Forgive me if this has been discussed before, but I did a search and didn't find anything on it. Anyways, I was adventuring through the FoW with my guildmates not too long ago, when I suddenly realized that the structures in there resembled the Mursaat fortress on the Ring of Fire, particularly the Eternal Forgemaster's Forge, which appears to be made of the Mursaat's shiny purple whatever material.
It made me wonder what the heck the Mursaat were doing in the FoW building structures, especially ones as integral to Balthazar as his Forge.
This presented me with two possibilities:
1) The Mursaat fortress isn't Mursaat: it was built by Balthazar's Eternals
2) The Mursaat are more chummy with the gods then I ever realized
I think the first possibility is quite possible, given the presence of 'Mursaat' architecture in the Realm of Torment. I believe it's officially stated that Abaddon's chains were forged by Balthazar. However, this doesn't explain the architecture popping up in various parts of Kryta, and from the description of the Mursaat city it seems that the architecture is, indeed, of Mursaat origin.
So, is it possible that Balthazar commissioned the Mursaat to build things in his realm? Were the Mursaat former wardens of Abaddon's prison, judging from the presence of the Mursaat bridge in Abaddon's Gate?
If Balthazar wanted the Mursaat to build things where he lived, then obviously the Mursaat were once involved with the gods. This would explain their presence in Torment - perhaps they were once slaves of the gods, similar to the Forgotten. (If the Forgotten and the Mursaat were once partners in slavery, this may explain why the Enchanted armour of the Forgotten looks very similar to the Mursaat).
So, it would seem that the Mursaat were placed in a position of guardianship over Tyria. I'm sure many recall the story of King Doric, whose dynasty Guildwiki claims was placed in charge of guarding the Bloodstones. My theory? Doric was a Mursaat, and the Mursaat are the remnants of his dynasty.
It makes sense doesn't it? Obviously the Mursaat and humans are closely related biologically; in fact humans may be the devolved descendants of the Mursaat. And, since Doric ruled over a unified kingdom including Ascalon, Kryta, and Orr, this may provide an explanation for why Mursaat architecture has been sighted in the Catacombs of Ascalon. And as Dwayna's favoured human, isn't it plausible that he was also held in high regard by Balthazar, who then asked his people to build his Forge?
But I digress. I have no idea as to why Mursaat architecture is found in the FoW, but I think this is a plausible theory. So, what do you guys think of my first big post here? It's not old news, is it?