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Champion's End

Year
1334 AE
Storyline
The Icebrood Saga
Chapter
Champions
Location
Dragonstorm Arena
(Dragonstorm)
Level
80
Preceded by
Dragonstorm

Champion's End is the eleventh story step of Champions, Chapter 4: Judgment, the fifth episode of The Icebrood Saga.

Objectives[edit]

Assess the fallout.
  • Return to the battlefield.
  • Look for survivors.
  • Help Braham.
  • Confront Ryland.
  • Defeat Ryland
  • Regroup with your friends.

Rewards[edit]

Walkthrough[edit]

Achievements[edit]

Champion's End Champions 1Achievement points
Complete the story chapter Champion's End.Journal: Champion's End Completed Completed Champion's End 1Achievement points
  • Complete the story step.

NPCs[edit]

Allies[edit]

Asura
Charr
Elder Dragons
Humans
Norn
Sylvari

Foes[edit]

Icebrood

Dialogue[edit]

Upon entering the instance
<Character name>: Anyone on comms? Anyone seen Braham?
Rytlock: (static)
Rytlock: (grunt) Haven't found Ryland yet either.
Rytlock: If this was the dragons contained...
<Character name>: Braham! There he is!
Braham: I'm— whoa... How am I not dead...?
<Character name>: You did it, Braham.
Braham: How many did we lose?
<Character name>: A lot less than we would have if you hadn't done what you did.
Braham: I'm good, Commander. I know I did what I had to do. Just need a second to remember... myself.
<Character name>: Are the Spirits of the Wild still with you?
Braham: They kept me from falling off the edge. Wasn't easy. They're gonna need time to recover.
<Character name>: You need time, Braham. To rest. To heal.
Braham: You are the biggest hypocrite I've ever met, Commander.
Rytlock: Ryland, give it up—
Crecia: Settle down! It's over!
<Character name>: Stay with him. I'll go help Rytlock.
On approaching the charr
Crecia Stoneglow: It's time to face the legions' justice, Ryland.
Rytlock Brimstone: You look like Skritt, cub. Jormag did a number on you. You're beat.
Ryland Steelcatcher: Primordus's champion is lying in the dirt. You don't have a chance.
At Ryland 70% health
Crecia Stoneglow: Jormag, Bangar— you were just a tool. Can't you see? They made—
Ryland: No one made me! I made myself. And I will never be unmade!
Crecia Stoneglow: If Cinder saw you now, she'd gut you. Your warband sacrificed themselves for this?
At Ryland 40% health
Rytlock Brimstone: You're destroying yourself— cub, you can still come back.
Ryland: My sire speaks! Like I'd take the advice of a shortsighted burnout who never had the steel to be imperator.
Ryland: Or a dam who's content to live and die as nothing more than Bangar's shadow.
Ryland: You're nothing to me! Less than nothing!
At Ryland 10% health
Crecia Stoneglow: Enough. Sit down and shut up.
Crecia Stoneglow: You had everything. Pedigree. Talent. Limitless potential—
Ryland: You never understood—
Crecia Stoneglow: You're right, I don't. I was never some golden cub— nobody gave me anything. I had to EARN it!
Ryland: You're just jealous—
Crecia Stoneglow: I'm ashamed. Ashamed I bore you. Better to have bled you out and spared the world.
Ryland: (yells)
Crecia Stoneglow: (gasps)
Rytlock Brimstone: (growls)
Cutsence
Rytlock Brimstone: I'm sorry...I'm sorry...
Rytlock Brimstone: Nothing left to prove.
End Cutsence
Braham: He gave Ryland every chance to do the right thing.
<Character name>: Sometimes there is no right thing. Let's give them time.
Approaching your friends
Aurene: I tried to contain the desolation. But I could not stop it.
<Character name>: None of us could.
<Character name>: Crecia and Rytlock saved the best future for the charr today. The legions will remember that.
Braham: All that power... Two dragons— how are you feeling?
Aurene: I felt such a rush of wild magic, but then some of it seemed to just... flow through me. There's still much I don't know.
Gorrik: Wait. You're saying some of it's... missing?
Taimi: We have research to do.
Gorrik: We have research to do.
Optionally talking to Braham
Braham: The past few days are a blur. If not for the Spirits— and you— I'd be another body on the battlefield.
Talk more option tango.png You don't remember anything?
Braham: Just glimpses. The Spirits did all they could to shield me from being completely overtaken by Primordus. But what I remember— the things I did— I don't think I can ever forgive myself. No one should.
Talk back option tango.png I can't speak for others, but...it was inevitable. There was no other way.
Talk more option tango.png The prophecy
Braham: Prophecies have a way of being right and wrong at the same damn time. I guess it's how you interpret them. I don't know. Either way, this "norn of prophecy" ain't gonna waste his second chance.
Talk back option tango.png I'm just glad you're back. (Ends conversation)
Talk more option tango.png Can I get a "KA-BRAHAM"?
Braham: I may be exhausted and in a state of perpetual self-loathing right now, but that doesn't mean I can't muster up the energy to knock you on your ass, Commander. (pained laugh) Ow.
Talk back option tango.png Sounds like someone needs to rest. We'll talk later.
Talk end option tango.png You fulfilled the prophecy and came out alive. Rest up.
Optionally talking to Warmaster Jhavi Jorasdottir
Warmaster Jhavi Jorasdottir: Well, so much for Jormag. And Primordus.
Talk more option tango.png What now?
Warmaster Jhavi Jorasdottir: For me? Picking up the pieces. Almorra's loss hit everyone hard. The Vigil is still figuring things out. Everyone's still reeling in shock. Including me.
Talk back option tango.png I feel your pain. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help.
Talk more option tango.png How are you holding up?
Warmaster Jhavi Jorasdottir: I'm holding it together, barely. Almorra left some big shoes to fill. Whether this is permanent or just for now, I don't really know. Work needs to get done, and right now I'm doing it. But I'm tired.
Talk back option tango.png I'm here for you, even just to listen.
Talk end option tango.png I'd call that a victory.
Optionally talking to Gorrik
Gorrik: Commander, these magic readings are spiking into the red zone. Our equipment can barely handle it!
Talk more option tango.png And?
Gorrik: And...it can't be good. Whenever an Elder Dragon dies, the magic released wreaks havoc on the natural order. And we just caused two to die at once. This requires more analysis with Taimi.
Talk back option tango.png Have fun, you two.
Talk end option tango.png I'll expect pie charts and graphs in my mail.
Optionally talking to Taimi
Taimi: This event is unprecedented. Never in my life did I expect this to happen, much less be a part of it. I have to document everything!
Talk more option tango.png Glad to see at least someone is enthused.
Taimi: How could I not be? Commander, our friends didn't give their lives for nothing. They brought us one step closer to fixing things. I have to be optimistic about that. Otherwise I'd cry.
Talk back option tango.png Keeping it together is hard sometimes. I know what you mean.
Talk more option tango.png You doing okay?
Taimi: Are any of us? Look at...Rytlock over there. Crecia, Jhavi. We've all been through a lot, but especially them. Their pain isn't going away anytime soon. I'll...be fine. I'm just a little tired is all.
Talk back option tango.png I'll be here for you when you need me.
Talk more option tango.png How are things with Gorrik?
Taimi: Amazing! I'm already formulating a schedule for our research. I anticipate we'll be spending a lot of time in the lab together. Working. On things.
Talk back option tango.png Uh-huh.
Talk end option tango.png Thanks for everything, Taimi. We'll catch up later.
Optionally talking to Aurene
Aurene: I didn't want to intervene, but I had to. The balance needed a push.
Talk more option tango.png We did it.
Aurene: This battle is done, Champion, but our work isn't finished. Two Elder Dragons dying at once... I'm afraid Tyria will be deeply affected in the coming days. Brace yourself and be ready to act.
Talk back option tango.png I'll be ready.
Talk more option tango.png About Ryland...
Aurene: It had to be done. But that won't ease Rytlock's pain, or Crecia's. They're both grieving, but his suffering is wrapped in a lifetime of complication. My intervention... led to this outcome.
Talk back option tango.png Ryland made his own choices. This isn't your fault.
Talk more option tango.png All that magic from Primordus and Jormag—
Aurene: Out in the wild. I know. I braced myself to absorb it all, but most of it went elsewhere. I didn't expect that. Foresight is... unpredictable. I wish I'd known this ahead of time. Now, we wait.
Talk back option tango.png Waiting is the hardest part.
Talk end option tango.png You did what you had to.

My story[edit]

Champion's End.jpg

After the dust settled, it was clear that the dragons were gone. They'd collided in a huge spectacle of light and magic, leveling anything in range. We set out to find Braham, expecting to find his corpse but instead finding him very much alive underneath a pile of rubble. He was hurt—badly—but still breathing. I was ready to extract him to safety when Rytlock found Ryland at the far end of the valley. I made sure Braham was safe and then headed over to the commotion.

Ryland, angry from his loss and realizing that his ascent to greatness had ended in a fiery crash, had some harsh words for his parents. He refused to concede, and he let out all his pent-up anger with venomous rage. We tried to get him to surrender. When that didn't work, we tried to beat him into submission. We wanted to save what little was left of him, but he couldn't be saved. He lunged at Crecia, knife in hand, ready to end her life. Rytlock sprang into action, plunging Sohothin deep into his son's chest. He died almost instantly.

His father laid him on the hard ground, muttering to his son that it was over. My heart ached for them, but no other outcome was possible.

The rest of us let them grieve. Primordus and Jormag were both gone, and at least for now the magical imbalance was stabilizing. We'd figured that Aurene had absorbed their magic, but we were wrong. The shock wave radiated outward, coursing through ley lines and permeating the air. But it didn't strike the Eye or the prismatic dragon. It went elsewhere, but to where?

My story