At first, for centuries, I defended my master. But I could hear his thoughts, too, and I knew that if he rose again, all good things would come to an end.
Kralkatorrik is the Elder Crystal Dragon. It is a thousand feet tall and its wingspan easily blocks out the sun, and is described as being about 20 times larger than Glint. It is often referred to as both a hurricane and sandstorm, having the ability to create and even become the latter. It has the power to corrupt anything physical with its breath, turning them into the Branded.
Kralkatorrik, like the other Elder Dragons, is thought to have last awakened 10,000 years ago, around the time of the disappearance of the Giganticus Lupicus, and then fallen back into slumber from consuming all life they could find. Glint, Kralkatorrik's champion and scion, could hear the thoughts of creatures, which allowed her to unravel and stop the plots against her master.
After running out of magic to feast on in the dragonrise, Kralkatorrik fell into slumber in Grothmar Wardowns in what would become known as the Blood Legion Homelands. Its back would be regarded as a mountain range as millennia passed and knowledge of the previous dragonrise faded from memory. Kralkatorrik left Glint awake as its herald so she could wake her master up once magic levels had become high enough to be feasted upon again. While Kralkatorrik slumbered, however, Glint betrayed her master by siding with the mortal races after the Forgotten had freed her from the Crystal Dragon's control.
When Kralkatorrik flew, a terrible storm of black clouds and lightning was formed around its body. The lands that were touched by its golden breath during its flight turned black, now called the Dragonbrand; the plants, animals, and even elementals turned into Branded—crystalline lifeforms, shadows of their former selves. Its passing over Ascalon turned Chief Kronon's ogres as well as Almorra Soulkeeper's warband into Branded. Being forced to end her Branded comrades would lead Almorra to eventually form the Vigil.
When Kralkatorrik reached Glint's lair, it faced not only its former champion but also Destiny's Edge, an adventuring guild, who helped bring the Elder Dragon down with coordinated attacks and knowledge and artifacts that Glint had provided them with. However, due to Logan Thackeray's sudden departure to save Queen Jennah at the Stronghold of Ebonhawke, which was assaulted by the newly formed Branded led by Chief Kronon, the strength of Destiny's Edge was diminished at a crucial moment despite Glint sacrificing herself to allow Rytlock Brimstone to attempt to slay the Elder Dragon with the Dragonsblood Spear. Kralkatorrik was able to escape and fly to safety, however, after killing Glint and Snaff who had been invading its mind.
Kralkatorrik remained in the northern Crystal Desert for roughly ten years, being among the forces preventing movement into Elona for all except the Order of Whispers. Its champions such as the Shatterer continued attacking areas in Ascalon while more and more Branded headed south into the desert to join their Elder Dragon master's side.
After being empowered by the magic released from the Elder Dragon Mordremoth's demise in 1328 AE, Kralkatorrik flew off again, moving southwest towards the Domain of Vabbi and extending its Dragonbrand. During this time Kralkatorrik has command over the Death and Plant spectrum along with his natural spectrum, Crystal.
The rogue god Balthazar, having been denied the deaths of the Elder Dragons Primordus and Jormag whose powers he had been after, set his sights on the Crystal Dragon in hopes of absorbing its energy and invaded the Crystal Desert with his Forged army in 1330 AE. Balthazar successfully captured Aurene, Glint's second scion, and used her as a battery for his Warbeast. The fallen god had discovered that Kralkatorrik's unique weakness was its own crystalline power that it used when making Branded, which also included Aurene, and Balthazar hoped to abuse the connection between the two to bring down the Elder Dragon.
Balthazar and the Warbeast attacked Kralkatorrik with its own magical essence during the Battle of Kodash Bazaar. They nearly killed the Elder Dragon, had it not been for the Pact Commander who freed Aurene and forced Balthazar to enter the fray in person. As Aurene and the Commander fought Balthazar to prevent the war god from killing the Elder Dragon and destabilizing the magic in Tyria, the recovering Kralkatorrik shot blindly at everyone present on the battlefield.
After Balthazar's death, Kralkatorrik and Aurene absorbed the fallen god's rampant magic, which consisted of the magic of the Maguuma Bloodstone's magic as well as the magic of Primordus and Jormag. Newly empowered, the Crystal Dragon flew across the desert once again, carving a new Dragonbrand in its wake.
After flying into the western mountains of Kourna, Kralkatorrik began creating pockets of Brandstorms across the Crystal Desert and Elona, striking Amnoon in particular. In these Brandstorms, a new type of Branded augmented with death magic, known as Death-Branded, appeared. These Branded could raise minions from the dead creating Branded Thralls. Kralkatorrik also began to send Branded meteorites across Elona, reaching as far south as Isle of Istan.
- Kralkatorrik's Ire - Kralkatorrik hurls a crystal meteor at an area.
- Branded Prison - Kralkatorrik's lightning traps enemies in crystal (Beast of War)
Size comparison render of Kralkatorrik (right) and The Shatterer (left).
- Concept art
Guild Wars Eye of the North concept art by Jaime Jones.
Concept art by Levi Hopkins.
Screencap from Sorrow's Embrace cinematic.
Concept art by Ronald Kury.
- Kralkatorrik's name is similar to the name of the volcano Krakatoa.
- Kralkatorrik's model was created in 2-3 weeks, and inspired by geodes.
- ^ Comment by Chelsey Shuder, Reddit.com
- ^ The dragon’s great eyes went gray. "I can hear the thoughts of creatures. I am an oracle. I heard their plots against my master, stopped them before they reached him, killed them in their tracks. But I also felt their agony, their loss. It grieved me." "Chapter 26: Seeking the Sanctum." Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King.
- ^ Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire—Road to the Desert
- ^ Ronald Kury's ArtStation profile, Artstation.com