Hello hello! Welcome to my latest Tyria Talk, and this time it’s going to be a mix of everything.
So today the latest Living World updated went live, named Cutthroat Politics, in which the war hero of Lions Arch Ellen Kiel is competing with the mercantile mastermind Evon Gnashblade for a seat on the Captains Council of Lions Arch with the recent assassination of the former captain, Theo Ashford via Aetherblade hands.
What’s interesting about this is that players will have an impact on the outcome of the vote, as the candidate who has the most player preference will end up being elected as the council member. What does this mean? Well, each candidate (much like any other typical election) promisses endless things to their voters. Players voting for either candidate means they are permanently changing the game by adding exclusive content if their winner is selected, the other candidates promisses will be a long past echo.
Let’s see what each candidate is bringing to the table:
As you can see, this is going to be very, very interesting.
First things first. Who am I doing to vote for? I’m going to go blunt honest and say Ellen Kiel and here’s why.
Evon Gnashblade is the co-founder and the leader of the Black Lion Trading Company. While his promise for the fractal, the Fall of Abbadon is amazing in the sense of how meaningful it is to the lore of Guild Wars (and it would be something I would be wholly interested in), the reduced gem costs for the Black Lion Trading chests is essentially, a vote for RNG.
Here’s another thing. We know all about the Fall of Abbadon considering Guild Wars Nightfall was full of lore hinting at his past and how he was dethroned from godhood. But what about the Thaumanova Reactor?
Ellen Kiel, war hero for Lions Arch, defending the people against karka invasions left and right, and more recently, the Aetherblade assaults. She’s cute in the sense where her character has a faint look of “Hi I’m modelled from Emma Stone”, but that doesn’t mean she won’t pack a punch on the council seat. Her reduced waypoint costs are going to be a welcome for absolutely every single player in Guild Wars 2. While she is the stereotypical hero, I can see her being voted on the council and her discovering that she is very out of place and having a ton of internal turmoil. While Evon will be more of a scheming villainy “I am in it for the money” type of guy. After all, Evons interests in the Fall of Abbadon are not exactly holy which will tarnish the misconceptions players have about how epic the fractal can be. It just won’t…
Honestly though, for ArenaNet to compete the Thaumanova Reactor with the Fall of Abbadon, they have something potentially more epic in store for us.