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It's my honor to look after the people of Cantha. I discovered long ago that the best way to do that was from within, rather than without. Your kind need a sensible voice in your ears more than you need a dragon on the mount.

Kuunavang

Kuunavang is a saltspray dragon. In the past, she played a pivotal role in helping human heroes save Cantha from Shiro Tagachi, a reborn assassin influenced by the fallen god Abaddon.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

During the Jade Wind that occurred in Cantha in 872 AE, Kuunavang, alongside most other saltspray dragons aside from Albax, was corrupted by the proximity of the treacherous assassin Shiro Tagachi's magically charged death wail.[1][2] She was trapped under the Harvest Temple, formerly known as the Kuan Jun Temple, the epicenter of the Jade Wind and the location of Shiro's death.[3] The temple had also been the site where the champions Archemorus and Saint Viktor, who had helped defeat Shiro, had received their power from.[4][5]

Guild Wars Factions[edit]

In 1072 AE, human heroes traveled to the Canthan mainland and attempted to enter the collapsed Harvest Temple at the behest of Master Togo, the son of Emperor Kintah, who believed that the secret to the defeat of Shiro's vengeful spirit could be found there. Upon the group's arrival at Kuunavang's domain at the temple, she noted their presence and began to do battle with them, assisted by a number of plagued Afflicted who had been corrupted by Shiro's spirit. She threatened the heroes by stating that mercy was a human concept that the party would not find in her domain.

At a certain point during the battle, a gate to another portion of the Harvest Temple was opened. Kuunavang fled the battle, causing multiple Afflicted to appear as the heroes approached the gate. The heroes then attacked her again, and she flew through another gate, summoning more Afflicted to hold the heroes back. After Kuunavang had been weakened, the heroes entered the temple itself, and the saltspray dragon transformed into an enraged state. She then attempted to defeat them alone, and was finally defeated, freeing her from Shiro's grasp.

Upon coming to her senses, Kuunavang noted that she owed the heroes a great debt, also stating that she had resisted Shiro's influence, though still being controlled by him. After a hero replied that she owed the group no debt, Kuunavang advised them never to refuse a gift from one who could swallow them whole. As a reward, the saltspray dragon decided to grant them magic required to defeat Shiro.[6] After this, multiple Envoys, shepherds of the souls of the dead, appeared. They congratulated the heroes and explained that Shiro, who had been tasked with working as an Envoy as penance for his crimes, had betrayed their cause and wished to return to life. The Envoys notified the party that the Betrayer had only one more deed to commit to complete the spell for his revival: spilling royal blood related to Emperor Angsiyan whom he had slain in the Harvest Ceremony prior to his death.[7]

Kuunavang remained in the Harvest Temple, thanking the heroes that approached her. She eventually notified them that Master Togo had brought friends and enemies together—including the tengu Talon Silverwing, Kurzicks and Luxons—to besiege Raisu Palace, and stated that she would travel there as well to offer her assistance. Soon after, she followed the heroes to the palace, which Shiro had targeted, and alerted them that the Shiro'ken, constructs bound to Shiro, were approaching the palace. Kuunavang also noted that the heroes were fulfilling a destiny although she could not decipher what fate had in store for the party.[8]

When the heroes spoke to Kuunavang, she granted them a number of her celestial abilities that included summoning the spirits of the Luxon and Kurzick heroes Archemorus and Saint Viktor.[9] The spirits assisted the heroes in traversing the palace and reaching Emperor Kisu, who had been captured by Shiro. After the heroes had destroyed the Shiro'ken, they breached the Imperial Sanctum. They found Shiro standing over Emperor Kisu, preparing to strike the blow which would resurrect him. Togo, desperate to protect his brother, rushed towards Kisu and took Shiro's blow. However, the act allowed the Betrayer to return to life due to Togo being the half-brother of the emperor and thus having royal blood in his veins for the ritual to work.

Kuunavang followed the heroes into the Imperial Sanctum, granting them celestial abilities before attacking the now-resurrected Shiro. The group then charged in to avenge Togo, with Brother Mhenlo, Togo's student, noting that the celestial abilities seemed to be particularly effective against the spirits of the Mists which Shiro had summoned. After a fierce battle, the party managed to defeat the Betrayer. The Envoys reappeared and sealed Shiro, who had lost his Envoy powers because of his earlier resurrection, in a place in the Underworld as punishment.[10]

At the victory celebration that followed Shiro's defeat, Kuunavang explained that the Envoys had taken the Betrayer's spirit to an area where he would pay for his crimes forever. She then congratulated the heroes on their victory and returned to the Harvest Temple after the celebration and funeral of Master Togo.

Interim years[edit]

End of Dragons[edit]

Act I[edit]

Act III[edit]

Act V[edit]

After Soo-Won's passing, Kuunavang stayed in Arborstone where she occasionally chatted with the Commander and provided them with information about Arborstone as well as how she was feeling after everything that had happened. During one of these discussions she mentioned that the hole Soo-Won had left behind was being filled not only by Aurene but everyone connected to her. She also admitted that she longed for the company of Albax, one of the few remaining saltspray dragons not corrupted by the Void, and wondered if Albax could be convinced to join their side because past events had left him deeply scarred.

The Commander managed to find Albax and, after solving his riddles and proving to him that good luck still existed in the world, ultimately convinced him to travel to Arborstone. The two saltspray dragons were happy to be reunited and enjoyed each other's banter. They discussed Ishan's fate, whether others of their kind were still out there and if they should look for them, as well as how Kuunavang's scales had changed color after she had bonded with Soo-Won.

Locations[edit]

Cantha

Story involvement[edit]

End of Dragons story[edit]

Event involvement[edit]

The Battle for the Jade Sea
Red Shield.png [Group Event] Escort Navan and her troops to the Speakers outpost (80)
Invasion (map icon).png [Group Event] Quell the Void corruption (80)
Red Shield.png [Group Event] Defend the hatchery from the Void ambush (80)
Event flag red.png [Group Event] Reclaim the Speakers outpost from the Void (80)
Event collect2 red (map icon).png [Group Event] Use crystallized dragon magic to charge matching prismatic crystals (80)
Red Boss.png [Group Event] Defeat Soo-Won (80)

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DefianceDefiance bar teal.png

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Arborstone[edit]

It is good to see you again, Commander. Can I assist you somehow?
Talk more option tango.png You've done so much for us. Is there anything I can do for you, Kuunavang? (before completing Albax, the Unlucky)
You know, there is one of my kind I've been thinking about... Albax. It would be good to have him on our side. He will take some convincing, though, I'm afraid. Past events left him deeply scarred.
Talk back option tango.png Understood. I've got another question.
Talk end option tango.png Hmm, I'll see if I can find him.
Talk more option tango.png How is it having Albax here? (after completing Albax, the Unlucky)
He is as grouchy and sardonic as ever, but... I think he enjoys being admired. And I enjoy our banter. Thank you, Commander.
Talk back option tango.png Understood. I've got another question.
Talk end option tango.png You're very welcome.
Talk more option tango.png Can you give me some directions?
I know my way around a little. Where was it you were wanting to go?
Talk more option tango.png Where can I sell or repair things?
You'll find the local merchant and repair station on the southeast side, bottom floor.
Talk back option tango.png I'd like to ask about something else.
Talk end option tango.png Actually, never mind.
Talk more option tango.png Where are the common areas? (after mastering Base of Operations)
The Kestrels tend to gather in the barracks and the mess hall. They are upstairs to the southwest.
Talk back option tango.png I'd like to ask about something else.
Talk end option tango.png Actually, never mind.
Talk more option tango.png Where is the Command Quarters?
The Command Quarters are to the southwest—an excellent place to discuss strategy.
Talk back option tango.png I'd like to ask about something else.
Talk end option tango.png Actually, never mind.
Talk more option tango.png Where is the temple?
The Remembrance Temple is to the north, on the second floor—to your right when you exit the stairs.
Talk back option tango.png I'd like to ask about something else.
Talk end option tango.png Actually, never mind.
Talk more option tango.png Where is the crafting area? (after mastering Crafting Center)
The crafting center is upstairs, to the northeast—except for the cooking and jewelry trainers, which are to the southwest.
Talk back option tango.png I'd like to ask about something else.
Talk end option tango.png Actually, never mind.
Talk more option tango.png None of those, somewhere else...
Oh? Where?
Talk more option tango.png Where is the library? (after mastering Entertaining Amenities)
The library is upstairs and to the southeast. Try not to exasperate the head librarian, they are...touchy, I have found.
Talk back option tango.png I'd like to ask about something else.
Talk end option tango.png Actually, never mind.
Talk more option tango.png Where is the training area?
The training area is to the northeast, on the bottom floor. Keep an ear out for the sounds of combat and cheering.
Talk back option tango.png I'd like to ask about something else.
Talk end option tango.png Actually, never mind.
Talk more option tango.png Where is Club Canach? (after completing The Cycle, Reborn)
Canach has set up his colorful establishment in the cellar, accessible by going north outside of the building and following the tunnel to the right.
Talk back option tango.png I'd like to ask about something else.
Talk end option tango.png Actually, never mind.
Talk more option tango.png Where is the arena? (after mastering Entertaining Amenities)
The arena is to the northeast, up a small set of stairs. You may spectate, or you can join in the fray yourself.
Talk back option tango.png I'd like to ask about something else.
Talk end option tango.png Actually, never mind.
Talk more option tango.png Where is the community area? (after mastering Entertaining Amenities)
You'll find the fishing hole, gardens, and pond in the community area. It is to the northwest, outside the building.
Talk back option tango.png I'd like to ask about something else.
Talk end option tango.png Actually, never mind.
Talk back option tango.png Back to other options.
Talk end option tango.png Actually, never mind.
Talk end option tango.png Actually, never mind.
Talk more option tango.png How are you feeling? With all that's happened? (after completing The Cycle, Reborn)
It's a new era, to be sure. I've seen many of them pass. Of course, the one thing that has been a constant...was her. But the space she left behind is filling.
Talk more option tango.png With Aurene, you mean?
Not just Aurene, but...you all. All that she carried seems to no longer be so concentrated...
Talk end option tango.png I see...I think.
Talk end option tango.png Just checking in, Kuunavang. Take care.

Dragon's End[edit]

During Preparations
Everyone's starting to assemble—even enemies. And soon the great march south will begin.
Talk end option tango.png It's good to see so many joining together.
After completing Red Boss.png [Group Event] Defeat Soo-Won (80)
We should take time to celebrate this victory, while remaining vigilant, ready for what is to come... And it will come.
Talk end option tango.png We will be ready.

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Trivia[edit]

  • Kuunavang is voiced by Rina Hoshino.[13]
  • Kuunavang's involvement in Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons was revealed in a teaser trailer where she is shown talking with a mysterious new entity,[14][15] later revealed to be Soo-Won.
  • Senior designer Annie VanderMeer has jokingly suggested that Kuunavang is "someone who drinks very simple things and imbibes very seldomly, and then only lightly (likely because of a past experience with soju that did NOT end well!)."[16]
  • While her Guild Wars model was created by Katy Hargrove, the updated model for Guild Wars 2 was created by Kate Pfeilschiefter.[17]
    • Her model references Korean dragon and aquatic koi fish motifs. They wanted to retain her wyvern-like body from the original game but altered it to be a little more serpentine with an undulating hovering flight cycle.[17]
    • Both Soo-Won and Kuunavang use a special iridescence material which ArenaNet developed with the intent to be used on all the scaled Canthan creatures.[17]

See also[edit]

Gwwlogo.png The Guild Wars Wiki has an article on Kuunavang.
Gwwlogo.png The Guild Wars Wiki has an article on Enraged Kuunavang.
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Harvest Temple outpost description
  2. ^ If It Weren't for Bad Luck....
    Infortunatos Maxeles: [...] Then one day, I spotted a drake. So I ordered my men to attack it and take one of those glittering scales as a trophy. I was sure it would make me a bit of gold, and thought nothing of it...until the bad luck set in. [...] I can only surmise that it was no drake at all...it must have been Albax, the legendary Saltspray Dragon of Good Fortune! His ill will is the only explanation for this turn of events. [...]
    Albax: You are bold to approach me thus, <Character name>. Most of my kin were corrupted by the Jade Wind two hundred years ago. Yet only I remain, the sole living incarnation of good fortune in all the land, and I will not harm you. I thank you for the return of this scale. Your courage inspires even my ancient heart. You may return to Infortunatos Maxeles, and tell him I have lifted my curse...but he should not risk my disfavor again.
  3. ^ Unwaking Waters outpost description
  4. ^ Elder Oxis
  5. ^ Redemptor Iszar
  6. ^ Unwaking Waters
    Enraged Kuunavang: You have released me from his grasp.
    <Character name>: Shiro's grasp?
    Enraged Kuunavang: Yes. It was his touch that corrupted my body and fought for control of my spirit.
    Enraged Kuunavang: His foul presence tore at my flesh and withered my bones. Still I resisted.
    Enraged Kuunavang: You brought me back to this life, and I owe you a tremendous debt.
    <Character name>: Please. It is enough of a reward to simply be in your presence.
    <Character name>: You owe us nothing.
    Enraged Kuunavang: Let me give you a piece of advice.
    Enraged Kuunavang: Never refuse a gift from someone who can swallow you whole.
    Enraged Kuunavang: When the time is right, I will grant you the powerful magics you require to defeat Shiro, the Unholy Deceiver.
    Enraged Kuunavang: Together we will send him back to the Underworld where he belongs.
  7. ^ Shiro Tagachi: Legacy of the Betrayer, Vol. 2
  8. ^ Taking Back the Palace
    Kuunavang: The threads of fate are coming together, weaving one with the other. A tapestry is forming, but its patterns are unclear to me.
  9. ^ Shiro's Return
  10. ^ Kuunavang
    Kuunavang: Shiro will trouble us no longer. The Envoys have taken him to a special place in the Underworld where he will pay for his crimes for all eternity.
  11. ^ a b Fallout
    <Character name>: How are you able to take human form?
    Kuunavang: I'm...not certain I can explain it. I become like water, and water can take many forms.
    Kuunavang: We saltsprays taught ourselves many tricks over the years. This one is not...easy for us. But it is certainly useful.
    Kuunavang: There are times when it's easier to protect if you can blend in among those you are protecting. Live their lives. [...]
    Kuunavang: The empress knew my identity, as did her father before her, and his father before him. [...]
    Kuunavang: I felt it when she woke. All those of the sea did—a presence powerful enough to drive back the shadows in the depths.
    Kuunavang: But it was not until Zhaitan that I sought her out. An act of desperation to save what was left of a land I loved. [...]
    Kuunavang: My bond with her is much like yours with Aurene. Or perhaps more like your friend Caithe's. I feel her, but she doesn't control me.
  12. ^ From the Ascendant's Shadow
  13. ^ Tweet by Tom Abernathy, Twitter.com
  14. ^ Tweet by Tom Abernathy, Twitter.com
  15. ^ Tweet by Kwan Perng, Twitter.com
  16. ^ Tweet by Annie VanderMeer, Twitter.com
  17. ^ a b c GW2 End of Drgons: Kuunavang, artstation.com