Oversight Committee.


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The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of August 29

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of August 29Wednesday, August 31

GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

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Thursday, September 1

The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Correllis) (English)
8:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Correllis continues to turn the world of Tyria into a pointillist masterpiece. You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

The GuildMag Podcast (by GuildMag) (English)
1:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The GuildMag team brings you up to speed on everything that happened this week in the Guild Wars 2 universe.

If you need help converting times into your own time zone, you can use this tool.
Thank you for watching!


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Thank You for Four Incredible Years!

As the fourth anniversary of Guild Wars 2‘s launch draws near, we’ve loved watching players reminisce about their most memorable moments in Tyria using the #GW2BDay hashtag. In this video, ArenaNet developers look back at launch night on August 28, 2012, the work they did, the celebration, and what it was like to see Guild Wars 2 come alive with thousands of players from all over the world.

By calling Tyria home—and building the greatest community in online gaming—you’ve made it a real, living world full of ever-changing experiences. We’re so happy to be with you on this journey, and we can’t wait to play alongside you for many years to come. Thank you for helping shape Guild Wars 2 and for sharing your memories!


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Watch the Guild Wars 2 Fourth Anniversary Livestream!

Join us tomorrow to celebrate four years of Guild Wars 2 with a special anniversary livestream on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel! Host Rubi Bayer and members of the ArenaNet studio team will take a look back at some of the most memorable moments we’ve shared with you.

The livestream begins at noon Pacific Time (UTC-7) on Friday, August 26.


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Community Showcase 15: Creative Contributions from Guild Wars 2 Players

Welcome to the community showcase, where we celebrate our favorite projects, activities, and other fan works created by Guild Wars 2 players. Read on to check out some of the amazing fan works on display in the Community Showcase Live livestream, and tune in monthly on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel for even more!

We’re moved by this beautiful—and ominous—fan art of Trahearne and Mordremoth from Landylachs.

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Roksiel captured the powerful moment before a charge into battle.

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This painterly character sketch by The Designs is a testament to asuran might.

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Vyntiche’s fan-made promo art for the Out of the Shadows release prepared us for the mysteries of Bloodstone Fen.

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Demnasica’s Luminescent Armor cosplay is a shimmering, glowing success!

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This intricate sculpture of Eir Stegalkin by Dantert memorializes her dignity and strength.

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Primescore shows us the beauty and danger of Bloodstone Fen in their latest video.

RHKim created this lovely piece for a recent episode of the Guild Wars 2 Art Show! Check out the recording to see her work on it, and keep an eye on our streaming schedule for the time and date of the next show.

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We love seeing fans’ works of art, creativity, and community organization from around the world. Keep up the excellent work! Hungry for more Guild Wars 2 fan projects? Ready to show off your own? Head to the official Guild Wars 2 Tumblr and read up on the submission guidelines! You can submit your works via the Guild Wars 2 Tumblr, send us a tweet @GuildWars2, or share on the official Community Creations subforum.

Check out the recording below to see all the fan works in this month’s episode of Community Showcase Live!


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Bloodstone Weapons, Peacock Scepter, and Mini Garm in the Gem Store

My anniversary sale is on right now, but I’ve still got some brand-new items in stock! Keep checking the Black Lion Trading Company through August 28 for discounts and returning items, and get them while the getting’s good.

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    Peacock Scepter

    This luxurious weapon was traditionally carried by mesmers to enhance their chaos magic, but as long as you know what you’re doing with a scepter, it’s yours. Some people associate peacocks with wrathfulness, which makes a lot of sense if you’ve ever been chased by one.

  • Bloodstone Weapon Set

    Repeat after me: “Inspired by bloodstone.” I don’t want any more investigators in here giving me the stink eye. Do you think I’d sell weapons made of actual bloodstone? I don’t even allow the dust on the trading post! The deep red is a good look, though—very classy.

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    Mini Garm

    I heard Eir Stegalkin’s wolf dragged himself all the way back from the scene of her death, so that’s supposed to be some kind of sign. I don’t buy into superstition, but you can tote this little good-luck companion with you wherever you go. Not guaranteed to work in the jungle, obviously.

The Anniversary Sale Continues!

Starting today, pick up the Ceremonial Plated Outfit, returning at 20% off; the Metallurgic Dye Kit, back at 30% off; or Scarlet’s Grasp and Scarlet’s Spaulders at 25% off, all for a very limited time!

Available Now in the Gem Store!

Log into Guild Wars 2 and press 'O' to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!


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The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of August 22

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of August 22

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Monday, August 22

The Darkxemnas Show (by Darkxemnas) (Spanish)
1:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Follow Darkxemnas as he engages in some PvE and PvP action.

Choxie’s Ecto Gambling Marathon (by Choxie808) (English)
2:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Do you feel lucky? Choxie is giving away gold and globs of ectoplasm. He claims it’s for science, but we know it’s for your entertainment.

Tuesday, August 23

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Peachy Party (by Aurora Peachy) (English)
9:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Hang out with Aurora Peachy and chat about the recent update, as well as general game dicussion and giveaways.

Wednesday, August 24

GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

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Thursday, August 25

The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Corellis) (English)
8:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Corellis specializes in wondrous and impressionist interpretations of Tyrian landscapes. Come and watch him reshape the world we know into a new magical scenery. This week’s artwork will feature Tyria’s latest addition: Bloostone Fen.
You can also find all the artworks created during our Guild Wars 2 Art Show on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

The GuildMag Podcast (by GuildMag) (English)
1:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The GuildMag team brings you up to speed on everything that happened this week in the Guild Wars 2 universe.

If you need help converting times into your own time zone, you can use this tool.

Thank you for watching!


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