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Posted by: BlackyWarsX.5384

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I’ve been there for the halloween doors, but it seems there has been a lot of wood cut down… A LOT…. literally the whole forest near the shore of the lake.

You also can’t dive to the krait anymore, there’s an invisble barrier.

What is happening down there?

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Hmmm..suspicious…

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Posted by: Krispera.5087

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Talk with Kasmeer and Marjory south of Fort Salma. Also, look up in the sky above the lake.

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Posted by: lordkrall.7241

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Hmm, something to do with krait it seems.
Or possibly the mad king?

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Posted by: mrstealth.6701

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I’m guessing that krait witch is up to something. We let her stay there too long without bothering to stop her. Maybe an updated event, or a new world boss here.

No matter what it is, this is a nice little tease. The map change is definitely an attention grab, and the NPCs give you just enough to want to learn more.

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Posted by: Callum Walker.3249

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I’m so interested in this… I think it’s possible that it has something to do with that Tower on the release page….

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Posted by: Chrisco.5732

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I was just walking through here without knowing anything had changed. Started to notice that things were … off. I must say that the 5 minutes i spent exploring and looking for things that have changed has been my best experience with the living story!

Plllllssss more of this! It actually feels like a dynamic world where things change. Cant wait for the next living story!

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Posted by: Callum Walker.3249

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I was just walking through here without knowing anything had changed. Started to notice that things were … off. I must say that the 5 minutes i spent exploring and looking for things that have changed has been my best experience with the living story!

Plllllssss more of this! It actually feels like a dynamic world where things change. Cant wait for the next living story!

That’s exactly what I was thinking. Finally actually something that changes the world in a BIG way not like them geysers in Wayfarer Foothills.

Also I would like to point that the town north of Viathan lake has been completely wiped out and is overrun by Harathi & Krait…….. strange?

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Posted by: JerekLo.5893

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Why they gotta pick on the poor trees! They don’t do nothing! They just chill. /sylvari

But really I love it when you guys do little lead-ins like this. It spark a little interest in what’ll happen next without being too blatant about it. It was one of the things I really liked about Lost Shores: karka warnings, beached whales, etc.

Stuff like this really helps build that living world feeling.

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Posted by: Faowri.4159

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I was just walking through here without knowing anything had changed. Started to notice that things were … off. I must say that the 5 minutes i spent exploring and looking for things that have changed has been my best experience with the living story!

Plllllssss more of this! It actually feels like a dynamic world where things change. Cant wait for the next living story!

Yessss. This is totally what I want to see more of!

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Posted by: Venirto.4208

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I found these missing trees…

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Posted by: Deesis.7963

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might just be scarlet stirring up another faction though i hope there is more it than just that.
the tengu and the wizards tower are also close by. but its probably just wishful thinking that they might engange with the events as well.
anyway i really enjoy this kind of hidden prelude.
btw what do you guys think the krait are building there?
the only krait building i know are the krait fortress.
are they even capable to build something else?
with the help of scarlet they might be…..oh so many questions.
looking forward to that story

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Posted by: Callum Walker.3249

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There’s some dialog from NPC’s on the hill talking about how it could be a Mesmer or a Krait… or perhaps both? Krait Witch?!?!?

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Posted by: LiveSpartan.8206

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This concept art was posted on reddit and its a concept for something called a Krait Obelisk

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Posted by: Electro.4173

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Ooh, interesting. Thanks for the post, I wasn’t planning on going to Kessex any time soon so I would have missed it. I’ll have to head there later.

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Posted by: Xar.6185

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With everyone distracted by the Mad King & Bloody Prince this left time for Scarlet Briar to ally with the Krait witch and create a nightmare krait tower in the lake.

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Posted by: JayMack.8295

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Yeah, looks like it’s a huge tower currently disguised in mesmer magic.

Thanks for having the forethought to change Poobadoo’s route to coincide with the block, by the way.

Having said that, though, if people haven’t got the Lair of the Seawitch PoI, can they get it in the next 2 weeks?

This doesn’t effect me as all my current characters have it, and I don’t see myself needing to 100% Kessex in the next 2 weeks if I create a new one, but I just wondered.

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We increased the range of the POI so world completion is still possible

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Posted by: Venirto.4208

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From GW2 wiki (http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Krait):

Krait cities are often built around one or more of the great obelisks, elaborately built to incorporate coral reefs and natural caverns. The city usually contains underwater hatcheries, palatial living areas, arenas for gladiatorial combat, and long lines of glowing road markers which can be seen from the surface. Slaves are penned in small chambers at the top of the structures until it is time to be eaten or sacrificed. This top part is often built from shipwrecks or materials stolen from the land.

The obelisks are rare, eerily smooth stones made from a unique material found on the ocean floor. According to the Oratuss, the priesthood of the krait, the obelisks mark the sites of the “ascension” of ancient krait prophets to some higher realm, but land-based scholars speculate that they are simply ancient krait monuments whose purpose have been long-forgotten due to the oral nature of the krait’s religious texts.

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We also moved the vista so that you can access it. In case, you know…you’re curious. :-D

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Posted by: Callum Walker.3249

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This clearly must be big, 3 devs talking on the first page of a thread…..

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Posted by: Inc.4753

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So, I noticed the golem AUX-1 in the camp south of Fort Salma. He talks about his mistress Kari. Other conversations lead me to believe this is not the Kari we already know (the little girl that keeps falling into a certain Destroyer cave in the east part of the map). So we now have two ‘Kari’ persons within the same map? Confusing :P

Also, in the aprox. 15 mins I was in that camp, the voiced conversations often played at the same time. Having voiced conversations doesn’t work so well if we can’t understand them properly because there are 3 persons/things (a Human, a golem and a Quaggan) talking at the same time. Any chance this can be fixed? The conversations are great by the way, only there is some inconsistency with the different conversations between Maddox and AUX-1 (in a period of 5 minutes apparently Maddox finds out Kari is missing, decides to organize a search party and gets word back from that search party that they can’t find Kari, all the while without any movement in the whole camp. Guess he’s got some mental power to communicate with his mind).

BTW, I love this secretly introduced content. Love Halloween events too, but so far I’ve spent more time in Kessex dealing with this than doing Halloween events.

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Posted by: Mif.3471

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I blame bookahs!

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Posted by: Caspian.2814

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I thought it had something to do with The Halloween Event, but those things and the missing tree didn’t fit in the Halloween Event.

I thought it was a bug oO Im gonna investigate this ANET!

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Posted by: The Meat Wagon.7194

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Does it matter? Any content update will amount to you zerging a big group of krait down.

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Posted by: wookiee.4631

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I love when little hints like this are added. It was exciting when that tarp went over the Great Collapse or when the second Aetherbase was discovered in Genderran Fields inside a mountain. I think these little teases are a fun way to hype up future releases.

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Move along. There’s nothing to see here.

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Posted by: Inverted.7439

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Oh god the suspicion… Devs are just eating this up >.>

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Posted by: Conncept.7638

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Obviously the Mad King fancies himself a new underwater mansion

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Love it. +1 ANet.

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Posted by: Sindex.9520

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So the most xenophobic race in the game getting an update? Hopefully it will shed some light on the Krait and their zealous religious order. Probably get one of the oldest mysteries solved: Can the Krait still use metamorphosis to turn into another state of being like they did in GW1? Or maybe we can know more on their relation to other deep sea creatures like the Leviathans or the Largos. We know they wiped out the quaggan Royal family as they were fleeing from the deep sea dragon minions.

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Posted by: Xista.7391

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This! More of this, plz!

This is a living world.

I’m so kitten intrigued now about the next living story. Somewhere that I used to know has changed (for the worse?).

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Posted by: Zaxares.5419

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Playable Krait pls thnx!

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Posted by: Chessrook.8643

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For those curious, the picture I include here has me swimming around the barrier, bumping into it most of the way around.

That is… huge…

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Posted by: Tanith.5264

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Dang.

Had I known about this, I could have spent my game time this evening investigating this, instead of hanging out in the Mad Realm listening to King Thorn and Sonny Edds insult each other.

Ah, well, there’s always tomorrow.

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Posted by: SlothBear.9846

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This is awesome. The sort of lore heavy foreshadowing that should come before something big and lets us sort of put the pieces together. The krait are one of the few truly threatening species out there for Tyria. This could be really cool!

…unless it ends up involving Scarlet.

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Posted by: A Massive Headache.1879

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YAY Krait living story could mean we get to see them metamorphosis meteamorphasize?

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Posted by: Riot Inducer.8964

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…unless it ends up involving Scarlet.

Precisely the reason I’m not getting my hopes up for this whatsoever…

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Posted by: Shiren.9532

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I’m going to lose my kitten if this has anything to do with she who shall not be named. This is a really interesting development, let’s not ruin a good thing by slapping it onto her resume.

I have slightly high hopes for some underwater combat.

This is also more in line with what I had in mind when they talked about a Living World. Changes to the geography, expansion on an existing conflict and characters in the world that are talking about the goings on.

Marjory and Kasmeer return which might bring back Mr E. The disappearing people question was never answered. This story could go somewhere exciting.

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Posted by: Nightsong.5973

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The fact that we have four ArenaNet developers, two of whom happen to be the Game Director and GW2 Lead Writer, has me very intrigued as to what this all means.

I’m all for learning more about the Krait since it could lead into more backstory about the Deep Sea Dragon, aka Bubbles, since the Krait alongside the Quaggan were driven north by that dragon.

Also, I could swear that ArenaNet said that we would be wrapping up the Scarlet storyline by the end of this year and this update could be used as a hook to go into next year and post-Scarlet living world updates.

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Posted by: Exosferatu.2961

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To people that are saying the Krait may have allied themselves to Scarlet Briar, I completely disagree with you. The Krait are very xenophobic and will enslave or kill all other species on sight. Why would they affiliate themselves to Scarlet? That is ridiculous. And if the krait did ally themselves that will make Scarlet the ultimate Villain Sue.

To Arena Net, I am impressed. We need more of this living and breathing in game, though. Please put more in game for future Living Worlds and not just the upcoming patch.

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Posted by: Riot Inducer.8964

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To people that are saying the Krait may have allied themselves to Scarlet Briar, I completely disagree with you. The Krait are very xenophobic and will enslave or kill all other species on sight. Why would they affiliate themselves to Scarlet? That is ridiculous. And if the krait did ally themselves that will make Scarlet the ultimate Villain Sue.

To Arena Net, I am impressed. We need more of this living and breathing in game, though. Please put more in game for future Living Worlds and not just the upcoming patch.

The dredge and flame legion were pretty xenophobic too but that didn’t stop them from following little miss perfect around.

Not trying to dispute your point, I really hope scarlet isn’t involved in this, all I’m saying is there’s a precedent for her flying in the face of established lore, logic and reason.

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Posted by: Callum Walker.3249

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I’m pretty sure it isn’t Scarlet, It’s definitely the Krait since the release image matches the description of how the Krait build their structures. Also according the GW2 Wiki they ‘often built from shipwrecks or materials stolen from the land’ which would explain the trees getting cut down.

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Posted by: MRA.4758

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Unfounded and most likely inaccurate speculation: A lot of krait have been driven off from WvW Borderlands in the Mists lately. I guess they had to move somewhere ….

(edit:) Of course, my main hope that these are (finally) the first portents of the super secret Tengu-as-a-playable-race-DLC/Expansion that nobody has been talking about lately …

Well played, ANet, well played. You have my attention.

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Posted by: Essa.5826

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I hope it involves scarlet. Anet need to give some hint about her agenda, and i hope it’s good. 9 months of living world updates and no clear motives yet.

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Posted by: Crise.9401

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This kind of things make my day, it would only be nice if we could see hints say 2-3 patches in advance not just for the next patch, would add to the mystery a bit imo.

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Posted by: Exosferatu.2961

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I hope it involves scarlet. Anet need to give some hint about her agenda, and i hope it’s good. 9 months of living world updates and no clear motives yet.

Yeah like Scarlet trying to land her Aetherblade ship at the krait obelisk then suddenly her ship is struck by some krait magic and she just dies randomly. A krait then walks by Scarlet’s corpse and wears her wig.

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Posted by: BlackyWarsX.5384

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I hope it involves scarlet. Anet need to give some hint about her agenda, and i hope it’s good. 9 months of living world updates and no clear motives yet.

Yeah like Scarlet trying to land her Aetherblade ship at the krait obelisk then suddenly her ship is struck by some krait magic and she just dies randomly. A krait then walks by Scarlet’s corpse and wears her wig.

oh my god, I laughed so hard at this

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Posted by: Braindrops.6428

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I hope it involves scarlet. Anet need to give some hint about her agenda, and i hope it’s good. 9 months of living world updates and no clear motives yet.

Yeah like Scarlet trying to land her Aetherblade ship at the krait obelisk then suddenly her ship is struck by some krait magic and she just dies randomly. A krait then walks by Scarlet’s corpse and wears her wig.

I hope with all my heart that they eat her alive!!

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Posted by: StinVec.3621

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Please let this be a lead-in to Krait being a playable race (metamorphose ala Little Mermaid to have legs as the workaround for armor viability). I’d accept Quaggan, stags, or even man-bear-pigs at this point as a new race. Just give us something, anything, please! I beg you!

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