Scarlet Briar

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Caithe, someday you'll see. Tyria needs me.

— Scarlet Briar

Scarlet Briar, born Ceara, was the secondborn sylvari responsible for the destruction of Lion's Arch, and the subsequent awakening of Mordremoth in 1327 AE.

Biography[edit]

Timeline[edit]

1304 AE — Ceara is born. She is immediately dismissive of Mender Serimon and the Pale Tree.
1312 AE — After 8 years of study in the Grove, Ceara leaves to study smithing under Beigarth in Hoelbrak.
1313 AE — Ceara leaves Hoelbrak to study firearms and explosives with the expert sniper and demolitionist Asagai.
1315 - 1316 AE — Ceara leaves Asagai and travels to Rata Sum. She completes Dynamics and Statics coursework in under a year each. Discovery of evidence for ley line existence likely occurs at this time.
1317 - 1320 AE — Ceara studies Synergetics (which takes longer). Lands a position as Headmaster Omadd's lab assistant. Becomes obsessed with the Eternal Alchemy.
1320-1321 AE — Ceara spends some time with the Inquest. Ceases writing her diary longhand. She begins clumsily building steam minotaurs, and experimenting with steam portals.
1321 AE — Ceara breaks with the Arcane Council, is stripped of her academic credentials, and ejected from Rata Sum. She wanders for several months, before ending up with the Michotl tribe where she studies alchemy for a brief period of time. She is eventually tracked down by Omadd, and is offered the chance to explore the Eternal Alchemy again.
1322 AE — Experiences disturbed nightmares of a powerful magical entity. Returns to writing her diary longhand. Goes to a sylvari mender but cannot be helped. Nightmares become worse.
1322-1323 AE — Ceara enters Omadd's Isolation Module, and emerges as Scarlet Briar. She kills Omadd, and purchases a room in Prosperity with Omadd's gold. The steam creatures, deemed no longer necessary, are sent through portals into Lornar's Pass.
1324 AE (approx)Thaumanova Reactor disaster that leads to pinpointing ley line network.
1326 AE — Begins terrorizing Tyria with her alliances.
1327 AE — Scarlet Briar is killed during the Battle for Lion's Arch as Mordremoth awakens.

Early life and study[edit]

In 1304 AE, Caera emerged from the Dream of Dreams. After her awakening, she was met by Mender Serimon, but was immediately dismissive of his teachings and the Mother Tree. She spent her first eight years at the Grove with an innate fascination with the interlocking systems of nature, and a determination to forge her own path independent of the Mother Tree. When the rules of the world prescribed her one destiny, she would simply change the rules rather than struggle against them.

In 1312, after eight years studying in the Grove, Ceara set out into the world to learn the engineering secrets of the other races and incorporate their knowledge into her own. She first spent a long winter with Beigarth the Smith, as his pupil, apprentice and forge-tender, learning metallurgy.

By spring 1313, she announced her intentions to move on, and spent the next two years studing firearms and artillery with the Iron Legion gladium Asagai, an expert sniper and demolitionist.

The Asura's three great colleges[edit]

In 1315, after learning all the lonesome soldier's secrets, she knew there was only one place that could expand her knowledge as broadly and as quickly as she required. She set out for Rata Sum, and the asura's three great colleges. She found that convincing the three great colleges to let her in was the hardest part. However, the Arcane Council begrudgingly granted her provisional status as a Dynamics student. She completed the Dynamics coursework in under a year as the highest-ranked student in her class.

In 1316, the councilors gave her the same opportunity in Statics, where she achieved similar results in a similar time frame. It is likely during her time at Statics that she discovered holomagic and asuran holographic devices, with which she started using to record her life, failures, and successes. According to Ley Line Theory #671 written by Verzatt, a member of Dynamics, she also found proof of the existence of ley lines sometime during this year.

In 1317, the Arcane Council were intrigued enough to see if she could do the same with Synergetics as she had with Dynamics and Statics.
Around this time, she simultanously started looking into the potential of golems by combining Dynamics design with Statics versatility, and using contacts within the dredge black market to aquire scrap iron, she started to build steam minotaurs.

She found Synergetics endlessly fascinating. She landed a lab assistant position with Headmaster Omadd, and first began to grapple with the Eternal Alchemy - a field of study she finally found to be as boundless as her interest. She became convinced it was a key that allowed one to access the basic fabric of reality itself. Though backed 100% by Omadd, her thesis on the Eternal Alchemy was not well received by the colleges or the Arcane Council. As a consequence, she began to separate herself in the hopes of finding a research organization that would be more receptive to her ideas. She found it in the Inquest.

Around 1320/1321, she began working with the Inquest and krewed up with a asura named Teyo. Here she advanced her theories more quickly, and stated herself that she found nobody better at achieving quick results than the Inquest. She began testing steam portals with her steam minotaurs, and gradually created more and more sentient steam brains, which mimicked her building techniques and being able to design their own version of the steam portal. She finally "moved beyond steam to aether," and made her first leap through a portal.

Mid 1321, things ended suddenly and badly, when Ceara and her krewmate Teyo broke into Rata Sum's archives and tampered with several of the designs they found there. She also left her mark on a few unrelated projects she found. When authorities caught up to them, Teyo teleported herself to safety and left Ceara to face the consequences. Ceara was stripped of her academic credentials and ejected from Rata Sum, and left the city without any of her research notes or belongings.

After wandering for several months, she settled with the Michotl hylek just outside Rata Sum. Here she learned about hylek alchemy, but found it to be a "cul-de-sac" (dead end) on the road she had chosen. She found the hylek to lack the degree and quantity of engineering she personally preferred.

The Origins of Madness[edit]

By the end of 1321, Omadd tracked her down, and offered the chance to explore the Eternal Alchemy again. Ceara agreed. Together with Omadd she began working on an experimental "isolation module", later referred to as Omadd's Machine.

During the year of 1322, in her journal she describes herself becoming increasingly haunted by terrors and nightmares throughout the year. The same winter she wrote that she decided to talk to a mender, but later during the spring she states that the mender was unable to help her. By summer, she wrote of a sea of darkness, and "an entity" that called to her in her nightmares. By autumn, she had become too scared to even sleep, and spoke of whispers coming from the forest, taunting and possessing her.

In the winter of 1322-1323, after months of painstaking preparation, Omadd's experiment was ready, and Ceara entered his isolation module. Through her holo-recordings and journal she describes seeing "it all" - the Eternal Alchemy. She writes that she stared into the abyss, that it stared back at her, and that she no longer knows what's real and what's not.

Driven mad by her nightmares, she eventually killed her mentor Omadd and took his gold. During spring and summer 1323, she wrote in her journal that she was losing control of her world and herself, but that she was no longer scared. Summer 1323 she wrote that the entity communicated images of "death, destruction, and destiny" to her. She had to know more, and was led to confront it and put an end to the madness. Guided by the mysterious entity, she found a ley line hub in Dry Top, and with Omadd's gold she purchased a room in the nearby town of Prosperity to study it further.

During her time in Prosperity, she discovered that her steam brains were showing ingenuity. When threatened, they built steam minotaurs from whatever materials they could find. However, she deemed the steam creatures no longer necessary, and sent them through portals into Lornar's Pass.

Probing Tyria[edit]

Around 1324, the Thaumanova Reactor self-destructed, littering much of Metrica Province with the fallout. The Reactor itself was built on an intersection of ley lines. Scarlet was known to have worked with the Inquest at the Thaumanova Reactor after the incident, researching dragon energy and the ley lines that channel it across the globe.

In early 1326, Scarlet, with the help of a "fast-talking, silver-tongued, snaked-nosed trickster from the city" convinced the Flame Legion and dredge to join forces to form a Molten Alliance. With them, she developed hybrid sonic and magic weaponry and technology, and a means of probing the ley lines that run deep beneath Tyria. She brought the Inquest and a group of pirates together to form the Aetherblades, a crew of sky pirates fitting for a fleet of stolen Pact airships, and attacked the Dragon Bash in Lion's Arch, killing Councillor Theo Ashford in the process. Scarlet attempted to put one of her own, Mai Trin on the Captain's Council, but Trin was discovered and apprehended before this was possible. Later that year, the Aetherblades attacked the Queen's Jubilee and hijacked Queen Jennah's new Watchknights, which were partially based on the steam creatures. Between the Watchknights and the Aetherblades, Scarlet was beginning to build a respectable army of her own, and after putting her Aetherblades to work in Twilight Arbor, an expanded fleet of airships with which to deliver them.

Her schemes hit new levels of audacity towards the end of the year, where she unified the krait and a splinter faction of the Nightmare Court to form the Toxic Alliance, to whom she promised an audience with a krait Prophet. They built a living Tower of Nightmares to rival the Pale Tree itself in Kessex Hills, which stood for over a month against a siege by the Vigil, before an antitoxin for the tower's poison could be developed. After the antitoxin was injected into the heart of the tower and the poison destroyed, samples of the toxin were found that were resistant to any antidote, indicating that the toxin had since been strengthened to be resistant to antidote, and that it had a future in Scarlet's plans. Around this time, Scarlet scattered energy probes across the continent, attempting to hone in on some sort of magical location, an intersection of ley lines. Whilst she was testing her most powerful weapon yet, the aethercannon, the probe in Old Lion's Arch lit up—Scarlet had found her target.

The Battle of Lion's Arch[edit]

Scarlet's corpse.

Only a couple of weeks later, all of Scarlet's forces converged on Lion's Arch, razing the city as Scarlet's massive airship-drill, the Breachmaker, descended on the ruins, boring into the earth toward the intersection of ley lines beneath the city, as her forces deployed a deadly miasma. After a few weeks of confusion, the Lionguard as well as the Orders' forces were able to formulate a response, and stormed the city in an attempt to take it back. After defeating several of Scarlet's champions, the Lionguard forces managed to get aboard the Breachmaker and put an end to Scarlet. Her last words were "too late". As she died, the Breachmaker hit its mark and disrupted a ley line, sending a spike of magic from Lion's Arch, through the Thaumanova Reactor, and deeper into the Maguuma Jungle, waking the Elder Dragon Mordremoth.

Locations[edit]

Historical locations[edit]

Ascalon
Kryta
Maguuma Jungle
Shiverpeak Mountains

Story involvement[edit]

Living World Season 1[edit]

Living World Season 2[edit]

Path of Fire story[edit]

Event involvement[edit]

Historical events[edit]

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[Group Event] Defeat Scarlet's Prime Hologram before the defenses activate (80)
Scarlet's Minions Invade!
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[Group Event] Defeat Scarlet (80)

Combat abilities[edit]

Opening Ceremony[edit]

Effects

Scarlet's Playhouse[edit]

Effects
  • Some kind of shield effect

Scarlet's Minions Invade![edit]

Effects

Lion's Arch (Enemy Controlled)[edit]

Abilities
  • Fires Reflective Shields
  • Shadowsteps
Effects
Skills
  • Push Field - Untargeted projectiles fired four at a time. When they hit a wall or a floor, they form a projectile reflecting AoE that deals heavy damage and Knockback.png Knockback to players entering it.
  • Lightning Escape - Scarlet turns into 4 untargeted projectiles, teleporting to a random one when they impact. Each impact is a small AoE that Stun.png Stuns players.
  • Unnamed skill that lays a bomb on top of a player's head. If they dodge, it falls to the ground as an AoE. Rarely used.

Scarlet's End[edit]

Abilities
  • Throws Grenades
Effects

Quotes[edit]

When using her bomb attack
Bomb's away! Or rather, bomb's in your face!
There goes the fuuuuuuse, and you're going to looooooose...

Gallery[edit]

Alternate appearances[edit]

Concept art[edit]

Notes[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Scarlet's voice actress is Tara Strong.[2]
  • Scarlet could be seen holding Quip during Scarlet's Playhouse instance.
  • She has her own leitmotif, called "Scarlet's Theme", which was composed by Maclaine Diemer.
  • She was 23 cycles old when she died.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ LoreSepcial: Scarlet Briar, TowerTalk
  2. ^ Guild Wars 2 Forum - Clockwork Chaos - Scarlet is fantastic! [Merged]