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Tomorrow marks the release of the Cutthroat Politics story arc, and quite possibly the toughest decision the player-base has ever had to make. After an assassination leaves an open seat on the Lion's Arch council, the race begins to fill the spot with the person most deserving of the role. Ellen Kiel and Evon Gnashblade have given their respective campaign promises, and wars have since been waged over who would be the best fit. Evon's Abaddon fractal has been a popular weapon against Kiel supporters, but lower waypoint fees are incredible for a week, let alone four of them. Arguments can be made for each contender, but the best course of action is to do a bit of research to find out if your current choice is what you really want to go for. Now, in a completely neutral fashion, here's what you should know about Evon Gnashblade and Ellen Kiel's promises before you place your vote.

"I Like Evon!"
Evon Gnashblade is the current head of the Black Lion Trading Company and has an oozing passion for commerce and trade. After eavesdropping on Ellen Kiel and her plans to win over the Zephyrites, he is taking a great deal of pleasure in giving the captain a healthy amount of competition in the upcoming race. From the promise of a fractal researching the Fall of Abaddon to the month long Black Lion Key sale, this kitty knows how to win over a crowd. But what exactly is the Fall of Abaddon? Anyone who has played the final mission of Guild Wars: Nightfall knows Kormir and gang had no problem toppling his dreams of conquering the world, but what happened before all that?

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Abaddon was the former god of water and secrets that was eventually dethroned by the other five gods of Tyria. The details of the battle that brought about his downfall are mysteriously absent from history, which is where the fractal Evon Gnashblade promised comes in. While we know nothing about what happened during the battle, the effects it had on the world are well documented and significant. Immediately following this event was the formation of The Crystal Desert and the Realm of Torment. Fans of the original games should know these locations well, and if I were a betting man I'd say the odds of witnessing the creation of these iconic regions through this fractal are pretty good (though no official confirmation on that so far). The whole point of a fractal is to experience and learn about significant events in Tyrian history, so any fan of early Guild Wars lore should keep this in mind when voting.

It was here that Abaddon and his Margonites challenged the power of the Five True Gods, and here that the other gods smote the God of Secrets down, imprisoning him and his following in a Realm of Torment. This once beautiful land is now a crater littered with the trappings of a god. And above it the Mouth of Torment hangs, a weakness in the world, a globe of pure evil, beckoning all to their doom.


In addition to this fractal, Gnashblade is also bringing a new mini game to Southsun Cove appropriately titled Southsun Survival. As expected, this is an adaptation of Hunger Royale that was seen back in the third beta weekend. Despite only being around for a short period of time, the twisted game of survival was an immediate hit. The idea behind Southsun Survival is simple. Hunt your enemy while scavenging for food to quell your degenerating health. Players start out on the same foot, but are soon forced to make decisions that will either send them to the top of the scoreboard or leave them dead on the beach. Will you go straight for the arrows and raise the kill-count early on, or will you dive into the bushes and set traps for unsuspecting participants? Whichever you choose, do it quickly. Death is permanent once the grace period ends, and although running around as a ghost who torments the remaining fighters sounds entertaining, there's nothing better than coming out on top as the sole survivor.

"Kiel for Council!"
Ellen Kiel has been one of the main NPCs of the living story over the past few months. Leading the charge against karka attacks and partly responsible for the capture of the infamous Aetherblade assassin, Mai Trin, she certainly has the people's eternal gratitude. But what about what she's offering in exchange for a seat on the council? Waypoint reduction is fairly straightforward, but what about the Thaumanova Reactor fractal? The landmark north of Rata Sum might be obvious to the asura who dwell in the area, but some bookahs have never even heard of the place let alone the explosion that rocked it not too long ago.

There's not as much history behind this event that we know of, especially compared to the Abaddon fractal, but that doesn't mean it can't be a viable choice.The explosion that caused the chaos we see today was caused by a failed Inquest experiment that occurred below an asuran city. What was this city like before it was thrown out of whack? Why were the Inquest experimenting there in the first place? Why is it significant in history? It's the answers to these questions that could make this fractal worthwhile, and once we get our answers to the past, who's to say we won't learn from them and rebuild the city and its reactor into something greater? ArenaNet was very specific when mentioning the effects the winner will have will not only effect the next month, but also the effect they could have even further down the road. We've (understandably) heard nothing about such plans, specifically, but it's definitely not out of the realm of possibility.

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Ellen's mini game keeps with the story theme of the past two weeks. In the Aspect Arena, players fight in teams to capture crystals using a variety of skills, including variations of the three movement skills introduced in the Labyrinthine Cliffs earlier in the month. Crystals turn into points, and the team with the most points will win the match. If the free-for-all aspect of Southsun Survival isn't your thing and you're more into game-types similar to Snowball Arena and Dragon Ball, then this might be the hook that reels you in to Team Kiel.

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While these are the areas of the update that will most heavily influence your vote, there will be plenty of other ways to show your support for your chosen candidate. The Candidate Trials is a tiered cooperative mission where Aetherblade pirates will come at you in waves to plunder treasure that you'll eventually be able to claim yourself. Aetherblade weapons are also confirmed enemy drops, so don't hold back there. Two new meta-achievements are also being added that will allow you to have your very own mini Evon or Ellen follow you around for forever and eternity. While only one may be worked on at a time, both will be able to be completed as long as the six sub-achievements have been earned.

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This next living story arc is placing a lot of pressure on the Guild Wars community. ArenaNet has clarified that despite suspicions that the losing fractal will appear after the winner has been chosen, that is not the case. Development on the winning fractal will begin once the polls close on August 5th and not a moment sooner. This is our chance to make the living world live up to its name in the strongest way so far, and will no doubt be a key point in the game's history years from now.

Did any of this change your mind, or are you still set firmly for your chosen candidate? What sort of impact will the winner have on the game even after the fractal has been added and the month of August comes and goes? Sound off and let us know what you think!
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#1 Kumori Tensei

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 01:32 PM

Is it me or is Anet kind of pushing us towards the charr lol. Everything besides what they make cheaper is better. so it feels like the vote for the kitty is what they want to get more monies from us buying the cheaper keys? O_o
Okay i should stop reading conspiracy theories lol, all in all my vote for the kitty for sure. Abaddon and crystal dessert preview? sign me up.
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#2 Chibii

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:34 PM

#TeamGnashblade!!
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#3 Digilodger

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:58 PM

[size=6]Kiel's Promises:[/size][list]
[*]Hosts Aspect Arena - The place where you can net your Zephyr Rucksack backpack.
[*]Will reduce the cost of waypoints for four weeks.
[*]Will sponsor the fractal discovery of the initial meltdown in the Thaumnova Reactor.
[*]Completing her meta-achievement will get you a Miniature Ellen Kiel.
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[b]Ellen's game is Aspect Area[/b] [is] a team PvP type arena where your skill set will reflect one of the three Aspects: Sun, Wind and Lightning. These skill sets will have the movement skills you are familiar with (these will grant you access to areas only your particular aspect can get you to) , but with the addition of combat skills: Sun has long-range combat, Wind is mid-range and Lightning is close-range. The objective of this arena is to make way to three large crystals, scattered over the map, gather crystals and make way back to your base to score points. Source: [url="http://www.guildwars2hub.com/features/editorials/cutthroat-politics-preview"]guildwars2hub.com[/url]


[size=6]Evon's Promises:[/size][list]
[*]Hosts Southsun Survival - The place where you can get Desert Rose back piece
[*]Will reduce the cost of Blacklion Keys for four weeks.
[*]Will sponsor the fractal discovery of the Fall of Abbadon in Orr.
[*]Completing his meta-achievement will get you a Miniature Evon Gnashblade.
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[b]Evon's game is Southsun Survival[/b] [is a] free-for-all PvP arena very reminiscent of "Hunger Royale" in the Beta Weekend 3 event. You start with a bow, with no arrows and no rations despite a Hunger debuff that will increases every 2 minutes (to a max of 6 stacks at 10 minutes). The agenda is to kill everyone else before you starve to death. You'll get traps (Alarm Trap that alerts the entire map to whoever trips it, Pickpocket Trap which knocks down whoever trips it and spills their entire inventory and a Fake Ration Trap that explodes), food and arrows (which you can pick back up even if you miss). Source: [url="http://www.guildwars2hub.com/features/editorials/cutthroat-politics-preview"]guildwars2hub.com[/url]


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Both will give a miniature, a new fractal, and a new mini-game. Evon's Fall of Abbadon fractal and Southsun Survival mini-game certainly do sound more interesting than Kiel's.


However, for me, the choice lies in Kiel's reduced waypoint cost (which saves me money) as oppose to Evon's black-lion key (which would cost me money).

I'm completely broke right now after spending so much on good-looking armors and weapons, and converting golds to gems for the fun junks from there. There are so many gold-sink stuffs around that my entire saving of almost 2k golds was reduced to only 720 golds right now. It's ridiculous!

Anything that saves me money gets my vote; Kiel all the way! ANET would probably add Evon's mingame and fractal eventually in the future anyway, and the blacklion keys would probably go on sale near the end of the year.
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#4 Hybarf Tics

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:03 PM

[quote name='Kumori Tensei' timestamp='1374499934' post='2221161'] Okay i should stop reading conspiracy theories lol, all in all my vote for the kitty for sure. Abaddon and crystal dessert preview? sign me up. [/quote]

This is going to be a re creation of events that took place 250 years ago, needless to say you'll be seeing the Chrystal Desert from back then, not the new and totally changed one.

Having fought Abaddon I'm going for Kiel and her waypoint reduction. ^_^
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#5 Digilodger

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:07 PM

[quote name='Hybarf Tics' timestamp='1374505383' post='2221178']
This is going to be a re creation of events that took place 250 years ago, needless to say you'll be seeing the Chrystal Desert from back then, not the new and totally changed one.

Having fought Abaddon I'm going for Kiel and her waypoint reduction. ^_^
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Actually, no. ANET has confirmed that it would be BEFORE that. The new fractal would be set before GW1 heroes' time, before even Grenth's time . . . back when the Tyria gods kick Abbadon out and seal him. It would be about his "original" fall, not his Nightfall's final defeat.

Hang on, let me find the link to the original source. Give me a few mins.

Edit: This one, come from Colin Johanson's mouth himself [url="http://www.twitch.tv/guildwars2/c/2585362"]http://www.twitch.tv...wars2/c/2585362[/url]
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#6 Hybarf Tics

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:12 PM

[quote name='Digilodger' timestamp='1374505665' post='2221179']
Actually, no. ANET has confirmed that it would be BEFORE that. The new fractal would be set before GW1 heroes' time, before even Grenth's time . . . back when the Tyria gods kick Abbadon out and seal him.

Hang on, let me find the link to the original source. Give me a few mins. [/quote]

Thanks for the heads up however we're still not gonna see the Desert before 2034 at this irrelevant living story rate. :zip:
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#7 Valkaire

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:21 PM

Oh god... I like Kiel more than Gnashblade but I was under assumption that both fractals would be created, just the one voted for would get finished faster... Now I just don't know who to vote for T_T

Zephyr Rucksack is cool (A toucan! :D!) and the Desert Rose looks nice, although just seems it's a recolour of the flower backpack from the southsun event.

[quote name='Hybarf Tics' timestamp='1374505973' post='2221180']
Thanks for the heads up however we're still not gonna see the Desert before 2034 at this irrelevant living story rate. :zip:
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We aren't going to see it anytime soon when updates are on a two week schedule? Meh, maybe. But I don't care if we don't see another elder dragon for a year if that means they're getting their shit together and making the fight truly epic =] Also, I wouldn't think of the living story rate as irrelevant as it has to go [i]somewhere[/i]. It's replacing paid expansion for GW2, which means there's a very high chance that it will indeed hook back up to the elder dragon.
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#8 Strawberry Nubcake

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:34 PM

Write in vote for Skritt King! #TeamShiny
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#9 Firebrazer

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:37 PM

Couldn't care less for everything Kiel has to offer. I just want the Fall of Abaddon fractal. I need it.
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#10 NerfHerder

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:43 PM

I will never vote for Gnashblade. Fifteen percent sales tax on the TP! Poppy♥♥♥♥!
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#11 Perm Shadow Form

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:46 PM

Hate both of them and I have no issues with WP costs, so I rather pick the Charr and get Abadon dungeon.
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#12 MisterB

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 04:13 PM

I'd like to cast a write-in ballot for Rodgort. I'm pretty sure he could burninate those pesky Elder Dragons.

I fully expect the charr to win, although I'll be voting against him.
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#13 Thorfinnr

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 04:16 PM

[quote name='Strawberry Nubcake' timestamp='1374507266' post='2221185']
Write in vote for Skritt King! #TeamShiny
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Bad thing is though...he has to be Captain of a ship...and unfortunately I have not seen a Skritt Galley in any port.

:)
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#14 Baron von Scrufflebutt

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 05:18 PM

[quote]The Candidate Trials is a tiered cooperative mission where Aetherblade pirates will come at you in waves to plunder treasure that you'll eventually be able to claim yourself.[/quote]
That seem to be inspired by Vizunah/OMD!, making it sound like the greatest thing ever to grace GW2.
It also sounds like it's going to be temporary, meaning that even if it turns out to be utterly amazing (which I hope), I won't get to play much of it.
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#15 MazingerZ

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 06:01 PM

Wait, what? Is that just a label or is the qualifications for becoming a member of the Captain's Council just doing a Mann vs Machine match in GW2?
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It's okay to enjoy crap if you're willing to admit it's crap.
Every patch is like ArenaNet walking out onto the stage of the International Don't Kitten Up Championship, and then proceeding to shiv itself in the stomach 30 times while screaming "IT'S FOR YOUR OWN GOOD! IT'S FOR YOUR OWN GOOD!"

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 06:15 PM

[quote name='MazingerZ' timestamp='1374516096' post='2221230']
Wait, what? Is that just a label or is the qualifications for becoming a member of the Captain's Council just doing a Mann vs Machine match in GW2?
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Cheers for the reminder: I keep forgetting that I really enjoy MvM!
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#17 Zeus_CM

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 06:52 PM

I'm voting for Evon, wooden potatoes sealed my decision.
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#18 Arewn

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 07:24 PM

I'm voting for Ellen, and I would hope all the people complaining about GW2 lore would vote for her as well. The fractal options are basically "cool looking fight about an irrelevant god, which won't even give us much lore about said irrelevant god" vs "recent event about current antagonistic group, with possible ties to the ED as well as the events of a few zone (steam-creatures and whatnot), and possible revelations about the nature of magic".
The only problem is that Fractals don't usually have much lore to them, so a "cool fight/event that would be awesome to see but doesn't tell us much" might actually be better suited.
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#19 Miragee

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:29 PM

[quote name='Zeus_CM' timestamp='1374519159' post='2221240']
I'm voting for Evon, wooden potatoes sealed my decision.
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lol

If anything he strengthend my opinion that a abaddon fractal is a very bad idea. Too many ways to mess it up and like none to make it right. I'm against Kiel, though, as I already said so I will vote for no one as this voting is already pretty...undemocratic.
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Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:31 PM

If you said Ellen is a Democrat and Evon is a Republican, you'd instantly understand why I'm voting for a third party.

I'm voting for Commander Spleedoop!
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