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Defending Tyria

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Defending Tyria is the third story step of Champions, Chapter 1: Truce, the fifth episode of The Icebrood Saga.

Objectives[edit]

Protect Metrica Province
  • Travel to Metrica Province through the Eye of the North asura gate. Defend it from destroyers.
  • Leave the combat zone to confer with your allies.
Protect Brisban Wildlands
  • Travel to Brisban Wildlands through the Eye of the North asura gate. Defend it from destroyers.
  • Leave the combat zone to confer with your allies.
Protect Gendarran Fields
  • Travel to Gendarran Fields through the Eye of the North asura gate. Defend it from destroyers.
  • Leave the combat zone to confer with your allies.

Rewards[edit]

Walkthrough[edit]

Protect Metrica Province

Complete Dragon Response Mission: Metrica Province.

Protect Brisban Wildlands

Complete Dragon Response Mission: Brisban Wildlands.

Protect Gendarran Fields

Complete Dragon Response Mission: Gendarran Fields.

Achievements[edit]

Emergency Dragon Responder: Metrica Province Champions 1Achievement points
Complete the Metrica Province Dragon Response Mission. Completed the Metrica Province Dragon Response Mission 1Achievement points
  • Complete the mission.
Emergency Dragon Responder: Brisban Wildlands Champions 1Achievement points
Complete the Brisban Wildlands Dragon Response Mission. Completed the Brisban Wildlands Dragon Response Mission 1Achievement points
  • Complete the mission.
Emergency Dragon Responder: Gendarran Fields Champions 1Achievement points
Complete the Gendarran Fields Dragon Response Mission. Completed the Gendarran Fields Dragon Resonse Mission 1Achievement points
  • Complete the mission.
Defending Tyria Champions 1Achievement points
Complete the story chapter Defending Tyria.Journal: Defending Tyria Completed Completed Defending Tyria 1Achievement points
  • Complete the story step.

NPCs[edit]

Allies[edit]

Asura
Humans
Sylvari

Dialogue[edit]

Before going to Metrica Province
Taimi: Commander, you there?
<Character name>: Hey, Taimi. How's the research going?
Taimi: Making headway. There's a signal from under the city that's getting stronger. Some of my teams still haven't evacuated.
<Character name>: On my way.
During the Metrica Province mission
See: Dragon Response Mission: Metrica Province#Dialogue
Before going to Brisban Wildlands
Taimi: Commander, you read? Watchful Source is about to become the next destroyer hot spot.
<Character name>: Sylvari lands. Get word to Caithe.
Caithe: I'm already here—and so are the destroyers. Come quickly!
Taimi: Sounds like you'll need more help. I'll see what I can scrounge.
During the Brisban Wildlands mission
See: Dragon Response Mission: Brisban Wildlands#Dialogue
Before going to Gendarran Fields
Marjory Delaqua: Well hello. It's been a long time, Commander.
<Character name>: Too long, Jory. How are you?
Marjory Delaqua: I was doing a lot better before destroyers started crawling outside Lion's Arch.
<Character name>: Destroyers. No Frost Legion?
Marjory Delaqua: No. Why? Think we should give 'em a call? Make this a real party?
<Character name>: Funny. Are these the new destroyers?
Marjory Delaqua: Showing up all over the Gendarran Fields, moving into position. Fortunately, Jhavi's brought the Vigil to help evacuate.
Marjory Delaqua: Also send word that any other allied faction in the area would be most appreciated. Hopefully they show.
<Character name>: The more the merrier. I'll be there as soon as I can.
During the Gendarran Fields mission
See: Dragon Response Mission: Gendarran Fields#Dialogue

My story[edit]

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At Taimi's urging, I headed to Metrica Province to fend off the destroyer threat. With Braham's help, we evacuated those we could and did our best to control the devastation. Taimi then enlisted our help to collect dragon research data from deeper in the caves, all in an attempt to arm Ryland and Jormag with information to help them neutralize the fire dragon threat. The whole "uneasy alliance" had me worried. Neither of those two are to be trusted. That my friend would so easily overlook the obvious gave me pause.

Taimi assured me that this was in everyone's best interest. Enemy of my enemy and whatnot. But it was clear that she and Braham were at odds here. Simply put, asura want Primordus dead, and the norn want Jormag gone. I just want to fix this whole mess. I learned that Jormag and Primordus are siblings, which would explain why we need to somehow turn them against each other. But first we'd need to learn more about them to exploit their weakness.

We followed the destroyer energy signature until we confronted its source—a large and ornery critter that didn't take kindly to our pursuit. It was a drawn-out fight, but we eventually defeated it. The feeling of elation was short lived, however, as tensions between Braham and Taimi boiled over. They both admitted their fears of the Elder Dragon threat that jeopardized their homes, their people. Taimi can only hide her emotions inside a lab for so long before she cracks. And Braham is...changing. The weight of prophecy. The death of his mother. The plight of his homeland. It's all aging him.

And now he's able to sense Primordus's minions. Almost like a skilled hunter would. He doesn't quite understand the changes he's going through. I just hope he's able to keep it together. Watchful Source, a sylvari settlement in Brisban Wildlands, was the next destroyer target. I headed there and joined up with Caithe, who helped fend off the attackers and protect the innocents. Ryland made a surprise appearance, extending his hand in aid. There wasn't time to debate my discomfort, so I put my reservations aside and observed his actions throughout the encounter.

Caithe and Ryland conversed along our route, sparring with words. The young charr had learned persuasiveness from Bangar, but with Jormag influencing him he was even more convincing. He compared himself to her, using their closeness to Elder Dragons as a common reference point. The difference is that Aurene lets us be who we are—and inspires us to be more. Jormag just takes what they want and lies to you to surrender it willingly.

They debated their respective Elder Dragons' roles in the balance of magic. Control versus order. Defense versus offense. I could tell he was fishing for information so that his master could use it against their sibling. By the end of the fighting, it was clear that Aurene was choosing to let me—and the rest of Tyria—determine the outcome rather than get directly involved.

Caithe and the Crystal Bloom would certainly use the gifts bestowed on them by Aurene to heal the world's wounds, but Ryland and his Frost Legion would use any advantage they could get to leverage it against Primordus. This little "alliance" of his will only last for as long as it suits him. It wasn't long before we received a call from Marjory. She and Jhavi from the Vigil were fending off increasing numbers of destroyers outside Lion's Arch, and the situation was getting worse by the minute. I agreed to meet them in Gendarran Fields, where we held the line outside the city.

Ascalon Settlement was soon under siege, so we headed there with urgency. The town was overrun with destroyers of all types. With help from some allies, we eventually defeated them all and reclaimed the town. Marjory and Jhavi exchanged heated words—the battle had tested their patience and they fundamentally disagreed about what was more important: concentrating on the mission or saving the needy. Were we ready to let innocents die if it meant ultimately winning the war?

My story