Time for a lore lesson. Guild Wars 2 occurs 250 years beyond the happenings in Guild Wars 1. In between this time, a lot will undoubtedly happen in Tyria (and beyond). I would guess that we will learn a lot of the changes in-game. ArenaNet likes to leave a lot of crumbs so lore-happy fans can piece together things like civilizations, cultures, metaphysics, history, etc. They are also releasing three novels via a deal with Pocket Books that will give vignettes of the changes that occurred across a quarter millennium.
The first is going to be titled Guild Wars: Fall of Ascalon by Matt Forbeck. He just shipped off his first draft, and he speculates that the book might be released February 23, 2010. Well after the events of Guild Wars 1, the Charr (humanoid cat-chimera race) cleansed the corruption from within their warlike race and once again began their assault on the human kingdom of Ascalon, which was still mostly in ruins from the first Guild Wars game, Prophecies. As they began the final push on the capital city of Ascalon, King Adelbern used his god-forged sword to sacrifice the remaining defenders of Ascalon. The power of the sword reanimated the humans it killed, and the remaining Charr were forced to withdraw. Matt Forbeck’s novel likely covers these events as well as the creation of the last Ascalonian stronghold, Ebonhawke.
One very astute fan found possible evidence of the second (or third) Guild Wars novel. It seems that [J.] Robert King was commenting on Matt Forbeck’s blog about how “Guild Wars is a great world to write in.” With some further research on King’s own website, he notes that he is writing Dragonrise – an epic fantasy novel published by Pocket Books in 2010. This is pretty darn good evidence of another Guild Wars book, if you ask me.
While the Charr story pretty well sets up one region for Guild Wars 2. The world conflict seems to be against The Dragons. We met two powerful dragons in Guild Wars 1, but they were mere youths – not worthy of a capital “D.” The events in Eye of the North set back the awakening of Primordus two generations when his most powerful general, the Great Destroyer was killed. He still yet arose, and he was only the first. The awakening of the Dragons was world changing: destroying cities, creating new races, and humbling the gods. If J. Robert King is writing a book on these happenings, I think it will be one to watch for. I suppose later this year ArenaNet will come out with a press release on these books.
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