Livia

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New sacrifices would be made.

Ogden Stonehealer

Livia is an ancient and powerful human necromancer. Born in the 11th century AE, Livia was the third leader of the Shining Blade. Like the rest of the Shining Blade, Livia has a narrow-minded devotion to the continuation of Queen Salma's bloodline, no matter the means.

Livia first came to prominence in 1078 AE. A royalist, Livia had dedicated her life to the liberation of Kryta from its White Mantle puppet rulers during the Krytan Civil War. To this end, she sought a weapon of power that would bring an ultimate end to the war that tore apart her homeland. She was said to be willing to risk everything for peace. She approached the renowned golemancer Gadd, offering to help him research the Bloodstones in exchange for asuran technology, but eventually left his employ due to ethical objections. Before doing so, she learned of the Scepter of Orr. After leaving Gadd, Livia played an instrumental role in the defeat of the Great Destroyer, champion of Primordus, and stated her intention to go to the then-sunken Arah to seek the Scepter of Orr. What happened after is not clear, but it is known she wielded the Scepter's power, for a time.[1]

A year later, Livia used her credentials with the asura to convince the exiled golemancer Zinn and the eccentric Blimm to develop a golem that could help defeat the mursaat. Using energies extracted from a seemingly-dead seer, they were able to defend Lion's Arch from the brunt of the mursaat magic, and the royalist forces were victorious. With Queen Salma restored to power, the leader of the Shining Blade, Bartholos, left to command the newly-formed Seraph, and Livia was promoted to leader of the Shining Blade. No longer needed as a rebel group, the Shining Blade was appointed as the royal guard of all future kings and queens of Kryta.

In 1256 AE, after the Rising of Orr, Livia was still the personal bodyguard to Kryta's monarch, and appeared to still hold a high rank (if not the highest) within the Shining Blade. She was aboard the Balthazar's Trident when it was attacked by Dead Ships, and used her magic to prevent Risen attackers from coming aboard. Livia claimed to have studied much of Orrian magic after acquiring the Scepter of Orr, and had retained her youthful appearance. How she had managed such a feat is not known—some tales said she'd sold her soul to become an immortal lich, and others claimed that Livia sacrificed prisoners in the dungeons of Divinity's Reach and used their blood to give herself eternal youth and beauty. There are hundreds of legends, usually told around Mad King's Day, when children are trying to scare one another with spooky tales.

Livia's current whereabouts are unknown.

Notes[edit]

  • Livia seeking out the Scepter of Orr was one of several "hooks" that developers placed in Ogden's Benediction without necessarily knowing how they were going to be used.[2] This event was not mentioned at all throughout Guild Wars Beyond (suggesting it may have taken place after the Krytan Civil War, rather than immediately after the defeat of the Great Destroyer), nor was it mentioned in Guild Wars 2.
  • When asked about what happened to Livia and the Scepter of Orr, continuity designer Ree Soesbee stated that she "couldn't answer that question" and that it was important that she couldn't answer it.[3]

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  1. ^ Guild Wars 2 Lore Q&A - Guild Wars 2 Guru News - Guild Wars 2 Guru
  2. ^ Guild Wars 2 lore designers on rebuilding the world, and why they keep blowing up cities | Interviews | PC Gamer
  3. ^ Wartower.de | TowerTalk gamescom 2011: Ree Soesbee zum Thema Lore in Guild Wars 2