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.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Physiology
- 3 Story involvement
- 4 Scions
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Notes
- 7 Trivia
- 8 See also
- 9 References
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 his 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 and sire. Kralkatorrik revealed his greatest fear to her in private: he had foreseen a potential future of a world without strife between dragons and other races and without Kralkatorrik himself. In response, the Elder Dragon ordered his scion to prevent this future from coming to pass.
When the Elder Dragons last awoke, the Forgotten discovered and performed a great spell at the Altar of Glaust which was intended to purify Kralkatorrik's scion. 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 eventually led to a change of heart as she grew to sympathize with her victims.
Choosing to side with the elder races, Glint 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.
Plans for the future
In the time when the Elder Dragons slept, Glint began working with the Forgotten 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 which she intended to use later. 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.
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 their 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 Elder Dragon 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. Glint and selected members of the Zephyrites developed resonance crystals while her dwarven followers built the Forge deep within Thunderhead Keep. With Glint's help, the dwarven weaponsmith Frodak Steelstar used the Forge to create the Dragonsblood Spear from the crystallized blood of Kralkatorrik's spine which Glint later took to her lair.
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 his 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. 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 with 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 to protect Queen Jennah in the Ogre Revolt 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 crystallized dragon blood on the Elder Dragon. The established link allowed Snaff to access Kralkatorrik's mind and force him to land while the Elder Dragon was distracted.
However, Logan's absence affected the fighting capabilities of Destiny's Edge. They 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 him. 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 where she 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. Although some of Glint's crystallized body was harvested for Aspect crystals, the corpse was eventually taken to an extension of Glint's lair procted in the Mists where it would lie since.
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. At an unknown point in time, Glint had a prophecy involving Aurene and the scion's future champion who were destined to defeat Kralkatorrik together. The prophecy required three signs to appear, such as Aurene hatching and the lich Palawa Joko dying, before the second scion and her champion would face their final trial in preparation for the confrontation with Kralkatorrik.
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 the Elder Dragon 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. The Elder Dragon stayed there until 1331 AE when he mastered his new powers and phased into the Mists with a Branded horde, allowing him to send his minions to various locations in Tyria by using his connection to his 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 him, however, which prompted Glint to send the ghosts of 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 his 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 as a stalling tactic: 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 and evacuate would-be victims when needed.
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 the Branded horde.
With the help of Ogden Stonehealer and the magical hourglass kept in the Durmand Priory, the Commander and Caithe entered the extension of Glint's lair in the Mists where they found Aurene next to Glint's body in 1332 AE. As they went through the trials in the lair, the Commander and Aurene listened to Glint's memory crystals which instructed them how to channel magic and work together to overcome their fears in order to prevail against Kralkatorrik. Once the pair had proven their bond, they were taken to separate areas: Glint communicated with Aurene about Ascension in ways only dragons would understand while she told the Commander about Kralkatorrik's fears and the importance of hope in the Legacy plan. Once the scion and champion had been properly briefed, Glint's memory urged them to travel to Thunderhead Keep to forge more Dragonsblood Spears in order to replace the original spear which the Commander had destroyed earlier during the campaign against Balthazar.
As Kralkatorrik continued consuming magic in the Mists, he successfully scattered Glint's army after a series of battles. However, he received grave injuries from the ghosts as well as from the sealings of each rift his minions had created on Tyria. To recover his strength and grow in power, the Elder Dragon entered the Domain of the Lost to feast on the souls there. Glint sent another ghostly messenger, Gwen Thackeray, to Thunderhead Keep to let the Commander know that they were running out of time and the confrontation with Kralkatorrik was imminent.
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)
- Episode 4: A Star to Guide Us
- Storm Tracking (voice and echo only)
- Episode 5: All or Nothing
- Scion & Champion (voice only)
Glint's appearance in Guild Wars Prophecies.
- 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 since A Star to Guide Us release.
- 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.
- Multiple sections of Glint's lair can be accessed during the story:
- 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.
- ^ a b 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."
- ^ Scion & Champion
- Glint: With you, Champion, I share my true legacy—and Kralkatorrik's greatest secret.
- Glint: He foresaw the possibility of a world at peace. A world without strife between dragons and mortals. A world without him.
- Glint: It terrified him. He demanded I help prevent it from coming to pass.
- Glint: But where he saw doom, I saw a gift to the world.
- ^ 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.
- ^ a b Short Story: The Trek of the Zephyrites
- ^ 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.
- ^ Scion & Champion
- Glint: My followers and I developed the resonance crystals that made possible the Dragonsblood Spear.
- Glint: Creating the crystals, forging the Spear... These acts required the channeling of powerful magic.
- ^ Dragonsblood
- Ogden Stonehealer: My people built this place, but the Zephyrites and Exalted have cared for it since the days of Glint. [...]
- <Character name>: Ogden—we need a new mold for casting the weapons. Any ideas?
- Ogden Stonehealer: There's Frodak Steelstar. Never met him, but the Dragonsblood Spear was his pride and joy. He'd know.
- ^ Resonance
- <Character name>: New plan: We're luring Kralkatorrik here. We're gonna pin him down and hit him with everything we've got.
- Forge Master Hilina: Here? But that could destroy the forge! Glint herself cast weapons in these halls.
- ^ "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
- ^ 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.
- ^ a b Legacy
- Eir: You're asking the wrong norn. Look, we can't stay in this world for long. Glint sent us—with a message for Aurene.
- Snaff: Kralkatorrik has begun to consume the magical energy inside the Mists!
- <Character name>: Just like he consumed Balthazar's magic! That explains all the chaos out there...
- Snaff: If allowed to continue unabated, he will devour reality itself. [...]
- Eir: Aurene, I need you to listen carefully. Your mother sent us.
- Snaff: Glint is doing everything she can to hold off Kralkatorrik. But she won't win.
- Eir: She needs you. It's time for you to fulfill Glint's legacy.
- Braham Eirsson: Wait, what does that mean?
- Snaff: Aurene must kill Kralkatorrik and replace him as Elder Dragon.
- Eir: Now.
- <Character name>: No. She can't face Kralkatorrik alone. She isn't ready!
- Snaff: Not alone, Commander. Your fate is entwined with hers. The prophecy hinges on you both.
- Eir: You must take him down—together. And do not tarry. The more you wait, the more powerful Kralkatorrik will become.
- ^ 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.
- ^ The Crystal Blooms
- Ghostly Messenger: Commander—dire news from Glint. Our forces are scattered. We can't hold out any longer.
- Ghostly Messenger: Kralkatorrik has entered the Domain of the Lost. He's devouring everything in his path. Destroying or scattering the dead.
- <Character name>: Well, that explains all the ghosts. How bad do you think it is?
- Ghostly Messenger: He's wounded—we've done real damage. But now he's feeding again. Regaining power. If this keeps up...
- <Character name>: So, pretty bad. Got it. Thanks for everything you've done—the rest is up to us.
- ^ 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.