Lazarus

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I am the last mursaat. Many years ago, you knew me as Lazarus the Dire. I have returned from the brink of existence!

— Lazarus

Lazarus the Dire is the last surviving mursaat. After being revived and empowered by the exploding Maguuma Bloodstone in 1329 AE, he has chosen to focus his efforts on fighting the Elder Dragons rather than follow Confessor Caudecus's plans to take over Kryta. To achieve his ends, Lazarus aims to join forces with the Pact Commander and Dragon's Watch.

Biography[edit]

Lazarus the Dire was one of the mursaat who met with Saul D'Alessio, which led to the founding of the White Mantle cult. Many believed he was killed along the rest of his kind during the Krytan Civil War that occurred over 250 years ago, but he had actually survived, albeit severely weakened due to his power being turned against him. He went into hiding but not before swearing vengeance on countless generations for what had been done to him. The remnants of the White Mantle took care of the weakened Lazarus and began researching ways to revive him, viewing him as the last of their "gods" who would restore the cult back to power in Kryta.

During their research on the bloodstone in Bloodstone Fen that began in 1325 AE, the White Mantle fractured into two factions: those following Confessor Caudecus's plans to overtake Kryta, and those following High Inquisitor Xera's plans to use the Maguuma Bloodstone to revive and empower Lazarus, whom they viewed as their true leader, behind Caudecus's back.

Lazarus was finally revived in 1329 AE, just before a group of adventurers raided the White Mantle's Stronghold of the Faithful. Shortly afterwards, the Maguuma Bloodstone exploded, and Lazarus absorbed much of its power. He revealed himself when the Pact Commander's party was fighting against Caudecus's forces. He ousted Caudecus, who had refused to submit to him, as a heretic and killed many of the Confessor's followers, thus furthering the splintering of the White Mantle before disappearing once more.

Lazarus showed up some time after in Tarir, the Forgotten City to help the Pact Commander and the Luminate defend Glint's recently hatched child, Aurene, against invading Destroyers. After the battle, Lazarus made his intentions known: he claimed to have learned from the mursaat's past mistakes and wished to align himself with the Commander, believing that the two of them together, along with Lazarus's White Mantle faction, could be a great force against the Elder Dragons. Although the Commander's party was skeptical about Lazarus's earnestness given the mursaat's past deeds, Marjory Delaqua volunteered to accompany Lazarus to find out whether he was truly being genuine or not. Lazarus accepted Marjory's terms and left Tarir with her.

Balthazar's illusion failing.

After the Pact Commander eliminated Confessor Caudecus and investigated his personal quarters in the manor, it was revealed that Caudecus had held on to an aspect required to revive Lazarus, meaning that the current version of Lazarus that Marjory Delaqua had been accompanying was fake, and that the real Lazarus was still out there though it is unknown whether Lazarus had revived during Xera's attempts or remains in his five aspect artifacts.

After the illusion he was under was dispelled by the joint efforts of the Commander, Taimi and Kasmeer Meade, Lazarus's true identity turned out to be none other than Balthazar, the God of War. Having betrayed his White Mantle followers and taken on mercenary armies, the exposed god stole Taimi's device designed to simultaneously kill the Elder Dragons Primordus and Jormag and retreated to Draconis Mons to use it on Primordus. In the heart of the volcano before Primordus, he joined into the energy trails linking Primordus and Jormag and began absorbing their magic as he had done to the Maguuma bloodstone in an attempt to slay the two Elder Dragons and take their power.

The real Lazarus remained out there, however. Having thought Lazarus revived, the White Mantle had scattered the five artifacts they held across Tyria before they were imprisoned by Balthazar. Elsewhere, the Eye of Janthir had left the Bastion of the Penitent following Saul D'Alessio's death. With its latest task completed, it went out to search for its masters. As such, it was tracking down and collecting the aspects of Lazarus. Using this, the Shining Blade had retrieved the aspects instead, including the one that had been in Caudecus' possession preventing Lazarus' earlier revival.

The final aspect, housed within a book, was still held by Balthazar who took it to Abaddon's Reliquary in Orr. The Eye of Janthir, and in turn the Pact Commander and Exemplar Kerida, entered Abaddon's Reliquary and recovered the final aspect, reviving Lazarus. Confronted, Lazarus revealed Kerida to truly be Livia and swore once more his vengeance against humanity. However, he did not survive the battle, his five aspects slain by the Pact Commander and Livia, and himself slain by The Shining Blade, a powerful magical artifact of Seer origins. With his death, the Eye of Janthir disintegrated, confirming that the last of its masters, the mursaat, were truly dead.

Story involvement[edit]

Living World Season 3[edit]

Combat abilities[edit]

During Taimi's Pet Project[edit]

Effects

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Skills
  • Agony Projection
  • Fire Strike Fire Strike - Strike your foe with flame, and create an area that delivers a lesser attack a short time later.
  • Ring of Fire Ring of Fire Damage nearby foes with a ring of fire, burning foes that pass through it.
  • Flame Wall Flame Wall - Burn foes with a wall of flame at the target location.
  • Rain of Fire - Multiple small AoE strikes.

During The Last Chance[edit]

Abilities
Behavior
  • Causes Coconut Daze.png Ancient Rage to players for ten seconds upon reducing Lazarus's health to nearly zero
Effects

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  • Impale (warrior sword skill).png Impaled - The exemplar's plan worked! Stabbing the aspect has corrupted his resurrection. The blade is now impaled through Lazarus's body. He looks wracked with pain.
Skills
  • Spectral Agony - A channeled AoE across most of the room that applies Spectral Agony.png Spectral Agony
  • Necrotic Orbs - A cone-shaped spray of green orbs in a wave like pattern.
  • Stormfront - Multiple lightning strikes in random locations across the entire room.
Stolen skills

Gallery[edit]

Concept art

Trivia[edit]

Gwwlogo.png The Guild Wars Wiki has an article on Lazarus the Dire.
  • During his revival, Lazarus mentions the White Mantle being in "a dire state." This is a reference to his name in the first Guild Wars, "Lazarus the Dire."