Tyria's last hope rests on the unity of the races. The pooling of their strength. It is the only way.
Glint, once known as Glaust, was a champion and scion of the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik. 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, a plan in which her children Vlast and Aurene were intended to play a large role. 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.
A redeemed champion
Glint was born as the scion of the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik. She was known by many names, including Glaust, in the distant past when she served Kralkatorrik as one of its 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.
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 was only able to remember fragments of her life from before the purification ritual, but she remained loyal to Kralkatorrik for some time. However, hearing Kralkatorrik's thoughts and the thoughts of those she killed 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
In approximately 272 AE, Glint compiled the Flameseeker Prophecies, foretelling the defeat of Vizier Khilbron and the fall of the titans and mursaat. 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. Glint had lain many eggs but only two of these eggs, containing her scions Vlast and Aurene, would become prominent over the following centuries with the fate of the other eggs remaining unknown.
Some time after, Glint's Forgotten allies built the hidden city of Kesho deep within the Elon Riverlands where they and Glint studied Ascension for secrets that might help them fight the Elder Dragons in preparation for the plan to replace the Elder Dragons with more benevolent balancers of magic. Glint's first scion Vlast hatched in Kesho,, and was later taken to Glint's lair in the Desert Highlands where Glint had traveled to at the time. Dwarven and human heroes arrived in the lair at the behest of Glint and successfully defended her hatchling from the still slumbering Primordus's invading Destroyers in 1078 AE.
After the Transformation of the Dwarves in response to the rising threat of Primordus, Glint's guardianship was gradually passed down from the Brotherhood of the Dragon to a secretive group of Canthans and Elonians who would become known as the Zephyrites by 1125 AE. 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 in Kesho and Tarir, the Forgotten City once the Forgotten had moved on.
In 1320 AE, Grand Duchess Faolain of the Nightmare Court sought out Caithe and, in an attempt to sway her to her side, informed her that the previous struggles of Destiny's Edge against dragon champions had amounted to nothing as the Elder Dragons would continue to rise. According to Faolain, the Nightmare Court had learned that Glint had kept her loyalties concealed and was preparing for the rise of Kralkatorrik as its champion. Caithe delivered the troubling news to her companions in Destiny's Edge who were torn about the reveal as they did not trust Faolain and were aware of Glint's actions against the enemies to Tyria in the past. Despite their initial misgivings about Glint's suggested treachery, however, Destiny's Edge resolved to seek out Glint's lair in the Crystal Desert and had the blessing of Queen Jennah, who was equally torn about the decision, to stop Glint before the dragon could help her master return to the world.
Glint had foreseen the coming of Destiny's Edge, however, and waited for them in her lair while sending Vlast to the safety of Kesho as she had plans for him as part of her legacy and did not want to risk his life in the coming conflict with Kralkatorrik. She was also troubled that her usually accurate visions were cloudy regarding her fate after Kralkatorrik's rise and what the Forgotten and the Six Human Gods knew that she did not, but she resolved to continue her plan regardless of what might happen to her. Glint and Destiny's Edge clashed briefly, and she easily defeated the guild during the confrontation. She realized that Destiny's Edge had good intentions and had been led astray, however, so she decided to tell them the truth to end the battle: she had once served Kralkatorrik but would do so no longer and was acting against her former master who would inevitably rise.
Sensing Glint's earnesty, Destiny's Edge was swayed to her side and suggested that she should fight alongside them against Kralkatorrik. Glint was surprised when the Destiny's Edge members Eir Stegalkin and Snaff hatched a plan to use the Dragonsblood Spear and Kralkatorrik's crystalline blood, which Glint had gathered in her lair, to subdue the Elder Dragon for the finishing blow. Realizing that they might be able to stop Kralkatorrik as long as they worked together to use their respective strengths in battle, Glint chose to fight alongside the guild.
As Glint had foreseen, Kralkatorrik awoke once more and sought her out for her betrayal. The sudden departure of Logan Thackeray weakened Destiny's Edge, however, but Eir believed in their chances and chose to confront the Elder Dragon according to the original battle plan regardless of Glint's warning. Although at first they were able to stand up to Kralkatorrik, the Elder Dragon proved to be a powerful adversary. Sensing that they only had once chance of defeating her former master, Glint sacrificed herself in Kralkatorrik's jaws to put a yoke Snaff had made from its crystallized blood on the Elder Dragon. The established link allowed Snaff to access Kralkatorrik's mind and force it to land while it was distracted. However, Logan's absence affected the fighting capabilities of Destiny's Edge who were unable to protect Snaff from Kralkatorrik's Branded minions which killed Snaff and allowed the Elder Dragon to wrestle free and flee the area before Rytlock Brimstone could use the Dragonsblood Spear to harm it. Having barely survived the battle, Destiny's Edge mourned the loss of Glint and Snaff and disbanded out of grief and anger, leaving their dragon ally's corpse where it had fallen.
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. They composed the "Song of the Zephyrites", a lyrical retelling of Glint's last moments which honored and lamented her sacrifice.
Furious at his mother's death, Vlast took it upon himself to avenge her by culling the Branded horde and keeping the Dragonbrand from spreading throughout the Crystal Desert over the following decade as Kralkatorrik carved out its new territory. However, he was conflicted over what he should do when Glint was no longer around to guide him as he wanted to fight Kralkatorrik but knew he had to wait for the full legacy to ripen with the hatching of Aurene.
Glint continued to influence events in Tyria long after her death as her scions Vlast and Aurene would carry on the plan she had begun with the aid of the Exalted in the following years.
Glint's spirit met with Rytlock Brimstone who was traversing the Mists in search of his missing sword Sohothin after a failed Foefire cleansing ritual. She reminded him of the importance of dealing with Kralkatorrik while teaching him the ways of the revenant in 1328 AE when the Pact was beginning the invasion of the Heart of Maguuma in the war against Mordremoth.
The Pact Commander's party accessed Glint's memory crystals in and around her lair in 1330 AE. Upon activating the crystals, they heard Glint's voiced thoughts and learned of important moments in her life, including her reasons for turning against Kralkatorrik and what plans she had set in motion to ensure Tyria's salvation. Touched by the revelation and the return to the site of Glint's death, Rytlock told the party about his meeting with Glint in the Mists and not being sure what her intentions for him were when the party were now trying to save Kralkatorrik from Balthazar instead of killing the Elder Dragon.
After consuming the magic unleashed from the former god Balthazar's demise in the Battle of Kodash Bazaar, Kralkatorrik retreated to a distant mountain in Western Kourna and stayed there until 1331 AE when it mastered its new powers and phased into the Mists with a Branded horde, allowing it to send its minions to various locations in Tyria by using its connection to its grandchild Aurene as an anchor. Glint realized the danger her former Elder Dragon master posed to not only Tyria but other realms and the space-time continuum itself and fought against the invading Branded in the Mists with the help of Primeval ghosts as well as other ghostly allies such as Eir and Snaff.
Kralkatorrik continued to grow in power despite Glint's best efforts to stall it, however, which prompted Glint to send Eir and Snaff to Tyria via one of Kralkatorrik's rifts to warn the Pact Commander of the threat and to convince Aurene to confront the Elder Dragon and take its place as per the Legacy plan as soon as possible before Kralkatorrik would become too powerful to be stopped. However, Aurene's refusal to face Kralkatorrik forced the Commander and their asuran ally Blish to devise a temporary solution: they would enter the Mists and bait Kralkatorrik into swallowing Balthazar's still magically potent greatsword, which contained a tracker devised by Blish, thus allowing Dragon's Watch to predict the Elder Dragon's next potential targets before the attacks.
Upon entering the Mists and powering up the tracker on Balthazar's greatsword, the Commander and Blish heard Glint's voice urging them to hurry as Kralkatorrik's Branded would be breaking through Glint's ghostly army in an attempt to surround the pair. In order to make sure that the tracker would work as intended, Blish chose to stay behind and sacrifice himself while Glint guided the Commander out of the Mists via her echo. As they reached a dead end with Kralkatorrik about to reach them in the form of a storm, Glint urged the Commander to make a leap of faith, which led to the Commander's safe return to Tyria. Glint stayed behind in the Mists, coordinating the battle against Kralkatorrik and its horde.
Glint had the gift of prophecy, being able to foresee the future or possibly even multiple futures, which her scion Aurene inherited. She had the ability to read minds and communicate telepathically and was said to be a rare case of a dragon who could connect with other races in such a way.
- Act II
- Crystalline Memories (voice only)
- In Echoes of the Past during Living World Season 2, it is revealed that at least one other egg survived intact, and came into the stewardship of the Master of Peace. Upon his death at the hands of the Mordrem, it was stolen by Caithe, whose Wyld Hunt compelled her to protect the egg with reckless abandon. The egg is recovered in the Heart of Thorns storyline and put into the care of the Exalted, and eventually hatches in Rising Flames during Living World Season 3.
- Glint is voiced by Jocelyn Blue in Storm Tracking.
- In Edge of Destiny, Glint states that the Chosen heroes she sent off later returned to battle her. This may be a reference to the bonus objective of the Dragon's Lair mission.
- In the story part Hidden Arcana, it is possible to get to Glint's Lair via Ornate Hourglass.
- During the story part Crystalline Memories you are able to listen to Glint's memories and enter her lair from the outside in Desert Highlands.
- Glint has her own leitmotif, called "Glint's Theme", which was composed by Jeremy Soule.
- Associated items
- ^ a b Comment by Chelsey Shuder, Reddit.com
- ^ a b Post by Jessica Price in "Swarming y'all with questions", Guild Wars 2 Forums
- ^ a b The Ruined City of Arah (explorable) Forgotten path
- Warden Illyra: I have learned that the last time the Elder Dragons came, the Forgotten worked with Glint, who hid the old races from the dragons' power. [...]
- Warden Illyra: Yes. Yes! Look at these runes. The Forgotten were able to remove Kralkatorrik's control over Glint.
- Warden Illyra: Glint remained in crystalline form, but she regained her free will and identity. [...]
- Warden Illyra: This is the altar. It was here, before the human gods came, that Glint was freed of the Elder Dragons.
- ^ The Way Forward
- Sadizi: The millennia-long Elder Dragon cycle is one of feast and famine. Ravenous, they rise. Sated, they sleep.
- Sadizi: Glint and the Forgotten set out to break this cycle of extremes and to restore true balance. [...]
- Sadizi: But when two Elder Dragons were unexpectedly eliminated from the cycle at one time, we believe it created a void.
- Sadizi: A void that caused the system to break down and the collapse to begin.
- Sadizi: The hope was that Glint's legacy would stabilize the cycle.
- Sadizi: We theorize these vacancies must be filled with entities that circulate and share magic rather than hoard it.
- Sadizi: Only then will the balance of magic truly become stable. Only then will Glint's legacy achieve its ultimate purpose.
- ^ a b The Legacy
- ^ a b A Study in Gold
- Glaust has been known by many names, and even we do not know her true name. She is called Glint in these modern times and she entrusted us with using her legacy for Tyria. [...]
- Your friends and families have no less important a charge. The Brotherhood of the Dragon passed its mantle on to them. They are the first guardians of the egg, and only once it nears its time will they deliver it to you.
- They're calling themselves the Zephyrites after the gentle, ever-moving breeze of their homeland, and none but their inner circle will know their secret mission.
- ^ a b "Chapter 26: Seeking the Sanctum", Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King:
- "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?" [...]
- 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."
- ^ a b Crystalline Memories
- Glint: I remember only fragments from the days before the Forgotten performed their ritual on me. [...]
- Glint: When my mind is drawn to the suffering of Tyria's people...the inescapable doom they face...
- Glint: I feel a sickness in my heart. The first stirrings of compassion. [...]
- Glint: I am not yet prepared to face the Elder Dragon—and distressingly, I cannot see beyond the coming battle.
- Glint: Is it because I die? I can't die without finishing my work. I have to stop Kralkatorrik.
- Glint: The Forgotten told me much, but not everything... What did they tell the Six? What do the gods know that I do not?
- Glint: So much is unclear, but I'm out of time. I must keep my faith, and hope that my children will carry on my legacy.
- ^ Guild Wars 2 Interview, KillTenRats.com
- ^ The Dragon's Lair
- ^ The Way Forward
- <Character name>: "Kesho"? Is that the name of the city?
- Elder Muriel: City? No. A nursery. Where the Forgotten toiled... Where Vlast's eyes first opened... Where Glint gave us her legacy.
- ^ Consular Brand Oakencask
- ^ Hidden Arcana Ogden Stonehealer: The Zephyrites, yes. They inherited a thankless and difficult job from the Brotherhood of the Dwarves.
- ^ "Chapter 25: Drawing the Poison", Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King:
- Faolain was there to spread the blackness through Caithe. It is a fool's errand you are on. You have killed dragon champions but have not faced a true dragon. And, even now, another is coming into the world. It will destroy you unless you join me!
- Caithe lurched, hurling Faolain's hands back from her heart. She looked wildly around, then locked eyes with Faolain. How can you know this? How can any mortal?
- Faolain blinked. The same way you know. We watch. We see the new dragon's champion preparing for it. A champion by the name of Glint.
- A new champion?
- An old one, her loyalties long concealed. [...]
- "What is this champion called?" asked Eir.
- "She's another dragon—a lesser dragon," Caithe said, "though ancient in her own right. Humans call her Glint."
- "Glint!" Logan said. "The Glint? Keeper of the Flame-seeker Prophecies?"
- "The same," Caithe said.
- "Are you kidding me? She helped stop the Lich Lord. She helped stop the titans," Logan went on. "Why would she turn against us?"
- Caithe looked levelly at him. "Glint is the champion of the one who rises."
- "Glint is a friend of humanity," Logan argued.
- "Very few of us are human," said Zojja.
- ^ Book of Vlast
- ^ Short Story: The Trek of the Zephyrites
- ^ The Way Forward
- Vlast: Sadizi and the others tell me I must wait, that before the real work begins, the whole legacy must ripen and mature.
- Vlast: I am ready now. Kralkatorrik continues to grow in power, and my mother's death stands unavenged.
- Vlast: But I am my mother's son. I will wait. I will serve the glorious purpose she and the Forgotten set for me.
- Vlast: Though the snakes and their golden servants speak as though it is their purpose, and Glint merely lent it her name.
- Vlast: So in her name, I will act. Until the full legacy is ready, I will contain Kralkatorrik and cull its Branded horde.
- ^ Crystalline Memories
- Rytlock Brimstone: Balthazar wasn't the only one I ran into during my time in the Mists.
- Rytlock Brimstone: I also met Glint. She taught me the ways of the revenant.
- Rytlock Brimstone: I thought she meant for me to finish the job Destiny's Edge started. But here we are, trying to save Kralkatorrik.
- ^ Legacy
- ^ Return to Camp Resolve
- Logan Thackeray: 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. She was...
- <Character name>: She could speak to you in your head?
- Logan Thackeray: That was her gift. It was she came to know what love is, and to love humans herself. She could hear our thoughts. No other dragon has ever exhibited this ability connect with us in that way.
- ^ Hidden Arcana
- Kasmeer Meade: Glint was ancient—thousands of years old. Why wasn't she like the Elder Dragons?
- Marjory Delaqua: She was freed from Kralkatorrik's control by the Forgotten a long, long time ago.
- Marjory Delaqua: And then, because of her gift for reading minds, she connected with humans.
- Marjory Delaqua: She learned to think like us. Elder Dragons don't. They're too...different.