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过去的遗迹散落在被遗忘的土地上,提醒着那些活着的人,他们的世界在过去的一千年里经历了什么。那些想要保存这段历史的人非常清楚这些知识的力量。对过去的理解孕育出我们对现在的理解,因为在这个世界上,长期被遗忘的邪恶将会再次出现,并威胁那些已不再记得的人,这并不罕见。

世界的诞生

在超过一万年以前,巨狼族通常也被叫做巨人族,出现在陆地上。没人知道他们是如何灭绝的,虽然他们曾经存在的痕迹散步在泰瑞亚和伊洛纳大陆上,从晦暗海岸到极北的夏尔家园和希瓦山脉远境,再到南方的库尔纳地区。而这些骸骨分布最多的地方是在水晶沙漠
在巨狼族消失的超过八千年以后,众神将一个蛇裔种族被遗忘者带到了泰瑞亚,来守卫这个世界。数个世纪以来,他们兢兢业业的执行着他们的任务,虽然他们与其他种族,比如夏尔无法和平相处,但是他们仍然维持着世界的平衡和种族的繁荣,直到人类来到泰瑞亚。
在人类出现后不久,被遗忘者被缓慢赶回聚集地。人类像野火一样快速的散播到泰瑞亚、凯珊和伊洛纳,甚至更远的世界角落。但是随着他们的扩散,人类慢慢取代了被遗忘者的工作。由于不再有目标,蛇裔离开了人类世界,进入到水晶之海。随着时间的推移,他们获得了一个新的目标,再次作为看护者服务,不过这次不再作为世界的看护者,而是作为预言之龙格林特的看护者。
在凯珊,人类在到达泰瑞亚和伊洛纳之前数百年就从南方出现了。他们定居在碧玉海的海岸线上的科瓦德森林之中。随着人类在凯珊的扩散,这里的人类 因为没有与被遗忘者的冲突,得到了快速发展。在BE510年间,一个在后来被称为凯的军犯发动了一场旨在团结各部族的战争,并做到了这一点,虽然他的真实目的已经无从知晓。随着部族的统一,他改名为凯宁,并且宣布他是龙之帝国的第一个帝王。他的儿子,彦卓在他父亲死后继位,发动了一场旨在控制库兹克卢克森的战争。然而,二代皇帝不像初代那么成功,他只是成功地迫使两派联合起来,并最终通过一种比以往任何皇帝都要残忍的手段把他们变成了附庸。

早期人类时代

多里克国王拜倒在众神面前,祈求他们干预并停止魔法大战.

尽管被遗忘者已经离开了泰瑞亚,但是众神在这个世界的发展进程并没有停顿。阿伯顿,众神之一,为泰瑞亚的众多种族带来了最具影响力的创造:魔法。魔法的本意是让所有的智慧种族生活更加轻松一点,然而很快它就变成了武器,在世界范围内造成了种族战争
在BE1年,魔法被赐予众生后,人类占领了世界各地和泰瑞亚大陆的大部分土地。与现代的泰瑞亚分成了众多独立的国家不同,当时所有的泰瑞亚人类都由最原始的贵族统治者所统治,他就是多里克王。 正是他,从阿斯卡隆来到亚拉,跪倒在德维娜、巴萨泽和梅兰朵面前,希望他们可以收回魔法,停止战争。众神应允了他的请求,创造了血石,并且把它分裂成五块。其中四块对应着四类不同的魔法-保存、侵略、破坏和否认,而第五块血石则是连接五块血石的关键,被封印在多里克王自己的血液中。血石阻止任何一个人驾驭所有四种魔法。最终,这五块血石被存放在名为阿伯顿之口的火山中,这是火环群岛上最大的火山。
然而,血石的创造并不顺利,那位肆意赐予魔法的阿伯顿,不同意限制魔法的赐予,他背叛了其他众神。他的背叛使他付出了沉重的代价,或许他可以同时击败两个神,但绝不是五个神的对手。他的失败使他最终被封印在苦痛领域。阿伯顿陨落造成的冲击太过剧烈,侵蚀了泰瑞亚和阿伯顿领域之间的边界,最终形成了荒芜之地和水晶沙漠。在阿伯顿陨落和血石创造后不久,众神离开了泰瑞亚,不再与人类同行,但他们没有忘记泰瑞亚,仍然注视着这个世界。
这一事件就是现在众所周知的众神离去,而这一年也被莫非利安历记录为元年。有一段时间,一切都很好,世界终于再次和平了。然而,和平总会到达终点的:在阿伯顿之口火山爆发,将五块血石重新带回人家前的一百多年时间内,人类繁荣发展。虽然血石再也没有被重新组合,但它们的魔力渗透到土地和空气中,贪婪再次在人类的心中发芽,引发了新的战争,这次是在人类的内战。

In years past

The Tyrian disasters

Throughout the centuries, the continent of Tyria found itself in constant warfare. The multiple Guild Wars raged across human lands - constantly ending and starting again, creating a series of wars between Humans. In all these years, not much aside from the constant wars and temporary times of peace existed. However, nearly two hundred years prior to the Searing, a powerful arcanist known simply as Lord Odran sought to reach into the unknown, and in doing so, by sacrificing many souls, found access to the Hall of Heroes. Though the spirits were outraged at Odran's intrusion on the land they had paid to access with their life and blood, they could do nothing against beings of the living. For years, Odran explored the Rift and the many worlds, placing his portals in deadly locations and concealing them with spells. Until one day, the spirits of the Rift found a way to harm that which was corporeal and when Odran returned to the Rift they tore his body apart. In doing so that which they hated most came to pass as the spells of protection and concealment over Odran's portals were removed and mortals gained free access to the Hall of Heroes.

Years have come and gone since Odran's death and not even a decade ago the world shook. The Charr invaded the land of man and destroyed the Kingdom of Ascalon and its Great Northern Wall during the cataclysmic event known as the Searing before rushing west and south, to attack Kryta and Orr. Though the last to be attacked, Orr suffered the worst fate of the three Kingdoms. In an attempt first thought to be to stop the Charr, the Vizier of Orr sought an ancient scroll - and in it, a powerful spell - and upon reading the words on the scroll, Orr sunk to the depths of the Sea of Sorrows in an event known as the Cataclysm. Kryta had the kindest fate from the devastating Charr invasion, for it was saved due to a single man: Saul D'Alessio. Though an outcast and exile of Kryta, Saul returned with a force to defeat the Charr - the Unseen Ones. Though he believed he was bringing salvation, at the moment of his own disappearance at the hands of the very saviors he had sought he realized that he had doomed Kryta to a life worse than that which the Charr had planned - blind devotion to slavers.

The Humans are not the only creatures that have issues in Tyria. The Deldrimor Dwarves too have their issues, for their king's cousin Dagnar Stonepate, leader of the xenophobic Stone Summit wishes to overthrow Jalis Ironhammer and desires to rule all of Tyria. This has caused a civil war several years in the making between the Dwarves - one that the Deldrimor Dwarves would rather not go through with, but will if they must. The Caromi and Centaurs are also facing their own problems with threats of being driven out of their homelands.

The Empire's problems

Over two hundred years ago, Emperor Angsiyan began negotiations with the warring factions in the south, the Kurzicks and the Luxons, with the help of his personal bodyguard, Shiro Tagachi. Through the emperor's and Shiro's actions, the warring factions came to peace and even entered further into the Empire of the Dragon than they ever had. However, in 872 AE (1382 CC), during the Harvest Ceremony, Shiro betrayed the emperor and slew Angsiyan, along with his retinues, as he prayed to Dwayna. Before Shiro could enact any of his plans, the champions of the Kurzicks and the Luxons - Saint Viktor and Archemorus - along with a Canthan Assassin, Vizu, killed Shiro. In dying, Shiro let out a deadly wail that petrified the Echovald Forest and solidified the Jade Sea. Even today, the land of Cantha suffers from the wail now known as the Jade Wind.

Not even a decade after Shiro's death, the Canthan avian creatures known as Tengu left their peaceful life and turned to pillaging and raiding the new settlements on Shing Jea Island. Claiming that their land was being trespassed upon, the Sensali and Angchu clans started more and more fierce skirmishes until a group of Sensali slaughtered and burned down a village. War would have broken out if not for Emperor Hanjai and the Angchu Tengu and even though war was averted for a long time, the Sensali - who felt betrayed by the Angchu for being excluded in peace treaties at the time - continued raids from their mountainous homes. These raids continue to this day and at times have broken out into small wars that even included the Angchu - these wars are now known as the Tengu Wars which ended not long ago in the year 1071 AE. It wasn't until Togo was able to negotiate peace with the Angchu once more that the last of the Tengu Wars ended.

Cantha saw only a year of partial peace before the next major threat hit the Empire of the Dragon. Shortly after the end of the last of the Tengu Wars a plague that turned beings into sickened, pulsating creatures known as Afflicted spread from Shing Jea Island to Kaineng City and even reaching into the Echovald Forest and the Jade Sea. Shortly after the appearance and spread of the plague the source was identified as the returned spirit of Shiro Tagachi and soon Shiro'ken appeared in large numbers with the Afflicted. Along with the threat of Shiro's return, the sources of the corrupted Wardens and the Outcasts were discovered in the forms of Urgoz and Kanaxai.

Disease, death, and undeath

Palawa Joko invaded from the Desolation in an attempt to rule all of Elona.

Cantha is not the only land to be faced with a mass disease. The island of Istan was the origin of an insufferable plague from 452 AE to 456 AE. The Scarab Plague swept through Elona, left Istan abandoned, and wiped out the royal family of the Primeval Kings. Shortly after the end of the Scarab Plague, the bloodiest wars of Elona broke out as various factions sought to gain royalty. The Pretender Wars that ravaged Elona brought about the Shattered Dynasty Era, the end of which spawned the union between the three provinces which survives to this day.

Before the Scarab Plague and the Pretender Wars an order was formed by Queen Nadijeh to protect all Elona. Once called the Sunspear Guard, the Order of the Sunspears protects Elona without linking themselves to any one province. The Order helps the people of Elona whether through force or through support. Just as there are those who act to help others, there are those who act to help themselves. The pirating Corsairs act around and outside the law, keeping to their own Code of the Corsairs, sailing the treacherous waters around Elona. There have been times when the Corsairs were gathered together as a force, and not just as small groups, and both times this happened the Great Corsair Wars occurred. Little has been recorded about the First Great Corsair War but the second war entails of Lady Glaive gathering an armada to fight Seamarshal Matoha, before fleeing north and turning Istan into the maritime power of today.

A decade after Odran's infamous creation of the portals a new threat came from the Desolation to the northeast of Elona. The undead lich, Palawa Joko, came out of the sulfurous wastelands seeking to conquer all Elona. Having quickly forced the Vabbian princes to their knees, Palawa Joko turned his forces south and clashed with Turai Ossa's shattered forces. After 100 bloody days during the Battle of Jahai, Turai took his elite guard and the remnants of the Sunspears and took a twisting path to Palawa behind his armies where Turai defeated him in single combat, later entombing the undead abomination with his newly formed elite force. After years of ruling, Turai turned to books and prophecies. Believing himself to be a Chosen mentioned in the Flameseeker Prophecies, he took his people and traveled to the Crystal Desert to Ascend - an event now called the Great Pilgrimage.

A recent plight

In recent days, earthquakes have appeared throughout the three known continents, opening passages to long lost underground tunnels and threatening the major cities of Tyria. The threat was discovered to originate from creatures of stone and fire. The races of Tyria have been threatened once more by this new danger and in response to it, new races have appeared. The Asura have been chased from the depths and the Norn have been found in their isolated land to the north. But as new races are found, old groups fall. Ascalon and Orr have fallen, the White Mantle and the leaders of the Charr High Legions are threatened with the fall of their false Gods, the Stone Summit have scattered and a prophecy as old as the Dwarves themselves tells of the end of their race.

After the main threat of the Destroyers which decimated hundreds of lives, another threat appeared from the shadows. The Asura known as Zinn foolishly aided an unknown "mysterious stranger" and created three machines of immense power animated by an unknown energy source. The shady being ordered the golems to attack the royalty of Kryta, Cantha, and Vabbi. This "mysterious stranger" is still out there, and may strike once more.

Since then, the War in Kryta has become increasingly deadly. Despite their Gods reveal, the White Mantle still manage to keep its grasp on Kryta. Ruled by Confessor Isaiah, the White Mantle have increased its brutality through the use of Inquisitors and Peacekeepers, and still more Jade constructs and Mursaat are revealed as the war progresses.

Further reading

History of Tyria

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Canthan Culture

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History of Elona

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GW:EN and Now

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Notes

Gw2logo.png The Guild Wars 2 Wiki also has an article on 背景.
  • Within the context of Guild Wars and fictional settings in general, lore is a term for a setting's backstory and related setting elements. (Wiktionary's Lore page)

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