Brain, not brawn, will change the world.
Zojja is a highly respected asuran elementalist, golemancer and a member of the College of Synergetics. She was an extremely skilled apprentice of the famed inventor Snaff and a member of Destiny's Edge; each (privately) regarded the other as being a genius, an unusual bond to have between asura. Even after Snaff's death, Zojja continues to hold a high view of her former mentor, and as such has developed a hatred for the Inquest, specifically Kudu, a former apprentice of Snaff's who has reappropriated his research for evil.
Zojja took Snaff's old lab as her own, and can be found there when not out adventuring. She often has a short temper, especially when Snaff is mentioned. She has taken on a special ward of her own, Taimi, whom she adores very much, mirroring how she and Snaff once were, albeit with Taimi being much younger and thus subject to Zojja's guardian-like behavior. Zojja's personal golem is Mr. Sparkles.
Zojja became Snaff's apprentice after the latter had parted ways with the previous apprentice, Kudu. The pair joined forces with the norn Eir Stegalkin and the dire wolf Garm and formed an adventuring group known as Dragonspawn's Destiny to take down the Elder Dragon Jormag's champion called the Dragonspawn in 1319 AE.
After failing to defeat the champion, they heard tales about a heroic band called Edge of Steel—an adventuring group with the charr Rytlock Brimstone, the human Logan Thackeray, and the sylvari Caithe—and decided to recruit them into their ranks to even the odds. Dragonspawn's Destiny traversed to Lion's Arch where they bested Edge of Steel in gladiatorial combat and commissioned the trio to join forces with them to help defeat the Dragonspawn.
After defeating the Dragonspawn, they combined their respective groups' names and formed Destiny's Edge. The new guild continued to adventure together, successfully hunting down other dragon champions such as the Destroyer of Life and Morgus Lethe and becoming famous throughout Tyria.
In 1320 AE, Grand Duchess Faolain of the Nightmare Court sought out Caithe and, in an attempt to sway her former lover to her side, informed her that the previous struggles of Destiny's Edge against dragon champions had amounted to nothing as the Elder Dragons would continue to rise. According to Faolain, the Nightmare Court had learned that Glint, a legendary dragon from the Crystal Desert who had aided humanity in the past, had kept her loyalties concealed and was preparing for the rise of Kralkatorrik as his champion. Caithe delivered the troubling news to her companions in Destiny's Edge who were torn about the reveal as they did not trust Faolain and were aware of Glint's actions against the enemies to Tyria in the past. Despite their initial misgivings about Glint's suggested treachery, however, Destiny's Edge resolved to seek out Glint's lair in the Crystal Desert and had the blessing of Queen Jennah, who was equally torn about the decision, to stop Glint before the dragon could help her master return to the world.
Glint had foreseen the coming of Destiny's Edge, however, and waited for them in her lair. Glint and Destiny's Edge clashed briefly, and she easily defeated the guild during the confrontation. She realized that Destiny's Edge had good intentions and had been led astray, however, so she decided to tell them the truth to end the battle: she had once served Kralkatorrik but would do so no longer and was acting against her former master who would inevitably rise.
Sensing Glint's earnesty, Destiny's Edge was swayed to her side and suggested that she should fight alongside them against Kralkatorrik. Glint was surprised when Eir and Snaff hatched a plan to use the Dragonsblood Spear and Kralkatorrik's crystalline blood, which Glint had gathered in her lair, to subdue the Elder Dragon for the finishing blow. Realizing that they might be able to stop Kralkatorrik as long as they worked together to use their respective strengths in battle, Glint chose to fight alongside Destiny's Edge.
As Glint had foreseen, Kralkatorrik awoke once more and sought her out for her betrayal. Logan's sudden departure to protect Queen Jennah in the Ogre Revolt weakened Destiny's Edge, however, but Eir believed in their chances and chose to confront the Elder Dragon according to the original battle plan regardless of Glint's warning. Although at first they were able to stand up to Kralkatorrik, the Elder Dragon proved to be a powerful adversary. Sensing that they only had once chance of defeating her former master, Glint sacrificed herself in Kralkatorrik's jaws to put a yoke Snaff had made from crystallized dragon blood on the Elder Dragon. The established link allowed Snaff to access Kralkatorrik's mind and force him to land while the Elder Dragon was distracted.
However, Logan's absence affected the fighting capabilities of Destiny's Edge. They were unable to protect Snaff from Kralkatorrik's Branded minions which killed Snaff and allowed the Elder Dragon to wrestle free and flee the area before Rytlock could use the Dragonsblood Spear to harm him. Having barely survived the battle, Destiny's Edge mourned the loss of Glint and Snaff and disbanded out of grief and anger, leaving their dragon ally where she had fallen.
After Destiny's Edge had broken apart, Zojja began to blame Eir for the guild's failure and venerated her fallen mentor. Having buried Snaff's remains under the floor of his old lab which she took over herself, she established the Snaff Prize—a competition to present the best project before the Arcane Council—and began working to protect Snaff's research, making much of it inaccessible to the public. She assigned CHR-P as her golem assistant in the lab, making it take care of the lab whenever she was out on errands. As her skills developed and her research continued, Zojja became known as the foremost authority of golems in the world, and she purchased a golem, Mr. Sparkles, from Flummox who was in need of money.
Kudu, Snaff's earlier apprentice and an important figure in the Inquest, became Zojja's archenemy because he corrupted Snaff's discoveries on draconic energies. The two asura clashed over the years with Zojja doing her best to stop Kudu whenever she could although he always eluded her. During this time Zojja also befriended a young asura who would come to be known as the Snaff Savant.
In 1325 AE, Zojja discovered one of the Savant's potential inventions called the Infinity Ball. It had been designed to show a glimpse of a potential future but its stabilizer had not been stable enough so it had been shelved. Believing that the promising invention could be repurposed into something useful, Zojja contacted the Savant and called in another promising genius, Shodd, to help with the invention before leaving to take care of errands. Upon learning of the dangerous tests that the Savant and Shodd had conducted, the angered Zojja warned them not to meddle with the dangerous invention any longer.
Shodd would not give up so close to success, however, and suggested that he and the Savant should either get the power source from the Inquest or High Councillor Flax's crozier. After successfully acquiring the power source, the pair conducted the final experiment with the properly adjusted Infinity Ball at the Wendon Steps only to be found by Zojja who tried to stop them before their actions could endanger the world.
However, the portal which the Infinity Ball had created was already opening up to a seemingly alternate, future version of Tyria from which a Mysterious Stranger and Grand Vice Admiral Shodd, alternate selves of the Savant and Shodd, appeared. The doppelgangers claimed to have conquered their realm with steam creatures and revealed their intentions to conquer the Tyria they had now entered by getting rid of the Savant, Shodd and Zojja who stood in their way. After a fierce fight, the portal was closed and the evil doppelgangers and their mechanical minions were defeated. Despite nearly losing his life, Shodd was intrigued by the prospect of becoming a vice admiral and still saw potential in using the Infinity Ball again. Having wisened up, however, the Savant decided to shelve the project for good while telling Shodd, whose short-sighted ambition had gotten the pair in trouble one time too many, to shut up forever with Zojja's approval.
Zojja later developed an interest in the three Orders and their goal to fight the Elder Dragons, proclaiming it to be part of a 'long-term plan' which she never explained. However, after a failed attempt by Caithe to reunite Destiny's Edge in Lion's Arch, Zojja turned her focus solely to confronting Kudu and the Inquest who were abusing Snaff's research.
As part of the asuran delegation, Zojja joined Logan at a party celebrating the Ebonhawke Treaty in Minister Caudecus's manor. However, her true goal was to search for humans who had been recently buying Snaff's stolen discoveries. Together with Logan and the Pact Commander, she uncovered a Separatist plot by the inventor Uzolan and Captain Monique DeLana to kidnap Queen Jennah and other delegates, and helped them track down the energy source of Uzolan's Prototype Golem which had teleported the kidnapped guests to a remote location in the manor. After saving the queen and the delegates from the Separatists, Zojja was annoyed that Uzolan had lost his life in the clash and could not provide her with further details. Despite the setback, she intended to continue the hunt for whoever had sold Snaff's discoveries to Uzolan as she was not willing to let anyone steal her late mentor's creations.
Upon learning of the Battle of Claw Island, Zojja made a bet with an old college friend that the Savant would find a way to reclaim the island from the Elder Dragon Zhaitan's Risen minions, and won a hundred platinum coins after Claw Island had been liberated as she had predicted. She also used the opportunity to annoy the Arcane Council with the news of the Savant's deeds.
Zojja's search eventually led her to Sorrow's Embrace where she discovered that the culprit behind selling Snaff's inventions had been none other than Kudu who was now working to persuade the dredge to join forces with the Inquest. Caithe and Eir tried to join Zojja who sent Eir away in anger after blaming her for Snaff's death. Zojja, along with Caithe and the Pact Commander, succeeded in foiling Kudu's plan with the dredge and defeated the unleashed Iron Forgeman although Kudu managed to flee once again.
Later, Zojja went to the Crucible of Eternity, a massive Inquest lab in Mount Maelstrom headed by Kudu, and continued to brush off Eir's attempts at reconciliation. Together with Logan, Rytlock and the Pact Commander, she confronted Kudu only to discover that her archenemy had corrupted himself with dragon energy while experimenting on crosscorruption possibilities on test subjects. After a fierce clash, Kudu was finally felled but not before he unleashed his greatest creation, the crosscorrupted Kudu's Monster, to kill the party. However, Zojja and her allies defeated the monster and left the facility. Having seen former rivals Logan and Rytlock reconcile and work together in the Crucible of Eternity, Zojja promised to think things over about Eir.
Zojja eventually joined the Pact's airship fleet in the battle against Zhaitan in the skies above Arah. She had helped develop the MEGA-LIT cannon with research taken from Kudu, Snaff, and Professor Gorr, and utilized the cannon aboard the Pact's flagship known as The Glory of Tyria to cripple and ultimately fell the weakened Elder Dragon. Following the victory over Zhaitan, Destiny's Edge returned to the Pact's base of Fort Trinity and walked in with the Pact Commander while their Pact allies welcomed them with cheers. Having reconciled, Eir told Zojja that Snaff would be proud, and Zojja, despite being sarcastic, did ultimately agree while looking forward to taking the fight to the other Elder Dragons.
Despite the victory over Zhaitan and planning to face other Elder Dragons, Zojja and the rest of Destiny's Edge ultimately returned to their homes to deal with forces threatening their respective homelands while the Pact made preparations to take the fight to the next Elder Dragon on its list. At some point Zojja and Vorpp competed for the right to be mentor to the promising progeny Taimi. However, Taimi eventually ran away from Rata Sum to research Scarlet Briar, whose alliances had been causing trouble throughout Central Tyria in 1326 AE, on her own. Zojja tried to ground Taimi but in vain.
Following the Battle for Lion's Arch which saw the end of Scarlet and the scattering of her alliance, Zojja ultimately became Taimi's sole mentor. She punished Taimi for roaming the refugee camp by giving her extra calculations to work on. At the time Taimi believed that Zojja only cared for her record as a college mentor instead of caring for Taimi herself, and thought that she was not designed for Zojja's College of Synergetics but for the College of Statics.
In 1327 AE, Taimi reached out to Zojja and explained how Scarlet's actions had awakened the Elder Dragon Mordremoth whose Mordrem were now spreading to Central Tyria. Zojja was asked to persuade the Arcane Council to send an asuran representative to a summit held at the Grove so the world leaders could discuss the ever increasing threat that Mordremoth posed, and arranged for Taimi to meet with Councillor Phlunt. Following the Mordrem assault on the World Summit, the representatives of the nations agreed upon funding the Pact's campaign to the Heart of Maguuma where Mordremoth was suspected to stage Mordrem assaults from.
In 1328 AE, Destiny's Edge reunited at Camp Resolve in the Silverwastes where they helped Pact Marshal Trahearne prepare to take the fight to the Elder Dragon. Upon learning that the Pact Commander was searching for the missing Glint's Egg and would not join the guild on the impending assault, Zojja noted that it was important to save the future dragon hatchling so it could be raised to become an ally of Tyria instead of an enemy. She also revealed to the Commander that she disliked Phlunt for trying to take ownership of Taimi's device, and cared deeply for Taimi although she was not willing to let Taimi know it yet as she felt the time was not right to reveal her feelings.
With Marshal Trahearne's orders, the Pact Fleet entered the Heart of Maguuma to put an end to Mordremoth before it would grow too powerful. Zojja joined the Pact, Eir, Logan, Garm and Mr. Sparkles aboard The Glory of Tyria in the skies above Verdant Brink. As the fleet began bombarding the jungle, it was ambushed by Mordremoth and its Mordrem minions who assaulted the airships from the ground with rapidly extending vines.
Before the Pact could recover from the surprise attack, Mordremoth sent its mental call to the sylvari among the Pact, turning many of them against their former allies. Logan and his companions were cornered and fought off the crazed sylvari alongside Trahearne until The Glory of Tyria sustained heavy damage and crashed into the jungle below. Logan held on to Zojja while trying to flee from the doomed airship, but his efforts were in vain.
After Mordremoth had brought down the Pact Fleet, Logan, Eir, Trahearne and Zojja were captured by the Mordrem and the turned sylvari who had begun calling themselves the Mordrem Guard, while Mr. Sparkles was broken beyond repair and Garm went missing. The prisoners were divided into multiple groups in preparation for being transportated to Dragon's Stand, and Logan, Trahearne and Zojja were separated from Eir. While en route to Mordremoth's domain through Tangled Depths, the trio sacrificed their own chance at freedom by creating a diversion so the rest of the prisoners in their group, including Lieutenant Morrison and Magister Humli, could get away. Once Logan and Zojja reached Dragon's Stand, they were separated from Trahearne and placed in Mordrem Pods which would keep them trapped but alive while their bodies would be used as templates for new, improved army of Mordrem which Mordremoth intended to unleash on Central Tyria.
By the time the Pact Commander, Canach and Marjory Delaqua reached Dragon's Stand, they were presented with the choice of either trying to reach the Mordrem Pod which was holding Logan, or the one holding Zojja. The prisoner, whom the Commander had left for the rest of the party to save, spawned corrupted Mordrem clones to fight while Grand Duchess Faolain, who had been captured and turned into Mordremoth's minion, mocked the party's efforts to save the trapped prisoner. The clones of Zojja begged to be killed while attacking the party, and the party ultimately defeated them. When the second pod was opened, the Destiny's Edge member found within appeared unconscious.
If Zojja was saved first, she mistook Marjory for Eir, revealed she could not see, and kept asking about Taimi. She also inquired about Rytlock's absence after being briefly reunited with him, only to receive a vague answer about traversing the Mists from the charr who told him that the Commander's party was just as capable of handling threats as Destiny's Edge had been. By the time the party encountered Faolain again on their way to Mordremoth, Kasmeer Meade teleported Logan and Zojja out and took them to safety with Rox.
The time spent in the Mordrem Pod had greatly weakened Zojja whose brain had been injured, and she was still recovering by the time of Eir's memorial service in 1329 AE. There was gossip among researchers in Rata Novus that Zojja was scrambled and drooling, which in their view explained why Taimi was out in Rata Novus on her own.
After dying in the rogue god Balthazar's ambush in 1330 AE, the Pact Commander's soul appeared in the Domain of the Lost where all spirits which experience sudden, violent deaths end up in. While recovering their name and remembering their purpose to be properly judged, the Commander was subjected to fragmented visions of past deeds, during which Zojja's memory was briefly visible.
- Rata Sum
- Crucible of Eternity (story)
- Chapter 1: Experiments Gone Wrong
- Explosive Intellect
- Statics path
- Dynamics path
- Synergetics path
- Chapter 2: Interested Parties
- Chapter 3: Rescue Researcher
- Chapter 4: Order Neophyte
- Chapter 6: The Battle of Claw Island
- Chapter 8: Victory or Death
- Episode 5: Echoes of the Past
- Episode 6: Tangled Paths
- Episode 8: Point of No Return
- Act IV
- Act III
- The Departing (as a memory)
- Arc Lightning - Cast an arc of electricity at your foe.
- Lightning Strike - Strike your foe with lightning.
- Blind your foe with a flash of light. Blinding Flash -
- projectiles. Swirling Winds - Create a swirling wind that blocks
- Knock down your foe with a charged wind blast. Gale -
- You have something to discuss?
- Nothing's exploded, right?
- How can you be helped?
- You have my attention.
A Nightmare illusion of Zojja during Twilight Arbor (story).
- Zojja (Hallucination).jpg
Hallucination of Zojja during Nightmare Chamber.
Zojja being used as a clone template in the Mordrem Pod.
- Concept art
- Zojja wears tier 3 Asura cultural armor, Savant armor. Her nemesis, Kudu, wears a mirrored version of it.
- Zojja is voiced by Felicia Day.
- "Zojja and Mr. Sparkles" in the Guild Wars 2 soundtrack is named after her.
- According to Edge of Destiny, Zojja is approximately 3'7" tall.
- Zojja is Bertie's favorite member of Destiny's Edge.
- Zojja has once jokingly suggested that the Pact Commander amounts to 74.3 percent of the firepower of Destiny's Edge.
- In early story drafts of Guild Wars 2, the male asura Flummox, then known as Gixx, was the original iconic asura in Destiny's Edge. He was ultimately replaced by Zojja who inherited both his role in the guild and Mr. Sparkles as a personal golem, while the name Gixx would be used for the leader of the Durmand Priory.
- Zojja was in earlier drafts of A Bug in the System release but was cut out in the rewrites when the narrative designers realized that they would have had two Living World Season 4 episodes in a row with a female asura genius being captured and threatened by the bad guy.
- Associated items
- ^ "Chapter 17: Contest", Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King:
- Snaff winced as a chirurgeon set a hot towel on his shoulder. "The fact is, you three aren't gladiators."
- "Aren't we?" barked Rytlock.
- Snaff shook his head. "Of course not. You're heroes. You don't need to fight trumped-up battles against prearranged foes." He looked around at the stone ceiling. "You should be out beneath the sky, fighting real monsters."
- Rytlock, Logan, and Caithe looked at each other, unsure what to say.
- Snaff sighed. "We went after you because you were the heroes we needed. We set this whole thing up, crossed continents, designed golems, bet with our own lives to win your billet and to win you to our side. Yes, we can force you to join us, but we don't want henchmen. We want heroes."
- ^ "Chapter 25: Drawing the Poison", Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King:
- Faolain was there to spread the blackness through Caithe. It is a fool's errand you are on. You have killed dragon champions but have not faced a true dragon. And, even now, another is coming into the world. It will destroy you unless you join me!
- Caithe lurched, hurling Faolain's hands back from her heart. She looked wildly around, then locked eyes with Faolain. How can you know this? How can any mortal?
- Faolain blinked. The same way you know. We watch. We see the new dragon's champion preparing for it. A champion by the name of Glint.
- A new champion?
- An old one, her loyalties long concealed. [...]
- "What is this champion called?" asked Eir.
- "She's another dragon—a lesser dragon," Caithe said, "though ancient in her own right. Humans call her Glint."
- "Glint!" Logan said. "The Glint? Keeper of the Flame-seeker Prophecies?"
- "The same," Caithe said.
- "Are you kidding me? She helped stop the Lich Lord. She helped stop the titans," Logan went on. "Why would she turn against us?"
- Caithe looked levelly at him. "Glint is the champion of the one who rises."
- "Glint is a friend of humanity," Logan argued.
- "Very few of us are human," said Zojja.
- ^ Golem Positioning System <Character name>: Don't panic yet. Zojja is the foremost authority on golems in the world, and she already stated her interest in the MIG. If anyone can help, it's her.
- ^ Forging the Pact Letter from Zojja: Savant, I have to thank you. You just won me a hundred platinum from an old college friend. After I heard that Claw Island had been overrun, I bet them that you'd be the one to solve the problem and break all the dragon's toys. It's easy to be proud of you when I also get to rub it into the Arcane Council's faces. Ha!
- ^ Edge of the Mists
- Taimi: Parents? Ha! All I've got are bossy grown-ups. As to what they'll say—Braham will make more bellowing noises, Zojja will try to ground me...again...and Vorpp will just sigh and shake his head. [...]
- Taimi: Zojja tells me to do stuff all the time. So does Vorpp. I don't listen to them, either.
- ^ The Dead End (Aftermath)
- Braham Eirsson: Did you get in trouble for roaming the camp?
- Taimi: No. Yes. Zojja gave me extra calculations as a punishment, and I never got to see Scarlet.
- Braham Eirsson: Sounds like Zojja cares about you.
- Taimi: No, she doesn't. She cares about her record. If I do well, it reflects positively on her as my college mentor.
- Braham Eirsson: So you don't like Zojja's college?
- Taimi: I was not designed to be in Synergetics. I was designed for Statics.
- ^ Rallying Call
- Braham Eirsson: Before I head to Hoelbrak, I should find Taimi. She's in Rata Sum. Maybe she can talk to Zojja about getting an asuran leader at the summit.
- Kasmeer Meade: But in their minds, she's just a student. No one there pays much attention to her.
- Braham Eirsson: I know, but she's got Zojja's ear. It's worth a shot. If she fails, we'll send in the boss to convince Zojja. They're friends.
- ^ The Waypoint Conundrum
- Taimi: I talked to Zojja, just like Braham asked me to. She got me in to see Councillor Phlunt. It was all great until I made the mistake of mentioning my device. [...]
- Arcane Council Guard: Agreed. The council has been too lenient with Zojja since Snaff's passing. Her recent activities are especially concerning.
- ^ Torn from the Sky <Character name>: (if asura) Hey, that's Mr. Sparkles, my old pal Zojja's golem. But she'd never leave him like this...unless she was even worse off.
- ^ Roots of Terror
- Lieutenant Morrison: Yes. Marshal Trahearne, Zojja, and Captain Thackeray created a diversion so a few of us could escape.
- <Character name>: You were with them! Are they here?
- Lieutenant Morrison: I'm afraid not. They sacrificed their own chance at freedom so we could get away. The Mordrem took them.
- ^ City of Hope <Character name>: Mordremoth is using Logan, Zojja, and Trahearne... If we don't get to them soon, we'll be fighting an army of them.
- ^ Behind the Scenes of All or Nothing Interview with Mike Zadorojny, Linsey Murdock and Armand Constantine, buffed.de (translated) Linsey Murdock, Design Lead: Zojja was badly wounded in the fight against Mordremoth. The blighting pods have attacked the greatest strengths of Logan and Zojja. For Logan it was his physical talent, but for Zojja it was her mind. Traumatic brain injuries can lead to a long healing process and often have ongoing negative effects. I think Zojja's loved ones want to protect her from the ongoing conflict so she can concentrate on her recovery.
- ^ Eir's Memorial in Hoelbrak
- <Character Name>: Have you heard from Zojja or Logan? I was crossing my fingers they'd be well enough to make this.
- Rytlock Brimstone: Still both laid up on my last visit.
- ^ Research in Rata Novus Researcher: I heard Zojja's scrambled. Drooling. Explains why Taimi's out here on her own.
- ^ Return to Camp Resolve Zojja: What? You're 74.3 percent of our firepower all by yourself!
- ^ Mr. Sparkles, A Tale of the Asura
- ^ Posts by Peter Fries in "Destiny's Edge?", Guild Wars 2 Official Forums