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Flame and Frost: Prelude

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The sky falls and the ground shakes in the lands of the north. Charr and norn refugees crawl from the wreckage of their homes in the Wayfarer Foothills and Diessa Plateau, struggling to find shelter in the south. The call goes out for volunteers to assist the victims in this time of need, when earth and sky seem to have become the enemy…

— Official website

Flame and Frost: Prelude is a release launched on 28 January, 2013 as the first episode of Season one. That acts as the first part of the Flame and Frost narrative. It introduces the multi-stage Flame and Frost narrative and brings additional changes to Guild Wars 2 and primarily affects the charr (flame) and the norn (frost).


Living World Season 1[edit]

A mystery presents itself in this first entry in a multipart Living Story series. What could be causing such discord in the foothills of the Shiverpeaks? All those poor homesteaders and ranchers displaced with nowhere to go calls into question if the storms could be that bad—or if there's something more sinister stirring up the flame and frost. The ground is shaking, and the sky is falling in northern Wayfarer Foothills and Diessa Plateau. Norn and charr refugees, crawling from the wreckage of their homes, are fighting their way to shelter in Hoelbrak and the Black Citadel. Many are in shock and wounded; most have only what they can carry on their backs. A call has gone out for volunteers to assist them in their time of need, when the environment itself seems to have become their enemy.

Game update notes


  • Daily Achievement.png Daily — Daily Aquatic Slayer, Daily Crafter, Daily Dodger, Daily Events, Daily Gatherer, Daily Healer, Daily Kills, Daily Kill Variety, Daily Laurel Vendor, Daily Veteran Slayer
  • Flame and Frost.png Flame and Frost — Refugee Volunteer

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Steam jets erupting in Dolyak Pass, the northeast portion of Wayfarer Foothills.
28 January 2013

This update included many of the game features for the game release. Content related to Living Story can be found in Wayfarer Foothills, Diessa Plateau, the Black Citadel, and Hoelbrak. This content will change over the course of events.

29 January 2013

The Refugee Volunteer achievement track is released as part of the Flame and Frost Living Story. Content appears in Wayfarer Foothills and Diessa Plateau. Refugees begin appearing in Diessa Plateau on the evening of 29 January. Refugee camps appear in Hoelbrak and the Black Citadel. The Wolfborn Watch and Adamant Watch appear near the camps.

4 February 2013

The Refugee Blacksmith and Refugee Rancher appear in the Hoelbrak and the Black Citadel refugee camps, respectively.

11 February 2013

The Refugee Steadholder and Refugee Primus appear in the Hoelbrak and the Black Citadel refugee camps, respectively.

18 February 2013

The Wolfborn Watch and Adamant Watch change their dialogue to be more specific and note that Knut Whitebear and Rytlock Brimstone have sent scouts to the north. The refugee camps have added structures and have more refugees in them. Refugee Froya and Refugee Fiannas appear in the Hoelbrak and the Black Citadel refugee camps, respectively, mentioning the lack of room available in the camps. The Wolfborn Watch reports the dredge are suspected to be behind the attack along with magical help from the shadows. The Adamant Watch reports the Flame Legion have attacked villages.

25 February 2013

The Wolfborn Watch mentions an anonymous benefactor in Lion's Arch giving aid to the refugees. The Wolfborn Watch also reports the dredge and Flame Legion are conspiring together in a major offensive against norn and charr villages.

Flame and Frost[edit]

Primary article: Flame and Frost (achievements)

This release's living story is an expansive narrative that tracks the story of charr and norn refugees as they seek new homes after a disaster.

Refugee Sign Posts can be repaired as part of Refugee Volunteer.

Refugee Volunteer[edit]

Primary article: Refugee Volunteer

The first part tasks players with helping Norn and Charr make their way through Wayfarer Foothills and Diessa Plateau. Players can assist by building signposts, lighting campfires, helping wounded refugees and retrieving mementos from refugees who have fallen.


See also[edit]

  • Flame and Frost mail, an in-game mail alerting players to story-related events.
  • Herald, the in-game mechanism for informing players about the storyline.


  • This update made adjustments to the dynamic leveling system, including allowing players to receive their own level of loot regardless of the area.

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