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Warband above self. Legion above warband. Charr above legion... Charr above all.

Bangar Ruinbringer

Bangar Ruinbringer is the Imperator of the Blood Legion. Although charismatic, he is considered a "wild card" among the current three Imperators of the charr High Legions, and is said to be both distrustful and prone to rage. He has a strong hatred for humans, which overcomes his suspicions about the other two Imperators to retain a shaky alliance against the Flame Legion. He rules from the Blood Citadel to the east of the Blazeridge Mountains.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

As a cub, Bangar Ruinbringer was raised on stories about humans skinning charr and using their fur and horns as armor, and had spent almost all of his adult life in direct opposition to them. He lost people he cared about—members of his warband, good soldiers, friends—in the human-charr conflict, and he lived and breathed this narrative for fifty-odd years.[2] His distrust for humans and the other races of Tyria stemmed not just from prejudice but from historic wrongs committed against his people.[3]

After becoming the Imperator of the Blood Legion, Bangar gained a reputation as a charismatic but stern leader prone to rage whom few would dare to question. He did not trust the Ash Legion and preferred to send his own soldiers on covert ops missions whenever needed rather than relying on the other legion's finest.

In the past, Bangar took in the young Crecia Stoneglow and her dam who had fled from the Flame Legion. He placed Crecia in a local fahrar so she would be raised according to the values of the Blood Legion although Crecia never forgot her roots and whom she and her dam had left behind.[4] While growing up, Crecia joined the Stone Warband alongside Rytlock Brimstone, and Bangar took note of the pair.

Some time after Crecia and Rytlock had graduated from the fahrar, Bangar ordered them to infiltrate the Flame Legion and sabotage it from the inside. In his view, a female charr like Crecia was perfect for the mission as the Flame Legion, who belittled females, would not suspect her of being a spy for the Blood Legion. When Rytlock eventually returned from the enemy garrison alone, Bangar was initially furious at him for blowing his cover and disobeying orders until he learned that Rytlock had stolen Sohothin, a recovered magic sword once wielded by Prince Rurik and which had been intended for Flame Imperator Gaheron Baelfire, from the Flame Legion upon his departure. Bangar would later learn that Crecia had stabbed Rytlock in the leg after the theft and sounded an alarm in the garrison to make the Flame Legion chase after him in order to take suspicion off herself so she could continue carrying out her mission for her Imperator.

Deciding to use Sohothin as a propaganda tool against the Flame Legion, the Blood Imperator sent Rytlock and the Stone Warband on the front lines. Although Rytlock used the sword with diligence at first, his fame as a legendary Flame Legion killer and wielder of Sohothin gradually emboldened him and made him ignore his superiors' orders. Bangar summoned Rytlock to the Blood Citadel where he voiced his displeasure and that he had considered executing the reckless warrior for the acts of defiance. Although he justified his arguments with Rytlock's disobedience having needlessly endangered his fellow soldiers in battle, he also made it clear that he did not like Rytlock believing he was better than the Imperator himself.

Instead of executing the warrior or making him a gladium as punishment, however, Bangar promoted Rytlock and sent him on "a tour of the legions" so the warrior's presence would "motivate" the other High Legions. As he delivered the punishment masked as a reward, Bangar enjoyed the thought of Rytlock, who did not hold a high opinion of the other legions at the time, being miserable abroad more than he enjoyed winning their verbal clash.[5]

Bangar promoted Crecia to his second-in-command some time after her return to the Blood Citadel from her successful undercover mission.[6] As a tribune and Bangar's head of security, Crecia used her influence to try to persuade Bangar to reach out to the Flame Legion and make a truce with them. The Blood Imperator, however, rejected her offers each time, even after Gaheron Baelfire's demise left the Flame Legion fractured.[4]

Modern developments[edit]

After leaving Destiny's Edge in the aftermath of the failed battle against the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik and returning to the Blood Legion in 1320 AE, Rytlock was accused of being a traitor for collaborating with humans such as Logan Thackeray and was demoted to scrapper with Bangar doing nothing to prevent the demotion. However, Rytlock rose quickly through the ranks by killing any superior that insulted him and taking their position until he reached the rank of tribune. As a result, Bangar assigned him to the Iron Legion's territory in Ascalon as a Blood Legion representative to join another tribune, Fierhan Sparwind.[7] Due to his troubled past in the Blood Legion Homelands and his strained relationship with both his Imperator and the Stone Warband, Rytlock rarely visited the homelands and his many cubs. Bangar took it upon himself to become a father figure to Rytlock and Crecia's son, Ryland Steelcatcher, and watched Ryland's career in the legion with great interest.

In the following years, Bangar often had strong disagreements with General Almorra Soulkeeper, who had once been a member of the Blood Legion before she had become a gladium and founded the Vigil in the aftermath of Kralkatorrik's rise. Bangar and Iron Legion's Imperator Smodur the Unflinching both vied for the title of Khan-Ur although neither made a move against the other while they had to focus on other threats to charr interests such as Ascalonian ghosts, Branded, Flame Legion, and ogres.

Bangar's hatred of humanity remained even after Dougal Keane's successful covert mission to retrieve the Claw of the Khan-Ur on behalf of Almorra and Ash Imperator Malice Swordshadow led to talks of a ceasefire between charr and humans from 1324 AE onward. Despite his views, however, the Blood Imperator did not openly oppose the Ash and Iron Legions and ultimately joined them in signing the ceasefire agreement which ended the lengthy charr siege on the Stronghold of Ebonhawke and led to further negotiations between legion representatives and human ambassadors at Summit Peak which would result in the signing of the Ebonhawke Treaty. According to Smodur, Bangar only agreed to the treaty because he could not afford a war against the other High Legions on top of dealing with other threats at the time.[8]

Bangar committed his troops to Smodur's region in Ascalon to assist the Iron Legion although the Blood Legion cohorts stationed there sometimes clashed with the other legions about how to handle the enemies they were facing. Since the negotiations for the Ebonhawke Treaty began, several rogue charr warbands defected from all the three High Legions and became Renegades. This rogue faction continued fighting against humans in Ascalon and tried to goad their fellow charr to brawl despite the Imperators' protests. Blood Legion defectors were particularly numerous among the Renegades.

The Icebrood Saga[edit]

Bangar goads Rytlock Brimstone to kill him and replace him as Imperator during their reunion.

Once news spread of the Pact's victory against Kralkatorrik and Aurene's ascension as a new Elder Dragon in 1332 AE, Bangar began pondering about Aurene's role in the world that would come after. He decided to finally follow Crecia's advice and offer a truce to any member of the Flame Legion who were willing to hear him out. When a Flame Legion faction led by Efram Greetsglory accepted Bangar's invitation to travel to Grothmar Valley, Bangar demanded that the faction hand over their cubs to raised in the Bloog Legion's fahrar as a sign of goodwill. Despite the Blood Imperator's show of support, both male and female members of Efram's faction were viewed with distrust, and their cubs were bullied in the fahrar.[9]

Bangar took credit for the truce with the Flame Legion and sent invitiations to his fellow Imperators as well as other notable Tyrian figures such as Almorra, the Pact Commander and members of Dragon's Watch who had contributed to Kralkatorrik's demise. While he made Crecia handle the logistics of the festival, he allowed her to talk him into inviting Rytlock to the festival too despite his reservations about including him among the guests. The Blood Imperator ostensibly framed the invitations to be for a celebration of Kralkatorrik's death while using the opportunity to have the legions gather in one place so he could host a political All-Legion Rally and promote his views of charr unity under strong leadership in the changed world.

To cement the Blood Legion's symbolic strength in the opening ceremony, Bangar had the grown-up Ryland, who had been promoted as centurion, to deliver a killing blow to a Branded devourer in ritualistic combat. As the fight was about to conclude, more Branded suddenly erupted from the ground much to the audience's surprise, and the guests had to defend themselves from the sudden attack. The invasion stopped when Aurene flew by the arena and Branded the devourer broodmother in her wake, startling and angering Bangar and many other charr who viewed the inteference of the Elder Dragon as the Pact Commander flaunting their power in front of everyone. In a subsequent conversation with Rytlock and the Commander, Bangar showed his disappointment and ordered Rytlock to meet him in private later while voicing his hope that Rytlock would not embarrass him during the festivities.

In the meantime, the Blood Imperator ordered his Minister of Morale, Varinia Stormsounder, to ensure that the message of "One Charr" would be promoted via announcements throughout the valley as well as via other tools of propaganda such as posters about Bangar and legion brotherhood, and songs of the Metal Legion band. Although some members of the band had reservations about trying to make Bangar's name rhyme in the lyrics or having an outside influence alter their message for political purposes, they allowed the song Bound by Blood to be revised according to Varinia's wishes.[10][11] Some of the perceptive people in the audience spotted the propaganda in Bangar's speech during the opening ceremony and in the lyrics in the concert, and voiced their complaints about the troubling undertones of what message was being conveyed.[12]

Unbeknownst to the guests who were enjoying the festival, Bangar subtly let the assembled charr who shared his vision know of the true reason why he had organized the All-Legion Rally: he had wanted to reach out to like-minded soldiers across the four legions who had the charr's best interests at heart and who, like him, worried that the Pact might use Aurene as a weapon against the charr in the future if left unchecked. In the Blood Imperator's view the balance of power had become asymmetrical and the charr needed to answer this escalation by fighting fire with fire,[13] and he had the means to achieve this goal.

Bangar reached out to the Renegades and had them collaborate with Ryland Steelcatcher who gave orders to kidnap the Commander's companion Gorrik as Bangar believed that the asura might have useful intel on Aurene's strengths and weaknesses. Bangar also instructed the Renegades to stay put, observe the valley and not make a move on the other Imperators until he had "evened the odds."[14] He told Ryland to get close to the Commander's other ally, Braham Eirsson, and make their tour of the valley ostensibly be about racial cooperation while Ryland would trick the norn into getting drunk so he could steal Braham's fire-enchanted bow which the Blood Imperator required in the future.[15]

At the same time violence against non-charr escalated throughout the festival as frustrated charr from all legions took their anger on the guests, including members of the Vigil, with nearly fatal results. Some troublemakers, who included not only adult charr but also teenagers and cubs, even targeted their fellow charr who had been seen interacting with outsiders.[16] An angered Almorra confronted Bangar about the violence and told him to keep his legionnaires in line while Bangar tried to calm her down by explaining that she was overestimating his influence and that a little violence was nothing out of the ordinary in charr parties. Unimpressed, Almorra left the Blood Imperator who soon met with not only Rytlock but Crecia and the Commander who had accompanied the tribune to deliver a message about the increasing acts of violence. Bangar brushed off the accusations, however, and reminded everyone present about how charr had been hunted like animals in the past and how they had always had enemies to fight against.

When Rytlock came to defend Aurene and the Commander in the argument, Bangar suddenly switched the topic to Rytlock neglecting the Blood Legion for many years and how the tribune had only been invited back out of sentimentality. The Blood Imperator viewed Rytlock as a disappointment and pointed out that he had been a better father figure to Rytlock's son than the absent Rytlock himself had been, which provoked the tribune into punching him. Accepting the blow with a sadistic smirk, Bangar responded by punching Rytlock in return, which led to a vicious brawl between the two charr until Rytlock overcame the Imperator who then expressed pleasure at seeing Rytlock finally baring his fangs like a true charr should. Bangar goaded Rytlock to kill him and thus become the new Blood Imperator, but Rytlock ultimately hesitated and left the office, not wanting anything from Bangar anymore. Bangar openly showed his disappointment while Crecia pointed out that the Blood Imperator had wanted Rytlock to react the way he did. In response, Bangar dismissed her and briefly asked the Commander about whether Aurene or Rytlock were harder to keep in line, before he told the Commander to leave the office as well.

Once Bangar learned that Ryland's mission to secure Braham's bow had been successful, he and Ryland wasted no time and slipped out of the Blood Keep while being joined by several dozen heavily armed warbands from the Renegades and all the four legions whom the Blood Imperator's agents had rallied behind him. They headed for the Shiverpeaks Pass where they used Iron Legion explosives to blow up the bridge behind them to prevent anyone from following them. Before heading farther north in the blizzard, Bangar addressed the assembled warbands while holding Braham's bow in his claws and announced his plan in clear terms: the charr would even the odds against Aurene by getting their own Elder Dragon—Jormag.

Location[edit]

Ascalon

Story involvement[edit]

The Icebrood Saga[edit]

Combat abilities[edit]

Abilities
  • Blood Legion Imperator

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

Related achievements[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Legions of the Charr
  2. ^ a b Comment by Julia Nardin in "About the Charr victim complex, and Anet's hatred for Ascalon", Guild Wars 2 Forums
  3. ^ Guild Wars 2 Living World - Issue 01, GuildWars2.com
  4. ^ a b Bad Blood
    Rytlock Brimstone: Surprised he finally agreed to a truce with Flame. Crecia's been banging that drum for years...
    Rytlock Brimstone: Her sire was a high-ranking shaman. Dam fled their legion so her cub could be raised somewhere safe.
    Rytlock Brimstone: Bangar took them in. Put Crecia through our fahrar, but she never forgot where she came from. Or who they left behind.
  5. ^ Requiem: Rytlock
  6. ^ Tweet by Tom Abernathy, Twitter.com
  7. ^ "Chapter 33: Sundering", Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King:
    When first he returned to the Blood Legion, he was stripped of rank and assigned menial work. An overseer called him a traitor, and Rytlock killed him. That's how he became an overseer. Later, a legionnaire called him a deserter, and Rytlock killed him as well. That's how he became a legionnaire.
    Let a centurion call him a friend to humans, and Rytlock would rise again.
    He was no longer a friend to humans, especially not to Logan Thackeray.
    Rytlock spit from the top of the wall and watched the gobbet fall a hundred feet down before smearing.
    Logan, who was now Queen Jennah's lapdog...
    Logan, who had corrupted a dungeon full of charr...
    Logan, who had made a fool out of Rytlock...
    "He'd better hope the Seraph never fight the Blood Legion."
  8. ^ Revels & Rivals
    Smodur the Unflinching: Hmph. Bangar. If we ever get a new Khan-Ur...it'll be someone who has the vision to really unite us.
    <Character name>: Someone like you.
    Smodur the Unflinching: He didn't want to sign that treaty with the humans.
    Smodur the Unflinching: Only caved because he couldn't afford a civil war on top of everything else. That and he knew he'd lose.
    <Character name>: You don't think he has the charr's best interests at heart?
    Smodur the Unflinching: He's old. So's his thinking. For someone who talks big about the future, he sure clings to the past.
  9. ^ Revels & Rivals
    Efram Greetsglory: Ruinbringer demanded our cubs as proof of goodwill. Most have already been training at the Blood Legion fahrar but—
    Prisca: I'm not going back there! Everyone hates me. Especially the other girls.
    Efram Greetsglory: I expected some resistance from other legions, even with Bangar's support. But I underestimated the cruelty of children.
  10. ^ A Concert for the Ages
  11. ^ Sacnoth Stream ambient dialogue
  12. ^ Devourer's Ridge ambient dialogue
  13. ^ Longeye's Landslide ambient dialogue
  14. ^ Deeper and Deeper
    Unknown Voice: We should kill the other imperators now. Cut their throats while they sleep.
    Unknown Voice: Orders are to stay put. Keep an eye on things here. Now's not the right time. He still needs to even the odds. [...]
    Gorrik: They kept asking me about Aurene. Her weaknesses. If I thought she could kill another Elder Dragon after Kralkatorrik...
  15. ^ A Race to Arms
    Marjory Delaqua: Commander! We found your signal fire. Where's Bangar?
    Rytlock Brimstone: Took his followers deeper into the Shiverpeaks.
    Rytlock Brimstone: With your bow.
    Braham Eirsson: What? No... Ryland tricked me?
  16. ^ Shoo the whippersnappers off of the old Fangstorm's lawn before he snaps!
  17. ^ Blood Legion Primus Badge
  18. ^ Wyrh Arrowbreak
  19. ^ Tweet by Graham McTavish, Twitter.com