The Forgotten may not live to see it unfold. We created the Exalted to act and bear witness in our stead.
If all our efforts cannot save Tyria, the peoples of this world must come together to complete Glint's legacy. Balance must be restored.
— Last Words of Forgotten Vissh Rakissh
The Forgotten were an ancient race of serpents associated with both the dragon champion Glint and the Six Human Gods. They are assumed to be extinct on Tyria, although some may still live in the Mists.
The Forgotten were upright serpents with four arms. Distinctly different from other Tyrian serpentine races like the krait, the Forgotten originated from beyond the Mists. They were devout followers of the Six Human Gods, and were said to be linked to the Facets that reflect the power of the Human Gods.
Forgotten were extremely long-lived. Vissh Rakissh, for example, was alive in 1075 AE and yet was old enough to have witnessed the Margonite assault on the Gates of Heaven and Abaddon's defeat at the hands of the Five Gods first-hand.
Forgotten architecture tends to take one of two forms, but there are not many remaining examples of either. Most commonly seen (but also more weather-worn) are structures created out of sandstone. Usually pillars, arches, or short structures digging into the ground, these often have hieroglyphic symbols carved on them.
Elsewhere, the Forgotten have created pyrite structures through their exalting rituals. These structures are always places of great significance, like the Hall of Ascension or Tarir, and curiously share designs as the Hall of Heroes in the center of the Rift.
In ancient times
Human legends claim that the Forgotten were originally brought to the world by the Six Gods in 1769 BE to serve as the world's custodians during the gods' reforming of the planet. However, recent revelations about the history of the gods have cast parts of this account into doubt.
What is known is that the Forgotten were around during the Elder Dragons' last rise in 10,000 BE, and fought the eldritch beasts alongside the jotun, dwarves, mursaat, and Seers. During this time, they attempted - and failed - an assault on Zhaitan alongside the mursaat, and later freed Glint, then known as Glaust, from Kralkatorrik's control utilizing an ancient and powerful ritual at The Altar of Glaust in Arah. They had also discovered a type of magic which appears impervious to draconic corruption and consumption. Guided by Glint, they hid with the remaining jotun, dwarves, and Seers until the Elder Dragons went to sleep.
Afterwards, they had spread across the civilized world, guiding races towards rebuilding and prosperity. Archaeological evidence shows that the Forgotten were spread throughout Tyria as well as far as Cantha when humans arrived on the world. They are known to have warred with the charr on the borders of the Blazeridge Mountains sometime in Tyria's past prior to 100 BE until they retreated, but otherwise their stewardship is thought to have been largely peaceful.
In 1 BE, in response to the Margonites defacing the Temple of the Six on the southern shore of the Crystal Sea, the Forgotten waged war and nearly wiped out the human seafaring nation. This, in turn, led to the war between Abaddon and the other five gods. When Abaddon was finally cast down, many of the Forgotten became his wardens, leaving Tyria to perform such duties in the Realm of Torment.
Exile to the Crystal Desert
The Forgotten that remained in Tyria continued to guide races the best that they could. However, eventually the spread of humanity became too great, and too much of their work had begun to unravel. As such, in 174 AE, they retreated into the Crystal Desert. There, they devoted themselves to being custodians of Glint, overseers of the trials of Ascension, and to begin preparing for the Elder Dragons' next rise. They would not be heard from again for another 700 years.
In 868 AE, Turai Ossa took many Elonians north through the Desolation and into the Crystal Desert, believing himself the Chosen from the Flameseeker Prophecies, and desiring Ascension. When they arrived, they had thought the Forgotten mindless beasts, much like the hydras and other wildlife that dominated the region, and attacked the serpents. The Forgotten retaliated in kind, and a war was raged that, along with internal divisions, wiped the pilgrims out.
200 years later, in 1072 AE, the Chosen from Ascalon arrived seeking Ascension. Guided by the ghosts of the Elonians, they met the Forgotten and fought them in the three trials of Thirsty River, Elona Reach, and Dunes of Despair, ultimately gaining access into Augury Rock and gaining Ascension.
Preparing the legacy
The stirring of the Elder Dragon Primordus in 1078 AE brought a change to the Forgotten's plans. With the dwarves undergoing the Rite of the Great Dwarf, the Brotherhood of the Dragon that aided in protecting Glint's legacy was no more, replaced by the Zephyrites around 200 years ago. From this new group of humans, volunteers stepped forward to protect Glint's scions and eggs (including Vlast, who had already been born). Those who completed the trials the Forgotten set had their souls bound to animated Enchanted Armor, becoming Exalted.
After creating the first Exalted, the Forgotten split into two groups. One group traveled to the Heart of Maguuma, searching for a place on the edge of Mordremoth's territory where they could protect Glint's last intact egg. This group remained within the Lost Precipice and Gilded Hollow for a time, before establishing the city of Tarir in the area now known as the Auric Basin. These Forgotten died out over 150 years ago, not knowing the fate of the others. Shortly thereafter, the Exalted in Tarir went into hibernation to await the arrival of Glint's last egg
The other group of Forgotten remained in the Crystal Desert, establishing the city of Kesho within their territory to house and nurture Vlast as he grew and continued to protect Augury Rock and the trials of Ascension, testing any who sought to follow in the footsteps of the Chosen. Even when Kesho was sunk beneath the sand due to Palawa Joko damming the Elon River to flow just south of Kesho, this group of Forgotten kept to themselves in solitude over the past 200 years. When Kralkatorrik finally rose and killed Glint, these Forgotten, led by Josso Essher, attempted to cleanse the Elder Dragon itself. However, their attempt proved futile, for Kralkatorrik's hunger ran too deep, and they in turn became corrupted, spelling the end of all known Forgotten remaining in the world. Even as Branded, however, they hold enough of their old selves to feel a connection to their duties, and gravitate toward Augury Rock while all other Branded travel south in following their master.
- In the Bastion of the Penitent, there are garments that presumably belonged to a Forgotten, suggesting that the mursaat kept Forgotten prisoners.
- ^ The Forgotten Not Forgotten by Warden Illyra
- ^ Defining the Lore of Guild Wars 2 - A Q&A with Jeff Grubb, Ten Ton Hammer
- ^ a b In-game description for Lair of the Forgotten
- ^ The History of Tyria, Volume 1 by Thadeus Lamount
- ^ An Empire Divided: A Selected History of Mysterious Cantha for the Traveling Scholar by Loremaster Ermenred of Ascalon
- ^ The Ecology of the Charr
- ^ Comment by Matthew Medina, Reddit.com
- ^ Dialogue with Scholar Glenna during Bastion of the Penitent