The Crown Pavilion

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the area accessible all year round. For the zone within Divinity's Reach accessible during certain releases, see The Crown Pavilion (zone).

The Crown Pavilion

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Map of The Crown Pavilion

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Loading screen

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The Crown Pavilion

The Crown Pavilion within Divinity's Reach proper is the upper level of the Crown Pavilion arena that is located within the huge sinkhole that was once known as The Great Collapse. The Crown Pavilion is a large arena built to commemorate humanity's resilience despite their hardships, and the renovation of the district was the Queen's Jubilee that marked Queen Jennah's 10th year as queen of Kryta. The plans for these renovations were in place for a few years.[1]

There are portals to access the middle levels of the Crown Pavilion (which are within the area, not the zone).

History[edit]

Originally the Canthan and Arts District of Divinity's Reach, some time before the main Guild Wars 2 storyline, the district collapsed due to a sinkhole and rushed construction when Divinity's Reach was established in 1220 AE.[2] Before the area collapsed, this was the location of the arts district, with theatres, craftsmen, and entertainment. Some of the residents who escaped have migrated to neighboring districts.

There are conflicting stories on what happened the night of the collapse. The Shining Blade say the sewer system collapsed and claim that there were warning signs a couple weeks before the disaster. Accordingly, they took steps to work with the Seraph to evacuate all residents from the district. Some citizens report the collapse happening in multiple stages with cracks appearing first, and a main collapse happening later. However, many locals never mention that the Seraph were involved with protecting the citizens, and along with this, Riot Alice says that her father died during the collapse.

There are also rumors of strange noises coming from the depths of the Great Collapse, which are associated with pre-existing rumors or stories of drakes living in the city's sewer system.

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Trivia[edit]

  • At one point during development, this area was originally a completed Canthan district and included a blend of Asian architectures. However, this mix of styles received negative feedback from China and Korea, since those gaming markets traditionally prefer a uniform design. Due to time constraints the district was replaced by the Great Collapse.[3]
  • As of the July 23rd, 2013 update, a large tent was placed over the Great Collapse, indicating that construction is progressing. The vista was changed as well to showcase the tent.
  • It is possible to get on top of the eagle design and jump into the hole. When access to The Crown Pavilion (zone) was allowed, doing so would portal you into the zone; without access, it simply sends you to the balconies within the hole.
  • Both "crown" and "pavililon" are terms used in diamond cutting, and the shape of the zone itself may be meant to resemble a brilliant cut diamond with the pavilion leveled off and the elaborate crystalline eagle representing the crown.

References[edit]

  1. ^ LoreSepcial: Scarlet Briar, TowerTalk
  2. ^ TowerTalk LoreSpecial: Menschen, TowerTalk
  3. ^ A Lincolncast interview with Josh Foreman (Episode 34), at ~1:44:17., The Lincolncast