Balthazar

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Walking upon a battlefield strewn with the dead, Balthazar, the god of war, blessed each of the corpses for their valor, until he came across one who had not fought but had cowered.

Balthazar could smell the stink of fear, and so he reached into the man and pulled forth his soul. He held it in place as he scrutinized it.

The soul was no more courageous in death than it had been in life, and it trembled and whimpered. It bowed its spine and hid its face.

You," said the god, "do not belong here. You sully these brave men and women who died in honorable combat. You will cower behind them no more."

Balthazar folded the soul, bent it and broke it, crushed it until it was hidden inside his clasped hands. Then he opened his mouth wide, and shoved the soul in, consuming it whole.

Once it was gone, Balthazar shouted to the dead, "You carried this coward when he lived. Now, I carry him, for he serves as my reminder that strength and courage are never to be taken for granted."

Parable of Balthazar

Balthazar is the god of war, fire, and challenge. He was the second of the Six Gods to arrive on Tyria from the Mists, carrying the severed head of his father and accompanied by his two hounds, Temar and Tegon. It was Balthazar who urged humanity to engage the other races in battle and claim the world for themselves, believing the other races would fall easily. While many often praise and ask him for courage and victory in battle, there are individuals who call the god violent, going even as far as referring to him as "god of mass murder." His half-brother, Menzies, waged a war against Balthazar's realm of the Fissure of Woe. The outcome of this war, or if it even ended, is unknown.

Balthazar is often associated with honor, valor, wolves, and hounds. Statues of him often depict him with a greatsword and his hounds at his feet. Prior to the Rising of Orr and the destruction of the Battle Isles, the Zaishen Order worshipped Balthazar exclusively. Before The Cataclysm, Orrians worshipped Balthazar at the Cathedral of Glorious Victory.

Biography[edit]

Living World Season 3[edit]

Path of Fire[edit]

Scriptures[edit]

For weeks did the battle rage on, and those who had taken up the mantle of war grew weary and their courage began to falter.

Then did Balthazar, god of war and fire, appear to the soldiers, carrying with him a grand sword that did glow with such brilliance it blinded any who looked upon it. When he spoke, His voice was like thunder, and it shook the ground with force.

Then saith He, "Lift up thy weapons. For you are my soldiers, and must you be steadfast, strong, and brave of heart. They who neither hesitate nor stumble shall be rewarded. Then shall you have glory. Then shall your deeds be remembered for eternity."

And then did release from His sword a hundred thousand flames, which encircled the soldiers. For this was the fire of courage, and forthwith did they follow the god into battle without fear or hesitation. Thence was the enemy struck down.

— Scriptures of Balthazar, 48 BE

Balthazar came in fire and wrath, carrying the head of his father and leading his fierce hounds, Temar and Tegon. He swept Orr with a cleansing flame.

It was he who claimed Tyria for humanity; he who said the other races would be easy to defeat. It would not be the only time that the Master of War was wrong.

Orrian History Scrolls, The Six, Volume 2—Balthazar: God of War

Story involvement[edit]

Living World Season 3[edit]

Path of Fire story[edit]

Combat abilities[edit]

Abilities
  • Rogue War God
Effects

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Skills
  • Balthazar's Will - Balthazar heals you. (only during The Departing)
  • The Fury of War (no marker) - Balthazar sweeps his sword for an immediate, low damage attack without an AoE marker.
  • The Fury of War (right swing) - Balthazar sweeps his sword, creating a short but wide AoE Cone with multiple AoE cones that Knockback.png Knockback grow in size towards the left.
  • The Fury of War (left swing) - Balthazar sweeps his sword, creating a short but wide AoE Cone with multiple AoE cones that Knockback.png Knockback grow in size towards the right.
  • The Fury of War (big swing) - Balthazar sweeps his sword, creating multiple AoE cones that Knockback.png Knockback grow in size towards the left.
  • The Triumph of War (one cone) - Large AoE cone that appears in front of Balthazar. Deals high damage.
  • The Triumph of War (three cones) - Large AoE cones that appears in front of Balthazar, and diagonally behind him to his left and right. Deals high damage.
  • The Triumph of War (four cones) - Large AoE cones that appears in front, behind, and to the left and right of Balthazar. Deals high damage.
  • The Ways of War (one line) - AoE line that appears directly in front of Balthazar. Deals moderate to high damage.
  • The Ways of War (three line) - AoE lines that appears in front of Balthazar, and diagonally in front of him to his right and left. Deals moderate to high damage.
  • The Ways of War (five lines) - AoE lines that appear in front of Balthazar, to his right and left, and diagonally to his right and left in front of him. Deals moderate to high damage.
  • The Ways of War (eight lines) - AoE lines that appear in front of Balthazar, behind him, to his right and left, diagonally to his right and left in front of him, and diagonally to his right and left behind him. Deals moderate to high damage.
  • The Onslaught of War - Balthazar leaps high into the sky and slams down on the player's location.
  • The Advancement of War - Balthazar slams his greatsword into the ground and slides forward in a line, continuously causing Knockback.png Knockback. Direction marked with an arrow before movement. Low damage, but results in easy Trail of Embers.png Trail of Embers damage.
  • Sundering Leap - Balthazar leaps high into the sky and slams down on the player's location, producing a shockwave of fire that Knockdown.png Knockdowns and applies Burning.png Burning.
  • The Grasp of War - Ensnares target in Immobile.png Balthazar's Grasp. (scripted use)
  • The Judgment of War - Charged attack that makes Balthazar Determined.png Determined. Once charged, automatically downs or kills player. (scripted use)
  • Rain of Fire - Balthazar summons a large fireball to land on the player. Propduces a burning shockwave that Knockdown.png Knockdowns and applies Burning.png Burning. Deals high damage.
  • Flames of Divinity - A two rows of six AoE lightning strikes that surround Balthazar.
  • Wings of War - A curved series of AoE cones, shaped like Balthazar's horned helm, with another curved series of AoE cones (same pattern) where the curves end.

Gallery[edit]

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Concept art

Notes[edit]

See also[edit]

Associated items

References[edit]

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  1. ^ Comment by Taylor Southerland, Reddit.com
  2. ^ Comment by Charlie Engelhard, Reddit.com
  3. ^ Comment by Charlie Engelhard, Reddit.com