I originally posted this in the Lore Lounge...
But seeing as there was no former thread on this matter, I thought I would make one about it. (This is my first fully compiled topic in the Lore Forum so bear with me if its poorly written or put together )I wasn't sure where to post this, but I was thinking about the Luxon and Kurzick refugees that came to Kryta prior to the release of Factions. The Kurzicks that fled to Kryta had the last name Ulrikar, but the only five Kurzick Houses are Vasburg, Durheim, Lutgardis, Brauer, and of course zu Heltzer. I was under the impression that the only Kurzicks that exist are descendants of one of these five families.
Does this mean that there was in fact six Kurzick houses? Did the Ulrikar's all die out with the exception of Meika, who fell in love with Dalos Ekarus (Luxon)? Or did the writers change the names of the houses at the last minute? Or is there another reason?
History Of The Settlements:
At the moment we know that, prior to Tyrians being allowed passage to Cantha and vice versa, that two new settlements of refugees came to Kryta from the continent of Cantha. These were the Luxons and the Kurzicks.
Tyrians were first asked to clear the settlement areas for the arriving settlements, prior to them reaching Tyria. The Kurzicks' area of choice in Nebo Terrace was swarming with undead, however through the help of some Tyrian explorers, the undead were purged from the area around the statue of Dwayna in Nebo Terrace. Ettins and Caromi Tengu were also chased from the Luxons' specified area, allowing them to settle in the North Kryta Province.
The Kurzicks travelled to Tyria via Captain Yimuru's ship, the Wind Dancer. According to Captain Yimuru, Kurzicks who had coin had begun a mass exodus of Cantha to avoid the constant conflict with the Luxons. The Luxons also had a similar idea, and travelled to Tyria via Captain Xaomei's ship, the Flying Crane. They also wished to avoid the conflict.
Though they were both seeking to escape the chaotic battles between the Luxons and Kurzicks back in Cantha, seeing as both warring factions had fled to Kryta, hatred quickly grew between the two groups. However, one Kurzick and one Luxon put their past between them, and proceeded to fall in love. These were Meika Ulrikar and Dalos Ekarus.
Meika and Dalos ran to Lions Arch, hoping to gain help from the Tyrians at bringing about peace between the Kurzick and Luxon Settlements. These attempts at peace were later thwarted when the Kurzick and Luxon settlements waged war on each other. Tyrians could then assist one side in destroying the other.
From the horrific battles, depending on which side the Tyrians chose to aid, the other settlement would be wiped out, leaving nothing but their bones and the remains of their settlement. Meika and Dalos, at this time, were still in Lions Arch pleading for help. Soon after the Lionguard had to intervene, sending the remains of both settlements, with the exception of Dalos and Meika, back to Cantha. Dalos and Meika were allowed to stay as they wished to live happily together and become peaceful citizens of Kryta.
During the small time that the Kurzicks and Luxons were inhabiting the lands of Tyria, the Lionguard kept a close eye on the matter...
Notice Two...Attention fellow citizens of Tyria,
You have no doubt gazed with sorrow upon the scores of refugees displaced by the terrible conflict raging in the southern lands of Cantha. Were it not for the noble efforts of hired heroes, these poor souls would be spending another cold night in filthy gutters.
Mukesh the Merciless and his vile undead horde have been purged from the grounds of Nebo Terrace. The Kurzick homeless are pitching camp there as I speak. Likewise, the ettin thugs led by the notorious—and odiferous—Smuush Fatfist have been quashed, making possible the Luxon settlement being built in North Kryta Province.
By order of the White Mantle, I declare both Nebo Terrace and North Kryta Province fit for habitation and trade.
Notice Three...Attention fellow citizens of Tyria,
As our new friends from the southern continent of Cantha have begun settling into their homes, we have received countless reports of violence raging between the Luxon and Kurzick factions within North Kryta Province and Nebo Terrace.
These societies are longtime enemies, and it appears their war has followed them onto our lands. We ask all citizens of Kryta to report any crimes, acts of violence or cruelty, or other disruptive public displays instigated by members of either faction. In the meantime, the Lionguard will investigate a peaceful resolution to the bloodshed.
This last action of the Lionguard says that both settlements have been sent back to Kryta via separate ships, in order to avoid conflict during their passage back to Cantha, however it does not say how many of each settlement were sent home. This could be due to the fact that many perished in the battles between both factions during their stay in Kryta. Supposedly Baron Ulrikar and Seaguard Ekarus were to have died during one of the battles, though what became of the rest of each settlement is not entirely known.Fellow citizens of Tyria,
Due to growing violence between the Kurzick and Luxon refugees we have so graciously allowed to live in Kryta, we have been forced to take drastic measures to ensure your safety. We have purchased passage on separate ships to return the survivors from both groups to their homelands in Cantha until such time as they can learn to live in harmony. If they cannot do so there, they will not be given the opportunity to spread their strife here.
There will be two exceptions: Meika Ulrikar of the Kurzicks and Dalos Ekarus of the Luxons have requested that they be allowed to stay in Kryta and become citizens. After reviewing the situation, the Lionguard has granted this request—both shall be allowed to remain in Kryta as citizens of our land, being the only two (among many) who have found a way to stop fighting each other. Furthermore, they shall be granted property near the city of Lion’s Arch as a gift for their willingness to overcome the ancestral hatreds that so darken the minds of their people. Treat them well, people of Tyria; they may be strangers in many ways, but they have chosen peace and must be shown we of Tyria respect that decision.
This brings me to my point, though the remaining Kurzicks were sent back to Cantha, with the exception of Meika as she wished to live peacefully with Dalos in Kryta, Baron Ulrikar supposedly died during the "Attack The Kurzicks!" quest if players chose to aid the Luxon settlement. Baron Ulrikar may possibly have been the leader of the sixth forgotten Kurzick house.
What We Know Of The Kurzicks In Cantha:
We know there are definately a minimum of five Kurzick houses in Cantha, each with a leader, one of the five Gods as their patron, and each also having a patron Saint to their house. These are as follows;
Houze zu Heltzer
Leader: Count zu Heltzer
Patron God: Dwayna
Patron Saint: Saint Viktor
Leader: Baroness Attia Vasburg
Patron God: Balthazar
Patron Saint: Saint Anjeka
Leader: Duke Holtz Lutgardis
Patron God: Melandru
Patron Saint: Saint Melodie
Leader: Duchess Sandra Durheim
Patron God: Grenth
Patron Saint: Saint Ehren
Leader: Count Archek Brauer
Patron God: Lyssa
Patron Saint: Saint Perahta
This shows us that the leader of each Kurzick House has some form of rank, such as Count, Duke, Duchess, and Baroness. The Ulrikars leader, Baron Ulrikar, also had a rank, however nothing was ever mentioned of a Patron Saint or God.
Though some of the Kurzick collectors have last names different to those of the Noble Houses, such as Wilhelm Joseph in Brauer Academy or Jaun Stumi in House zu Heltzer, the only Kurzicks with a rank bestowed upon them are said to be of the nobility of the Kurzick nation. Therefore, as the Ulrikars leader had the rank of Baron bestowed on him, equal to the rank of Baroness Attia Vasburg of the Vasburg House, would this not mean that he is of the nobility? Therefore, this would mean that the Ulrikars are (or were) one of the Great Houses?
One problem with this is that there are only five Gods; Dwayna, Lyssa, Melandru, Grenth, and Balthazar. The Ulrikars would have had to worship the same god as another house, or some other unknown holy being.
Each house also has their own town/outpost situated somewhere in the Echovald Forest, these include; House zu Heltzer, Brauer Academy, Lutgardis Conservatory, Durheim Archives, and the Vasburg Armory, though the Vasburgs also built Saint Anejka's Shrine to worship the Patron Saint of their house. At this point in time, however, there is no sign of a town or an outpost that would have been dedicated to the Ulrikars, atleast that is shown on the Cantha map currently.
It is possible that the writers simply changed the name of one of the Great Houses after the Kurzick Settlement was removed from Tyria prior to release, or the Ulrikars died out during the battles in Kryta with the exception of Meika. It could also be possible that the Ulrikars, after fleeing the Echovald Forest to avoid conflict with the Luxons, did not return there, and found another place to call home and live in obscurity. There may also be another explanation which I have simply overlooked. The mystery is, what actually happened to the Ulrikars after being banished from Kryta? Are there any hidden bits of information eluding to their location? Or what became of them after returning to Cantha?