Caithe

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I'll do you a favor. You can't trust Caithe. She's not the perfect bloom she pretends to be.

Scarlet Briar

Caithe is a sylvari Firstborn of the Cycle of Night, and a member of Destiny's Edge. While most sylvari are creatures of light, Caithe has never feared gazing into darkness to seek truths others fear as she shares a troubled past with Grand Duchess Faolain of the Nightmare Court. A Valiant of the Pale Tree, Caithe was given the Wyld Hunt to slay the Elder Dragon Zhaitan.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

When the sylvari race was young, most of the Firstborn stayed in the Grove to tend the Pale Tree, but Caithe and Faolain dared to see the world.[1] Over time, they established a deep bond and became lovers. While exploring Orr, they encountered the Nightmare; Caithe shied away from it, but Faolain embraced it, planting the beginning of a rift that would form between them over time.[verification requested]

Edge of Destiny[edit]

Caithe first met with the human Logan Thackeray and the charr Rytlock Brimstone in Ascalon in 1319 AE after the two were fighting each other and were subsequently ambushed by ogres led by Chief Kronon who was hunting the pair to avenge the death of his son Chiefling Ygor. After escaping Kronon's ogres, the trio entered a ruined underground dwarven city where they were attacked by the Destroyers who had sensed their presence. Upon activating a malfunctioning asura gate, Caithe sang a song to the Pale Tree so the Tree could help prolong the contact and made it possible for the trio to enter the gate and escape the Destroyers to the countyside near Lion's Arch where they defeated a few Destroyers which had managed to follow them there.[2]

The trio were inadvertently imprisoned by the Lionguard when Logan and Rytlock's fight over the latter's sword Sohothin caused property damage. Their billets were bought by Captain Magnus Irondawn, and the three fought as a team in Lion's Arch's gladiatorial arena under the name Edge of Steel to earn their freedom. They were undefeated until a group called Dragonspawn's Destiny—which included the norn Eir Stegalkin, the dire wolf Garm, and the asura Snaff and Zojja—bested them. The victors commissioned the trio to join forces with them to help defeat the Dragonspawn, a champion of the Elder Dragon Jormag.[3]

Upon their success, they combined their respective groups' names and formed Destiny's Edge. The new guild continued to adventure together, successfully hunting down other dragon champions such as the Destroyer of Life and Morgus Lethe and becoming famous throughout Tyria. During these events, Caithe was hit with a volatile poison. Faolain, now Grand Duchess of the Nightmare Court, tried again to convince Caithe to join with her, but realized that Caithe would rather die than turn. Faolain ultimately drew the poison out of Caithe's body, permanently scarring her hand to save her former lover's life. Still, Caithe refused to go back with her. This would not dissuade Faolain from trying to win her over in the future, however. Caithe mourned Faolain's fall to Nightmare but received comforting words from Snaff who suggested that Caithe could not save her lover; only Faolain could save herself once she remembered what Caithe really meant for her.[4]

In 1320 AE, Faolain sought out Caithe and, in an attempt to sway her to her side, informed her that the previous struggles of Destiny's Edge against dragon champions had amounted to nothing as the Elder Dragons would continue to rise. According to Faolain, the Nightmare Court had learned that Glint, a legendary dragon from the Crystal Desert who had aided humanity in the past, had kept her loyalties concealed and was preparing for the rise of Kralkatorrik as his champion. Caithe delivered the troubling news to her companions in Destiny's Edge who were torn about the reveal as they did not trust Faolain and were aware of Glint's actions against the enemies to Tyria in the past. Despite their initial misgivings about Glint's suggested treachery, however, Destiny's Edge resolved to seek out Glint's lair in the Crystal Desert and had the blessing of Queen Jennah, who was equally torn about the decision, to stop Glint before the dragon could help her master return to the world.[5]

Glint had foreseen the coming of Destiny's Edge, however, and waited for them in her lair. Glint and Destiny's Edge clashed briefly, and she easily defeated the guild during the confrontation. She realized that Destiny's Edge had good intentions and had been led astray, however, so she decided to tell them the truth to end the battle: she had once served Kralkatorrik but would do so no longer and was acting against her former master who would inevitably rise.

Sensing Glint's earnesty, Destiny's Edge was swayed to her side and suggested that she should fight alongside them against Kralkatorrik. Glint was surprised when Eir and Snaff hatched a plan to use the Dragonsblood Spear and Kralkatorrik's crystalline blood, which Glint had gathered in her lair, to subdue the Elder Dragon for the finishing blow. Realizing that they might be able to stop Kralkatorrik as long as they worked together to use their respective strengths in battle, Glint chose to fight alongside Destiny's Edge.

As Glint had foreseen, Kralkatorrik awoke once more and sought her out for her betrayal. The sudden departure of Logan Thackeray to protect Queen Jennah in the Ogre Revolt weakened Destiny's Edge, however, but Eir believed in their chances and chose to confront the Elder Dragon according to the original battle plan regardless of Glint's warning. Although at first they were able to stand up to Kralkatorrik, the Elder Dragon proved to be a powerful adversary. Sensing that they only had once chance of defeating her former master, Glint sacrificed herself in Kralkatorrik's jaws to put a yoke Snaff had made from crystallized dragon blood on the Elder Dragon. The established link allowed Snaff to access Kralkatorrik's mind and force him to land while the Elder Dragon was distracted.

However, Logan's absence affected the fighting capabilities of Destiny's Edge. They were unable to protect Snaff from Kralkatorrik's Branded minions which killed Snaff and allowed the Elder Dragon to wrestle free and flee the area before Rytlock Brimstone could use the Dragonsblood Spear to harm him. Having barely survived the battle, Destiny's Edge mourned the loss of Glint and Snaff and disbanded out of grief and anger, leaving their dragon ally where she had fallen. The wounds Kralkatorrik had received in the battle left behind crystallized blood on the sand, however, which Caithe collected in case they could be used against the Crystal Dragon in the future.[6]

Personal story[edit]

Living World Season 1[edit]

Living World Season 2[edit]

Heart of Thorns[edit]

Living World Season 3[edit]

Path of Fire[edit]

Living World Season 4[edit]

Locations[edit]

Crystal Desert
Heart of Maguuma
Maguuma Jungle
Shiverpeak Mountains

Historical locations[edit]

Kryta
Ruins of Orr

Story involvement[edit]

Caithe-Final.jpg

Personal story[edit]

Living World Season 2[edit]

Heart of Thorns story[edit]

Living World Season 3[edit]

Path of Fire story[edit]

Living World Season 4[edit]

Combat abilities[edit]

Effects

DefianceDefiance bar teal.png

During The Crystal Blooms

Mission Exclusive Skills

Skills

Melee - Dual Daggers:

  • Strike - Standard melee attack.
  • Backstab - High damage melee attack.
  • Leaping Death Blossom - Dual Wield. Do an evasive attack over your target, striking nearby foes three times. Each hit causes bleeding.
  • Crippling Swipe - Strikes foe, Crippled.png crippling upon hit.

Ranged - Dual Pistols:

  • Shoot - Standard ranged projectile.
  • Chain Shot - Rapid fire projectiles on one target.
  • Whirling Barrage - Melee reflection plus shooting out ranged projectiles in multiple directions.

Dialogue[edit]

The House of Caithe[edit]

(If sylvari)
Hello, Valiant. I hope you don't need me. I'm right in the middle of something. Talk to you later?
(If not sylvari, before completion of Setting the Stage)
Hello. Have we met? I don't remember you. I'm distracted at the moment. I'm sure that's why. Perhaps I'll see you some other time.
(If not sylvari, after completion of Setting the Stage)
Oh, hello, <Character name>. I'd love to chat, but I'm in the middle of something. Would you come back some other time, please?
Talk more option tango.png What're you doing?
Blending poisons for my blades. I'm no hylek alchemist, but I do fine.
Talk end option tango.png Interesting. Talk to you later.
(If Feline Dispersing Emitter is enabled in your home instance)
Talk more option tango.png It...looks like you have some visitors already.
These cats showed up suddenly, and I don't have the heart to shoo them away. They're easy to take care of, but I do wonder where they came from.
Talk end option tango.png I definitely have no idea where they could have come from.
(If sylvari)
Talk end option tango.png All right. Later.
(If not sylvari, before completion of Setting the Stage)
Talk end option tango.png Okay.
(If not sylvari, after completion of Setting the Stage)
Talk end option tango.png Understood.

Dragon's Stand (Heart of Thorns)[edit]

Before completing Hearts and Minds
Old friend, I hope you see now that we have a common goal. Can we set aside any mistrust that threatened our friendship?
Talk more option tango.png I have a question for you. Why didn't you confide in me?
My Wyld Hunt nearly suffocated me with the weight of its importance. I was so afraid I'd fail. I felt I could only trust myself. But in the end, the egg didn't choose me, it chose you.
Talk more option tango.png I understand. I don't know why it chose me, but I will do my best.
You're the bravest of us all. The egg chose well. I don't know when I'll recieve my next Wyld Hunt, but...I am glad that we always end up on the same side.
Talk end option tango.png As am I.
After completing Hearts and Minds
It's impossible to describe the relief I feel, but also the absence. It's suddenly so...quiet. Unexpected, to say the least.
Talk more option tango.png Don't tell me you miss Mordremoth's cacophony in your mind.
No, I think I just got used to fighting it. It's as if my mind has been cleared of a haze of toxic clouds. The urge is gone.
Talk more option tango.png You're strong. All who resisted are.
Yes. We're truly free now, even though we didn't know we weren't free before. I just know that I feel unbalanced somehow. I must return to the Grove and speak with the Pale Tree.
Talk end option tango.png Give her my regards. Travel safely, and I'll see you soon.

Sun's Refuge[edit]

After receiving mail from Caithe after entering Jahai Bluffs or Lion's Arch
Commander—I'm sure you're curious why I'm here. Truth is, I've felt compelled to keep watch over Aurene for some time now. You're her champion, but I still share a deep connection with her.
Talk more option tango.png Of course—you watched over her for a long time. I'm worried about her.
When she was younger, she'd sometimes go off alone if she was feeling troubled. She'll be ready when we need her. We should make sure we're also ready for her.
Talk more option tango.png How do you mean?
Glint placed so much hope and faith in Aurene. Her legacy is what we're all counting on. But we know so little about Glint's plans. I'd like to help change that.
Talk more option tango.png The more we know, the better. Where do you plan to start?
I believe a certain brotherhood knew more about Glint's Legacy than they let on. I intend to find out just how much.
Talk end option tango.png Sounds like just the place. I'll be in touch.
Talking to Caithe after the above conversation.
Forgive me, Commander—I have preparations to make before I head north. We'll speak again soon.
Talk end option tango.png Good luck.

Dragonfall[edit]

At the Crystal Bloom Camp
Welcome to the Burning Forest, Commander. We're doing our best to hold it, but between these shadowy creatures, the Branded, and Kralkatorrik, we've got our hands full.
Talk more option tango.png What can I do to help?
(During Collect Eternal Embers)
We're building up a supply of Eternal Embers—you'll find them around the Burning Forest. Turns out it's fairly easy to weaponize fire that never goes out.
Talk end option tango.png Sounds promising. I'll look for these Eternal Embers.
(During Use Eternal Embers to destroy the Crystal Assemblers and Use Eternal Embers to destroy Branded turrets)
Feel like testing out our Ember Charges? I can think of a few Branded things out there that might benefit from some explosive redecoration.
Talk end option tango.png Blowing up Branded? Sounds like a good time.
(After all camp upgrades have been completed)
You've noticed the massive Brandstorm protecting Kralkatorrik? We need to get rid of it. The Pact is setting up ley reflectors all over the island to supercharge their storm disruptors.
Talk end option tango.png Got it. I'll make sure those reflectors get set up.
Talk more option tango.png Tell me about the Order of the Crystal Bloom.
I'm still trying to wrap my head around it, to be honest. When word began to spread of Aurene's return, everyone started to look to me. The Sunspears, the Awakened, the Zaishen...
Talk more option tango.png You're a part of her now. They can see that.
Still, I wonder if I'm worthy of their trust. Everyone's looking to me like a leader. I'm...not used to that.
Talk more option tango.png Need any help? (Same as "What can I do to help?")
Talk end option tango.png You're doing great, Caithe. Keep up the good work.
Talk end option tango.png Don't worry, Caithe. You're doing great work.
Talk end option tango.png I'll leave you to it.

Quotes[edit]

Greets
The world is for exploring.
May you never dwell in darkness.
Trust your instincts.
It's good to speak with you.
Do you have wisdom to share?
Don't mind me. (Only during Return to Camp Resolve)
Aggro
You've made a poor choice.
Deaggro
That's enough violence for now.

Gallery[edit]

Appearances
Screenshots
Concept art
Miscellaneous

Notes[edit]

Caithe uses her pre-All or Nothing appearance within The House of Caithe, even for characters that have completed this episode.

Trivia[edit]

  • Caithe is voiced by Kari Wahlgren.
  • Her name may be inspired by caithne which means 'arbutus unedo (strawberry tree)' in Irish.

See also[edit]

Associated items

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dream and Nightmare
  2. ^ "Chapter 8: Deep Places", Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King:
    "That was Divinity's Reach!" Logan said, stepping toward the gate. Already, though, the scene had changed to a city-size white tree within a steaming jungle...
    "And that was the Grove!" Caithe said.
    Logan hissed, releasing the crystal and shaking his hand. "That thing's overloading. We'll have just one last chance at this before it blows completely. And if we jump through at the wrong time, who knows where we'll end up."
    "Maybe I can call to the Grove. Maybe the tree can prolong the contact."
    She began to sing:
    Oh, come to me, heart of the wyld.
    Oh, hear this lost sylvari child,
    Away from wood and glade and briar,
    Entombed within a world of fire.
    Rytlock was still hearing Caithe's vibrant voice echoing through his head. It was almost as if she were just around the corner.
  3. ^ "Chapter 17: Contest", Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King:
    Snaff winced as a chirurgeon set a hot towel on his shoulder. "The fact is, you three aren't gladiators."
    "Aren't we?" barked Rytlock.
    Snaff shook his head. "Of course not. You're heroes. You don't need to fight trumped-up battles against prearranged foes." He looked around at the stone ceiling. "You should be out beneath the sky, fighting real monsters."
    Rytlock, Logan, and Caithe looked at each other, unsure what to say.
    Snaff sighed. "We went after you because you were the heroes we needed. We set this whole thing up, crossed continents, designed golems, bet with our own lives to win your billet and to win you to our side. Yes, we can force you to join us, but we don't want henchmen. We want heroes."
  4. ^ "Chapter 20: The New Champions", Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King:
    "The dragons. No one is fighting the dragons, but we must. We stopped a dragon champion, but what about the power behind him?"
    "You're right," Snaff said gently, "but that's not why you're crying."
    Caithe stared at him, her eyes wide but searching, trying to decide if she could trust him. "It's that someone I care about has chosen the wrong path."
    Snaff bowed his head and pursed his lips. "Anyone I know?"
    "No." Caithe shook her head. "Another sylvari. She has gone to Nightmare."
    Snaff nodded. "I'm sorry. Every creature must choose her own path."
    "But what can I do? I have to save her."
    Snaff smiled sadly. "You can't save anyone but yourself. I can't save my own apprentice, though she means more to me than the world. I can only be good to her and hope she notices, hope she learns from me." His expression clouded. "She will outlive me, as she should. She will face horrors that I will not. And in those moments, I hope she remembers my strength, not my weakness."
    Caithe stared at him for a searching moment. "She will. She will remember."
    "And this one that you care about—she will remember, too."
  5. ^ "Chapter 25: Drawing the Poison", Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King:
    Faolain was there to spread the blackness through Caithe. It is a fool's errand you are on. You have killed dragon champions but have not faced a true dragon. And, even now, another is coming into the world. It will destroy you unless you join me!
    Caithe lurched, hurling Faolain's hands back from her heart. She looked wildly around, then locked eyes with Faolain. How can you know this? How can any mortal?
    Faolain blinked. The same way you know. We watch. We see the new dragon's champion preparing for it. A champion by the name of Glint.
    A new champion?
    An old one, her loyalties long concealed. [...]
    "What is this champion called?" asked Eir.
    "She's another dragon—a lesser dragon," Caithe said, "though ancient in her own right. Humans call her Glint."
    "Glint!" Logan said. "The Glint? Keeper of the Flame-seeker Prophecies?"
    "The same," Caithe said.
    "Are you kidding me? She helped stop the Lich Lord. She helped stop the titans," Logan went on. "Why would she turn against us?"
    Caithe looked levelly at him. "Glint is the champion of the one who rises."
    "Glint is a friend of humanity," Logan argued.
    "Very few of us are human," said Zojja.
  6. ^ "Chapter 33: Sundering", Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King:
    Caithe walked along the Dragonbrand—the wide swath of destruction laid down by Kralkatorrik. Every once in a while, she would bend down and pull a large green crystal from the sands.
    "Dragon blood," she said, staring gladly at one such stone before sliding it into her pack.
    It was lonely work, wandering these desolate places, searching for the secrets of Kralkatorrik and the Elder Dragons. But it was even lonelier when she traveled to Hoelbrak or Rata Sum or Divinity's Reach or the Black Citadel only to find that her onetime friends had become strangers.
    But they would be friends again. Someday, they would join her. Someday, they would fight the dragons again.
  7. ^ Contact Point
  8. ^ Requiem: Rytlock