Guild Chat - Episode 116
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Guild Chat - Episode 116
- The following is an unofficial, player-written transcript of the episode. The accuracy of this transcription has not been verified by ArenaNet.
The 116th episode of Guild Chat aired on December 03, 2021.
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video of and we're going to talk about the arborstone revitalization mastery track we have a whole bunch to get through and i know you're all really excited to hear about this so we're going to jump right into it i'm not going to make you wait super long let's start with the legendary weapon variants back on july 27th during our first look live stream we gave you that little peek at the legendary weapons and we've got a quick video just in case you weren't there or if you've forgotten because it's been a while and 2021 has been weird we're going to give you a quick refresher of what we talked about back then i'm chelsea mills and i'm a senior prop artist in end of dragons we're introducing 16 new legendary weapons all available on release day this set of legendaries is inspired by the elder dragon irene who plays a significant role in the ender dragon story from an art perspective we wanted the legendaries to show irene's journey with the commander from the first time you meet her as an adorable little hatchling to now all grown up as our own elder dragon the precursors represent baby irene while the legendaries represent adult ulrain irene is one of my favorite characters and i'm so happy that we got to create a legendary set based on her i can't wait to see players running around in game with the legendaries i'm with chelsea i'm looking forward to this chelsea and a lot of our other developers have been hard at work since well for a very long time but especially since that first look live stream in july and the thing about these legendary weapons this aureen set that chelsea talked about irene isn't our only elder dragon we have more um so the way this is going to work is that at end of dragon's launch you're going to get that core orin set and then we will be releasing actually yeah there's a preview of the coral ring set and i have a little something extra for you in just a minute but we're going to keep releasing legendary weapon variants based on the other elder dragons in the game so like dramatic crocotoric mordremoth you're going to get versions based on that here's a little preview just so you can get a look at like what the great swords will look like these are each variant is going to use the style and effects based on that dragon there's also going to be a new visual effect and i think probably the best way to preview it is in games so let's take a look at a couple of the aurene weapons that i have on my character now this is the orin this is the short bow it is gorgeous and i love it i'm just going to turn my character around a little bit so you can get a good close-up look at that and how the effects are very much like the aureen the elder dragon grown aurene that you see in the hall of monuments right now and let me just unhide my ui real quick because i think also it's going to be kind of fun to start some trouble there is and we can also see the footfalls there is a naga right around here so when you go into combat come on okay yeah he did not love that nope now just take him out real quick you a look at what this looks like that death blow effect is a new effect that will come with these legendary weapons um you will occasionally get that when you kill it's kind of a finishing style effect and you'll also see when you first go into combat and swap weapons while you're in combat you get a little effect on there too so the variance the way this is going to work the variances are appearances you forge that core aureen legendary weapon and then you will go on a journey with it to start unlocking the magic of other elder dragons and bringing that into this legendary weapon so all of these awesome great swords that we gave you a preview of and all of the other legendary weapons that will be released as part of those variants you just have to forge that basic weapon once and then you do your gameplay to unlock it in other ways the other thing that i want to mention about that because i'm pretty sure people are asking these legendary weapons the core arene weapons and their precursors are going to be tradable so you can trade those with other with others in the game you can get them on the trading post you can put them on the trading post after you forge them and if you are super excited about that you can get a head start on them right now with the legendary precursor that you get through living world replay um if you have missed some of those achievements they're permanent so you can still you can still work on those between now and end of dragons and just get a little jump on things there's a lot more to tell about those but we have a lot to get through today as well so as soon as this show's over we're going to be publishing a post on our website from three of the developers who are working on this they give you more information about these weapons but there's your preview and we're going to move on and talk about some of these story characters with our first couple of dev guests um let's start with morgan hi hi ruby hi everyone i am morgan lockhart and i am a senior writer here at arenanet working on all things end of dragons um i wrote a bunch of the chapters of the golden path i also worked on the eccevald wilds map and the arborstone map which we'll be talking about later today thank you and also quan hi hi everyone my name is quan perk and i'm the project narrative lead on end of dragons and i'm really excited to share some of the characters with y'all today yeah so a quick thing as always we are pulling back on spoilers we want to leave lots for you to find for yourself in game so we're going to tell you a little bit about these characters their background who they are but we're not going to be digging deep into the stories story spoilers so if you don't want those don't worry we've got you covered so why don't we start with june who we saw in the end of dragon's trailer not so long ago uh who is she tell us about her yeah so june is the owner of zuma jade which is the company that's proliferating a lot of this j technology that you have all been seeing throughout the trailers and previews and she's a very brilliant inventor and also a very shrewd business woman and so she she has a lot of talents that allow her to excel at what um what her role is and she interestingly she was born to kind of a poor family in the jade seashell very single mother and that's those are kind of surprisingly humble beginnings for this character right yeah it's humble and um it has meant that she's had to overcome a lot of questions about her about her talent her ability and because of that she has like really high defenses and that that can sometimes complicate our relationship with her complicate our interactions with her where she can take a simple offer of help or advice as being something that is a personal attack on her abilities um you know she hears you know maybe we could do this this way as you know you you know you are not capable and you will never be capable you know you will never amount to anything she's always hearing that in her head because all these people that that constantly ask that of her and so because of that she can be a little prickly um you know she does not like to be questioned she does like having things her way um and and that like you're saying like that complicates some of our interactions with her but she's a really wonderful character um you know one of the things i really appreciate about writing her is that it's a character type that we just don't often see in in a female identifying characters and um you know we when we thought about our inspirations you know we did think of lady true in watchmen um but but mostly when we were referring to her to our actors or to other people on the team we brought up a lot of these real world brilliant pragmatic but egotistical male tech moguls and so examining that character through the lens of womanhood has been a really interesting challenge and i think has created like a very fresh character well how about i don't want to make it i don't want to make a pun that's going to spoil things but how about empress inn let's let's move on and let's talk about her a little bit yeah so um emperor's inn is the current leader of the canton empire she comes from the imperial line that's um been throughout guild wars history before even factions and um she's a very uh she cares a lot about the people under her and she wants to do what's best best for the canton people um but she she she's come into power at a very tumultuous time there's a lot of changes in society that are happening between the j technology that's kind of changing the the culture and the ways of the kantham people but um also at the same time in end of dragons camp is going to reopen which is a monumental event in camden history right so she she faces a lot of challenges um in this position as the empress yeah and another very interesting detail that we that we are going to now share about june is that she was actually the illegitimate child of the previous emperor which makes her the half-sister of the empress however she was not raised in court she was not raised with any of those advantages um and so something that's interesting that's happened lately though is that there's been this power shift where june has grown in power while empress inn has seen some of her own power diminish and so there's been this sort of flip of their positions or not not flip really it's more like june has risen to be to be close to her level but it's changed their relationship it's challenged their relationship it does create some tension but mostly there's also still a lot of respect um but it it is something that that plays into all that feeds into all of their interactions as two of the most prominent and powerful members of the canton society yeah and she's very interesting because she has like a very commanding presence as she should as a leader she's comparable to queen jenner right and when you meet her you feel like you've met a world leader she's just so confident and um she really has an impact yeah and um but at the same time uh she has a human side to her right and we see some of those more intimate moments even in the brief time that we see her and it's really interesting to build kind of like peek behind the curtain of royalty during those times yeah before we move on to the next character i do want to call that out how multi-faceted these characters are and this is something that i've loved as i've been watching these characters come along while you all are working on them and building them out you you have that exterior you have that that professional side that we're all interacting with as players but they have a history they have they have interactions they have background that complicates who they are and they have that internal that human that more vulnerable side that is it's subtle it's not like hitting you in the face but it is very much informing who they are and i love that yeah absolutely yeah and i i think that that's really present our next character which is mr lee who's he's the head of the ministry of security which is basically the modern um version of the ministry of flame and he's a very proud canthan he's a patriot and takes his job very seriously he takes the security of his nation very seriously and as a result he's a little bit distrustful of us as outsiders when we first come to camp though right yeah absolutely um you know it's his job to see that camp is safe and to you know to keep track of all these changes all the people entering and so that complicates a lot of our interactions with him um you know and as a traditionalist he definitely takes this view of the changes that are happening to kantha in a very wary way you know anything that might change power structures could potentially threaten his place in society his power and he's very wary of all that but at the same time you know he is he is a politician he is skilled at what he does and every interaction with him is incredibly nuanced you can always tell he's operating on a few different layers and our his voice actor patrick gallagher does an amazing job um bringing that nuance to the performance yeah and even though his character comes across as very aggressive or um stern uh and you know the many characters in the game around him who work under him or with him think feel the same way about him june has to interact with him and she uh they are not friends yeah they she that she feels that way about him um [Music] at the same time there's a there's a warmth almost that may be going too far a sentimentality beneath his kind of hard exterior that uh sorry i'm being made aware of a mic issue um there's a there's like a sentimentality beneath that comes across when he interacts with detective rama who's a character that we're going to see later this month and they have almost like a mentor mentee relationship or even like a father-son relationship and um [Music] yeah actually a quick thing on that you mentioned we're gonna meet a couple of characters later this month as we get closer to winter's day and the end of the year keep an eye on our instagram our twitter our facebook channels because we have a couple of videos from our voice actors um which is well rama and yao are gonna get some more introductions so yeah you will meet them later this month yup exactly so do we want to um move on and talk about anka yes yeah sure so um before we start talking about anka i do want to take a moment and appreciate she's so cool her awesome design i love her outfit and her her eyes are very unique of course um the aether blades we haven't seen them in a while and we've created a lot of new crew members to really fill out make it feel like this is a family of sky pirates that have been in the midst for all these years together and we previously have killed hork in the fractal who was the first mate to my trend he was the norn with the big cannon anka has taken that position as the new first mate to my trend and she's a little different she has a very complicated backstory that we'll lightly touch on we want to leave some of it for players to uncover in the actual game but she was working with gorick at vominova many years ago before the explosion there and the experience of that really changed her in a fundamental way and it was a formative moment uh in her life right yeah and her interactions with gorick you know they really you know we see her in many contexts throughout the game and the but the the interactions with work are incredibly unique and she brings out an interesting side of him too um i think fans of gorick are really in for a treat this expansion but they both bring out these really interesting sides of each other with this shared experience they have but yeah she's she's been on a journey and it's been a tough one and because of that she has this this viewpoint um that is extremely negative toward sort of all of the powerful figures of tyria you know the gods and the heroes who aspire to wield great power because she looks at everything that's happened and sort of seems to think that every time that really powerful people get involved including us things get worse which was kind of the point of that joker was making right yep yep yeah yeah she is not the first one to make it um but she is the one who i suppose [Laughter] so one thing real quick you called out her character model and i do want to huge shout out to everybody who's been working on the character models because they're gorgeous and i love her eyes so much they are fantastic yeah for sure yeah um but she's not so she's not the only aether blade that we're going to meet there are there are a few others yeah so we're going to touch on some some other aetherblade crew members not as deeply but um the first one would be ivan who's a dredge uh aetherblade as you can see here he's he is the chief navigator um and he's a very self-serious dredge he's really a lot of fun he's extremely loyal to my trend and the the dynamics between him and anka and this other character that we're about to talk about or make him just such a joy um steve bloom plays him and brings just a lot of heart to this character um and the next either play character is renyak who he's a char but not like any char you have ever met before yeah he's his personality is extremely wild he is the chief munitions officer and we're not going to say much about it what i will say is he has a very explosive personality and quan that's one way to put it and when you when you hear his voice um when end of dragons releases we won't say who he's played by right now but when you're playing it and you hear his voice and try to imagine who you think plays this character and keep trying to guess and it will you'll probably be wrong i want to hear the guesses as soon as you're here yeah yeah i want to know who people think because honestly we've talked about the flexibility of our voice actors and this huge range where you can't even tell who they are but this is a really good one yeah we we gave people so many challenges this expansion and i i think you're all gonna be interested to hear about one of them which is that so many of them were got the chance to play a tengu and it was really interesting to see what each actor brought to that and what their interpretation of it was you know because we really gave people room to play you know and some people would think of literal birds and we'd have to pull them back we're like no no polly doesn't want to crack screeching i mean unless i told you to screech there's a few times but we save it we save it for some key beats you know and some people you know we thought of you know i was very delighted when i figured out that one of our voice actors was picturing a skeksis from dark crystal because i love it and i was like that's definitely what they're doing and it was at the end i verified that was their inspiration but gosh speaking of tango the next character we're going to talk about is one of our our named tengu characters her name is ayumi and she is a member of the kestrels if you saw the echovolt wild stream you'll remember that i talked a little bit about them they are an organization of of protectors of the ecobald wilds and they began in the time of the purges that the ministry of purity was conducting shepherding other tango to the equivalent wilds now ayumi is one of them she was actually not born in eckevault though she was what they call a city tengu which is a phrase that was occasionally thrown at her as a negative but she was you know she was raised as a socialite she was raised somewhat affluent but her uncle was a member of the kestrels and he saw a whole lot of skill in her so he brought her into the fold vouched for her and she did prove to have a lot of skill but you know all that said a lot of the other kestrels still question how well she understands fundamentally what it means to be a kestrel yeah and part of her status as like this city tengu as some will call her she's she's seen as an outsider in her life and that's what makes her relate to us when we come there as outsiders right and um i think her her background also is what makes her so adaptive and and just kind of sharp at different situations and um she's a very charming character and i really love i really love this character yeah and she's you know she's open to new ideas you know one of the reasons the other kestrels kind of resist some of her proposals is that they she does suggest some change as somebody who's young has somebody who's new um you know they but the kestrels do feel like especially some of these older kestrels that the way the casuals have been doing things has kept the tengu and then the people of ecuavold safe for so long so you know she does run against this with a lot of the other kestrels but in the end like a lot of her ideas are you know they're more modern and and you know they are welcomed by many of the other kestrels on the other hand especially when dealing with members of the gangs um if you saw the echevard wilds stream then you would know that these two gangs play a large part in end of dragons as a whole but in particular the ecobald wilds where they are headquartered and you know the kestrels have fallen a little bit behind on dealing with those gangs they've dug in a little bit more than the kestrels have ever allowed anyone else to take into account and ayumi has some ideas about how to fix that as long as she can be confident enough to advocate for her ideas and that the others can accept it but because she's young you know she doesn't quite have that confidence but she is somebody who we see grow in confidence over the course of the story totally yeah so mentioning the gangs is a good time let's let's go over let's go over to where the gangs are hanging out and talk about who they are and their leaders uh let's start with jade brotherhood yes the leader of the jade brotherhood is amanda named chomu he was actually the co-founder of zunlai jade with june while june was sort of the more brilliant inventor he had the business acumen he had the business ideas um and together they brought the company up but over time they began to butt heads because they had different ethical lines like june was here chilmu was way over here there were things he wanted to do that were a little bit less ethical that she did not want to do and so over time he ended up breaking off and forming his own group which he ended up adopting the name of the jade brotherhood which was actually it's funny he he hasn't you know at one point june accuses him of having a small bag of bag of tricks which is to say that that with zuma and jade you know they they had adopted the names in like guild by acquiring the old zomlight guild for their jade company a little bit like att and singular you think you're buying a tnt using the name and he kind of did the same thing once he formed his his gang is that you know the jade brotherhood this is not the same brotherhood as guild wars one um but he knew that that name would strike fear into those who opposed him yeah and he was never necessarily as clever of an inventor as june right and so in in many ways she kind of outmaneuvered him in in terms of like supply chains and things like that and so i think that is his inability to kind of confront june in like the the marketplace is kind of what led him to toward like the black market and the criminal underworld and kind of shaped who he is today yeah yeah he the the jade brotherhood one of their main business models is is ripping off july both literally and figurably and undercutting them but also just doing things that zuma would never do you know um building weapons that that that are you know of you know building destructive weapons and and such that things that june would never allow zen light to do so um that yeah they they don't have many limits they don't they don't have many boundaries in the jade brotherhood but the other interesting difference between the two of them is that while june came from this this humble upbringing and that she's always sort of fought against this perception he on the other hand came from a very wealthy background from one of campo's most wealthy families most most well-known families his mom matron park is somebody we never meet but who looms large her her story has spread um and he you know he's he's actually a really fun character to write um because he even though we've focused a lot on his negative qualities he's actually incredibly charismatic you know that's one of the things that makes him an effective leader an effective businessman and you know sometimes he brings the party sometimes joel brings the party and yeah so he's he's just been as with all these characters he was a lot of fun to right honestly every time you say that he brings the party i kind of laugh because i can see his weapon i want him to have the moot oh yeah i just yeah it seems like it would fit okay so on the total other end of that spectrum is tetra who i love tetris models so much yeah two characters could not be any more different she is the leader of the speakers which is the other major gang of echovolt and not only do they butt heads with the jade brotherhood over territory and resource control it's also they have a completely ideologically opposed you know the jade brotherhood are all about technology technology with no limits and on the other hand the speakers oppose the expansion of jade technology tetra is a warden players of guild wars 1 will recognize wardens they are forest spirits who defend the forest mostly from humans and from the encroach of civilization uh the story is that they actually were once kurzicks who went through this ceremony to become these eternal forest spirits um so she's been around a long time um and she sees this this approach of jade technology is something that's a direct threat to the natural world and has managed to amass these followers humans other wardens tengu a whole motley assortment of people who feel the same way yeah and tetra it's interesting how she she's the leader of the speakers which is a very kind of diverse uh group a diverse gang that has members of many different species including humans but at the same time she despises humans right yeah because of what they what she perceives they've done in the heck of all wilds and that that's a very interesting dynamic within the culture of that group yeah absolutely i mean she has you know because she has humans in her group but she does not disguise her contempt for them you know right i think they are all you know they're all they all very much believe in the cause which is why they deal with it but she's not very nice yeah she's very direct right yeah she's very direct there is no bs with her um she says what she means and she means what she says no matter how hurtful yeah no matter no matter how much it might harm her followers yeah super super blunt but you know she's she's getting stuff done so yeah all right well that is a run-through of some of our characters that are coming with the end of dragons thank you both for spending some time telling us about that thank you all please don't go anywhere we're going to take a very quick break and then we're going to come back with a guild hall tour for you so we'll be back in just a minute [Music] [Music] foreign [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] so [Music] [Music] so [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] welcome back to our final guild chat of the year thank you again for spending this time with us i hope you're enjoying all of these insights into what's going on with end of dragons and some little previews we are ready for our guild hall tour with our next developer guest hi erin thank you for joining hi thanks ruby hi my name is erin omschlinger i am a writer and a narrative designer here at arenanet and i've had the opportunity to work on this expansion pretty much since it began production and one of the things that i had the chance to write for that ruby and i are going to show you here today is uh the isle of reflection which is this expansion's newest guild hall yeah so if you were here for the xinjiang island map tour way back when one of the things that we went to was this portal that i am in front of in game and at the time we said we're not going to talk about this now we're going to talk about it more later and later has arrived so let's jump in and let's see why yes i would in fact like to continue to the aisle of reflection even the load screen i love the load screen so much it's so beautiful yeah this entire um section is just visually stunning in so many ways so um ruby's going to take us on a little tour here yeah so tell us where are we what is what is this place because there's some history here yeah um so uh this is this is an island off the uh southern coast of xinjiang which is one of the main areas we'll be visiting in the expansion and for those of you who have been with the franchise for a while you may recognize this location from winds of change the guild arena that we're going to be visiting here in a few minutes is actually the same arena that you had defeated rico murakami in during that winds of change yeah so we're going to head there shortly but right now i'm going to go up this way toward the marketplace and while i'm walking um for those of you who need to capture this guild hall how does that work because this is a little bit different from guildhall to guild hall so how is it for this sure i'll give you just a little bit of a rundown of the expedition that you're going to be going on here so essentially you have been enlisted by the kanthan government to help out with this island there have been some reports that there are squatters around the area just stirring up trouble basically so you are going to meet up with kasmir who we obviously know from the main game and then two other characters who we meet in end of dragons akane and beyon and you with your guild are going to go through and basically just clean up the the riff raff that's roaming around the island and get things back in shape and then you'll be able to claim the aisle for your guild yeah and a fun thing about this smaller guilds this will scale down for smaller guilds so if there's just a handful of you and you like your your small guild friend group uh we've got you covered absolutely the difficulty will be proportionate for you guys yeah so one thing i do want to note is that some people decorated this guild hall for us we've been finding decorations in real time it does not come like this with uh like random snow off in the corner but the snow is not included it is snow sold separately um it is it is an interesting journey we found some we found some fun things so those of you who decorated it we love you uh you've been making us laugh all morning all right so let's look around here i need to go down a little bit because on my sky scale i'm like always got to be on the roof yeah so ruby is uh taking us through these more central area of the island right now we're headed into the marketplace and for those of you who have played guild halls before you're going to see some of the same structures you've seen in past guild halls so i'll just kind of point those out as we go and any unique decorations worth noting anything worth commenting all right let's go this way over to the war room and take a look let's see yep so uh ruby said we're making our way to the war room and so for those of you who play guild halls uh this is tied to pvp upgrades um claiming objectives for your guild etc yeah i'm just gonna take a little loop around here and say yes here's the decoration that we have found that sure is happening no i don't want griffin not you right now i need sky scale all right i'll finish this loop and let's head over to the workshop and i need to open my map again make sure i understand where i am yeah the workshop is just a little bit south of where the war room is located and over there uh we have plenty of space for uh crafting uh for uh plenty of crafting stations for the scribe yeah i'm being so remember the jade c uh live stream map tour when kirk was saying i can't even look in that direction there's a reason i'm doing this right now so we're just going to make a real quick loop through there and then we're going to leave yes let's go yeah let's go over to the tavern now because our priorities are in order yeah so uh making our way over to the tavern uh this place you can socialize get experience buffs grab a drink after a hard day of gilding what have you um some sushi like yeah this looks that is enough sushi for like 12 people that's excessive all right uh how about up to the arena sure and we're gonna swing over to the arena or well actually this is all right look y'all can't leave this [Laughter] that was perfect just extremely deal with it all right let's go up to the arena and we will i love him thank you whoever put that there i love you so it's gonna be hard to top that but uh we'll try we're making our way back to the arena and this is uh the area i had mentioned earlier um balloons oh and get balloons too you can you can get balloons it's not included oh my gosh look at the waterfall all right i'm unhelpful i keep getting distracted by how beautiful it is but all right so here's the arena that you mentioned what are we what's going on here uh we can use this area to practice our combat it's a lovely seaside location yeah and like i said it has historical uh significance and uh in a great spot so not a bad deal yeah it is absolutely gorgeous so speaking of seaside i'm just gonna pop right over here and let's get my skiff up and running shall we cool yeah this uh this being an island location one thing we really wanted to take advantage of was some of the new features we're gonna be seeing here in end of dragons and one of these uh ruby's showing us right now is the skips yeah and if you've been watching um skiffs on various guild chat episodes hey snow um you'll notice that our icons got an upgrade one of the things that we've talked about as this is a work in progress is things like temporary icons as just little work in progress reminders um let's see so i'm looking for a phishing node and like we've talked about before you can fish literally anywhere there's water uh fishing nodes just give you a better chance at good stuff yeah just prime real estate for the fish market um and yeah we just wanted to let you know as well that uh past guild halls uh that have water accessibility uh will you will be able to use your skips there yeah uh anywhere that well all guild halls you can fish anywhere where there is water deep enough to swim in okay i got distracted talking about fishing and just rammed my boat into a rock it's fine everything is fine uh any place that has water deep enough to swim in you can use a skiff all the guild halls you can go fishing in uh they're also going to be end of dragon's guild hall decorations as well exactly so yeah you can pick those up um any previous guild hall upgrades that you may have had will also carry over to this hall yeah you don't have to re-earn those all over again just like the other guild halls all right so that's a little tour of the isle of reflection guild hall i'll do this one more time just for people who are screen shotting all right we have one more thing we're going to take you through part of the arborstone revitalization mastery track erin thank you so much for coming and running us through this with me and all of you stick around we will be back in just a couple minutes thanks [Music] so [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] so welcome back to our end of dragons gameplay overview guild chat thank you all again for hanging out with us we are in the final part of this episode we're going to go through part of the arbor stone revitalization mastery track if you are familiar with factions you're familiar with arbor stones so the look of this might be familiar to you uh joining us to help out with this is morgan is back thank you for sticking around yep happy to help and annie is joining us from home hi annie hi i'm annie vandermeer i'm a senior game designer at arenanet i've worked on various parts uh in end of dragons and most notably uh what i've been so ear to show you guys for so long now is arborstone and its associated track yeah alright so we are i am inside arbor stone and game uh morgan's gonna join my party and hop in here so annie why don't you start us by telling us what this place is what's it for so arbor stone is an open world social space uh that's inspired by and using some of the tech from uh sun's refuge and eye of the north and the population right now size for arborstone is around about the eye of the north but as you can get a sense of here and we'll definitely see later it's way bigger it is a larger space very it's a tech and huge um and the mastery is a cool element of it that the more you put into it the more you'll see this space develop and open up things like new vendors uh and a cool new buff and so on uh which yeah we'll show you a little bit of yeah let's go ahead and morgan what's the story behind this i'll let you kind of talk to us from what the background is right okay yes so i'm gonna go over here and i'm gonna harass my kestrel friend here yes so the kestrels i've talked about them a few times now i talked about them at the equivalent wilds talk about them with ayumi but the kestrels are a group that formed in the time of the ministry of purity to bring tengu to ekkovald so that they had a safe location a safe haven they taught them to live here they taught them to live with the elements and to stay out of sight now when the ministry of purity fell the kestrel stuck around even though they didn't have that job anymore they decided to stay on as these rangers that patrolled and protected echovalt now when they first arrived in in eccevald they found arbor stone the way that we left it and guild wars won a ruin and they they used that ruin as a place to hide as a waypoint place where refugees could come and find them and connect and because you know it was because it was a ruin you know it was able people weren't really patrolling it they were ignoring it um and then once the ministry fell they decided to build it they decided to start rebuilding it you know they make it a more permanent home now because they're rangers and they're not interior decorators they are not city planners they kind of just left it like this you know it served their purposes it's like if they could put down a bed roll and you know make themselves some food over the fire they were happy um but now that they've aligned with the player they're allowing the player to turn it into more of a proper headquarters and build it up even more yeah all right well let's start looking around because we are just here at the very beginning of this annie where should we go first you are you're the tour guide here i think the first stop in our tour should be to your left all right where we will see the strikes area this is basically a nice place to gather your party before venturing forth uh that person right there will give you access to all of the strikes in end of dragon's one handy dandy location and i can't tell you anything more about those because not that my department but here's a great place to be able to get stuff repair your uh equipment uh run around to dance on things like morgan has been doing just epitomizing that uh one thing that i want to mention like annie was saying you level this up for your own mastery track but this is an open world location so you're going to see different things than others might be who are at different points on the masteries so right now i'm at mastery level 2 for arbor stone revitalization that's a mouthful yeah and morgan is at level zero i am the newbie i'm the newbie mine's very empty it's just the way the kestrel has left it but morgan when we hop over to morgan's gameplay every once in a while you'll see kind of the basics when you first come in and what you're going to get let's pop over here and talk about that yeah so you can see the strikes area is accessible right from the beginning and so is this basic commerce area you can see that there's a merchant you can see that there's another repair anvil and there's another guy that is really cool looking that i can't quite divulge yet but you can see i mean there's room for expansion here one might say this commerce area has potential i i would i would be the one who would say that uh there's a little portal that we're just going to talk about later but i want to take a moment to admire this big scary friend over here because this model is gorgeous do you don't you just want him to give you a hug okay i'm conflicted about this like we've talked about this there's a lot of there's a lot of arms for hugging and this seems like a nice friend so much fun so many arms for hugging but there's claws at the end and there's so much potential for like painful pinching oh yeah so i need to think about this from now i will admire from a distance i think i'm willing to take the the hit are you the hug are you all right uh why don't we come over here uh let's continue on and see oh hello i don't like this not one bit see they got a hug yeah that's exactly what happened there all right let's come back to some of those grumpy kestrels that i talked about with ayumi they don't they don't like us they're not as happy everybody's just happy that we're here all right so i i need to point out this is extremely cat behavior someone's sleeping and you're running over their head morgan please all right so i've got a couple of god you're just like pleasing so tired yeah but i'm a cat i'm not gonna let him sleep it's you're actually like wait wait you so how many rep i have two refugees i have one refugee yeah so annie why did you do that now um as you as you level up more people start filtering in it gets it gets more populated and you get more refugees for morgan to run back and forth over yeah the kestrels you know they they didn't make it as welcoming as as you the player gets to make it and so you attract more and more people to this space as it grows in purpose as it grows in comforts and all right let's check out the training area let's start right here this guy's just given up i can fight no more yeah all right so tell us about the training area annie so this is a cool area where uh the kestrels have been training to shoot well to kick the crap out of their foes they've given sparring and how to move quietly and there's a cool lecture going on to your left re like careful talking maybe calling on some people in the audience and then you know the occasional moment whack the heck out of that dummy a little bit and as you can see that between the two screens more and more people show up as this lecture becomes more and more popular this guy knows what he's talking about and speaking of people who are well known and uh good at demonstrating their spills we ha uh skills we have suco talented over here who is our hero challenge uh and she gives you a lore quiz no she uh this is not a lore quiz yeah yeah here we have a char for scale she's so big big she's a big bird but not like that magnificent they're very beautiful so beautiful she is fantastic yeah so that's the training area um again i'm at level two there will be more and more here as you level up your arbor storm revitalization mastery all right moving on in our tour where are we heading next danny i thought we were heading to the right up the stairs the very long stairs because again this is a huge big old area yeah so let's come up here and we're just going to pause yeah we're going to take a little pause here just to highlight that even though i keep saying tango tango changu the kestrels are now an organization of a much more expensive organization anybody who has a vested interest in keeping echobald safe they're going to be represented within the ranks of the kestrels so we have luxons and kurzicks yeah so they just they're just they've grown in in size and in purpose over time and so it's not just tengu this is toss you'll you'll you'll interact with him in a few of our quests and yeah oh he shoots he's furious apparently yeah i love his mask i just can't see what's going on with us it's a quiet anger yeah quitting he's quietly furious all right well he is frightening so up the stairs we go up the stairs we're gonna keep on i'm just like i want to go faster well go ahead i'm missing all right yeah and we're we're getting up a little bit higher so i'm just going to kind of move around here and show off this area from up here but not too close to the edge because i have fallen to my death more than once getting excited getting too close to the edge it is a long way down yeah we're high enough where there's birds roosting all right let's come over here and aside from this gorgeous rug uh let's look and see who else what else we have here who else we are so memorializing this is an area that if if you're familiar with guild wars factions one of the most important areas of the game was tanakai temple which was a temple that had tribute areas to some of cantha's greatest heroes uh and this is basically trying to recreate that so you of course get to see uh tributes to arkham horus and saint victor they would argue they are the most important i'm sure uh but also some of those uh names from gilbert's factions like cow lie and again just like uh in other areas the more you uh invest in the points in the arbor stone revitalization the more entries you're going to see pop in uh and perhaps people checking out the space and uh making a little pilgrimage yeah you see you see the candles and the pillars here that aren't filled out yet so i'm excited to see who else all right shall appear onward yeah and speaking of pilgrimages and religious thingies let's see let's see how we timed this entrance yeah so where are we now oh it was perfect he's here's the sad guy yeah excellent so i don't have him on my screen but i but since i wrote him i know what he's about um but yes so while a little bit of high level news did manage to make it to some of the really like high authority figures you know the empress the heads of the ministries the average camp that knows nothing about what happened in the outside world and so in many points in the story we are going to be bringing news about all that has transpired to the ordinary canton and see the way they're going how they're reacting uniquely to things that have occurred elsewhere and one of those is the revelations that we share about the departure of the gods about the death of balthazar and the kurzicks being a very religious people are mostly not taking that news well such as him feeling very abandoned others on the other hand you know there's a there quite a variety of reactions some people are like i thought they i always thought it was a bit of a crock anyways but you know but most people are pretty broken up about it um so that's this is a good example of one of those cases where we see how kantha's is adapting to this modern age and all the news that it brings yeah and we have statues of the human gods here so and between as dwayne is the biggest yeah arborstone was formerly uh not the seat of power but one of the seats of power of house sue heltzer which was the most powerful of the five ruling houses of the kurzicks uh and each one of them had a patron deity yeah she got right up on her head there was like having a fun time and a chart which are like intro i always thought the gods were dumb but dwayne was a very true patron deity of uh house to help her so that's why she kind of has the biggest billing so to speak in this space and get started by charging i'm here i'm nailing an apology i'm sorry showing proper respect yeah all right um so one of the things that we've talked about over and over is how this is a work in progress and there are there's a lot of gameplay work to be done but there are also little touches like all of these pews you're going to be able to sit on those somebody gets all as soon as someone gets all that seating in right annie yes that will be a thing i'm like this is a task it's on my list i'm trying to think how many butts can fit in those seats like i'm doing the math how many bucks i'm gonna tell you all right let's i just want to come out here for just a moment and admire the view because one thing that you'll see as we progress through here is that as the day progresses the light changes and it is so dramatic in such a wide soaring open space that you can really see that difference this area again i'm being extremely close to the edge but carefully this is an area out the back of the main area that this is all accessible right yep totally accessible and so pretty like our artist justin i i mean i work in this space a lot and every time i do i'm still just like ah so lovely like i want to do it really absolute justice it's so gorgeous but justin is fantastic and the work put in on this has been great yeah all right let's keep going i'm pretty sure it's no sky scales in the chapel and yet here we are all right i'm going to tell you no you're the commander yeah who's going to i mean there's nobody here yet well nobody who can reach me that giant tango is going to be an issue yeah all right let's head over to let's head over here to i have a mess hole i i don't have anything it's just empty space i have so i want to call this out just because you know it's going to get fixed but the chairs haven't arrived yet in game play development and i love that she's just like very resentfully and passive-aggressively sitting on the floor and like sit here i'll drink my coffee her legs are tired so she's mad about it so like you don't even have her nope yeah all right let's talk about the mess hall annie so the mess hall we basically the way that we approached some elements of the revitalization is the whole hierarchy of needs idea that of course the first step is food and shelter and here's the food aspect of that so uh all of a sudden the kestrels have a place to uh get some grub albeit maybe not the best grub as you will see uh communicated over there uh i have to yeah let's let's talk about sam just real quick because first of all oh yeah these are cats that i mean as as more people arrive in the space and there's more food you're going to get rats and then of course you get working kitties like little sam uh who she is beautiful and hard working and if a rat should appear she shall chase them down immediately and of course you can play with them because it is a design standard i have proudly held throughout my career that if there are animals that are good animals in the space cats and doggos you can pet them yeah that's that's an annie promise to you so that was it that was a tiny side track and i'm sorry but that was your first cat so i wanted to make sure we we gave sam a little bit of love yeah all right it's very appreciated yeah all right so we're at we're at level two i'm going to come over here and i'm going to talk to the quartermaster um i don't think you've i do not have the quarterback quartermaster shows up and we're things are getting a little bit better so the quartermaster will have some access to some cool little things that you can buy and uh also give a good sort of state of affairs of how things are uh at your sort of level of mastery at first they're like well you know we've got the basics at uh the level at ruby's at there's pepper and dill and they have a kitchen uh and i think that's very important because dill and pepper uh delicious with eggs and i'm not going to say anything about tengu and that sort of regard where they get the eggs oh no no annie oh i hadn't gone wrong i hadn't gone either no i can't leave this is what happens live and i have to share them so all right we've got the headquarter and we have a very salty brewer uh was a very clear idea about who gets to have her wears and who does not you're not a kestrel and so i was just saying hi but okay i also i love i love the stink face that she's giving me like look at that glare no tomfoolery yeah she's fine all right well let's let's move on to another area because i really love what's in these next two rooms so uh this is related to the next step of the mastery which you know you've gotten your your needs taken care of and now you move into crafting so we've got a kitchen here with an actual cooking trainer uh next door there's also something cool across the way with later there's a crafting hall morgan's over here like no no no i don't have any of that i see nothing you said there's fire i see no fire i know my fire is dead my fire is exciting will come very very relatable content so yeah so you start getting crafting stations once this is up and running and then there's plenty oh yeah and with the as with other areas in the in the area that sounds very specific there is an arbor stone as your mastery increases you're gonna see uh more more artisans and stuff show up you're gonna see sous chefs and servers start showing up to uh to help fairy food into a increasingly populated mess hall uh all these little things moving in space and also more cats in the mess hall you will see themselves you will see my other cats appear in there because i'm the developer that owns the space and i'm gonna name cats after my cats if i can yes another guarantee all right well we're gonna go to one of my favorites now she's great i love her jewelry station you can look at her over here yeah i'm looking at your screen now look at all her she's wonderful she's wonderful but where's all her where's all her finery why is she not studied with gems on those yes this is this is my issue that i want her to have bracelets or something because she is the jeweler but i'm going to talk to her and let you talk about her name annie so what's your story so i'm the dork who thinks that like acronyms are the height of uh hilarity like i'm a big fan of modoc so of course i had to make vodka the jade automaton design for creation of adornments who technically is a piece of jewelry herself she is a piece of jewelry she's magnificent and i love her she's a masterwork she is great yeah all right so there are there are more crafting stations you don't just get cooking and jewelry crafting but we'll get there for now let's go here so this beautiful area that is again a little absent all right this is making me feel bad yeah i know just turn on some sad music because i just been in circles in my empty space my empty heart so what is this place annie so this place was for the place formerly known as the barracks it was something like uh like monks cells or servants quarters uh back in the day and once you take it over and spruce it up a bit it is now the inn at arborstone and you have a host and you see more people showing up to to rest here and actually speaking of resting there's a very cool mechanic with this space uh with arbor stone we i mentioned this is a player hub and this is some place we wanted the players to feel tied to and not just in building up the space but if you hang out here in the inn and you don't even have to be logged in for a certain amount of time i love how morgan's already getting into it you have to unlock it first morgan i know i don't actually have the mechanic but she's i'm gonna take a nap it looks great over here it does yeah yeah you will get a very cool well-rested buff uh and that buff actually increases in intensity as with many other things as you up your levels uh of arborstone revitalization i don't even know if it's probably restoration in my heart it's it's all those things it's revitalizing everything it's radness i i propose uh radness as a canonical some sort of level official we can we can put numbers to it it's fine radness level at two roundness level at five all right for now it goes up to it because that's bad okay that's fair all right i want to go over here to my favorite salty npc but first hey out of many salty npcs i don't know so there's so many like to pick from yeah oh yeah a beautiful array of very very salty npcs so uh another thing that's unlocked in uh that step one of that mastery is this beautiful a surrogate that she'll take you to scenic lion's arch a very careful carefully built and negotiated item that as you can see the kestrel's uh in true camp and bureaucracy format uh format uh are are rather carefully monitoring yes i got the cranky model look at her look at her face she is not here to help she is here to harm to hinder but anything but healthy she is so done with me and i even have the harm hinder her ring she has a job to do right but i love that i can ask her to hurry up and she's like no absolutely not dare her how dare what if there's a seat on your shoe the world will be over she thought she was our pretty serious business okay but you know what i'm gonna go over here to her cool friend because she's so much better and the thing i love about this this is just such a funny little flavor piece where i'm like uh okay so your friend over there is kind of an issue and she's like you know what that's that's a them problem once you go to the other side of that gate not my problem to which she does not care about what happens on the other side of the gate is amazing yeah yeah look go have fun whatever yeah that sounds like a problem yeah so yeah we've got the we've got the uh sir gate unlocked at level one and we talked about these portals i'm just gonna i do have the portals thankfully here the kestrels are much more generous than the exalted yeah we start you we start you out with the portals and let's go ahead and use them because sometimes stairs are for suckers oh yeah let's take this teleporter to the third level this is the place i like to call the overlook for probably pretty obvious reasons because it looks at overall just majesty look at this oh well excuse me dismounted by going into combat this isn't even the highest point in uh in arbor stone because again as reference heck and huge yeah look at this kestrel crossing down here on the bridge all right and over here there is this statue that i'm just gonna leave alone for now i'll let you all do that after end of dragon's launches it might lead to a little some some like you know a jumping puzzle or something like that but these kind of suspicious beautiful uh uh mushrooms and this beautiful see i'm terrible at jumping puzzles i'm looking at that like i'll fall there i'll fall there yeah i would i would like to point out the lack of mounts have been disabled in this area yep oh yeah so andy i have news for you i can use an account on this jumping puzzle he's excited i'm excited yeah so yeah this is one um and do you want to talk a little bit about what this does annie without too many spoilers uh so interacting with this one i got to be a little fig with it but it is something where even noobs like me who are gonna fall off that thing all the time uh even with mounts uh are going to be able to participate and uh basically have different uh levels of success you can run around and be extremely thorough with what you pick up or just try to get to the top as fast as possible uh no way it's a wrong way for that jumping puzzle and it's just one of the many things uh like secret things or or elements to find that are scattered around this very large space that i will not very large empty space from my point of view i'm sorry an empty bookshelf is a crime that is a crime yeah it cannot be we won't stand for this we will fill that with both oh yeah yeah excellent this is exactly the approach that i like to hear people taking yeah so we've got the library here and then let's go over to the reading room with a quick pause to admire the art because one of the things that i've loved since launch back in 2012 is the art on the walls is so beautiful so that one's familiar i love that it's just in here and part of it and we have the reading room this is definitely where i'm gonna be is a little bit i wouldn't say sparse but a little bit uh you know you got your boxes it's sort of like a college dorm room and that uh your furniture is just sort of whatever somebody leaves out on the side of the road with free sign on it or just leaves unattended for a certain amount of time not that i ever did that uh but this is it before it has been improved and let me tell you when you get that uh that level to make this space beautiful it is outstanding and there are plenty of places oh no so this is this is one thing i was asking about earlier and i just want to call this out this big fireplace i'm so excited to just advance that and have this gorgeous set piece yeah and maybe do something about this cozy reading chair because yeah i have opinions on that i'm going to curl up in front of this big fire when it's there yeah look at the latest the latest work yeah definitely the latest all right let's keep going let's look around over here so here we have the crafting hall yeah i did promise more crafting um all right annie let us know walk us through it i'm just admiring how did they get all that stuff on the walls that's a lot i mean we haven't technically speaking we haven't there's you're probably a little light on entertainment options so far in arbor stones so i can imagine that crafter with you know less stuff to do decided to really push the envelope on on her display uh to really get people's attention so these are these uh professions that uh was not mentioned previously so you've got cooking and jewelcrafting on the other side and here you have the three armor and weapons disciplines which i'm going to mess up if i try to recite but i'm going to do it anyway you've got tailoring artifacing leatherworking uh huntsmanship i always want to call it something different armorsmithing and weaponsmithing i do kind of love where the tailoring station is right now this just like the dye pots are such a fun little touch i don't have them i'm sorry when you get it it's going to be so great it is i'm going to work hard to unlock these masteries when end of dragon's launches i will help you because i will still feel bad about sitting over here going look at how beautiful i know oh you can't flaunting your unlocked area yeah so you get so you get all of your crafting areas unlocked and they keep improving they keep getting better as you expand those masteries all right let's take one more look let's just take a little walk across the bridge and look at how absolutely gorgeous this is and again like annie said earlier we weren't even at the highest point we're about mid level right now yeah and the bridge is just my gosh i can hear the wind in my ear the creek of the slats well constructed but it's still old oh no all right so we don't want to go too much further because we want to leave as always lots for you to find on your own but annie why don't you give us another quick rundown of what this is and let's talk a little bit about what's at tier five maybe some collections that kind of thing oh yeah so this is to reiterate everything this is the gorgeous arbor stone space it is a social space it is open world uh it's using some of the tech from uh our most beloved eye of the north and uh the very awesome sun's refuge and it'll allow you to hang out there with your friends even though you have different levels of mastery uh you can see and do different stuff as you have seen and there are five levels to the mastery we've you've only seen two so far one is for you know living spaces and so you have cool stuff like uh the the barracks and the mess hall in addition to the surrogate uh and two is crafting so you get all kinds of neat crafting stuff so as to what the others might be three you know i mentioned people might be kind of bored in that space as cool as it is and might want something in the realm of i don't know entertainment uh and i also mentioned previously uh where the the merchants were that it was looking a little bare and that maybe something could be done at that commerce area uh for five that would be a lot of spoilers spoilers but i will say a big thing about this space is that uh there's a lot of cool collections that might come here that might draw your attention back yes space gets built out it attracts a lot of interesting people some old friends some new friends that have some collections that will take us all around the world to learn more about what's going on and the history and the people that whose company we enjoy yeah so i look forward to everybody getting here and working with me to help morgan level her masteries please we're gonna we're gonna get you there because we owe that to you you do i just i just did a lot of running through an empty space i have like my chat box is just full of your character going to sleep over and over that said uh annie i do have to give you and everyone who worked on this kudos for even at level zero when you have none of these masteries up and running you've still got like all of the basics there's still so much to do and it's still absolutely gorgeous it is so pretty there's so much in the space to explore still and there's so much uh love from myself and from pretty much everybody who touched this space uh to make something cool happen and and we're not even done yet so keep an eye out run around the space as soon as you can get into it and uh take all kinds of screenshots like show every nook and cranny that you can get into dance on dwayna's head go for it i give you my blessing dance like dwayne is watching you give your blessing like she isn't watching so yeah a couple of things that annie has said i was over here going oh that's right uh i really look forward to all of you getting in here running around discovering what there is to discovering the collections discovering the gameplay finding out what else is in there um there was an an event has started that i just kind of quietly ignored yes and yeah all right so we just kept walking which let's just keep going yeah yeah there's there's a lot there's a reason we only explored very specific parts of this space so that's our show for today and that is our show for 2021 we went over the legendary weapon variants we went over a lot of story characters with morgan and quan we took a tour of the new guild hall and we showed you the first parts of the arborstone revitalization mastery track we have if you need more kantha we have something for you now uh the end of dragon's fourth beta event is live in the game right now all nine elite specializations are available to play as is the siege turtle mount that's going on until saturday night december 4th also every day you log in and play the beta in guild wars 2. excuse me is a chance to win this dx racer gaming chair that we are partnering with dx racer to give away um so enter to win that have some fun playing the beta event and good luck on that path of fire if you don't have the path of fire expansion quite yet you're still thinking about it this is when you want to do that because it is 50 off at amazon right now through the end of december our next show is january 28th we're going to go heads down we're going to get some work done we're going to take a little break around the holidays and then we're going to be back with some more end of dragons for you guys on january 28th again thank you all for spending this time with us since the first look live stream in july it's been a the year has been a lot uh the past few months have been incredible to get to share more and more of end of dragons with you and help you build that picture of what that's going to be like and we are all incredibly excited to come play this game with you in february so next show january 28th head over to the guild wars 2 website in just a few minutes to read more about the legendary weapons and as always thank you for spending time with us we will see you in the new year bye everybody thank you [Music] you