Norn week is in full swing with an overview post on Monday and a two-for-Tuesday posts on norn chatter and culture and the huge norn architecture. As usual though, ArenaNet puts layer and layer of material in their “simple” articles. For instance, in the first post fans are already dissecting one picture of a female norn standing inside somewhere holding what appears to be a long-range rifle. This one picture provides speculation on unreleased professions, size of the norn, size of their housing, ad infinitum. One other little gift caught me completely off guard.
The Sons of Svanir, a group of norns holding allegiance to Jormag, has been well known for awhile. Many, including myself, believed that these norn were evil. They worship an Elder Dragon bent on freezing the world; the same dragon that sent the norn retreating to the Southern Shiverpeaks. Svanir was the corrupted nornbear players had to defeat in the Eye of the North. And this is their concept art? Yeah, I would have no problem running my greatsword through a swath of the Sons of Svanir.
Except, that being a Son of Svanir does not automatically exile the norn to becoming an enemy. It’s just another norn, with a different viewpoint. In the Legend and Legacy article, there is a sound bite (Not Causing Trouble) of a merchant telling someone else that the Son’s money is as good as anybody else’s. This led me to believe that norn might be the most tolerant player race in Guild Wars 2. Would they care if a norn worships the human gods, or asuran science?
Another interesting thing is that ArenaNet seems to be setting up another personal morality issue. Put it this way, if you saw a Klu Klux Klan member sitting at a bar peacefully, tipping his minority waitress, and generally being sociable and respectable is he still a bad person*? What if instead of being racist, that bar patron worshiped a known entity bent on destroying Earth? Back to Guild Wars 2, if you were a norn would you kill a Son of Svanir just for being one?
This is not to say that all possible enemies might be good, somehow in that gray area. ArenaNet has said that the krait, a race of enslaving serpents, are in-the-black evil. I had also pegged anything allied with the world-consuming Elder Dragons as also being KOS, but it appears that I was wrong. Going to be interesting to see how much, if any, ArenaNet uses the Sons of Svanir as a morality challenge for a norn’s personal story.
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EDIT: To clarify, and this is my fault for using such a relative term, “bad” = “without worth.”