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Act with magic, act within reason, act without mercy.

— From the teachings of Abaddon

Abaddon was one of the Six Gods, a fallen predecessor of Kormir. He was the God of Knowledge and Water, titled Keeper of Secrets and Lord of the Everlasting Depths, and associated with the watery depths, knowledge, and magic. He was succeeded by Kormir, while Lyssa had later adopted dominion over water. Like other human gods, he also had a temple in Orr, the Cathedral of Hidden Depths, which now lies sunken in the Straits of Devastation.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Like the other gods, Abaddon's origins are shrouded in mystery. According to the Margonite Apostate, Abaddon gained his power from an older, deposed god.

The writings of the Orrian history scrolls state that Abaddon was among the gods who emerged in Tyria from the Mists and introduced the world to humanity whom they had brought with them. As the city of Arah was being built in Orr, the gods wanted a safe place to store various powerful relics and secret knowledge in. Abaddon designed a set of reliquaries in Siren's Landing to hold these valuable items. Each reliquary was given to its respective god with Abaddon's Reliquary as the centerpiece, all connected in a magical, protective grid to keep them safe from looters and defilers.

Fall and demise[edit]

Abaddon became notable for warring against the other five gods when they were compelled to seal magic back in the Bloodstone they had released it from. Eventually, he was defeated, leading to the creation of the Desolation and causing the Crystal Sea to turn into the Crystal Desert.[1] Abaddon and his followers, the Margonites, were cast out of Tyria into the Realm of Torment, a realm within the Mists which would act as his prison, as his power could not be destroyed. Afterwards, the gods erased almost all knowledge of the fallen god and departed the world of Tyria in an event known as the Exodus of the Gods, which the Mouvelian Calendar is based on. The Forgotten race would then stand watch over Abaddon's prison.

While imprisoned, Abaddon began plotting to break free. He was responsible for many disasters which plagued Tyria, including the Searing of Ascalon, the Cataclysm of Orr and the Jade Wind of Cantha, as well as many tragedies which occurred indirectly as a result of those events, such as the occupation of Kryta by the White Mantle and their mursaat overlords, which led to the Krytan civil war. Abaddon created strife against and within the human race for many centuries, using titans to manipulate the charr in their invasion of northern human kingdoms of Ascalon, Kryta and Orr, and ultimately causing a civil war in Elona which, aided by Warmarshal Varesh Ossa and other humanborn worshipers, nearly resulted in his release.

The other deposed human god, Dhuum, and the evil half-brother of Balthazar, Menzies, formed an alliance with Abaddon during this time and aided him in his efforts on almost all fronts, especially in the Mists.

In 1075 AE, over a thousand years after his first defeat, the maddened god was close to breaking free from his prison, a plan which was undone by the Order of the Sunspears and Order of Whispers in Elona. Abaddon was finally destroyed for good as Spearmarshal Kormir absorbed his power, becoming the Goddess of Truth and preventing Abaddon's former power from running rampant.

Legacy[edit]

Since Abaddon's attempted return—known from prophecy as the Nightfall—and ultimate death, nothing had been heard of Abaddon's followers or allies for centuries. However, interest in Abaddon remained, and the Durmand Priory dedicated a hidden Special Collections section of their library to closely guarded knowledge with a statue of Abaddon standing guard at the entrance.

In 1325 AE, the Elder Dragon Zhaitan sent its Risen minions to search for a hidden magical artifact located in Abaddon's submerged temple in the Straits of Devastation. However, it was unable to get a hold of the artifact as the temple was destroyed shortly after a fight between the Risen and the Pact Commander and Sayeh al' Rajihd.

In 1330 AE, the first modern day Priest of Abaddon was seen exploring Orr's revealed reliquaries in Siren's Landing and discovering hidden texts about the fallen God of Secrets. Thanks to the Pact Commander's assistance, the priest managed to decipher texts pertaining to Abaddon's mysterious parable.

Scriptures[edit]

Ancient statue of Abaddon.

And so it came to pass that Jadoth, being persecuted by the horrific Forgotten armies, and hounded from his home, did seek refuge among the cooling mists of the Crystal Sea. Untold weeks passed as Jadoth huddled in his sanctuary, with nothing to see save the endless ripples of the boundless ocean.

On the 51st day of his exodus, a frightful sight manifested before Jadoth's eyes: the unmistakable shape of Forgotten warships upon the horizon's shimmering edge.

And prayed Jadoth, "Abaddon! Lord of the Everlasting Depths, Keeper of Secrets, open mine eyes and bestow upon me the knowledge of the Abyss that I might smite mine enemies and send them to the watery depths!"

An unsettling silence swept across the waves. The twilight sky shattered and stars streaked down upon the Forgotten armada. The seas boiled and ruptured, and gave birth to a maelstrom from which not even light could escape, and transforming the sky above into a midnight void.

And thus was magic gifted to Jadoth, chosen of Abaddon, the first of the Margonites.

— Scriptures of Abaddon, 1 BE

Among them was Abaddon—once secret-keeper, now betrayer. How you have fallen from the glorious days of old. What passed beyond in the Mists, only you remember.

Abaddon, Abaddon. Your name has been erased from the towers, your cathedral condemned to the sea. Turn your faces away, oh sons and daughters, and let not his gifts tempt you.

Orrian History Scrolls, The Six, Volume 5—Abaddon: God of Secrets.

And thus, Arah was built, sector by sector, in honor of the gods. It rose into the clouds and sank deep into the ground.

The people of Orr decorated it with gold and gems befitting the gods who protected them.

The gods were pleased, and so it came to pass that the gods came to Orr and made it their home.

With the gods came artifacts, relics, and secret knowledge, and the gods wished for a safe place to store these treasures.

Abaddon—god of secrets, knowledge, and magic—designed a set of reliquaries to hold these priceless items. As a gift, he gave one to each of the other gods and created his own as the centerpiece.

These reliquaries he connected on a magical grid that illuminated them all. Thus, he kept thieves and defilers at bay.

(This copy of the parable has notes in the margin, written by a modern hand.)

Abaddon sent away. Gods wipe the records of him. Childish! Why so many Abaddon relics here if true? Is this even a parable? No mention of reliquaries in the history books. Gods hid it with a magical veil? Did they sink it too? But post-god maps show the region existed. May never know truth. Orr gets sunk, then rises. Veil shredded? Reliquaries revealed. Hehe. Abaddon, Keeper of Secrets, has the last word.

Parable of Abaddon

Story involvement[edit]

Path of Fire story[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Just like in Guild Wars Nightfall, Abaddon's statues found in Guild Wars 2 cause harmful effects to anyone who dances in front of them albeit to a lesser degree. Dancing in front of Abaddon's statues is required for the Dancing with Abaddon trophy in The Moot III: The Energizer collection and for the Dance Till You Drop achievement in the Desolation.
  • Like other members of the Six, Abaddon once had a dirge dedicated to him which was sung by the Sirens of Orr. However, the dirge was closely guarded by his ancient sirens whose echoes became faint following Abaddon's fall. The Dirge of Abaddon was subsequently drowned out by the multitudes of sirens singing the songs of the other gods.[2]

See also[edit]

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Associated items

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dialogue with Kormir in Facing the Truth.
  2. ^ Dialogue with Siren Master.