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Xera

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Xera's illusionary form.

Our time is now. We rise from the shadows to claim what is ours!

— Xera

Xera is the High Inquisitor of the White Mantle. She serves as the final boss of the Stronghold of the Faithful raid wing.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Xera was a faithful servant of the White Mantle cult and eventually rose in the ranks to become the High Inquisitor who was second in power only to the Confessor of the White Mantle.[1] She was dedicated to her task and purged nonbelievers among the White Mantle, particularly those following Justiciar Caudecus. Her investigations prompted her to write to Caudecus to express her concern over how many of the Justiciar's followers were straying from the goal of serving the Unseen Ones.[2]

Xera also dedicated years to searching clues for the hidden refuge of Lazarus the Dire, the last of the White Mantle's mursaat overlords. After learning of the aspects being scattered across the White Mantle's holy sites throughout Maguuma Jungle, she left to gather them. Xera's absence, as well as Caudecus's success on discrediting Queen Jennah, prompted Confessor Esthel to name Caudecus the second-in-command of the White Mantle.[3]

After Confessor Esthel had perished in a Shining Blade raid to the Mantle's Krytan hideout, Confessor Caudecus succeeded her as the leader of the White Mantle in 1325 AE and made Xera his second-in-command. However, the new Confessor wanted to focus on weaponizing Bloodstone shards to help him take over the Krytan throne rather than on Operation Rebirth to revive the wounded Lazarus whose aspects Xera had successfully retrieved.[4]

Displeased by the new Confessor's goals, Xera, Justiciar Bauer and other likeminded zealots decided to continue working on Operation Rebirth as their primary objective behind Caudecus's back.[5] They spent years trying to figure out how to harness the Bloodstone's power and feed it to Lazarus, and once they were close to breakthrough, Xera relocated to the Stronghold of the Faithful in the Forsaken Thicket to oversee Operation Rebirth from there.

Stronghold of the Faithful[edit]

By 1329 AE, Scholar Glenna and a group of raiders assisting the Pact entered Forsaken Thicket while investigating strange disappearances in the region and discovered a heavy White Mantle presence. They fought their way past sentries to the Stronghold of the Faithful. Xera's attempts to stop them by sending both the cultists and her creations such as the Keep Construct to fight them proved to be futile. She even accidentally slipped up during her gloating by revealing the White Mantle's plans to revive Lazarus, which clued the raiders in on what she and the cultists were really up to.

Xera resolved to draw power from nearby Bloodstone shards to enhance her mesmer magic and altered the stronghold into a twisted castle to distract the raiders.[6][7] When the raiders managed to navigate through the twisted castle, Xera finally confronted them herself and fought them as a last resort to buy more time for Lazarus to be fully revived. Although she perished in battle, Xera had ultimately succeeded to stall the raiders long enough that they did not find any mursaat in the revival chamber by the time they got there.

However, unbeknownst to Xera and the raiders at the time, Justiciar Bauer had been working for Caudecus and had secretly swapped one of the artifacts imbued with Lazarus's aspects with a fake to ensure that the ritual to revive the mursaat would fail even if Xera could carry it out.[8]

Location[edit]

Heart of Maguuma

Walkthrough[edit]

Primary article: Stronghold of the Faithful#Xera

Combat abilities[edit]

Abilities
  • High Inquisitor of the White Mantle
Behavior
  • Summons Phantasms and soldiers
  • Twists reality to her will
Effects

DefianceDefiance bar teal.png

  • Vulnerable to crowd control periodically.
  • When the defiance bar is active, Bloodstone Fragments will spawn at a much higher rate.
  • When defiance is active, Xera takes 80% reduced Power and Condition damage.
Effects applied only to bloodstone fragments and players not on the center platform.
  • Target!.png Bending Chaos - Magic penetrates your body, causing internal chaos. After ten stacks, you will be overpowered.
  • Shifting Chaos.png Shifting Chaos - Magic penetrates your body, causing internal chaos. After ten stacks, you will be overpowered.
  • Twisting Chaos.png Twisting Chaos - Magic penetrates your body, causing internal chaos. After ten stacks, you will be overpowered.
  • Bloodstone Protection.png Bloodstone Protection - The imbued bloodstone is being shielded by Xera and is immune to damage.
Skills
  • Cerebral Slash - Xera slashes at players cutting straight into their minds.
  • Temporal Shred -
  • Tormenting Dredge -
  • Confounding Frenzy - Xera unleashes a flurry of attacks, each hit stacking Confusion.png Confusion
Stolen skills

Quotes[edit]

Your life is mine.
Who wants to die first?
What are you waiting for?
Go ahead—make the first move.
How does it feel to make it so far only to fail?

Drops[edit]

Primary article: Xera's Chest

Related achievements[edit]

Stats of encounter relevant enemies[edit]

Enemy Health Defiance Bar
Xera (after 50%) 25,560,600 1 2,000
Xera 22,611,300 2,000
Xera's Phantasm 737,325
Bloodstone Shard (side platform) 343,620
White Mantle Knight 162,684
Bloodstone Shard (main platform) 104,580
White Mantle Seeker/Battle Mage 74,259
1 Xera's maximum health goes up after 50% but she spawns with half of that value in the second phase so 12,280,300 HP.

Notes[edit]

  • Xera has 2597 armor (1374 toughness and 1223 defense), yet the Xera clone on the first platform (which has to be killed to start the fight) has 3208 armor (1985 toughness and 1223 defense).
  • Xera has a 48 range diameter hitbox, which is considered small.

See also[edit]

Associated items

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guild Chat episode 41: Out of the Shadows story Andrew Gray: Xera was a High Inquisitor. Caudecus is the actual Confessor. Confessor is the highest rank of the White Mantle. [...] Caudecus is the leader; Xera was prolly directly under him.
  2. ^ Master of Puppets High Inquisitor Xera: Justiciar Caudecus, my inquisitors have found yet another nonbeliever among your forces. We've purged her by fire as an example to the others, but I am doubtful she'll be the last. It concerns me deeply that so many among our order—and specifically, those under your command—seem to have forgotten our true purpose: to serve the Unseen Ones. If I didn't know better, I'd be questioning just how dedicated you are to the cause.
  3. ^ Master of Puppets Confessor Esthel: Justiciar Caudecus, the Unseen Ones smile upon us. After years of searching, High Inquisitor Xera has found a lead on the refuge of our injured god, Lazarus. It would appear that, after he was betrayed by Justicar Naveed over two centuries ago, Lazarus was forced to re-split himself into aspects to contain the corruption. Once imbued into artifacts, these aspects were scattered across the Maguuma Jungle and sites sacred to our order. And it is now our charge to gather these aspects. In her absence—and in light of your success discrediting the impostor on the Krytan throne—I am naming you second-in-command of the White Mantle. Do not disappoint me.
  4. ^ Guild Chat episode 41: Out of the Shadows story Andrew Gray: The thought process was Caudecus was [Confessor Esthel's] successor.
  5. ^ Justiciar Bauer's Memoirs Justiciar Bauer: Knowing the confessor's priorities, I emphasized the potential weaponization of the bloodstone's power and mentioned Operation Rebirth as only a secondary objective. I hate to be dishonest about our true intentions, but I am sure a faithful servant of the Unseen Ones such as the confessor will be forgiven when face-to-face with our god!
  6. ^ Post by Bobby Stein in "*Raid Spoilers* Wing 3, Season 3, Expansion 2", Old Guild Wars 2 Official Forum (Archived)
  7. ^ Post by Bobby Stein in "*Raid Spoilers* Wing 3, Season 3, Expansion 2", Old Guild Wars 2 Official Forum (Archived)
  8. ^ Master of Puppets Justiciar Bauer: Confessor, It wasn't easy, but I managed to swap the artifacts as you requested—just in time, too. Xera took off north without so much as a word. I wish I could be there when the smug zealot's ritual fails, when her followers turn on her and come crawling back to us. Perhaps I'll allow some to return. But most will be fed to the bloodstone. I'm sure you've delayed your relocation to the queen's palace for as long as you can, so I'll find a way to get in touch with you there going forward. Until then, Confessor.