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Anvil Rock


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Anvil Rock is a large anvil-shaped mountain peak located in the Shiverpeak Mountains which held great significance to the dwarves in the past. In the present day it has become one of Tyria's notable ley line nexuses.[1]


Early history[edit]

Anvil Rock was sacred to the dwarves because their legends claimed that the Great Dwarf had forged their race there.[2] For ages, dwarven clan leaders held summit at the foot of the mountain just outside Ice Tooth Cave in hopes of peace and the Great Dwarf returning.[3] However, this tradition waned by the time of the civil war between the Deldrimor and the Stone Summit factions and ceased completely after the dwarves had turned into stone and descended into the Depths of Tyria to battle the Elder Dragon Primordus's destroyers in 1078 AE.

In 1072 AE, several former Ascalonian soldiers confiscated a sizable number of supplies and deserted from a large group of refugees following the death of their leader, Prince Rurik, at the hands of the Stone Summit. A group of heroes were tasked with tracking down the deserters to get the valuable supplies back so the rest of the weary regufees fleeing from the charr invasion of Ascalon could finish their long journey to Kryta. With help from Cynn, Devona, and Mhenlo, the heroes chased the deserters to the Ice Tooth Cave at the foot of Anvil Rock and killed them after a fierce battle. Cynn, Devona, and Mhenlo ensured that the confiscated supplies were returned to the refugees.[4]

In 1079 AE, Gwen used the Scrying Pool to learn what had happened to the missing Keiran Thackeray. The visions made her realize that Keiran had feelings for her. Admitting that she had feelings for him too, Gwen wished to meet with Keiran who was heading back to the Eye of the North. Calculating that Keiran's journey on foot would take him past Anvil Rock, Gwen and a group of heroes hurried to the location where they successfully rendezvoused with him, eventually leading to the pair confessing their feelings for one another and getting married.[5]

The Icebrood Saga[edit]

In 1334 AE, Anvil Rock served as a notable ley line nexus which the Elder Dragon Aurene and her allies used as a lure to force the rival Elder Dragon twins Jormag and Primordus to battle against one another to the detriment of both.[1] Primordus arrived at the battlefield by tunneling through Anvil Rock, leaving a massive blazing hole in the mountain. After the two Elder Dragons' demise in the clash, the area was steeped with their dispersed magic, creating an aurora in the sky.


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  1. ^ a b Dragonstorm
    Councilor Vark: Research shows every location where the Frozen have appeared has a powerful ley line beneath it.
    Taimi: Pinpoint where the ley lines intersect and lure the dragons there. We do that? BAM! We force them to collide. [...]
    <Character name>: So we get them to clash and they'll destroy each other?
    Gorrik: That's the hope. However, Jormag is aware of this outcome and will move to avoid it. Thus, the plan: lure both to a ley-line nexus, then cut them off from their magic source.
    <Character name>: Then what?
    Gorrik: Imagine two immensely powerful magnets pulling toward each other combined with reactive balthazate. It'll trigger a feedback loop that hopefully destroys both.
  2. ^ The Guild Wars Eye of the North Manuscript:
    "While most Dwarves with any spiritual leanings still believe their race was forged upon Anvil Rock by the Great Dwarf in an age before men, [...]"
  3. ^ Ice Tooth Cave
    Just outside of Ice Tooth Cave, Dwarven clan leaders held parley at Anvil Rock, a sacred site said to have been the forge of the Great Dwarf himself. The Dwarven clans no longer meet for purposes of peace, and no one holds out hope that the Great Dwarf will ever return to Tyria, so this icy place receives few visitors.
  4. ^ The Deserters
    Master Saberlin: A small group of former soldiers have deserted us after the death of Prince Rurik. Normally I could forgive such a transgression in the face of all that we have endured, but they have taken the majority of our supplies with them and headed north into the hills of Deldrimor Bowl. We believe they are making their way towards Ice Tooth Cave. With supplies already short, there is no way that our people will make it through the mountains to Kryta without the stolen supplies. It is critical that we retrieve the supplies and bring to justice these deserters who would condemn their people to death! [...]
    Devona: That's the last of them. Return to Master Saberlin and inform him of our victory. Cynn, Mhenlo, and I will make certain the supplies get back to Beacon's Perch."
  5. ^ Reunion
    Gwen: Keiran should be here by now. Knowing him, he's stubborn enough to try going it on foot. If he did...that would probably put him somewhere near Anvil Rock. That's where we should begin our search. Please, this is something that I need to do. [...]
    Keiran Thackeray: It's been a long time, Gwen.
    Gwen: Yes, yes it has. Listen, Keiran, there's something I need to say...
    Keiran Thackeray: There's something I want to say, as well. But for now, just let me enjoy this moment of seeing you again. Words can come after.
    Gwen: "Something about you...seems a little different.
    Keiran Thackeray: A lot has happened. I finally understood what I was fighting for. Come on, let's go home. I'll tell you about it when we're there.