Primordus was the first of the Elder Dragons to awaken in Tyria. Primordus' original resting place was in a cavern deep underground, where it was assumed by the asura to simply be a statue emitting a high amount of magical energy. For this reason, they built the Central Transfer Chamber near the dragon. After a band of heroes defeated Abaddon, the residual magic from his death caused a temporary imbalance in the flow of magic, which caused Primordus to stir. Primordus was initially supposed to awaken in 1078 AE, but upon the defeat of its most powerful general, the Great Destroyer, its awakening was delayed by two generations, until 1120 AE. After its rise, the other Elder Dragons began to stir, one by one.
Ensuing its awakening, its minions, the destroyers, flooded the Depths of Tyria, crushing any hopes the asura had of returning to their natural home. Around the time of Primordus' full awakening, the last of the dwarves had undergone the Rite of the Great Dwarf and they all went underground to combat Primordus and the destroyers. Those that remain are said to stand watch at entrances to the Depths, ensuring that Primordus' minions never reach the surface, nonetheless Ogden Stonehealer is the only dwarf who is known to the surface world. However, in recent years destroyers have been appearing closer and through the surface in increasing rates.
Primordus has remained underneath the surface since its awakening, clearing huge tracts of the underground regions, which forced more races, such as the skritt and murrellow, to flee from the Depths. As a result of its activities, the minions of Primordus can be found almost anywhere on the surface. Only the dredge remain underground, though their mines remain close to the surface.
Instead of corrupting living beings, Primordus and its champions seem to prefer to create minions solely of earth and fire, usually spawning them in pools of lava, and they are created in mockery of living creatures. However, it is still possible for destroyers to be corrupted living beings, where rock encases the creature until the body turns into lava, though no such destroyer has definitively been seen. At least one champion, the Destroyer Queen, has created destroyers in egg-like pods, implying it to be a corrupted living being though it could simply be a unique champion or new form of creating destroyers.
It is claimed in the book titled The Elder Dragons that Primordus' previous awakening is the only one still known to history. Dwarven legends tell of many Great Destroyers which are today believed to reference to Primordus and its armies.
|After its initial rise and forcing out the subterranean races, Primordus remained largely inactive, having only moved beneath Tyria to spread its destroyers, until 1329 AE. Taimi discovered that Primordus had become active via a ley line energy map within Rata Novus.
Elsewhere, Seis Burntheart began tracking a large disbursement of magic, caused by Primordus moving, which began in Frostgorge Sound and was followed until Malchor's Leap but realized to have kept moving towards the Ring of Fire Islands, specifically to underneath Draconis Mons, the northwestern island. After moving, Primordus remained underneath the Fire Islands to consume an abundance of magic left by Zhaitan's and Mordremoth's deaths. This abundant magic was full of death and plant magic, allowing Primordus to augment his destroyers with such magic. The Pact Commander acquired a sample of the new plant/ death augmented destroyers for Taimi.
During the events of A Crack in the Ice, Taimi developed a theory that Primordus and Jormag could be weakened by each other with their unique magical energies. The Pact Commander goes to Bitterfrost Frontier to acquire a sample of a Icebrood that has been infused with death and plant magic. The Pact Commander receives the sample from a Champion Unstable Abomination. Later in The Head of the Snake, Taimi confirms that the test against the samples works on a smaller scale and Taimi believes that she can manipulate these energies with the heart of Omadd's Machine.
Theorizing she could defeat Jormag and Primordus at the same time by mixing their energies, Taimi created a device using parts from Omadd's Machine to do so. However, this device was stolen by a weakened Balthazar and just after Taimi discovered that if both Primordus and Jormag were killed the world would die with them. Balthazar brought the device before Primordus and began using it, inserting himself in the magical stream and began absorbing the two Elder Dragons' magic. When the device was destroyed by the Pact Commander, the blowback and drained magic resulted in Primordus being placed in a pre-awakening state.
- Primordus (like the English word "primordial") comes from the Latin word primordium, literally meaning "the first to come [in order, in a series, in history]" -- more metaphorically, "a beginning."
- His appearance in Guild Wars 2 is drastically different from his first appearance in Guild Wars: Eye of the North.
- ^ gw1:The Final Vision cutscene dialogue
- ^ Lore Interview with Jeff Grubb, GuildMag
- ^ Stéphane Lo Presti and Jeff Grubb, Guild Wars 2 Guru; links broke - image of posts:    
- ^ Interview with Jeff Grubb, Ree Soesbee and Scott McGough, GuildMag