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:
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
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
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 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
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
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?
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