Emperor Usoku

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A Canthan Emperor.

Emperor Usoku was the 32nd Emperor, and the 22nd Ascendant Emperor, of Cantha. He was known for an ironclad regime which annexed the Luxons and the Kurzicks into the Empire of the Dragon, drove out non-humans such as tengu, and promoted isolationist policies.


Unification of Cantha[edit]

As the successor to Emperor Kisu as Kaineng Weh no Su, Usoku took a firm hold of his nation in 1127 AE. He raised the Canthan military, spending millions in gold to arm his troops, and then swept the countryside. He defeated the Luxons and the Kurzicks, incorporating these disparate people back into his nation. These efforts were supported by the Ministry of Purity,[1] which had originally been established by Minister Reiko Murakami to combat the Afflicted. During his campaigns Usoku had elite members of the Royal Guard called the Seven Canthan Spears who were viewed as the emperor's best men and women.[2]

Usoku unified Cantha behind a strong national identity and began to purge the lands of rebels, the sick, and any non-humans such as the tengu.[3][4] It was not long before his embassies started to follow isolationist policies. Usoku's regime was ironclad, tyrannical, and fierce. Those Canthans who did not agree with the emperor's dictates were given no choice but to leave their homeland, seeking refuge and sanctuary in Elona and Tyria.[5]


Usoku became the last Canthan emperor whose name was known in Tyria[6] even though Canthan sailors would sporadically wash ashore on Tyrian beaches. Despite Cantha's isolationism, however, the Empire of the Dragon continued trading with at least the Kingdom of Kryta's ships sent from Lion's Arch until the Rising of Orr and the emergence of the Elder Dragon Zhaitan's Dead Ships cut off Cantha from Elona and Tyria in 1219 AE.[7] There is currently no diplomatic contact between Tyria and Cantha,[8] but the Zephyrites have been hinted to have traveled to Cantha and traded with the locals there as recently as 1327 AE.[9][10] According to the Zephyrites, Cantha had been one of their "most culturally colorful ports of call," implying that Cantha's cultural side had only prospered in the following years.[11]


  • "Usoku" is the Japanese word for "right side".
  • Usoku's isolationist approach to Cantha is similar to Japan's isolationism in the early 1600s in which Tokugawa Ieyasu obtained power by incorporating the independent military leaders into the bakufu and eliminating foreign contact with the West. Parallels can also be drawn with the Haijin edict enacted by the Chinese Ming Dynasty's Hongwu Emperor in 1371, which brought to an end an era of extensive maritime exploration and intercontinental communication.

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  1. ^ M. Lummis, K. Pleet, E. Kern and K. Ricketts, Guild Wars 2 Official Strategy Guide, 1st ed. Indianapolis, IN: DK/BradyGames, 2012.
  2. ^ 03 Nemnai 1637 CC
  3. ^ 08 Suzhen 1637 CC
  4. ^ Historical dialogue with Kae Mayumi
  5. ^ The Movement of the World: Cantha
  6. ^ Plaza of Kormir ambient dialogue
  7. ^ "Chapter 3," Sea of Sorrows by Ree Soesbee:
    They'd been twice to massive Kaineng City in Cantha, each time carrying a heavy cargo of cotton and returning with a load of silk and other goods. Cobiah loved exploring the twisted labyrinth of Kaineng City's streets and trying the strange Canthan food, but best of all was the pure freedom of being out to sea. Travel was glorious, opening his horizons to different cultures and perspectives.
  8. ^ Canthan Scholar
  9. ^ Historical dialogue with Marjory Delaqua
  10. ^ Zephyrites brought Canthan-style decorations with them during the Festival of the Four Winds 2014 as a prologue to Living World Season 2 whose first story instance took place in 1327 AE.
  11. ^ Fade