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The Key of Ahdashim

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Map of The Key of Ahdashim

Levels
80
Type
Raid
Region
Crystal Desert
Connects to
Domain of Vabbi
API
API

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Loading screen

After the events in the Mystic Forge, Qadim has returned home to the Hidden City of Ahdashim to usurp a great power. Seek the Key and the cardinals for guidance into the hallowed city walls and stop Qadim from destroying not only the djinn, but also the natural balance of the world.

— In-game description

The Key of Ahdashim[1] is the seventh raid wing introduced into the game.

It was released on June 11, 2019

Getting there[edit]

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Zommoros

A Hidden City


To Scholar Glenna and the esteemed champions of the Forge:

I hope you are doing well, my friends. I myself am thriving at the Mystic Forge, thanks of course to my foresight in recruiting you to stand before that bag of wind, Qadim.

I've received word he's entered our home city of Ahdashim. But all my attempts to communicate with the city have since been blocked. I would seek out the monster myself, but the Forge requires my attention. And my exile has not been lifted (a minor bureaucratic oversight, I'm sure...).

There is great power within Ahdashim—power that Qadim might seek to take for himself. I implore you to head to the citiy in my stead. If anyone knows what's going on there it'll be the Key of Ahdashim. Seek the Key and the cardinals.
Keep Ahdashim safe.

XOXO,

Zommoros

Locations[edit]

Area Area objectives
Prism Sanctuary
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Gates of Ahdashim
Leystone Axis
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Key's Fountain
Fractured Conservatory
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Nirvana's Ascent
Basalt Arena
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Earthen Shrine
Sovereign's Stadium
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Well of Ahdashim

Objectives[edit]

  • Talk to Glenna
  • Get Glenna and the Key to Ahdashim's front gate.
  • Clear a path through the Branded so Glenna can collect fragments of the Key
    • South Courtyard
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    • Southwest Courtyard
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    • Northwest Courtyard
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    • North Courtyard
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    • Key Fragments Recovered: 0/4
      • Protect Glenna until she unlocks the gate, or defeat all the Branded champions
      • Scholar Glenna
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      • Gate unlocked in: 5:00
      • Champion Branded Djinn: 0/3
  • Restore the Key of Ahdashim's Body
  • Listen in on the conversation.
  • Cardinals of Ahdashim Defeated: 0/2
    • Head to either the Basalt Arena or the Fractured Conservatory
  • Access the Basalt Arena
    • Earth Elemental killed: 0/1
  • Defeat Cardinal Adina.
    • Cardinal Adina
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    • Time remaining: 8:00
    • Destroy the stone hands: 0/2 (at 75% boss health)
    • Destroy the stone hands: 0/4 (at 50% and 25% boss health)
  • Return to the Leystone Axis.
  • Access the Fractured Conservatory.
  • Wisps killed: 0/4
  • Defeat Cardinal Sabir.
    • Cardinal Sabir
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    • Time remaining: 9:00
  • Return to the Leystone Axis.
  • Listen in on the conversation.
  • Follow the Key of Ahdashim
  • Engage Qadim the Peerless.
  • Defeat Qadim the Peerless.
    • Qadim the Peerless
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    • Time remaining: 12:00

Walkthrough[edit]

Cardinal Adina[edit]

Health: 22,611,300 (24,872,430 if the Challenge Mote is active)
Enrage Timer: 8 minutes
Enrage Effect: Vengeance (Mordrem).png Enraged — Increases outgoing damage by 200%
Adina Arena throughout the fight. It changes every 25% and after the hand phases.

Every 25% of her Hitpoints, Adina uses a rotating earth wall attack with two rays (three with the Challenge Mote activated) that will do one full 360 degree rotation. She is invulnerable during that attack and will kill anyone who is hit by it. The attack is however blockable but hits very fast in a short time frame. Afterwards, she will restructure the arena (see image) and spawn hands that attack the players. Two hands at 75% and four hands at 50%/25%. Once the hands are killed, she restructures the arena again.

Cardinal Sabir[edit]

Health: 29,493,000 (32,442,300 if the Challenge Mote is active)
Enrage Timer: 9 minutes
Enrage Effect: Vengeance (Mordrem).png Enraged — Increases outgoing damage by 200%
Platforms in the Cardinal Sabir fight. The red arrows show the trajectory of the small (white) tornados. Two on the inner one and four on the outer one. The orange tornado only spawns at 50% and persists until the end of the fight.

The fight consists of multiple platforms that you have to traverse. The main fight happening on three big platforms as can be seen in the sketch image, phases are 100-80%, 80-60% and 60-0%. In between there is always a transition over 5 smaller platforms where the squad has to ascend to the next big platform. Starting at 80%, small white tornados that can lift players high up into the air are added to the main platform. Their movement pattern can be seen in the image as well. In the third phase, starting at 60%, their movement direction is reversed. Starting at 50% boss HP, a big orange lethal tornado starts circling the platform as well.

Qadim the Peerless[edit]

Health: 47,188,800 (51,000,000 if the Challenge Mote is active)
Enrage Timer: 12 minutes
Enrage Effect:
Entropic Distortions' walking patterns in the Qadim the Peerless fight. Note: If a pylon is not broken yet or a player hasn't claimed it yet [verification requested] (tethered to it via special action key), the distortion will walk towards the nearest broken/claimed pylon or Qadim, if no pylon is player-friendly.

The fight begins by breaking the Pylons and 1 player tethering to each. A total of nine orbs will spawn in the center of the blue circles (as seen above) over the fight. These must be taken to a pylon but each can only accept 3 total. At 80% all players are lifted in the air and drop a few seconds later leaving a large lava field. You again have to break the pillars and tether. Starting from this point Entropic Distortions begin to spawn. They move towards the nearest claimed pylon and attact any players nearby. You must break their bar to damage them. At 60% players are again lifted then dropped to place more lava circles and re-break the pylons. When Qadim the Peerless reaches 40% he goes invlunerable and destroys the northern pylon. The group must break the remaining two (and tether) to continue. This occurs again at 30% and 20% breaking the western and eastern pylons respectively.

NPCs[edit]

Allies[edit]

Asura
Djinn
Elementals
Skritt

Foes[edit]

Branded
Djinn
Elementals

Objects[edit]

Books
Miscellaneous

Dialogue[edit]

See also: Key of Ahdashim#Dialogue, Scholar Glenna (The Key of Ahdashim)#Dialogue

Upon entering the starting area:

Scholar Glenna: Hey! The gang's all here. But the gate's all the way over there. And the front yard's kinda hostile.
Key of Ahdashim: Perhaps a little more respect for the Great City of Ahdashim? I am the Key; and you are on my doorstep, outsider.
Scholar Glenna: There's an orb talking to me. Again. The accounts...didn't describe this accurately. Why aren't you on the gate?
Key of Ahdashim: There was an incident.
Scholar Glenna: Is that incident named Qadim? Zommoros sent us.
Key of Ahdashim: Of course he did. Zommoros has always acted without thinking.
<Character name>: Could we maybe discuss this inside? Those open rifts are making me nervous.
Key of Ahdashim: Gather all the pieces of me Qadim scattered around the courtyard. I must be at the gate to open it.
<Character name>: We'll clear the way and collect your parts as we go.

Reclaiming the Key of Ahdashim's pieces:

Scholar Glenna: Gotcha! Wow, you weren't kidding about your pieces. Qadim must really have an axe to grind with you.
Key of Ahdashim: Tantrums have ever been his style. And now his attempt to drain our ley line can be added to the list.
Scholar Glenna: You're not exactly a djinn, I take it. What are you?
Key of Ahdashim: Consider me Ahdashim's steward. I was made by the djinn as the first foundation stone was laid.
Scholar Glenna: You know, I expected the legendary Ahdashim barrier to be stronger than this.
Key of Ahdashim: Our ecosystem was designed for perfect balance. Qadim's unnatural presence is a catastrophe we did not foresee.
Scholar Glenna: Must've been a lot safer here, back when the Vabbi princes hid from Joko.
Key of Ahdashim: Ahdashim wasn't erected as a refuge for human princes. We were here well before Joko. And after, it seems.

Reaching the door to Ahdashim:

Scholar Glenna: I feel like these rifts are just waiting to spit out more bad guys...
Scholar Glenna: So... knock, knock.
Key of Ahdashim: Qadim sabotaged the mechanism. I cannot repair it in my current state.
Scholar Glenna: Right, lack of hands. Okay, walk me through it.
Scholar Glenna: Guys, buy us time.

Opening the door:

Scholar Glenna: I would love to know how you managed to meld ley and elemental djinn energies without causing a cataclysmic event.
Key of Ahdashim: We have our own way of doing things. Tourists need not be privy to such information.
Scholar Glenna: You do realize we're here to help you, right?
Key of Ahdashim: Take me to the fountain up ahead. It will restore me.
Scholar Glenna: We're inside Ahdashim! Our once-in-a-lifetime chance to see djinn in their natural habitat!
Key of Ahdashim: The djinn are not an exotic species for Priory study, little scholar. Remember, you are but guests in this house.
Scholar Glenna: Well, magically speaking, your house seems to be listing to the side. I'm getting wildly unstable readings here.
<Character name>: Shouldn't your cardinals be trying to stabilize the city?
Key of Ahdashim: Qadim killed Water and Fire. The remaining two have been seduced.
Key of Ahdashim: But do not concern yourselves. It is a djinn affair.
<Character name>: Well, given the crowds of living djinn in here, I'd say we're your best option.
Key of Ahdashim: Wonderful. Now, be on your—
Qadim the Peerless: Oh, Key. Whole again, are we? How did you like being cast aside, the fate of djinn decided by "Qadim the Peerless"?
Key of Ahdashim: Just because you've stolen a chair does not mean the seat at the table belongs to you.
Qadim the Peerless: Your Ahdashim will crumble; my domain will rise from the rubble. Be ready to bow to me in the world that comes after.
<Character name>: What'll happen if he succeeds in draining the ley line completely?
Key of Ahdashim: Devastation. Ahdashim will fall. A void of corruption will spread to every djinn and beyond, to nature itself.
Scholar Glenna: Okay. So, really suboptimal for all of us. How do we restore the power balance?
Key of Ahdashim: Air and Earth. Both traitors must be dispatched before Qadim's hold on the ley line can be loosened.
Scholar Glenna: Good luck. I'll see if I can get the Key to open up a little more.
Scholar Glenna: In be just like talking to my great-aunt Kitta. Only I'm less likely to get whacked with a spoon.

Approaching Sabir:

Cardinal Sabir: I'm your superior. This was the best choice. I saw which way the winds were blowing—and Qadim holds the bellows.
Voltaic Wisp: (whirring chirrup question)
Cardinal Sabir: Sure, the backdraft is destroying the city. But just think of it as a remodel.
<Character name>: You're supposed to protect the air djinn, not help Qadim bring Ahdashim down around their ears.
Cardinal Sabir: Qadim is a foregone conclusion. He's already accessed the Well of Ahdashim...

Engaging Sabir:

Cardinal Sabir: The fracas is finished! You're wasting your time and mine.

After bringing Sabir's health down to 80%:

Cardinal Sabir: Why should I fight and lose when I can acquiesce to the inevitable and survive?

After engaging Sabir on the second platform:

Cardinal Sabir: Why attack me for having the intellect and foresight to keep my position when others lost theirs?

After bringing Sabir's health down to 60%:

Cardinal Sabir: The first to join the winning side reaps the greatest rewards.

After engaging Sabir on the final platform:

Cardinal Sabir: Just look at me now—higher than ever!

When Sabir uses Unbridled Tempest, one of the following:

Cardinal Sabir: You cannot win against this impending tempest!
Cardinal Sabir: Best to be quick in these volatile times!

After bringing Sabir's health down to 50%, one of the following:

Cardinal Sabir: Blow away from here! We are not your concern.
Cardinal Sabir: Bend with the changing winds, or break.
Cardinal Sabir: I am not the one left twisting in the winds!

After bringing Sabir's health down to 40%/30%/20%/10%, one of the following:

Cardinal Sabir: Question my choices, and I will cripple you.
Cardinal Sabir: You cannot move against what's coming!

Once Sabir (or Adina) is defeated:

Scholar Glenna: You sure impacted the city's energy balance. But I think it's getting more volatile.
<Character name>: The Key did say both cardinals have to be gone to level the field.
Scholar Glenna: Yeah... The Key's definitely keeping something from us...
Scholar Glenna: Stop being evasive! My guys kill a cardinal, and you and this pylon light up like chak.
Key of Ahdashim: Of course. A lesser djinn cannot hope to inherit a cardinal's power to anchor the city.
Scholar Glenna: You mean you've absorbed both the backlash of elemental energy AND a kick from the ley line?
Key of Ahdashim: Would you prefer the released power flow straight to Qadim? Or whip wild through Ahdashim, destroying all in its path?
Scholar Glenna: What I would prefer is that you let me help you! Allies shares information. Or they lose.

Approaching Cardinal Adina

Cardinal Adina: You tread upon Ahdashim's sacred soil? You who are lower even than the lowest of djinn?
Cardinal Adina: Qadim will seal the rightful supremacy of djinn. Our power will shake the very mountains.
<Character name>: Your alliance with Qadim is tearing your city apart.
Cardinal Adina: What he destroys, I shall rebuild.

Engaging Adina:

Cardinal Adina: Come then! You won't live to see Qadim's dominion. Or mine.

When Adina signals her "look away" mechanic, one of the following:

Cardinal Adina: Glory to earth! All others cower!
Cardinal Adina: The new dawn will find you wanting.
Cardinal Adina: You will be blinded by the brilliance of my rise!
Cardinal Adina: (roar)

After bringing Adina's health down to 75%:

Cardinal Adina: Earth shall inherit all. I've already risen above the Cardinals of Water and Fire. Air is no more than chatter.

After bringing Adina's health down to 50%:

<Character name>: Your power play is destroying the balance.
Cardinal Adina: The balance is outworn.

After bringing Adina's health down to 25%:

Cardinal Adina: Why should there be four cardinals when one alone can command the power?

After bringing Adina's health down to 5%:

Cardinal Adina: You idiots! You've ruined everything!

After defeating the second cardinal and returning to the Key:

Scholar Glenna: Head back here. I have a theory I'm gonna test—and I'd rather have you all as backup... just in case...
Key of Ahdashim: Your champions did well. Their tactics—
Key of Ahdashim: (yell)
<Character name>: What did you do?
Scholar Glenna: I knew it! The pylon, the fountain, you, the cardinals—it's all connected to the ley line. And to Qadim!
Qadim the Peerless: I warned you. Did you think I was joking?
Scholar Glenna: I've made you a—
Key of Ahdashim: You tamper with energies you do not understand.
Scholar Glenna: But I do understand ley lines. Here, use this flux disruptor on the pylons. It'll break Qadim's connection to them.
Key of Ahdashim: I will not see djinn weaknesses exploited by you inside our own home. The fate of djinn is not for outsiders to determine.
<Character name>: We're ready to do whatever it takes to defeat Qadim and save all the djinn. Are you?
Key of Ahdashim: Our power is only meant to be handed by djinn. But I can dampen the effects on you using the Well of Ahdashim.
Scholar Glenna: Could we reconfigure the well to reverse the flow and drain Qadim of power?
Key of Ahdashim: As long as his stolen power channels to me. If the city is lost, I'll ensure the infection won't spread beyond Ahdashim.
Scholar Glenna: What happens if the Key gets all that power, and we have another Qadim on our hands?
<Character name>: First, let's handle the villain we know. And we'll deal with whatever comes after... after.

The Key opens the final door

Scholar Glenna: That's Qadim? What the flux has he become?
Qadim the Peerless: Have you come to witness history? To see how I have risen high above the station in which you would have me rot?
Key of Ahdashim: You are an abomination, Qadim. And a disappointment.
Qadim the Peerless: Your words hold sway no longer, Key.
<Character name>: You're definitely bigger and uglier than you were at the Mystic Forge. But you still won't win.
Qadim the Peerless: "Champions" over toys and lesser djinn. You're not playing Zommoros's foolish games today.
<Character name>: You underestimated us last time, Qadim. Didn't work out so well.
Qadim the Peerless: I am something you've never faced before. And never will again.

Engaging Qadim

Qadim the Peerless: Not one of you can hope to defeat me now.
Qadim the Peerless: Step aside. Every moment has been leading me to this victory. Over my inferiors, over the Key, over Ahdashim.
Key of Ahdashim: You had great potential once, Qadim, despite your flaws. Now you are not even djinn. You are an outsider.
Qadim the Peerless: Because you passed me over! You preferred lesser djinn. Now reap the seeds you've sown.
<Character name>: Are you so ruled by the past that you'd destroy the future?
Qadim the Peerless: Yes.
<Character name>: The Key's right, all the power you've taken has corrupted you.
Qadim the Peerless: I warned you. Did you think I was joking?
Qadim the Peerless: I emerged from the Forge with greater vision. The future will be I what I deem it to be.
Qadim the Peerless: Since you hunger for my power, have a taste!
Qadim the Peerless: This power is meant for someone greater. Me!
Qadim the Peerless: This is MY power—MY destiny!
Qadim the Peerless: It's MINE!
Qadim the Peerless: I would've brought Ahdashim to glory!

Cinematic upon defeating Qadim:

Qadim the Peerless: (scream)
Qadim explodes, and the Key of Ahdashim gathers his unbound magic seemingly to absorb it before she suddenly unleashes it instead.
Scholar Glenna: Ahdashim's energy structure is completely changed. What's happening?
As it leaves Ahdashim, the unleashed magic clears the Brandstorm around the Domain of Vabbi.
Key of Ahdashim: An evolution.
Some of the magic is absorbed by water djinn at the Palace of Aban.
Key of Ahdashim: Never again will a few djinn control the destiny of all.
Some of the magic is absorbed by fire djinn at the Temple of Atar.
Key of Ahdashim: Now every djinn shall be connected to Ahdashim and its energy.
Some of the magic is absorbed by earth djinn at the Hanging Gardens and Zommoros at the Mystic Forge.
Key of Ahdashim: We will share the burden and the power. As your champions do.
Dozens of newly empowered djinn appear at Sovereign's Stadium and converge around the Key of Ahdashim.

Message upon clearing the raid:

Ahdashim stands—changed, but still strong.
Additional dialogue with djinn hiding as elements

Interacting with a puddle of water near the Cardinal of Water's remains:

  • Quietly sobs*
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Excuse me...
What has the world come to? Does djinn life mean so little?
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This was your friend?
Not my friend, she was my cardinal. The greatest one water has ever known. How dare he!
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He? Qadim? You saw him kill her?
Saw it. Felt it. Qadim slaughtered her like an animal.
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What do you mean, you "felt it?"
She was cut down, and we were cut off from the pulse of Ahdashim's power. Qadim is killing us all.
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I'm sorry for your loss.
That does me no good.
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I'll leave you to it then.
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You're a djinn? Why are you in this form?
There's solace in our elements. It's also a good way
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make us smaller targets.
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So Qadim won't attack you if you're in your elements?
Why should he? We pose no challenge and have no hope against him. He even cut down his own cardinal like it was nothing!
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Won't you even fight back?
Would you try to fight a flood with a single urn?
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You never know what might turn the tide.
Seek destruction then. And leave me to my grief.
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As you wish.
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I'll leave you to your grief.
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How do puddles cry? Sorry. That was insensitive.

Speaking with embers near the entrance to the Sovereign's Stadium before engaging Qadim:

It's the end of days! Qadim will bring the end!
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Have some faith. The fight hasn't even begun.
Is there something wrong with your sight? Look at that monster! What are you against that?
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Guess you'll just have to watch and find out.

Speaking with a pile of earth near the entrance to the Basalt Arena before engaging Adina:

Who are you? You shouldn't be here!
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Why's your cardinal siding with Qadim?
Go away!
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I've got work to do anyway.

Speaking with a pile of earth near the entrance to the Basalt Arena after defeating Adina but before engaging Qadim:

Even with Adina destroyed, Qadim's blight still spreads.
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How did Qadim get within Ahdashim's guard in the first place?
He's djinn—no matter how...altered. All have the right to an audience with the cardinals or the Key.
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You're saying the cardinals had no choice?
Oh, they had choices. They just made those long ago. Now evil has returned to roost. It's a wonder it took this long.
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The Mystic Forge made Qadim what he is.
It certainly transformed his power—but the nature it built upon was already there. Qadim is a by-product of the system. In some ways, I understand the rage he's brought to bear.
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How can you say that? Your home is falling down around us because of him.
Perhaps. Or perhaps it does so because we've undermined the foundations to begin with.
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Regardless, Qadim is the problem we all face now.

Speaking with a tornado at the southeastern corner of the Fractured Conservatory before engaging Sabir:

Can you not see the chaos above you? This is no time to talk!
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"Good point. I'll be back in a bit.

Speaking with a tornado at the southeastern corner of the Fractured Conservatory after defeating Sabir but before engaging Qadim:

Do not judge Sabir's intellect or reasoning. He did what he thought was best for us.
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Really? He seemed sort of selfish to me.
He was not himself in the end. The deaths of the other cardinals gave Air and Earth more influence than any element should have.
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What do you mean by that?
Having too much of our element is just as bad as not having enough. We lose our sense of self and our better judgment.
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Who will replace Sabir as your cardinal now?
The Key will evaluate the most likely candidates and decide who is best suited.
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You're pretty forthcoming for a djinn...
Considering the extenuating circumstances, I would think the free movement of ideas and information might be our only hope.
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We'll take all the weapons we can get for the fight ahead.

Gallery[edit]

Screenshots
Miscellaneous

Trivia[edit]

  • During the development of the raid wing, discussions included topics such as whether to address the fates of Goren and his dragon ward Shiny from Guild Wars Nightfall and in what manner. Ultimately the designers settled on paying a small tribute to Goren via his grave. They chose to keep Shiny's fate unknown, however, as creating a new saltspray dragon model for Shiny would have been time-consuming, its appearance and lack of involvement in encounters did not thematically fit into the story being told in the raid, and it was not referenced in any of the books due to not wanting to reduce it to an unsatisfying side story in case the dragon ever appears in the future.[2]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Don’t Forget to Select Your Attributes in Today’s Release!
  2. ^ Guild Chat Episode 87 - The Key of Ahdashim Tracey West: The brutal answer is if we were to include Shiny, that would have been a whole new model to get the saltspray dragon looking right. [...] Usually we have the bosses get their own models and everything from the game standpoint. If we referenced Shiny, it probably would've still had to have been text which wouldn't have been super satisfying anyway. It would've been a side story; people would've probably wanted Shiny to actually play a role in encounters, which was never intended. So, we kind of just want to leave it as a tantalizing "You imagine what happened to Shiny. Shiny's still out there." We didn't say it got destroyed when Qadim came through or anything. Maybe Shiny escaped. Maybe we'll meet Shiny again.