Zommoros

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Zommoros

Zommoros is a water djinn hailing from Elona, who resides within the Mystic Forge which is able to be moved.[1] He tends to speak through Miyani, rarely granting an audience to anyone else. Zommoros can change the forge's appearance when he feels festive for holidays.

During the Mythwright Gambit raid, adventurers may enter the Mystic Forge and come face to face with Zommoros himself in his realm.[2]

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Zommoros is a water djinn hailing from Elona, and his past is shrouded in mystery. It is implied, however, that he used to occupy the Lair of Zommoros within the Domain of Vabbi.[3] He made a high-stakes bet in a city in the sands and acquired a tool of creation known as the Mythwright Cauldron which he protected from falling into the wrong hands ever since.

Zommoros formed a rivalry with the fire djinn Qadim and, due to his addiction to gambling, ended up owing the fire djinn a great debt. He eventually met with the Elonian human Miyani when she discovered him and three other djinn arguing about which of the four elements was superior in the desert. When Miyani ended the argument by declaring that water was the most useful element to humanity and thus superior to other elements, Zommoros was pleased by the answer and guided her through the Crystal Desert as far as his disposition would allow him.

At some point, Zommoros was seemingly imprisoned in the Mystic Forge.[1] However, he was able to appear outside of his domain and leave it although he did not do so often.[4] Once he and Miyani had settled into Lion's Arch, Zommoros began speaking through Miyani, rarely granting audience to anyone else. The djinn also contracted various skritt to work for him in the Forge and used the power within to craft various legendary weapon replicas for adventurers who were willing to pay the price for them. He spent some of his time designing various concepts for legendary weapons and relics although he ended up discarding some of these concepts due to them being unwieldy, dangerous, or otherwise disconcerting for focus groups. Zommoros also attempted to enlarge minipets into megapets, but the transformation resulted in the megapets becoming aggressive until they were turned back into minipets.[5]

Despite spending much time together, Zommoros never told much about himself to his human companion, instead choosing to tell stories of Elona to ease Miyani's mind about the fate of her people under Palawa Joko's oppressive regime. However, Zommoros hid his loneliness under a boastful and arrogant attitude while secretly yearning for companionship, and he liked having Miyani to talk to despite their occasional quarrels. He acquired a taste for wine, gathering adventurers' and gamblers' offerings in his wine collection in the Mystic Forge. After decades of tasting various products, he ultimately declared Jackspruce Jacaranda as the best wine.

At some point in the past, the enigmatic wizard Isgarren visited the Mystic Forge in search of special compounds. Zommoros only learned of the visit afterwards and, due to lack of proper skritt documenting, he was unable to find any record of what items the wizard had tossed into the Forge and what he had received in return. The djinn hoped that Isgarren returned one day so he could inquire the wizard about the nature of his work and where he had been. However, no one had heard of Isgarren for a long time, and Zommoros pondered if something had happened to the wizard since the previous visit.[4]

Living World Season 1[edit]

In 1326 AE, a swarm of unidentified crustacean creatures invaded Lion's Arch. After the initial attack had been thwarted, adventurers sought out Miyani for any information about these mysterious new creatures. She let them briefly converse with Zommoros who spoke about ancient times, claiming to remember when the world was emptier and the continents were a different shape, and revealed the identity of the new enemy as the karka. Zommoros suggested that the adventurers seek out other ocean dwellers such as quaggan, hylek, and largos for more information about the karka, refusing to discuss the matter further as he grew bored of the conversation.[6] Despite his boasts about knowing ancient times, however, Zommoros was often unreliable with his narration, and could not be used as a source to ascertain how long different aquatic races had existed and whether any of them had witnessed previous Elder Dragon awakenings.[7]

During Scarlet Briar's invasion of Lion's Arch, the Mystic Forge was relocated to the Vigil Keep where Zommoros continued providing his services to adventurers. Once Lion's Arch had been reclaimed, the Mystic Forge returned to the city and was given a prominent spot in the eventually rebuilt mercantile area. Some of the skritt refugees from the destruction of Lion's Arch were attracted to the Forge, and Zommoros gladly added them to his roster of employees.

At some point Zommoros contracted the thief Lemark to steal powerful items for him and sent him to various locations around the world to seek them out on missions that lasted for months. However, upon the thief's return to Lion's Arch and hearing him demand a cut as per their contract, the djinn showed anger and warned Lemark not to use the contract against him. However, Lemark remained adamant and pressed the issue by presenting his magically binding contract which compelled Zommoros to carry out the thief's demand. With a twisted smile, Zommoros provided the object Lemark had wanted, the Reaper of Souls, but in so doing took the thief's life in return.[8]

Mythwright Gambit[edit]

In 1331 AE, Zommoros appeared outside the Mystic Forge alongside his skritt assistants with experienced showmanship, inviting people for a tour of the Forge to discover its mysteries. Upon encountering the visitors, who consisted of Scholar Glenna and curious raiders, he made them sign a seemingly innocent and lengthy contract before allowing them deeper into his realm. The raiders quickly realized that Zommoros's magical contract bound them to the Mystic Forge until they fought as his champions in a bid against his rival djinn Qadim who had arrived in the Forge to demand a challenge consisting of three intense combat encounters between the two djinn's respective champions for high stakes.

Once the raiders had defeated Qadim's three champions ranging from the menacing Conjured Amalgamate to the skilled largos twins Kenut and Nikare, Zommoros confronted Qadim and demanded that his debt be cleared and that he also be paid what he had owed Qadim in return. Angered at being bested and realizing what the true power within the Mystic Forge was, Qadim revealed his plan to not only add Zommoros to his menagerie of exotic specimens but also take over the Mythwright Cauldron and use its power to create living, legendary creatures. Horrified, Zommoros revealed that he had deliberately built the Mystic Forge to conceal and protect the Mythwright Cauldron from falling into the wrong hands and warned Qadim not to attempt creating life with it as it could result in twisted horrors emerging.

Ignoring djinn laws and the water djinn's warning, Qadim breached the Mythwright Cauldron where Zommoros and the raiders confronted him in battle. Using his magic, Qadim imprisoned Zommoros in his lamp where the water djinn remained until the raiders broke him free. Upon escaping the fire djinn's lamp, Zommoros aided the raiders in their fight against Qadim with his magic and learned that the fire djinn's ultimate plan was to unleash the horrors created with the Cauldron to wipe out the "unworthy" races from the face of Tyria and become the supreme ruler of all djinn. Disgusted, Zommoros called Qadim mad for succumbing to lust for power.

After a fierce battle, Zommoros and the raiders prevailed over Qadim who fell into the Mythwright Cauldron. However, they witnessed the fire djinn emerging in a shadowy form soon after and gleefully fleeing from the realm while Qadim's lamp lost its power. Zommoros speculated that exposure to the Cauldron's magic had changed Qadim in unexpected ways although he could not say how.

Word of the clash between Zommoros and Qadim spread to Jahai Bluffs in Elona where the Order of Shadows placed bounties on dangerous specimens which had appeared in the region after escaping from Qadim's menagerie.[9][10]

Locations[edit]

Crystal Desert
Kryta

Historical locations[edit]

Kryta

Dialogue[edit]

For historical dialogue, see here.

Lion's Arch[edit]

  • Every 2 hours [verification requested] Zommoros and skritt come out of the forge. The skritt throw down bags of loot that contain junk items and a few crafting materials.
Mystic Forge Skritt: Make way for the mighty Zommoros!
Zommoros: Citizens of Lion's Arch, have you experienced the wonder of the Mystic Forge? The spectacle? Dare I ask...the CHALLENGE?
Mystic Forge Skritt: Zommoros, Zommoros! How does the Mystic Forge work?
Zommoros: I know what you're asking yourselves: Zommoros, how does it work? The Mystic Forge is an enigma, A mystery!
Mystic Forge Skritt: A mystery! A mystery!
Zommoros: Well, not anymore! I am happy to announce that a special tour will grand a chosen few access to the forge's secrets.
Mystic Forge Skritt: So many secrets! HOW MANY SECRETS?
Zommoros: Not all of them! but still, a lot! If you're one of the lucky few to get an invite, feel free to drop in.
Mystic Forge Skritt: Come, come! Into the Mystic Forge!

Mythwright Gambit[edit]

Before Conjured Amalgamate in Mythwright Gambit
I promise I'll explain, but not with that giant whatever-it-is threatening my forge!
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I'd rather you explain everything right now.
Zommoros: With that giant monster looming overhead? Have you lost your mind? One thing at a time!
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Fine, but you've got a lot of explaining to do.
Re-entering when the wing is cleared
So, Qadim's gone, which is good! Of course, he's been...altered by the cauldron, so there's no telling what he might do next. That aside, thank you for helping me save the Mystic Forge!
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Just promise me you won't go making bets again.
Zommoros: I'll be more careful from now on. I almost lost the forge. Which means you almost lost the forge.
Zommoros: Too many people depend on me. I won't let them down again.
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So, the cauldron is where legendary weapons and armor are made?
Zommoros: Yes, indeed. Each one requires a very specific combination of items, as you surely know.
Zommoros: Any time an adventurer throws them down, the skritt summon me straightaway. It's always a momentous occasion.
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Did you build the Mythwright Cauldron?
Zommoros: I did not! I...you could say I acquired it.
<Character name>: Acquired? How?
Zommoros: Oh, it's a very boring story about a high-stakes bet and a lost city in the sands. Blah, blah, blah. I'm yawning just thinking about it.
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See you later.

Notes[edit]

  • Zommoros and Taimi are the only two NPCs to have been represented by artwork in the dialogue window. However, this was only during The Lost Shores.
  • The ambient dialogue with Zommoros and the skritt in Lion's Arch was released alongside the Mythwright Gambit raid. The dialogue triggers every other hour and ends with skritt throwing loot at the audience which can be claimed once a day.

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