History of Tyria: 11,000 Years Ago

As time turns, cycles run. Seasons change while the sun rises and the moon descends, while the cold bites and the warmth comforts. In Tyria, the Elder Dragons rise, consume and slumber.


Early Elder Dragon concept art.

History cannot tell the number of times they have risen, nor does it say their origins. All that history can say is they awaken in cycles to consume the world, shaping it in their twisted image until all that was to consume is gone… Then, they sleep.

11,000 years before the Exodus of the Gods they rose, the earliest documented record of them rising, being passed down through legends by the elder races. They ended a cycle of life on Tyria, devouring and shaping the world, destroying land and life alike, and ending the lives of the Great Giants.

The humans and their god’s have yet to arrive on Tyria, but much like the current battle against the Elder Dragons, 5 ancient races waged a war of their own against the impossible: the jotun, the mursaat, the Forgotten, the Seer and the dwarves.

Jotun, mursaat, forgotten, seer, dwarf. Five against six. It seems so unfair. And, yet…”

– Scholar Trueclaw, The Durmand Priory

From what is known of this battle, the Elder Dragons were insatiable, and little to no life could flourish on Tyria as they consumed the world. The Elder Dragons are known to also consume magic. Magic was wild in Tyria, the elder races utilized it with freedom from the current consequences we find to this day.  Magic was limitless before the human gods came to Tyria, and the elder races were legendary with their spell craft. The jotun were strong in magic and they were the guardians of the races, the Seers were adepts in magical containment and defence, and the mursaat were the greatest spell casters of all with their phasing spells and unparalleled attacks against the Elder Dragons and their minions.

The races worked together to combat the Elder Dragons, however there was soon betrayal. The mursaat, presumably thinking themselves a superior race than all others wanted to see the extinction of lesser races. Using their phasing magic, they fled from the Elder Dragons and betrayed the other races to their demise. This was possibly the flame that ignited the war between the Seer and the mursaat.

When the war reached it’s final toll and all was thought to be lost, the Forgotten cast a powerful spell on Glaust, the dragon champion of the Elder Dragon Kralkatorik, ultimately freeing her from his grasp. With her free will, she aided the elder races by bringing them into hiding, preventing their extinction.

In an effort to contain pure magic, uncorrupted from the Elder Dragons, the Seers created the original Bloodstone to store untainted magic. And with Glaust, now redeemed as Glint, the races waited patiently as the Elder Dragons continued to ravage the world.

And when the world was broken, they slept again…

The races emerged from their hiding broken. The Seers would see to another tedious war against the mursaat. The jotun, would be destined to losing their magic, causing civil war and the demise of their great empire. The dwarves would recuperate and reforge one of the greatest empires seen of all races on Tyria. The Forgotten will soon be tasked with overseeing the races the young races of Tyria with the arrival of the human gods.


A jotun, later on in the story after their civilisation has fallen.

And as for Glint… she will become one of the greatest allies to humanity and make a prophecy that will change the world of Tyria: The Flameseeker Prophecy.

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6 Responses to History of Tyria: 11,000 Years Ago

  1. I had no idea that’s why the mursaat betrayed the rest of them, great writeup. I assume you’re going to cover all of the events of the various Guild Wars 1 games, but how far do you plan on going with this? Anyway, can’t wait for the next one!

    • totallytyria says:

      It was tough to find out when exactly the Mursaat betrayed everyone, and all the information showed that they did it before Glint stowed the other races. Because the way that Mursaat are, they did find themselves superior so them wanting to betray the others to their death wouldn’t be out of the ordinary. They did however consider themselves god-like.

  2. Mag1c says:

    the elder dragons remind me of the reapers from mass effect…

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