Storyline of Prophecies

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Spoiler alert: The following text contains spoilers relating to the story of Guild Wars Prophecies.

This storyline is a recount of the first chapter of Guild Wars released in the spring of 2005. Becoming familiar with the History of Tyria will help make certain events in this story clearer.

Prophecies throws the player characters into an epic adventure spanning the whole of the continent of Tyria. It is a story about the players, and how their actions and monumental events have shaped the history of Tyria.


Players begin the game in a tutorial area that allows players to get used to the game. This is a time when Ascalon is not under attack and the landscape is idyllic. King Adelbern sees that the Charr, Ascalon's northern neighbors, are amassing a great force. So the King puts out a call for all heroes that are ready to join him and the army at the front gates of Ascalon City. Players use this peaceful moment in time, right before the impending attack of the Charr, to prepare their characters for the game. This tutorial area is referred to as pre-Searing because the great battle for Ascalon, known as the Searing, hasn’t begun yet.

Once a player’s hero is prepared and chooses to follow King Adelbern's call at the front gate, there will be no chance to return to the prologue area, so players are urged to use this time before the great battle to get used to the game. You can learn how to move, trade, buy things, sell things, fight, go on quests and other basics of the game. The main quest in pre-Searing is to choose a secondary profession. You can try out any of the professions before you must make a permanent decision. In order to learn about the different professions, your character needs to find profession trainers, who will give you an evaluation quest and some of the skills and abilities of that profession, which you can use to complete the quest. Once you have completed the evaluation, you will be given the chance to pursue more abilities in that profession, thus making your choice of secondary profession a permanent one. You can also choose to do that later if you first want to try out other professions.

Once you select a permanent secondary profession you'll be able to really explore outside and see the wonders of this world – and the outcome of the Searing.

A Kingdom in Despair[edit]

A terrible magical event conjured by the Charr and called "The Searing" kicks off the actual story of the game. The Searing rains fire and giant crystals on the beautiful land of Ascalon turning it into a desolate landscape. King Adelbern of Ascalon believes his kingdom can still withstand the Charr with the help of the Great Northern Wall, while his son Prince Rurik disagrees and believes Ascalon should take the initiative and take the fight to the Charr.

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The king's estimates are soon proven false as players discover in the Great Northern Wall mission that the Charr are amassing a great army to overtake Ascalon. The forces of Ascalon are thrown into chaos at the sight of the approaching forces and a hasty retreat to Fort Ranik is needed. There, with the aid of the players, the assaulting Charr forces are pushed back.

During their retreat, the Charr take many prisoners and Prince Rurik, who can not bear to see humans as captives of the Charr, decides to free those captives. In the Ruins of Surmia mission, he frees many such prisoners with the aid of the players. While fleeing the Charr, the Prince finds the mouth piece to the legendary horn Stormcaller.

Rushing back to the capital of Rin, the Prince and the players are distraught by the sight of an invading Charr army burning and ransacking the great city. With the help of Stormcaller's magic, the players are able to stop the onslaught and save the city.

This victory is short lived, however, as a confrontation ensues between the Prince and his father. Prince Rurik begs his father to accept an offer from Kryta for shelter, having seen the abilities of the Charr first hand, he is convinced that Ascalons need to pull back and regroup. His father refuses any cooperation with Krytans and banishes his son from the land.

The Long Journey Across[edit]

Prince Rurik decides to leave Ascalon and head for Kryta and a new home free of the Charr. He is joined by the players as well as many Ascalonians who believe in their prince. The journey to Kryta, however, would not be an easy one. For between the two nations lies a great mountain range known as the Shiverpeak Mountains.

The Shiverpeaks are home to the Dwarves, and the players arrive at a most inopportune moment. The Dwarves are caught in a civil war between the Deldrimor Dwarves and a new faction called the Stone Summit. Unlike the hospitable and traditional Deldrimor Dwarves, the Stone Summit seek to drive all strangers out of the mountains and believe Dwarves are superior to all other races.

This does not bode well for the Ascalon refugees traveling through as the Stone Summit try to prevent them from going through the mountains. Through the Borlis Pass and the Frost Gate missions, players make their way through legions of Stone Summit to clear the path for the refugees. This is not without a price as the brave Prince Rurik meets his demise at the end of the Frost Gate mission leaving Ascalonians to an uncertain future in Kryta.

A New Home, a New Challenge[edit]

Arrival at Kryta offers little rest for the players as they discover that the land of Kryta is beset by the plague of an undead legion led by a figure called the Lich Lord. After helping the White Mantle (the order that rules Kryta) repel another wave of undead in the Gates of Kryta mission, the Mantle extend welcome to Ascalonians, offering them a settlement north of their capital Lion's Arch. The White Mantle also enlist the players' aid in defeating the undead hordes.

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While assisting in one of those expeditions, the players end up saving Confessor Dorian (the leader of the White Mantle himself) from an undead mob in the D'Alessio Seaboard mission. In that mission, they also help him secure the Scepter of Orr (an artifact of great power) from the undead seeking it.

As a reward, the players are enrolled into the White Mantle and given the honor of administering the Test of the Chosen and finding the Chosen among the people in the Divinity Coast mission. The Chosen (people deemed by the Eye of Janthir to have the gift of true sight) are selected by the Eye each year and led away by the White Mantle to presumably study and become great scholars. After the players administer the test and lead the Chosen to their destination, they are surprised to find out that those Chosen were kidnapped after they left them by a small rebel group opposing the White Mantle. This group is called the Shining Blade.

The Hunter Becomes the Hunted[edit]

The White Mantle ask the players to go into the Maguuma Jungle and find where those Chosen were taken, bring them back and inflict justice upon the Shining Blade. In the Wilds mission, players are able to discover how the Shining Blade traverse the Jungle so easily by using vine bridges. As such, they are able to catch up to the group that kidnapped the Chosen. Upon confronting them, the players discover that the Shining Blade kidnapped them to save them from the White Mantle.

As proof, players embark upon the Bloodstone Fen mission to find out what exactly the White Mantle do to the Chosen. At the end of that mission, players discover that the White Mantle murder the Chosen in cold blood to serve their masters, the Unseen Ones. Along with this discovery, players confront and kill a prominent White Mantle leader, Justiciar Hablion.

With the death of Hablion and the exposure of their true identity, the White Mantle go on a rampage to destroy the Shining Blade and the players who are now seen as traitors. What is most troubling about this assault is that there seems to be an agent within the Blade betraying their secrets to the Mantle. The Shining Blade leader Evennia is able to find a magical portal to open the ancient Henge of Denravi and asks the players to activate this portal in the Aurora Glade mission. The Shining Blade would use this fortified location to make a stand and wage war against the White Mantle. However, while trying to enter the Henge, the players find that the White Mantle have already found it and are trying to enter.

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Emboldened by their new base, the Shining Blade seek to enlist allies in their fight against the White Mantle and find an ally in Vizier Khilbron. In exchange for his aid, the Vizier asks Evennia to acquire the Scepter of Orr from the Mantle, which the players do in the Riverside Province mission. This is accomplished through an undercover Shining Blade informant called Dinas. Unfortunately, while delivering the scepter to the Vizier in the Sanctum Cay mission, the players discover that the Shining Blade were indeed betrayed by one of their inner council members named Markis. They succeed in delivering the Scepter to the Vizier and fleeing with him, but the Shining Blade are scattered by the White Mantle.

Seeking Glory[edit]

Vizier Khilbron suggests that players head to the Crystal Desert to try and achieve the feat of Ascension (gaining the attention and blessings of the Gods of Tyria). Only through Ascension, the Vizier believes, will the players be strong enough to face the White Mantle's masters and true source of power, the Unseen Ones.

The Desert is a pause in the story as players no longer interact with Ascalons or Krytans, but ghosts of long forgotten nations. The ghost of Turai Ossa guides the players through the Ascension process which takes them through three missions:

After completing these tasks and passing the final test of facing their Doppelganger, players are sent to the Dragon's Lair for an audience with the dragon prophet Glint. There they face multiple facets before finally gaining an audience with her. Glint tells the players about the Flameseeker Prophecies which describe the events that had unfolded in the world of Tyria so far. She also informs them about the treachery of Markis, and about the true identity of the Unseen Ones: they are a powerful race of spell casters known as the Mursaat. She sends the players to the Southern Shiverpeaks to face the White Mantle and rescue what remains of the broken Shining Blade.

The Confrontation Resumed[edit]

In the Southern Shiverpeaks, players first rescue Evennia from the grasp of the White Mantle during the Ice Caves of Sorrow mission. They also discover that the Mursaat possess a devastating ability known as Spectral Agony against which they have no defense. Evennia and the Dwarves instruct players to seek out an ancient creature known as the Seer deep in the mountains which might know of a way to counter this powerful ability. The players are able to get to the Seer in the Iron Mines of Moladune mission and with the help of infusion, they are able to face the Mursaat and kill Markis for his treachery.

This is yet another short-lived victory as the players find out that the capital of the Deldrimor Dwarves, Thunderhead Keep fell to the Stone Summit and that the White Mantle and Mursaat are amassing an assault on the keep too. In that mission, the players, along with King Jalis Ironhammer the king of the dwarves, are able to drive off the Stone Summit invaders and then make a stand against the Mursaat invaders. They slay Confessor Dorian and send the White Mantle forces reeling.

The Vizier re-appears to tell the players that the fight is not over yet. They must now travel to the Ring of Fire Islands to take the fight to the Mursaat and unleash the only weapon that can destroy them.

A Final Treachery and a Final Stand[edit]

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As players arrive on the islands, they discover that the Mursaat have gone to great lengths to prevent anyone from approaching the Door of Komalie where this secret weapon is locked away.

With the help of the Dwarves, players are able to make it past the initial defenses of the Mursaat in the Ring of Fire mission and on to the base of the great volcano Abaddon's Mouth. In that mission, players are finally able to get to the Door of Komalie and break the seals around it to unlock it. They are surprised however to learn that they were betrayed.

The door unleashes terrible creatures known as the Titans. With the help of the Scepter of Orr, the Vizier is able to subdue these creatures, but it is then revealed that he is the evil Lich Lord. He used the players to gain access to the Scepter and to the Titans. With the Mursaat defeated and the Titans under his command, the Lich Lord hoped to rule all of Tyria.

In the Hell's Precipice mission, players put a stop to the Lich Lord's plans and are able to once again close the Door of Komalie and bring an end to the Vizier's treachery.


Free of the Lich Lord's control, the Titans seek to crush the centers of human civilization. They mobilize massive armies upon the major cities in Tyria.

Aided by the dragon Glint, the players embark on a series of quests to rid Tyria of the Titans. They begin by staving off a pressing Titan assault on Droknar's Forge. Then they help fend off assaults on Ascalon City, the Henge of Denravi, and Lion's Arch.

With a little luck and plenty of skill they are victorious and the titan armies are decimated. Glint advises the players to seek this opportunity to strike at the center of the Titan high command, which lies deep in the Charr-held lands north of Ascalon. The journey is long but eventually the players carve a path through the Charr forces and reach the Titan Source, whereupon they defeat the three Titan lords and free Tyria of the Titan menace.


Invasion in the Rift[edit]

During Wintersday 2005, the Tomb of the Primeval Kings became besieged by a demonic army, corrupting the tomb and rendering the portal to the Hall of Heroes unusable for tournaments. The Zaishen Order stepped up and fought the demons but could not make it far and have just secured the entrance into the Underworld. The players fight the forces through the Underworld, Scarred Earth, the Courtyard, and finally into the Hall of Heroes. In the hall, they encounter the leaders of the invasion - the three Darknesses.

With the defeat of the Darknesses, the spirits of the hall return to cheer on the victors.

Sorrow's Furnace[edit]

Loose ends[edit]

Some unanswered questions were left at the end of the Prophecies storyline. Many of these plot elements were picked up by later additions to the game.

  • What will happen to Ascalon? (Answers here and here)
  • What will become of Kryta with the fall of the Mantle's leadership? (Answered here, here, and here)
  • With the fall of the Lich Lord, what is the fate of the Undead army?
  • Will the Deldrimor Dwarves re-establish their hold on the Shiverpeak mountains? (Answers here and here)
  • What becomes of the Stone Summit after Sorrow's Furnace's destruction? (Answer)
  • What unleashed the Charr invasion in the first place? What of this mysterious bond between the Charr and the Titans? (Answered here and here)
  • What is the outcome of the Mursaat after the conflict with the Titans? (Answers in this quest chain and here)
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