Deep sea dragon
The currently unnamed Elder Dragon is the sixth and only Elder Dragon to not be named or have its influence shown. The Durmand Priory believe its name begins with an S; however, the old texts that list the Elder Dragons' names were damaged when naming this dragon, and translation is subjective due to its age. The deep sea dragon is said to have woken in the deepest location of the seas, though its exact location remains unknown.
The only known shape of the deep sea dragon's corruption comes from The Movement of the World, claiming that it twists water into tentacled horrors. Some quaggans and largos also make mention of horrors belonging in the ocean's depths as well, though the nature of these "horrors" remains unclear. The Movement of the World also says that through its powers, the deep sea dragon has been creating servants from every lake and river around its location.
The deep sea dragon, like the other Elder Dragons, is thought to have last awakened 10,000 years ago, around the time of the disappearance of the Giganticus Lupicus, and then fallen back into slumber from consuming all life they could find. Its exact location, as well as any actions in the last dragonrise, are left unknown, which accounts for the lack of information regarding the subject. However, it is known to reside somewhere in the Unending Ocean.
The first known influence of the deep sea dragon in Central Tyria is roughly around 1275 AE when the quaggans were forced out of their homes in the Unending Ocean by the deep sea dragon and the krait, who were also forced out of their home, the Unending Ocean's deepest trenches, at an unknown point in the past. However, before this and even before the rising of Orr, the karka had migrated to the Ring of Fire islands before moving to Southsun Cove, and are said to have "avoided Orr for the same reasons they fled their home" in the Unending Ocean's depths.
In 1325 AE, the Inquest captured a minion of the deep sea dragon and were preparing a water-themed area called "Zone Blue" in the Infinite Coil Reactor for it to be stored in before the Reactor's destruction.
In 1328 AE, the Pact Commander underwent a series of Forgotten trials in Tarir, the Forgotten City deep within Auric Basin to prove their worth as the protector of Glint's Egg. During the trial of strength the Commander fought against dragon minions representing each Elder Dragon; however, the deep sea dragon was instead represented by springs of damaging salt water that erupted from the ground.
In 1330 AE, the Commander was subjected to a vision while exploring the lost city of Kesho deep in the Elon Riverlands. In this vision, which explained the purpose of Glint's legacy to replace the ravenous Elder Dragons with more benevolent balancers of magic, the Commander briefly saw a menacing glimpse of what appeared to be the deep sea dragon.
Speculated Deep Sea Dragon concept art by Daniel Dociu. Grouped alongside Elder Dragon concept art by artist.
Speculated Deep Sea Dragon concept art by Kekai Kotaki. Grouped alongside Elder Dragon concept art by artist.
- It is not to be confused with the undead dragon Zhaitan, who was under the sea prior to awakening but has a different set of powers and minions.
- The cinematic during The Machine features the Elder Dragons as orbs, with them lighting up in the order of Primordus (orange/red), the deep sea dragon (blue), Jormag (white), Zhaitan (dark green), Kralkatorrik (purple), and Mordremoth (lime green); some suspect this represents the order of awakening, which if so places the deep sea dragon as awaking sometime between Primordus and Jormag, well before any known influence by it. Animated gif of orbs in the cinematic.
- The lack of information is meant to give a sense of foreboding for the open oceans.
- Due to the lack of an official name, players refer to the dragon as "Deep Sea Dragon" (or DSD for short), comically nicknaming it "Bubbles" in some cases. After learning its name could begin with S, "Steve(n)" and "Selbbub" (bubbles backwards) have become used.
- ^ The map of The All seen in the Special Collections during the Hidden Arcana mission depicts an image with the first letter corresponding with each Elder Dragon's name; the deep sea dragon's position has the letter S. In the same mission both Magister Ela Makkay and Ogden Stonehealer comment on the missing and damaged portions of the ancient scroll listing the Elder Dragons' names.
- ^ Hidden Arcana
- Historian: That's a map of the All. I like to think of them as spirit realms. That's Tyria in the middle. All those other circles are spheres of influence and powerful magic.
- <Character name>: What about the letters? Are those...
- Historian: Yeah. First letter of each dragon's name.
- <Character name>: Who's S?
- Historian: Don't know any more than that. That was all they could get from the Tome of the Five True Gods. It's too damaged. Some of these scholars in here would kill to know the full name of that dragon.
- <Character name>: Is it the deep sea dragon?
- Historian: They think so. Me, I think they probably got the letter wrong, but who knows. They're still translating and trying to fill in lost pieces.
- ^ Dialogue with Master Sdias.
- ^ Shadows in the Water – The Krait
- ^ Quaggan sad: A look back at the Guild Wars 2 Dynamic Events panel, Massively
- ^ The Mostly Harmless Quaggan
- ^ Post by Matthew Medina in "No Risen Karkas", Old Guild Wars 2 Official Forum (Archived)
- ^ Ghosts of Ascalon Follow-Up Interview, Kill Ten Rats