Divinity's Reach is the greatest city in the human nation of Kryta. It is laid out like a giant wheel. Its upper city contains Queen Jennah's royal palace and the Chamber of Ministers. Six high roads, each dedicated to a god, divide the lower city into districts.
— In-game description
Divinity's Reach (sometimes shortened to just DR or the Reach) is the last bastion of human glory. White limestone walls, great statues, shrines to gods—Divinity's Reach is the world as it had once been, as it will be again. A tiered-city is laid out like a great wheel, with the high outer walls as its rim and six inner walls radiating like spokes from the hub at its center.
Members of all ethnicities of humanity live here, some of whom have been exiled or are unable to return to their homelands. Built on the northern shores Divinity Coast between Lake Doric and Lake Regent that were once part of the Greater Giant's Basin, it is a city sometimes described as a breathtaking monument of white parapets and high, pale towers. The royal family and The Ministry rule Kryta from here. It was built by King Baede, established in 1220 AE after the Rising of Orr flooded Lion's Arch the year before. It has become the bastion to human civilization and culture and is defended by the Seraph, Ministry Guard, and Shining Blade.
The city itself is made of heavy stone and mortar contrasting with the wilderness that surrounds the city. It was hastily built on a cliff's edge over a pre-existing underground crypts. The crypts, accessible primarily via Skull Plaza (though requires paperwork with the Seraph to access legally) but also open up to the northern cliffside (which prevents the stench from reaching the city during the summer), have been expanded since the city's establishment and are lined with bones of dead humans and even contains the tomb of Blimm within its depths.
The city is best described as a cultural melting pot, housing humans of Krytan, Ascalonian, Elonian, and—though seldom seen—Canthan and even Orrian descent, though the latter hide their heritage due to the dark history their homeland has. The city is circular in design and divided into six districts and the central palace. The Ascalonians, Elonians, and Krytans each have their own districts in the city, and there exists two commons districts which house the poorest as well as most of the stores and festival activities in the city. Canthans once had a district which also acted as the arts district, however a sinkhole formed and collapsed the district - which has recently been rebuilt as the Crown Pavilion.
|Balthazar High Road||—|
|Balthazar Low Road||—|
|Dwayna High Road||
|Dwayna Low Road||—|
|Eastern Commons||The Dead End|
|Grenth High Road||—|
|Grenth Low Road|
|Lyssa High Road||—|
|Lyssa Low Road||—|
|Kormir High Road||—|
|Kormir Low Road|
|Melandru High Road||—|
|Melandru Low Road|
|Plaza of Balthazar||
|Plaza of Dwayna||
|Plaza of Grenth||
|Plaza of Kormir||
|Plaza of Lyssa||
|Plaza of Melandru||
|Salma District (home instance)|
|The Crown Pavilion||—|
|The Upper City|
- Ossan Quarter (At the farmer's market north of the armorsmith)
- Eastern Commons (West of the orchestra)
- Concept art
- Holiday loading screens
- There was at one point a bug that caused one to fall under the map if they jumped into a hole in the Ossan District and reappear again in the Royal Terrace if they moved under it and relogged. A floor was added there to prevent players from doing this in a bug fix that was introduced in autumn of 2017.
- During development, Divinity's Reach contained a Canthan and Arts district similar to the Ossan Quarter and Rurikton and included a mix of Asian-style architectures. The district was removed late in development and was replaced with the Great Collapse. Map artist Josh Foreman has said that a lot of the development team would like to return to Cantha and encourages interested players to ask for a future Canthan region.
- Internally at ArenaNet, this area was known as "Valley_Divinity."
- Divinity's Reach has young children wearing the names of GW1 Heroes in quotes and pretending to be their pseudonym-sake.
- In the Cemetery you can find writings in New Krytan saying "where my resurrect portal".
- Around various places, posters with styllized New Krytan can be found saying "stay the blade." They appeared around June 2016 at the same as the Current Events leading into Living World Season 3.
- ^ Post by Anthony Ordon in "New thing in Great Collapse", Old Guild Wars 2 Forums (Archived)
- ^ A Lincolncast Interview with Josh Foreman (Episode 34), Selfconfessedcynic.podbean.com
- ^ Post by Josh Foreman in "How is getting rid of Cantha a 'universal' representation of humanity?", Old Guild Wars 2 Forums (Archived)
- ^ Comment by Linsey Murdock, Reddit