Hello hello, Dak here.
So, what an exciting time for Tyria now, eh? We’ve vanquished Scarlet, for better or worse, we’re chilling at the Labyrinthine Cliffs or the Crown Pavilion in celebration, and recovering before our next grand adventure. And yesterday, in our launcher, we got the official announcement that Season 2 of the Living World will begin July 1st, as well as this image:
But just a moment here, let’s actually look at this image. It’s time for Dak’s Overly-Deep Analysis Corner!
The image is something we all know, that good ol’ glowing gateway between adjacent zones. Where is it, though?
Remember after the Battle for Lion’s Arch, when we relaxed with the gang in the Dead End bar? Jory’s sister Belinda, one of the Seraph, mentioned that she was to be sent on a long expedition to Brisban Wildlands, going after rumors of some black market traders hiding out there.
We know that Mordremoth is somewhere in the west of Maguuma… good bets right now are Magus Falls in the south, or the Wastes to the north. And for those of you who were playing 250 years ago, how would you get to those areas, from the areas that are now Brisban?
Why, from the Henge of Denravi and Aurora Glade! These two areas, quite close to each other, now lie in what is called Toxal Bog, in Brisban’s southwest corner. And wouldn’t you know it, the light quality, walls, ground, and trees are all eerily like the portal seen in the Season 2 promotional image.
So, taken all together… what does that image really say about Season 2? I think it says we’re taking the fight to Mordremoth. Every previous dragon’s awakening has been followed by a massive catastrophe. I think it says Season 2 will be a season of adventure, pushing deeper into those dense jungles, as we seek to end Mordremoth before even more destruction is wrought on our world. I think Season 2 will add brand new zones, one by one, as we search for the newest Elder Dragon. Perhaps we’ll travel through some old familiar lands… does Ventari’s Refuge still stand, two and a half centuries later? Is Quarrel Falls still as beautiful as the scenic outpost that amazed adventurers in the distant past?
Soon, perhaps we’ll see. And I think I’m excited for what awaits.
With today’s patch, there’s a curious thing visible on the map now…what appears to be a new path leading to a new zone from Brisban Wildlands. In particular, in the Toxal Bog. To be really specific, it’s located where the top-right screenshot posted above is, and it looks like it leads into (what was) Dry Top.
Looks like our speculation was very close to the mark…