Victory or Death
Victory or Death
- 1325 AE
- The Ruined City of Arah
(Straits of Devastation)
- All Races
- Savior of Tyria
- Preceded by
- The Source of Orr
Victory or Death is the final part of both the Pact storyline and the personal story. Having sufficiently weakened Zhaitan, the time is right to reunite Destiny's Edge and strike at the dragon itself. Unlike all other parts of the storyline, this is a dungeon that cannot be played solo.
- Kill Zhaitan
- Kill the Elder Dragon Zhaitan.
- Return to Fort Trinity and join the victory celebration.
- Meet Destiny's Edge at Fort Trinity.
- Enter Fort Trinity.
- Find Marshal Trahearne.
- Speak with Marshal Trahearne.
- Accompany Trahearne to the celebration at Fort Trinity's center.
- One of the following: 2x Flame Ram Blueprints, 2x Ballista Blueprints, Alpha Siege Golem Blueprints
- Letter of Commendation
- 3 Loot Bags
- Pact Victory Token
To complete this personal story, you must finish The Ruined City of Arah (story).
After you kill Zhaitan, you'll be told to meet with Destiny's Edge at Fort Trinity, where many NPCs of note will be present.
 Getting there
The road to The Ruined City of Arah (story) can be challenging. It is recommended to use boons like Swiftness and Stability. It is easier to get there when the pact hold control over the Gates of Arah (meta event)
- Agent Zrii
- Ayla Piersdottir
- Benn Tenstrikes
- Blue Moa Bird
- Braccus Jawsmash
- Crimson Moa
- Crusader Afanen
- Crusader Eilye Jeyne
- Demmi Beetlestone
- Eir Stegalkin
- Esmet Ravenswhis per
- Famke the Fair
- Fel Vaerdenmer
- Fibharr Ygosson
- Galina Edgecrusher
- General Almorra Soulkeeper
- Golden Moa
- Green Moa
- Hester Galen
- Izu Steelshrike
- Juvenile White Moa
- Logan Thackeray
- Merri Sunbower
- Mr. Sparkles
- Pact Demolitionist Strixel
- Pier Darkmountain
- Pink Moa
- Priory Arcanist
- Priory Historian
- Priory Magister
- Priory Researcher
- Priory Scholar
- Priory Scribe
- Quartermaster Hargrove
- Researcher Barron
- Researcher Fero
- Riel Darkwater
- Rytlock Brimstone
- Sayeh al'Rajihd
- Scholar Blaithnat
- Scholar Octavian Inkblood
- Snarl Backdraft
- Speaker Ikniu
- Sylvan Hound
- Urond Ramshearne
- Vigil Crusader
- Vigil Marksman
- Vigil Recruit
- Vigil Tactician
- Vigil Warmaster
- Warden Hywel
- Whispers Agent
- Whispers Creator
- Whispers Keeper
- Whispers Lightbringer
- Wjerd Bladeborn
- Wozmack the Wonderful
- Environmental weapons
These are the dialogues in the Fort Trinity instance. See The Ruined City of Arah (story) for the dialogues there.
- Talking with the Destiny's Edge members
Speaking to Caithe as non-sylvari:
- Caithe: Congratulations, Commander. Trahearm and I both owe you special thanks for helping us with our Wyld Hunts. If you keep helping Firstborn this way, we may have to make you an honorary sylvari.
- That's quite an honor, Caithe. Thank you.
Speaking to Caithe as sylvari:
- Caithe: Congratulations, Commander. Our shared Wyld Hunt started together, so it's fitting that we end it together. We've more to do, but for now, rejoice: this victory will become part of the Dream.
- Let's hope it inspires the next generation of sylvari.
Speaking to Zojja as non-asura:
- Zojja: Hmm. I didn't expect you succeed so spectacularly. Now I have to recalculate my Heroic Potential Matrix. Thanks a lot for the extra work. Oh, and for cleansing Orr, killing Zhaitan, and so on...
- You're too kind. Come on, let's do some celebrating!
Speaking to Zojja as asura:
- Zojja: ??
Speaking to Eir as non-norn:
- Eir Stegalkin: You've done amazing things for the Pact, Commander. All Tyria owes you an immeasurable debt. On behalf of Garm and Destiny's Edge, thank you.
- On behalf of everyone who fought for the Pact, you're welcome.
Speaking to Eir as norn:
- Eir Stegalkin: Thank the Spirits we found each other. Tyria needed a ahero, and I... I needed a purpose. You've given us all that, and more. Well done. The skaalds will be singing your songs for generations.
- And when they also sing of you and Garm, I'll sing along.
Speaking to Logan as non-human:
- Logan Thackeray: I salute you, Commander, and not just because you outrank me. None of this would have been possible without you. You've made Tyria safer, stronger, and more secure.
- [sic] We made it that way, Captain. So we deserve to celebrate. Let's!
Speaking to Logan as human:
- Logan Thackeray: I know your current rank is commander, but you'll always be the Hero of Shaemoor to me. Congratulations, Hero.
- Same to you, Captain. Now let's celebrate. We've earned it.
Speaking to Rytlock as non-charr:
- Rytlock Brimstone: I'm impressed, Commander. I may bring you in to the Black Citadel to give the brass some lessons on how to conduct a campaign from the field. When you got a moment, I'd like to toast to your victory.
- I like both of those ideas, Tribune. Let's get started.
Speaking to Rytlock as charr:
- Rytlock Brimstone: "I turn my back on you for a moment, and suddenly you're saving the world. Nice work, soldier. Let's show these civilians how to celebrate, and then... bring on the next Elder Dragon!"
- I hope that's an order, Tribune. Because I intend to comply.
- Initial cinematic
- Trahearne: Victory at last.
- Trahearne: With Zhaitan defeated, the corruption it wrought can be undone.
- Trahearne: The dragon's undead minions that still infest Tyria will now gradually be exterminated.
- Trahearne: One day soon, that plague will be but a memory.
- Follow-up cinematic
- Eir Stegalkin: Courage, skill, and friendship brought the dragon low. Let this day never be forgotten!
- Logan Thackeray: A victory that all Tyria can share!
- Rytlock Brimstone: This is not an ending. There are other dragons out there. Other battles.
- Zojja: You shambling fuzz-ball. Can't you just be happy?
- Rytlock Brimstone: I was being happy.
- Caithe: Will you return to your queen now, Logan?
- Logan Thackeray: No. Not until I know that Kryta's safe.
- Rytlock Brimstone: Meaning he's up for more fighting. See? Logan's happy, too.
- Eir Stegalkin: Snaff would be proud of us. Especially of you, Zojja.
- Zojja: Proud that we didn't screw up and plant our faces in the mud again, you mean? I guess he would, at that.
- Eir Stegalkin: So who's next? Jormag...Primordus...Kralkatorrik?
- Caithe: As dawn scatters shadows, so we will destroy them all.
- Caithe: We could not have done this without you. Thank you.
- <Character name>: You're welcome. You can count on me.
- Caithe: Good. Because Eir is right. The rest of the dragons are still out there, waiting.
- Upon approaching the different groups of NPCs
Ellye and Benn:
- Crusader Ellye Jeyne: So, tough guy: How'd a high profile swashbuckler like you get into the Order of Whispers?
- Benn Tennstrikes: I'm good at what they do. I may not fit their recruiting profile, but I get results.
- Benn Tennstrikes: What's your excuse? A vivacious lass like you joined the uptight and straight-laced Vigil?
- Crusader Ellye Jeyne: Ha! That makes two of us that "don't fit the profile." Let's have a drink and we can see what else we have in common.
Merri and Fel:
- Merri Sunbower: Look at that swell-headed child. So busy chatting up Crusader Jeyne he doesn't even notice we're here.
- Fel Vaerdenmer: Leave him be. The last thing he needs in those circumstances is Mum and Dad looming over him.
- Fel Vaerdenmer: Besides, she's just what he needs. If those two hit it off, she'll straighten him right out.
- Beigarth: Why aren't you lot drinking? We're smiths! Ahh, don't tell me you're not thirsty after a long day's smelt.
- Occam: I don't much like large groups. Or small groups, come to think of it.
- Izu Steelshrike: I fear I am also more reserved than you, friend norn. Don't let that stop you.
- Izu Steelshrike: This is a celebration, after all, so we're counting on you to celebrate for all three of us.
Talking to Izu Steelshrike:
- Izu Steelshrike: This was an intriguing and rewarding challenge, Commander. My people tend to keep to themselves, but when they hear about my experiences, I expect it'll draw out some.
- Glad to hear it. The Pact needs more talent like yours.
Talking to Beigarth:
- Belgarth: My forge is famous throughout the world! My weapons have slain griffons, elementals, wurms, and now Elder Dragons. Commander, welcome! Care to join us?
- Later. I'd hate to interrupt your boasting.
Talking to Occam:
- Occam: I'm honored to be included in the celebration, Commander. And though I loathe crowds, speaking with Beigarth makes it easier. All I have to do is smile and nod when he pauses for breath.
- That's a useful skill to have, Occam. Enjoy the party.
- Bekk: All that, and still intact. I'm starting to believe we can survive anything.
- Hester Galen: That's always the last thing somebody says right before lightning strikes. Step away from Bekk.
- Urond Ramshearne: No, he's right. We should take on the next Elder Dragon ourselves. I hear the meat makes good sausages.
- Braccus Jawsmash: Well, they want to devour the world, right? Only fitting they wind up on the end of Urond's fork.
The tournament challengers:
- Wjerd Bladeborn: Quiet now, quiet! A toast among the champions: to Marshal Trahearne and the cleansing of Orr!
- Famke the Fair: To the end of Zhaitan! The dragon had a good run, but was no match for us!
- Pier Darkmountain: No match for the Commander, you mean. To the Dragonslayer!
- Fibharr Ygosson: Aye, to the commander, the marshal, and the entire Pact. Drink!
Representatives of the minor races:
- Gara: My people still face challenges. I'll meet them later. Now, we celebrate.
- Shashoo: Coo! So many, enjoying such a great victory. Quaggan is soOoo happy!
- Ftokchak: Slow-talker, just say, "We win, yes, yes! Horray! Now, drink more drinks!"
- Lagula: In all my years, that's the single smartest thing I've heard a skritt say.
The Pact demolitionists:
- Pact Demolitionist Strixel: Now that the battle's over, I'm dying to inspect the defensive systems on the Pact airships.
- Researcher Barron: Knock that kind of talk on its head, sonny. We've got some major merry to be makin'!
- Researcher Fero: Yeah! There'll be time to talk about cannons and time-release mines after the kegs have all run dry.
- Pact Demolitionist Strixel: Time-release mines? Genius! All right, let's polish off that ale so we can get back to business.
The Order leaders:
- Gixx: This is truly remarkable, and so I shall remark upon it: we have achieved the unthinkable!
- Riel Darkwater: We've all been thinking it, Gixx. It took the commander and the marshal to make it happen.
- Gixx: There's plenty yet to do. More dragons to confront, and I'm delivering an important lecture in the morning.
- General Almorra Soulkeeper: Listen to yourselves. I swear, spies and scholars. This is a victory party. Shut up and start having fun!
Talking to Gixx as a member of the Priory:
- Gixx: Quite the soiree, Commander. Since you've gotten such good results as Pact Commander, the Priory can spare you for a little while longer. I'm sure you'll make up the time later.
- Abolutely. Once the Elder Dragons are all dealt with.
Talking to Gixx when not a member of the Priory:
- Gixx: Ah, Commander. Join us in a toast. May the remaining Elder Dragons follow Zhaitan into the Mists and, eventually, into irrelevance!
- And may they do so faster than Zhaitan did.
Talking to Almorra Soulkeeper as a member of the Vigil:
- General Almorra Soulkeeper: This is the Vigil's greatest victory yet, all thanks to you and the Pact. I'm proud to have you among my ranks. I salute you, Commander. Let this be the first of many such celebrations.
- Thank you, General.
Talking to Almorra Soulkeeper when not a member of the Vigil:
- General Almorra Soulkeeper: You and the Pact have done well, Commander. I'm glad to be a part of it. May this be the first of many such celebrations.
- Agreed. To victory, and the Pact!
Talking to Riel as a member of the Order of Whispers:
- Riel Darkwater: One-fifth of our order's primary goal: complete. Nicely done, Commander. And a big, loud party like this one helps conceal the preparations we're making for the next Elder Dragon confrontation.
- I'll be ready for the next dragon, Mas-I mean, Riel.
Talking to Riel when not a member of the Order of Whispers:
- Riel Darkwater: One down, four to go. May they never see us coming until it's too late!
- Cheers to that.
Galina and Snarl:
- Galena Edgecrusher: So I said, "The thing you're best at is pressing laundry. That's why you're the Iron Legion!"
- Snarl Backdraft: In front of Tribune Goreblade? You Bloodies really are crazy. He hates that joke.
- Galena Edgecrusher: So what? Brimstone and Desertgrave laughed. Two tribunes pro, one con. The joke's funny.
- Snarl Backdraft: Can't argue with that—not when whiskey's a-callin'. (laughs) Come on, funny girl: let's have another!
Talking to Galina:
- Galena Edgecrusher: Snarl...he growls at me all the time. In battle, in victory, in defeat...whatever. I think he's got a thing for me, but it's hard to tell with Ash-trash.
- I'm not getting between you two for any reason. Good luck, though.
Talking to Snarl:
- Snarl Backdraft: Stick around, Commander. Galina will never admit it, but she's head-over-tail in live with me. For a Bloodie, she's surprisingly subtle about such things.
- Either she's subtle, or you're wrong. Either way, have fun.
- Other NPCs to talk to
Talking to Scholar Inkblood:
- Scholar Inkblood: You just missed Amphebe doing all her best tricks. She doesn't usually likes parties, but even she knows this is a special occasion. Want me to wake her up for an encore?
- Not necessary. I'll catch up with her later.
Talking to Crusader Afanen:
- Crusader Afanen: The Pale Reavers are with you, Commander. Winning wars and celebrating victories—whenever you need us, we'll be.
- Glad to hear it. There'll be plenty of both in the future.
Talking to Warden Hywel:
- Warden Hywel: A magnificent celebration for a magnificent victory. And when the festivitiy ends, the Pale Reavers will be ready for the next battle.
- Until then, enjoy the party.
Talking to Elli:
- Elli: Please tell Marshal Trahearne how much I appreciate the memorial. Zott and the others deserve every honor we can bestow, and then some.
- I'll make sure no one forgets. The memorial is just the beginning.
Talking to Sayeh al'Rajihd:
- Sayeh al'Rajihd: You continue to impress me, Commander. No one in any of the Tethyos Houses has ever taken down such an imposing target. I shall be watching to see what you accomplish next.
- When you say that, it sounds like a threat.
- Only a fool would warn her prey with a treat...unless that threat was part of a plan, of course. But enough of such things. Go, Commander. Celebrate your victory.
- I hope you'll join us...and stay where I can see you.
- Thanks. Rest assured I'll be watching for you, too.
- When talking to Trahearne (cinematic)
- <Character name>: Hiding from the crowds, Trahearne? That won't do. The world needs to see the Pact Marshal celebrating!
- Trahearne: Not hiding, my friend, thinking. Completing my Wyld Hunt lifted a weight from me, but Zhaitan is still a terrible threat.
- Trahearne: Now that threat is truly gone, it feels like the sun has finally emerged after a cold, endless night.
- Trahearne: I can't help but wonder...what's next? Now that we've formed this unstoppable alliance and tempered it in battle, where do we take it?
- <Character name>: To the next challenge. The next victory. There are more Elder Dragons to confront...and now we know how. We know they can be defeated.
- <Character name>: First, we celebrate. We won, Marshal. It would be a crime not to stop and appreciated that.
- <Character name>: Come on. There's an army of people and an ocean of libations waiting. All of Tyria deserves to share this triumph, including you. Join us!
- After the cinematic on the way back to the crowd
- Trahearne: The world owers you a great debt, Commander. As long as I am Marshal of the Pact, I will see that debt honored.
- Trahearne: My only regret is that I was not there to see Zhaitan fall. But I shall look forward to the skaalds celebrating your triumph.
- Trahearne: Congratulations, Commander. We've earned the right to set down our burdens for a time and celebrate.
- When meeting with Trahearne with Destiny's Edge
- Trahearne: Zhaitan's defeat has saved many lives. More importantly, it has restored hope to a desperate world.
- Trahearne: The dragons are not stars in the sky. They can be counted. They can be fought. One day, we will kill the last of them. Only then will Tyria be safe.
- Trahearne: This is a new beginning for Orr, and for Tyria—a clear sky after a long storm.
- Trahearne: This day is ours.
- After credits
- Wozmack the Wonderful: Ta-daaa! Hmm...okay, what'd I miss?
 My Story
- There is no evidence ruling in or out the possibility that the remaining four dragons might include the deep sea dragon.
- Victory or Death is a former Guild Wars Guild versus Guild mechanic in which guild lords for both teams will go into sudden death after enough time has elapsed.
- The instance ends with the song "Fear Not This Night" from the Guild Wars 2 Soundtrack featuring the singing voice of Asja Kadric.
- Wozmack the Wonderful (an NPC from Welcome Home, part of the Human storyline) will appear at the end of the celebration to perform tricks at the player's request, with a finale that includes confetti and a flock of dancing, ghostly moas. To see him, wait in the personal instance of Fort Trinity for a while after receiving the quest reward from Trahearne and after the song ends. Talk to him a few times to see his tricks.
- As of a post-release update, the song "Fear Not This Night" is accompanied by a scrolling credits sequence that overlays on top of the game world. It is not known when this was added.