Living World Season 3
Mordremoth is dead! But at what cost? And what does the future hold now for the members of the Pact and Destiny's Edge, not to mention Glint's Egg? So begins the third season of Living World of Guild Wars 2!
A note about spoilers: a brief summary aside, this article assumes a basic knowledge of the plot of season one, two, and Heart of Thorns. Since season three begins in 1329 AE, and the personal story takes place in 1325 AE, it is likely that this article will contain personal story spoilers, as story threads that began in the personal story may be continued with the Living World.
Season 3 of the Living World began on July 26th, 2016.
- 1 Setting
- 2 Characters
- 3 Story
- 4 Dates of free access
- 5 Trivia
- 6 References
When Mordremoth was killed, all the magic it held was released into the world, and now factions are coming out of the woodwork to claim it. Chief among them are the White Mantle, religious cultists who worship the mursaat and are trying to harness the power of the Bloodstone to resurrect one of their gods. And while two Elder Dragons have met their end, four still remain a threat to Tyria.
The son of Eir Stegalkin and Borje, the Sun Chaser is determined more than ever to take down all the Elder Dragons since the death of his mother at the hands of Mordremoth. While not as brash as he once was, commenting that he believes Taimi is rubbing off on him, he still has much to learn if he is to follow in his mother's footsteps.
Rox has finally found her own warband now with Braham, Taimi and the others. While no longer attempting to join Rytlock's warband, she is curious to learn about the new abilities that he learned when in the mists.
Much has happened for the former noble, dealing with both Scarlet and an Elder Dragon, not to mention a relationship with investigator Marjory Delaqua, all within a short period of time.
Taimi, now confident in her place as a member of the team, is working on figuring out how to take down other global, dragon-related threats, not to mention the rebuilding of her beloved golem, Scruffy since it was destroyed in the Heart of Maguuma.
Once a member of Destiny's Edge, this Tribune of the Blood Legion became the first revenant in Tyria. With the death of Eir, he takes up the mantle to leading a group to defeat the remaining dragons.
One of the Firstborn sylvari, she has been keeping an eye on Glint's Egg after Mordremoth's defeat. However, she always seems to find her way into the heart of whatever disturbance is happening.
A prickly sylvari, he was once arrested for causing trouble in Southsun Cove. When Lady Anise bought his billet, he became an extension of her reach in an effort to become free again.
A Pact squadron tracking Mordrem movement to the north of the Maguuma Jungle were ambushed by bandits, with Squad Leader Bennett and numerous others taken hostage by Sabetha the Saboteur. In response, rescue teams were formed to track them down in this dangerous, uncharted territory. In Spirit Vale, the group faced heavy opposition from Sabetha's bandits, who were well equipped and had fortified themselves among a mysterious Vale Guardian and the bestial Gorseval the Multifarious. They eventually defeated Sabetha and found some of the Pact hostages, but more of them had been taken deeper within the region.
The rescue team made way into Salvation Pass, discovering that the magic released by Mordremoth's death had warped the wildlife, chief among them the powerful Slothasor. They found the remainder of the Pact squad, and raided the prison camp. Despite the prisoners' warnings, the rescue team pushed northward, finding themselves facing the unexpected - Matthias Gabrel, an Inquisitor bearing the robes of the White Mantle. After besting his Bloodstone-enhanced powers, the squad now faced an age-old, vengeful threat to Kryta and Tyria alike.
The squad laid siege to the Stronghold of the Faithful, breaking into the White Mantle's fortress with the assistance of Scholar Glenna. High Inquisitor Xera marshalled the castle's defences, first by impeding the group with her powerful Keep Construct and then twisting the castle itself into a deadly maze. She ultimately fought the squad herself to delay them, falling with the name of Lazarus the Dire on her lips. Pressing forward, the rescue team found an empty stasis chamber, still smoking with Bloodstone magic. Seemingly, the last mursaat had been revived.
Current Events Part I
After the death of Mordremoth, his magical energy flooded through the ley lines. This caused disturbances as magic bled through into the world at specific points in Snowden Drifts, Mount Maelstrom, and Blazeridge Steppes, overflowing the ley line nexuses and forming into coalescences. The Priory, Consortium, and Inquest each mobilized to gather this magic, at times coming into conflict. The situation only became worse over time, however, and Ley-Line Anomalies began appearing.
Meanwhile, the Shining Blade began issuing bounties on bandit leaders, with evidence being discovered that the bandits are indeed linked to the White Mantle from Kryta's past. Posters began appearing in human outposts and cities, stoking the fires of anti-charr sentiment and instigating additional distrust of the Krytan government.
Friends of Eir Stegalkin gathered around her former homestead to memorialize the great hero of the norn. Rytlock was the only member of Destiny's Edge able to attend; Zojja and Logan were still recovering from being prisoners of Mordremoth, and Caithe remained absent. Rytlock decided that with Eir's death, it was time to form a new guild: Dragon's Watch. Rox arrived midway through the proceeding, bringing a surprise guest; Garm, badly injured but still alive after the Pact's fall. Braham was notably absent, off killing icebrood.
At the end of the funeral, a message from Taimi sent the new guild to Rata Novus via a portal in Rata Sum. Many asura had started to investigate the lost Rata's technology, including Councillor Phlunt. Taimi kept the Dragon Lab secret for her own experiments, and reconfigured the asura gate to allow multiple access points. Deep in the lab, chak still periodically attacked, but Taimi had made many new discoveries. She had created a duplicate map marking ley line magic, and tapped into Tarir's security systems, allowing her to monitor the status of Glint's Egg. She had also kept a chak's organ in a jar for further study, preserving it in Mordrem blighting pod fluid despite the doubts of the Pact Commander.
General Almorra Soulkeeper arrived at Rata Novus to see the Commander. With Trahearne's death, the leadership of the Pact was vacant and offered to the one-time second in command. However, because Trahearne was criticized for being on the front lines so much, the position would largely involve paperwork and would be kept far away from the fighting. The Commander turned down the offer, effectively resigning from the Pact. News of a sylvari in the complex stir things up, as Canach also came by seeking out the Commander for their assistance. Minister Caudecus has fled and headed into the Maguuma Jungle. Countess Anise had sent Canach to retrieve the minister, and deal with him as necessary, should it come to that. General Soulkeeper offered her own airship to bring the parties back to Divinity's Reach. On the way there they found a storm of magical energies, and a massive explosion threatened to destroy the ship. But just as the blast was about to hit the ship, the blast inverted and the energies were seemingly absorbed backwards. The airship was heavily damaged as it came to a stop above Bloodstone Fen.
Taimi contacted the Commander through a communication device planted before leaving the lab, which allows her to send updates from the base. She informed the Commander of a new mastery she had devised, the technique to reverse the magical flow of certain attacks. The Commander set out to investigate the area. Many White Mantle were scattered about, as well as some members of the Pact caught in the blast; both had become crazed, empowered by the Bloodstone. There were also threats from Bloodstone elementals and vengeful spirits, of those who had been sacrificed to power the Bloodstone. Squad Leader Bennett had made a small camp for Pact survivors. The White Mantle clerics had strange devices that allowed them to collect the Unbound Magic that filled the air in Bloodstone Fen. Dispatching one, the Commander put this device to their own use.
Deep in the crater of the massive explosion, the Commander found a chamber floating just above the ground, which appeared to have been the source of the magical blast. Unexpectedly, Caithe arrived to aid in the investigation. She had returned to the Grove to meet with the Pale Tree, who was recovering but still injured from Mordremoth's assault. The Commander decided to try and recreate the event that caused the explosion on a small scale, gathering up large chunks of Bloodstone scattered near the chamber and fighting off hostile creatures in the area. While helping out, Caithe apologized for her behavior regarding the dragon egg, lamenting that Mordremoth's influence had caused her to not trust her comrades. Once enough Bloodstone had been collected, the ritual was repeated. Many of those who activated the ritual were killed, leaving burn marks on the walls, and someone - possibly Minister Caudecus - had absorbed a large amount of Bloodstone magic.
A Shining Blade messenger arrived, requesting the Commander's assistance. Canach, Rytlock and Marjory had tracked down where they believe Caudecus to have gone, a coliseum floating above Bloodstone Fen. The route to reach him was riddled with traps, Bloodstone elementals and White Mantle zealots. These White Mantle, however, seemed to have retained their sense of self. Once the party caught up to the escaped Minister, he revealed himself to be the new leader of the White Mantle, proclaiming they would carry him to the throne of Kryta. He unleashed a Jade Construct on the party, not seen since the days of the mursaat. After the construct was defeated, the mursaat Lazarus appeared, having been brought back to life by the White Mantle. Lazarus ousted Caudecus as a heretic and incinerates many of his followers, then vanishes, leaving Caudecus to his own devices. The minister narrowly escaped through a mesmer portal created by Lady Valette Wi.
Canach was displeased that his mission remained incomplete, but the Commander assured him that he would get help from Dragon's Watch; a fine conflict to start the guild around. Just then, Taimi contacted the group with grave news: Primordus, the Elder Fire Dragon, had become active.
Current Events Part II
Slivers of bloodstone, presumably debris from the explosion, became scattered in various places throughout Tyria. Creatures which unwittingly ingested these fragments became crazed and mutated. Adventurers, co-opting the use of Researcher Levvi's technology taken from killed Consortium, were able to mitigate some of the potential damage by putting the creatures down and gathering several bloodstone slivers. The full ramifications of the bloodstone explosion remained unknown for now.
Across Tyria, smaller magical anomalies had been spotted appearing randomly in places before quickly disappearing. They remain standing in place, and seem to be sad or depressed. Not everyone was able to see them, though; it seemed to be an unpleasant side effect of too much exposure to ley-line magic.
Meanwhile, a charr named Seis Burntheart began investigating a stirring of magic in the world, starting in Frostgorge Sound and slowly moving south. She scattered beacons all over the areas she camped in, and asked adventurers to hunt down the beacons so she could check the readings. She tracked the movements down to Malchor's Leap and determined that the source was still moving out to sea, west from Orr.
The Pact Commander and Rytlock visited Taimi, who confirmed that Primordus was indeed active and on the move. Luckily, Taimi found a training simulator that she could repair (with a bit of help from Moto) to test battles against Destroyers. She also received a letter from Braham confirming that Jormag is also active. After Rytlock and the Commander calibrated the simulator, Taimi revealed some of her research; ley energy was composed of various types of magic, as the chak organ absorbed energy but filtered out death magic. She had also leaked information of Primordus' movements to the Arcane Council, who responded by sending asuran research teams to the Ring of Fire islands. Just as all seemed to be going well, word from the camps in the Fire Island reported that the destroyers were "different" and stronger than expected, with the expedition leader Cami killed. It seemed the destroyers had gained death and plant energies, presumably after the deaths of Zhaitan and Mordremoth. Rytlock was summoned to the Black Citadel - forcibly, this time - and with Taimi still golemless, the Commander ventured off to Ember Bay alone.
There were four main camps spread out across the Ember Bay area: an asuran krewe studying the new destroyers, a camp of pirate skritt who worshipped an idol known as "Rock Face", a circus crew who were shipwrecked, and another asuran krewe set up on the caldera. There is also the remnants of an old mursaat base in the northwest corner, with many Ether Towers and Jade Constructs scattered about. Rock Face, it turns out, was actually Rhoban Orestriker, a dwarf whose stone body got fractured and was little more than a head. He enlisted the Commander to activate four devices scattered around the island to prevent it from erupting violently. He offered up his thumb, as only a dwarf's touch would get them to respond.
Upon activating the 4 devices and returning to Rhoban, the Commander received a vision from Glint's Egg, emitting a violent glow. Returning to Tarir, the Commander met up with Marjory and Caithe. Ruka reported that the egg is about to hatch, but only the Commander was attuned to the chamber and thus had to enter alone. Just as the egg hatched and a baby dragon burst forth, the new breed of destroyers swarmed the chamber and tried to kill the hatchling. The assault nearly overwhelmed the Commander, but Lazarus appeared and offered his aid against the horde. The Commander reluctantly agreed and the pair eventually drove back the destroyers. Once the battle was over, Lazarus expressed a desire to help guard Glint's offspring, claiming that he had learned from past mistakes and stood with the party against the Elder Dragons. Despite the Commander's better judgement, Marjory agreed to shadow the mursaat and confirm his intentions. Part of her reasons to do so, being a necromancer, was to investigate Lazarus' death and how he had managed to return to life. As a backup, the Commander asked Caithe to stay and watch - a sign that Caithe is trustworthy once more. Caithe asked what the dragon should be called, and without pause, the Commander informed her that the dragon is female and shall be called Aurene, as if they had known her name all along.
Current Events Part III
Strange magic rifts began appearing all across Tyria, but mostly concentrated around the area of Gillscale Pond. A charr has been seen in the area, Auris Weirdbringer, who seemed to be investigating the problem, but something about him wasn't quite right. Finding a strange broken device, adventurers took it to Auris, who claimed it was a Rift Stabilizer that could help in getting rid of the rifts. After travelling through the rifts to various locations, the device broke once again. Fortunately, Auris was able to fix and improve upon the Rift Stabilizer.
Many adventurers had been plagued by visions of ley-line anomalies, and sought the help of Ogden Stonehealer. He directed them to a fellow member of the Durmand Priory, Historian Tranton Hainsworth. Tranton gave the adventurers an incomplete Shadowstone, an artifact which mimicked the Bloodstone's ability to channel magic and could contain the visions. The adventurers restored the Shadowstone with Bloodstone fragments, but were also approached by Tradesman Maezz of the Consortium. The dubious organization had an offer; they would take the Shadowstone, in exchange for curing the anomaly visions in a "safe and natural way".
Aurene sent a vision of herself to the Commander, leading them to head to Tarir to check on the young dragon. The Exalted Luminate was just about to send word, as several tests to guide her properly had been set up. They were designed to teach her how to be kind, generous and able to fight. Once the trials were completed, Taimi called on her device. Hearing about a dragon fighting on their side, she got the idea of having Jormag and Primordus fight each other. The Commander decided to head into the Shiverpeaks to find Braham and hunt an Icebrood with either Zhaitan or Mordremoth's magic.
Investigations in Hoelbrak revealed that Braham was in the far north Shiverpeaks. There were also rumors of strange Icebrood from that area. Braham went up north to look for a mystic scroll, similar to the one that helped break off Jormag's tooth. In the northernmost part of Frostgorge Sound, a kodan with a flaming brazier guarded the path, which was blocked by a large block of ice. The kodan offered a torch of Koda's Flame to melt the ice and head north, into the Bitterfrost Frontier. The area was quite desolate, except for a Son of Svanir camp and the Sorrow's Eclipse Sanctuary, a joint settlement of kodan and quaggan. The leaders of the sanctuary had heard of a strange Icebrood in the coldest part of the area, too cold to approach without special protection. The Svanirs had a way to enter there, so the Commander disguised themselves to infiltrate the camp. Their shaman provided a formula for an elixir that protected the drinker against the cold, containing winterberries and griffon eggshells. The local grawl tribe had the firestone needed, but would not give it up without having a shrine to Chokochooka made (which was just a statue of Jora). Once all the ingredients are collected, the elixir had to be mixed in the warmest hot spring.
Once the elixir was finished and drunk, the Commander headed into the Bitter Cold, into a cave behind a frozen waterfall. Behind it, an Icebrood Goliath that clearly had different magic in it lurked. Once killed, a sample was collected and the Commander headed back to the settlement. The leaders had alarming news; Braham's location had been found. The Svanir were hunting him, believing he was the one who had disguised himself to steal the elixir formula. Hearing this and feeling guilty, the Commander immediately rushed to find Braham.
In Wayward Cave the Commander found Braham, along with Rox and Garm. The Commander apologized for the Svanir hunting them, and then proceeded to catch Braham up on all that has happened in the past few encounters. Braham was mostly uninterested, and was appalled that the Commander wouldn't want to join Destiny's Edge, feeling that it spat on his mother's and Snaff's memory. The group pressed onward into the cave, searching for the mystic scroll. Deep inside the cave, they eventually found an ice beast and its minions. Rox pushed Braham out of the way of an attack and got frozen solid. After breaking down several ice blocks, the scroll Braham searched for was revealed. He took it and fused it into Eir's bow to defeat the ice beast. Braham was elated, and stated his plans to crack Jormag's tooth with the enchanted bow, rallying the Norn so that Jormag can be defeated once and for all. However the Commander rejected this idea, saying that it would get many people killed recklessly, and mentioned Taimi's alternative plan. Braham was furious, insulting the Commander's actions and storming off angrily with Garm back to Hoelbrak.
Back in Hoelbrak, Braham fired an arrow at Jormag's tooth, cracking it to the roars and cheers of the onlookers. It was the sign of Norn legend that the time to strike back at Jormag had arrived...
Current Events Part IV
Caudecus remained at large, and began posting propaganda in Krytan towns. He announced his leadership of a returned White Mantle, and hoped to rally humans against Queen Jennah. However, the group remained divided between himself and Lazarus. Caudecus sent letters to their bandit allies, denouncing Lazarus as a "false god".
Queen Jennah summoned the Commander to Divinity's Reach and a meeting with the various human ministers of Kryta. After the news spread of Caudecus being a White Mantle Confessor and Lady Valette Wi aiding him, the Queen needed to find out which ministers were still loyal to the crown. To help the Queen, the Commander socialized with the nobles and ministers, and gathered listening devices that had likely been planted by the White Mantle. With this evidence, Jennah then gathered all the ministers together in the Council Room and announced that she would be temporarily suspending the council while she re-evaluated the loyalty of its members. As the ministers began their protests, bloodstone shards were catapulted on the capital from the direction of Lake Doric. Queen Jennah displayed her prowess as a mesmer, erecting a massive Feedback dome over the center of the city and fighting alongside the Commander as White Mantle and traitorous ministers began their assault. Just outside the throne room, Minister Estelle appeared with White Mantle in tow, proclaiming that she was personally picked by Caudecus to kill the Queen. However, even while trapped Jennah killed her entourage effortlessly, leaving Estelle alone. Sensing the Queen's peril, Logan Thackeray limped to her side, even though he was still recovering from his time in the Blighting Pod. Estelle was killed, and Logan coordinated the Seraph to defend the people living in Lake Doric.
The siege had already scarred Lake Doric, with the water being drained due to breaches in the dams. Since Logan knew the White Mantle would have planted spies among the Seraph, he entrusted the Pact Commander with a mission to survey the land and halt the enemy's movements. The White Mantle attacked in vast numbers, and had even enticed Harathi centaur as allies, enhancing them with Bloodstone magics. Regardless the Commander was able to put a wrench in their plans, securing human settlements and even infiltrating the occupied Fort Evennia with the help of Exemplar Ylan's mesmer disguise.
Meanwhile, the offense on the Elder Dragons continued. Rox had appealed to Braham for patience, and he agreed to let the norn scout out Jormag before their full-on assault; although he had named his group "Destiny's Edge", a move the Commander found ironic. Thankfully, Taimi's research into the dragons' magics had paid off. With help from other asuran experts and data from Omadd's previous experiments, she began devising something that would pit Jormag and Primordus against each other.
With the White Mantle invasion stopped in their tracks, the Commander returned to Queen Jennah and discussed how to remove the "head of the snake" - Caudecus himself, who had holed up in Beetlestone Manor. They planned a sting operation, with Logan and the Seraph attacking the manor's front while the Commander would infiltrate the building through a back entrance, revealed by Demmi Beetlestone, Caudecus' daughter and an Order of Whispers agent. The pair broke into the manor, meeting with Countess Anise and Canach along the way. The party eventually confronted Caudecus, now glowing with bloodstone power. He delivered a fatal pistol shot to Demmi, and was pursued to the manor's secret chambers. Despite his transformation into a hulking brute, Caudecus was slain.
Anise lived up to her promise, and released Canach from her service. His replacement as a Shining Blade agent would be Valette Wi, mourning the loss of her close friend Demmi and wanting to make amends for assisting the White Mantle. Meanwhile, the Commander raided the manor, finding letters describing Caudecus' schemes against Kryta, and the splintering of the White Mantle between himself and High Inquisitor Xera. Within the Confessor's private quarters, the Commander made a shocking discovery; Caudecus had sabotaged Xera's ritual to resurrect Lazarus, meaning his return should have been impossible. However, there was still a "Lazarus" walking about Tyria, an imposter who had absorbed the Maguuma Bloodstone's massive power and posed as the mursaat for their own purposes. Marjory, who had joined Lazarus, was now in danger.
Back in Bloodstone Fen, Scholar Glenna had discovered a mysterious portal. Travelling through it, squads of adventurers found themselves in a new region far to the north of central Tyria, outside an ancient-looking fort. The entrance was guarded by a massive jade construct, Cairn the Indomitable, who was seemingly able to open rifts in space and reality. While they fought, a mysterious entity watched the battle; Scholar Glenna surmised it was the Eye of Janthir, which had last been seen hundred of years ago assessing Krytan humans, finding "Chosen" for the mursaat to use in bloodstone rituals.
Entering the fort, the squad discovered jail cells and impaled corpses, which meant the building had been a prison long ago. They found a courtyard filled with sadistic traps, and destroyed the "Mursaat Overseer" in control of the devices. Pressing onwards, the squad found the source of the impaled corpses; Samarog, a massive creature wielding huge spears. It had also enslaved two other beings, the jotun Guldhem and the human Rigom, and from their dialogue it was apparent that Samarog had once been a fellow prisoner but had turned against the others for reasons unknown. While the squad made headway into the prison and fought against its hazards, the Eye of Janthir continued watching them from afar.
Reaching the center of the Bastion, the squad found a curious sight; an elderly human shackled by a massive weight and glowing chains. As the party tried to free him, the Eye took action at last, transporting adventurers into a dark, foreboding mirror image of the world around them. As the chains were broken, a massive adversary emerged from the dark realm; Deimos would not let his captive go without a fight. It became apparent that the man was by no means ordinary; he was Saul D'Alessio, founder and martyr of the White Mantle. Despite Deimos' powers, and drawing the party into his own realm, the beast was slain and the Eye of Janthir retreated. Saul lay on the ground, and revealed that he had not died defending Kryta from the Charr; rather, he had been imprisoned by the Mursaat and the Eye, kept alive over the centuries in hopes of breaking his will. Free of the Eye's influence, Saul was allowed to pass on in peace, and Scholar Glenna made arrangements with the Priory to return his body to Kryta and give him a quiet burial.
Current Events Part V
The Commander receives word about a memorial for Trahearne built in The Grove. After speaking with Warden Leide, they then receive a letter from Ridhais asking to meet them in the Commander's home instance. There, and upon bringing the Broken Caladbolg acquired at the end of the events of Heart of Thorns, Ridhais explains about the desire to reforge Caladbolg. She then hands over a shard of Caladbolg which draws to and can be used to find the others. They also request that the Commander locate motes across Tyria to aid in the restoration of the living aspect of Caladbolg.
The Commander then goes on a scavenger hunt across Tyria finding all of these motes and blade shards. Returning to Ridhais, they then use a vision crystal on the broken Caladbolg in order to speak with it. Thereafter, they meet with Ridhais in several key locations across Tyria as remembered by Caladbolg, where they must challenge a memory of the previous possessors of Caladbolg: Riannoc, Trahearne, and then the Pact Commander themselves, performing a restoration ritual at each site, and finally ending up at The Artesian Waters. After this final ritual, Caladbolg is fully restored, and the commander is offered the choice of five variants of Caladbolg to claim.
The next day, the Commander is contacted by the Pale Tree, who requests you meet with her. Upon arrival, the Commander is thanked for their part in restoring Caladbolg, is recognised by the Pale Tree as being the current wielder of Caladbolg, and is granted the title "Knight of the Thorn".
Dates of free access
Logging into any date between the two listed would unlock the related episode for free (as opposed to buying it in the Gem Store). You can unlock the episodes even if you do not own Heart of Thorns, but you must have the expansion in order to play them. The dates are as follows:
|Out of the Shadows||July 26, 2016 - Sept 18, 2016|
|Rising Flames||September 19, 2016 - November 20, 2016|
|A Crack in the Ice||November 21, 2016 - February 7, 2017|
|The Head of the Snake||February 8, 2017 -|
- The release of Living World Season 3 was announced by Mike O'Brien on the official Guild Wars 2 forums.
- ^ https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/guild-wars-2s-living-world-returns-on-july-26/
- ^ https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/game/gw2/Living-World-Season-Three