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Her. Her name is Aurene.

— The Pact Commander in Dragon Vigil

Aurene, referred to as "Glint's Second Scion" by Ruka the Wanderer, is a young dragon. While it is too soon to tell if she has gained all of her mother's abilities, she is able to gift the Pact Commander with various skills and is able to warn of future events in the form of prophetic visions, even while unhatched. This is seen in her granting the Commander a vision of Zojja and Logan in the clutches of Mordremoth and a second time of her imminent hatching and of the coming attack from Primordus's minions upon her emerging from the egg.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Primary article: Glint's Egg

Living World Season 3[edit]

Aurene hisses at invading Destroyers.

Aurene hatched in the Inner Chamber of Tarir in 1329 AE, a few months after absorbing some of the magic from the surge caused by the Elder Dragon Mordremoth's death. The hatching of Glint's second scion attracted the Elder Dragon Primordus's Destroyers which assaulted her sanctum to get to her. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Pact Commander, the Luminate of the Exalted and the being who called himself the mursaat Lazarus, the Destroyers were thwarted.

Afterwards, the Commander's allies Caithe and Marjory Delaqua hurried into the chamber to see if anyone was hurt, only to be relieved to see the party safe. The hatchling used her connection to her champion to whisper her name and preferred gender to the Commander who then revealed the hatchling's name as Aurene. Caithe pledged herself to act as the hatchling's guardian during the Commander's absence while Marjory promised to follow Lazarus and see if the mursaat was earnest about wanting to help the Commander's guild, Dragon's Watch, fight the Elder Dragons.

Aurene formed a close bond with the Commander, sending visions of herself through great distances via the mental link they now shared. The Commander stopped by in Tarir in between missions and helped the rambunctious hatchling undergo a series of Exalted tests to teach her valuable life lessons and thus steer her towards the path of goodness rather than selfishness so that she could one day become a great ally to the races of Tyria.

Path of Fire[edit]

Aurene was agitated by the death of her brother Vlast at the former god Balthazar's hands in 1330 AE, causing distress among the Exalted, Caithe, and the asura Taimi who tried to calm the hatchling down but in vain.[1] The scion was lured down to the Crystal Desert after sensing the Pact Commander's distress during a prolonged duel with Balthazar. As soon as Aurene arrived, however, Balthazar revealed that he had only toyed with the Commander to force Aurene to come to assist her champion as he had found out about the mental link the pair shared.

Following this, the rogue God of War captured Aurene after a brief clash and slew the Commander before her eyes. The hatchling was placed within Balthazar's gargantuan Warbeast machine which the former god had originally intended for Vlast until his sacrifice. Balthazar intended to use the scion of Glint as a power source in order to harm her grandfather, the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik, due to the resonance the Crystal Dragons shared. He was successful in chasing Kralkatorrik to the Kodash Bazaar where Aurene's power managed to paralyze Kralkatorrik. Before the God of War could deliver the killing blow, however, the resurrected Commander arrived just in time to free the hatchling during the Battle of Kodash Bazaar.

Aurene aided her champion in the final battle against Balthazar by strengthening and shielding the Commander with her magic and using a joint attack she had learned during her training with the Commander in Tarir. Aurene appeared to absorb some of the power released by the death of the rogue god before leaving the Commander behind and flying off towards Kralkatorrik who had likewise been empowered by the magic unleashed by Balthazar. Sometime after the battle had ended, Aurene roared in a distant location, revealing that she had grown once more due to the magic she had consumed.

Living World Season 4[edit]

Aurene, grown after absorbing Balthazar's magic.

When a Brandstorm conjured by the empowered Kralkatorrik hit over the Free City of Amnoon, Aurene appeared and fought in the skies against the Elder Dragon's Branded minions such as the Branded Wyvern. When the wyvern landed, Aurene delivered a striking blow after the recharging crystals had been destroyed. Once the battle was over, Aurene landed as well. She gave a prophetic vision to the members of Dragon's Watch and Shadows Agent Kito about an army of Awakened, led by a mysterious figure, assaulting Tyrians from the ancient city of Fahranur.

The Pact Commander sailed to the Domain of Istan to figure out the vision and find a way into Fahranur, and was accompanied by Aurene flying beside the ship. When the Commander was captured by Warden Amala while searching for Spearmarshal Zaeim, Aurene assisted Dragon's Watch and the Sunspears in their assault on the Mordant Crescent Great Hall to liberate the pair. Once freed, the Commander continued the search for Fahranur and asked the scion to protect the Sunspears who were planning to reclaim Champion's Dawn in the meantime. Aurene did exactly that and assisted the Sunspears whenever they launched raids against the Awakened and the Mordant Crescent throughout Istan, laying down air support to cover their retreat where needed.

During the Commander's visit to the Sandswept Isles in 1331 AE, the Olmakhan charr village of Atholma came under attack by Inquest golems sent from the nearby facility of Rata Primus. When the Commander, Braham Eirsson and Rox were about to be overwhelmed in the assault, Aurene arrived to provide air support and cleared a path for them to escort the charr cubs to safety. The Commander managed to convince the surprised Olmakhan to not shoot Aurene down, explaining that the dragon was on their side.

After the golems had been routed, Aurene landed on the cliffs overlooking Atholma and met with the Commander who thanked her for her help. Learning of the Commander's dilemma over how to gather more intel on the heavily guarded Rata Primus and its environs, the scion flew around the area and shared her sight with the Commander, startling the latter with the visual experience. Aurene's scouting revealed a protective shield around Rata Primus, a growing number of Awakened in the area, and a communications tower used to coordinate the Inquest's ground-based facilities and forces. Using Aurene's intel to their advantage, the Commander sneaked into the compounds to disable the shields and had Olmakhan prevent them from being repaired so the Commander could assault Rata Primus directly and search for the asura gate hub which Palawa Joko, the ruler of Elona, was using to send his Awakened forces to invade Tyria.

The assault on Rata Primus ended with the destruction of the gate hub and much of the facility itself. However, Joko managed to acquire the Inquest's Scarab Plague samples and flee after stalling the Commander by sending Commander Lonai, the woman from Aurene's vision in Amnoon, to fight the party. After rescuing Taimi's old friends Blish and Gorrik from the facility and narrowly escaping with Braham, the Commander reunited with allies aboard their corsair ally Sayida the Sly's airship and saw Aurene among them.

When Joko attempted to unleash his modified Scarab Plague on the Free City of Amnoon and sent dozens on Awakened to take out the Commander at the docks, Aurene came to the rescue and incinerated the Awakened while assisting the Commander in stopping the scarabs from spreading. When the Commander traveled to the Domain of Kourna to establish a foothold for the allied army so they could stop Joko's plans to improve the Scarab Plague at Gandara, the Moon Fortress, Aurene followed her champion and helped the allied army in their fights against the Awakened army.

The Commander and Braham sneaked into Gandara via the sewers while the rest of the allied army, including primeval ghosts, focused on fighting the Awakened and stopping the third generation of Scarab Plague from spreading outside the fortress. The pair confronted Joko, only to fall into the lich king's trap. While Joko gloated about his impending victory and prepared to execute both the incapacitated Commander and Braham, Aurene stealthily entered the fortress and attacked Joko, catching the lich by surprise. She devoured Joko and the magic that burst out of his body and snapped at the Commander who tried to approach her. Aurene eventually collapsed from exhaustion, and Canach speculated that absorbing Balthazar's magic might have changed her.

After the Battle of Gandara, Aurene flew around the Elonian countryside and assisted people in need, defending villages and cleaning up the Branded. The scion's dedication to protecting Elona tired her, however, and she eventually collapsed on the Fortress of Jahai during a summit between various factions who were about to decide Elona's future in the wake of King Joko's death. The appearance of the dragon who had killed Joko caused alarm among the factions who had been loyal to the lich king, and threatened to end the peace talks before they could properly begin. Aurene refused to move from the grand hall until the Commander appeared there and convinced the scion to follow Taimi out of the fortress for a stroll.

Kralkatorrik's Branded assaulted the fortress and the rest of Jahai Bluffs through rifts connecting to the Mists shortly after, however, and the Death-Branded Shatterer chased after the scion. As Aurene flew over Crescent's Prosperity, the Branded opened rifts while hunting her and caused the village below to be Branded.[2]

After having successfully evaded the Shatterer, the exhausted Aurene fell out of the sky over Gandara where a party led by Taimi located her and brought her back to Jahai Bluffs. Gathering a few displaced civilians along the way, they entered Sun's Refuge, which the Commander's team had recently liberated from territorial cave spiders led by the Colossal Broodmother, in order to give Aurene and the civilians a safe place to rest in. However, upon thinking back on the timing of Branded attacks coinciding with Aurene's appearances in various locations, the Commander and Taimi came to the conclusion that Kralkatorrik was using his connection to the scion to track her movements from the Mists and send his Branded after her.

Shortly after the revelation, the Branded assaulted Sun's Refuge via another rift, forcing the Commander to take a select few allies to fight the Branded while the rest of the allies stayed in the heart of Sun's Refuge to protect Aurene and the civilians. With the unexpected help provided by the ghosts of Eir Stegalkin and Snaff, the rift was closed. The ghosts had returned with a dire message from Glint herself: Kralkatorrik had begun consuming the magical energy in the Mists after accessing the realm with Balthazar's magic, and Aurene and the Commander needed to enter the Mists to stop the Elder Dragon and have Aurene replace him according to Glint's prophecy before reality itself would be devoured.

Backed into a corner, Aurene revealed a vision to the people present. She showed multiple potential scenarios of their future attempts to defeat Kralkatorrik with varying equipment and allies—including the Pact fleet, the MEGA-LIT cannon, Awakened trebuchets and soldiers, Braham, Caithe, Canach, Rox, Rytlock Brimstone, Taimi in Scruffy, and an enigmatic deadeye priestess who would later be revealed as Zafirah—only for each outcome to end in Aurene's death. Terrified by the vision and pressured by Eir and Snaff's demands, the scion roared in anguish and fled outside, leaving her allies reeling without her.

After attaching a tracker to Kralkatorrik with Blish's help in the Mists, the Commander returned to Sun's Refuge to deliver the news of Blish's sacrifice and pondered where the party should begin looking for Aurene. Much to their surprise Caithe appeared out of the shadows, suggesting that she could help them. After sufficient time had passed for the group to mourn Blish's passing, Caithe let the Commander know about her experiences with Aurene in Tarir and that it was in the scion's nature to go off alone whenever she felt troubled. The sylvari pointed out that Aurene would be ready when the party needed the scion to help them.[3]

To ease Aurene's anxiety and remind her how much she was loved, Taimi decided to build the scion a comfortable nest in Sun's Refuge. She asked the Commander to collect gifts for the nest from various people, whom Aurene had helped during the party's travels throughout Elona and the Crystal Desert, in preparation for the scion's return.[4]

Aurene bonds with Caithe via Branding her.

Following her troubling visions, Aurene used her new Mist-traversing abilities to retreat to a section of Glint's Trials concealed in the Mists. The Commander and Caithe tracked her there in 1332 AE and witnessed her mourning next to the corpse of her mother. After the pair had comforted her, the scion decided to accompany the Commander to the last set of trials Glint had set up in preparation for the final confrontation with Kralkatorrik. Aurene learned to facilitate her absorption of powerful magics and use it to shape and mold Kralkatorrik's Brand crystals, and faced her greatest fear, which manifested as Branded Aurene, together with the Commander.

The scion and her champion ultimately passed Glint's trials by proving their partnership and trust for one another. Aurene was taken to a private area in the lair where she communicated with Glint about the specifics of Ascension which could only be expressed between dragons. Upon returning to the Commander and Caithe and leaving for Thunderhead Keep where their allies were already waiting for them, the scion's scales had gained a faint blue glow, and she was no longer afraid of death.

As the trio emerged from a portal in Thunderhead Keep, they met with Zafirah, who sensed a trace of Balthazar in Aurene, and heard a Zephyrite choir singing a song about Aurene being the hope of Tyria. While the Commander explored the Forge, Aurene stayed with Zafirah and Caithe for a while to get acquainted with the priestess. She eventually joined the Commander in clearing Branded crystals from local dredge pumps to convince the dredge to lend some of their oil supply for the Pact. With the materials ready, the scion helped the Commander forge the first of the many mass-produced albeit inferior Dragonsblood Spears to come for the battle ahead.

After the forging, the Commander learned from the ghost of Gwen Thackeray that Glint's spectral army of Mist Wardens had been overrun in the Mists, and Kralkatorrik had entered the Domain of the Lost where he was scattering and devouring the dead. In the wake of the ghost's visit, a Mist rift opened and brought in a horde of invading Branded. Aurene channeled her power through the Forge's resonance crystal to defeat Kralkatorrik's minions, then shocked everyone by Branding over the residual Brandstorm to stop it from spreading.

As many of the Commander's allies argued about this troubling new power and if the scion could become a liability in the future, Aurene grew frustrated by her inability to speak and defend herself. Caithe finally offered herself to Aurene as a vessel to speak through and stepped into the scion's Brand. The act resulted in teal crystalline flowers blossoming over Caithe as a deep mental and emotional bond joined her and Aurene—an experience far different from the violent subjugation of Kralkatorrik's Branding. Speaking through Caithe, Glint's second scion uttered her first words: "I am not him."

Aurene's gesture reassured her allies, and together they came up with an improvised plan to lure Kralkatorrik into the Forge and use the resonance crystals, boosted by dredge technology and Zephyrite songs, to help destroy him. While the Commander rallied the troops with an inspiring speech, Aurene joined Caithe near the first resonance crystal of the Auditorium deep within the keep. After a few reassuring words from the Commander, the scion entered the Mists only to return shortly after, luring the Elder Dragon to the Pact's trap.

While Kralkatorrik was being distracted by the Pact's attacks, Aurene Branded the Elder Dragon's neck to the wall so he could not force himself deeper into the mountain. With the help of the Zephyrite choir and the dredge's sonic amplifying technology, the scion and her champion unleashed the sounds of three resonance crystals on Kralkatorrik to wound him and attacked him on the revealed weak points every time he became disoriented.

In the final stages of the battle, Kralkatorrik mustered all his strength to annihilate his opposition which stood in his way to Aurene. Channeling the powers of the slain Zhaitan, Mordremoth, Balthazar as well as his own power all at once, the Elder Dragon released a major surge of dragon energy only to be blocked by Braham's shield bubble which Aurene had boosted with her magic. The resulting blast was enough to knock the allied forces down and leave the Commander and Aurene to face the weakened Crystal Dragon in the depths of the keep where they successfully damaged one of his eyes and prepared to deliver the killing blow.

However, Kralkatorrik recovered at the last moment and fired another blast of dragon energy to kill the Commander, only to be countered by the scion who darted in front of it and fired a blast of her own. The resulting explosion destroyed one of the Crystal Dragon's eyes but also caused the scion to be impaled by Branded spikes, piercing her heart and killing her as her visions had foretold. Wounded but victorious, Kralkatorrik managed to shake himself free from Aurene's Brand and returned to the Mists, leaving the injured Commander and the remnants of the allied army to mourn the scion's death.

After gathering to pay tribute to Aurene's corpse some time after the battle, Caithe was heartbroken by Kralkatorrik's crystals piercing Aurene and decided to snap one off, causing a slight tremor. Curious about this sudden effect, a few Zephyrite singers and the Commander agreed to help Caithe in her task, and together they removed another crystal, causing a reaction in Aurene and returning life to Caithe's Branded flowers. The Commander used Aurene's Resonating Blast skill on the remaining Branded spikes on her body; the crystals shattered completely, revealing that the scion was alive once more but could now speak without needing Caithe as a conduit.

Aurene explained that she had been saved because she had consumed Palawa Joko's lich magic at Gandara, which had made her immortal and fulfilled one of the conditions of Glint's prophecy, but she had not been able to heal herself earlier because of the Branded crystal which had pierced her heart. Following the revelation, Aurene urged the Commander to follow her into the Mists to find and drive the injured Kralkatorrik back to Tyria before he could heal himself and devour all reality while the Commander's allies mobilized to rendezvous with the pair to face the Elder Dragon together.

Riding atop the revitalized and now empowered Aurene, the Commander used the scion's skills to track down and attack Kralkatorrik in the Mists, following him from Melandru's Lost Domain to Grenth's Underworld and finally to Balthazar's Fissure of Woe. The aerial battle concluded when Aurene successfully blasted off Kralkatorrik's left wing and forced him through a portal back to Tyria into the Unending Ocean, where the Elder Dragon was buried under what became known as Dragonfall, a landmass of the three god-realm islands torn from the Mists.

Following the return to Tyria, Aurene landed in a newly established Pact outpost on Dragonfall and set off after planning the offensive with Dragon's Watch and Pact command. Inspired by Aurene saving their lives in Thunderhead Keep, several volunteers from various races had founded the Order of the Crystal Bloom to revere her and had come to assist in the battle against the Elder Dragon.

Later, Aurene called the Commander to her after discovering and befriending a new Mists-born species of lesser dragons she called skyscales. Because Kralkatorrik had begun generating constant Brandstorms around his half-buried body and disrupting mechanical devices, the scion suggested that the Commander use one of the skyscales instead to reach Kralkatorrik's severed wing and collect the Elder Dragon's blood to forge a true, upgraded successor to the original Dragonsblood Spear to help in the coming fight. Meanwhile, Aurene would lead the rest of the skyscales to combat Kralkatorrik and his amassing Branded horde. Once the Commander had successfully tested the improved Dragonsblood Spear on a weak point on Kralkatorrik's claw and heard him roar in pain, Aurene responded with a roar of bloodthirsty delight.

Learning that the Pact's attempt to kill Kralkatorrik was failing due to the Elder Dragon consuming a hidden ley line under his body to heal himself, the Commander, Caithe, Zafirah, and Rytlock accompanied Aurene through a cave to his head where they defend Aurene while she sealed off the ley lines with her crystal magic. Meanwhile, the Pact, led by General Almorra Soulkeeper and Pact Marshal Logan Thackeray, distracted the Branded swarm by assaulting the Elder Dragon's exposed body. When the final ley line was closed, the Pact struck at Kralkatorrik, killing his body. However, despite his body's death, energy still remained within Kralkatorrik, and the Commander and Aurene realized they had to fly into the Crystal Dragon's body through his mouth to destroy his heart while the rest of the party stayed behind to defend the ley lines from amassing Branded.

Once inside the Elder Dragon, the pair heard Kralkatorrik address them directly, and Aurene was distressed by sensing her grandfather's pain. As they advanced to Kralkatorrik's core, they learned of the Crystal Dragon's inner torment and regret, and ended up fighting against a manifestation of Kralkatorrik's torment which shielded his heart. To weaken the manifestation of torment, the pair defeated and sealed off facets of magic which Kralkatorrik had absorbed from Balthazar, Mordremoth, and Zhaitan, while Kralkatorrik's calm voice urged the pair on and argued with his violent, tormented side.

In the end, Kralkatorrik's Torment was overpowered, and Aurene came to realize the suffering the Elder Dragon had been through for millennia. As a result, her bloodthirst to see Kralkatorrik die was gradually replaced by sympathy towards her grandfather who had genuinely cared for his family until his torment had made him act against them and cause destruction in his wake. After sharing a brief moment of peace with his grieving granddaughter, the weary Kralkatorrik urged the Commander to pierce his heart with the Dragonsblood Spear so that Aurene may take his place as an Elder Dragon to fulfill the first part of Glint's legacy. Upon consuming Kralkatorrik's magic, Aurene shared one final moment with her champion and their companions before she ascended and flew off into a beautiful sunset, emerging as a fully fledged Elder Dragon of Light to replace her grandfather in the All.

In the revived Festival of the Four Winds that followed Aurene's ascension, several attending Zephyrites talked about Aurene and expressed their relief and pride that they had completed their mission by ensuring that Aurene had fulfilled the prophecy. They also answered visitors' questions about their relationship with the new Elder Dragon of Light and how they had tended to the egg that had once contained her.[5] The Zephyrites built a tribute to Aurene, commemorating their deeds and honoring both the Prismatic Elder Dragon and Dragon's Watch who had saved Tyria from destruction.

The Icebrood Saga[edit]

Locations[edit]

Heart of Maguuma
Crystal Desert

Story involvement[edit]

Living World Season 3[edit]

Path of Fire story[edit]

Living World Season 4[edit]

The Icebrood Saga[edit]

Event involvement[edit]

Domain of Istan
Event flag (tango icon).png [Group Event] Clear the Northern Awakened Forces (80)
Event star (tango icon).png [Group Event] Clear the Awakened forces from the courtyard (80)
Domain of Kourna
Event swords (tango icon).png Trample scarabs with your mount to contain the outbreak (80)
Event star (tango icon).png Defeat a Ghost Eater and a Mordant Crescent Intimidator (80)
Dragonfall
Supply Bull Amber Sandfall.png Escort Melandru's Tears to the Olmakhan camp (80)
Supply Bull Blue Oasis.png Escort Soul Binders to the Crystal Bloom camp (80)
Supply Bull Red Rock.png Escort Eternal Embers to the Olmakhan camp (80)
Event dragon (map icon).png [Group Event] Engage Kralkatorrik (80)

Combat abilities[edit]

Abilities
  • Adolescent Dragon
Effects

DefianceDefiance bar teal.png

Skills
  • Surprised.png Coordinated Attack - Combo attack between Aurene(Flaming Breath attack) and Pact Commander(Equipped Weapon).
  • Resonating Blast.png Resonating Blast - Pact Commander channels Aurene's Power in explosive blast.

Dialogue[edit]

Inside Precocious Aurene (personal instance)
Aurene looks up at you adoringly.
Charisma Smile at Aurene to show your affection.
Talk ready option.png Play catch with Aurene.
Talk give option tango.png Give Aurene the dragon hatchling doll.
Talk give option tango.png Give Aurene a souvenir from Divinity's Reach.
One of the following:
<Character name>: Something special just for you.
<Character name>: A little something from the outside world.
Talk give option tango.png Give Aurene a souvenir from the Black Citadel. (Same as above)
Talk give option tango.png Give Aurene a souvenir from Hoelbrak. (Same as above)
Talk give option tango.png Give Aurene a souvenir from Rata Sum. (Same as above)
Talk give option tango.png Give Aurene a souvenir from the Grove. (Same as above)
Talk give option tango.png Give Aurene a souvenir from Orr. (Same as above)
Talk give option tango.png Give Aurene a souvenir from the Zephyrites. (Same as above)
Talk end option tango.png Never mind.

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Screenshots
Concept art
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Renders
Miscellaneous

Related achievements[edit]

Notes[edit]

Trivia[edit]

See also[edit]

Associated items

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Contact Point
  2. ^ Chaos Theory
    Merchant: We saw that dragon fly overhead—the one who's been helping people.
    Merchant: Next thing we knew, the sky tore open, and then...our home was gone.
  3. ^ Storm Tracking
    Taimi: But there is no way we can do this without Aurene. We have to find her.
    Braham Eirsson: How? She didn't exactly leave a note.
    Familiar Voice: I think I can help with that.
    Caithe: The priestess was right. You do need better security.
    Caithe: We have a lot to talk about, don't we?
  4. ^ Sun's Refuge ambient dialogue
  5. ^ Bazaar Docks ambient dialogue
  6. ^ Dragon Bash ambient dialogue
  7. ^ Researcher Grunn
  8. ^ Longeye's Landslide ambient dialogue
  9. ^ Living World Magazine
  10. ^ Comment by Eve Eschenbacher, Reddit.com
  11. ^ Aurene by Ronald Kury, ArtStation.com