The Ruined City of Arah
The Ruined City of Arah
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Arah was once the city of the human gods. Even after the deities quit this sphere, it remained a golden, shining place ... until the folly of man sank it beneath the waves. Yet worse was still to come. The Elder Dragon awoke, and pulled Orr from its watery grave, and raised hordes of undead minions from the twisted wreckage. Now Zhaitan's minions infest this place. We must rise above them if we hope to confront the Elder Dragon.
The Ruined City of Arah (or simply Arah), once called the City of the Gods, was the home of the Six Human Gods and marks where they first arrived on Tyria from the Mists. After the fall of Abaddon, the remaining Five Gods left during the Exodus of the Gods. Afterwards, the Orrians made Arah the capital of Orr and continued to maintain the city in hopes of the gods' eventual return. In the vaults of Arah, Vizier Khilbron retrieved forbidden scrolls that caused The Cataclysm, which sunk Orr.
- Historical modes
|Arsenal of the Blessed||—|
|Courts of the Highborn Kings||—|
|Crypts of the Dreaming Dead||
|Death in the Sky (only in Victory or Death)||
|Estates of the Favored||
|Giant's Causeway (only in Victory or Death)||
|Inquest Base Brawn Zeleph|
|Nave of Arah|
|The Divine Piazza||
|The Dragontooth Defense (only in Victory or Death)||
|The Elder Dragon's Lair (only in Victory or Death)||
|The Ghostlamp Way||—|
|The Godpath Gardens|
|The Grand Basilica|
|The Grand Temple of the Pantheon|
|The Heavencrystal Palace|
|The Rotten Armada||
|The Shattered Cleft||
|The Vaults of the Hidden|
|The Vaults of Holiness||
- The following Points of Interest appear in explorable mode, but make reference to landmarks that can only be seen in Victory or Death.
- Salvage of the "Lady Livia"
- Salvage of the "Whitebear's Pride"
- Salvage of the "Riannoc's Dream"
- In-game description for Arah when clicking on Shards of Zhaitan:
Here there be dragons.
— Map description.
- "Here be dragons" (hic sunt dracones in Latin) means dangerous or unexplored territories, in imitation of a medieval practice of putting illustrations of dragons, sea monsters and other mythological creatures on uncharted areas of maps where potential dangers were thought to exist. 
- "Here be Dragons" is also the name of Zhaitan's theme song.