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- Defeat Scarlet
Now do you see? If you are not one with what you were born to be, you are lost. Worse, you are dangerous.
Scarlet Briar, born Ceara, is the sylvari founder of the Molten Alliance, leader of the Aetherblades, and the main antagonist of the Living Story thus far. She has been behind a number of recent schemes in Tyria, such as Theo Ashford's assassination and Mai Trin's subsequent attempt to ascend to the Captain's Council, the hijacking of the humans' Watchknights, and an attempt on the life of Queen Jennah. She has also been seen using Steam creatures and their technology, though the nature of her ties to them is currently unclear.
Scarlet Briar does not like others trying to impose themselves on her or choose her path for her, and actively tries to avoid being with either the Pale Tree or the Nightmare Court's ideologies, or any other group; instead she is interested in setting her own path and own groups, as well as taking others' ideas and inventions and improving them for her own goals as well as combining things that weren't together before (such as the Molten Alliance). At the same time, she enjoys testing things, including others, while having a superiority complex and thus her plans being thwarted is a major offense to her - such as her actions during the Queen's Jubilee, which was an act on a whim to test humanity. Along with this, Scarlet is similar to the Soundless in that, at the moment, she is capable of keeping her thoughts and memories separate from the Dream of Dreams.
Ceara emerged from the Dream of Dreams with an innate fascination with the interlocking systems of nature, and a determination to forge her own path independent from the Mother Tree. When the rules of the world prescribed her one destiny, rather than struggle against them she would simply change the rules.
After eight years studying in the Grove, Ceara set out into the world to learn the engineering secrets of the other races and incorporate their knowledge into her own. She spent a winter learning metallurgy as an apprentice of Beigarth the Smith, before moving on to spend two years studing firearms and artillery with the Iron Legion gladium Asagai. Ceara left the Black Citadel for Rata Sum, excelling in the colleges of the asura in Dynamics and Statics, completing special study that proved she could handle the college's coursework, in under a year, as the highest-ranked member of her class. It was the College of Synergetics, under the tutelage of Headmaster Omadd, with which she took her time, becoming fascinated with the idea of the Eternal Alchemy and believing it to be something to be mastered rather than simply understood.
Ceara's ideas were understandably unpopular with the colleges of the Arcane Council, but very much in line with the ideology of the Inquest. She spent a brief time with them, but was ejected from Rata Sum after she and Teyo were found meddling with designs in the city's archives. After several months of wandering, she settled in the Michoan Marsh and studied the alchemy of the hylek, until she was again found by Omadd. Omadd offered her the chance to take part in an experiment that he claimed would allow her to see into the Eternal Alchemy itself, but could not make any promises regarding her safety or her sanity.
After months of preparation, the experiment was ready to begin. Ceara entered the machine, which was an isolation chamber that removed all physical stimuli to let the mind run free, and during the experiment she saw visions which she believed to be the Eternal Alchemy. She saw Tyria and the Mists, she saw the insurmountable challenge of the future and her people's part in it—the sylvari of the tree and the Nightmare Court, Caithe and Faolain—all part of a grand design. And for the first time in years, she heard the voice of the Pale Tree, begging her to go no further. Ceara pressed on regardless, which broke her sanity while allowing her to think in different ways that allows her to progress in ways traditional thinkers can't. It is unclear whether she actually saw the Eternal Alchemy, or if it was merely halucinations. Upon emerging she killed Omadd and took her new name, ready to burn the world.
- Defeat Scarlet [Group Event]