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Taimi

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Taimi's original appearance.

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Taimi

Taimi (born in 1313 AE, in late spring or early summer)[1] is an asura studying at the College of Synergetics. An apprentice of the renowned golemancer Zojja, Taimi requires the assistance of a golem named Scruffy to get around, owing to a degenerative disease that prevents her from walking long distances and may spread to other parts of her body as she gets older.[2] Although there is no known cure, this progeny is quick to refuse any offer of pity.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Taimi was born in late spring or early summer of 1313 AE. An orphan since birth, she became a ward of the Progeny Protective Services, a social agency division in Rata Sum.[3] She showed a brilliant mind from an early age but was physically hampered by a degenerative disease that affected her movement.[2] She enrolled in the College of Synergetics and eventually became the golemancer Zojja's apprentice. During her college days she befriended the brothers Blish and Gorrik.

Living World Season 1[edit]

Taimi appeared at the Marionette's Landing in Lornar's Pass in 1326 AE, claiming to be on an important field experiment for her college. After the defeat of the Twisted Marionette, Logan Thackeray took her to Lion's Arch, where she claimed Braham was her guardian (although the norn denied ever meeting her).

Taimi made several attempts to get Braham to take her back to Rata Sum and got to know the Pact Commander, Kasmeer Meade, Marjory Delaqua, and Rox. She showed an intense interest in Scarlet Briar who had been behind the attacks of the Twisted Marionette and various nefarious alliances, and expressed a desire to meet with her. When Scarlet broke Mai Trin out of Fort Marriner, Taimi who was followed by Braham pursued her into the Edge of the Mists where her golem Scruffy was damaged.

Since the attack on Lion's Arch, Taimi hung around in the safety of Vigil Keep, hoping to find an eyewitness account of Scarlet in Lion's Arch. She ultimately realized the terror Scarlet had wrought when witnessing the loss of life from the Battle for Lion's Arch although she still acknowledged Scarlet as a genius even if a troubled one. She stayed safely out of Lion's Arch while the Pact Commander's party killed Scarlet aboard the Breachmaker; however, Scarlet still succeeded even in death when her falling flagship managed to redirect the ley lines underneath the city to the Heart of Maguuma where an Elder Dragon's roar was heard.

Living World Season 2[edit]

After Mordremoth's awakening, Taimi and the rest of the team, including the Pact Commander, were called to Dry Top by the Seraph in order to investigate some strange vines growing in the region, as well as the crash of the Zephyr Sanctum. They chased down Aerin, the sylvari saboteur of that crash, and later discovered a strange room belonging to Scarlet prior to her visions of the Eternal Alchemy.

Being the foremost expert on Scarlet, Taimi took to the artifacts and quickly became absorbed in researching them. She later discovered a secret path to a ley line hub which she assisted the Commander and their group in retaking for themselves. She then continued her research into ley line energy which helped expose the vulnerability of the waypoint system as well as impending Mordrem attacks on both Fort Concordia and Fort Salma. While the Commander was assisted by the rest of the team in resolving those issues, Taimi discovered Omadd's machine, the device Scarlet had used to view the Eternal Alchemy, and sought to use it on herself. After a scuffle with the Commander, however, it was the Commander that was subjected to the mind opening experience instead of Taimi.

As the Commander set off to recruit the world leaders to the World Summit to discuss the threat Mordremoth was now posing, Taimi finished work on her waypoint calibration device despite the snide remarks and overbearing presence of Councillor Phlunt. After finishing the device with the visiting Commander's help, Taimi started the process of recalibrating the waypoint system, which finished with Mordemoth's minions attempting to destroy the device. With the Commander's help, the minions were pushed back, but Phlunt demanded that Taimi hand over her research and knowledge to hold in trust until she graduated from the college. Taimi did not want to give up what she had worked so hard to achieve, so she fled deeper into Dry Top before being cornered by the Inquest. The Commander and Braham fought the Inquest off, and ultimately convinced Taimi to give up the device for the greater good.

Taimi was invited to the World Summit in the Grove. Due to her golem and her refusal to give it up, she stayed on the lower level and assisted with evacuating and protecting the world leaders when the Shadow of the Dragon led a Mordrem assault on the summit. The Pale Tree was left weakened after the dragon champion had been driven off, but the attack convinced the five races that they needed to pool their resources together and mobilize the Pact to take the fight to Mordremoth before the Elder Dragon would be too powerful to stop.

Taimi moved to the Pact staging ground of Camp Resolve in the Silverwastes where she began studying under the charr engineer Brun Ingotspitter. Later, she was mentioned to have returned to her studies at the College of Synergetics during the downfall of the Shadow of the Dragon. However, as word got out of the Pact Fleet's destruction in Mordremoth's surprise assault, Taimi returned to Camp Resolve.

Heart of Thorns[edit]

When the Pact Fleet was brought down by Mordremoth in 1328 AE, Taimi joined Canach and a few other Pact soldiers in securing the passage into Verdant Brink just beyond Amber Sandfall. With the Pact Commander's arrival, the two had joined alongside Braham Eirsson, Marjory Delaqua, Kasmeer Meade, and Rox, and Taimi learned what had been happening to the party in her absence.

In Verdant Brink, the party encountered Laranthir of the Wild and other survivors and scouted to find Destiny's Edge members who had gone missing after the crash. They discovered that Mordremoth had managed to turn many sylvari to its side, forming the Mordrem Guard, while sylvari who were still loyal to the Pact were struggling with the voice of Mordremoth which was trying to overwhelm their minds.

While searching the jungle for any leads on the whereabouts of Destiny's Edge and Marshal Trahearne, the group encountered the Itzel hylek and agreed to help their village against the Mordrem assault. Taimi advocated for joining the Nuhoch Tizlak in taking the fight to the enemy. Once the Mordrem had been defeated, the Itzel and Nuhoch assisted the party in finding a trail that led to a nearby Mordrem prison camp which contained various Pact soldiers as well as Nightmare Courtiers.

After saving the prisoners, they found a cell which contained both Braham's mother Eir Stegalkin and Grand Duchess Faolain of the Nightmare Court. Despite misgivings about Faolain's appearance, they freed both women only for the pair to be ambushed by Mordrem Vineteeth, special hunters created by Mordremoth, one of which took Faolain while the other confronted and killed Eir. The party defeated the Vinetooth and left Braham to mourn his mother with Rox as his company, heading deeper into the jungle.

After entering Auric Basin, the party encountered the mysterious Ruka the Wanderer who was also opposed to Mordremoth along with his fellow Exalted. They found Caithe, who was in possession of Glint's Egg, nearby only to witness her being ambushed by Faolain who had been turned into a creature resembling the Vineteeth from earlier. The Commander took the egg and successfully delivered it to safety in Tarir, the Forgotten City while eluding Faolain.

Following Caithe's hasty departure, Taimi became fascinated with the Exalted's magic. After the Commander was separated from the rest by Faolain, the prodigy constructed holodiscs to leave as a trail, which helped the Commander catch up with the party. Upon Scruffy reading strange energy, Taimi left the group in search for it and, with the Commander's aid, reactivated a device that mapped out sources of ley energy across the Heart of Maguuma. This map revealed the location of not only the Elder Dragon Mordremoth, but the lost asuran city of Rata Novus.

Upon learning that the Rata Novans had allied with the Exalted before in studying the Elder Dragons, the Commander led Taimi, Braham, and Canach into a detour of the city while the rest of the group continued tracking the surviving members of Destiny's Edge through the jungle. The Commander's party found Rata Novus abandoned, wiped out by the chak, but Taimi was able to devise how to power the city back up to access their research. Just outside the city's "dragon lab", however, the party had become trapped, and Taimi decided to use Scruffy to reconnect a ley energy conductor, which overloaded Scruffy, destroying the golem. Unable to continue the journey into the jungle without mobility, Taimi decided it was best to remain behind in Rata Novus to look over the city's research and facilities while the rest of the party left to confront Mordremoth.

Living World Season 3[edit]

In the aftermath of Mordremoth's death, Taimi learned of the deaths of Faolain and Trahearne as well as the injuries Destiny's Edge members Logan Thackeray and Zojja had suffered in Mordrem captivity. By 1329 AE, she revealed the discovery of Rata Novus to her asuran peers. Although many asura followed to rebuild and study the lost city, Taimi kept the concealed dragon research laboratory as her own secret. She began several experiments based on the Elder Dragons, expanding Auric Basin's ley-energy map range across Tyria, and tried filtering different forms of magic through a preserved chak organ which she nicknamed Spencer. With the assistance of Moto, Taimi was able to boot up a virtual reality simulator below Rata Novus where users could practise fighting dragon minions.

Through her readings on ley-energy, Taimi was forced to tell the Pact Commander of foreboding news—the Elder Dragon Primordus had become active and traveled from the Shiverpeak Mountains to the southwest towards the Ring of Fire in search of magic released from Mordremoth's death. In response Taimi intentionally leaked the news amongst the Arcane Council, prompting them to send asuran resources to Ember Bay. She also handpicked a few trusted asuran associates to form the New Novus Krewe which would assist her in studying the Elder Dragons discreetly from more self-serving krewes.

Braham also sent word to his friends that another Elder Dragon, Jormag, had become active as well.

Path of Fire[edit]

While the Pact Commander traveled to the Crystal Desert in 1330 AE to stop the rogue god Balthazar from killing the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik and destroying Tyria in the process, Taimi remained in Tarir to watch over Aurene. However, Aurene began acting more and more aggressively over time, and Caithe and the Luminate discussed the issue with Taimi who stayed in contact with the Commander via a remote communication device.

They learned that Aurene was reacting to sensing her brother Vlast's death at the hands of Balthazar, and the trio did their best to try to calm the hatchling down. When Aurene sensed that Balthazar was about to kill the Commander, however, she escaped from Tarir and flew to the Crystal Desert while her caretakers could do nothing but watch helplessly as she departed.[4] Taimi tried to contact the Commander with important information during the Battle of Kodash Bazaar but the distortion caused by the magic unleashed in the clash between Balthazar and Kralkatorrik cut off her signal before the Commander could hear what she had to say.

When Phlunt had all but taken over Taimi's former lab in Rata Novus, Taimi decided to leave. She and Scruffy 2.0 flew to the Free City of Amnoon aboard Ellen Kiel's airship with representatives from Lion's Arch just in time to witness the Commander returning from vanquishing Balthazar. Taimi explained her reasons for traveling to Amnoon before learning that Kralkatorrik had absorbed most of Balthazar's energy. However, the conversation was cut short by Chief Councilor Imann who requested the Commander's presence to the party as the hero.

While the Commander delivered a speech to the eager festival audience, Rytlock filled Taimi in on what had happened in the desert. The sudden arrival of Marjory lifted the spirits of Dragon's Watch although their joy was cut short when a Brandstorm summoned by Kralkatorrik suddenly hit Amnoon. The storm was over shortly after, however, and Taimi decided to use the calm before the next storm to make one last call to her dragon lab. She pranked Phlunt by sounding like an angered Iron Legion charr before ending the call, feeling less sour about losing much of her research equipment to Phlunt's krewe.[4]

Living World Season 4[edit]

After the defeat of Balthazar, Taimi and Rytlock rendezvoused with the Commander in the Amnoon Southern Outskirts to discuss how to proceed with Kralkatorrik. Their discussion ended abruptly as another Brandstorm formed over Amnoon, prompting the Commander and Rytlock to save the city from the empowered Branded while Taimi stayed behind to run some analysis. As a Branded Griffon was about to attack the Commander during the battle, Taimi appeared and blasted the griffon using Scruffy 2.0's newly installed offensive capabilities. The group members, who were joined by Shadows Agent Kito and Canach, witnessed a shared vision from a grown Aurene that made them aware of the approaching threat of the Awakened and pointed them in the direction of Fahranur, the First City. The Commander then made their way over to the Domain of Istan to investigate the matter.

While the Commander was in Istan, Palawa Joko found and kidnapped Taimi in order to enter an Inquest lab set up in Fahranur so that he could launch his attacks on Tyria using asura gates. Although Taimi was reluctant to share information with him at first, Joko threatened her life and forced her to follow his commands. After learning that Taimi was in danger from an abruptly cut transmission, the Commander rushed to Fahranur, along with Canach, Rytlock, and Spearmarshal Zaeim, to rescue her. They were later joined by Rox and Braham, who got there via an asura gate that the Awakened had been using to enter Tyria. By the time they reached Taimi, they realized that Joko had overridden Scruffy 2.0's controls to trap Taimi inside of the golem and initiated an oxygen purge in order to suffocate her. Having no choice, the Commander had to destroy Scruffy 2.0 to break Taimi out. Although Taimi was saved, the near death experience left its mark on her.

In the time since the Fahranur lab attack, Taimi found the name of an Inquest scientist, Blish, and explained that he was her friend from college. While the Commander infiltrated Lab Sigma-05 in 1331 AE, Taimi learned that Gorrik, Blish's younger brother, had joined the Inquest as well. She expressed worry about the brothers' safety when Dragon's Watch found out that the Awakened had invaded the Inquest complex where the pair had been working in. While Dragon's Watch assaulted Rata Primus, the Inquest's base of operations in Sandswept Isles, Taimi stayed behind on Sayida the Sly's airship and waited for the brothers to be escorted out.

When Taimi saw that Blish had become a golem, she was intrigued by the idea, saying he was "free of life's frailties", while most had reacted with horror or revulsion. After learning that Blish had saved data related to Inquest studies on the Scarab Plague and Kralkatorrik, Taimi recruited the brothers to her krewe. The three of them began working together to study the notes Blish had been able to save on his hard drive.

Locations[edit]

Crystal Desert

Historical locations[edit]

Kryta
Maguuma Jungle
Shiverpeak Mountains
The Mists

Story involvement[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]

Note: As part of Always Time for Taimi, there is optional dialogue with Taimi during every Path of Fire story step while in the open world.

Living World Season 4[edit]

Event involvement[edit]

Historical events[edit]

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[Group Event] Hold the line! (34)

Combat abilities[edit]

Primary articles: Scruffy, Scruffy 2.0

Dialogue[edit]

For previous dialogue, see here.

I like what I'm seeing. The Zephyrites' approach to magic is unique, as in their attitude. Not so fond of what I'm hearing, though: I predict the "alas, alas" song is going to get on my nerves."
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You get used to it. How are you getting along with Jory and Kas?
Kasmeer is nice-like the big sister I never had. She never gets mad. Marjory does, though, so she's a bit of a bully...like the big sister I never had. Getting around her is a rewarding challenge.
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Just remember they're both on your side.
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So what's next for you and Scruffy?
Not sitting on the sidelines in some smelly old Vigil camp, that's for sure. The next time this little band of ours goes on an adventure, Scruffy and I are going to be there.
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I pity anyone who tries to stop you.
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How are you feeling?
Thank you for asking. My legs are good today discomfortwise
[sic]
, but I can't get complacent: my mobility is capricious, changing from one hour to the next. Luckily, Scruffy is always standing by.
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Glad to hear it.
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Good-bye.

Quotes[edit]

Greets
Got candy?
I'm behaving.
Hm. What?
Hello, hello, hello.
Oh, hi.
It wasn't me.
Look at me. I'm taller than you. (When inside Scruffy)
Greetings, organic creature. Just kidding, it's me in here. (When inside Scruffy)
I'm bored. Let's do something. (When inside Scruffy)
Built this thing myself. Check it out—classic vintage parts. (When inside Scruffy)
Ever combine limbic crystals and arcane reducers? I have! (When inside Scruffy)
Combat chatter
Woooo! Let's rumble. (When inside Scruffy)

Related achievements[edit]

Always Time for Taimi Crystal Desert.png Crystal Desert AP.png
Call Taimi and update her on your desert adventures after each step.You found time in your busy schedule to update Taimi on every event. Called Taimi AP.png
Called Taimi AP.png
Called Taimi AP.png
Avoid Traps Heart of Thorns Act 2.png Heart of Thorns: Act 2 AP.png
Find Taimi without stepping on any Mordrem traps.Story Mission: Strange Observations
Prerequisite: Strange Observations
Reward:Superior Sigil of Ruthlessness.png Superior Sigil of Ruthlessness
You found Taimi without falling victim to a Mordrem ambush. AP.png
Defender of the Tiny The Dragon's Reach, Part 2.png The Dragon's Reach, Part 2 15 AP.png
Protect Taimi from taking any damage while she controls her recalibration device.Story Instance: Recalibrating the Waypoints
Prerequisite: The Dragon's Reach, Part 2 Completed!
Reward:Story Journal chest.png Store of Edible Cactus
Protected Taimi while She Recalibrated 15 AP.png
Go Nuts with the Scanning Flashpoint.png Flashpoint AP.png
Find all unique objects and creatures in the Heart of the Volcano instance that respond to Taimi's scanner.A Scan a Day... 1/1 Scanned All Objects and Creatures in the Heart of the Volcano Instance AP.png
9/9 Scanned All Objects and Creatures in the Heart of the Volcano Instance AP.png
Leave No Survivors The Dragon's Reach, Part 1.png The Dragon's Reach, Part 1 15 AP.png
Vanquish every enemy group, including ambushes and traps, while helping Taimi collect parts for her device.Story Instance: The Waypoint Conundrum
Prerequisite: The Dragon's Reach, Part 1 Episode
Reward:Story Journal chest.png Store of Edible Cactus Fruit
Vanquished Every Enemy Group 15 AP.png
Mischief Maker The Dragon's Reach, Part 2.png The Dragon's Reach, Part 2 AP.png
Urge Taimi to yell at Braham during the recalibration device demonstration.Story Instance: Recalibrating the Waypoints
Prerequisite: The Dragon's Reach, Part 2 Completed!
Reward:Story Journal chest.png Ambrite Stash
Urged Taimi to Yell at Braham AP.png
Mushroom Conservationist Heart of Thorns Act 2.png Heart of Thorns: Act 2 AP.png
Help Taimi collect saurian bones without using more than 4 mushrooms.Story Mission: Strange Observations
Prerequisite: Strange Observations
Reward: 10  Sawgill Mushroom.png Sawgill Mushroom
You trapped saurians without using excess bait. AP.png
Nary a Pitfall The Dragon's Reach, Part 1.png The Dragon's Reach, Part 1 10 AP.png
Help Taimi gather parts for her device without triggering any traps.Story Instance: The Waypoint Conundrum
Prerequisite: The Dragon's Reach, Part 1 Episode
Reward:Story Journal chest.png Ambrite Cache
Helped Taimi Without Triggering Any Traps 10 AP.png
Raiders of the Lost Parts Edge of the Mists.png Edge of the Mists (living world achievements) 15 AP.png
Find and retrieve Taimi's golem parts from the Edge of the Mists.
Reward:Mini Chest of the Mists.png Mini Chest of the Mists
Golem Parts Retrieved 15 AP.png
Research in Rata Novus Out of the Shadows.png Out of the Shadows AP.png
Visit Taimi in Rata Novus, as requested.Journal: Research in Rata Novus Visited Taimi in Rata Novus AP.png
You Left This Daybreak.png Daybreak AP.png
Find Taimi's hair bow and return it to her.Story Instance: The First City
Reward:Sip of Liquid Karma.png Sip of Liquid Karma
Returned Taimi's Hair Bow AP.png

Gallery[edit]

Concept art
Screenshots
Miscellaneous

Notes[edit]

  • Taimi was introduced with the January 21, 2014 game update.
  • Taimi and Zommoros were the only NPCs initially represented by a drawing in the dialogue window. However, Taimi received an in-game image around the time of Path of Fire release.
  • The identities of Taimi's parents have remained unknown to this day although exploring them in the future is a possiblity.[5]

Trivia[edit]

See also[edit]

Associated items

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guild Wars 2 - Developer Behind the Scenes: All about Taimi, YouTube.com
  2. ^ a b Edge of the Mists
    Taimi: I was born this way. My legs were never strong enough to carry me very far. Don't pity me, though. I hate pity. And I don't need it because I do just fine for myself.
    <Character name>: I can see that. Can your legs be cured?
    Taimi: That remains to be seen. The degenerative effects of my condition may spread to other parts of my body as I get older, but for now it's just the legs.
  3. ^ Edge of the Mists
    <Character name>: So you're an orphan?
    Taimi: That's right. I've been a ward of the Rata Sum social-agency division—Progeny Protective Services—since I was a baby. But neither that nor my legs ever slowed me down much.
  4. ^ a b Dialogue with Taimi at Contact Points during various story steps in Path of Fire
  5. ^ Post by Mark Katzbach quoting Bobby Stein in "Dolyak Express Feb 10, 2014", Old Guild Wars 2 Official Forum (Archived)
  6. ^ Edge of the Mists
    Braham Eirsson: What's your story anyway, Tiny? How does a little thing like you get into such big trouble?
    Taimi: It's Taimi. And I'm a progeny prodigy. I've got important people fighting for the right to be my teacher.
  7. ^ Post by Scott McGough in "Taimi's Voice...", Old Guild Wars 2 Official Forum (Archived)