Well, my friends, the Dry Top story arc continues to stubbornly resist being wrapped up. I’m probably going to have to expand it to four parts in order to bring it to a satisfying conclusion, and that’s going to take work.
In the meantime…
I noticed a very positive response to my theorycrafting antics a few days ago. You know, that post where I predicted that Anise hired Canach to kill a hella buncha people? I don’t want to leave you guys without content while I clean up the mess I made of my fanfiction, and you seemed to like it, so let’s have more of that, shall we? And so in this post, we will discuss dragons, crystals, and crystal dragons.
But before we go to that, we should probably recap recent events. After Mordremoth’s rise and subsequent world tour, we, Tyria’s greatest heroes, call upon the world’s leaders to attend a summit at the Grove and discuss the threat. We manage to get Trahearne from the Pact, Queen Jennah from Kryta, Knut Whitebear from the norn, and Imperator Smodur the Unflinching from the charr to attend. Oh, and that guy from the Arcane Council that nobody knows or cares about. They all have a nice, long meeting with the Pale Tree and decide that maybe it’s best to do something about the rampaging plant monsters that are springing up all over the world.
As the summit wrapped up, though, Mordrem crashed the party, attempting to take out all of the world’s most influential leaders (and that guy from the Arcane Council) at once. We stopped them and chased away this little mischief-maker…
…but not before the Pale Tree’s avatar got seriously wounded. As she fell unconscious (her final fate is still uncertain), she gave us this vision. There’s a lot to talk about in that little glimpse of the future, but I want to focus on the part at the end. In it, we see a room covered in strange, glowing crystals…
…only to see it covered in the thorny vines we’ve all grown to despise over the past month and a half.
But go back to the crystal room for a moment. Tell me, Guild Wars veterans: doesn’t that look a little familiar? A different color, maybe, but it still has the same jagged, glowy look that you should remember from the first game. Behold, something to jog your memory!
For those of you who haven’t played Guild Wars: Prophecies or read The Edge of Destiny, that’s Glint. She lived in the Crystal Desert, secretly manipulating world events with the help of her handy dandy dwarf cult, the Brotherhood of the Dragon, and a race of serpent-people called the Forgotten. In Prophecies, she helped us bring down the mursaat and save the world from Abaddon’s minions. In Edge of Destiny, she encountered Destiny’s Edge and revealed to them that she was, in fact, a champion of the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik. She had betrayed her master long ago, though, and was working to prevent his rise. In the end she failed and Kralky got the better of her, violently ending her life in the skies above her lair.
Yet even though Glint herself is dead and gone, she wasn’t alone. In Prophecies, she had a clutch of eggs in her lair, and by Eye of the North, at least one of those eggs had hatched. In that game, there was a sidequest where we had to escort Glint’s crystalline baby through Destroyer-infested tunnels. Glint’s baby made it out alright and that’s the last we saw of her. There was no mention of the young’un in Edge of Destiny.
But now that baby might be hiding out in the Maguuma Wastes.
That right there is a pretty big leap. After all, she (Yes, I know it might not be a she, but I need a pronoun and that one’s as good as any) could be anywhere. What’s stopping Glint’s kid from relaxing in her summer home on the shores of the Jade Sea? All we have to go on is that vision, and let’s face it, that crystal room could be anywhere. Well, we have a connecting factor: the Zephyrites.
Our sky-nomad friends are heavily connected to Glint. After the fight between her and Kralkatorrik, the Zephyrites stumbled upon her corpse and her lair. They used to secrets within to harness the power of the Aspect Crystals and tame the sky, and these days they revere her almost as a god. They are the spiritual successors of the Brotherhood of the Dragon. And where are the Zephyrites now? They’ve just crashed in Dry Top (as I’ve been writing about *wink, wink*), right in the middle of the Wastes.
What were they doing flying above the Wastes? Here’s the best part: they won’t say. Every Zephyrite we question artfully dodges the point and refuses to tell us where they were going. They’ll gleefully talk about anything else except for this one, singular thing. Whatever it was they were checking up on, it’s something that is…
Now, it’s been a few centuries since Eye of the North, and Glint’s baby has probably grown a great deal by now. But if Glint Jr. is anything like her mother and waging a secret war against the Elder Dragons, she would rather that as few people know about her existence as possible. After all, it takes just one corrupted person to spill the beans, and it means she doesn’t have to deal with thieves, dragonslayers and those pesky adventurer types. Her Zephyrite minions can bring her relevant news and act out her will without revealing whose will it is. She can fight primal forces of destruction and chaos from the shadows, just as her mother once did.
Besides, the Maguuma Wastes makes sense as a place to settle. Before Mordremoth, that region was the farthest away from any Elder Dragon’s territory as you could get. The Icebrood never go farther west than Snowden Drifts, the Branded stick around the Dragonbrand and go no farther, Zhaitan’s armies only existed in and around the Sea of Sorrows, and Tyria hasn’t even encountered the nefarious Bubbles yet. SBut now Scarlet’s screwed everything up, and now Glint 2.0 is clearly being threatened by Mordremoth.
I hope you’re happy, Scarlet.
Of course she is.
here’s the LS-inspired fic I
Obviously it contains massive spoilers for the Dragon’s Reach pt 2 sooo read at your own risk~
He had felt the pull. Of course he had. They all had.
Perhaps that had been Mordremoth’s greatest design. To create that constant feeling of dread, that sense of imminent danger, to draw all the Pale Tree’s children back to her, believing there was something they could do to stop whatever was coming.
So he had answered the call. Of course he had.
This was impressive. Hmm… I could finish writing my own fanfiction… but why do that when I can shamelessly leech off of you? Reblogged.
Greetings, all two of my loyal followers! As you might have noticed, I’ve been having trouble wrapping up the Dry Top story arc in my fanfiction. There are several reasons why: 1. Poor planning beforehand 2. The Internet going down at my house for almost a week 3. Me devoting an unhealthy amount of time toward getting that Mysterious Vine backpiece (who knew that plant food was so expensive?). Anyway, I couldn’t leave you guys without some kind of content, so while I finish up both the Dry Top arc and another short story I’m writing, I leave you with my thoughts on where the story of Guild Wars might be headed next.
Be wary, traveler. Spoiler lay ahead.
You might be asking yourself right now, ‘Gosh, Wanderingstoryteller, who’s that handsome sylvari?’ That’s Canach. He enjoys the simple things in life: nature, long walks on the beach, and fighting bloody, one man wars against corrupt organizations. Unfortunately for him, his struggle against the nefarious Consortium put him at odds with us, the heroes of Tyria, and he spent most of Living Story Season 1 rotting in a Lion’s Arch dungeon.
But in this patch, he was released. He now works in indentured servitude for, of all people, Countess Anise, Queen Jennah’s right hand. At first, it seemed like he was only a bodyguard, hired to stand at Anise’s side and look menacing. But near the end of the patch, keen-eared players can catch them having an interesting conversation in the Grove:
Yep. Anise sprung Canach for a reason, likely a very unsavory one. Though that wall of text is all we know so far, a few things leapt out at me that may carry some hints.
1. Anise’s description of Canach as a ‘knife’. She clearly considers Canach to be not only a weapon, but a subtle, offensive one.
2. Anise’s concern about Canach getting caught. Whatever she’s after, she doesn’t want anyone else to know about it.
3. Canach himself not knowing his purpose. Anise has always been someone to keep secrets, that being part of her job and all, but not even telling Canach why he’s there is a bit excessive, even for her.
With this information, I’ve come up with two potential theories. The first: espionage. After the unfortunate incidents with Scarlet and Aerin, Anise might be starting to view the sylvari as a threat. The security of the Queen is, after all, her first priority. Having a sylvari agent on retainer to inform on his potentially insane fellows would be a smart move. We know that there’s at least one corrupted sylvari out there, as Trahearne thinks someone with inside information was behind the Mordrem attack on the Summit. That gives him a role in the story: to find out who did it.
The thing is, though, there are some flaws with that plan. Not only is Anise more than capable of fulfilling that role herself, being able to disguise herself as a sylvari at will, an infamous criminal like Canach would stick out like a sore thumb, making intelligence gathering difficult. No, I think Anise’s plans are much more sinister.
Assassination. Anise wants Canach to kill someone for her.
It fits pretty well. If there’s one thing Canach is great at, it’s violence, and there are plenty of people that Anise would clearly want dead. Corrupt Ministry officials, Separatists, White Mantle agents, the list goes on. Canach is in the perfect position to begin offing potential threats to the throne, one body at a time, and if he does get caught, Anise has the perfect excuse. “Oh look, everyone, another crazy sylvari! I’ll just take care of this completely insanemurderer for you!”
Anise has the cunning and political ruthlessness to pull this sort of thing off, and Canach has the sense of murderous justice to join in. He’s skilled and ruthless and he spent a frightening amount of time killing people last season. He killed Consortium officials that were taking advantage of the people; what’s the difference between them and a corrupt politician doing the same?
Minister Caudecus, watch your ass. You’ve been warned.