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One of the tablets in Tarir with the Speech of the Forgotten engraved.

A Study in Gold is an achievement in Tarir that involves reading the various lore tablets hidden around the city.

Achievement[edit]

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Speak to Sage Laural at Westgate to receive an auric viewer, then scan the tablets in the city for clues to Herta's location.
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Tablets[edit]

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Number Location description and hints Tablet engraving text
1 Westgate: Next to Sage Laural
Sage Laural is at the south end of the rectangular room south of the Westgate. The first tablet is behind her.
This tablet has an engraving that reads: "The Final Speech of the Last Forgotten to the Exalted," transcribed by Bogani the Walker of Vabbi.
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Read on.
1 "You who stand before me are remarkable. We have tested you by trial, and you have pledged to a cause that will change you forever."
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I'll have to find the next tablet if I want to know more.
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Leave.
2 Legacy Pillars: Southwest
Starting at the Southgate, head northwest and then northeast along the top of the walled structure. The tablet is close to the center of the city.
2 "The Elder Dragons rise again, and you are called by Glaust to ensure the survival of Tyria. We are entrusting our aspirations for the future with you, the Exalted, our most loyal defenders."
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Leave.
3 Legacy Pillars: Southeast
As above, but head northeast and then northwest from the Southgate.
3 "You look upon me and see the sunset of our race. I am the last of the Forgotten."
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Read on.
"It has been millennia since our true name was last spoken aloud, and soon we will be no more. No, do not mourn. We will live on in your work, in your words, and in your battles."
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Leave.
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Leave.
4 Legacy Pillars: Northwest
Head southwest and then southeast from the Northgate along the top of the walled structure.
"Together, we took the first step toward safeguarding against the six that mean to drain this world completely of its magic."
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Read on.
"One day, you alone will take the final step. The bar of success or failure balances upon your shoulders."
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Leave.
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Leave.
5 Northgate: Where Water Flows Vertically
Head east from the Northgate to the bridge crossing in front the waterfall. The tablet is behind the waterfall.
5 "In olden times, when the Dragons stirred, it fell to the Seers to set aside a reservoir of magic for the upcoming drought."
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Read on.
"Glaust herself was a defender of civilization, at great risk to herself. She understood the potentially dire costs of betraying Kralkatorrik, but she put the world's welfare ahead of her own."
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Leave.
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Leave.
6 Eastgate: Where the Falls End and Nature Beings
Drop down into the water below the Eastgate, and then head south from the top of the river.
6 "We do not have the divine resources needed to imbue a new Bloodstone with enough magic to prevent Tyria from declining into a state of primitive adversity."
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Read on.
"And so we allied with Glaust, a magical being of great power, to find a way."
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Leave.
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Leave.
7 Eastgate: A Great View of a Mighty Tree
Start from the Southgate. Head northeast and walk to the tablet just east of the ledge with the foliage. Alternatively glide blindly south from the top of the western arch of the eastgate. Very close to tablet #3.
7 "Glaust has been known by many names, and even we do not know her true name. She is called Glint in these modern times and she entrusted us with using her legacy for Tyria."
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Read on.
"We, however, have no guarantee—only hope—that by her legacy we will save Tyria from the desiccation of its magic."
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Leave.
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Leave.
8 Southgate: Tucked Away Southwest
Starting from the Southgate, head down the stairs towards the Westgate, but look for the hidden room on your left halfway there.
8 "We began our journey among the magical canyons of the Lost Precipice, and when it no longer served us, we moved on."
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Leave.
9 Westgate: The Way Has Decayed Unless You Fly
At the Westgate, head down the northeast ramp. Look towards the center of the city (into the area of the Octovine fight), and glide hugging the right wall. By hugging the right wall you will perform a U-turn which will leave you below the Westgate. The plinth is on a platform just under the arches.
9 "En route to our final destination, we sheltered in a hollow and performed the exalting rituals, but ultimately, we left there as well. One day, Tarir will no longer serve us, and you will move on."
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Read on.
"Do not fear that day. When it comes, you will know that your purpose has been fulfilled."
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Leave.
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Leave.
10 Southgate: Entrance
Directly in front of the Southgate entrance.
10 "And when we arrived here, you created a city worthy of Glint's pride. Your work here pleased and humbled me and the other Forgotten."
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Leave.
11 Northgate: Entrance
Directly in front of the Northgate entrance.
11 "We raised this haven at the edge of Mordremoth's jungle, but no Elder Dragon can touch us here. Our magic shields the city from them."
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Read on.
"Here you will wait in stasis for the signs, and much time may pass before you awaken to the call."
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Leave.
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Leave.
12 Southgate: You'll Only Be Able to Reach This from Very High Up
Southwest of the Westgate entrance, use the bouncing mushrooms to reach the Luminate's Throne, go past the mastery point at the top of the stairs, and glide towards the southwest corner of Tarir. It is on a ledge that is lit up by a torch. Requires tier 5 mastery of gliding.
12 "Your friends and families have no less important a charge. The Brotherhood of the Dragon passed its mantle on to them. They are the first guardians of the egg, and only once it nears its time will they deliver it to you."
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Leave.
13 Luminate's Throne: The Jungle Grows Even Up Here
Similar to above, use the bouncing mushrooms to access the Luminate's Throne, then head left at the staircase that leads to the point of interest marker. Foliage hides a hidden tablet room.
13 "They're calling themselves the Zephyrites after the gentle, ever-moving breeze of their homeland, and none but their inner circle will know their secret mission."
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Read on.
"It may be generations before you are reunited with their descendants, but they are committed."
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Leave.
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Leave.
14 Northgate: Where We Lay Our Masks to Rest
Only accessible when the city is preparing defenses; requires Exalted Acceptance. Get teleported to the Fallen Masks adventure by talking to the NPC on the ground level between the Westgate and Northgate. The tablet is at the topmost ledge on the north side of the room.
14 "Glint's legacy is far more than just her offspring, and you must protect it all."
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Read on.
"The legacy's potential will only be realized in the fullness of time when all its pieces have developed and become defined in response to the world around them."
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Leave.
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Leave.
15 Trial Rooms: Heavy Foliage Hides This One
After the meta event has been completed, head north (through the normally closed door). The tablet is slightly north off the main path in the foliage.
15 "The legacy's most essential elements will seed the new dawn of civilization. This is the precious treasure we leave in your hands. You must preserve it with no expectations of laurels."
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Read on.
"You too will be forgotten once your duty is done."
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Leave.
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Leave.
16 Trial Rooms: Glint's Words Guide Us
Drop down into the basement area beneath the city, and then head to the dead end room to the southeast.
16 "As the last Forgotten, I have come to understand the vastness of history and the ephemeral nature of truth."
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Read on.
"Stories of your deeds will warp in retelling. But,
[sic]
you do not do this to leave your mark."
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Leave.
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Leave.
17 Inner Chamber: One Day There Will Be Another
This tablet requires completion of the Exalted Markings mastery. In the same room as tablet #16, there is an Exalted Portal to Inner Chamber; once through the portal, interact with the door to gain access to the Inner Chamber. The tablet is on the ground level at the back of the room; if you continue drawing a line from the end of the entry path, it will point exactly to the tablet.
17 "You do it to ensure that this world you love continues on after you're gone. Glint's dream of a harmonious future can come to pass. Now you carry the torch of her benevolence."
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Leave.

Interactive map[edit]

Use the controls on the right to switch between the ground and basement level maps.

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Sage Laural is at the south end of the rectangular room south of the Westgate. The first tablet is behind her. 1
Starting at the Southgate, head northwest and then northeast along the top of the walled structure. The tablet is close to the center of the city. 2
As above, but head northeast and then northwest from the Southgate. 3
Head southwest and then southeast from the Northgate along the top of the walled structure. 4
Head east from the Northgate to the bridge crossing in front the waterfall. The tablet is behind the waterfall. 5
Drop down into the water below the Eastgate, and then head south from the top of the river. 6
Start from the Southgate. Head northeast and walk to the tablet just east of the ledge with the foliage. Alternatively glide blindly south from the top of the western arch of the eastgate. Very close to tablet #3. 7
Starting from the Southgate, head down the stairs towards the Westgate, but look for the hidden room on your left halfway there. 8
At the Westgate, head down the northeast ramp. Look towards the center of the city (into the area of the Octovine fight), and glide hugging the right wall. By hugging the right wall you will perform a U-turn which will leave you below the Westgate. The plinth is on a platform just under the arches. 9
Directly in front of the Southgate entrance. 10
Directly in front of the Northgate entrance. 11
South of the Westgate entrance, use the bouncing mushrooms to reach the Luminate's Throne, go past the mastery point at the top of the stairs, and glide towards the southwest corner of Tarir. It is on a ledge that is lit up by a torch. Requires tier 5 mastery of gliding. 12
Similar to above, use the bouncing mushrooms to access the Luminate's Throne, then head left at the staircase that leads to the point of interest marker. Foliage hides a hidden tablet room. 13
Fallen Masks teleport NPC
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Only accessible when the city is preparing defenses; requires Exalted Acceptance. Get teleported to the Fallen Masks adventure by talking to the NPC on the ground level between the Westgate and Northgate. The tablet is at the topmost of the room. 14
After the meta event has been completed, head north (through the normally closed door). The tablet is slightly north off the main path in the foliage. 15
Drop down into the basement area beneath the city, and then head to the dead end room to the southeast. 16
This tablet requires completion of the Exalted Markings mastery. In the same room as tablet #16, there is an Exalted Portal to Inner Chamber; once through the portal, interact with the door to gain access to the Inner Chamber. The tablet is on the ground level at the back of the room; if you continue drawing a line from the end of the entry path, it will point exactly to the tablet. 17

Notes[edit]

The tablets mention Glint's death several times, however the Exalted went into stasis over a century prior to Heart of Thorns (taking place in 1328 AE), and Glint's death was in 1320 AE.
  • The Auric Viewer must be in your inventory when interacting with tablets to progress the achievement.

Trivia[edit]

  • The name of this achievement is a reference to the Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet.