The Jade Sea
Hundreds of years ago, the Jade Wind petrified everything it touched—even the waters off Cantha’s coastline. Luxon nomads adapted to a world where seafaring happens on foot, and modern innovators are still finding uses for the Jade Sea’s unusual bounty.
— Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons - The Jade Sea
The Jade Sea is an inland sea within the continent of Cantha. Many years ago the Jade Sea was navigable for Luxons ships; after the Jade Wind occurred when Shiro Tagachi unleashed it, the sea became petrified in literal jade. Many years have passed, and the Jade Sea has begun to melt and return to its watery form in certain parts. The Jade Sea's original blueish turquoise color has turned more vibrant green after being hit by the magic released by the Elder Dragon Zhaitan's fall.
Prior to the devastating Jade Wind, the Jade Sea was a normal inland sea, so named for its color. At some point, the Luxons arrived and made their homes in the waters, choosing to become a nomadic group sailing across the clear waters. Alongside the Luxons, peaceful naga inhabited the sea, trading with humans and peacefully living along the shoreline.
In 1382 CC (872 AE), Emperor Angsiyan arrived at the Harvest Temple for an annual prayer to the goddess Dwayna. His bodyguard, Shiro Tagachi, influenced by the fallen god Abaddon, struck the emperor down to absorb his soul and the magic gifted by Dwayna, and was soon slain by the assassin Vizu and the Kurzick and Luxon champions Saint Viktor and Archemorus who had arrived to avenge the fallen emperor. However, in his last moments, Shiro let out a magically charged death wail that petrified the sea, turning everything in it to literal jade.
Leviathans froze in blocks of jade where they lay. With their habitat turned to stone, local sealife adapted to become land-dwelling. Far beneath the surface, the Deep formed, where the demon Kanaxai would spread his influence to gradually turn Luxons who breached too close to his domain mad. The naga population dwindled to the point that only twenty or so individuals remained, and they blamed all Canthan humans for the catastrophe and began viewing humans as enemies.
After the Jade Wind, the Luxons attempted to adapt to the familiar water now transformed into unfamiliar, strange crystal formations. They began mining pure Jadeite from the sea, to be sold to the people of the Empire of the Dragon.
The Jade Sea has changed quite a bit in the following 250 years; much of the sea has been melting and returning to its watery form. However, there is still a large part of the sea frozen, and what is now the Xunlai Jade Quarry is completely empty of jade and houses an entire mining town.
The jade is mined to be used in jade tech such as Jade Mechs, making modern day Cantha depend on it. Following the Elder Dragon Zhaitan's fall in 1835 CC (1325 AE), some of the released magic rippled through the land, following the ley lines, and found its way to the Harvest Temple. A magical green blush formed there and spread throughout Dragon's End, replacing the jade's original blueish turquoise color.
|Following the death of the Elder Dragon of Water and Life, Soo-Won, the Brotherhood's miners in Gyala Delve began to be plagued by visions and shadowy creatures, along with demonic oni.|
Geography and climate
The Jade Sea is an inland sea within the continent of Cantha that lies east of the Echovald Forest and south of the Great Turtle Highlands. Centuries ago before the Jade Wind the region was navigable for the ships of the luxons and animal life was prosperous. After the Jade Wind, the region was petrified to this day, making navigation impossible, fishing and the life that was petrified.
Although you usually see some fish or certain parts of the marine ecosystem, like some waves that have been petrified, over time. However, this was seen in a positive way, since with the petrified sea, it has been used to extract the jade from the place, therefore, it has several mines and quarries where the mineral is extracted for the manufacture and development of technology that supplies the Dragon Empire. But this has also affected the region due to its extraction, causing some areas to be terraforming, such as the case of the Xunlai Jade Quarry, where before I used to see jade, it is now a town, this could to a certain extent be harmful.
In recent years, certain parts of the sea have begun to melt and return to their watery form, however, much of the region is still petrified. With the death of the Elder Dragon Zhaitan the magic struck the sea, causing it to turn a vibrant green, leaving its original color which was a bluish turquoise.
- Concept art
Appearance the Jade Sea in Guild Wars.
- Associated items
- Block of the Solid Ocean
- Chunk of the Solid Ocean
- Crystal Block of the Solid Ocean
- Fragments of the Solid Ocean
- Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons - The Jade Sea, YouTube.com
- Guild Chat - Jade Sea Map Tour, YouTube.com