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Soo-Won

Soo-Won is the Elder Dragon of Water, often referred to as the Water Dragon or the Deep Sea Dragon, and the second Elder Dragon to awaken in modern times.

Theories[edit]

According to the Tome of the Five True Gods, the name of this dragon begins with the letter S, although this is controversial within the Durmand Priory.[2][3] This is further corroborated by Taimi, who has implied in the past that she knows its full name, but that she could not quite remember it.[4]

Scholars had long debated the possible existence of an Elder Dragon deep in the Unending Ocean, referred to by Taimi as the water dragon.[5] Unlike the other Elder Dragons, its influence has not yet been directly felt in Central Tyria, although nameless "horrors" speculated to be the minions of the deep sea dragon have in recent years displaced the krait from their ancestral homelands. Although the latter is disproved since when Cantha opened its borders to the outside world in 1335 AE, Maester Ela Makkay visited the continent and learned that Soo-Won stopped the Great Tsunami. The legend contradicted previous Priory theories about Soo-Won possibly being the cause of the eruption of many underwater races in central Tyria away from the depths of the Endless Ocean after Soo-Won migrated to Cantha, suggesting that some other hitherto unknown force may have been behind this and Soo-Won's presence had kept them at bay.

Members of the Pact and Dragon's Watch are aware of this dragon's existence[4][6] as they refer to it by the name deep sea dragon.[7] Others, even those as powerful as Imperator Bangar Ruinbringer, know nothing about the Deep Sea Dragon.[8]

Most of what is known about this dragon comes from the Tome of the Five True Gods; unfortunately its entry is partially missing.[2]

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Before the world of Tyria existed, there was only a void, that is when Soo-Won created the world and the other Elder Dragons in Mother's Lament, so as not to feel alone. Initially the dragons were meaningless and lived with their mother, but over time they began to develop personalities and fascination, so they soon left Soo-Won for the world, becoming hostile towards their siblings and their mother.

Soo-Won awakens in the Unending Ocean.

Soo-Won, like the other Elder Dragons, is assumed to have last awakened 10,000 years ago, around the time of the disappearance of the Great Giants, and then fallen back into slumber after consuming all the world's available magic.

Little information about this dragon has survived to the present day. Ancient jotun stelae mention a "sextet of swallowers" who are said to have consumed the world several times over.[9] The Tome of the Five True Gods, believed to have been written by the first humans to walk on the face of Tyria, has a section dedicated to the Elder Dragons albeit it has been damaged over the following centuries. In it, the Six Human Gods revealed the names of the Elder Dragons although the section detailing the deep sea dragon, including its name and spheres of influence, is illegible with portions damaged and missing.[7][2]

Current dragonrise[edit]

Date of awakening[edit]

The effects of Soo-Won's alleged influence were first felt when the krait suddenly and unexpectedly erupted into quaggan lands around 50 years ago, circa 1275 AE, invading their territory and destroying their civilization and seemingly killing their goddess Mellaggan.[10][11] Given that Elder Dragons had been awakening at approximately 50-year intervals, and the fact that the krait did not do so by choice,[12] scholars began speculating that the krait had been fleeing from the newly-awakened Soo-Won.[13] Some quaggans have mentioned fleeing not just because of the krait but because of the Elder Dragons as well.[14]

However, the cinematic during The Machine depicts the Elder Dragons as parts of The All, each of them represented as an orb.[15] Assuming the placement of the orbs corresponds with the placement of the Elder Dragons in the Durmand Priory's map of The All, and making sensible assumptions about which color corresponds to each dragon's magical domain, the orbs in the cinematic light up in the following order:

  1. Red (assumed to be Primordus—time of awakening 1120 AE)
  2. Blue (assumed to be Soo-Won—previously assumed to have awakened in c. 1275 AE)
  3. White (assumed to be Jormag—time of awakening 1165 AE[16])
  4. Black (assumed to be Zhaitan—time of awakening 1219 AE)
  5. Violet/purple (assumed to be Kralkatorrik—time of awakening 1320 AE)
  6. Green (assumed to be Mordremoth—time of awakening 1327 AE)

In City of Hope, minions of every dragon except the deep sea dragon are fought in the same sequence as in the cinematic (where a minion of the deep sea dragon presumably would have been fought, the player instead has to contend with springs of damaging salt water that erupt from the ground). Some suspect this represents the order of awakening, which would mean that the deep sea dragon awakened sometime between Primordus and Jormag, much earlier than previously thought.

Despite this, there are several sources which explicitly state that Jormag, not Soo-Won, was the second Elder Dragon to awaken, although these sources do predate the Living World and expansions in which the above content appear.[16][17]

Interim years[edit]

Personal story[edit]

According to Master Sdias, there are "horrors" in the largos homelands in the ocean deeps. These have been speculated to be the minions of Soo-Won.

In 1325 AE, the Inquest captured a alleged minion of Soo-Won and were preparing a water-themed area called "Zone Blue" in the Infinite Coil Reactor for it to be stored in before the Reactor's destruction. However, the minion proved to be so big that the Inquest had to overhaul the hub for the subject.[18]

Living World Season 1[edit]

Later that year, the aquatic karka migrated to the island of Southsun Cove in the Sea of Sorrows, having fled their home due to the Elder Dragons.[19] The karka are, however, also known to have had a presence on the Ring of Fire islands dating back to at least the Rising of Orr.[20]

Path of Fire[edit]
Dragon depicted during The Way Forward within the blue triangle of The All, which is presumed to be connected to Soo-Won.

In 1330 AE, the Pact Commander was subjected to a vision while exploring the Forgotten city of Kesho deep in the Elon Riverlands. In this vision, which explained the purpose of Glint's legacy to replace the ravenous Elder Dragons with more benevolent balancers of magic, the Commander briefly saw a menacing glimpse of what may have been Soo-Won.

The Icebrood Saga[edit]

In 1332 AE, Taimi wrote that Canthan and Elonian sailors had recounted tales of strange creatures heretofore unknown emerging from the oceans, possibly tied to Soo-Won's resurgence.[5] She also speculated that the Elder Dragon might possess a degree of control over water and the oceans. The Pact Commander did not see any evidence of these creatures during their recent campaign in Elona, however.

Following the deaths of the Elder Dragons Jormag and Primordus in a clash at Anvil Rock in 1334 AE, the norn celebrated Dragon Bash with the belief that the Elder Dragon threat to Tyria had finally come to an end. However, some norn speculated about the existence of Soo-Won which they believed would be more powerful than all the other Elder Dragons and was surrounded by tentacled beasts of terrible ferocity.[21]

End of Dragons[edit]

Act I[edit]

The massive Jade Monument of New Kaineng City built in honor of Soo-Won, celebrating the prosperity and technological advances she provided to Cantha.[22]

While the latest ascendant Elder Dragon Aurene was recovering from the Aetherblades' attack at Seitung Province in 1335 AE, she was contacted by the deep sea dragon. Aurene had heard the voice in brief earlier conversations but had not recognized the voice as belonging to an Elder Dragon until she had arrived in Cantha. Caithe and the Pact Commander, the people who had bonded with Aurene, were pulled into a strange underwater vision and witnessed the latter half of the two remaining Elder Dragons' conversations during which Aurene identified the deep sea dragon as Soo-Won.

The deep sea dragon revealed that she was the mother of the other Elder Dragons and thus Aurene's great-grandmother much to Aurene's surprise. Long ago, she had created more of her kind for two purposes: so she would not have to be alone anymore, and to use her scions to bring balance and harmony to the fabric of magic. Having learned of the deaths of her scions and the damage they had wrought to the world, Soo-Won wanted Aurene to take her place as the One Elder Dragon to balance the All, just like Soo-Won herself had once been the only Elder Dragon before the birth of her scions.

The Commander and the rest of Dragon's Watch guild remained skeptical after the exchange had ended, however. They reminded Aurene of her earlier interactions with the manipulative Elder Dragon Jormag and that Soo-Won could also have ulterior motives. However, Aurene assured them that Soo-Won was different from Jormag although she would need time to think about her great-grandmother's proposal. Listening to the exchange, the guild's latest ally Joon informed them that Soo-Won was well known in Cantha as the legendary dragon who had saved the nation from the Elder Dragon Zhaitan's Risen army in the aftermath of the devastating Great Tsunami and how Soo-Won had formed a pact with the heroic saltspray dragon Kuunavang to protect Cantha since. Despite their role as protectors, however, the two dragons had hardly been seen in public since those days.[1]

Act II[edit]

Act IV[edit]

After days had passed, the Commander and Caithe were pulled into Soo-Won's mindscape again due to their bond with Aurene. They witnessed how the Water Dragon's mind had been growing more and more corrupted from the Void's influence. Upon sensing the Commander's presence, Soo-Won asked them why they had not killed her yet before the Void fully overcame her. The Commander urged Soo-Won to hold on a little longer until Dragon's Watch and Canthans could come up with a solution to purify her. However, the Water Dragon revealed herself to be too far gone when the Void began speaking through her tormented mind, and she sent Void creatures to attack the Commander and Caithe in the mindscape.

Aurene tried to calm Soo-Won down but in vain and realized that the Water Dragon had been right: the only option left was to kill the tormented Soo-Won to end the dragon cycle. However, the Water Dragon's death would unleash the Void onto the world and destroy reality, so Aurene urged the Commander to find Joon so they could find a solution to weaken the Void in Soo-Won first before they delivered the killing blow. Aurene promised to contain Soo-Won in the Jade Sea for the time being so the Water Dragon could not spread the Void beyond Cantha's borders.[23]

Act V[edit]

Aurene, Caithe, Joon, Navan, and the Pact Commander giving their goodbyes to Soo-Won.

Locations[edit]

Cantha

Story involvement[edit]

End of Dragons story[edit]

Event involvement[edit]

The Battle for the Jade Sea
Invasion (map icon).png [Group Event] Quell the Branded Void corruption (80) (voice only)
Red Boss.png [Group Event] Defeat Soo-Won (80)

Combat abilities[edit]

Story[edit]

Open world[edit]

Primary article: Defeat Soo-Won#Walkthrough
Effects
  • Vengeance (Mordrem).png Enraged - Increases damage dealt by 100% (at 20% HP)
Skills
  • Bite - Charges to the other side of the platform and deals massive, unavoidable damage to all enemies caught in her path. Invulnerability can mitigate this attack.
  • Claw Slap - Swipes the area in front, dealing heavy unavoidable damage, Knockdown.png knocking down enemies, and applying 10 stacks of Bleeding.png Bleeding and a stack of Crippled.png Crippled. Invulnerability and stability can mitigate this attack.
  • Nightmare Devastation - Channels a massive tsunami with her tail that deals lethal, unavoidable damage. Invulnerability can mitigate this attack.
  • Tail Slam - Slams its tail for massive, unavoidable damage and knocks back enemies. Invulnerability can mitigate this attack.
  • Tsunami Slam - Slams an area and deals lethal, unavoidable damage, unleashing a watery shockwave that deals heavy damage, knocksback enemies, and applies 5 stacks of Vulnerability.png Vulnerability and a stack of Weakness.png Weakness. Invulnerability can mitigate this attack.
  • Void Purge - Discharges void energy onto the ground that pulse low damage and the Void Corruption.png Void Corruption effect.

Dialogue[edit]

Primary article: Mother's Lament#Ambient dialogue

Gallery[edit]

Screenshots
Concept art and wallpapers
Renders
Portraits
Other

The following pieces of concept art are speculated to be of subjects related to Soo-Won.

Related achievements[edit]

Notes[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Soo-Won is voiced by Kelly Hu.
  • Soo-Won has her own leitmotif, called "Soo-Won's Theme", which was composed by Maclaine Diemer.
  • Soo-Won has been planned to be the Mother at least since Living World Season 4.[24]
  • Soo-Won was named after the mother of one of the cinematic animators at Arenanet, Da-Hee Im.[25]
  • Soo is a Korean name, with the most common meaning being "water" (水; 물 수).
  • The lack of information about Soo-Won was meant to give a sense of foreboding for the open oceans.[26]
  • While her existence and exact nature are not well-known to the average Tyrian, before appearing in the game Soo-Won was described as having "the desire to consume, corrupt, and destroy."[27]
  • Due to the lack of an official name, players tended to refer the dragon as the "deep sea dragon" (or DSD for short), a name that has now been used by characters in-game.[2] Another popular nickname was "Bubbles", but after learning the dragon's name could begin with the letter S, the nicknames "Steve" and "Selbbub" (bubbles backwards) became popularised.
  • Soo-Won's model was created by Kate Pfeilschiefter.[28]
    • "The elder dragon of the deep, mother of the elder dragon pantheon, and essentially the primary deity to the Canthan nation."[28]
    • "Soo-Won is intended to be elegant, wise, ancient and a bit worn around the edges from her vast amount of time in existence. She was originally going to be a lot more pale and ghostly but lookdev ended up skewing her more colorful over time."[28]
    • Various fishes were used for the inspiration for the scales and fins; koi, betta fish, fancy goldfish, arapaima, salamanders, salmon, eels, frilled sharks, baleen whales, coral, feather duster worms and others.[28]
    • Both Soo-Won and Kuunavang use a special iridescence material ArenaNet developed with the intent to be used on all the scaled Canthan creatures. [28]

See also[edit]

Related items

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Your Kind of People
    Unknown: When I...created the others, I thought..."I don't have to be alone anymore."
    Aurene: The other Elder Dragons...? You were their...
    Unknown: Mm. I was imperfect, you see. Attuned to water, but not the other elements.
    Unknown: I thought my children would bring balance and harmony to the fabric of magic, but...
    Aurene: Then what happens now, Soo-Won?
    Soo-Won: Now you take my place, little one. [...]
    Caithe: That was the first Elder Dragon—the mother of all dragons. Isn't that right, Aurene?
    Aurene: Kralkatorrik's mother. My great-grandmother... [...]
    Aurene: We'd spoken before. A few times. I didn't know who she was until we came here. [...]
    Aurene: Soo-Won isn't Jormag. [...]
    Joon: Well, Soo-Won is the hero of that story. Rising from the depths, turning back the waters and the dead. Poetic stuff.
    Joon: People say she formed a pact with Kuunavang to protect Cantha. Saltspray dragon. Local. Hero in her own right.
    Joon: But, aside from a few rumors here and there, they've hardly been seen since.
  2. ^ a b c d 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. [...]
    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: It is written in an ancient dialect, therefore it is subject to interpretation.
    Ogden Stonehealer: In it, the gods revealed the names of the Elder Dragons: Mordremoth, Kralkatorrik, Jormag, Zhaitan, and Primordus.
    Ogden Stonehealer: There is one other name listed, but it is illegible, lost to time. I suspect this is the deep-sea dragon.
  3. ^ The map of The All seen in the Special Collections during the Hidden Arcana mission depicts an image with the first letter corresponding with each Elder Dragon's name; the deep sea dragon's position has the letter S. In the same mission both Magister Ela Makkay and Ogden Stonehealer comment on the missing and damaged portions of the ancient scroll listing the Elder Dragons' names.
  4. ^ a b Taimi's Game
    Taimi: Nothing on Kralkatorrik, and ditto for... Oh, what's its name? Brain malfunction. Starts with an s...?
  5. ^ a b Elder Dragons: Notes from the Field
  6. ^ The Crystal Dragon
    Pact Soldier Varren: Yeah! This is it! Today, Kralkatorrik—tomorrow Jormag, Primordus, and...and...whatever's under the sea! We're gonna do this! We're gonna save the world!
  7. ^ a b Hidden Arcana
    Historian: That's a map of the All. I like to think of them as spirit realms. That's Tyria in the middle. All those other circles are spheres of influence and powerful magic.
    <Character name>: What about the letters? Are those...
    Historian: Yeah. First letter of each dragon's name.
    <Character name>: Who's S?
    Historian: Don't know any more than that. That was all they could get from the Tome of the Five True Gods. It's too damaged. Some of these scholars in here would kill to know the full name of that dragon.
    <Character name>: Is it the deep sea dragon?
    Historian: They think so. Me, I think they probably got the letter wrong, but who knows. They're still translating and trying to fill in lost pieces.
  8. ^ Post by Julia Nardin in "About the Charr victim complex, and Anet's hatred for Ascalon", Guild Wars 2 Forums
  9. ^ Scholar Caterin
  10. ^ Pastkeeper
  11. ^ The Mostly Harmless Quaggan
  12. ^ Nanacatl
  13. ^ Magister Ela Makkay
  14. ^ Bullablopp
  15. ^ Animated gif of orbs in the cinematic
  16. ^ a b Dialogue with Thyrie Bylund says that, as far as the norn are aware, Jormag was the second Elder Dragon to awaken, and did so in 1165 AE.
  17. ^ The Art of Guild Wars 2
    A hundred and fifty years ago, the second of the great dragons awakened in the far north, driving the norn into the southern Shiverpeaks. Some creatures—and norn—were not lucky enough to escape the dragon, and became corrupted by its icy power. We foreshadowed this in Guild Wars: Eye of the North, but it got better and better in concept art for Guild Wars 2.
  18. ^ Infinite Coil Reactor ambient dialogue
  19. ^ Post by Matthew Medina in "No Risen Karkas", Old Guild Wars 2 Forums (Archived)
  20. ^ Petrified Karka Egg
  21. ^ Dragon Bash ambient dialogue
    Local (female): Well, we did it, I guess. All the Elder Dragons have been...bashed.
    Local (male): There's one more.
    Local (female): Maybe.
    Local (male): There is.
    Local (female): What's it matter to you?
    Local (male): Jormag, and the Sons, are gone, and that's a good thing.
    Local (male): I just believe the stories, and that there is one more dragon...
    Local (male): More powerful than all the others. Deep beneath the seas. Surrounded by tentacled beasts of terrible ferocity.
    Local (male): "S."
    Local (female): Okay, okay, I think you need to go talk to a shaman.
    Local (male): No, no! I just find it interesting.
  22. ^ Jade Monument (Hero Challenge)
  23. ^ Weight of the World
    Caithe: If the Void's made it to the deepest corners of her mind...
    <Character name>: Then it is over.
    <Character name>: Is it true? Do we have to kill her?
    Aurene: Yes, but...not with all of this inside her... It would unleash the Void onto the world...
    Aurene: And the world would not survive it.
    Aurene: Go, Champion! You must reach Joon! She's the only hope we have!
  24. ^ Tweet by Connor Fallon, Twitter.com:
    Deciphered from Rot13, it says "The Deep Sea Dragon was always "Mother." That's why there were waves heard when Kralk said the word. Was really subtle, haha, Tom Abernathy had to point out that they'd planted it there to me"
  25. ^ Tweet by Da-Hee Im, Twitter.com
  26. ^ Ghosts of Ascalon Follow-Up Interview, KillTenRats.com
  27. ^ Interview GW2 Univers Virtuels, GW2.univers.virtuels.net (Archived)
  28. ^ a b c d e GW2 End of Dragons: Soo-Won, artstation.com