Dragon Festival

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Shing Jea Monastery decorated for the Dragon Festival.

After years of struggle, The Dragon Empire rose anew from the ashes of the devastation of the Jade Wind. To commemorate the rebirth of the Empire of the Dragon and the indomitable spirit of the Canthan people, the Dragon Festival is held every summer at Shing Jea Monastery.

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The Dragon Festival is an annual Canthan celebration that occurs annually from June 27, 19:00, to July 4, 19:00 UTC.[1]


[edit] History

The Dragon Festival is an ancient Canthan tradition. After the assassination of Emperor Angsiyan at the hands of Shiro Tagachi and the catastrophe of the Jade Wind which threatened to wipe out and destroy the empire of Cantha, newly crowned emperor, Emperor Hanjai, the son of Angsiyan, turned this ancient tradition into a large scale celebration in order to unite the empire in its reconstruction.

The festival marks the anniversary of establishing the settlement on Shing Jea Island as well as the expansion of Kaineng City to accommodate the refugees from the areas hit hardest by the Jade Wind. The Dragon Festival has come to symbolize the survival of the Empire of the Dragon (Cantha) in the face of that calamity.

[edit] Quests

There are four quests given by Imperial Guard Hanso during each Dragon Festival, which now celebrate the defeat of the demon invasion during the first of these Festivals. Since 2007, all quests are re-enactments of the earlier events and the Lesser Grasps are replaced with actors. Each quest is a pre-requisite for the next:

  1. The Rampaging Yetis
  2. The Shrine of Maat
  3. A Strange Request
  4. Darkness at Kaitan

This quest given by Noblewoman Sun Li:

  1. Spirit of the Celebration

[edit] Missions

There are also seven missions that occur during each Dragon Festival. Each mission has 3–4 scheduled start times each day, when Captain Rujiyo calls heroes to arms for the missions ("Captain Rujiyo urgently requests the help of capable heroes at Shing Jea Monastery!" appears in the chat window of every logged in character). The missions are only available for 30 minutes after the initial request. As noted above, there was an actual demon invasion during the original 2006 festival; subsequent Dragon Festivals celebrate victory by re-enacting the events, replacing the original monsters with actors and the rifts with pinwheels. The seven missions are:

  1. Haiju Lagoon
  2. Jaya Bluffs
  3. Tsumei Village
  4. Seitung Harbor
  5. Tsumei Village (2)
  6. Seitung Harbor (2)
  7. Shing Jea Monastery

[edit] Other festivities

Each Dragon Festival will make the Shing Jea Boardwalk, Dragon Arena, and Rollerbeetle Racing available for use as well. Victory Tokens will also drop from PvE foes for the duration of the event.

[edit] NPCs

The following Dragon Festival NPCs appear with Shing Jea Boardwalk event NPCs. Imperial Supply Master Kagno and Noblewoman Sun Li begin spawning on the first day of the Dragon Festival when decorations are applied. Excluding Captain Rujiyo and Acolyte Norge who begin spawning on the third day (when the first of the Dragon Festival missions is offered) and fourth day respectively, the rest of the Dragon Festival and Shing Jea Boardwalk event NPCs begin spawning on the second day.

Shing Jea Monastery

Only during finales:

Kaineng Center

[edit] Items

Icon Item Icon Item
Bottle of Rice Wine.png Bottle of Rice Wine Bottle Rocket.png Bottle Rocket
Champagne Popper.png Champagne Popper Crème Brûlée.png Crème Brûlée
Dragon Festival Grab Bag.png Dragon Festival Grab Bag Festival Prize.png Festival Prize
Flask of Firewater.png Flask of Firewater Imperial Mask Token.png Imperial Mask Token
Red Bean Cake.png Red Bean Cake Sparkler.png Sparkler
Sugary Blue Drink.png Sugary Blue Drink Victory Token.png Victory Token

[edit] Headgear

Starting with Dragon Festival 2012, the Day of the Tengu mask and each Dragon Festival mask can be obtained from Imperial Supply Master Kagno for one Imperial Mask Token.

Year 2006 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Mask Tengu Mask.png
Tengu Mask
Dragon Mask.png
Dragon Mask
Demon Mask.png
Demon Mask
Grasping Mask.png
Grasping Mask
Imperial Dragon Mask.png
Imperial Dragon Mask
Sinister Dragon Mask.png
Sinister Dragon Mask
Mirthful Dragon Mask.png
Mirthful Dragon Mask

[edit] Finale

Location of Celestial Charges and Imperial Sorcerers.

Emperor Kisu will appear in Shing Jea Monastery every two hours beginning on July 1, 09:00 UTC,[1] and give everyone a Festival Prize. Then Celestial Charges will start to spawn around Shing Jea Monastery. Players are required to deliver the Celestial Charges to the Imperial Sorcerers before being caught by a Grasp of Insanity:

  • One point is awarded to the Canthans for each charge delivered.
  • The Grasps receive a point for each charge destroyed.
  • Being caught while holding a Celestial Charge will kill your character for a short amount of time.

At the conclusion of the fifteen minutes, the highest scoring side "wins". A win for the Canthans will result in a celebration complete with fireworks and Festival Prizes. A win for the Grasps will result in them killing everyone they touch. A player will receive one Festival Prize for each Celestial Charge they deliver to an Imperial Sorcerer.

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b http://wiki.guildwars.com/index.php?title=Template_talk%3ASpecial_events_lookup&diff=2559921&oldid=2559054

Special events
Canthan New Year 20072008200920102011201220132014 onward
April Fools' Day 20072008200920102011201220132014 onward
Anniversary Celebration 2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th onward
Dragon Festival 20062007 (Redux) • 200820092010201120122013
Wintersday in July 200820092010201120122013
Halloween 2005200620072008 (Redux) • 20092010201120122013
Wintersday 20052006200720082009 (Redux) • 2010201120122013 onward
Other annual events Breast Cancer Awareness MonthLucky Treats WeekPirate Week
Special Treats WeekSweet Treats WeekWayfarer's Reverie
One-time only events Day of the TenguFarewell to Gaile
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