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Since its original Shadow of the Mad King release, Shadow of the Mad King contains story related to the Mad King Thorn, his allies and foes, which is told via events, collections, and historically via story instances.

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500 years ago, a tyrannical Krytan king was slain by his own people, those who had suffered greatly during his reign of lunacy. It is said that this king's body was chopped into pieces, and his spirit was banished to the Underworld, but that he can return to the mortal realm for just one day a year on Halloween. Yet, it had been 250 years since the last recorded sighting of the Mad King Thorn. The Commander received a mail from Captain Tokk of the Captain's Council, asking them to assist the Durmand Priory, and that strange doors have begun appearing across the land. Magister Tassi of the Durmand Priory requested help to find the missing parts to a biography of the Mad King. To help, she provides a new device: the Candy-Powered Matter Meter, and asks that you first use it on the ghost standing next to her. The Commander proceeded to travel from ghost to ghost, gathering clues and pages to the missing biography of Prince Oswald Thorn. They learn of young Oswald Thorn's activities and violence that resulted in the death of his brother and first wife, as well as several others up to his coronation. Meanwhile, the strange doors across Tyria began connecting brave adventurers to the Mad King's Realm, proving that the Mad King did exist. Magister Tassi asked adventurers to continue looking for pages for a second volume, which details his continued reign of lunacy and terror on his subjects, another wife, his eventual murder, and the steps taken to hide his body. Throughout this searching, the Lion's Arch statue had slowly been becoming cracked and crumbling as mysterious energy seemed to be building up inside. Finally, the statue itself shattered and the Mad King Thorn emerged into this world. The Priory, however, fought him back and the Commander entered the Mad King's domain to fight him. Their efforts resulted in the Mad King's power being diminished, returning him to his previous limitations of visiting only on Halloween, and only for fun. Before Halloween ended, the Mad King traveled around Lion's Arch providing occasional games of his old pastime: Your Mad King says...

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See also: The Family Business
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After a mysterious—and dangerous—artifact dating back to King Oswald Thorn's reign is found in the Nolani Academy Ruins nearby the Black Citadel, Magister Tassi of the Durmand Priory seeks aid in containing the object after it kills an unsuspecting Charr to prevent further loss of life. While Magister Tassi and the Pact Commander investigates the ancient artifact known as the Thorn Reliquary, Price Edrick Thorn, also known as the Blood Prince overpowers Magister Tassi's containment field and breaks free from the reliquary. Stricken from history, Bloody Prince Thorn vows revenge against his father, Mad King Thorn. By exploiting the Bloody Prince Thorn's weakness to candy corn, Magister Tassi and the Pact Commander manages to temporarily force Bloody Prince Thorn back into the reliquary in which he was imprisoned. However, as the candy corn in the reliquary room is too old and dry, the seal on the reliquary won't be able to contain the Bloody Prince Thorn's strength forever.

Determined to contain the potential threat from being released upon Tyria, Magister Tassi is in search of living candy corn. With the adventurers aid, Tassi acquires a living candy corn elemental to use in a prototype Candy energy rifle. Using the new weapon the team manages to coat Bloody Prince Thorns reliquary in a candy glaze permanently sealing him within the mad realm.

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With the reconstruction of Lion's Arch, new decorations in the form of a massive quantity of candy corn appeared with Halloween due to Magister Tassi's research. This candy corn saw that the Bloody Prince would not return again and he remained within the Mad King's Labyrinth. Meanwhile, Mad King Thorn opened his doors to challenge Tyria's greatest to a contest of strength.

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During the return of Mad King Thorn after the death of Balthazar, two strange occurrences appeared alongside the addition of new Lunatic Courtiers: Palawa Joko's Awakened could be seen in small groups along the coast of the Sea of Sorrows and the Mire Sea. According to Brigadier General Kernel, these forces were sent after someone "kicked up a fuss" in Elona and Joko sent them in retaliation, however Kernel also noted that Joko was refusing to send the bulk of his army in such an attack.

With Mad King's Day ending, strange Mysterious Skeletons began to appear near places close to the Underworld, and various priests of Grenth had heard callings from a red lady bringing them there. These priests were all found dead, killed by necromatic powers and axe wounds.

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Mad King Thorn returns and challenges visitors to once again take part in his army training as well as offers a new race around that arena. However, with his rival dead, to avoid his king's wrath Brigadier General Kernel recruited the Pact Commander to aid with a scheme to gather various objects of "evidence" to make Mad King Thorn think that Joko was still active despite his Awakened troops' lessening presence; if Thorn ever learned the truth of his archrival's death, his mad tantrum could have disastrous consequences to everyone involved in both the Mad Realm and Tyria.[1] The Commander tracked down trophies of the feud between Joko and Thorn around Elona and the Mad Realm. Once all the trophies had been collected, the Mad King's minions presented a trophy shelf which contained Joko's tomes seized from the fallen lich king's armies. Some of the private journals found among the tomes shed some light on Joko's past and proved that many of his boasts had been mere fabrications to boost his ego.

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After hearing rumors, Magister Levvi requested the Commander to search for clues of new on-goings in the mad realm. In the Mad King's Labyrinth, the Commander found Palawa Joko's soul bickering with Mad King Thorn, with the Bloody Prince being left to the wayside, forgotten again by his father.