The Flame Legion (pejoratively referred to as the Gold Legion by their enemies), is one of the four charr High Legions. From their base in Citadel of Flame, they attempt to impose their will on the rest of charr society.
The Flame Legion is defined by zealotry and superstition, and until two centuries ago, had unified the charr more than any other force since the days of the Khan-Ur. Unfortunately for the charr, the basis for the Flame Legion's dominance was deceit, and so when their treachery was discovered, it was outcast from the other Legions in a spectacular fashion. Since then, the Flame Legion has waged a war against the other three High Legions, hoping to restore the shaman caste to power.
After the assassination of the last Khan-Ur, the Flame Legion, like the other High Legions, was founded by a direct descendant of the leader of the primus imperator. The Flame Legion did not secure its dominance until roughly 850 AE, almost a millennium after the charr had been pushed from Ascalon by human magic. On an expedition to Hrangmer, the Burnt Warband of the Flame Legion discovered the titans, fiery servants of the deposed god Abaddon, although the charr were not to know that. The titans offered the charr magic in exchange for worship, and the Flame Legion gladly obliged. In time, the Shaman caste came to be the ruling class of the charr, and worshipped the titans. When a Blood Legion leader, Bathea Havocbringer, rebelled, she was killed as a sacrifice to the charr's new gods. After that, females from the Blood Legion were no longer allowed on the battlefield, and in time, this followed for females of all Legions.
In 1070 AE, the Flame Legion, led by Bonfaaz Burntfur, brought down the Searing on Ascalon with titan magic, destroying the Northern Wall and allowing the charr to seize the human kingdom. The charr moved south and west to conquer the other kingdoms, and were it not for the timely rise of the White Mantle in Kryta and the Cataclysm in Orr, the charr would have come to dominate the entire surface of Tyria. When Vizier Khilbron released the titans from their prison behind the Door of Komalie and sent them across the continent, the Flame Legion looked poised to finally reclaim Ascalon, but were humiliatingly defeated as their gods were killed in front of them by a group of adventurers serving the dragon Glint.
By 1078 AE, the seed of rebellion, with Pyre Fierceshot at its head, had been sown. The Flame Legion under Hierophant Burntsoul was shaken when their new gods, the destroyers, were shown to be false as well. The Flame Legion were dealt another blow in 1090 AE, when the Foefire simultaneously weakened their previously firm grip on Ascalon, and increased the charr's distrust of magic significantly.
In 1116 AE, Pyre's Rebellion finally bore its fruit when the three High Legions faced the Shaman caste in battle on the Plains of Golghein. Still, the Flame Legion was powerful enough to hold its own, and the chances of victory for the other legions was looking slim until Kalla Scorchrazor, a female charr who had been training in secret, added her forces to the legions', effectively doubling their number. From then on, charr society was directed away from magic and towards misotheism and technocracy, leaving the Flame Legion maligned.
In 1325 AE, the Flame Legion had regained much of its former strength under the leadership of Flame Imperator Gaheron Baelfire, who planned to magically ascend to godhood, with powers matching those of the human gods. He was supported by the Godforged, a fanatic Flame Legion sect. Gaheron was stopped by the newly-formed Pact, accompanied by Logan Thackeray and Rytlock Brimstone, and his demise sent the Flame Legion into disarray.
After their Imperator's death, the Flame Legion splintered into multiple competing factions vying for power. Three splinter groups remained in the Legion's headquarters, the Citadel of Flame, and attempted to restore their power. One splinter group formed under the leadership of Tribune Burntclaw, whilst another had their shamans search for a way to resurrect Baelfire with the Eternal Flame. Meanwhile, Crea Irontooth, an Iron Legion engineer, was enslaved by a third splinter group and was forced to work on building a Flame Legion superweapon. The Pact ultimately foiled the plans of all the three splinter groups.
In 1326 AE, the rogue sylvari terrorist Scarlet Briar persuaded one Flame Legion splinter group to form the Molten Alliance with the dredge. During the events of Flame and Frost, the splinter group aligned with the dredge in hopes of gaining their technology while intending to betray and enslave the dredge once they had outlived their usefulness. The dredge, meanwhile, hoped to gain access to the Flame Legion's magic to strengthen the Moletariate. The Legion used dredge personnel carriers and armor forged in Sorrow's Embrace which they combined with their magic, becoming more dangerous than ever before.
The Molten Alliance began raiding the homesteads and ranches of the Wayfarer Foothills and the Diessa Plateau, displacing many charr and norn refugees and capturing many others as slaves for their factories. This led the charr and norn to discover this new Alliance's existence, and they fought back and ultimately foiled the Molten Alliance's plans after a raid to the Molten Facility which saw the rescue of slaves and the deaths of notable Molten champions.
Despite suffering this setback and realizing that Scarlet had been using them for her own ends, the Flame Legion splinter group couldn't abandon their dredge allies and return to their Flame Legion brethren because the other Legion would've killed them on sight for their failure. Hoping to still gain something from their shaky alliance, the Flame Legion splinter group continued working with the dredge and aided Scarlet as she gathered her many alliances and sent them all to assault Lion's Arch. After Scarlet's demise in battle, her bickering alliances dispersed and left the destroyed Lion's Arch behind.
Little else has been heard of the Molten Alliance since then although its leaders are still unaccounted for, and the same applies to the the rest of the Flame Legion. Although the Flame Legion's influence and numbers have diminished since Flame Imperator Gaheron's days, its splinter groups still continue to be a thorn in the other High Legions' side to the unforeseeable future.
- Termerarus Castrum
- Vidius Castrum
- Atrox Castrum
- Provatum Castrum
- Senecus Castrum
- Vorgas Garrison
- Noxious Castrum
- Flame Citadel (headquarters)
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- ^ Guild Mag Issue 11: Scarlet's Journal. Season One Lore Interview, GuildMag. Angel McCoy and Scott McGough: Leaders of the other alliances were in similar situations, and tasked with making sure their followers showed up to crush Lion's Arch in overwhelming numbers. The only reason people know Mai Trin's name is because she got caught. None of the other leaders have been caught, and thus, they remain a mystery.