Magic energy has been surging around the ley lines.
Since Mordremoth died (repeat performance daily) there has been a complete dearth of reaction in game and not all that much outside, either. You'd imagine the violent death of an Elder Dragon at the hands of the remnants of an invading army might cause some repercussions, whether geopolitical, geological or both but no. Silence is all.
Well, almost all. There was one thread on the forums a while back, which I am now unable to find, that was similar to this one on reddit discussing some odd sounds heard around the lighthouse in Lion's Arch.
In the thread on the official forum a player was having sound card issues and as a result was running some tests around LA to try and isolate the problem. He posted in some detail on the odd noises around the lighthouse and, inevitably, it led to speculation on a putative lore-based explanation rather than a straightforward technical problem.
|Is this where the party is?|
That would all have been so much hooey, only an ANet dev popped on to the thread to compliment the player on his excellent hearing and to drop a not very subtle hint that, yes, there might be something more to all this than met the ear. If only I could find that thread...
Well, now there need be no more speculation. Not, at least, over whether anything is happening. Something is very definitely happening, although you have to be alert to notice. The line jumped out at me but I'm a habitual reader of patch notes. I realize most people don't even skim them. (I usually try to read the full notes before logging in whenever any MMO patches - I'm the kind of person who actually reads the instruction manual before installing a new appliance - I even used to read the entire game manual before creating a character in a new game - back when we used to have game manuals).
|Bowing to the ANet Dev I just killed!|
Hmm. Where would you find one of those outside of Dragon's Stand? For some reason my thoughts went immediately to the chak tunnels in Tangled Depths. I hopped onto my druid and waypointed over there but a couple of minutes of aimless gliding brought a flashback of the last time I wasted an hour cruising the Ley Lines in TD, trying to complete an achievement that mentions them but doesn't actually use them.
Burn me once, make me burn-shy. I bet Dulfy already has a guide up for this. Of course she does. The content must have been in game for, oh, at least a couple of hours.
Don't read the guide if you don't want the event fully spoiled. Read on if you want it vaguely tainted.
ANet have eased the whole thing into the game in a pleasantly organic manner that means the average PvE player will come across it eventually without really trying. In brief, there's a class of mobs, spread across several maps and levels, who can drop what in any other MMO we'd all immediately recognize as a "quest starter".
GW2, as we all know (insert eye-roll emoji) doesn't have quests. So, anyway, to begin my questing I went to Wayfarer Hills and started killing Sons of Svanjir. Killed a couple of dozen. Nothing. Moved to Snowden Drifts, killed some more. Still nothing.
|So you had it all along!|
After about fifteen minutes of this an Unidentified Lodestone dropped. Inspecting it told me who might be able to identify it: Magister Ela Makkay in Lion's Arch. I went to show it to her and she did such an excellent job of lifting the veil that a map popped up and showed me the exact locations I needed to visit.
There were three maps to choose from. Since I'd started in Snowden Drifts I chose to carry on there. I waypointed back and jogged to the spot marked on the map, where I found...a party! There were maybe fifteen players waiting there in the cold and to keep themselves warm they'd laid out Guild Banquets, Kegs, Firework Launchers and Karma Banners.
I was just about to break out my Super Boom Box and get the party really started when all hell broke loose. There was a frenzy of action as we banded together to prevent Elite and Champion dragon minions from trying to gatecrash and then a huge glowing ball of energy called a Champion Coalescence spawned. We burst that bubble and it was all over.
|Don't you just hate gatecrashers?|
A flurry of hitherto invisible achievements popped up, along with various rewards and Steel Chests. Looking at the now-visible Achievements in my journal I saw that they reward an auto-consumed item which gives a "Tome of Tyrian Mastery that grants a large amount of Tyrian mastery XP".
Lesson learned. I am now tracking the first of the Legendary Crafting masteries because, while I have no interest in finishing one, I might one day do the collections for the interim versions. Better than letting all that xp dribble into the snow, anyway.
As is par for the course with ANet the event is bugged. The mobs don't always spawn as they should so some maps can become locked out of contention. You can work around that right now by using the LFG panel to move to a working map but there's already a fix in the pipeline that should be deployed in a hot-fix today.
It's a nice, easy, fun event of exactly the kind I like. It's also the sort of thing I strongly associate with the best period of the Living Story, when easy to access, community-building, open-world events created a sense of anticipation while giving us all something amusing and entertaining to do. Yes, we whined and whinged and complained about it then but now we know better.
It's another good sign. As Light Falls Gracefully so eloquently puts it, under the new regime it seems we can have nice things after all.