Glint

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Glint's appearance in Guild Wars Prophecies.

She was...brilliant, in all meanings of the word. Beautiful. Enormous, yet gentle. When she spoke, it was in your head, accompanied by the sound of crystalline wind chimes in harmonious tones.

Logan Thackeray

Glint, once known as Glaust, was a champion and scion of the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik[1] and mother of two scions, Vlast and Aurene. After the Forgotten had purified her from Kralkatorrik's corruption, she began empathizing with other races and turned against her master, devising a complex plan to preserve Tyria's magical balance by replacing Elder Dragons with equally powerful but less predatory entities.[2] Before Glint could see her plans come to fruition, however, she fell in battle against Kralkatorrik, but her work would be continued by the Exalted and later, Dragon's Watch.

Biography[edit]

A Redeemed Champion[edit]

Glint was known as Glaust in the distant past when she served the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik as one of the Branded champions. As an oracle she was able to hear the thoughts of creatures, which allowed her to unravel and stop the plots against her master.[3]

When the Elder Dragons last awoke, the Forgotten discovered and performed a great spell at the Altar of Glaust which was intended to purify her. Glint remained in crystalline form, but she regained her free will. She remained loyal to Kralkatorrik for some time, however, until she heard his thoughts and the thoughts of those she killed, which led to a change of heart as she grew to sympathize with her victims.

Choosing to side with the elder races, she hid many of them from the Elder Dragons until the dragons went to sleep and it was safe for the races to reemerge. It was presumably around this time that a group of grateful dwarves formed the Brotherhood of the Dragon, an organization that served as the keepers of her heritage. They forged an alliance with her, and let her into their minds.

In the time when the Elder Dragons slept, Glint began working on a plan that would ensure a brighter future for Tyria free from the threat of the Elder Dragons. She secretly prepared for her former master's eventual return by collecting his crystallized blood and retaining a spear made from the crystallized blood of his spine. She also laid eggs in her lair, waiting for the time for them to hatch so she could prepare her scions for the great task ahead.

Plans for the Future[edit]

In approximately 272 AE, Glint compiled the Flameseeker Prophecies, foretelling the defeat of Vizier Khilbron and the fall of the titan and mursaat.[4] In 1072 AE, this came to pass, and it was Glint who guided the Ascendant heroes who were the prophecies' subjects to their destiny. Some of these Chosen later returned to battle her.[5]

Some time after, Glint's first scion Vlast hatched in the hidden city of Kesho, and the heroes defended the hatchling from Primordus's Destroyers while he was visiting Glint in her lair. After the Transformation of the Dwarves, Glint's guardianship was passed down to a secretive group of Canthans and Elonians who would later become known as the Zephyrites. Some of these Zephyrites underwent Forgotten trials to transform into the Exalted who would be tasked with carrying out Glint's plan and raising her scions once the Forgotten had moved on.

In 1320 AE, Kralkatorrik awoke once more, seeking out Glint for her betrayal. Glint allied with Destiny's Edge and devised a plan with them to use their respective strengths to defeat Kralkatorrik. The battle turned out in Kralkatorrik's favor, however, and the Elder Dragon killed Glint for her betrayal. Even Destiny's Edge could not protect her, losing Snaff in the attempt.

Prophet's Legacy[edit]

After Glint's death, the Zephyrites sought out her corpse in order to ensure that the draconic energy stored within her body would not fall into the wrong hands. They found that with magic from her body, they were able to harness the power of the Aspects of Sun, Wind, and Lightning. Using these Aspects, they built a magnificent Zephyr Sanctum, and with it they roamed the world in peace.[6] They composed the "Song of the Zephyrites", a lyrical retelling honoring and lamenting Glint's sacrifice.

Glint continued to influence events in Tyria long after her death as her scions Vlast and Aurene carried on the plan she had begun with the aid of the Exalted in the following years.

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Notes[edit]

During Return to Camp Resolve, Eir states that, "[Glint] had the gift of prophecy and the burden of three thousand years of memories"; during Crystalline Memories, Glint states that "I remember only fragments from the days before the Forgotten performed their ritual on me"; during Edge of Destiny Glint states she was placed on the world 3,000 years ago. However, Warden Illyra states in The Ruined City of Arah (explorable) that "the Forgotten discovered a great spell that granted Glint a will free from control by the Elder Dragon. She then concealed many of the elder races from the dragons." In that same dungeon, Varra Skylark states that the Mystic Telescope shows the last dragonrise to be "Around ten thousand years ago."

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  1. ^ Comment by Chelsey Shuder, Reddit.com
  2. ^ Dialogue with Sadizi in The Way Forward
  3. ^ The dragon’s great eyes went gray. "I can hear the thoughts of creatures. I am an oracle. I heard their plots against my master, stopped them before they reached him, killed them in their tracks. But I also felt their agony, their loss. It grieved me." Chapter 26: Seeking the Sanctum. Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King.
  4. ^ Guild Wars 2 Interview | Kill Ten Rats
  5. ^ "Do you?" roared the dragon, rearing up and spreading her wings through the vault. "I am Glint, Keeper of the Flameseeker Prophecies, Protector of the Forgotten, Foe of the Lich Lord, and Downfall of the Titans! Three thousand years ago, I was set here as a guardian of the world. Three hundred years ago, I welcomed heroes such as yourselves, hailing them as the Chosen who would destroy the titans and save the world. But did they remember? Did not the very heroes that I sent return to battle me again? And now you come to slay me?" Chapter 26: Seeking the Sanctum. Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King.
  6. ^ Short Story: The Trek of the Zephyrites | GuildWars2.com