The purpose of this thread is to provide detailed information on the Obey and Dismantle campaign that is unfolding.
Credit goes to Neo Nugget, Borx, and the Guild Wars 2 Guru community for being so dedicated.
Additional thanks to Rubi Bayer of Massively.com, who also put up a recap of events recently. Check that out here.
If you see something that needs to be updated or catch something that is simply incorrect, please post it in this thread and I will update it when I get the chance. Everything else related to this campaign should be kept in this monstrous thread.
Game Developers Conference
During this conference, Daniel Docui was presenting a slideshow of his art in Guild Wars 2 on Youtube. At the end of part 3 and part 4 were some quick White Mantle and Shining Blade (respectively) "subliminial messages".
*Note: The White Mantle and Shining Blade messages were not added until ArenaNet posted the videos on youtube following the conference.
GDC & Emerald City ComicCon
At the Game Developer's conference in San Francisco Regina handed out White Mantle and Shining Blade flyers, and Martin handed out flyers at the Emerald City ComicCon. Only the White Mantle flyer (seen below) made it to the forum.
The barcodes located on the bottom corners of the flyers translated into the following URL. Shortly after this website was discovered forum member TedTheShred guessed the URL for the Shining Blade page, which would have been on the Shining Blade flyers.
Below are the original pictures that were displayed on each page.
Shortly following this, various users have been taking sides with either the White Mantle or the Shining Blade by posting hash tag signatures at the end of each post. .
This stems from a "Obey vs Dismantle" forum game started vt TedTheShred, where users would furiously defend the side they have pledged allegiance to.
The comment in the HTML for the White Mantle page was eventually changed to "Go, Discover Contentment. Truth is obedience." and the same for the Shining Blade page, with "Mantle has discovered plans. Writing is on Wall."
The White Mantle page was updated to include some great wallpapers based off of the flyers given out at the GDC.
Unlike the White Mantle, one of the Shining Blade wallpapers has "FACE THE TRUTH" written on it.
The flyers on the White Mantle and Shining Blade pages were vandalized, presumably by the opposing faction.
The Shining Blade poster was restored shortly afterward.
Vandalized White Mantle Page
Vandalized Shining Blade Page
Restored Shining Blade Page
On March 29th, ArenaNet created pages on Facebook for both the White Mantle and Shining Blade. These pages were discovered by clicking the hyperlinked pictures on the White Mantle and Shining Blade pages of guildwars.com. Fans were encourages to pick a side and were able to follow the updates for their side as time went by.
*Note: If you want to see a log of the status updates for each group, see the image compilation at the bottom of this guide.
White Mantle updates for March 29th.
Shining Blade updates for March 29th.
White Mantle update for March 30th
Shining Blade update for March 30th
White Mantle update for March 31st
Shining Blade update for March 31st
The flyer on the Shining Blade page was restored with a new code that contained the plain text "Midnight clouds will part. The second symbol will reveal its Face like a hidden moon. /stnarytothtaed". /stnarytothtaed (death to tyrants spelled backwards) is a URL on the guildwars.com domain.
The /stnarytothtaed page contained an image of a wall with some kind of letters written on it. These letters turned out to be old Ascalonian runes (http://wiki.guildwars.com/wiki/Languages_of_Tyria) and read "BLADE". This happened right after midnight, so it is most likely that "Midnight clouds will Part." referred to this. Also the fact that the f in Face was capitilized hinted at us needing to look on Facebook.
The Shining Blade Facebook page got a new photo uploaded which contained a code which read, "Create one from two. Unity Resolve Liberty. /neeuqsiamlas". Once again /neeuqsiamlas (salma is queen backwards) was a URL.
The /neeuqsiamlas page contained another image of a wall with old Ascalonian runes written on it, this time spelling out "CAMP".
"Unity Resolve Liberty." from the QR code hinted at URL (capitalized letters) telling us that we were dealing with yet another URL. And "Create one from two." told us we needed to combine something. This led to us combining "BLADE" and "CAMP" into "bladecamp" and making it a URL leading us to "http://www.guildwars.com/bladecamp".
At the /bladecamp site there was yet another image. This one wound up being a little trickier, but it was discovered that there was a faint hint of red in the image. After overlaying a red layer over the image in a graphics program and setting the blend mode to saturation the URL "/warinkryta" was revealed.
At the /warinkryta page we found an image that was far too blurry and obscured to lead us anywhere else. Many members tried different approaches to find something in either the page or image, but nothing was found.
The April 2nd update updated the NPC model used for Salma in the Temple of the Ages. Prior to this update, Salma had a simple default character model.
In addition to Salma's model update, the Shining Blade Camp was also added into Talmark Wilderness. The fastest way to reach the camp is to leave The Temple of the Ages and go through The Black Curtain into Talmark Wilderness. Below is a map of the Talmark Wilderness zone for your viewing pleasure.
There have also been a few status updates from the Facebook pages. As the updates imply, there will be no more official information for the next two days.
White Mantle update for April 2nd
Shining Blade update for April 2nd
This is the picture that lead players to the www.guildwars.com/neeuqsiamlas URL, and eventually to the Shining Blade Camp.
On April 5th the image at the /warinkryta page was updated with a new version. This time the image was less blurry, but still obscured. At this point we can only assume we simply need to wait until the image is made less and less blurry so we can continue the hunt.
The White Mantle have posted yet another status update on their Facebook page.
In addition to this, the blurred image found on the /warinkryta URL has been updated.
Once again, the war in kryta image has been updated. This time around, some text appears to be visible at the bottom of the image, as well as more defined colors on the border.
Just a few hours after the image update, both the Shining Blade and White Mantle posted Facebook updates.
The image previously shown on the /warinkryta URL has been changed to a full fledges newsletter showcasing the White Mantle and Shining Blade.
The White Mantle
A militarized religious order that worship cruel “gods” known as the Unseen Ones, the White Mantle once defended Kryta from the charr hordes. But the saviors became tyrants. The Mantle outlawed the worship of the Old Gods and sacrificed innocent Krytans to the bloodthirsty Unseen Ones, who are actually the Mursaat, a race of sinister spellcasters.
Now, the seeds of rebellion have taken root in Kryta. The defiant Shining Blade challenges the supremacy of the White Mantle. But the Mantle will not willingly ease their grip on Kryta, and those who underestimate the Mantle and their Mursaat masters do so at their own peril!
The Shining Blade
The Shining Blade are freedom fighters who struggle against the oppressive White Mantle for control of Kryta. Lead by the cunning strategist Bartholos, the Shining Blade support the claim of the rightful heir Princess Salma to the Krytan throne.
From their secret jungle base, the Shining Blade wage a guerilla war against the White Mantle, striking without warning and then vanishing into the wilderness. Every day the cruelty of the White Mantle grows, and every day the ranks of the Shining Blade swell with embittered Krytans and freedom-loving adventurers. The final showdown between the royalist rebels and the cruel White Mantle draws near – and Kryta will be changed forevermore!
You can also read about the White Mantle's background information by clicking on the banner for each alliance.
These articles are written by the historian Murro and will report happenings in the "war-torn Kryta."
A Troubled Land
This is Kryta.
It’s a land of palm trees and white sand beaches, of fertile earth and wholesome folk. A visitor passing through might think Kryta a land of peace and ease.
But if that visitor were to linger a while, they’d soon notice fear in the eyes of the farmers and hear whispered dissent in taverns. For Kryta is a troubled land.
Hiding in the jungles and among the populace, the Shining Blade rebel movement has grown increasingly bold in their attacks against the White Mantle, the ostensible leaders of Kryta. No doubt the royalist rebels are taking advantage of the relative weakness of the White Mantle after the recent deaths of their entire High Council.
But the White Mantle is not to be underestimated. They have rallied under new leadership – the stern hand of Confessor Isaiah – and their Inquisitors scour the land, hunting for rebels.
I am Murro, a humble historian and scribe. It is my duty to bear witness to these momentous events and report what I see with honesty. Over the coming weeks I intend to do just that, in these War Chronicles.
Both The White Mantle and The Shining Blade updated their Facebook statuses as well.
On Friday, April 9th, both factions have once again released new Facebook status updates.
Murro has also published a new article of the War in Kryta web page.
Farmer Eshael Mattan was traveling on the road north of Nebo Village with a wagon full of trade goods when he claims a party of ruffians blocked his passage.
They called themselves Peacekeepers and bore writs and badges from the White Mantle, but Mattan claims they were little more than brigands.
“Their leader was a grizzled hag of a woman with a cob pipe,” Mattan said. “And the rest were little more than degenerate, filthy bandits – none of them Krytan born.”
These “Peacekeepers” searched Mattan’s wagon under the pretense of looking for contraband. When the ruffians found a shiny mirror and some moa meat they fancied, they confiscated them as “tithe for passage” and sent the poor farmer on his way.
Farmer Mattan’s tale of highwaymen with official sanctions from the White Mantle is chilling, but it is not the first such story this scribe has heard.
New "War Chronicles" article
ARROWS OF THE SHINING BLADE
Traveling south towards Bergen Hot Springs, I made a grim discovery today.
Two knights of the White Mantle lay face down in the dust of the road, each pierced with half a dozen arrows.
How long they had lay there dead I could not say, for I dared not approach their bodies lest somebody see me and report me to the White Mantle. I had no wish to be blamed for the killings, though I had no doubt who was responsible.
I hurried along my way, eager to put as much road as possible between myself and those forsaken victims of the Shining Blade.
The White Mantle and The Shining Blade have posted new Facebook status updates this evening as well.
This Tuesday, we received another war-time tale from Murro.
INQUISITOR SCOURS BERGEN HOT SPRINGS
For the third time this week, White Mantle agents conducted extensive searches of farms around Bergen Hot Springs as part of an ongoing campaign to root out so-called heretics and Shining Blade sympathizers.
Inquisitor Lovisa of the White Mantle, who is overseeing the searches, directed her men to tear apart the outbuildings of an area farm, despite the pleas of the farmer.
“We’re searching for prohibited materials and evidence of collusion with the rebels,” she explained. “And we’ll tear this farm apart to find it.”
The Mantle allowed the farmer to remove his livestock before they set their torches to the barn, though I imagine this was of small comfort to the poor man. In the end, Inquisitor Lovisa did not find the contraband she was searching for, but her resolve to snuff out the tiniest ember of rebellion was as strong as ever.
“This sends a strong message to any heathens or rebels in the area,” the Inquisitor said in regards to the burning barn before her. “The White Mantle is tolerant and kind, but we have no mercy for those who would disagree with us.”
More updates from The White Mantle and Shining Blade.
Facebook status updates for The White Mantle and The Shining Blade
There has also been another update from Murro on the ongoing struggle.
NEW PUBLIC SAFETY LAWS DECREED
Villages and farms in Nebo Terrace woke this morning to find new public decrees nailed to doors and posted prominently throughout the province.
The White Mantle’s Proclamation of Public Safety establishes several new laws which presumably take place immediately.
The first of the new protections bans movement outside the home after sunset, unless the citizen is fortunate enough to have a Wartime Nocturnal Activities Permit. The second forbids travel between Krytan provinces without a Wartime Travel Permit, while the third new protection prohibits gatherings of individuals in groups greater than six.
The proclamation states that the permits are available through “loyal provincial governors” but does not specify the prerequisites for attaining one. From the handful of common folk who I’ve interviewed today in Nebo Terrace, I would say that this Proclamation of Public Safety has struck the citizenry not with a sense of safety, but with great apprehension.
The following quote is the Proclamation of Peace referenced in Murro's writing.
PROCLAMATION OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Whereas the Safety and Well-Being of the good people of Kryta have of late been threatened by the pernicious actions of an isolated band of Brigands and Rebels, we hereby decree new Protections for the Common Good.
First, no person shall be out of his or her home after sunset and before sunrise without a Wartime Nocturnal Activities Permit. Said permits shall be sought through petition of loyal Provincial Governors.
Second, travel across province boundaries shall be restricted to those with a Wartime Travel Permit. Said permits shall also be sought through petition of loyal Provincial Governors.
Third, no gathering of individuals shall exceed six people.
Insofar as these safety measures shall better permit the White Mantle to identify rebel activities and to protect the people of Kryta from the malicious intent of said rebels, the cooperation of all Citizens and Residents is required. Any person witnessing another in violation of these Laws must inform a White Mantle Justiciar posthaste so that the appropriate action may be taken.
The Truth is our greatest weapon.
REWARD FOR REPORTING TREASON
Be it now known that any found to be spreading Lies in support of Treason or defending the actions of Traitors shall be found guilty of the High Crime of Sedition. Those so convicted shall be subject to internment in a re-education camp and confiscation of property.
Seditious Acts do include, but are not limited to the following: Spreading Blasphemous Rumors and Lies about the Unseen Ones, Giving Aid and Succor to Traitors, Withholding the Truth from duly appointed agents of the White Mantle, Failure to Feed and Properly House White Mantle agents, Possession of Contraband, Idolatry, Unauthorized Travel, and General Acts of Heresy.
If you know of anyone guilty of the aforementioned Seditious Acts, it is your solemn Duty to report such acts to the White Mantle immediately for a generous reward and the lasting favor of the White Mantle. Be advised that Failure to report Sedition is a Seditious Act in and of itself.
Murro has published another article on the War in Kryta web page.
LACK OF PERMITS HALTS MERCHANT TRAVEL
The newly mandated Wartime Travel Permits are proving nearly impossible for citizens to acquire. This chronicler spent all morning in a queue with merchants, farmers, and other honest folk, hoping to petition White Mantle officials for the necessary paperwork to travel between Krytan provinces.
After a lengthy and frustrating delay, the assembled petitioners were told that the White Mantle would not be issuing permits of any sort today and to come back tomorrow.
The crowd dispersed, muttering and discontent. One merchant, who feared to use his name, shared the particulars of his situation.
“If I’m not at the docks in Lion’s Arch when my shipment of Canthan dyes arrive, I’ll lose my business,” the merchant said. “But if I don’t get a travel permit, the White Mantle can arrest me and confiscate my wares. And now I can’t get a permit.”
The lack of permits may be explained by unconfirmed accounts of Shining Blade raids nearby. Several travelers reported that a White Mantle supply caravan en route to Bergen Hot Springs had been ambushed by rebel forces. The Shining Blade allegedly burned a great quantity of Wartime Travel Permits and absconded with a supply of White Mantle uniforms, which they will no doubt disperse to their troops.
White Mantle officials in Bergen Hot Springs had no comment on reports of the ambush.
ArenaNet has also released the expected costumes for The White Mantle and Shining Blade.
Each costume is available for $6.99, or €5.99/£3.99, while the bundled package contains both costumes and costs $9.99, or €8.99/£5.99.
NOTE: The costume bundle is only available until 11:59 PM on May 31st, 2010.
There have also been reports of some new dialog that has been added in light night's update.
Here's a compiled log of the current dialog in The Shining Blade Camp.
Shining Blade Scout: "Your Highness! Your Highness!" Shining Blade Scout: "Forgive me, but I have urgent news". Princess Salma: "Someone get this man some water! Please, catch your breath and tell me this urgent news". Shining Blade Scout: "Brigands hit Nebo Terrace again last night". Princess Salma: "Casualties?" Shining Blade Scout: "Sadly, yes, just one: the artisan's wife". Princess Salma: "Oh no, not Nora. Poor Etham must be devastated. They just had their second child. A girl, I believe". Princess Salma: "Thank you, Scout. And would you mind delivering a letter to the Elder of Nebo Terrace? Once you've rested and had a hot meal, or course". Shining Blade Scout: "It would be a pleasure, my lady".
Master Scout Braden: "Your Highness, I have just received reports of additional bandit attacks." Princess Salma: "Where have they struck? Is there anything we can do to assist the settlement that were attacked?." Master Scout Braden: "Beetletun was hit last night and the Ascalon settlement in the early morning." Bartholos: "We must send soldiers to protect these villages. We cannot sit idly by while the White Mantle's "Peacekeepers" run rampant through Kryta!" Evennia: "Marching Shining Blade troops into these villages would be a grave mistake. The Mantle would simply point to our presence as proof of the villagers' treason and burn their homes to the ground once we left!" Princess Salma: "Evennia speaks the truth. As much as it pains me to avoid battle, we are not ready for a direct confrontation with the Mantle. We must continue to lend aid to the citizens of Kryta, but with discretion." Bartholos: "I do not like watching as my countrymen suffer at the hands of these vermin, but I will do as you advise." Princess Salma: "Have patience, Bartholos. The time will come when we can step from the shadows to face the Mantle directly." Princess Salma: "Until then, we must build our strength and strike at our enemies with stealth and audacity." Bartholos: "Yes, Your Highness. Gods willing, that day will come soon, but there must be something more that we can do now to help our people." Livia: "There is. There is always more that can be done." Evennia: "Have you a suggestion, Livia? Or is that statement merely philosophical?" Livia: "We have many allies, yet few do I see here. Send out the call that Kryta is in her hour of need. It is time to find out who is truly our ally in actions as well as words." Evennia: "Now that is a suggestion and I agree. It is time, your Highness." Princess Salma: "Agreed. Then the question becomes, who do we send and where do we send them?" Evennia: "The Dwarves are in no position to give us aide and Ascalon is still under siege." Bartholos: "Not to mention Adlebern's[sic] abject hatred of anything Krytan. But, there are the asura to the south and the Ebon Vanguard in the far north. We have allies among both." Princess Salma: "Asuran magic and the Ebon Vanguard's tactical skills behind enemy lines are renowned throughout Tyria. Their assistance could tip the scales in our favor." Princess Salma: "Livia, you have much experience with the asura, if I remember correctlty. You will make for Rata Sum with haste." Princess Salma: "Evennia, you have enjoyed fruitful relationship with the Ascalonians in the past. Perhaps the Ebon Vanguard will be more receptive to our cause than King Adlebern[sic]." Evennia: "The Asura Gate beneath Lion's Arch leads right to the Eye of the North. A boat from Fisherman's Haven should allow me to travel there without attracting the attention of the Mantle." Princess Salma: "Good luck to you both. May Dwayna protect you on your journey."
Shining Blade Scout: "Sir, the latest batch of recruits has arrived and they await your orders." Gareth Quickblade: "Have they been adequately screened? We cannot risk spies infiltrating the camp." Shining Blade Scout: "Two of them are brothers from Shaemoor who check out. Another is a widow who is acting far too angry at the Mantle to be faking it..." Gareth Quickblade: "Any others?" Shining Blade Scout: "Yes, one, but uhh... well.." Saphir: "Out with it, soldier!" Shining Blade Scout: "He was a member of the White Mantle. He claims he was banished when he refused to assist with sacrificing the Chosen." Shining Blade Scout: "His story checked out with our spies within the White Mantle..." Gareth Quickblade: "Bring the brothers and the widow into the camp. Turn the other away. We simply cannot risk having former Mantle within our ranks." Saphir: "Don't be so hasty, Gareth. Half of our recruits once served the Mantle in some capacity. We cannot hope to win this war if we turn down willing soldiers." Gareth Quickblade: "Very well, Saphir, but I expect you to take personal responsibility for his conduct." Saphir: "And the second I see him acting suspicious I will personally send him to the bottom of the Sea of Sorrows." Gareth Quickblade: "Very well. Lead the recruits to the training yard for orientation with Sorim."
In addition to the new dialog, several new "Peacekeeper encounters" have been added.
Farmer Dirk and Inquisitor Bauer in Ascalon Settlement.
East of Beetletun in Nebo Terrace.
Southwest of Ascalon Settlement.
East of Divinity Coast in Watchtower Coast.
Another day, another update from Murro.
SALMA APPEALS TO THE EBON VANGUARD
Princess Salma has dispatched emissaries north to the Shiverpeak Mountains to enlist the aid of the Ebon Vanguard, according to numerous anonymous reports.
The Ebon Vanguard, an Ascalonian fighting force based in the Far Shiverpeaks, has years of experience launching raids into charr territory. Scholars believe that the Ascalonians cannot spare a large expeditionary force to aid the Krytan rebels and are more likely to provide training and support.
Reports indicate that Evennia, Salma’s key advisor and former Shining Blade leader, will personally travel to the Eye of the North to meet with the Ebon Vanguard leadership.
There are two new Facebook updates as well.
PRINCESS SALMA DECLARES WAR
Princess Salma, claimant to the Throne of Kryta, has issued a public declaration of war. For some time, the Shining Blade has waged war against the White Mantle, but this public proclamation asserts her role as leader of the revolution:
I, Princess Salma, daughter of King Jadon and Priestess Berea, and Heir to the Throne of Kryta, call upon all good Krytans to rise up against the Villainy of the White Mantle. For too long, they have ruled us with campaigns of secrecy and terror, and it shames me to say we've let them do it. They derive their power from dark magic, sacrificing countless Krytan lives, yet never sating the foul appetites of their demonic masters.
But their time is at an end! The unseen demons lie decimated while the White Mantle Council itself is shattered. Today, the Shining Blade strikes as the sword of Vengeance, ready to dismember the White Mantle until nothing is left. Stand with us and we will see Freedom and Justice reign once more in Kryta.
Below is a copy of the "Declaration of War".
The Shining Blade have also published "The Truth About the Unseen Ones".
FARMERS, MERCHANTS IMPACTED BY NEW WHITE MANTLE LAWS
The imposition and enforcement of strict new laws by the White Mantle has greatly affected the fortunes of common Krytans. If the people that I spoke with in Nebo Terrace offer any indication as to the sentiments and experiences of the general citizenry, I can only conclude that common folk all across Kryta have suffered greatly in recent weeks.
Laws that began as an annoyance – such as the curfew or travel restrictions - have now become true hardships for those merchants and craftspeople that rely on trade to make their living.
Recently I spoke with one such merchant, Dagan Sharru, in Hakewood, who was stuck with a wagon full of dwarven ale that he could not sell to the impoverished locals.
"If I could figure out how to get one of those Wartime Travel Permits, I could travel to Lion’s Arch and sell my ale," Sharru told me. "But I can’t risk getting caught on the road by the Mantle or those Peacekeeper ruffians. Given the slightest excuse, they’ll confiscate all your goods."
Other farmers and craftspeople I spoke with have similar tales. The great wheels of commerce and trade seem to have ground to a halt in Kryta.
White Mantle Facebook update
Shining Blade Facebook update
INQUISITOR BAUER AT WORK
He possesses a demonic urgency and an unnerving stare. Common folk all across Kryta have ample reason to fear the very sound of his name: Inquisitor Bauer.
As one of the White Mantle’s Inquisitors, Bauer is tasked with hunting down Shining Blade rebels and snuffing out anti-government sentiment. He is notoriously effective in his work, for Bauer does not hesitate to use “creative interrogation techniques” on anyone he feels may have useful information that they are not sharing.
Recently I attempted to speak with Inquisitor Bauer during a visit to the Ascalon Settlement in North Kryta Province, where he intended to extract information and possibly teeth from a terrified farmer.
“Damn it, I don’t have time!” Bauer said before kicking the farmer’s door in. I left the Inquisitor to his work, trying to ignore the muffled screams from the farmer as I walked away.
Today, we have a roster for The White Mantle and The Shining Blade displaying each side's key players in this war.
AN INTERVIEW WITH FARMER DIRK, A LOYAL AND ENTHUSIASTIC CITIZEN
Ask any White Mantle and they’ll tell you – the citizenry of Kryta live in awe and respect of the Unseen Ones and their human servants. One such adoring Krytan can be found in the person of Farmer Dirk, an Ascalonian settler who is known for his prize-winning hogs and his love of the Mantle.
“Yes, it’s true. I love the White Mantle,” Farmer Dirk said. “Best thing that’s ever happened to Kryta. And I’m not just saying that because there’s an Inquisitor standing behind me, no sir.”
Farmer Dirk proceeded to excitedly proclaim the depth of his affection for the White Mantle, his devotion to the tenets of the Unseen Ones, and his absolute loyalty.
“I may be from Ascalon, but Kryta is my home now,” he said. “Just because I wasn’t born here doesn’t mean my loyalty should be in question. Right?”
Farmer Dirk then excused himself to track down a stray hog.
As usual, there are some Facebook updates as well as another posting from Murro.
WAR CHRONICLES SCRIBE DETAINED FOR LACK OF PERMIT
The White Mantle has seen fit to detain me for traveling without the appropriate permit.
I explained that yesterday one of the Peacekeepers in their employ had confiscated my Wartime Travel Permit (and an excellent block of cheese) during a random search, leaving me unable to legally travel. They are attempting to corroborate my story, but seem suspicious of my intentions.
I fear they may keep me here in this hut all weekend.
DETAINED SCRIBE RELEASED BY WISE AND JUST INQUISITOR
After spending a long weekend in a warm hut in the delightful company of several White Mantle knights who spoke tirelessly and at great length about their faith in the Unseen Ones, this humble scribe was permitted to travel freely once again.
In her great wisdom, Inquisitor Lovisa of the White Mantle saw fit to release me after determining that my valid Wartime Travel Permit had indeed been confiscated by an overly enthusiastic Peacekeeper. We all had a great laugh about the misunderstanding, and after providing them with my assurances of loyalty to the One True Government of Kryta, I was sent on my way – but not before repeatedly promising that I would stay out of trouble and conduct myself in a decent manner. Skeptical readers may rest assured that I am writing these words of my own free will, without coercion.
It felt good to be able to stretch my old legs and breathe fresh air once more, thanks to the graciousness of the White Mantle.
STICK-AND-ROCK DECLARED IMMORAL AND ILLEGAL
In a puzzling move, White Mantle officials have declared the popular Krytan game of stick-and-rock illegal.
“Krytans should devote their leisure time to contemplating the teachings of the Unseen Ones or by volunteering to join the White Mantle,” said a White Mantle official recently. “Those found indulging in the unwholesome pursuit of stick-and-rock will receive punishment or reeducation.”
Children and idle farmhands all across Kryta undoubtedly disapprove of the ban, though this humble scribe could find none who wished to say so publicly.
CANTHAN, ELONAN AMBASSADORS LEAVE LION’S ARCH
Dignitaries from Cantha and Elona have left Lion’s Arch as the possibility of a battle for Krytan’s capital seems more and more likely with each passing day.
Trade officials and ministers from foreign lands have been returning to their homelands on ships from the Lion’s Arch harbor all week.
Although the White Mantle still holds Lion’s Arch, rumors of the Princess Salma returning to the throne have been swirling around the city recently. The arrival of the claimant to the Krytan throne would force the heretofore uncommitted Lionguard, traditional defenders of the capitol, to choose sides in the civil war. Those with knowledge of such matters believe that if Salma claimed Lion’s Arch and declared herself Queen, it would trigger a final decisive battle with the White Mantle.
Regardless, until the political situation is resolved, delegates from Cantha and Elona seem unlikely to return, and Kryta will remain isolated.
April 29th game update
This update added some interesting new White Mantle Inquisitor encounters, one of which is currently bugged as of April 30th.
Outside The Gates of Kryta
Ascalon Refugee settlement
While there is no update from Murro, there are some updates from The White Mantle and The Shining Blade.
New update from Murro.
LOYALTY OF ASCALONIAN SETTLERS IN DOUBT, SAYS MANTLE
Settlers of Ascalonian descent in North Kryta Province have good cause to be concerned lately. Recently, high ranking White Mantle officials have implied that the Ascalonians are not entirely loyal to Kryta.
Inquisitor Lashona has repeatedly made public statements calling into question the character and motives of the Ascalonians in Kryta. “If they wish to be counted as true Krytans, these Ascalonians must adapt to our culture,” Lashona said.
The Ascalonian settlers in North Kryta Province arrived in this land as refugees, fleeing the war with the charr that had devastated their lands. In the years since they have arrived, the Ascalonians have established homesteads and businesses in their new land, but many have chosen to remain separate from Krytan culture.
“We have retained our culture, tradition, and beliefs in this new land,” said an Ascalonian settler who asked not to be identified. “Perhaps this was a mistake, because our Ascalonian heritage now makes us the target of bigotry and harassment.”
The White Mantle’s message to the Ascalonians within Kryta seems clear: assimilate or face consequences. “By openly proclaiming their belief in the Unseen Ones and their loyalty to the White Mantle, these immigrants would disprove any and all suspicion towards them,” Lashona said.
INQUISITOR LOVISA VISITS WATCHTOWER COAST
The common folk of the Watchtower Coast have turned out to listen to Inquisitor Lovisa preach the doctrine of the Unseen Ones. They gather around Lovisa, who is well known in these parts, to listen in respectful silence to her lectures, and the young ones are held in rapt attention by her tales of the exploits of the White Mantle knights.
Or so it would seem.
But as this chronicler witnessed, the crowds of villagers and farmers who attend Lovisa’s sermons have been gathered by White Mantle troops, collected from their fields and homes whether they wish to come or not.
Lovisa’s captive audience is often treated to readings from the tenets of the Unseen Ones and lengthy commentaries on these scriptures. The common folk are then “encouraged” to raise their voices in song to praise the White Mantle, self-styled saviors of Kryta, and to contribute what meager offerings they can afford as the tithe platter is passed around. Those among the gathering who are judged to be lacking in generosity and piety are often singled out after Lovisa’s visits for further encouragement and, if necessary, reeducation.
More news from Murro.
PEACEKEEPERS RANSACK CARAVAN
By the time I arrived at the caravan, the farmers had already buried their dead friend.
The grieving farmers told me that Peacekeepers had blocked their path and demanded to inspect their loads. When one farmer, more proud than wise, objected to the unjust treatment, he was felled by a fatal blow to the head. The rest of the farmers could only stand by helplessly as the Peacekeepers ransacked their goods, moving on after they had taken what they wanted.
Tragedies like the one I witnessed are becoming increasingly common on the country lanes and caravan trails of Tyria, if one is to believe tales I’ve heard around camp fires and from travelers.
“There’s only so much common folk can take,” one farmer said, repacking his load. “I’ve half a mind to join the Shining Blade myself.”
This last sentence was delivered in a cautious whisper. The balance of power may be shifting in Kryta, but open talk of treason invites a visit from the Inquisitors.
GENIUS ASURA DUO AID SHINING BLADE
A reputable source within the rebel movement has confirmed that two renowned asura named Zinn and Blimm have allied themselves with the Shining Blade. For obvious reasons, the unnamed source could not offer specific information, but the asura have no doubt been tasked with creating some incredible invention beyond this humble scribe’s understanding to be used against the White Mantle and the Unseen Ones.
The source could not confirm or deny rumors that the Shining Blade agent Livia has been assigned to assist the asura in whatever research they may be conducting.
After a week without a Facebook update, both groups update their pages.
The latest game update also added some new developments to the War in Kryta storyline.
Game update - May 6th
The Shining Blade grows in strength daily, gathering allies and extending aid to travelers troubled by the White Mantle and their Peacekeepers. Krytans wait anxiously to hear the outcome of Princess Salma's appeals to the Ebon Vanguard. Meanwhile, the whole of Tyria waits to see when and where this conflict will reach its climax.
Random appearances by Shining Blade members were added in Krytan instances (excluding Talmark Wilderness). The Shining Blade members will spawn at set locations, but which member(s) spawn is random. These Shining Blade members will join your party.
New dialog has been added to The Shining Blade Camp as well.
EBON VANGUARD, ADVENTURERS ALLY WITH SHINING BLADE
The rumors surrounding the involvement of the Ebon Vanguard in the war have proven true. A member of the Shining Blade confirmed to this scribe that the Ascalonians have thrown their lot in with the Krytan freedom fighters. The Vanguard are joined by the growing number of volunteer adventurers who have heeded the call and taken up arms against the White Mantle.
But do not expect to see Ascalonian armies marching through Kryta, the Shining Blade cautions.
“The fate of our nation lies in the hands of Krytans. We cannot rely on others to fight our battles for us,” the masked individual said. “However, The Ebon Vanguard has dispatched their finest officers to Kryta to serve the cause of freedom.”
“The Vanguard will serve mostly in an advisory capacity, helping to train our many new recruits. The many volunteer adventurers who have gathered under our banner will fight alongside Shining Blade forces against the oppressors.”
While the Shining Blade may downplay the involvement of the Ascalonians and the influx of foreign adventurers, news of their involvement has sent a wind of excitement through the towns and settlements of Kryta. Many common folk now dare to hope for a better future.
SKIRMISH IN THE CURSED LANDS
Rebel forces attacked a White Mantle patrol in the Cursed Lands yesterday in a clash that left six Mantle knights dead.
Witnesses claim that Shining Blade rangers, accompanied by unnamed adventurers, ambushed a party of White Mantle troops patrolling the northern vale in the Cursed Lands. After a brief, furious melee, the rebel group defeated the Mantle force, and then vanished back into the rugged hills from whence they came.
Those with knowledge of such matters claim that the Shining Blade, bolstered by new recruits and volunteers, has increased the tempo and ferocity of their attacks against the White Mantle. Some speculate that attacks such as these indicate that the struggle for Kryta is entering a new phase of open warfare that will culminate in a final, decisive battle between Mantle and Blade.
UNCERTAIN TIMES BAD FOR OVERSEAS TRADE
The flow of goods to and from overseas destinations has slowed to a trickle, according to merchants and traders in Lion’s Arch.
Here in Kryta’s largest harbor, one can normally find ships from Cantha and Elona loaded with spices, herbs, and rice. Today, only a few ships are moored at the docks, their cargo holds empty. Uncertainty regarding the outcome of the war has kept all but the bravest and most desperate traders from visiting.
Canthan merchant Jiaju Tai has felt the downturn in trade more than most. “We Canthans have a proverb: ‘Do not sail into troubled winds.’ Very few merchant captains will risk the journey to Lion’s Arch with no guarantee of a market for their goods.”
Jiaju Tai expects overseas trade to Kryta to resume if and when the political situation stabilizes.
“When they know for certain who will rule Kryta and what to expect, the Canthan ships will return,” she said. “But not until then.”
CHEERS, TEARS AS SALMA ARRIVES IN LION’S ARCH
For the first time in years, a member of the royal bloodline sits upon the throne in Lion’s Arch.
Today Princess Salma and her cohort entered Lion’s Arch to the cheers and joyful weeping of commoners and took the ancestral seat without a single drop of blood being spilled. The Lionguard, traditional protectors of the royal family, did not bar the Princess from entering – indeed, they received the young Princess with the honor due a queen.
Everywhere in Lion’s Arch, commoners rejoiced at Princess Salma’s arrival. White Mantle symbols and flags were torn from the city’s walls, and a sense of hope shone upon the capital like warm sunshine bursting through storm clouds.
“I never thought I’d see those bloody Mantle banners torn down from the walls,” said Grahame, a Lion’s Arch weaponsmith. “Truly this is a great day for Kryta.”
Few had any illusions as to what Salma’s presence here meant, or that it would attract the focused attention of the White Mantle.
“Let them come,” said Lionguard Roshan. “I would welcome a final battle with the White Mantle.”
Surely, he will get his wish.
Game update - Friday, May 14th
Lion's Arch was the site of excitement this past week as Princess Salma arrived to claim the throne. With the Lionguard now committed to the aid of the restored royal line, the people of Kryta wait to see what forces the Ebon Vanguard will contribute and whether it will be enough to secure victory in this civil war.
There is now a Secret River Passage in Talmark Wilderness leading to a hidden area in Divinity Coast, the new Golemancer Lab.
INTERVIEW: ZINN AND BLIMM
Salma and the Shining Blade have many allies from all over Tyria, but none are as unique or as valued as the asura inventors Zinn and Blimm. After some coaxing, the Shining Blade agreed to let me speak with the extraordinary duo.
I found the two asura working on some bizarre stone construct that gave off an eerie glow. They would not pause in their work or even deign to look at me when I spoke.
Q: I have heard that you are working on some incredible apparatus that can actually harm the Unseen Ones. What can you tell me about it?
ZINN: It would take a far greater genius than I to explain the intricate details of this project to the likes of you… And such a person does not exist.
Q: Surely you can describe it in general terms that my readers would understand.
ZINN: Ha! To comprehend even the most rudimentary explanation, one would need to be conversant in synergetics, energy fluxion, and the principles of universal dynamics. Your curiously diminutive human craniums are simply ill-suited to retaining such advanced concepts.
Q: I see, but…
BLIMM: All these questions... not useful. Not helping us get things done. Less Q Q, more pew pew.
ZINN: Excellent point, Blimm. Make yourself useful, bookah, and bring that box here. No, not the small one. The big one. With the stones in it.
Q: But I'm an elderly scribe…
ZINN: Then you should hurry up before your muscles atrophy any further. Come on. Come on. You're not getting any younger.
The interview ended at this point as the asura made me carry and lift heavy objects for them for the next few hours. I’d advise readers to steer clear of Zinn and Blimm unless they are prepared to be put to work.
Facebook status Compilation
White Mantle Facebook Updates
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Location: Planet Earth, Sol system, Milky Way galaxy
Originally Posted by Inde
Game Developers Conference
During this conference, Anet was releasing Daniel Docui's slideshow from GDC on Youtube. At the end of part 3 and part 4 were some quick White Mantle and Shining Blade (respectively) "subliminial messages".
Youtube link doesn't work. I guess that is not enabled?
If last year is anything to go by, I suspect the event will start on the 22nd of April and last until the day the minis are released etc. Edit; If there are any miniatures released this time. Just an educated guess but I think its a good one.
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The, "DisAvow Knowledge of Unseen Tyrants, and Understand" is Dakutu(meaning Dakutu Village) if you use only the capitals there. The blurry image is both of the banners of each faction. I can not make out what the bright spots are.
The "Less blurry" photo does indeed show the banners of the two factions. I feel this is either a screen the Guild Leader will see while choosing a side (Much like Luxon or Kurz) or perhaps that is a "Enter Battle screen" where the player themselves choose a side.
Newest Entry from the White Mantle Facebook Page:
The White Mantle
The White Mantle hereby declares a death warrant on Alari Doubleblade, member of the Shining Blade and traitor to Kryta. Doubleblade is responsible for the death of numerous White Mantle officials. She has a custom of removing a finger from her victims body as a bloodthirsty memento. Citizens should report any sighting of this criminal to the White Mantle immediately. Failure to do so is an act of Sedition.