The Mouth of Mordremoth, its physical body.
An avatar created to fight the Pact Commander in the Dream.
I am power itself. I am life itself. To deny me is to embrace oblivion.
Mordremoth is the Elder Dragon of Plant and Mind, and is often referred to as the Jungle Dragon. It is the most recent of the Elder Dragons to awaken in the world of Tyria. The common Tyrian did not know about Mordremoth's existence until 1327 AE, when its corruption and minions, the mordrem, began to spread across Central Tyria from the ley line networks underground. Its existence was common knowledge, however, to the Durmand Priory, Inquest, and Pact, among other more learned individuals.
Mordremoth's minions, the mordrem, are unlike most other Elder Dragon minions as they are primarily grown from Blighting Trees rather than being corrupted beings. Some, however, do appear to be corrupted plant-life, and others are animal corpses that appear to be made puppets for mordrem plants. The sylvari originate from the Jungle Dragon as well, as the Pale Tree is a purified Blighting Tree—how it became purified remains unknown.
Mordremoth is capable of accessing the Dream of Dreams, though does not appear to be the source of it as both the Dream and the Nightmare act as barriers against Mordremoth. This barrier is imperfect, however, as Wyld Hunts and Dark Hunts allow Mordremoth's influence to seep through to implant thoughts into sylvari. Through this, Mordremoth is capable of convincing weak-willed sylvari—who cannot separate their own thoughts from those it implanted—to serve it, and they become Mordrem Guard.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Physiology
- 3 Location
- 4 Story involvement
- 5 Event involvement
- 6 Combat abilities
- 7 Gallery
- 8 Notes
- 9 Trivia
- 10 References
- 11 External links
In the ancient past, Mordremoth may have had a traditional corporeal body as a dragon. At some point in history as it fed and grew, however, it became the Heart of Maguuma. It grew into the ground, spread vines and roots as offshoots of its physical self, while at the same time its mind grew to encompass this huge mass. As such, Mordremoth no longer resembled one single entity unless it was viewed as the entire jungle. The core of its domain, centered on a massive and ancient tree, became known as the Heart of Thorns.
Mordremoth, 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. It hibernated deep beneath Dragon's Stand in the Heart of Maguuma. The Tome of the Five True Gods, written when the first humans walked upon Tyria, documented the dragon's name and its spheres of influence as Plant and Mind. Despite the information found in the tome, the common Tyrian did not know about Mordremoth up to the present day.
The Jungle Dragon had left behind seeds which, if planted, would grow into Blighting Trees meant to produce dragon minions known as mordrem. While exploring the jungle millennia later, the human Ronan came across a cave guarded by terrible plant monsters and successfully stole one of the seeds within before fleeing. He eventually planted the seed in what became the Grove, leading to the growth of the Pale Tree which was freed from Mordremoth's influence via unknown means.
As she grew and began producing sylvari, the Pale Tree became the caretaker of the enigmatic Dream of Dreams. Mordremoth's influence was felt in the mindscape of the Dream, however, manifesting itself in dark forms such as the Shadow of the Dragon fought by sylvari who were about to be awakened. Although the Pale Tree became aware of her origins, she did her best to shield the truth, and Mordremoth's whispers, from sylvari. While asleep, the Jungle Dragon continued trying to find ways to breach the Pale Tree's protection in the Dream and lead the sylvari to their intended destiny as its minions.
Mordremoth's rise was initiated by Scarlet Briar, a sylvari who had gone mad after hearing its whispers in 1321 AE after entering Omadd's Machine, eventually being shown "images of death, destruction, and destiny." Following ideas she believed to be her own, Scarlet gathered resources and armies to locate a powerful ley line hub while she was being taunted by Mordremoth's constant whispers. Mordremoth's influence was growing and spread to the Toxic Alliance through their living Tower of Nightmares, physically and mentally changing the sylvari and krait who were exposed to the Tower.
In 1327 AE Scarlet finished her preparations and launched a full-scale invasion of Lion's Arch, which was situated above the ley line hub she was after. Though Scarlet died in the invasion, her airship, the Breachmaker, dug deep into the ground and struck the ley line hub. The impact sent magical energy deep into the Heart of Maguuma and into Mordremoth's sleeping but waiting maw, allowing it to awaken.
Mordremoth's initial rise was only known to Tyria through a single dragon's roar, but no indication was shown that Tyrians knew which dragon was heard. The Elder Dragon successfully turned the sylvari Aerin to its side by driving him to near madness and sent him after Glint's Egg which was hidden among the Zephyrites. Mordremoth revealed its plan to Aerin who hastily scribbled ambiguous notes in his diary about the death of an unnamed leader making others fall in line. The turned sylvari was unsuccessful at stealing the egg from the Master of Peace at first and sabotaged the Zephyrite flagship to crash into Dry Top where he was ultimately killed while pursuing the Master of Peace and the egg.
Within a year's time, Mordremoth spread its body and its corruption through vines, assaulting waypoints along the ley lines it had access to and draining them of magic. Mordremoth's forces grew expansive enough for it to send mordrem to Kryta, the Shiverpeak Mountains, and even Ascalon, invading fortified locations such as Fort Salma and Concordia which held magical artifacts to feast upon. When leaders of the five nations gathered at the Grove for the World Summit, the Jungle Dragon sent the mordrem, led by the Shadow of the Dragon, to the summit to kill the leaders. Although the leaders survived the assault, the mordrem did enough damage to the Pale Tree to severely weaken her and thus lessening her protection over sylvari.
Following the attack on the Grove, Mordremoth sent another champion, the Vinewrath to strengthen mordrem presence in the Silverwastes and to assault the Pact's staging ground of Camp Resolve. Although the Vinewrath's efforts were thwarted, the attacks forced the Pact to speed up their schedule for the assault on the Heart of Maguuma and leaving for the jungle with haste.
Mordremoth also manipulated the sylvari Caithe with its whispers, making her confused who to trust, which resulted in her taking Glint's egg from the Master of Peace, who had been fatally injured in a mordrem ambush, and retreat deeper into the Maguuma Wastes.
In early 1328 AE, the Pact gathered its airships and launched a full-scale invasion on the Heart of Maguuma where Mordremoth and its minions were heaviest. Within a matter of moments after firing upon the jungle, however, gargantuan vines stretched forth and tore into the fleets. At the same time, Mordremoth used its connection to the Dream and the weakened state of the Pale Tree to its advantage to sway hundreds of sylvari to its side via false Wyld Hunts. The weak-willed sylvari upon the airships could no longer differentiate their own thoughts from the dragon's voice, so they turned against their fellow soldiers and assaulted the Pact as their burning airships fell from the sky.
The turned sylvari formed the Mordrem Guard, adapting stronger and more grotesque forms to serve their dragon master while leading the mordrem in the jungle. Under Mordremoth's orders they captured Destiny's Edge members Eir Stegalkin, Logan Thackeray, Zojja, Marshal Trahearne and Grand Duchess Faolain and transported them deeper into the jungle for the next stage of the Jungle Dragon's plan which involved placing captured beings in pods as living templates to mass produce improved mordrem which would then be unleashed on Tyria.
Though many of the Pact survived the crash, they were beaten and battered with too few defenses in the jungle. Under the leadership of the Pact Commander, Laranthir of the Wild, and Shashoo, the Pact recovered, gathered new allies from the native Itzel, Nuhoch, Exalted, Rata Novan golems, and even Nightmare Courtiers, and marched southward towards the coast of the Heart of Maguuma: Dragon's Stand.
After pushing through Mordremoth's greatest champions, the Pact and its jungle allies faced down Mordremoth's physical body while the Pact Commander confronted Mordremoth where it was weakest: its mental connection to the Dream. Assaulted both from within and without, Mordremoth eventually fell, but not before ensuring the death of Marshal Trahearne at the hands of the Pact Commander. Mordremoth's death led to an explosion of magic, leaving its body and traveling along the ley lines in four directions.
The ley line going north hit Glint's egg in Tarir, the Forgotten City and caused a marked change within the egg. The rest of the ley line's magic continued further north where it was absorbed by the volatile Maguuma Bloodstone.
In 1329 AE, the asura Taimi theorized that the other Elder Dragons had consumed the death spectrum after Zhaitan's death, allowing them to use corpses in the manufacturing of minions. Taimi suggested that the reason that Mordremoth was able to use corpses in the Blighting pods was because of its consumption of the death spectrum. Following the explosive release of magic from Mordremoth's demise, the Elder Dragons Jormag and Primordus showed signs of having absorbed aspects of Mordremoth's plant spectrum and created new types of dragon minions.
After dying in the rogue god Balthazar's ambush in 1330 AE, the Pact Commander's soul appeared in the Domain of the Lost where all spirits which experience sudden, violent deaths end up in. While recovering their name and remembering their purpose to be properly judged, the Commander was subjected to fragmented visions of past deeds, including the campaign in the Heart of Maguuma and the ultimate defeat of Mordremoth during which the slain Elder Dragon's memory was briefly visible.
Due to Mordremoth's powers, it is often referred to as having an expansive body that stretches across the jungle, seen with the writhing vines in the depths of locations such as Verdant Brink. According to Canach and Trahearne, Mordremoth is the jungle itself, though this in actuality refers to the dragon's corruption. While Mordremoth is an entity of mind and dream, its physical, non-plant-like body is called the "Mouth of Mordremoth". Snake-like in appearance, it grows its vines from across its body and remains rooted near a gigantic tree, the Heart of Thorns, within the Dragon's Domain. While using its Mordrem to invade Tyria, Mordremoth and Blighting Trees remained in its domain to consume the enormous ley energy from the nexus to increase its own power, and to resurrect its most potent Mordrem Guard champions when the Pact invaded.
Though its physical body can be destroyed, Mordremoth is capable of regrowing its body from its corruption and, if necessary, moving its mind to another connected host due to its power of mind and connection to the Dream. As Mordremoth has rapidly spread its corruption through the Heart of Maguuma and extended throughout Tyria, these proprerties made it essentially immortal. This leaves Mordremoth's mind as its sole weakness, as if its mind is destroyed, there is nothing left to transfer to a new body and resurrect.
Even after the dragon's mind is destroyed, the Mouth of Mordremoth appears to antagonize the Pact again, causing some Pact members refer to it as the physical manifestation of the dragon's hunger before it is put down for good. Elsewhere, Mordrem Vines went motionless without Mordremoth's mind to animate them. When the Mouth of Mordremoth is defeated, all of the vines and foliage covering it burn away, leaving only a draconic body behind.
Recordings left by the Forgotten and Exalted in Kesho show that Mordremoth's unique weakness is its mind which is also its most powerful asset. Despite gaining the ability to corrupt and create minions out of corpses after Zhaitan's demise, Mordremoth's Plant spectrum of magic appears to conflict with Zhaitan's Death spectrum of magic as seen with the Unstable Icebrood Abomination in Bitterfrost Frontier which was damaged by killing larvae infused with Death and Plant magic in its vicinity.
- Act I
- Act IV
- Act III
- The Departing (as a memory)
- Attack the dragon's body while evading its attacks (80)
- Attack the Mouth of Mordremoth's head while evading its attacks (80)
- Stun the Mouth of Mordremoth to keep it in place while your allies collect mortars to damage it from above (80)
In Dragon's Stand
- Dragon Fear - Roars, causing Fear and Torment
- Shock Wave - Pulses for moderate direct damage when players touch the Mouth of Mordremoth's body and hits for extremely high damage when the Mouth of Mordremoth causes waves by headbutting an island
In Hearts and Minds
- Massive Area Attacks
- Teleports and evades.
- Becomes a mobile Confusion ring. 240 radius.
- Occipital Mastery — Immune to blind and cripple, 10% chance to apply blind on hit.
- Frontal Mastery — Immune to confusion, always reflects projectiles.
- Empowered — Your next strike applies Blowout.
- Parietal Mastery — Permanently stable, uses Blowout every 10 seconds.
- Temporal Mastery — Immune to slow, 15% chance of quickness.
- Weakened — Invulnerable to all but Rift Overcharge.
Phase 1 (100-25% health):
- Ley Strike - Swipe twice at foe to deal damage. 2 hits. Hits with left arm first.
- Temporal Leap - Leap a short distance at foe.
- Furious Blows - A cone PBAoE that deals multiple damage and applies Knockback each strike to foes in front. 1s activation. 4 hits. 480 radius. Huddles then displays a red cone AoE indicator before attack. Hits with right arm first.
- Ley Storm - Create a PBAoE ring field that apples Knockback to foes that cross the inner line and Pull to foes that cross the outer line. Field deals damage, applies Blinded and causes Knockdown to foes. 480 inner radius. 960 outer radius.
- Ley Fire - Fire a ground projectile that creates 9 damage fields. Fields grant Quickness (1s) to self and applies Slow (1s) to foes on hit. 1200 range. 120 radius. 10s duration.
- Ley Lightning - A timed strike of lightning shoots for large AoE damage.
- Ley Storm - A massive strike that pulses damage across the entire ground. Performed at 80% and 60% health after defeating Blighted summon, and at 25% health.
- Ley Boulder - Massive projectile that Knockdown.
- Tormenting Volley - Summon a floating orb that shoots multiple Tormenting projectiles at multiple foes. 10s duration. 25 projectiles. 1200 range. (only after 80% health)
- Ley Slam - (only after 60% health)
Phase 2 (25-1% health):
- Unnamed skill — AoE channeled lightening that deals massive damage.
- Concept art
- Mordremoth is voiced by Nolan North.
- Its name is similar to Mordred, the traitorous knight who fatally wounded King Arthur in Arthurian legends.
- Mordremoth has its own leitmotif, called "Mordremoth's Theme", which was composed by Maclaine Diemer.
- "Originally we were planning to not make a world boss at all. It was added very last minute. I recall being told something along the lines of we have one month to create a world boss before code and content. We were given more time in the end. I would say I spent about 8 weeks from concept to final in-game model."
- ^ a b Points of Interest Episode 18 Summary, GuildWars2.com
- ^ Post by Matthew Medina in "Of Bodies and Minds: Mordremoth", Guild Wars 2 Forums
- ^ The Ruined City of Arah (explorable) Jotun path
- Varra Skylark: This is an amazing discovery! The jotun's sky-sweeper shows a stellar match with the last time the dragons awoke.
- <Character name>: When was that last time?
- Varra Skylark: Around ten thousand years ago. You know what this means? The Elder Dragons may have been responsible for the extinction of the Giganticus Lupicus!
- ^ Hidden Arcana
- Magister Ela Makkay: In conclusion, let's recap. The five confirmed dragons are Kralkatorrik, Jormag, Primordus, Mordremoth, and Zhaitan.
- Magister Ela Makkay: We believe there is another deep in the oceans, but its entry in the Scroll of the Five True Gods is partially missing.
- Magister Ela Makkay: The scroll, written in ancient times, has a section dedicated to the Elder Dragons, but it came to us in bad shape.
- Magister Ela Makkay: It is written in an ancient form of old Krytan. We're still attempting to decipher the damaged portions.
- Magister Ela Makkay: Each dragon has two spheres of influence. For Mordremoth, that's mind and plants. Zhaitan ruled shadow and death.
- Ogden Stonehealer: Much of what we know about them comes from a document written by the first humans to walk the face of Tyria: the Scroll of the Five True Gods. [...]
- Ogden Stonehealer: In it, the gods revealed the names of the Elder Dragons: Mordremoth, Kralkatorrik, Jormag, Zhaitan, and Primordus. [...]
- Ogden Stonehealer: The gods expound on how Tyria's health is tied directly to them. This portion is somewhat abstract, however.
- ^ The Heart of Nightmare Avatar of the Tree: No, dear heart. I do not control the Dream. I am simply its caretaker.
- ^ Short Story: What Scarlet Saw
- ^ The Dead End: A Study in Scarlet
- Scarlet Briar: Ever since I came out of Omadd's machine, you've been taking credit for my ideas. They are mine! Not yours.
- Scarlet Briar: Let me be clear. I'm not doing this for you; I'm doing it for me. Nobody tells me what to do. Not ever.
- Scarlet Briar: It's not true. None of it. I don't have to listen to you. Get out of my head!
- ^ Post by Angel McCoy in "How important is Lore for you", Old Guild Wars 2 Official Forum (Archived)
- ^ The "Tower of Nightmares" track introduced in the Tower of Nightmares release was the first time Mordremoth's leitmotif was heard as it was played subtly alongside Scarlet's leitmotif to suggest the puppetmaster behind Scarlet's actions and the change experienced by the Toxic Alliance. This is further supported by the same oppressive leitmotif overcoming Scarlet's fading leitmotif in the Battle for Lion's Arch Finale Cinematic which shows the redirected ley line going straight into Mordremoth's waiting jaw.
- ^ Cornered The left half of the paper is missing, but the remaining piece says, "...leader will die. The rest will fall in line. We will not fail." The rest is unreadable.
- ^ A Shadow's Deeds
- Caithe: My Wyld Hunt, Mordremoth's voice...they were tearing at each other and sometimes I didn't know which was which.
- Caithe: I was very confused, and I felt like the only person I could trust was me.
- <Character name>: That's the very time you should have leaned on your friends!
- Caithe: Don't you see? I didn't know who my friends were! Enemies, friends, even Faolain—it was all gray.
- ^ Post by Andrew Gray in "Elder Dragons Zhaitan and Mordremoth", Guild Wars 2 Forums
- ^ The Way Forward
- Josso Essher: The most important lesson an Exalted must learn is: though Elder Dragons are unimaginably powerful, they can be killed.
- Josso Essher: Each has a distinct flaw.
- Josso Essher: Mordremoth, for example, dominates thought. But its most powerful asset—its mind—is also its greatest liability.
- ^ The Bitter Cold
- ^ Destiny, Uncharted Actor Nolan North Voicing Guild Wars 2 Expansion, GameSpot.com
- ^ Art of James Van Den Bogart, Facebook.com
- Guild Wars 2 - Battle for Lion's Arch Finale Cinematic - YouTube
- Video of Mouth of Mordremoth's animations