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This page may differ from most of the character pages on this wiki as it contains quite a bit of text, but I don't want to just bury the reader in facts he/she mostly doesn't care about anyway. Instead I want to give some info about the past of my characters, why I created them, what they mean to me and generally give them some kind of character of their own instead of reducing them to hero-tables or a list of titles. (Though I realize many might not care about the things I write here either ... :p)

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Necromancer Yarla Ctarl[edit]

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Necromancer
Necromancer

Campaign: Prophecies
Type: PvE - ToDo-List
Born: Beta April 2005 (Primary character) (27.04.2005)

Name origin: During the Beta due to lack of imagination called "C Tarl", as "Ctarl" had been my IGN for some time and I just couldn't think of any fore- or surname to match it. After chewing over a name for weeks I found or rather pieced together a forename from different names in an old RPG called "Das Schwarze Auge" (lit: The Black Eye, in english called The Dark Eye). So I renamed her at release.

Mentionable Titles:

She is/was my very first Guild Wars character, usually my main choice when playing the game and the only one I actively work towards titles with.
I created her primarily because the Necromancer class was one of the reasons I got Guild Wars in the first place. My preference for the class hasn't diminished in the last years although some updates to the game changed the experience significantly.

She used a mix of blood and death magic through her first half year before going for the all-mighty spiteful curses skill line. In Factions she almost exclusively worked as minion master. Sadly, since Nightfall being a human MM makes me feel kinda redundant as heroes seem to be much better at the required micro management. So nowadays I stick to variations of Spiteful Spirit builds even though the PvE skills from NF and EotN I normally take with me easily outperform the amount of damage my beloved elite skill actually generates.

First character to go through a new campaign and still the only one that has finished Eye of the North :/


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Monk Xu Klein[edit]

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Monk
Monk

Campaign: Prophecies
Type: PvE - ToDo-List
Born: Beta April 2005 (Secondary character .. sort of) (29.04.2005)

Name origin: The name was originally chosen as a (rather poor) joke on the tininess of the female monks. "Xu" in addition to sounding Asian/Chinese (corresponding with her face) can pronounced in German be interpreted or misheard as "zu" meaning "too" in English. So the full name would be: "xu" -> zu (German for "too") + klein (German for "short") = "Too Short". I never intended to continue playing her with this name after the beta but somehow I did anyway.


My favorite toon back in the Prophecies days. When my necromancer got stuck at Thunderhead Keep in summer 2005 (well, who didn't?) I exclusively played her. I really loved the monk class the first ~6-8 months or so. I could use any build I wanted, stay relaxed in the back and heal the PUGs (which tended to die all to quickly most of the time I played my necomancer). But something in the game and its players changed around winter 2005. People became picky about what skills you had equipped and the enemy AI must have changed and some point, too. Playing a monk became increasingly stressful and all to ping-dependent. Suddenly it was all about how quickly you could click on party members and skill icons or number keys. I want to relax while playing a game, not be stressed out. And nowadays it's a pain to get some people to accept you as a monk when you don't run the "current" build. That's just not my idea of a good time. Even playing alone is out of the question (or at least isn't fun) due to the constantly decreasing hench/hero AI paired with increasing enemy AI. Bots and heroes are not even able to stay focused on specific enemies when the player himself is not an offensive profession character (and attacks the enemy himself). They run around like headless chickens ... (Even my hex-necro, who has to target multiple enemies all the time, has the same problems albeit to a lesser extend.). So, even though it pains me, I didn't really feel like playing her for a veeery long time :(

She should technically be older than Yarla because I renamed the necromancer at release and thus created a new character. But I didn't log in with Xu for a few days after release (I was occupied enough with Yarla) and it seems that the game didn't "see" her as a character until I did so. Therefore Xu is always a few days late with her birthday.

I'm currently trying to "reactivate" her by playing EotN with a fixed (human) group. That should keep problems like hench-AI or picky PuGs down. dead project


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Ranger Akame Yumiko[edit]

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Ranger
Ranger

Campaign: Factions
Type: PvE - ToDo-List
Born: July 2006

Name origin: As she is a Factions-born character I wanted to give her an Asian name. And since it's the only Asian language I know at least a bit about, her name became Japanese. In detail it means: aka (赤) = red, me (目) = eye, yumi (弓) = bow, ko (子) = child (a common female name ending). I know her eyes aren't red, but I didn't like the sound of akage (赤毛) = red hair. Her name is also written in the Japanese way, with the family name coming first. In reflection, I think I went wrong in trying to name her differently than my other characters. Looking at my character selection screen I don't like the name very much.

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I created her because I got temporarily bored with my existing characters and back then barrage teams and trapping was highly popular. I didn't want to have to be the monk or necromancer all the time. But as it went, I never really played with her an she reached the Tombs (for which I initially created her) almost a year after her birth.


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Ranger Myria Ctarl[edit]

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Ranger
Ranger

Campaign: Prophecies
Type: PvE (Perma-Pre)
Born: August 2006

Name origin: Not quite sure to be honest. I think the name appeared in The Dark Eye 3 PC game where I also got Yarla's name from.


Prophecies tutorial dweller and Beer-collector.

During the first year after the release of Prophecies I often created new characters just to be back in this beautiful land called "Pre-Searing." But I always had to delete them at some point due to need for a character slot for testing or PvP (which I still did back then). After the release of Factions I finally had the needed slot to spare for a perma-pre, although somewhere in the process I sacrificed my first Mesmer which I still regret.

She's at least the 3rd character bearing the name. I believe the first one was a warrior in summer 2005 who only got to the Sardelac Sanitarium. I realized I don't like close combat classes and she was used as a mule for some time. Finally she had to die to make room for other characters. The second character named Myria was a female Elementalist (see Zahli).

One day I might bring her out of pre-sear as a replacement for Yumiko, but so far I couldn't bring myself to delete the Factions ranger if only for all the money I pumped into her (skill caps, armor, etc.).


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Mesmer Liriel Ctarl[edit]

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Mesmer
Mesmer

Campaign: Prophecies
Type: PvE - ToDo-List
Born: 18. November 2006

Name origin: Liriel Baenre daughter of the first House of Menzoberannzan (beware of MAJOR SPOILERS on wikipedia!).

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Reincarnation of a mesmer called "Der Saft" (spur-of-the-moment naming like it happened with Xu) created in summer 2005. I deleted the first one around Factions release due to urgent need for a character slot and regretted it ever since. As Nightfall added more character slots to the game, I used the chance to re-roll my lost Mesmer and simultaneously get revenge for my unsuccessful try of a Survivor (Yumiko) by getting tier 3 ;p. I'm still hesitant to play her, though, as I can't get myself to finally let her die. :/


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Elementalist Zahli Ctarl[edit]

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Elementalist
Elementalist

Campaign: Nightfall
Type: PvE - ToDo-List
Born: December 2006

Name origin: Random african name generator. I should have put more time into finding a good name for her. I don't like the name now and have dozens I would like to use but can't as I have left neither a character slot nor a class I would want to play.


Even though it's my 2nd try to start an elementalist (the first one was a Prophecies character born back in winter 2005 and got as far as Lion's Arch) she's again become a candidate for deletion. Somehow I just can't get myself to like playing the class.

I originally planned to play though Prophecies with her before going on with the other campaigns but she's been standing around at Aurora Glade for months years now. :/


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Ritualist Yvonnel Ctarl[edit]

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Ritualist
Ritualist

Campaign: Factions
Type: PvE - ToDo-List
Born: 8. August 2007

Name origin: Yvonnel Baenre ruler and Matron Mother of the first House of Menzoberannzan.


I wanted to use this name for a very long time. I just couldn't decide on a class. And since she's at least the 6th or 7th character bearing that name I'm not quite sure I definitely have.

She's at level 20 & attribute quests now. I think that's a good sign ;). I'll try to finish Factions first and see how much I like the class afterwards. I tried. And failed (meaning: got bored) at Tahnnakai Temple. Then tried EotN. And got bored after the first sub-quest of the storyline.

Random fact of interest: I killed her at the first possible enemy. I never want to go through the pain of a survivor again.


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Ritualist Xu Kurz[edit]

Ritualist
Ritualist

Campaign: Factions
Type: PvE (Mule)
Born: April 2006

Name origin: Just a variation of my monk's "Xu Klein." I used "Kurz" for her since I planned to side with the Kurzick anyway and "kurz" is another german word for "short." So, you see, the joke is even worse than the one on my monk. Ritualists aren't even especially short. :P


Carries crafting material, weapon upgrades and some useless junk I can't part with (like Banana Scythes or wintersday weaponry).

Has reached level 11 (long before Yvonnel was born) despite being just a mule (boredom wins!).


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Mesmer Meine Eine[edit]

Mesmer
Mesmer

Campaign: Factions
Type: PvE (Mule)
Born: 8. July 2006

Name origin: That would take me too much time to explain -_-. It includes (very) old cartoons, Bugs Bunny and badly done german dubbing.


She's the main storage for Yarla's countless armors but I already have to outsource some sets to other little used PvE characters like Zahli.


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