- This article is about the significant character. For the renown heart vendor, see Rytlock Brimstone (Domain of Kourna).
Rytlock as a warrior.
Our strength will shake the foundations of the world.
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.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Locations
- 3 Story involvement
- 4 Heart involvement
- 5 Event involvement
- 6 Combat abilities
- 7 Items offered
- 8 Dialogue
- 9 Quotes
- 10 Gallery
- 11 Notes
- 12 Trivia
- 13 See also
- 14 References
As a cub, Rytlock was the youngest of the striplings whom the smallest cubs of his fahrar were called. He was often pejoratively called "Runtlock", and his parents left him to struggle with bullies on his own. Eventually Rytlock and the other striplings banded together with him as their leader and made the bullies stop by teaching them "a few lessons." Since that time, Rytlock could never tolerate bullies of any kind. This band of striplings eventually formed the Stone Warband in the Blood Legion and was composed of about a dozen males and dozen females, with Rytlock selecting the surname Brimstone for himself.
Rytlock 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. Rytlock had several cubs over the years, with a son being the eldest. He was not supposed to be a part of their lives but, unlike his own parents, he did visit them occasionally to see how they were doing as he did not want them to suffer from bullying or bully other cubs.
At some point Blood Imperator Bangar Ruinbringer selected Rytlock and another Stone Warband mate called Crecia to infiltrate the Flame Legion and sabotage its operations from the inside. The pair carried out their mission with diligence even though Rytlock had to restrain himself from killing any Flame Legion member he encountered in the garrison where they were stationed in.
While on the mission, Crecia and Rytlock discovered that the garrison had received Prince Rurik's lost sword Sohothin which Flame Legion agents had discovered on the Ring of Fire islands and were intending to deliver to Flame Imperator Gaheron Baelfire. Crecia objected to Rytlock's plan to steal the sword as it would compromise their mission and put them both in danger; despite Crecia's warnings, however, Rytlock killed the guards protecting the sword and begged her to leave with him. Intent on keeping up her cover, Crecia stabbed Rytlock in the leg and sounded an alarm to make herself look less suspicious to the Flame Legion who chased after Rytlock. Despite the pursuit and suffering from the wound, Rytlock successfully returned to the Blood Legion Homelands.
Bangar was initially furious at Rytlock for blowing his cover and disobeying orders until he learned that Rytlock had stolen Sohothin. Deciding to use the magic sword as a propaganda tool against the Flame Legion, the Blood Imperator sent Rytlock and the Stone Warband on the front lines. Although Rytlock used the sword with diligence at first, his fame as a legendary Flame Legion killer and wielder of Sohothin gradually emboldened him and made him ignore his superiors' orders while he also grew distant from his warband. Bangar summoned Rytlock to the Blood Citadel where he voiced his displeasure and that he had considered executing the reckless warrior for the acts of defiance. Although the Blood Imperator justified his arguments with Rytlock's disobedience having needlessly endangered his fellow soldiers in battle, he also made it clear that he did not like Rytlock believing he was better than the Imperator himself.
Instead of executing the warrior or making him a gladium as punishment, however, Bangar promoted Rytlock and sent him on "a tour of the legions" so the warrior's presence would "motivate" the other High Legions. As he delivered the punishment masked as a reward, Bangar enjoyed the thought of Rytlock, who did not hold a high opinion of the other legions at the time, being miserable abroad more than he enjoyed winning their verbal clash. For the longest time Rytlock considered this encounter with the Blood Imperator as his greatest failure. He would later learn that Crecia had only stabbed him to take suspicion off herself, and he continued reminiscing about her in the following years. Rytlock became interested in human history and studied it for ways to end the Foefire curse as well as Sohothin's significance as a weapon.
Rytlock Brimstone first met the human 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.
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 led by Ygor's vengeful father Chief Kronon, and then destroyers to Lion's Arch.
Rytlock refused to tell Logan how he had acquired Sohothin which was a human relic. After destroying a building during the clash over the ownership of the sword, the pair and Caithe were thrown into jail by the Lionguard and were offered to fight for their freedom in a gladiatorial arena by Captain Magnus Irondawn. They fought as Edge of Steel, and were undefeated until a group called Dragonspawn's Destiny—which included the norn Eir Stegalkin, the dire wolf Garm, and the asura Snaff and Zojja—bested them. The victors commissioned the trio to join forces with them to help defeat the Dragonspawn, a champion of the Elder Dragon Jormag.
Thus, the two groups combined their respective names, and the guild Destiny's Edge was formed. They went onto many great accomplishments, until their battle with the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik, which resulted in the deaths of both Snaff and Glint after Logan had left to defend Ebonhawke and Queen Jennah from the Ogre Revolt. The group parted ways on bad terms thereafter.
After the split of Destiny's Edge, Rytlock was demoted to scrapper for his perceived desertion of his post and treachery of siding with humans, 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. He felt guilt over failing to both protect Snaff and kill Kralkatorrik, and blamed Logan for abandoning the guild in its time of need, as well as his own weakness for trusting a human, for the defeat. Since then, Rytlock began to hate Logan as the human he had once considered a brother in arms now represented Rytlock's greatest failure.
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.
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 of the Vigil, on a discreet mission.
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 the Elder Dragon Zhaitan whose influence was spreading into Central Tyria, 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 joined forces with the Pact Commander to defeat the Elder Dragon aboard the airship named The Glory of Tyria.
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 continued having an amiable relationship.
During Rox's warband trials, Rytlock's activities included the investigation of the Energy Probes scattered throughout Central Tyria, and monitoring the threat posed by Scarlet.
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 curse. Prior to the Exodus, the Six Gods had given the Ascalonians two magical swords—Sohothin and Magdaer—and a magical crown. After gathering up the crown fragments which the Pact Commander had sought for him, 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.
Rytlock reappeared on Tyria from a mist portal as a revenant during the Pact's campaign against the Elder Dragon Mordremoth in the Heart of Maguuma. Using the new skills he had 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.
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.
At some point, Rytlock managed to give the Black Citadel a report on his recent adventures and he was allowed to keep his title of Tribune. He also stopped wearing his revenant blindfold, as he "got used to the voices in his head." Rytlock and Lady Kasmeer Meade arrived in Elona before the Commander. Upon the Commander's arrival in the Free City of Amnoon, Rytlock still withheld his reasons for pursuing Balthazar.
Later, Dragon's Watch split up to learn more about the Forged. Rytlock, Canach, and the Commander invaded the main forged camp in the Crystal Oasis, though Balthazar was nowhere to be found. The group followed Agent Kito to the Desert Highlands, where they confronted Balthazar, who expressed that he would spare Rytlock. After the death of Vlast, Rytlock had no choice but to tell his story. When Rytlock found Sohothin in the Mists, its flame had been extinguished. Nearby, he saw a disheveled stranger in chains who reignited Sohothin's flame. As a favor, Rytlock used Sohothin to free the stranger from his chains, who then opened a portal that allowed Rytlock and the stranger to escape the Mists. It was only when Balthazar called Rytlock "friend" that he realized the stranger was Balthazar. Notwithstanding, Rytlock vowed to make things right.
After listening to Vlast's recordings, Rytlock determined that the guild's next destination was Glint's Lair. There, Rytlock sensed the power of Glint, whose memory crystals reacted to Rytlock's presence. Rytlock was hesitant to allow the party to destroy the dragonsblood spear, Kralkatorrik's weakness, but ultimately allowed it to prevent Balthazar from getting it. Upon seeing the remains of Snaff's golem nearby, Rytlock blamed himself for his repeated failures in the loss of Glint, Snaff, and Eir Stegalkin. Nonetheless, Rytlock remained steadfast and followed the Commander back to the Mists.
After Balthazar's defeat at Kodash Bazaar, Rytlock, Canach, and Taimi procured a dolyak ranch outside Amnoon to use as a base camp from which to search for Aurene and track Kralkatorrick. When a Brandstorm suddenly engulfed Amnoon, Rytlock and Canach fought on the front lines against the waves of Branded laying siege to the city and freed many Elonians from capture. Aurene unexpectedly joined the battle to defend Amnoon, and when it was over, she showed the members of Dragon's Watch a vision of the future and Fahranur, the First City. Rytlock later accompanied the Commander in traversing the ruins of Fahranur in order to rescue Taimi who had been abducted by Palawa Joko.
- Black Citadel
- Ascalonian Catacombs (story)
- Citadel of Flame (story)
- Thunderhead Peaks
- Bloodtide Coast (moved around, during The Origins of Madness)
- Tower of Nightmares (zone)
- Chapter 1: Getting the Band Back Together
- Chapter 2: Sins of the Father
- Chapter 3: Crystal Corruption
- Chapter 4: Order Neophyte
- Chapter 6: The Battle of Claw Island
- A Light in the Darkness /as a vision)
- Chapter 8: Victory or Death
- Episode 3: Flame and Frost: The Razing
- Episode 4: Flame and Frost: Retribution
- Episode 16: The Origins of Madness
- Act I
- Act II
- Act III
- Act IV
- Episode 1: Out of the Shadows
- Episode 2: Rising Flames
- Act I
- Act II
- Act III
- Episode 1: Daybreak
- Episode 3: Long Live the Lich
- Episode 4: A Star to Guide Us
- Episode 5: All or Nothing
- Episode 6: War Eternal
- Clear the Branded from the keep (80)
- Repair defenses and place mines! (80)
- Repel invading Branded, and kill them near the charging crystals to fill the resonance crystal (80)
- Defeat the Wrathbringer (80) [Group Event]
- Repel invading Branded, and kill them near the charging crystals to fill the resonance crystal (80)
- Repair defenses and place mines! (80)
- 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.
- Sever Artery - Bleed your foe with a 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.
- Preparation Thrust - Stab your foe with your sword, inflicting vulnerability.
- 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 - Legendary Dragon. Facet. 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.
- See also: Rytlock Brimstone (Domain of Kourna)
For previous dialogue, see here.
- If charr
- Sorry, Legionnaire <Character name>. I don't have time right now. We'll speak again soon.
- Tribune. Yes sir,
- 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.
- Thank you.
- 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.
- 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.
- It does seem more powerful than Zhaitan.
- 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.
- Easy there. Don't strain yourself.
At Front Line
- Awakened... 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
- I'll see what I can do.
- Gandara. Heard you gave our recruits a clinic on putting down the Awakened. They're eager to follow you through the gates of
- Glad I could help. What's this?
- Happy to help. Good-bye.
At The Grotto
- At Mosswood, Dragonfall
- Finish this, Commander!
- Rytlock Brimstone (nightmare).jpg
Hallucination of Rytlock during Nightmare Chamber.
Rytlock as a hologram in Taimi's Game.
- Concept art
Render by Darren Chiu.
- While in the Grotto, Rytlock occasionally walks to the Grand Lyceum to train units there before retiring to a nearby tent.
- Rytlock is voiced by Steve Blum who identifies with Rytlock as he has also experienced being bullied as a child.
- Rytlock was originally a warrior but became a revenant over the course of Living World Season 2 and Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns.
- As a warrior, Rytlock wears Dreadnought armor. As a revenant, he wears Mistward armor.
- Rytlock was a playable character in NCsoft's MOBA Master X Master.
- A character strangely resembling Rytlock appeared as a summon in the Guild Wars Wayfarer's Reverie update in 2013.
- Blighted Rytlock Brimstone
- Requiem: Rytlock
- Rytlock (nightmare)
- Rytlock Brimstone (hallucination)
- Short Story: Delegation
- Associated items
- ^ "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."
- ^ 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."
- ^ Short Story: Delegation
- ^ 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. [...]
- Rox: Someone once told me nothing worth fighting for is ever easy.
- Rytlock Brimstone: Ha! You do listen.
- Rox: Only when I feel like it.
- ^ a b c Requiem: Rytlock
- ^ "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."
- ^ 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."
- ^ Guild Wars 2 Living World Behind the Voice: Steve Blum, YouTube.com