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What is your favourite city in GW2?

29 September 2011 - 11:46 AM

Which is your favourite city?

We have now seen each of the five major cities for each race, and Lion's arch, which is generally considered the hub for all races to mingle. That makes six wonderful cities for us to explore and enjoy upon release.
However, I am sure there is at least one that stands out more than the others for a lot of us, for me it's Divinity's Reach, just because architecturally it matches my ideal of a fantasy human city, out of some fairytale or gallant story of heroes and knights in shining armor.

In fact, it is for me, the most impressive city I have seen so far in any game. Because of its design, it's size, and the amount of thought that appears to have gone into it. It honors the six human gods, it dedicates part of itself to Elona and Cantha, and signifies the glory and history of the human race.

However, I don't want to be biased....each city is amazing in their own ways:


Lion's Arch

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In 250 years, this pirating city has overcome tragedy, and rebuilt itself from the ruins of distaster, into something even bigger and better than it was before. Taking inspiration from the ocean, with its blue hues, and designs which includes ships, it represents a much more diverse Tyria, one where all of the races mingle and socialise together freely.

Video: The City of Lion's Arch


Divinity's Reach

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Humanity's greatest city is Divinity's Reach, founded in the wake of the flooding of Lion's Arch. Built upon ancient Krytan tombs and situated on a bluff, the city provides a strong bastion against a dangerous world. Survivors of the other human nations and refugees from distant lands have poured into Divinity's Reach, swearing fealty to the crown and creating a proud, beautiful city.

Video: Kryta, The Last Human Homeland


Rata Sum

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The greatest physical example of asuran magical mastery is their mighty city, Rata Sum. Starting with no more than a set of scattered ruins belonging to a failed race, the asura erected a testament to their power. Now dominating the surrounding area, Rata Sum is a huge floating cube riddled with interior passages, its upper reaches divided into smaller cubes. The highest locations are the labs and meeting rooms of the Arcane Council, the rulers of the asura race. The depths of this great cube are still being excavated by unsleeping golem servitors.

Video: Rata Sum, Capitol of the Asura


The Grove

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The Pale Tree now dominates the Tarnished Coast, her towering top higher than many mountains. In the shelter of her lush foliage, the sylvari have made their homes. The Grove, created by the Pale Tree, is a multilevel, verdant, organic city. The roots and branches of the tree form broad terraces where other plants have grown and been spun into homes and buildings. Some of the sylvari have lived their entire lives beneath the tree, but most choose to wander, to adventure, and to let the Dream take them where it may.

Video: The Home Soil of the Sylvari


Hoelbrak

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The norn are not a people of cities--they prefer simple steadings carved out of the wilderness, where survival depends upon one's own power and ability. Yet Hoelbrak acts as a focal point of norn civilization, for it is here that the Spirits of the Wild led the great hero Aesgir and the fleeing norn to safety. In the years since its founding, norn from all over the Shiverpeaks have come here to trade, to meet, to brag, and to drink, but only a few have made it their year-round home.

Video: The Shiverpeaks, Hunting Grounds of the Norn


Black Citadel

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Upon the overthrow of the Flame Legion, the Iron Legion was granted control of the conquered kingdom of Ascalon by the other victorious legions. They built their main fortress-city, the Black Citadel, on the human ruins of Rin. The wreckage of that destroyed city can still be seen among the foundations of the citadel. While the Iron Legion is officially in charge, Blood and Ash Legions both have a major presence in the city.

Video: The Domain of the Charr


So which city is your favourite one, and why?

Mod Note: As with all polls, don't just reply to say what you voted for, please contribute to the discussion.

Nova's City Emblem Avatars

19 March 2011 - 09:15 PM

Hi all....something slightly different, and inspired by some nicely uncovered emblems of each of the race's cities, and to update, some additional profession avatars as well to mix things up!

Thanks to Next Top Runner for supplying the high-resolution images, to Ares for extracting the emblems from the maps and cutting them out, and to Xiaquin who has artfully tidied up and removed the original text from the Rata Sum, Black Citadel, The Grove, and Divinity's Reach icons.
Great job guys, I for one am pleased we have the cities emblems at our disposal.

Update: New style avatars added...to widen the variety and move away a little bit from the emblem.

Thanks to ArenaNet for the fantastic artwork.


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Professions


~Mesmer~

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~Guardian~

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~Ranger~

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~Engineer~

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~Thief~

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~Necromancer~

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~Elementalist~

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~Warrior~

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Cities


The Grove ~Sylvari~

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Lion's Arch ~Multi-race~


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Divinity's Reach ~Human~


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Rata Sum ~Asura~

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Hoelbrak ~Norn~

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Black Citadel ~Charr~


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Street Rat, Commoner or Court Noble?

27 August 2010 - 04:30 PM

So as the titles states....as I am curious as to what appeals to people.

Which one of these will your 'main' character come from, and why?

Personally, Nobility stood out for me straight away, I always like the idea of my character being of 'better stock' and somehow privvy to the higher-realm of society.

The bonus, is my character will obviously start off wearing somewhat nicer attire, than the commoners and the street rats! :D

Final Fantasy XIV

24 August 2010 - 09:16 AM

Surprised not to see a Final Fantasy thread! Anyone looking forward to the release of this game?

I have it pre-ordered, mostly at the recommendation of some cool guys, but I don't really know if I am all that excited about it. I will be trying open beta.

It looks fantastic though, with gorgeous graphics...however if my PC can run it remains to be seen. My PC didn't do too bad on the benchmark.

What about you guys and girls?


How to get into open beta -Winterclaw