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In Topic: The charr view of necromancy?

27 July 2014 - 01:55 PM

Necromancy, to the Charr, is just another form of recycling - repurposing damaged and broken material into something practical and useful. The magic that it requires is merely the most efficient means to that end, albeit a distasteful one... at least, until they can create something mass-producible that can achieve similar results.

More generally, the Charr view magic from a purely practical standpoint. Magic is obviously powerful and very efficient, so it would be simply foolish to abandon it completely. However, the Charr distrust magic. Aside from the sociopolitical power it can bestow (which the Charr view as manipulation, and the Charr hate being manipulated), magic is inconsistent and generally unreliable compared to physical machines. For example, when something magical goes wrong, it's nigh-on impossible to determine why, let alone repair it. A machine, on the other hand, has very clear problems and solutions, i.e. "part is broken, fix or replace part". (The Asura would disagree, but even they repair magical machines, not the magic itself. Asuran technology is built to compensate for magic's inherent instability rather than replace it with more reliable or predictable components as the Charr do.)

In Topic: Watch out for Scarlet on August 20th!

15 August 2013 - 04:25 PM

Please forgive the "quote war", but I need to respond to some specific points...

View Postevilbob, on 15 August 2013 - 03:26 PM, said:

Also we know it's a woman.
Do we? In that very same event we see Anise disguise the Watchknight as a number of different species and genders, mimicking not only their physical forms, but their voices and speech patterns. Though Anise is an exceptionally powerful Mesmer, it stands to reason others could do this as well.


The main question to me is:  why is she bothering to hide her identity?
Because anonymity is an extremely powerful tool, especially when trying to sew chaos (for whatever reason).  Makes it easier to make dramatic escapes. But I get your point.


But if we eliminate everyone who plays a major role in the Living Story as an option, that means there are only 4 major characters that have been introduced (unless I'm forgetting someone):  a Norn, two Char, and a human who just won a seat on the captain's council and who is the least likely candidate by about a mile.  There are a few other Southsun characters (the Sylvari and the Asura) but they've been overplayed a bit already and I doubt they're that high up in the bad guy food chain.
There are a few: the saucy Human detective who investigated the assassination attempts parallel to Ellen Kiel's, the mysterious, as-yet-unused Human noblewoman who often hangs out with her, and the Asura researcher/krewe who helped investigate the reemergence of Mad King Thorn. Also, just because a character is important in other things doesn't necessarily mean they're protected by "plot armor". Countess Anise, for example, despite being quite powerful and a major player in the Human and Order of Whispers Personal Story lines, is relatively expendable as a character, especially considering Livia may or may not still be around.


But the thing I really hope it is NOT is a lame "save the princess sexist video game trope" kidnapping of the Queen.  That will be the saddest outcome of them all.
Agreed, but Jennah is powerful enough to convince dragon minions, whose entire being is linked to their master, to follow an illusion of the dragon instead of the real one. She's more than capable of handling a few steampunk thugs by herself. I'm sort-of hoping this turns into a subversion of that trope, i.e., they try to kidnap her, and Logan says we have to "go save her", but when we get to wherever, we see she merely wanted a vacation; has already defeated the would-be kidnappers and has set up tea or something for when we "get around to showing up"... then something else happens and we have to go deal with it, because that would be a pretty lame ending.

In Topic: Watch out for Scarlet on August 20th!

15 August 2013 - 03:30 PM

View PostNeo Nugget, on 14 August 2013 - 07:21 PM, said:

Shodd, and I agree. This is pretty exciting stuff! ^^

View Postshadavenger, on 14 August 2013 - 09:33 PM, said:

Watch this video.
Didn't recognize the references to the movie The One? Sound theories, given the data, but seriously... that's all that was. Good for ANet if they turned it into something more here, but that still doesn't explain why Scarlet, a very obviously Sylvari character (referred to by name at the end of the Opening Ceremonies event) and supposed leader of the Aetherblade cares at all about Divinity's Reach. "Evil alternate reality" only explains so much, unless there is a direct connection to the steam creatures and the Watchknights. (Incidentally, still waiting for the tie-in Event for its release on the distribution medium... it's perfect: Steam invades Tyria and vice versa... through a mysterious object called the "Valve"... that one's free, ANet. ;) )

Would it not make significantly more sense to attack the Charr camps instead? (ignoring the fact that they've already had essentially two monthly story events while the humans have had none) Granted, Charr tech is less reliant on magic, but is far more pervasive than the Humans'. Surely ones who have mastered magical-mechanical manipulation (as Scarlet demonstrated) could turn pure clockwork just as easily as preenchanted constructs, if not easier given Humans' penchant for privacy.

Following that theory further: why not, then, attack the Asura directly? The simplest explanation, Asura have more experience with mystical constructs than Humans, and would likely have put stronger safeguards in against remote tampering... if Humans had a "penchant" for privacy and security, the Asura's would be an obsession. Still, technomagical pervasiveness to the point of reliance on it, preexisting enchantments with precedents for "going haywire", disorganized and decentralized security, heavy access to holography to cover entrances and escapes... it makes a lot of sense to attack Rata Sum instead.

Maybe Scarlet and the Aetherblades (awesome name for a band, is it not?) consider the Humans to be an "easy target", oft considered the "weakest" of the races, despite kicking the majority of ass for the last dozen or so centuries.

In Topic: Watch out for Scarlet on August 20th!

14 August 2013 - 05:09 PM

I'm just curious to see why a Sylvari cares at all about Human politics. Even the Nightmares are enrapt by their own agendas, it's hard to believe one would take such effort to attack Divinity's Reach or bear such malice against Kryta (or Jennah in particular)... unless its to try and start a large-scale war for some reason. I suppose she may harbor Dreams of ancient Ascalon, or even Orr, but still...it doesn't seem very well thought out for a Sylvari.

...Must be an Aetherblade thing.

In Topic: Are You One in a Million?

04 July 2013 - 04:49 PM

View Postpumpkin pie, on 04 July 2013 - 02:30 PM, said:

So... Why exactly are people getting angry/sarcastic at ArenaNet for tyring to spread word across Tyria about their game ??? ... wait, not Tyria, Its earth, that's why Human are weird, on one hand they say BLA BLA, NOT ENOUGH ADVERTISING. then, when they do try, you won't help ....

It is so simple, if you have a facebook account, go over to Guild Wars 2 page and click the like button! simple and everyone gets goodie!

Well, you're forgetting one key detail: humans hate helping other humans. I just hope all the people in here posting about how much they "hate social media" can appreciate the delicious irony.

OT: Meh. It means absolutely nothing to me, this question of "to like or not to like". A tiny reward for clicking a button on something I rarely use and don't allow to bother my "friends" (hah!), plus the small satisfaction of knowing I helped millions of other players, including some people I actually like, get the same without actually doing anything.

...nope, too much effort. :)