In this thread, I attempt to finally clarify the nature of the connection between the sylvari and Mordremoth, by drawing parallels between the last Elder Dragon cycle of awakening and the current one.
See also: this thread
Whilst perusing dwarven lore earlier I made a few idle observations. The first are pretty inconsequential; I just noticed that in Guild Wars Eye of the North, the dwarves are given equal significance to the charr and the newly-introduced races of the asura and norn. And like the asura and norn, they are given the distinction of having their own theme introduced in the Eye of the North sountrack, as well as having a much more fleshed out lore in the story of that game. Had they survived the Destroyers, they probably would have been a playable race in Guild Wars 2 (or on footing with the playable races in lore terms, I don’t know how appealing this would be to players), but as we know, this is not the case – the sylvari took the place of the fifth playable race.
I got to thinking that it was interesting how just as the dwarves are transformed into creatures of earth, the newly-planted Pale Tree began to flourish in Arbor Bay, itself ready to create creatures to fight the Elder Dragons. I wondered how many other similarities you could draw between the two species, and as it turns out, it’s quite a few:
- Both are (now) made of natural materials. Dwarves are humanoid because that was how they looked before their Transformation, sylvari are humanoid because…well, reasons unknown.
- Sylvari were created by the Pale Tree in Arbor Bay, and the dwarves were forged by the Great Dwarf atop Anvil Rock, according to their creation myth. The Pale Tree links all sylvari together in their Dream of Dreams, and although we don’t know much about the post-transformation dwarves, we know that like the sylvari, they are now linked together by the collective consciousness called the Great Dwarf. (source)
- All sylvari feel a duty to fight the dragons, and some believe that the Pale Tree is Tyria’s way of responding to the threat of the dragons. Similarly, after the dwarven transformation, all dwarves now feel strongly compelled to fight the dragons.
- If you subscribe to the sylvari = dragon minions theory, then they are both capable of forming mental bonds with dragon champions (the dwarves with Glint, and the sylvari with Mordremoth) (source)
- Again, if you subscribe to the above theory, the fate of both is inextricably linked to the Elder Dragons. The dwarves lost their independence and began acting with single purpose in much the same way many believe the sylvari will.
Now, this isn’t (quite) another “sylvari = dragon minions” thread. I think something similar may be up, but with subtle (and massively important) differences. Now, before we can really get started, we need to think about a more obvious comparison for the dwarves: the Destroyers. If you cast your mind back to Eye of the North, there are many times that the story tries to cast the two opposing forces in the light of the other. The Great Dwarf and the Great Destroyer, for example, are similar in that they are exact opposites of one another (I think that when the Great Destroyer was first conceived in Guild Wars Prophecies, it was probably as some evil dwarf god). The dialogue in this cinematic says it better than I can:
Ogden Stonehealer: “Yes. Jalis Ironhammer is resolute, but the Destroyers are infinite, and they act as a single creature.”
Gwen: “That’s it. What if they ARE a single creature?”
Ogden Stonehealer: “What do you mean?”
Gwen: “The Great Dwarf’s power is connected to Jalis’s followers. What if the Great Destroyer’s mind is connected to its minions.”
And of course, as we know, Gwen turns out to be right. When the Great Destroyer is killed, the Destroyers lose coordination and the dwarves are able to pursue them back to where they came from (at least until Primordus awakens). Now I’m not saying anything as extreme as the dwarves are dragon minions – just that the magic that allowed the dwarves to defeat the minions of the dragon is very similar in nature to the magic used by the dragon itself (where have we seen that before?)
(edited by Tamias.7059)