Destiny's Edge

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Rootless, all of you are. You do not belong in the lands that gave you birth. Now you belong to no one and everyone. You are killers of the Dragonspawn—slayers of dragon champions.

Faolain in Edge of Destiny

Members of Destiny's Edge, clockwise from left to right: Caithe, Rytlock Brimstone, Logan Thackeray, Eir Stegalkin, and Zojja.

Destiny's Edge was a famous adventuring guild in Tyria dedicated to stopping the Elder Dragons. Although they no longer travel together, they are considered living legends, and tales of their bravery are still told the continent over. Destiny's Edge was somewhat renowned for having had a member of every major race within its ranks, proving that it is possible for races to put aside their differences for a common goal.

History[edit]

Edge of Destiny[edit]

Gathering allies[edit]

Destiny's Edge resulted from the merge of two smaller groups, Edge of Steel (Caithe, Logan Thackeray and Rytlock Brimstone) and Dragonspawn's Destiny (Eir Stegalkin, Garm, Snaff and Zojja). The group came together in 1319 AE due to Eir's desire to find a group of warriors to defeat the Dragonspawn, a champion of the Elder Dragon Jormag, who was terrorizing the Shiverpeak Mountains.

Edge of Steel had formed temporarily as an alliance between Caithe, Logan, and Rytlock as they escaped from both Chief Kronon ogres and Destroyers in Ascalon via an ancient asura gate. They ended up near Lion's Arch where Logan and Rytlock began fighting over the ownership of the sword Sohothin, which led to property damage. The trio were arrested and forced to fight to pay off their debt of 500 gold and earn their freedom within the arena, where they would officially get the title of their small guild. They found that they worked extremely well as a team, and started to enjoy their time there, earning fame as they won match after match, and forging closer bonds with each other.

Meanwhile, the guild of Dragonspawn's Destiny had formed after Eir had witnessed the power of the golems which Snaff had created with his apprentice, Zojja, though they would only use their title when facing Edge of Steel within the arena in Lion's Arch. Having failed against the Dragonspawn in an earlier battle, Eir had been temporarily exiled from Hoelbrak by Knut Whitebear for bringing the Dragonspawn's retaliatory blizzard to the town; the exile would only be rescinded once Eir had brought 'proper' warriors back to face and defeat the Dragonspawn.

Heading to Lion's Arch, Dragonspawn's Destiny witnessed Edge of Steel in the arena. Although they could not afford to buy out the other guild's debt, Eir's guild arranged to fight them to win their debt instead, which they managed to do after an even struggle. After some negotiations, Dragonspawn's Destiny managed to convince Edge of Steel to help them in their quest.

Battling dragons[edit]

Destiny's Edge meet Glint.

With Edge of Steel's debt repaid, the two groups became one, and their first goal was defeating the Dragonspawn which had defeated the then-smaller guild before. After days of planning and preparation, the guild eventually succeeded in their mission and achieved celebrity status. Although Eir had planned to proceed with the destruction of Jormag, the guild acknowledged that they still lacked enough strength and experience and so decided to battle more of the Elder Dragons' lieutenants.

During this time the guild was being stalked by Faolain, Grand Duchess of the Nightmare Court, who attempted to tempt her former lover Caithe to return to her side. Snaff often acted as a peacemaker during arguments between the guild members, and did his best to push the belligerent Logan and Rytlock towards friendship while listening to Caithe's worries and offering her fatherly advice on how to face her demons.

In the following months, Destiny's Edge successfully defeated Zhaitan's champion Morgus Lethe‎‎ and Primordus's champion known as the Destroyer of Life, and their fame rose after each victory. During this time, Logan and Rytlock began viewing each other as brothers, and both gave tokens to the other as signs of their close bond. Rytlock went so far as to hand over a Blood Legion trinket to Logan, naming him an honorary member of his Stone Warband, a rare honor for a human.

The guild's first attempt to defeat an Elder Dragon happened when they went to face the dragon Glint after discovering from Faolain that Glint was a champion of a still sleeping Elder Dragon. After locating Glint's hidden lair in the Crystal Desert, they faced the dragon herself in battle, but were easily defeated by Glint. When Eir continued defying Glint and told her that she intended to fight Elder Dragons and their minions, Glint stopped attacking and revealed that she had actually betrayed her master, Kralkatorrik, and had done her best to prepare for his inevitable rise.

Realizing that the guild could use the help of the wise dragon, Eir proposed an alliance with Glint so they could face Kralkatorrik together. Learning that Glint had gathered Kralkatorrik's blood to forge the Dragonsblood Spear, which could be used against the Elder Dragon, they offered to wield the spear and help Glint in the battle to come. After a brief moment of hesitation, Glint agreed and was amused by the resilience and determination that the guild members had shown her.

As Kralkatorrik awakened from his slumber and flew south to slay his treacherous champion, the guild and Glint made preparations to use the terrain and the element of surprise against the Elder Dragon. Before the fight, however, Logan was called away by Queen Jennah when a Branded horde, led by Kronon whom Kralkatorrik had corrupted, attacked Ebonhawke where the queen had traveled to earlier.

Despite being a member short, Eir made a decision to stand against the enemy, believing they could still win. Her decision was miscalculated, however, and resulted in defeat with the death of both Glint and Snaff, while the wounded Kralkatorrik managed to escape before the Dragonsblood Spear could find its mark. Bitter with defeat, disillusioned by Logan's departure, and saddened by the death of their friend, the guild disbanded in 1320 AE. Some time later, Zojja purchased and modified a golem, whom she named Mr. Sparkles, to replace the golem she had lost in the battle against the Elder Dragon.

Personal story[edit]

The surviving members after the battle with Kralkatorrik.

In 1325 AE, following the defeat of Zhaitan's champion Mazdak the Accursed, Caithe called upon the other former members of the group to Lion's Arch, to discuss reforming. However, the group began to quarrel, and the members went their separate ways once more, though each member privately confided to their protege some of their regrets at the lack of success in reforming.

Nevertheless, Eir and Caithe continued to attempt reforming the guild. Eir left for the Ascalonian Catacombs to retrieve Sohothin's twin Magdaer in order to give it to Logan. Although they successfully took the sword from the ghosts' leader, King Adelbern, the journey left Eir disheartened by Rytlock's words, who had come to rescue her with reinforcements and to prevent any further bloodshed between the ghosts and the charr.

In Kryta, Separatists ruined Queen Jennah's party at Caudecus's Manor in celebration of the treaty between humans and charr. Logan, who was attending, aided in the rescue of his queen. Zojja was also in attendance, having discovered that the Separatists were using asura technology belonging to Snaff. Afterwards, Queen Jennah realized that the world needed Logan more than she did, and sent him out of Kryta to follow his own journey.

Caithe called upon Logan and Rytlock to Twilight Arbor in an attempt to get them to work together individually as they tracked down the elusive Faolain whose Nightmare Court had been growing in power. However, Faolain successfully manipulated events in order to tear open the guild's old wounds, resulting in Logan and Rytlock abandoning Caithe in anger. Thanks to the assistance of local adventurers, however, Caithe was able to end Faolain's plans in Twilight Arbor, although the Grand Duchess of the Nightmare Court managed to evade capture.

Caithe later attempted the same strategy between Eir and Zojja at Sorrow's Embrace where they hunted down Zojja's rival Kudu, a high-ranking member of the Inquest who had been the person responsible for selling his former mentor Snaff's technology to the Separatists. Although Kudu evaded capture, the group managed to thwart the Inquest and dredge's operations in the area. Eir, however, left the group in grief after Zojja's accusations and believed anything she did would end in failure.

At the Citadel of Flame, Logan and Rytlock once more argued with each other before they were told to work together by their associates. During the journey to find and stop the Flame Legion Imperator Gaheron Baelfire, Logan managed to save Rytlock from falling into lava via a collapsing bridge. After defeating the Flame Imperator, the pair apologized to each other for their actions over the years and agreed to try to work out their differences over a few beers.

Meanwhile, Eir, who had been badly affected by her last meeting with Zojja, had fled north to the Honor of the Waves while leaving Garm behind. She planned to go out like a hero by aiding the kodan against an overwhelming force of Sons of Svanir, who were raiding the kodan sanctuary in the name of Jormag, in what was effectively a suicide mission. Sensing her friend's distress, Caithe followed Eir to the sanctuary with a few associates. Despite the group's small numbers, Eir was unwilling to back down, so they followed her and the kodan to save the latter's spiritual leader. However, they were too late to stop the leader from being corrupted to Jormag's side, and they were forced to put her down.

As she witnessed the tragedies in the sanctuary and realized how much damage the Elder Dragons and their minions were causing, Eir realized the lesson she herself had to learn despite being told numerous times by Caithe. After defeating Kodan's Bane, Huntsman of Jormag, Eir decided to go with Caithe to pull the members of Destiny's Edge back together to help the recently formed Pact fight against Zhaitan whose Risen army had become an increasingly dangerous threat to all of Tyria.

Destiny's Edge, Trahearne, and the Pact Commander witness Orr's new dawn after the defeat of Zhaitan.

By the time Logan and Rytlock came to aid Zojja, who was continuing her hunt for Kudu in the Crucible of Eternity, they had reforged their close ties with each other. Logan had begun calling Rytlock his "brother", much to Zojja's surprise. Afterward finally cornering and defeating Kudu, Zojja realized that Logan and Rytlock had really forgiven each other with no bad blood between them, so she agreed to at least try talking to Eir one more time.

At the ruined city of Arah in the heart of Risen-infested Orr, Eir had succeeded in gathering everyone together once more, though she and everyone else were surprised to see Zojja, who turned up to help. In her own way, Zojja forgave Eir, who thanked her in return. Following the Pact Commander in getting their stranded airship aloft, the ship was stuck and surrounded by Risen who threatened to overwhelm the reunited Destiny's Edge and Pact forces. Logan elected to remain behind to release the airship into the air, as he believed he had left everyone behind to fight before, and now it was their turn to leave him behind to carry the fight on.

Believing they had left Logan for dead as the airship moved on, the rest of Destiny's Edge and the Commander fought their way past the forces of Zhaitan, though their airship was breaking apart. With moments left to go before the inevitable crash, a second airship called The Glory of Tyria arrived to rescue the group. They discovered that Logan had survived the Risen assault and was on board the ship, much to the relief of the other Destiny's Edge members. Following this reunion, the reunited Destiny's Edge went forth to confront Zhaitan and defeated the Elder Dragon in an aerial battle.

Following the victory over the Elder Dragon, the guild began discussing which Elder Dragon they should face next. Being impressed by the Pact Commander's actions in the war as well as the role the Commander had played in helping to reunite the guild, Destiny's Edge named the Commander as an honorary member of the guild.

Living World Season 1[edit]

Despite their initial plans to take on other Elder Dragons, local conflicts forced the members of Destiny's Edge to return to their respective homelands in 1326 AE. Eir and Rytlock remained in their respective homelands in the conflict against the Molten Alliance, during which Eir had a tense reunion with her estranged son Braham whose existence other members of the guild had been unaware of. Rytlock showed an interest in the gladium Rox whom he sent on various missions so she could prove her worth to join his Stone Warband, while Logan hired Marjory Delaqua to investigate the suspicious death of his old acquaintance, Captain Theo Ashford, and bring the culprits to justice.

Later that year, a sylvari terrorist named Scarlet Briar assaulted the Queen's Jubilee in Divinity's Reach and revealed herself as the true leader behind the many alliances that had been causing havoc throughout Tyria. Scarlet's attempt on Jennah's life was thwarted, however, which made Logan more protective of the queen and prompted his decision to stay by her side rather than assist in the investigations beyond Divinity's Reach for the time being.

Thanks to Rytlock's efforts, a charr team was able to locate and investigate strange probes which Scarlet had planted throughout Bloodtide Coast and elsewhere in search of something. These probes were eventually revealed to be looking for ley lines, powerful currents of magic beneath Tyria. Investigations by the Pact Commander and their allies led to the conclusion that Scarlet would be targeting notably sizable ley lines found beneath Lion's Arch next. The hypothesis turned out to be true when Scarlet's Alliance invaded Lion's Arch in a full-scale assault, leading to evacuation efforts and eventual counterattack from Lionguard and allied forces to retake the occupied city.

Although Scarlet was slain and her forces scattered during the counterattack, her damaged flagship, The Breachmaker, managed to disrupt and redirect the ley lines to the Heart of Maguuma, leading to an audible roar echoing throughout Tyria. Rox had chosen to save the injured Braham rather than slay Scarlet during the final battle, thus denying her ambitions to join the Stone Warband while risking Rytlock's ire.

Living World Season 2[edit]

By 1327 AE, the threat of the Elder Dragon Mordremoth, whom Scarlet had awakened with her actions, became evident. The Pact Commander sought out members of Destiny's Edge so they could help convince their respective racial leaders to send reinforcements and supplies to the Pact for the war to come before Mordremoth's forces grew too numerous to face.

Rytlock began looking into ways to cleanse the effects of the Foefire which had caused the Ascalonian ghosts to manifest. However, he wound up vanishing into the Mists after leaping into a portal to reclaim his sword Sohothin which had been lost in the ritual. Despite Rytlock's failure to end the ghost threat, the Iron Legion were nevertheless impressed enough by the attempt that they promised to attend the World Summit hosted by the Pale Tree in the Grove.

The rest of Destiny's Edge joined the Pact in the Maguuma Wastes to investigate incidents relating to the recently awakened Elder Dragon Mordremoth, and wound up discovering that the nomadic Zephyrites were protecting a very powerful item, Glint's Egg. Unfortunately the egg was taken by the strangely acting Caithe, who vanished with it.

Heart of Thorns[edit]

Eir Stegalkin, Logan Thackeray and Zojja during the Pact fleet's crash.

Eir, Garm, Logan, Mr. Sparkles, and Zojja aided the Pact to take the fight to Mordremoth, but were separated and captured by the Mordrem alongside Marshal Trahearne and several other Pact soldiers when the Elder Dragon crashed the Pact Fleet into the Heart of Maguuma in a surprise attack. Mr. Sparkles was destroyed in the crash, and Garm was lost in the jungle trying to track down Eir. Trahearne, Logan and Zojja fought to create a diversion in order to allow several injured Pact soldiers to escape the ambush. The Mordrem subdued the trio, however, and took them into the heart of Mordremoth's domain in Dragon's Stand.[1]

After the destruction of the fleet, Rytlock reappeared from the Mists as the first revenant and used his new powers to help the Pact Commander's party who had been ambushed by Mordrem. He joined the party and helped them track down Eir, who, the Mordrem had imprisoned with Faolain. However, the reunion was short lived when a Mordrem Vinetooth promptly attacked. Eir was stabbed by Faolain in a cowardly and futile attempt to escape the beast, and Eir retaliated by throwing Faolain's thorn into the Grand Duchess's back. As a result, one Vinetooth pierced the incapacitated Faolain's back and carried her into the jungle while another Vinetooth killed the weakened Eir, making the fight against Mordremoth more personal than ever to everyone involved, especially Eir's son Braham.

In the Auric Basin, the Exalted managed to detect Glint's egg moving through the area, still held by Caithe. As she was attacked by Faolain whom Mordremoth had corrupted, the Pact Commander and their team saved her and took back the egg while avoiding the pursuing Faolain. Caithe, however, vanished once again.

As the regrouped Pact and its allies from the jungle forced their way into Dragon's Stand to face Mordremoth in battle, the Pact Commander's party eventually managed to rescue Logan and Zojja from the Mordrem. The pair had undergone near-death experiences in Mordrem Pods, which drained their strength and used it to create Mordrem facsimiles of the two heroes in preparation for a full-scale invasion of Tyria.

Caithe reappeared soon afterwards, pleading for the Pact Commander's trust while claiming that her Wyld Hunt to protect Glint's Egg had made her question everyone around her, friend and foe alike. Despite their initial reservations, the group let Caithe accompany them as they tried to reach Trahearne next. Caithe and Rytlock eventually helped the group slay Faolain, and later joined the battle against Mordremoth within the Elder Dragon's mind although the battle cost Trahearne's life when he sacrificed himself to destroy the last remnants of Mordremoth's mind. Destiny's Edge had thus helped slay another Elder Dragon, but at a terrible cost.

Living World Season 3[edit]

In 1329 AE, at Eir's memorial service, Garm was recovered by Rox and returned to Hoelbrak. Logan and Zojja were still recovering from their ordeal in the Mordrem Pods. Rytlock agreed to join the Pact Commander and those who had helped slay Mordremoth in a new guild, called Dragon's Watch. Caithe remained independently active, appearing later in Bloodstone Fen tracking the White Mantle and their activities.

With its founding members either dead, incapacitated, or active in other guilds or organizations, Destiny's Edge was effectively dissolved. Zojja remained bedridden for the unforeseeable future. The recovering Logan, meanwhile, accepted the mantle of Pact Marshal to succeed the late Trahearne, and aided in the destruction of the treacherous Minister Caudecus's White Mantle army during the Siege of Divinity's Reach.

Braham honored the legacy of Destiny's Edge by founding his own guild bearing the same name, and led his guild on an expedition to the Far Shiverpeaks with the intention of slaying Jormag and carrying out the mission his mother had begun. This attempt ended in a failure, however, forcing Braham to return to Hoelbrak before he eventually joined forces with Dragon's Watch again.

Members[edit]

See also: Category:Destiny's Edge

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • Each member of Destiny's Edge wears tier 3 cultural armor for their race, but none of them are seen wearing their races' cultural helm except Zojja.
  • The player comes across the members of Destiny's Edge throughout the personal story, particularly in the dungeons. The story mode of a dungeon tells a story related to the guild and generally features two or more of its members. Part of the story is for the player to help the members overcome the differences which caused the group to dissolve and gather them together again to battle Zhaitan.

Trivia[edit]

  • The guild's early history is told in the second Guild Wars novel called Edge of Destiny.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roots of Terror
    <Character name>: You managed to escape?
    Lieutenant Morrison: Yes. Marshal Trahearne, Zojja, and Captain Thackeray created a diversion so a few of us could escape.
    <Character name>: You were with them! Are they here?
    Lieutenant Morrison: I'm afraid not. They sacrificed their own chance at freedom so we could get away. The Mordrem took them. [...]
    <Character name>: Easy. I'm here. Can you tell me which direction the Mordrem caravan was going?
    Magister Humli: I... yes. Into the jungle, heading deeper into Mordrem territory. Due south.