Biography

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The biography is the step in the character creation process where the player provides the foundation for the character's personal story. There are three sets of multiple choice questions:

  1. One profession-related question; determines Starting equipment.
  2. One question about overcoming adversity; determines initial personality.
  3. Three race-specific questions; determines the overall arc of the personal storyline.

Profession question[edit]

The profession-oriented question affects a character's starting armor (or pet for rangers).

Soldiers[edit]

This choice will determine whether you start with a helm or shoulder armor (the third option will just be a different skin for one or the other). It is slightly more beneficial to take shoulder armor because you ordinarily cannot equip one until level 11, while helms become available at level 10.

Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian[edit]

As a symbol of my dedication, I wear _____.
Biography Conqueror's Pauldrons.png Conqueror's Pauldrons ("Conqueror's Pauldrons")
When I was young, a famed hero returning from battle stopped and gave me his pauldrons. Ever since, I've worn them as my own, and I make every attempt to live up to his legend. I too will be a conqueror.
Biography Fanatic's Pauldrons.png Fanatic's Pauldrons ("Fanatic's Pauldrons")
Long ago, I determined my path, and nothing will sway me from it. I am stalwart in my beliefs and immovable in my loyalties. The weight of my pauldrons reminds me of the burden I carry.
Biography Visionary's Helm.png Visionary's Helm ("a Visionary's Helm")
Tyria is bigger than we know and filled with mystery. This helm is open, allowing me to see with clarity. With it, I will seek the world's greater truths that others fear to explore.

Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior[edit]

I wear _____ on the battlefield. Because of this I am recognized and given proper respect.
Biography Spangenhelm.png Spangenhelm ("a spangenhelm")
My spangenhelm intimidates my enemies and earns me respect from allies. When I wear it I am nearly invincible.
Biography Cap Helm.png Galea ("a galea")
My helm is open-faced so that my enemies can see my face and look me in the eyes. They will remember who defeated them.
Biography No Helm.png No Helm ("no helm at all")
A true warrior doesn't need a helm! My enemies will cringe and falter when they see the fearless determination on my face.

Adventurers[edit]

Engineer tango icon 20px.png Engineer[edit]

This question determines whether you start with a back item or a head item. The back item ordinarily does not become available until completing a storyline mission rated at level 33, or purchased for 1 gold if your guild has an armorer contract. Taking the back item as starting gear gives you a significant advantage over other classes in this regard. However, the item has no inherent stats and must be upgraded with a component to be useful. (Note that currently nothing can be used to upgrade it, which is believed to be a bug.) The helms on the other hand will give you an immediate bonus to defense which would otherwise not be available until level 10. The choice of helm is cosmetic.

My most useful tool is my _____.
Biography Universal Multi-Tool.png Universal Multi-Tool
It's a screwdriver. It's a wrench. It's a lateral displacer! I don't care what you call it; this gadget is one thing I take everywhere with me.
Biography Eagle-Eye Goggles.png Eagle-Eye Goggles
Nothing sees the world more clearly than a soaring eagle. These goggles allow their wearer to see just as well.
Biography Panscopic Monocle.png Panscopic Monocle
The details matter. Whether you're double-checking the wiring on your new explosives or charging the gear shaft on your favorite turret, this monocle lets you see what you need to be seeing.

Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger[edit]

This question determines which pet you start with. Each pet has different qualities; follow the links below for details on each pet. For your starting pet in particular, you may wish to consider the difficulty (inconvenience) of taming the pet in the wild. Often this is tied to your race, as creature types tend to be based on the environment. In this sense, it is most advantageous to start with a pet that would otherwise require the most effort to obtain. Another strategy is to take an amphibious type above all others to ensure that you always have a pet for both land and water.

My pet _____ fights at my side and guards my back.
Asura Biography Pet Moa.png Moa — I raised my moa from the egg. Its devotion to me is unmatched, and I've seen it drop an enemy before I could even draw my weapon.
Biography Pet Stalker.png Stalker — My stalker is a good friend. He is calm, silent, and swift as an arrow from the bow. His eyes reveal his intelligence.
Biography Pet Drake.png Drake — I tamed my drake shortly after he hatched. Now he follows me everywhere I go. He is a tireless and powerful friend.
Charr Biography Pet Devourer.png Devourer — My devourer is a wild and relentless fighter. I raised him from the egg and earned his trust. He would give his life to defend me.
Biography Pet Stalker.png Stalker — My stalker is a good friend. He is calm, silent, and swift as an arrow from the bow. His eyes reveal his intelligence.
Biography Pet Drake.png Drake — I tamed my drake shortly after he hatched. Now he follows me everywhere I go. He is a tireless and powerful friend.
Human Biography Pet Bear (human).png Bear — My bear and I fight as a single unit. It takes only the slightest gesture to give a command, and then we're tearing through our enemies.
Biography Pet Stalker.png Stalker — My stalker is a dear friend. It is quiet, still, and as quick as an arrow from a bow. Its intelligence shows in its eyes.
Biography Pet Drake.png Drake — I tamed my drake when it was a hatchling. Now, it follows me everywhere. It has proven itself a relentless and powerful friend.
Norn Biography Pet Bear (norn).png Bear — My bear and I fight as a single unit. It takes only the slightest gesture to give a command, and then we're tearing through our enemies.
Biography Pet Wolf.png Wolf — A wolf companion is considered a great prize. When fully grown, it's a shrewd hunter and a devoted ally.
Biography Pet Snow Leopard.png Snow Leopard — The beautiful snow leopard is a symbol of independence. Its grace and stealth is both inspiring and makes it an unbeatable hunter.
Sylvari Biography Pet Moa.png Moa — I raised my moa from the egg. Its devotion to me is unmatched, and I've seen it drop an enemy before I could even draw my weapon.
Biography Pet Stalker.png Stalker — My stalker is a dear friend. It is quiet, still, and as quick as an arrow from a bow. Its intelligence shows in its eyes.
Biography Pet Fern Hound.png Fern Hound — My dog has always stood by me, even against the most dangerous attackers. I couldn't ask for a better friend and ally.

Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief[edit]

This question determines the style of headwear you start with. It is a cosmetic choice.

In my line of work, it's important to understand the power of _____.
Biography Anonymity.png Anonymity — My talents lie in the art of stealth, infiltration, and escape. I do not draw attention to myself. To protect my identity, I hide my face behind a mask of darkness.
Biography Determination.png Determination — I mean business. I'm the bruiser, the muscle, the bear you don't want to poke. My headband keeps my vision clear, no matter how physical I get.
Biography Subterfuge.png Subterfuge — A mask draws attention, and an uncovered face allows people to identify you. I prefer a more subtle subterfuge. A drawn hood lets me blend into the crowd, and no one knows I was there.

Scholars[edit]

This question determines the style of headwear you start with. It is a cosmetic choice.

Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Elementalist[edit]

I study all the elements, but I wear a gem that symbolizes my love of _____.
Biography Water.png Water — Water, whether frozen or flowing, is life, and its currents run deep in us.
Biography Fire.png Fire — Fire's hunger, its destructive burn, demands respect. It immolates and clears the path for new growth.
Biography Earth.png Earth — Earth is the foundation that supports all life. Stone fortifies us. Rock grounds us.
Biography Air.png Air — Air is the source of all life. It is invisible, and yet it can destroy whole villages.

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

A mesmer's mask creates an image. I choose to look out from behind a _____.
Biography Harlequin's Smile.png Harlequin's Smile — It takes bravery to face your fears and seize your victories. Never let them see you without a smile.
Biography Phantasm of Sorrow.png Phantasm of Sorrow — I show the world a face lined by tragedy. Too bad you can't see behind the mask — to know whether I'm secretly laughing or not.
Biography Fanged Dread.png Fanged Dread — I'm a whisper in the night, eyes that glow in darkness. I stand in shadow, and my mask is the monster you fear.

Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer[edit]

A necromancer's closest companion is death. In acknowledgement of this, I mark my face with the symbol of a _____.
Biography Trickster Demon.png Trickster Demon — Trickster demons from the Mists find ways to enter our world to tear it apart. I, too, am a destructive force, and all shall fear me.
Biography Skull.png Skull — I respect the traditions of necromancers that have gone before me. I mark my face with the symbol of a skull to remind me that even the greatest die eventually.
Biography Ghostly Wraith.png Ghostly Wraith — A wraith is a creature of energy, and its cunning helps it elude its enemies. What you cannot see... can kill you.

Personality question[edit]

Primary article: Personality

The personality-oriented question affects the conversational options that NPCs provide.

Trouble may follow, but I use my _____ to overcome it.
Biography Charm.png Charm — I'm charming. No one can resist me when I'm at my best. I know just what to say to lighten the mood or bolster courage.
Biography Dignity.png Dignity — I'm dignified even when up to my ears in mud. It's what makes people respect me. A serious, thoughtful demeanor is the route to success.
Biography Ferocity.png Ferocity — I'm ferocious. Threatening violence gets me further than anything else. I'm a natural, though I do try to use my powers of intimidation for good.

Race questions[edit]

The race-oriented questions directly affect a character's personal storyline.

Asura tango icon 20px.png Asura[edit]

The first option determines which invention wins the Snaff prize. The second option determines the invention that goes awry. The third option determines which mentor will appear in your home instance, but has no other effect on gameplay.

I'm a member of the College of _____.
Biography Statics.png Statics — Builders and architects make up the College of Statics, and we build to last. Some call us conservative, but we excel at creating new designs, using old materials in innovative ways, and expanding the purview of known magics for practical application.
Biography Dynamics.png Dynamics — The College of Dynamics produces gizmo-makers extraordinaire. Energy, enthusiasm, and boldness are our best qualities. We believe in leveraging the expendable nature of all things. If a prototype explodes, it isn't a failure unless the lesson goes unlearned.
Biography Synergetics.png Synergetics — As members of the College of Synergetics, we study how energy patterns form and alchemagical fractals propagate. Few beyond our college understand the philosophical and mystical complexities of our interests. We devoutly research the true nature of the Eternal Alchemy.
My first creation was _____.
Biography VAL-A Golem.png The VAL-A Golem — Most golems are powerhouses, designed for warfare. They show absolutely no subtlety or originality of design. My golem was compact and efficient, and it had an unparalleled package of features. It revolutionized lab cleanup, and it mixed a great cocktail too.
Biography Transatmospheric Converter.png A Transatmospheric Converter — What unmitigated joy to be able to change the weather at my whim! If only the prototype had been more powerful. Nevertheless, the design was cutting-edge. My transatmospheric converter was a masterpiece of utter genius. I wish I'd had more funding.
Biography Infinity Ball.png An Infinity Ball — They said it was a toy, a pipe dream, and a waste of resources. They were wrong. My invention predicts the future. So what if it doesn't predict it correctly every time. That's irrelevant! Could it give me an advantage? Reply hazy. Ask again.
My first advisor, the one who taught me almost everything I know (almost), was _____.
Biography Bronk.png Bronk — Good ol' Master Bronk taught me the benefits of superior firepower. He liked to say, "When it comes to besting the enemy, there's no such thing as overkill."
Biography Zinga.png Zinga — Mistress Zinga taught me that the best form of magic is good old-fashioned luck. She liked to say, "Planning ahead is for ninnies who think they can predict every possible outcome. The future is mutable! Go with the flow!"
Biography Blipp.png Blipp — Master Blipp was known for his redundancies as well as his redundancies. He often said, "Your first try should never be your last, especially if it succeeded. You can always succeed bigger next time."
Biography Canni.png Canni — Councilor Canni wasn't just another bureaucrat. She was an esopolitical parascientologist. She was fond of saying, "Always bring a witness, preferably an expendable one. You never know when you'll need a scapegoat."

Charr tango icon 20px.png Charr[edit]

The first and third questions will determine the nature and content of your story missions. The second question determines who will accompany you on story missions; for gameplay purposes, it is advisable to choose one that complements your own profession. The first question also determines which allies are summoned with Warband Support.

I am proud to be _____.
Biography Blood Legion.png Blood Legion ("a Blood Legion soldier") — I am Blood Legion. I charge straight into battle. The Blood Legion pushes to the front line in any combat. We're powerful and bold, and none can match our prowess on the field.
Biography Ash Legion.png Ash Legion ("an Ash Legion soldier") — I am Ash Legion. I use cunning to overcome my enemies. The Ash Legion teaches stealth and subterfuge. We end battles before they begin with infiltration, information gathering, and precision strikes.
Biography Iron Legion.png Iron Legion ("an Iron Legion soldier") — I am Iron Legion. I march to the boom of war machines. The Iron Legion has ignited our industrial revolution. We perfected metalwork, cannons, and — most importantly — guns.
I would die for my warband, especially _____, my sparring partner.
Biography Maverick.png Maverick — Maverick is the best single-combat fighter I've ever met. Unfortunately, he has a wild streak and an ego the size of the Black Citadel. He may be a loose cannon, but he knows how to make things epic!
Biography Euryale.png Euryale — Euryale, our elementalist, is the most loyal soldier in the warband. She's also stubborn, bad-tempered and protective — but at least she's honest. She stands by me, and I trust her with my life.
Biography Clawspur.png Clawspur — Clawspur lets his blades do the talking. He's extremely calm and quiet, even for a thief. While others are making threats, Clawspur is silently positioning himself to make a quick kill. Good thing he's on my side.
Biography Dinky.png Dinky — Dinky was the smallest cub in our Fahrar, so he had to be twice as tough just to break even. He gets picked on because he's a guardian, and not so smart, but I stand by him. He's always been a good friend.
Biography Reeva.png Reeva — Reeva fights hard and plays hard. Nothing gets her down. She always jokes that her best weapons are her engineering tools and a sharp sense of humor. To Reeva, life isn't worth much if it isn't fun.
They tell me the soldier that sired me is a _____.
Biography Loyal Soldier.png Loyal Soldier — I've heard my sire's name spoken with reverence ever since I was a cub in the fahrar. I plan to live up to his reputation — or exceed it.
Biography Sorcerous Shaman.png Sorcerous Shaman — Flame Legion shamans once enslaved us. Because of this, my father, who is a shaman, is treated with suspicion and mistrust. I must overcome his reputation.
Biography Honorless Gladium.png Honorless Gladium — A gladium has no warband. My father turned his back on his. Now, he's an honorless gladium with no respect for the chain of command, and I have no respect for him.

Human tango icon 20px.png Human[edit]

The first option determines your childhood friends. The second option determines your personal relation into the story line. The third option is purely for dialogue.

I was raised _____.
Biography Commoner.png Commoner ("by common folk") — I was raised among the common folk of Divinity's Reach. We're the working class, the cogs that keep the city running. I help out at a tavern owned by my friends, Andrew and his daughter Petra.
Biography Nobility.png Nobility ("among the nobility") — I grew up among the nobles, including my friend Lord Faren, who can trace their ancestry back to ancient kings. I received an excellent education, am well versed in courtly graces, and understand the responsibility that comes with privilege.
Biography Street Rat.png Street Rat ("in the streets") — I grew up poor, on the streets, living hand to mouth. Every day was a challenge, but like I tell my ol' buddy Quinn, "If it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger." I've worked hard to change my luck, but I've still got a long way to go.
One of my biggest regrets is that _____.
Biography Unknown Parents.png Unknown Parents ("I've never searched for my true parents") — When I was an infant, I was abandoned at an orphanage. A kind couple adopted me and became my family. However, I've always wondered about my real parents.
Biography Dead Sister.png Dead Sister ("I never recovered my sister's body") — My sister was a Seraph. Centaurs killed her while she was out on patrol. They never recovered her body, and it has always bothered me.
Biography Missed Opportunity.png Missed Opportunity ("I passed up an opportunity to perform in the circus") — When I was young, I had the opportunity to perform in the circus, but I turned it down. To this day, I'm sorry I didn't leap at the chance.
Everyone said I was blessed by _____ when I was young.
Biography Dwayna.png DwaynaDwayna -- the goddess of healing, air and life -- is the even-tempered leader of the old gods. She is often depicted as young, tall and slender, rising into the air on immense feathery wings.
Biography Grenth.png GrenthGrenth is the god of darkness, ice and death. His acolytes know that the veil between the worlds is thin. Death does not frighten me. Even the darkest nights give me comfort because Grenth watches over me.
Biography Balthazar.png BalthazarBalthazar -- the god of war, fire, and challenge -- oversees the battle arena. He gifts those who have a knack for combat strategy and skill with weapons. I have trained hard to honor Balthazar.
Biography Melandru.png MelandruMelandru -- the goddess of nature, earth, and growth -- can be found in every harvest and every flower. She smiles upon those, like me, who have an affinity with animals. I am a follower of Melandru.
Biography Lyssa.png LyssaLyssa wears many masks. She is the dual-faced goddess of beauty, water and illusion. She is the patron of the most attractive and graceful among us. Her blessings have touched me all my life.
Biography Kormir.png KormirKormir is the goddess of order, spirit and truth. She inspires me every day to find greater courage and to seek rightness of mind, heart and action.

Norn tango icon 20px.png Norn[edit]

The first two questions determine parts of your personal story. The last one selects which Shaman stands underneath the four Spirit of the Wild statues in your home instance (on the top level by the back wall, on the side closest to the entrance).

My most important quality is that I have the necessary _____.
Biography Defeat our Ancient Foes.png Defeat Our Ancient Foes ("strength to defeat ancient foes") — I keep my body strong so that I can defeat our ancient enemies and protect the Great Lodge.
Biography Honor the Spirits.png Protect the Spirits ("cunning to protect the Spirits") — It is my duty to protect the Spirits of the Wild, and it requires cunning to keep them safe from the Ice Dragon.
Biography Defend the Mists.png Guard the Mists ("intuition to guard the Mists") — My intuition gives me the insight I need to guard the Mists, where the souls of our ancestors endure in glory.
At a recent celebratory moot held in Hoelbrak, I _____.
Biography Blacked Out.png Blacked Out ("blacked out") — Ale! Rowdy brawling! It's far too easy to let loose in the thrill of the moment. After I woke up, I couldn't remember what I'd done. I'm sure it was nothing too terrible.
Biography Revenge.png Revenge ("got in a fight") — I've had a rival ever since I was young. He's intelligent, treacherous, and cunning. I lost our last fight, but next time we meet, I'll even the score.
Biography Lost an Heirloom.png Lost an Heirloom ("lost an heirloom") — I inherited Romke's Horn, a magical ancestral heirloom passed down through generations. After one too many drinks, however, I wagered it on a contest of strength... and lost.
When I was still a kid, I had a vision. A Spirit of the Wild spoke to me and offered its guardianship. That Spirit was _____.
Biography Bear Spirit.png Bear — Bear is the most powerful among the Spirits of the Wild. She is a symbol of fortitude and self-reliance. She roared over me when I was a babe, and ever since, I've had Bear's courage in my heart.
Biography Snow Leopard Spirit.png Snow Leopard — Snow Leopard is a stealthy, smiling spirit. She teaches us independence, strategy, and laughter in the face of danger. To this day, her wisdom guides me, and my memory of her visit comforts me on dark nights.
Biography Wolf Spirit.png Wolf — Wolf has the cunning of the pack behind him. He imparts the virtues of loyalty, ferocity, and strength in numbers. When he came to me, he whispered of my heroic future and told me I would never be alone.
Biography Raven Spirit.png Raven — Raven, clever and wise, guides us with truths that others fear. He bestows a far-seeing clarity of mind. In my vision, he spoke of riddles and opened my eyes to secrets that few others can see.

Sylvari tango icon 20px.png Sylvari[edit]

The first two questions will determine your story missions. The third question is presumed to be cosmetic as the only known effect are changes in dialogue with specific characters.

I dreamed of a quest that calls me to action. It was a vision of the _____.
Biography White Stag.png The White Stag — The White Stag is a creature of enchantment, an immortal beast with great power. It is said that the stag will trade a magical boon for its freedom, if I can catch it.
Biography Green Huntsman.png The Green Knight — I saw a powerful knight in green armor, his face obscured by vines. He was defeated, but did not submit; was killed, but did not die. Dare I face him in battle?
Biography Shield of the Moon.png The Shield of the Moon — The moon is a powerful symbol of healing and magic. Any who dream they're protected by the moon shall know faith and fortitude. I hope I'm worthy of such a vision.
I believe that the most important of Ventari's teachings is _____.
Biography Act With Wisdom.png Act with wisdom, but act. — It is one thing to know what is right and another to change the world. We all have a calling. I will distinguish myself through my actions and thereby lift Tyria to a higher state of nobility.
Biography Right To Grow.png All things have a right to grow. — The blossom is brother to the weed. Diversity of opinion is good. Discussion is healthy. No one should be condemned simply for being different. I will stand up for the rights of all.
Biography Where Life Goes.png Where life goes, so too, should you. — The world is a delicious and gorgeous place created for us to explore, enjoy, and protect. I will seek out the lessons in every experience, and as I grow, I will have more to offer in return.
The Pale Tree awakened me during the _____.
Biography Dawn.png Cycle of Dawn — Sylvari awakened at dawn are natural talkers, diplomats, and forward-thinkers. We are intimately connected with our surroundings and markedly empathic toward all, even other races.
Biography Day.png Cycle of Noon — Sylvari awakened mid-day solve problems by attacking them head-on. We are the warriors, hunters, and travelers who experience life first-hand and enjoy the rush of taking risks in order to feel truly alive.
Biography Dusk.png Cycle of Dusk — Sylvari awakened at dusk are naturally curious and thoughtful. We love to learn and spend time reading and studying. We are intelligent and drawn toward the luscious complexities of magic.
Biography Night.png Cycle of Night — Sylvari awakened at night are secretive and cautious with information. We make our own decisions, and we come and go as we please, nimble of mind and body.

Notes[edit]

  • The personal storyline also branches depending on choices the character makes during gameplay.
  • There is an inconsistency in the "Lost an Heirloom" option for Norn characters- the introduction states that the horn is lost in a test of strength, but the questline reveals it was lost in a game of chance due to loaded dice.

Trivia[edit]

  • During beta, for humans, the "Nobility" option was "Gentry" and the "Street Rat" option was "Streets".