ArenaNet drops another great lore post written by the fantastical Jeff Grubb on one of the non-player character (“NPC”) races, the quaggans. Whereas the amphibian krait are an evil race where players should give them all kill-on-sight status, the equally amphibious quaggans are the polar opposites. On a purely hyperbolic course, the quaggans are the underwater ewoks of Guild Wars 2.
They are the mostly harmless species of lovable, cuddle-able, wuvabl… I mean, my charr warrior will occasionally do a drive-by fistpound on these beluga muffins. The quaggan are a slightly primitive, refugee-race with interesting and cute quirks. For instance, they are too polite to use self-referential pronouns so a compliment on dinner would be “quaggan likes quaggan’s gourmet use of quaggan’s prized coral tips.” Perhaps, using a continua device to have the vortigaunts of the Half Life universe teach the quaggan on the clarifying use of “this” could be helpful.
The quaggans seem to represent the unfortunate victims of plot causality, which given their lovable design makes the whole race a veritable damsel in distress. The feeling of this race is that characters would instantly want to help, socialize, and befriend these primitive pillow pets. How could any player with a soul not feel a tugging when he hears “quaggan sad” as the jigglypuff looks to the sea floor like a beaten puppy?
Yet, like the cannibalistic ewoks, the quaggans too have a dark side. When provoked they can hulk out in a rage and fury that would make an eco-warrior werewolf blush. Any still living thing around after the quaggan regains its mental faculties will, of course, get an immediate apology. Yet, the quaggans try very hard to keep this absolute faux pas from happening. This is ironically why they are refugees from the black-hearted krait.
What’s going to be interesting is if players will be drawn to immediately helping the quaggans? It is likely that they will get bullied / eaten / enslaved within a few minutes, and that norn ox-driver can defend himself through the dark forest, probably anyway. Either way, I can’t wait to see one hulk out in game.