Prominent NPC allies to the players in Guild Wars.
Prophecies NPC Allies
Firstborn son of King Adelbern and heir to the throne of Ascalon, Prince Rurik is a brave, bold man who often takes action on the spur of the moment. He leads by example, never cowering or shirking a challenge. Some say he has no fear. Others claim his brash bravery is merely reckless. Regardless, the prince is liked by almost everyone in Ascalon, and he spends much of his time among the citizens, preferring the company of commoners to that of Ascalons rich upper crust.
As a boy, Prince Rurik trained at the Ascalon Academy and did a stint as an officer in the army. Today, he maintains a fighting force of his own, known as the Ascalon Vanguard. These soldiers are completely independent of the kings financing and influence. Rurik's father, King Adelbern, takes a certain amount of offense to this, though he keeps it to himself and his closest advisors. Though the prince is loyal to his father, he doesnt always agree with the mans methods or ideology.
- A Father to His Men: Is very close and friendly to the soldiers under his command.
- Ancestral Weapon/Cool Sword/Flaming Sword: Sohothin, a legendary Fiery Dragon Sword and twin sword of Magdaer, which is wielded by his father.
- Badass Beard: His beard is close-cropped, but still there.
- Badass Cape: He wears a long red cape, featuring the icon of his father's old guild, Ascalon's Chosen.
- Badass Normal: He goes up against the towering Charr with nothing but his sword and armor.
- Bling of War: Like his father, he wears golden plate armor.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Is not afraid to criticize his father's policies and actions. This comes to a head after he saves Rin from the Charr. As a result, Rurik is banished from Ascalon.
- Cool Helmet: His golden helm is styled like that of a Roman legionary.
- Decoy Protagonist: Dies early in the Prophesies campaign, despite how everything made it look as though he was going to be the central hero.
- Escort Mission: The infamous subject of several escort missions.
- The Exile: He's banished from Ascalon after criticizing his father one too many times.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself at the end of the Frost Gate Mission, ensuring that the refugees from Ascalon make it safely into Kryta.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: The Lich brings him back and throws him at you during the Hell's Precipice mission.
- Knight in Shining Armor: He's Ascalon's shining prince, complete with reckless heroics and gilded armor.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Wields a shield in his left hand.
- Master Swordsman
- No One Gets Left Behind: When Rurik discovers a group of soldiers that's been kept as slaves since the Searing, he rushes in to save as many of them as possible.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He takes a very active part in defending Ascalon, personally leading both armies and daring raids beyond enemy lines.
- Sacrificial Lion: Rurik is built up early on as the major driving force of the story, only to die in the Shiverpeaks to Dagnar Stonepate.
- Start My Own: When Adelbern refuses to give up on Ascalon after The Searing, Rurik leads a band of people from the ruined Ascalon to Kryta.
- Warrior Prince: Quite literally.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Set up to be the hero whose actions drive the story of Prophecies, but dies during the 6th out of 25 missions. He briefly reappears at the final mission. As a puppet of the Lich.
- The Wise Prince
- You Shall Not Pass!: Holds back the Stone Summit dwarves in the Frost Gate Mission and gets killed by Dagnar Stonepate.
Descended from the great King Doric, King Adelbern is well-liked by the citizens of Ascalon. His easy demeanor and battlefield heroics secured his spot as one of the most popular kings in the history of the walled nation.
In his younger days, Adelbern was the champion of his guild, Ascalons Chosen. Tales of his feats during the Guild Wars are told and retold todaythe enemies he fought growing larger and fiercer as the stories are passed from one mouth to the next.
Hes older now, and though hes a well-liked king, his insistence that the army can hold back the beasts from the north has started the people whispering to each other in the streets. Not everyone agrees with the king on this matter. Making matters worse, Prince Rurik, the kings eldest son and heir to the throne, is among those who criticize Adelberns policies. And though he is close to his son, the king and the prince often do not see eye to eye.
- Ancestral Weapon/Cool Sword/Flaming Sword: Magdaer, a legendary Fiery Dragon Sword and twin sword of Sohothin, which is wielded by his son.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Became king of Ascalon through his heroic deeds in the last Guild War.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: During the Last Day Dawns quest, he stands right alongside you and lays a beating on some Charr and Titans.
- Badass Beard: He has a full white beard that covers his chin, as seen on the right.
- Badass Cape: Wears a brown cape featuring the symbol of his old guild, Ascalon's Chosen.
- Badass Normal: For the most part he's just a regular, but legendary, human warrior. However, the Charr refer to him as the Sorcerer King, which might have to do with the Foefire.
- Bling of War: Like his son, he wears golden plate armor.
- Blood Knight: Insists on attacking the Char against all odds, refuses to deal with Krytans, and in the sequel we learn that when the Charr were about to take Ascalon, he used a Fantastic Nuke that not only wiped out all the char and humans, but also bound the spirit of every human to the land to keep fighting the char as ghosts forever.
- Cool Crown: Wears the royal crown of Ascalon, which is later revealed in Guild Wars 2 to be magical and gifted by the gods.
- Cool Old Guy
- Despair Event Horizon: Gradually goes through one and culminates when he unleashes the Foefire.
- Escort Mission: The Last Day Dawns.
- Fallen Hero: In Guild Wars 2.
- General Ripper: He is very dedicated on defeating the Charr to the point of using a Fantastic Nuke that will permanently turn all humans within the radius into ghosts and stabbed his own advisor for preventing him from using the said nuke.
- The Good King: He was a popular and deeply beloved king prior to the Searing. After that, everything went downhill.
- I Have No Son!: After Rurik criticizes him one too many times, he goes the extra mile of not just banishing his own son, but also disowning him: "You would dare call your king a fool? I will hear no more. I banish you from Ascalon! You are no longer my prince, and you are no longer my son!"
- He appears to have eventually regretted it. In Guild Wars 2, his ghost is overjoyed at the prospect of Rurik returning when he senses Sohothin's presence. Unfortunately for him, Rurik is long dead, and Sohothin is wielded by the Charr Rytlock.
- In Its Hour of Need: Adelbern steadfastly refuses to abandon Ascalon. Or at least, what's left of it.
- Jerkass Has a Point: His misgivings about the Krytans are generally seen as a Racist Grandpa trait, held over from the Guild Wars. As it turns out, he may have been Right for the Wrong Reasons.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Carries a shield to go with his sword.
- Master Swordsman
- Our Ghosts Are Different: As a result of the Foefire, he and most of the remaining population of Ascalon were turned into ghosts, forever fighting back against the Charr.
- Royal Blood: He may not have been the intended heir, but he's still descended from King Doric, legitimizing his rule.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Sanity Slippage: Culminating in him unleashing the Foefire.
Brother of the previous king of Ascalon, Barradin was next in line after most of the royal family had been assassinated during the Guild Wars. However, his place in the royal succession was taken by Adelbern, who was crowned king for his heroic deeds. Despite this, Barradin supported the coronation, and his daughter Lady Althea was arranged to marry Prince Rurik. From his estate in the Green Hills County, he helps keep the king's peace, and trains young warriors in mastering the use of hammers.
After the Searing destroys Ascalon, his daughter Althea is captured by the Charr. He later leads a company of soldiers through the Wall, entrenching himself in the ruins of Piken Square. From there, he launches attacks against the Charr in an effort to save his daughter. While he eventually learns she has been burned as a sacrifice, Barradin continues fighting back against the Charr invaders from his base north of the Wall.
- Badass Mustache: He keeps a well-groomed mustache and goatee.
- Badass Normal: Nothing magical about him, just a strong man and his hammer.
- Cool Helmet: He wears a custom version of the Templar helm.
- Drop the Hammer: Carries a hammer as his weapon, and will teach player characters how to use them properly.
- Due to the Dead: Tasks the player with retrieving his daughter's ashes, so that he can lay her properly to rest.
- He Knows About Timed Hits: When he teaches players how to use a hammer properly, he tells you to watch out for an Ettin's Rage skill, and gives you the Hammer Bash skill to interrupt it.
- Living Statue: When his ghost is defeated by the Charr player in Guild Wars 2, he'll possess a giant statue of himself to fight a second round.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: He and his soldiers breached the Charr lines to establish a base in the ruins of Piken Square.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: He is killed and turned into a ghost by the Foefire, showing up in Guild Wars 2 as the first major enemy in the Charr starting experience.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His daughter is captured by the Charr after the Searing and burned alive as a sacrifice.
- Papa Wolf: Part of the reason for his breach beyond the wall after the Searing is to save his daughter. Unfortunately, he learns he's too late.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Royal Blood: Barradin is part of the royal line and would have been king if not for Adelbern being crowned. As such several nobles intend to use his title and lineage to depose Adelbern and crown Barradin as king, despite Barradin himself being loyal to Adelbern.
- The Strategist: He makes several plans of attack beyond the Wall, which the player helps him execute.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite having lost his place in the royal succession, and several nobles intending to crown him in place of Adelbern, he is very loyal to the king.
Patient, thoughtful, and wiseall are attributes commonly ascribed to King Jalis Ironhammer, except by the rebellious Stone Summit Dwarves, of course. When Ascalonian refugees sought passage through the Shiverpeaks, King Jalis recognized the advantages of helping potential allies during their time of despair. This wise decision was more than repaid when the adventurers he had aided returned and helped defeat the leaders of the Stone Summit Dwarves, restoring order to the Shiverpeaks.
Once the immediate threat of civil war was gone, King Jalis turned to rebuilding Deldrimor society. But the discovery of the Tome of Rubicon has pointed the Dwarves toward a new destinyone that will test the mettle of this great king as he attempts to lead his people through the greatest trial the Dwarves have ever faced.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Being king doesn't stop him from fighting side-by-side with his subjects and allies.
- Badass Beard: He's king of the Dwarves, so it is only fitting he has an impressive beard to match.
- Badass Normal: But turns into Empowered Badass Normal along with the rest of the dwarves after the Rite of the Great Dwarf.
- Bald of Awesome: Aside from the hair on the lower back of his head, he's mostly bald on top.
- Blood Knight: After being turned to stone by the Rite of the Great Dwarf, he and his army end up consumed with an eternal lust for battle.
- Cool Crown: It's a metallic circlet with three upward prongs, but it does its job at telling you who's king.
- Cool Old Guy: Old, but competent and well-respected.
- Drop the Hammer: As the name goes, he wields a two-handed hammer.
- Eleventh Hour Super Power: During the Eye of the North Jalis uses the Hammer of the Great Dwarf to imbue himself and his army with the power of the Great Dwarf.
- The Good King: Did you miss the part about him being a patient, thoughtful and wise king?
- Living Statue: What he and all who undergo the Great Dwarf ritual are transformed into.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Fairly typical as far as wise dwarven kings go.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When Rurik and the refugees from Ascalon make their way through the mountains, he helps them out, making sure they make it through the mountains safely.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He takes an active part in fighting back against the Stone Summit, as well as personally leading his armies against the Destroyers.
Brechnar Ironhammer is the brother of King Jalis Ironhammer of the Deldrimor Dwarves.
- Badass Cape: Wears a furry cape to go.
- Badass Mustache: In contrast to his brother's impressive beard, Brechnar keeps a very long mustache.
- Badass Normal: A regular dwarven warrior.
- Cool Old Guy: He's roughly as old as his brother, but will not back down from a suicidal mission to the Ring of Fire.
- Drop the Hammer: Like his brother, he also wields a two-handed hammer.
- Due to the Dead: Vizier Khilbron retrieves his corpse and handles his funeral rites.
- Heroic Sacrifice: During the Ring of Fire Mission he sacrifices himself by luring the Mursaat attacking you at the beginning away.
- Honor Before Reason: Acknowledges that any trip to the Ring of Fire Island Chain is likely one-way. Doesn't stop him from coming with you.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: A fairly typical Dwarf.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Like his brother, Brechnar trusts the Ascalonian refugees and helps them through the mountains into Kryta.
- Warrior Prince: As brother to the current king, Brechnar is both royalty and a capable warrior.
The chief advisor and aide to Princess Salma, Evennia is one of the most influential women in Kryta. The former leader of the Shining Blade, Evennia stepped down from her post after the destruction of the White Mantle high council to focus on politics. The widely beloved Evennia has been crucial in gathering public support for Princess Salma and has acted as an ambassador for the royal government in exile.
- Enemy Mine: You first come to work with the Shining Blade, when you help her rescue the Chosen from spiders.
- Healing Hands: All her spells are geared towards healing.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Vizier Khilbron is an Evil Chancellor, Evil Sorceror, Smug Snake, and a Devil in Plain Sight who quite literally has no motivation to help you, really. Let's get that Staff of Orr for him, shall we? Though admittedly, she didn't have that many options at her disposal.
- It's Personal: Yes, Markis' betrayal caused the deaths of many. But really, Evennia wants him dead as revenge for Saidra more than anything.
- Magic Staff: She carries a light blue staff as her weapon.
- The Medic: She's a capable Healing Monk.
- Mystical High Collar
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Actually, seems to be a recurring thing with her.
- Plucky Girl
- Rebel Leader
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Her outfit bares her back, which also shows off her Shining Blade tattoo.
Saidra is one of the leaders of the Shining Blade. She is first seen in mission cutscenes before appearing as an ally in several missions.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead
- Heroic Sacrifice: During the Ice Caves of Sorrow Mission, Saidra sacrifices herself to hold back the Mursaat. It works about as well as you might expect.
- Number Two: To Evennia.
- Wig, Dress, Accent: Goes undercover for the Riverside Province Mission.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Stands agains the Mursaat, holding them back long enough for the players to escape with Evennia.
The Pretender, known as Princess Salma among traitors and heathens, persists in her illegitimate claim to the throne of Kryta. The daughter of a disgraced priestess, Salma now leads nothing more than a pack of outlaws and rebels lurking in the woods.
The White Mantle and True Government of Kryta advise all citizens that Salma and her cohorts are heavily armed and should be considered dangerous. Speaking with or aiding her in any way is an act of High Sedition.
- —White Mantle Propaganda
Princess Salma is the rightful heir to the Krytan throne. The daughter of King Jadon and Priestess Berea of the Temple of Ages, Salma has both royal blood and the blessing of the gods. Salma set aside her holy duties as a priestess and answered the call of destiny, hoping to restore justice and peace to her people. Salma has rallied the Shining Blade in a secret camp in the wilderness, and has reached out beyond Krytan borders for help. The fate of Kryta now rests in her steady young hands.
- —Shining Blade Propaganda
- Ascended Extra: She was originally just a handmaiden at the Temple of Ages that was part of a side quest where you informed her of her ancestry. Then the War In Kryta "Guild Wars Beyond" content was released. Also included a model change from the generic Krytan female into something more distinctive.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Healing Hands: She grew up as a priestess and is a capable healer.
- Heroic Bastard
- Hero with Bad Publicity: The White Mantle tries very hard to convince Krytans of the illegitimacy of her claims. It's not that the citizens believe the Mantle, it's just that the Mantle has a tendency to linger around with large swords and hammers. And those who speak out seem to mysteriously disappear.
- In the Hood
- La Résistance: She is the figurehead and symbol of the rebellion and officially the leader of the Shining Blade during the War in Kryta, but she's wise enough to leave the tactical decisions in the hands of her advisors Evennina, Livia and Bartholos.
- Modest Royalty
- Rags to Royalty: Sleeping Beauty Style: Noble Fugitive Locked Out of the Loop about her Secret Legacy by her Priestess mother, a consort of the King of Kryta before the White Mantle overthrew him.
- Rightful Queen Returns
- Royal Blood: Her father being the previous king legitimizes her claim on the throne, even if she's a bastard.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Tomboy Princess
Vizier Khilbron is the last known survivor of Orr following The Cataclysm, and the ex-advisor to King Reza of Orr. He is responsible for the Cataclysm after reading a dark incantation from the Lost Scrolls, defeating the Charr army at the gates of Arah, but, in turn, destroying the entire kingdom.
Evennia of the Shining Blade makes a deal with him that, in return for the Scepter of Orr (which they had acquired earlier in Riverside Province), he will lend his aid to the conflict between them and the White Mantle. He makes various appearances throughout the storyline, aiding players by giving them advice, casting enchantments on the party, and various other things.
- Beard of Evil: Gee, what a nice goatee there, Mr. Vizier, makes you look anything but suspicious, right?
- The Chessmaster: Uses everyone from the Player Characters to the Shining Blade in order to open the Door of Komalie and release the titans.
- Devil in Plain Sight: He is actually The Lich (See Villains folder), but he acts as an ally to the players until it's revealed. However, not only does he generally look suspicious, the circumstances behind his survival of the sinking of Orr are very dubious.
- Evil Chancellor: He was vizier to the king of Orr, of course his intentions with the Lost Scrolls were anything but noble.
- Fantastic Nuke: The Cataclysm, a spell he used to destroy Orr.
- High Collar of Doom: He wears a rather... pointy high collar, which doesn't exactly make him loost trustworthy.
- Mage Tower: He had his own personal tower in Orr, which you can stumble upon in Guild Wars 2.
- Magic Staff: The Scepter of Orr, after you give it to him.
- Mystical High Collar: The high collar he wears also reinforces his status as a highly ranked sorcerer.
- The Necromancer: He's a very skilled necromancer.
- Nice Hat: No doubt worn as part of his status as vizier.
- No One Should Survive That: And yet somehow, he did. It's never really addressed when we meet him in-game. There's a reason for that. Part of it is, he caused the Cataclysm.
- Sole Survivor: While there were some Orrians abroad, he was the only person actually in Orr to survive The Cataclysm.
Turai and his followers then began a great pilgrimage, marching north into the Crystal Desert, where the gods once walked among men. His loyal entourage erected temples, raising pillars toward the heavens... but Ascension eluded him. Instead of everlasting life, he found the torment of eternal living death. In ghostly form, he still walks the earth. Many of his followers died as well, and their ghosts have remained in the Crystal Desert.
Some Elonians remember Turai for his heroism; others remember him as a madman whose false pride led him on a doomed pilgrimage. Since that bygone age, no one ruler has reigned over all Elonathe three provinces have remained separate, but equal. Yet to this day, Turai Ossas descendents still rule over Kourna. Warmarshal Varesh Ossa represents the latest generation; and she shares her ancestors fascination with the role of the gods in the lives of mere men and women.
As for Turai, he maintains his vigil over Elona, guiding others who follow the path of heroes. Scholars of lore know of him as the savior of Kourna, the man who single-handedly defeated the Scourge of Vabbibut for many, he is simply the Ghostly Hero, a champion who stalks the troubled wastelands north of Elona, eternally ready to stand beside its heroes.
- A Day in the Limelight: One of the Bonus Mission Pack er... missions has you playing as Turai at the Battle of Jahai, where he defeated Palawa Joko.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Made King of Elona by virtue of defeating Palawa Joko and saving Elona.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: While the last leader of resistance against Palawa Joko, it was ultimately his ability to go toe-to-toe with an immortal and powerful lich that won the day.
- The Atoner: In death, he seeks to make up for his foolish attempt to try and ascend, by helping guide the true Chosen through the rituals.
- Badass Beard: His full beard just adds to the badassery.
- Badass Normal: Just a strong and very skilled warrior, he managed to fight a powerful lich alone on equal footing.
- Four-Star Badass: As Warmarshal of Kourna.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: As the Ghostly Hero he switches between using his sword and a longbow.
- Cool Sword: His weapon is a large sword, mostly unique to him. Players can obtain it as part of the Bonus Mission Pack where you play as him.
- Doomed Expedition: After defeating Palawa Joko, Turai led his people, Crossing the Desert to try and ascend to become closer to the gods. It did not end well.
- Fallen Hero: Doesn't turn evil or anything, but leading his people on an ill-advised expansion of territory to the north has condemned him to wait in the Crystal Desert until he can help a worthy hero ascend.
- Frontline General: He was at the very front of the resistance against Palawa Joko.
- Genius Bruiser: Huge and strong enough to knock down his enemies by stomping, but he also extensively studied ancient texts and mysteries.
- The Good King: He ruled Elona wisely after defeating Palawa Joko, and he was beloved by the people. However, he then decided out of a false sense of Pride to try and ascend in the Crystal Desert, dooming him and all who followed him there.
- Large and in Charge: He's roughly about as big as a Norn, despite being human. As a result, he towers over everybody else.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Wields a large shield featuring a lion in his left hand.
- Master Swordsman: He's a legendary swordsman, having cut his way through Joko's rearguard and ultimately defeated Joko himself.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Of the Unfinished Business and Ghostly Advisor kind.
- Rebel Leader: Led La Résistance against Palawa Joko back in the day when the latter almost conquered Elona.
- Shield Bash: After impaling Joko on his sword, he bashed him in the face with his shield, knocking him off the bridge they were fighting on.
- So What Do We Do Now?: Palawa Joko is vanquished, Elona is once again free. ...Let's head north to the Crystal Desert and ascend to become closer to the Gods. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
- Straight for the Commander: During the Battle of Jahai, while his army was distracting Joko's forces, Turai Ossa led a squad of soldiers through the hills to face Joko himself.
- The Strategist: He kept up the resistance against Joko through the use of guerilla tactics combined with well-executed battle plans. His victory at the Battle of Jahai is a shining example, where he took advantage of the paths through the hills to launch an attack on Joko himself.
- Tragic Hero: His pride and belief in his being the chosen Ascended ultimately doomed him and all members of the expedition to the Crystal Desert.
An ancient dragon prophet who resides within the Crystal Desert. A former champion of the elder dragon Kralkatorrik who had the power to enter the minds of her master's enemies. She betrayed Kralkatorrik after developing a feeling of sympathy towards the people of Tyria using her powers to become an oracle for them once she was free. She is one of the two who died prior to Guild Wars 2 when Destiny's Edge battled Kralkatorrik, the other one being Snaff.
- HeelFace Turn: Long ago she freed herself from Kralkatorrik's service to help the of Tyria.
- Killed Off for Real: She is killed prior to Guild Wars 2 by her former master Kralkatorrik.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Crystals grow out of her skin, being a former champion of the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik. She also serves as a prophet and an ally to the people of Tyria.
- Prophecies Are Always Right: The titular Flameseeker Prophecies of the first Guild Wars pretty much turn out true, though it's evident she withheld certain details from the prophecies.
When foreigners think of Dwarves, most picture a stereotypical image of a drunken brawler, rushing headlong into battle, screaming a strange battle cry and fighting to the death over age-old grudges, uncollected debts, or ancestral vendettas. Kilroy Stonekin is that Dwarf. A veteran of glorious battles against the Stone Summit and campaigns deep within Sorrow's Furnace, Kilroy has traveled north looking for new adventures and new battles.
- An Axe to Grind: He's normally armed with an axe.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Kilroy knows no other tactic than relentlessly charging his enemies.
- The Berserker: He goes on a rampage if let loose in enemy ranks.
- Blood Knight: Loves a good brawl and even organises fighting tournaments in the Far Shiverpeaks.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He has an absolutely fantastic time running around beating up Stone Summit Dwarves.
- Escort Mission: Subject of a few quests in which you fight alongside him and have to struggle to keep him alive.
- Fearless Fool: Kilroy knows no fear, charging ahead into huge groups of enemies, no matter the numbers.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: He has a lot of fun in the Far Shiverpeaks punching out armed Stone Summit Dwarves.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Despite the plate armor he wears, he keeps his head bare. Not that he'd care much anyway.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He's an explicit reference to the character himself, and charges ahead into huge groups of enemies whether you're with him or not.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: In addition to his axe, he also carries a shield.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: He's the stereotypical angry drunk Dwarf.
- Say My Name: He yells his own name as a battle cry.
- Screaming Warrior: He runs around screaming his name as he beats enemies into submission.
- Shoulders of Doom: His pauldrons are big enough to reach over his ears.
- Shout-Out: He's an explicit reference to Leeroy Jenkins of World of Warcraft fame.
Factions NPC Allies
Son of the previous Canthan emperor and his beloved concubine, Yuki, Togo grew up in the palace and helped raise his young half-brother, Kisu. Though Kisu was next in line for the imperial throne, he and Togo were always close, and the elder half-brother helped oversee the future emperor's education alongside the palace tutors. When Kisu left his studies behind to take on the imperial role, Togo left for Shing Jea Monastery, eventually rising to a leadership position. In the time since, each has grown accustomed to running his own "empire"Kisu the literal Empire of the Dragon, and Togo the most respected and holy academic institution in the land. There is no ill will between them, despite the petty efforts of some underlings to drive wedges between the half-brothers. Still, for the safety of each, their blood relationship is not widely publicized.
Togo went on to become an accomplished Ritualist and was key to several Canthan military victories before he was named the new Master of Shing Jea Monastery upon the death of Master Botah. To the casual observer, Togo would appear to have been shunned by the palace, possessing no power. A closer look reveals that he is the emperor's "behind-the-scenes" man; Kisu rarely makes a move of any importance without consulting his half-brother first.
- A Day in the Limelight: In one mission of the Bonus Mission Pack, you play as Togo during a negotiation to bring an end to the Tengu wars. You must help him save the Tengu diplomats from a betrayal by the Canthan War Minister.
- Bald of Awesome
- Cain and Abel: Completely Averted. Togo is Kisu's most trusted advisor and is completely loyal to his brother. He even gives his life to save Kisu from Shiro.
- Cool Old Guy
- Heroic Bastard: Though he is older than his half-brother Kisu, Togo was not eligible for the throne because his mother was only a concubine while Kisu's mother was Emperor Kintah's actual wife.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Throws himself in the path of Shiro's blades to save Emperor Kisu. Unfortunately, since Togo also has Royal Blood, the ritual Shiro was trying to cast succeeds. At least he saved his brother, so it's not a completely Senseless Sacrifice.
- Though it might be less of a Senseless Sacrifice than one might think, since as he was only half-royal, it's very possible that Shiro was actually weaker after killing Togo than he would have been if he killed Kisu.
- Old Master
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Royal Blood: Since Togo is also part of the imperial bloodline, his sacrifice to save Kisu still brings back Shiro Tagachi.
- Spirit Advisor: Can be found in Tahnnakai Temple after his death, replacing Kaolai as the enshrined ritualist hero.
Emperor Kisu grew up admiring his elder half-brother Togo in Kaineng City. Both were sons of the last emperor, Kintah, but Kisu was the legitimate son of Kintah and his wife, while Togothough 15 years Kisus seniorwas born to the emperors favored concubine Yuki. The two were always close, but when Kisu left to take on the duties of empire, Togo followed a different path. Kisu became the sovereign ruler of several hundred thousand souls on the southern continent, while Togo studied the ways of magic and ritual. The emperor is respected and beloved by the Canthan people, even though few have ever actually seen him in person outside of the urban areas of Kaineng City.
When not holding court, Emperor Kisu often dwells in his own palatial, private section of the city, Raisu Palace, which is forbidden to all but the emperor and those he chooses to allow inside. And every year during the Harvest Festival, he travels (with a well-armed entourage) to the temple where Shiro Tagachi slew Kisus ancestor 200 years earlier, in defiance of fear or fate.
- The Emperor: Duh. He's of the Benevolent Emperor flavour.
- Nice Hat: He's the Emperor, of course he has to have a hat to go.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Unfortunately, he's often prevented from doing anything by the Celestial Ministry.
- Royal Blood: Shiro requires his blood to return to mortal form.
- The Wise Prince
- Youngest Child Wins
Count Petrov zu Heltzer is the current leader of Kurzick Great House of House zu Heltzer. His daughter is Danika.
- Blue Blood: Kurzick society places a high value on familial connections. House zu Heltzer is the de facto ruling faction of the Kurzicks.
- Cultured Warrior: The Kurzicks' hat, essentially.
- Enemy Mine: Eventually allies the Kurzicks with the hated Luxons to fight Shiro.
- Gratuitous German / As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The Kurzicks' language and aspects of their culture are have a Germanic influence.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit
- Moral Myopia: Refuses to work with the horrible, barbarous Luxons to counter the growing threat of Shiro, at least until the situation becomes more dire. Also refuses to allow a group of Dredge (mole-people) to attempt to live peacefully in Kurzick territory. Kurzick attitudes towards the perhaps-formerly human Wardens are also less than courteous.
Elder Rhea resides in Cavalon, the capital of the Luxon Armada. She is the elder of the Turtle Clan, along with Captain Juno as the clan leader, and Argo as the champion.
- Cool Old Lady
- Enemy Mine: Eventually allies the Luxons with the hated Kurzicks to fight Shiro.
- Gratuitous Greek / As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Aspects of the Luxons' culture has a Greek influence to it.
- Lady of Adventure: When she was younger.
- Moral Myopia: Like all Luxons, refuses to ally with the pompous, preening Kurzicks to counter the growing threat of Shiro. At least until the situation becomes more dire. The Luxons also have a rather harsh stance on children born with handicaps, if Aeson's tale is considered.
- Pirate: The Luxons were a seafaring people that have a long and proud tradition of piracy. The fact that their sea was turned to solid Jade just means that they've had to be a little more creative in their techniques.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Luxons' hat.
Nightfall NPC Allies
As the spearmarshal of the Sunspears, Kormir is legendary, and her place as the head of the Order is assured. Despite her personal victories, she is deeply concerned with training new recruits. Kormir has trained more Sunspears than any historian can recall. Shes experienced, educated, fearless, and highly skilled. A calm, capable, and inspiring soldier, she does more than maintain the foundation of the Ordershe strives to become the embodiment of a great Paragon. Shes proud of her achievements, and each victory moves her one step closer to securing her legacy. Many believe the organization would fail without her. This sentiment is not lost on Kormir. Each time she receives such extraordinary praise, shes compelled to work even harder training the next generation of Elonian heroes.
- A Father to His Men: Er... Mother to her men? Either way, the trope applies.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: She takes the place of Abaddon. She becomes the Goddess of Truth to replace the God of Secrets. See her entry under Gods for tropes relating to her as a Goddess.
- Blade on a Stick
- Eye Scream: To quote Shahai the Cunning on the issue, "Varesh's demons blinded her. They have a taste for eyes."
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: Is quite upset at the apparent lack of help granted by the Gods in preparation for the final battle with Abaddon. They only say that they have already given their blessings in the form of who the heroes already are. They also tell Kormir that she will have a choice. A choice that only a mortal can make.
- He Knows About Timed Hits: The Nightfall tutorial is filled with Kormir talking about in-game skills and terms as if they were a normal part of the story.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Noticing a trend with our allies? Fortunately, she does not die here. After Abaddon's defeat, all of the knowledge he contained escapes, threatening to destroy the world. Since Someone Has to Do It, Kormir takes his place in the pantheon, sacrificing her mortal life. A choice only a mortal could make.
- Iron Lady
- Javelin Thrower
- Lady of War
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me
- The Men First
- Not Quite Saved Enough: You've rescued Kormir from Kournan captivity, everything seems to be going ok. Suddenly, a portal to the Realm of Torment rips open and snatches her away.
- Oh, Crap!: During the Consulate Docks mission. Varesh is retreating to the Plaza of the Five Gods, Gandara is taken. Victory is at hand. Varesh has demons.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
Mirza Veldrunner is the leader of the centaur Veldrunner pride. He seeks to purge his lands of the corrupt influence of Nightfall.
- Divided We Fall: The main reason the centaurs were so easily defeated in the first place. Mirza's learned his lesson and is more than willing to work with the Sunspears to overthrow Varesh.
- Moral Myopia: One of the quests he gives has him rather flippantly asking you to kill Gray Giants, which he himself says are becoming an endangered species, for their tusks. He even chuckles at the prospect of the gold he'll get from making various things out of their tusks.
- Our Centaurs Are Different
- Stand Your Ground: A couple quests he gives you after you've rescued the centaurs (including him) from the Kodonur Crossroads mission. The first is against Kournan soldiers. After a short quest chain, you'll fight an even larger group of Margonites.
Kehanni Nutu is a priestess of Lyssa, the twin goddess of beauty and illusion. She possesses the ability to see into the future, and introduces the players to Vabbi, as well as the Festival of Lyss.
- Everyone Went to School Together: She went to school with Talhkora. There's even a special version of her normal introduction dialogue if Talhkora is in your party when you go to see her.
- Non-Idle Rich: She, like most of Vabbi was generally content to go about her days in luxury, but when someone from the Order of Whispers has a talk with her and she discovers the evils of Varesh, she can no longer sit idly by.
- Sacrificial Lamb
- Seers: She has the ability to see into the future.
- Socialite As a temple priestess, she often is present at all sorts of functions throughout Vabbi. This makes her savvy enough about protocols to give you some good advice for approaching the Princes.
- Spoiled Sweet
- You Are Too Late: Neither the party or General Morghan's contingent arrives in time to save Kehanni from the Margonite's massacre at the Temple of Lyss.
The prince of the Citadel of Dzagon is in a frustrating situation. Prince Ahmtur is a man of action, an aggressive, take-charge leader...who has been forced into a defensive position. He became prince by securing trade routes from raiding inhuman tribes, cleverly planning raids and attacks. Defending those routes is another matter entirely. His troops must hold back raiders while the rest of the merchant princes benefit from his work. So far, hes managed to hold the raiders at bay, but he longs to see direct action again. Hed rather go on the offensive than limit his life to garrison and patrol duty. Hes going a little stir crazy, but as long as the inhuman tribes are a credible threat, he cannot walk away.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Apparently he earned the title of Prince for his prowess on the battlefield.
- Bling of War: Gold and white armor over a red robe.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Reluctant Ruler: He'd much rather be out on the battlefield, pressing forward into new territory. But he's stuck managing and defending his current territory. The problem is that he's got The Chains of Commanding keeping him trapped at his position because the other two Merchant Princes of Vabbi are utterly useless when it comes to defending their territory.
- Retired Badass: He's a lot less active now that he's prince. He'd rather get rid of the 'retired' part.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Warrior Prince: Shockingly enough.
- The Wise Prince: In many, many ways he's wiser than Mehtu.
The prince of the Great Library at Chokhin has attained his position by applying his keen mind to careful research. Extremely logical, Mehtu is meticulous with details, but he often misses the "human element" when making his plans. Some see him as cold and calculating, but he isn't without humanity. Mehtu is wise enough to understand happiness, for example, and his love for his daughter means more to him than anything else in the world. He's a proud father, although sometimes he doesn't fully understand his emotional and irrational child. Unfortunately, he is also learning to understand fear. The deeper he delves into the mysteries of Vabbi, the more disturbing his revelations become. Perhaps the answers to his dilemmas lie in a comforting, unemotional routine of meticulous research.
- Bystander Syndrome: His initial attitude towards Nightfall is that it's someone else's problem. His daughter, Talhkora, actively trying to stop it, as well as some convincing words from Margrid the Sly and Goren help to change his mind.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Despite being quite knowledgeable on all manners of history, magic and obscure lore, he's got no clue how the world actually works.
- The Wise Prince: Try to contain your shock and amazement.
The prince of the Pleasure City of Makuun has priorities, and his success depends on keeping them straight. As a wealthy businessman with abundant resources, Prince Bokka wants to experience the finer things in life. He just happens to define "the finest" as "the most expensive." Exotic cuisine has expanded his waistline, even though buying it never seems to fully deplete his treasury. He has spared no expense cultivating his tastes in art, particularly when he sponsors some of the finest, most expensive theatrical productions in Elona.
Some jealous rivals consider his tastes to be garish, describing his artistic sensibilities as pretentious and overblown, but he knows art almost as well as he knows money and he knows a lot about money. He is pragmatic in acquiring wealth, doing whatever he must to accumulate more of it for great displays of culture and taste. Sometimes his pragmatism manifests in a need to take the path of least resistance he hires other people to handle difficult tasks, dirty work, and heavy lifting but that's easy to justify. After all, true art does not exist without suffering and sacrifice.
- Adipose Rex
- At the Opera Tonight: Makuun is essentially a large theatre that caters to Bokka.
- Bystander Syndrome: He's even more subject to this than Mehtu is. He only changes his mind upon realizing that even Adashim is not safe.
- Dirty Coward: Would prefer to cower in Adashim and let the crisis pass.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He's the only one who doesn't see the Obvious Trap during the All's Well That Ends Well primary quest.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Pompous, arrogant buffoon version.
- The Hedonist: Very much so.
- Too Important to Walk: "Goren! Fetch my sedan chair!"
- Upper-Class Twit
The undead lord of the Desolation, Palawa once controlled the valleys leading north out of Elona from his strategically positioned Bone Palace. Commanding hordes of undead followers raised from ancient tombs, he invaded Vabbi, intent on conquering it and using its riches to make him even more powerful. After he was defeated by the great Kournan hero, Turai Ossa, his body is said to have been imprisoned beneath a huge stone plinth. Many villainous individuals have attempted to commune with the spirit of the Scourge of Vabbi. As long as his history lives on, people will remember his name... and as the saying goes, history is still being written.
- And I Must Scream: Initially. Then he was broken out.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Basically takes over Elona sixty years after the end of Nightfall. Nice Job Not Putting Him Back In His Prison, Player, not to mention helping Mad King Thorn antagonize him, getting him angry enough to even desire to invade Elona.
- Enemy Mine: He's the Big Bad from the days of Turai Ossa and a nigh-unkillable monstrosity. His greatest opponent's descendant is causing enough problems for him that he'll work with you in an Enemy Mine situation to save the world. And he doesn't even double-cross you. At least not during the events of Nightfall...
- By the time Guild Wars 2 rolls around, he's conquered all of Elona, using the same tactics that Turai used against him. It looks like Zhed was absolutely right about him. But, as the quest name says: A deal's a deal.
- Then it turns that Palawa Joko's invasion of Elona is a result of Mad King Thorn antagonizing him.
- By the time Guild Wars 2 rolls around, he's conquered all of Elona, using the same tactics that Turai used against him. It looks like Zhed was absolutely right about him. But, as the quest name says: A deal's a deal.
- Evil Sorcerer
- Fluffy Tamer: He knows how to tame Junundu Wurms that can carry you through the sulphurous wastes of The Desolation.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Turai Ossa impaled him on his sword before throwing him off the bridge they were fighting on.
- The Necromancer: One of the most powerful necromancers of all time, controlling huge armies of undead creatures.
- Our Liches Are Different: He can't be killed by any ordinary means, which is why Turai Ossa had him sealed up instead.
- Red Baron: Known as the Scourge of Vabbi.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: During the Gate of Desolation Mission, with regards to taming Junundu Wurms."Venture close to the wurm spoor and you will awaken Aijundu. But be sure you are prepared to challenge the queen of the wurms. Once you have awoken her, she will not rest until she is tamed... or you are kicking and screaming inside her gullet."
- Surrounded by Idiots: "You miserable hunks of desiccated flesh! I leave you alone for a few hundred years and you let everything go to hell! Now that I'm back, things are going to be different."
Eye of the North NPC Allies
An archetypical Norn, Olaf is a warrior, a sojourner, and a hunter who prays to the spirits of nature and has been given the gift of transformation by the Bear Spirit. Like most Norn, he values freedom and individuality, and continually seeks to challenge himself. For Olaf, there is no greater point in life than to hunt and master the creatures of the wilderness. Olaf has seen many winters and hunted many beasts. As the seventh Olaf in his family line, he bears the name with great pridepride that is diminished by the fact that he has only a daughter of his own. He is the last Olaf Olafson, seventh of that name in a direct line, and unless his deeds are legend, the name may be forgotten forever.
- Beard of Barbarism
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Drop the Hammer
- Egomaniac Hunter: He's a heroic character, but this fits him better than Great White Hunter.
- I Am X, Son of Y: Olaf, the sevenfold son of Olaf.
- One-Man Army
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: He is a Norn after all.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Has shades of this towards his daughter, Olrun. He's disappointed that he never had a son to carry on his name.
Gadd is a cantankerous, demanding old Asura, who prefers to hire "disposable humans" to help him in the lab with his experiments. Though he wont admit it, this is partly due to necessity, as many of his own race won't work for him. Many unfortunate "accidents" have befallen Gadd's past assistants, and though one is likely to learn much in his employ, most Asura prefer to live a long life.
Gadd has recently employed a group of humans willing (or stupid enough) to assist him. They claim to be members of a rebel group fighting to restore peace and order to their homelands, which Gadd couldn't care less about. He gives them the "privilege" of testing his inventions, and if they survive, he'll let them purchase a few. Gadd is respected by other Asura but is given a wide berth even by his associates. You never can tell when he's going to wake up on the wrong side of the bed...and use you in his next experiment.
- Bad Boss: He doesn't care one bit about the lives of his human employees, eagerly sending them to their deaths because it's cheaper than doing it ethically.
- Grumpy Old Man
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Meets his untimely death at the end of G.O.L.E.M. when applying Tim Taylor Technology principles to the Golems' power source. Also somewhat of a Stupid Sacrifice, as the party pretty much had everything under control by that point.
- Insufferable Genius: As are all Asura, but he is the most insufferable of them.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Played with. While all of the Asura know that Gadd is Vekk's father, the player is kept in the dark about this until The Reveal upon Gadd's death.
- Mad Scientist: Considered a positive trait in Asura society. He's still a major Jerkass, though. So he's still not all that popular.
Oola is a brilliant Asura who specializes in creating constructshumanoid magical creations, of which golems are one. She is aware of her own abilities and, like many Asura, gets frustrated when others disturb her research. To that end Oola has squirreled herself away where she can work in peace. She has few assistants and welcomes no visitors, treating them all as inferiors and interlopers. Her security measures are said to be among the finest, and her fierce ability to keep her haven safe has gained the respect of many of her peers (and more than a few attempted infiltrationsall of which ended poorly).
A career in the Ascalon military provided Captain Langmar a crash course in fighting the Charr and dealing with the loss of home, comrades, and loved ones. An expert at shutting down her emotions, Langmar never hesitates in making tough decisions or sacrifices if it means dealing a blow to the enemies of Ascalonthe Charr. King Adelbern recognized Langmar's stoicism and ability to lead in the face of death and despair. He gave her the command of the Ascalonian Vanguard and ordered her north, behind enemy lines, on a mission of desperation. If she is not found at the Eye of the North, it is only because she is out slaughtering Charr, fulfilling her mission no matter the cost.
- Action Girl: She's a capable frontline fighter in her own right.
- The Captain: Leads the Ebon Vanguard against the Charr.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Her younger self was later added to Pre-Searing Ascalon as Lieutenant Langmar, offering quests to help level a Pre-Searing character to 20.
- Eyepatch of Power: One of her most distinct features is the eyepatch over her right eye. She seems to have lost it some time after the Searing, as her younger self in Pre-Searing Ascalon has both eyes.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: She wears at least some armor, but never wears a helmet.
- Insistent Terminology: Mimicking the Spartans in 300, the Ebon Vanguard that travels to aid the Shining Blade during The War in Kryta are merely there for training purposes. They are on leave from the Ascalonian Army, not there in any official capacity.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Carries a shield to go with her sword.
- Vasquez Always Dies: Makes a Heroic Sacrifice during the War in Kryta Arc. Compare her to Gwen, in terms of who looks more prepared to fight a war.
Vael is a mysterious mercenary who seems to know a lot about your character and who randomly appears as an ally.
- Dual Wielding
- I Have Many Names
- Knife Nut
- Master of Disguise
- The Munchausen: Some of the stories that pop up in his idle chatter are quite impressive. There's no really good reason to doubt the truth of them, given the kinds of things we see Vael do.
- Sixth Ranger: Apparently has been helping your character, or at least pursuing similar goals all along.