Rytlock Brimstone

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Rytlock Brimstone

Rytlock Brimstone is a Blood Legion Tribune stationed in Black Citadel as part of its vanguard, and a member of the Stone Warband, Destiny's Edge and Dragon's Watch. He wields the legendary sword Sohothin.


Early years[edit]

As a cub, Rytlock was the youngest of the striplings whom the smallest of his fahrar were called. He was often pejoratively called "Runtlock", until he and the other striplings banded together and, serving as their leader, "made them stop" by teaching the bullies "a few lessons." Since that time, Rytlock could never tolerate bullies of any kind.[1] This band of striplings eventually formed the Stone Warband in the Blood Legion and was composed of about a dozen males and dozen females.[2] Rytlock also got to know Rox of the Pick Warband from the time she was a cub, and learned of her superstitious beliefs and use of good luck charms and rituals.[3][4]

Over the years, Rytlock became interested in human history and studied it. He eventually acquired the sword Sohothin, which had once belonged to Prince Rurik of Ascalon who had been laid to rest at Abaddon's Mouth before the volcano erupted, but never told anyone how the sword got in his possession.

Edge of Destiny[edit]

Rytlock Brimstone first met Logan Thackeray in 1319 AE when Logan, then a scout, ambushed the Iron Legion raiding party that Rytlock was stationed with at the Blazeridge Gap. Rytlock, then a mere soldier, had joined up with this group of his own accord to avoid his own warband whom he had stressed relations with at the time, and was known to be a fierce if unpopular member of his Legion.[2]

With the death of the Iron Legion Centurion Korrak Blacksnout at his own hands, Rytlock took charge of the remains of the group and pursued Logan's, trapping them in a dead-end. However, the two groups were quickly forced to team up when they were attacked by Chiefling Ygor and his ogres, with only Rytlock and Logan surviving at the end of the initial skirmish. Joined by the Firstborn sylvari Caithe, the three fled from more ogres, and then destroyers to Lion's Arch.

After destroying a building during a fight over Sohothin, the trio were thrown into jail and were offered to fight for their freedom by Captain Magnus Irondawn. They fought as Edge of Steel, and were undefeated until a group called Dragonspawn's Destiny bested them and commissioned them to help defeat the Dragonspawn, a champion of Jormag.

Thus, Destiny's Edge was formed, and the group went onto many great accomplishments, until their battle with Kralkatorrik, which resulted in the deaths of both Snaff and Glint after Logan left to defend Ebonhawke from the Ogre Revolt. The group parted ways on bad terms thereafter.

After the split of Destiny's Edge, Rytlock was demoted to scrapper, but rose quickly through the ranks of the Blood Legion by killing any superior that insulted him and taking their position until he reached the rank of tribune.[5]

Ghosts of Ascalon[edit]

Rytlock led the Blood Legion in an assault on a Flame Legion holdout south of the Loreclaw Expanse in 1324 AE and witnessed Ember Doomforge and Gullik Oddsson killing a shaman and destroying a Flame Legion Effigy. After the Flame Legion had been routed, the pair and their associates were brought in for questioning. Although Ember admitted to working for Imperator Malice Swordshadow of the Ash Legion, she refused to tell the Blood Legion officers about the nature of her mission. Rytlock intervened to stop the interrogation as he would be dining with the Ash Imperator at the end of the week and could ask her about the mission in person.[6]

The tribune listened to Ember's story about having found two human prisoners—Dougal Keane and Riona Grady—near the Dragonbrand and her intentions to transport them for questioning with her associates Gullik and Kranxx. One of the prisoners was missing much to Ember's dismay, however, making Kranxx explain how he and the prisoners had been attacked by a stray member of the Flame Legion and Riona had given pursuit. Upon learning that a human was on the loose, Rytlock ordered his troops to sweep the area for Riona who was eventually brought back bruised.

Rytlock insisted on the group accompanying his troops in their march until they reached Ascalon Basin where his forces set up a camp. The tribune called for Ember and told her that he would let her group depart on a supply skiff and advised her not to travel east where his forces were headed to. Before leaving, Rytlock mentioned Ember sharing her grandmother's eyes with a smile, implying that he may have been aware of the group actually working for Ember's grandmother, General Almorra Soulkeeper, on a discreet mission.

Personal story[edit]

Logan Thackeray saves Rytlock in the Citadel of Flame.

By 1325 AE, Rytlock had become the most renowned Blood Legion soldier in Ascalon. After Caithe made several disastrous attempts to reform Destiny's Edge in order to battle Zhaitan, Rytlock and Logan had a chance encounter at the Citadel of Flame, where both commanded groups seeking to defeat Gaheron Baelfire and investigate rumors of a powerful weapon the Flame Legion had that the Pact could use. After Logan saved Rytlock's life, relations grudgingly improved between the two of them, and after helping Zojja in the Crucible of Eternity they left for the Ruined City of Arah. With the legendary guild reunited, they helped defeat the Elder Dragon aboard the Glory of Tyria.

Living World Season 1[edit]

in 1326 AE, Rytlock took part in a defense quorum to address the threat of the Molten Alliance. After this, he gave Rox several missions to see if she was worthy of joining the Stone Warband. The missions included hunting the dragon champion Tequatl the Sunless which had become more powerful since the defeat of Zhaitan and bringing back its tail, acting as a charr representative during the Queen's Jubilee, and slaying Scarlet Briar. Rox failed in her final task, saving her friends Braham Eirsson and Marjory Delaqua instead, causing Rytlock to dismiss her as a free agent. Despite this, the two have an amiable relationship, and seem to have known each other since they were young.

During Rox's warband trials, Rytlock's activities included the investigation of the Energy Probes scattered throughout Tyria, and monitoring the threat posed by Scarlet.

Living World Season 2[edit]

In 1327 AE, after years of research with the Durmand Priory, Rytlock came to believe he had found the correct combination of elements to reverse the Foefire spell. Prior to the Exodus, the Six Gods gave the Ascalonians two magical swords, Sohothin and Magdaer, and a magic crown. After gathering up the crown fragments, Rytlock headed into Barradin's Vaults to perform the ritual, but failed, and the sword was lost to the Mists. Since it was impossible to dispel the Ascalonian ghosts without Sohothin, Rytlock had to quickly follow the sword into the portal, which closed up behind him.

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns[edit]

Rytlock reappeared on Tyria from a mist portal as a revenant during the Pact's campaign against Mordremoth in the Heart of Maguuma. Using the new skills he acquired in the Mists, he helped the Pact Commander's party to defeat an attack from Mordremoth's minions. Rox was interested in Rytlock's new powers, but the tribune did not divulge information on his experiences and instead urged the group to focus on finding the missing Destiny's Edge and ending the threat Mordremoth posed to the world.

The Commander decided to let Braham and Rytlock scout ahead for the missing members of Destiny's Edge. Rytlock used his new powers to locate Eir Stegalkin and witnessed Faolain stabbing her and leaving her to be killed by Mordremoth's Vinetooth minion. Rytlock helped the Commander and the group defeat the vinetooth and was forced to continue on before the other members of Destiny's Edge could meet the same fate. After the death of Eir, Rytlock and the group encountered Caithe and the newly corrupted Vinetooth Faolain. With the egg being dropped, Rytlock distracted Faolain while the Commander snatched the egg and fled. The group later split up again, and Rytlock left with one half of the group to track down the other members of Destiny's Edge.

After tracking down and rescuing both Zojja and Logan, Rytlock helped the Commander take down the vinetooth Faolain. They found Trahearne who was trapped by the Jungle Dragon, and in order to defeat Mordremoth, the Commander needed to enter the mind of the dragon through Trahearne. Rytlock expressed his wish to not enter the mind of Mordremoth due to his prolonged experiences in the Mists and instead stayed behind to protect the bodies of those who entered. In the mind of Mordremoth, the dragon tried to demoralize and kill the Commander with a Blighted version of Rytlock whom the Commander successfully turned against the dragon. Rytlock later witnessed the death of both Trahearne and Mordremoth by the Commander's hands.

Living World Season 3[edit]

At Eir's funeral in 1329 AE, Rytlock put forth the idea that Destiny's Edge was done and it was time to form a new guild. This led to the birth of Dragon's Watch. During the visit over in Rata Novus, he crumpled up a summons to the Black Citadel - the latest in a string of such summons. He accompanied General Almorra Soulkeeper on her airship when it got pulled into Bloodstone Fen, and helped with the attack to "retrieve" Caudecus from the White Mantle.

After learning that Primordus was active, Rytlock met with the Commander and Taimi in Rata Novus and even participated in the simulation against the Destroyers. After leaving the dragon lab, he was cornered by two members of the Adamant Guard who were prepared to forcibly take Rytlock, who has been stripped of his rank, to the Citadel for questioning.

Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire[edit]

Living World Season 4[edit]


Crystal Desert
Maguuma Jungle
Heart of Maguuma
Ruins of Orr



Story involvement[edit]

Personal story[edit]

Living World Season 1[edit]

Living World Season 2[edit]

Heart of Thorns story[edit]

Living World Season 3[edit]

Path of Fire story[edit]

Living World Season 4[edit]

Heart involvement[edit]

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Help stabilize the front line (80)

Event involvement[edit]

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Destroy the charr hero Rytlock (80)
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Protect Rytlock from the dragon minions (80)

Combat abilities[edit]


  • Rytlock often wields a pistol in his off-hand; when he does, he uses a combination of thief main-hand pistol and warrior main-hand sword skills.
  • If wielding a pistol, he will fight at range until enemies approach him.

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  • Sever Artery - Bleed your foe with a slash.
    • Redirect Arrow.png Gash - Bleed your foe with a gash.
      • Redirect Arrow.png Hamstring - Cripple your foe with a precise slash.
  • Final Thrust - Strike your foe with a final powerful thrust that does extra damage and inflicts bleeding against foes below the health threshold.
  • Vital Shot - Bleed your foe with a shot to the vitals.
  • Body Shot - Make your foe vulnerable with a body shot.



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  • Preparation Thrust - Stab your foe with your sword, inflicting vulnerability.
    • Redirect Arrow.png Brutal Blade - Slice foes, damaging them and inflicting vulnerability.
      • Redirect Arrow.png Rift Slash - Slash foes, creating a rift on them that explodes for additional damage after a short delay.
  • Precision Strike - Strike nearby foes with precision, sending out blades that damage and chill them.
  • Unrelenting Assault - Shadowstep and unleash fierce attacks on nearby foes. Gain might each time you damage a foe.
  • Facet of Strength - Place the Facet of Strength on yourself to grant nearby allies might every few seconds.
  • Chaotic Release - Legendary Dragon. Consume. Consume Facet of Chaos, releasing chaotic winds damaging and knocking back foes while granting superspeed to allies. Facet of Chaos will be disabled while this skill is recharging.

Items offered[edit]

Item Type Rarity Cost
Inscribed Shard.png Bundle of Inscribed Shards Service FExotic 2,688 Karma.png
Mini Officer Faren.png Mini Officer Faren Miniature FExotic 105,000 Karma.png + 
25 Inscribed Shard.png
Golem Swarm Potion.png Golem Swarm Potion Tonic DMasterwork 4,900 Karma.png + 
Inscribed Shard.png
Volatile Mining Pick.png Volatile Mining Pick Mining pick CFine 4,900 Karma.png
Volatile Logging Axe.png Volatile Logging Axe Logging axe CFine 4,900 Karma.png
Volatile Harvesting Sickle.png Volatile Harvesting Sickle Harvesting sickle CFine 4,900 Karma.png
Rolan's Master Key.png Trader's Key Consumable ERare 245 Karma.png + 
10 Trade Contract.png


For previous dialogue, see here.

At Blood Tribune Quarters[edit]

If charr
Sorry, Legionnaire <Character name>. I don't have time right now. We'll speak again soon.
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Yes sir, Tribune.
If not charr
Welcome to the Black Citadel. I don't have time to talk right now, but you may speak with my aide-de-camp, Laria.
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Thank you.

At Dragon's Stand (Heart of Thorns)[edit]

Before completing Hearts and Minds
I don't got a trace of plant in me, but up here, even I can feel the buzz under my fur. We're near Mordremoth's heart.
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Its magic—its influence—is strong.
I got close enough to blow kisses at both Zhaitan and Kralkatorrik, but I feel Mordremoth's presence more strongly. It's eerily potent. I'll be glad to be rid of it.
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It does seem more powerful than Zhaitan.
Logan and Zojja...just can't catch a break. And then there's Eir. (huff) This one's on you, me, and Caithe, my friend.
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We've got this.
After completing Hearts and Minds
Hah! That's two down, pal. You, Caithe, and I are part of an elite club now. The Elder Dragons might be forces of nature, but we've proven that we can tame them.
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Easy there. Don't strain yourself.
Pfah! We've taken down two Elder Dragons. We've earned our swagger. So, which one's next? Primordus? Jormag? Kralkatorrik? That'd be my choice. I've got a bone to pick with that one.
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You're one of a kind, Rytlock.

At Front Line[edit]

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Our forces are spread thin, and too many of them are still new to this. You're the best there is at dealing with the Awakened...
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I'll see what I can do.
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Heard you gave our recruits a clinic on putting down the Awakened. They're eager to follow you through the gates of Gandara.
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Glad I could help. What's this?
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Happy to help. Good-bye.


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See also[edit]

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  1. ^ "Chapter 15: Edge of Steel", Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King:
    "Things like... well, like..." Rytlock huffed, making a decision. "All right, here goes: being with the two of you is like being with the striplings."
    "That's what they called us," Rytlock reflected. "In my fahrar—that's the pack they put you in when you're born—in my fahrar they called the smallest of us the striplings."
    "You were small?" Logan asked incredulously.
    "I was the youngest. The smallest. They called me Runtlock."
    "Runtlock!" Logan snorted.
    "I made them stop," Rytlock growled ominously. "I did, and the other striplings did. We banded together, and I was the leader. We taught the bullies a few lessons. Still can't stand bullies."
  2. ^ a b "Chapter 10: Magma Monsters", Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King:
    "Mercenary scout for a supply caravan in the Blazeridges?" Rytlock said. "That's about as far from your brother as you can get."
    Logan looked at his hands. "Guess so." They sat awhile in silence before he asked, "You got any brothers?"
    "About a dozen," Rytlock said with a rueful laugh, "and a dozen sisters."
    "Big family."
    Rytlock shook his head. "Charr don't have families. We have warbands. The bonds are even stronger."
    Logan's eyes grew wide. "Was that them, back there? That funeral pyre?"
    "Course not," Rytlock snapped. "Those were Iron Legion. I'm Blood Legion."
    "You guys all look alike," Logan said with a shrug. "So, where's your warband?"
    "Back east somewhere. I left them."
    That comment hung in the air between them. "Why?"
    "My reasons are my own."
  3. ^ Short Story: Delegation
  4. ^ Plan of Attack
    Rox: (spit) For luck.
    Rytlock Brimstone: (chuckle) You used to do that when you were a cub. C'mon, let's get this over with.
  5. ^ "Chapter 33: Sundering", Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King:
    Especially because they had been so close. Just a few moments more and the lance would have pierced the dragon's heart, and Kralkatorrik would have died, and Snaff would have lived.
    A few moments that Logan could have given them.
    "Logan!" Rytlock roared, ripping Sohothin from its sheath and ramming it into the ground. "It's your fault!"
    The shout rang false. It wasn't Logan's fault. It was Rytlock's, for trusting a human. For letting a human's softness make him... weak.
    "I'm a fool," Rytlock said. [...]
    When first he returned to the Blood Legion, he was stripped of rank and assigned menial work. An overseer called him a traitor, and Rytlock killed him. That's how he became an overseer. Later, a legionnaire called him a deserter, and Rytlock killed him as well. That's how he became a legionnaire.
    Let a centurion call him a friend to humans, and Rytlock would rise again.
    He was no longer a friend to humans, especially not to Logan Thackeray.
    Rytlock spit from the top of the wall and watched the gobbet fall a hundred feet down before smearing.
    Logan, who was now Queen Jennah's lapdog...
    Logan, who had corrupted a dungeon full of charr...
    Logan, who had made a fool out of Rytlock...
    "He'd better hope the Seraph never fight the Blood Legion."
  6. ^ Chapter 22, Ghosts of Ascalon by Jeff Grubb and Matt Forbeck:
    "I am on the business of Malice Swordshadow, the Ash Legion imperator," said Ember, snarling. "I cannot and will not tell you the nature of my mission."
    "Nor should you," came a deep, resonate voice from the perimeter of the discussion. "I will be dining with Swordshadow at the end of the week, and I shall take the opportunity to ask the imperator about it." [...]
    "No," replied Ember. "That is, he knows I am up to something, and that Imperator Swordshadow is somehow involved. And that we are a mystery, and he hates mysteries. The sooner we sneak out, the sooner he will be relieved of thinking about what we're up to."