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  • commandertiffany
    19.07.2021 - 6 days ago

    Character Study: Braham (Part 2: Ottilia)

    We left off with Braham at the end of Flame and Frost: Retribution, with Rox and the Vigil, continuing to raid Molten Facilities, rescuing more 'steaders, but primarily looking for Ottilia, whom he has a crush on.

    At some point (presumably while Last Stand at Southsun is going on,) Braham finds Ottilia in Hoelbrak and brings her back to Cragstead. There she says she liked Hoelbrak better because it was more beautiful, "vibrant and alive" compared to Cragstead which is still damaged.

    We point out in some surprise that she lives here, doesn't she care about it?

    Ottilia acknowledges this, explaining that Braham had brought her back. She tells us that nobody had ever done that for her, and sighs over how amazing he is.

    Amused, we say "So it seems," and the conversation ends.

    Later, Braham approaches Ottilia and tries (awkwardly) to make small talk, asking if she's glad to be home.

    She supposes so, but is more glad that Braham is here too.

    Braham tries to answer, but he quickly stumbles over his words and can't find his answer.

    Ottilia giggles, calls him adorable, and runs off.

    (Teenagers having crushes! Who would have thought this would feature in GW2? XD).

    Presumably, Braham tries to start conversation with Ottilia a few more times, which ends in embarrassment, and nothing seems to be going anywhere for Braham until the first Dragon Bash - held in Lion's Arch - begins.

    Finally, Ottilia makes her own move and initiates a conversation with Braham, suggesting they go on a hunt.

    Braham, presumably caught off guard, is confused and trips over his words until he manages to ask what she wants to hunt, naming jotun and Svanir as possibilities. (Both active enemies of the norn.)

    Ottilia replies airily that she wants a new rabbit-fur vest and would rather fight rabbits (weak little creatures, and also very adorable, and who remembers the Bunny Spirit?!).

    Braham, confused about hunting them, repeats "Rabbits?"

    Ottilia ignores him and brightly informs him time and place, leaving Braham in the dust still scrambling for words.

    Braham, of course, still shows up the next morning and hunts rabbits with her, but rabbits aren't really his preferred enemies and he sees it as a sacrifice he has to make to win over Ottilia.

    I imagine they don't keep going on rabbit hunts for very long, but I'm sure similar encounters - awkward, Ottilia charging ahead and taking the lead, Braham stumbling over his words and perhaps not being super happy with where it's going - happen between them while the Commander is busy during Sky Pirates of Tyria.

    After that, though, during the Bazaar of the Four Winds, there is apparently some sort of Wolf Spirit Appreciation Day, and Braham gets himself a plan, gathers himself and approaches Ottilia with remarkable composure, asking if she wants to go to Wolf's shrine together.

    She says no (ouch), and explains that she'd already gone. Most people would take that as a rejection and just leave.

    Braham however, is not daunted by this and keeps his cool. His backup plan plan kicks in and he asks if they could eat together that evening.

    Ottilia then flat-out tells him she's going with someone else, a fur trader, and asks Braham rather nastily what he does for living, legend, or fame.

    He is finally at a loss for words (perfectly understandable) - he'd saved Cragstead, hadn't he? He's spent the last four episodes (several months!) taking care of it! What kind of a question is that? But he only manages to stammer out a confused "what?"

    Ottilia sneers that he's just "growing old in Cragstead like all the others." She leaves, calling "I'll send news of my travels. Promise!" over her shoulder.

    As far as rejections go, that's a pretty awful one. Braham is, of course, devastated, and during the next episode (Cutthroat Politics), Braham gets to watch Ottilia making plans with her fur trader, telling everyone who will listen that she's going to Hoelbrak with a merchant who travels the world.

    Rox visits Braham at some point and finds out about all this mess, and eventually drags him to the Queen's Jubilee to keep Braham's mind off of Ottilia.

    For a while, this works - Braham admires the set-up and the show the humans are putting on, but eventually his attitude starts getting more grouchy.

    Rox, casting around for something to say, suddenly exclaims "wait, Kuh-bam? This whole time I thought you were saying "Kuh-Braham!" Braham is rather affronted by this, and Rox keeps the dialogue going, eventually claiming that she'll start going around saying "Kuh-Rox" and "Kuh-Frostbite."

    Eventually, Rox runs out of things to say and subjects to bring up, and just grumbles, "Try concentrating on the good time we're about to have instead of the vicious harpy who broke your heart."

    This sets Braham off and he starts ranting about Ottiiia, saying he'll never love again. He manages to curse out rabbits before Rox takes him to the battle arena.

    In the next four episodes (plus the Marionette instance from the Origins of Madness), during the Tower of Nightmares story arc, he is mostly fighting Scarlet's minions alongside Rox and getting to know Marjory and Kasmeer. It would be easy enough to believe that here, he's doing just what he started during the Opening Ceremony - attempting to "bury my pain in the joy of combat."

    But I think he got over his lovesickness quickly enough (although, as far as we know, he has never loved again). He was spurred by something else Ottilia said: "He's a fur trader. What do you do? [...] Exactly. Nothing."

    Braham decided to find a way to build his legend, possibly from a desire to win back Ottilia (although I doubt it), but also to spite her. Perhaps he also had another woman on his mind: Eir. He was fighting beside the mighty Dragonslayer, after all, so Eir would have at least crossed his mind. Whether he wanted to best and surpass her, or whether some small corner of himself, feeling alone and abandoned, thought this was how to win his mother's attention, we'll probably never know.

    But I want to emphasize that he did decide to fight alongside the Commander. Unlike Ottilia, we've proven that he and us are likeminded, similar people - we work well together. We're passionate in our defense of Tyria (unlike Ottilia), and also good friends and loyal ones - also unlike Ottilia (or Eir). Because of this, he's decided to fight beside us. That's no small honor. Braham's greatest desire when we met him was to take care of his people and mourn the ones who died.

    But now, he's chosen us to be his friend and ally, because we've proven we're worth it.

    ~oOoOo~

    Credit to the Gulid Wars 2 Wiki (and especially its editors!) for the pages on Ottilia and Braham, and also the admirably well-documented S1 story mission pages that detail all the dialogues I pulled from four episodes to know what Braham's been doing!

    #braham eirsson#ottilia#rox#molten alliance#molten facilities#dragon bash#lion's arch#marjory delaqua#kasmeer meade #bazaar of the four winds #queen's jubilee#cutthroat politics#clockwork chaos #tower of nightmares #the nightmares within #the nightmare is over #origins of madness #twisted marionette#Ebbe #<- I'm tagging him out of duty #but I deliberately left him last and didn't mention him in the actual post #just to illustrate how really unmemorable he is compared to Braham #Ottilia's a harpy and I'm glad Braham got over her #but seriously girl #gw2
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  • commanderfloppy
    14.07.2021 - 1 week ago
    #gw2 #ask game answers #Commander Floppy#Damia Rose #Link the Twink #If you can't tell from just damia and link #I'm a little obsessed with the story potential of Syvlari and their connection to the dream #having a pre set destiny is just #it has so much going on and so many different results #also if anyone has any hc for what a Lion's Arch accent might sound like lmk because now I'm curious
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  • lions-arch-chronicle
    27.06.2021 - 3 weeks ago

    And, for us at least, that’s all for now!

    Now, the march is still on! The line’s not broke and the gays aren’t gone! They’ll be continuing on to Rata Sum! Keep fighting the good fight everyone!

    #gw2 #guild wars 2 #gw2 pride #guild wars 2 pride #Lions Arch Chronicle #thanks to everyone who joined my squad <3
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  • lions-arch-chronicle
    27.06.2021 - 3 weeks ago

    Our numbers grow as we enter Queensdale!

    #gw2 #guild wars 2 #gw2 pride #guild wars 2 pride #lion's arch chronicle
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  • lions-arch-chronicle
    27.06.2021 - 3 weeks ago

    We’ve traversed Gender Fields and are now in Queensdale. The journey to Rata Sum continues!

    #gw2 #guild wars 2 #gw2 pride #guild wars 2 pride #Lion's Arch Chronicle
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  • lions-arch-chronicle
    27.06.2021 - 3 weeks ago

    The rainbow has assembled and the march has begun!

    #gw2 #guild wars 2 #gw2 pride #guild wars 2 pride #Lions Arch Chronicle
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  • lions-arch-chronicle
    27.06.2021 - 3 weeks ago

    The gathering has begun for day two of Tyrian Pride 2021! We march in 20~ minutes, come join us!

    If you’d like to join my marching squad, look for the [RGUE] tag in lfg!

    #gw2 #Guild Wars 2 #gw2 pride #guild wars 2 pride #Lions Arch Chronicle
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  • portalentre
    27.06.2021 - 3 weeks ago

    I missed day of 1 of Tyria Pride due to janky internet, but I’ll be there today for sure! Keep an eye out for Teekzi repping ace colors during today’s festivities! :D

    #gw2 #guild wars 2 #tyria pride#asura #nighttime lion's arch lighting does not do her pride colors justice #she is VERY purple under normal light #anyway i got reshade working with gw2 so i've made a resolution to screw around with nicer screenshots again #obnoxious tourist simulator #effort expended#teekzi#photosets
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  • lions-arch-chronicle
    27.06.2021 - 4 weeks ago

    Thank you all for joining us today! And for those at the end, I'm so sorry we weren't in the right map pls forgive me kghskkssk

    #guild wars 2 #lion's arch chronicle #gw2#gw2 pride #guild wars 2 pride
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  • lions-arch-chronicle
    27.06.2021 - 4 weeks ago

    The last leg of the journey is here. We’ve made it to Lion’s Arch!

    #gw2#gw2 pride #guild wars 2 #guild wars 2 pride #Lion's Arch Chronicle
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  • lions-arch-chronicle
    26.06.2021 - 4 weeks ago

    The Pride has made it to Gender Fields. What a fascinating journey this has been thus far.

    #gw2 #Guild Wars 2 #gw2 pride #guild wars 2 pride #Lion's Arch Chronicle #just call me the david attenborough of gw2
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  • lions-arch-chronicle
    26.06.2021 - 4 weeks ago

    As you can see, the cold does not bother the LGBT community, as they are warmed by the hearts of others in the community.

    #Guild Wars 2 #gw2 #guild wars 2 pride #gw2 pride #Lion's Arch Chronicle
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  • lions-arch-chronicle
    26.06.2021 - 4 weeks ago

    The asura of pride have taken over a rock

    #gw2 #Guild Wars 2 #gw2 pride #guild wars 2 pride #Lions Arch Chronicle
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  • lions-arch-chronicle
    26.06.2021 - 4 weeks ago

    Rock is trans now. Rock of Trans Your Gender. 

    #gw2 #guild wars 2 #gw2 pride #guild wars 2 pride #Lions Arch Chronicle
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  • lions-arch-chronicle
    26.06.2021 - 4 weeks ago

    Here we see the LGBT community participating in a ritual call. Marco and polo.

    #gw2 #guild wars 2 #gw2 pride #guild wars 2 pride #Lions Arch Chronicle
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  • lions-arch-chronicle
    26.06.2021 - 4 weeks ago

    Getting ready to march! We’ll be starting in eight minutes, so get ready to go!

    #gw2 #guild wars 2 #gw2 pride #guild wars 2 pride #Lions Arch Chronicle
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  • lions-arch-chronicle
    26.06.2021 - 4 weeks ago

    We’re here on the site of Tyria Pride 2021! We’ll be doing journalism throughout the day, have squads up in LFG, and Quail is streaming the event! Come join the fun!

    https://www.twitch.tv/animegalash

    #gw2 #guild wars 2 #Lions Arch Chronicle #gw2 pride #guild wars 2 pride
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  • lions-arch-chronicle
    25.06.2021 - 1 mont ago

    Hey Lads! We’ll be at pride!

    However, due to trying to figure out how a printing press works, the main crew will not be attending. In other words: Dexsia, Teekay, and Freepaw will not be present. However, we’re sending some friends in their place!

    The lovely “The Mighty Quail,” representing [LGBT]!

    The stunning “Nocte Argentea,” representing [RGUE]!

    And the effervescent “Acel Angrek,” also representing [RGUE]!

    If you see them around, just know they’re there for us as well! They’ll be doing journalism and making posts throughout the days, so keep an eye out for them! Happy Pride from us, and be there or be square!

    (aka we wanted to join the pride parade as our main/favorite/more well known characters, so we’re gonna be there as these lads instead of the journalism crew! we’re still doing the journalism part, just as these lads lol. Happy pride again!)

    #gw2 #guild wars 2 #gw2 pride #Lion's Arch Chronicle #guild wars 2 pride #y'all see that last pic? we about to drop the hottest album of 2021
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  • urfaveisgoinginthepearwiggler
    24.06.2021 - 1 mont ago

    Settra's Titles from Warhammer is going into The Pear Wiggler.

    #the pear wiggler #warhammer#warhammer fantasy#warhammer settra #Settra The Great King the Imperishable Khemrikhara The Great King of Nehekhara King of Kings Opener of the Way Wielder of the Divine Flame. #Punisher of Nomads The Great Unifier Commander of the Golden Legion Sacred of Appearance Bringer of Light Father of Hawks Builder of Cities #Protector of the Two Worlds Keeper of the Hours Chosen of Ptra High Steward of the Horizon Sailor of the Great Vitae #Sentinel of the Two Realms The Undisputed Begetter of the Begat Scourge of the Faithless Carrion-feeder First of the Charnel Valley #Rider of the Sacred Chariot Vanquisher of Vermin Champion of the Death Arena Mighty Lion of the Infinite #Desert Emperor of the Shifting Sands He Who Holds The Sceptre Great Hawk Of The Heavens Arch-Sultan of Atalan Waker of the Hierotitan #Monarch of the Sky Majestic Emperor of the Shifting Sands Champion of the Desert Gods Breaker of the Ogre Clans #Builder of the Great Pyramid Terror of the Living Master of the Never-Ending Horizon Master of the Necropolises Taker of Souls #Tyrant to the Foolish Bearer of Ptra's Holy Blade Scion of Usirian Scion of Nehek The Great Chaser of Nightmares Keeper of the Royal Herat #Founder of the Mortuary Cult Banisher of the Grand Hierophant High Lord Admiral of the Deathfleets Guardian of the Charnal Pass #Tamer of the Liche King Unliving Jackal Lord Dismisser of the Warrior Queen Charioteer of the Gods He Who Does Not Serve #Slayer of Reddittras Scarab Purger Favoured of Usirian Player of the Great Game Liberator of Life Lord Sand Wrangler of Scorpions #Emperor of the Dunes Eternal Sovereign of Khemri's Legions Seneschal of the Great Sandy Desert Curserer of the Living #Regent of the Eastern Mountains Warden of the Eternal Necropolis Herald of all Heralds Caller of the Bitter Wind #God-Tamer Master of the Mortis River Guardian of the Dead Great Keeper of the Obelisks Deacon of the Ash River #Belated of Wakers General of the Mighty Frame Summoner of Sandstorms Master of all Necrotects Prince of Dust Tyrant of Araby #Purger of the Greenskin Breathers Killer of the False God's Champions Tyrant of the Gold Dunes Golden Bone Lord Avenger of the Dead #Carrion Master Eternal Warden of Nehek's Lands Breaker of Djaf's Bonds... and many #many#more
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  • commandertiffany
    17.06.2021 - 1 mont ago

    Storyline Study: Order Mentor

    When you joined your Order at level thirty and met your mentor at level forty, each of the three was instantly revealed to be a different person altogether from the other two.

    Tybalt Leftpaw, Lightbringer of the Order of Whispers, was on his first-ever field mission. He was very blatantly calling for you in a sort of undercover way, and simultaneously panicking when you tried to mention the full name of the Order. Your supposed mentor was as new to this as you, had a (sometimes very human-teenager) sense of humor, and had a rather sad backstory balanced by his good nature. You knew he liked apples.

    Sieran, Magister of the Durmand Priory, was full of reckless abandon, disregard for authority, boundless curiosity and a heart for the little things. She was confident in her role and her ability, and unhesitatingly took you into dangerous places for the sake of exploration and adventure while brushing off rebuke like a tree sheds sap - even when it was heartily deserved. You learned to be rather frightened for her.

    Forgal Kernsson, Warmaster of the Vigil, was an archetypal gruff, stern old mentor whose every drop of praise spoke volumes. But he also carried a sort of wildness to him, that rough edge from growing up a hunter in the Shiverpeaks, coupled with every willingness to say it like it was if it was true. He could be surprised, he could observe calmly when something was new, he could snark like the rest of them and even say things he didn't mean from time to time.

    They all fought the dragons - they each more or less took it seriously. But Tybalt was a partner and friend, you were keeping Sieran in check, not the other way around, and Forgal trained you mercilessly.

    You all grew together - they had each changed for the better by the time they died. Tybalt had learned that he was worth something, Sieran had learned friendship was worth everything, and Forgal had learned... well. He'd found a student to be proud of, a partner to fight with, a friend to trust... a child to carry on his legacy. But I'm not sure, exactly, what Forgal learned - what the point of his story was.

    Sieran was more-or-less well suited to her role in the story; she symbolized innocence and cheer and optimism and the beauty of the world - so you could recognize what was being lost by the dragon's onslaught. Tybalt's story was one extremely well-suited to his character; he taught you that working together was vital to survival, even when neither of you knew exactly what you were doing - a valuable lesson as the story progressed. Both of their stories fit well enough into the three-mission story sequence concluding in their death.

    But Forgal was different. He was the mentor who dies partway through. He was the one who trained you and taught you all he could, who died imparting one last gem of wisdom. Or, he should have.

    I am not attacking Forgal. I am attacking ArenaNet. We had too little time with Forgal for the story Anet was trying to tell with him. He was like Obi-Wan but without showing up again as a ghost, without the prequels, without being able to send Luke to Yoda - without, most significantly, being able to explain why he'd said Luke's father was dead.

    We don't know Forgal. We don't understand him. We only know his family died to Icebrood... but why is he with the Vigil, specifically? Why is he a good friend of Almorra's - allowed to butt in and insult a diplomatic ambassador with barely a reprimand? Forgal is the character that tells me the Vigil has been around decades, not a mere five years. Was he in another military? Forgal was over a hundred years old. You don't join a military at that age and, five years later, are a highly self-disciplined warrior such as he was. Maybe he was Lionguard? Hear this: Forgal is actually older than Lion's Arch. If he'd survived, he would have been old enough to bear witness to all three incarnations of that city. But, apart from being able to recognize the Orrian Scout on sight, this is only a trivial piece of lore.

    After he judged us worthy, we should have had long training sessions with him - sparring matches wherein he would easily fend off our blows while simultaneously teaching us about the world, all the wisdom he'd gathered, expounding just a bit on the history of the Elder Dragons (perhaps customized for player's race!) - and then we go off and have a real Vigil mission. Perhaps remove the racial sympathy 'choice' and have all five! A sparring match before each one, with a different lesson (the racial sympathy missions were awfully short anyway). And if you want to keep the idea implied by the term 'racial sympathy,' you could change the tone of some of them, make the player more reluctant and Forgal more impatient, have a middle-of-mission lecture on why it's important to work with everyone - this way you joining an Order feels less 'oh you've always been sympathetic to other races' and more 'wait who are these people.' But you know the real kicker? These training sessions would have made us actually feel like we were a treasured part of his life, the kid he never had, that he takes the effort to train us and takes the time to correct us when we're wrong, that he shares his history with us.

    And then, at Claw Island, he would place a hand on our shoulder and tell us - hey - don't worry. You did good. You tell my tale and you take my lessons and put them to good use, you hear me? Listen to Trahearne over there - I've told you a bit about him - he's a good kid, he's smart and he knows what he's doing. And - partner? Partner, I need you to put me down if that blasted dragon raises me.

    And we're in tears and Trahearne standing there also puts up a fight and tells him not to go, but Forgal goes anyway, roaring his defiance at the dragon - and his famous line, "you may win the battle, dragon, but you will never defeat our spirit!" And maybe he adds - "you may defeat me, but I will be avenged!" like some cartoon villain only you know - you know that means you.

    That is the storyline Forgal deserved. (I selfishly also fixed it just a bit with regards to Trahearne, but...) I don't care if we add an extra ten or twenty levels to the game to account for the four extra racial sympathy story chapters.

    And see, now you'll argue that that's biased in favor of Forgal, to do all that with him but not the other two - and that's part of the idea.

    Forgal isn't like the other two. He shouldn't be compared to the other two. The storyline we have is good for the other two. Extending their stories would feel... false. Yes, there are supposed to be parallels between the three Orders, but... in that case, ArenaNet should have done something entirely different with Forgal.

    How about this: Almorra assigns us to someone else for a mentor, but we show such epic promise she switches us to Laranthir. His storyline? It's right in his idle dialogue at the Vigil Keep - he's always sought love. This puts his storyline on par with Sieran and Tybalt. What about Forgal? He's a Lionguard that all three Order mentors know well. We do racial sympathy with Forgal plus our Order mentor (doing those with only one ally is kind of absurd anyway). This can help set-up and foreshadow the tactical significance of Claw Island, too - and hey, maybe Forgal can even survive that! Or maybe he doesn't survive it but our Order mentor does! (Yeah, that fits better, since Laranthir is important in HoT.) And then, once the Pact is formed, their stories end more naturally without regard for the Order parallels, which would keep the story unique - where your choice of Order still matters even when it doesn't anymore. Tybalt didn't have to die - in fact, it's kind of absurd that he did since his story was about finding his own heroism, and then he dies. He can die later, perhaps, after he's thoroughly proved himself. (And hey, throw in an encounter with his old warband! Bonus lore points!) And Sieran 0 maybe Sieran could go through a heartbreaking transformation in Orr, the land of the dead - you see something far more heartbreaking than her death as she loses her spirit, and you and Trahearne both resolve that even if you're super-busy with the Pact, you can still cleanse Orr together to save Sieran. (This makes cleansing Orr a personal thing for you as well as Trahearne!) And Laranthir - well, I don't know what he was doing originally. Maybe he stayed back at the Vigil Keep to manage things, but you still see him now and then and he gives good advice and (since his storyline was about falling in love or something) you get to tease him about whatever's going on in his life, and then later he shows up again in HoT.

    I'm going to stop - I already just presented a rough outline of a whole rewrite of core PS, I'm not going to step into HoT territory. (But since his storyline was about falling in love - ? Anything could happen really. Maybe his love died in the crash (we don't actually know of any characters who died in the actual crash. Awful shame) and that's why he takes the lead against Mordremoth. That would give him a cool motive.)

    Anet I want this now.

    I only wanted to say how unfair Forgal's story was to him, and then I came up with this whole thing - ? Some of it included a few helpful fixes for the Trahearne hate - this isn't something I can write out into a whole fic since I have a main fic and while this is a significant AU it's not quite enough for a whole fic but also far too much for just a headcanon - maybe I'll invent a new Commander.

    #forgal kernsson#sieran#tybalt leftpaw#laranthir#trahearne #I cannot stress enough #FORGAL IS OLDER THAN LA #Forgal has been alive longer than Zhaitan has been awake!! #like technically our earliest checkpoint is that he was around for the fall of Port Stalwart and he could've been a kid for that #but he saw the Orrian Scout so I feel he was in a more military position? #we don't even know where Port Stalwart was supposed to be LOCATED on the world map #was it even a part of Kryta?! #but anyway yeah so if Forgal was old enough to be fighting at Port Stalwart then #he was definitely old enough to have seen Original Lion's Arch #gw2#almorra#lionguard#lion's arch#claw island#zhaitan#jormag#mordremoth#icebrood#risen#orr#vigil keep#vigil#durmand priory #order of whispers #pact
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