Have you watched Ulysses 31? If not, start here. I’ll be here when you get back.
I don’t blame you if you didn’t watch all that in the interim, so let me sum up. Essentially it’s an interesting Sci-Fi which involves Greek mythology. Originally the gods were thought to be near omnipotent beings with endless power, but they turned out to merely be powerful beings with superior technology, masquerading as gods because it amuses them.
I’ve seen parallels between that and this.
This brings me to the invasion protocol, because the gods do seem to have one, and this is evidenced in a couple of cases. I’ll go through those now. Let’s start with the Forgotten. The Forgotten appeared to ‘prepare the world’ for the coming of humanity. They were missionaries, and their job was to brainwash all the races to believe in the gods and serve the chosen ones of the gods, the human Master Race.
Of course, the charr weren’t having any of that - so this resulted in a war with the Forgotten, where they were pushed back to the Crystal Desert. Essentially they attempted to pull the standard invasion protocol stuff on the charr, but it didn’t work. So when the humans were brought in, they were bade to destroy the charr (of course, which links in perfectly).
But there’s another piece of evidence to this particular picture. Abaddon. What he did with the creation of the titans and the use thereof? He was following their standard invasion protocols. A twisted, insane version of them, sure, but that’s what it was. The titans were the same as the Forgotten, they had the same job, their role was to convince whomever they could to believe in Abaddon as their sole god.
This seems to imply that they do have an invasion protocol.
Now here’s where this gets a little scary. Why did the gods actually abandon Tyria? It could have been a scrapped project. They realised that their invasion of this world was a failure, and they weren’t interested in expending any further resources to make this world one of their own. As such, they scrapped it, and this is why humanity fell so far so quickly, because they had no divine power to fall back on.
The gods appear to be pretty cut-throat when they wash their hands of a project, since they just cut themselves off from it entirely.
They just left. The dragons will take care of the clean up.
What this also implies though is that there are plenty of other worlds where they may be installing their ‘magic,’ and sending in their Forgotten to prepare the world for an injection of humanity. They may be invading countless worlds, and Tyria is just one small piece of a massive battlefront that we haven’t even begun to see. This story has the potential to become truly amazing.
Here are some further considerations…
The asura are magical, and their magic only exists within the range of a world that has had magic installed into it by the gods. So how would they take this battle to the stars? Well, I mentioned the advancement of the charr. Do we really believe that the charr would ever stop? A space program, a space station, orbital weapons platforms, starships… and then you have starships which can see asura gates.
Guild Wars 3: Worlds Apart
The premise here is that the asura would still head up the magical side of things, but most races would have become advanced in different ways, with the charr offering pretty much hard cyberpunk. I’ve mentioned before that I find this intriguing, and I’d love to see a small platoon of Deus Ex-like charr, with prosthetic limbs and body mounted weapons marching out of a freshly dropped gate.
Our purpose in Guild Wars 3 might be to remove the magical generators of the gods. Once we’ve invaded we can return via starships, after all, but gates are a good way to just get us in there. Using the technology of the gods against them, basically. Once a magical generator has been destroyed on a world, there can be no further magical indoctrination. And the power of the gods would be reduced.
Eventually taking the battle to them on their own home world.
I’m genuinely excited by storylines like this, where the setting transcends genres and evolves from one genre to another. And everything we’ve become familiar with is still there, but it’s always advancing. So you have charr with mechs and gattling lasers, and you have multiple asura piloting massive golems, on a huge warfront across the stars, to free all races everywhere from the tyranny of those gods.
I don’t think ArenaNet would ever go this way. It’s too brave and bold for the mainstream. You saw how people bitched about the charr cars and tanks as it is, so I can’t see it happening. But if it did happen, it would be incredible.