The Descendants of King Doric and the Fortifications on the Fire Chain Islands
The goal of this article is to explain the presence of the fortifications on the Fire Chain Islands in relation to the descendants of King Doric in terms of their divine mandate to protect the Bloodstones in the volcano.
A narrative version can be found by following this link: http://guildwars.incgamers.com/forum...d.php?t=447319
The Canvas: From http://www.guildwars.com/theworld/ty...storytyria.php
ďSo much destruction was wrought that humans found themselves at the edge of extinction. When all seemed lost, it was King Doric, the leader of the united human tribes himself, who made the long trek to Arah, the city of the gods, on the Orrian peninsula. He gained an audience with the creators and begged them to help, to stop the wars and bring peace to the land once again.
The gods heard his pleas, and they intervened.
The gods told King Doric that since he had asked for peace, he and his descendants must carry the burden of protecting the stones. As an additional precaution, they used a drop of King Doricís blood to seal each of the stones.
Then the stones were dropped, one by one, into the volcano off the southern shore of the Kingdom of Kryta, and the gods left this world forever, confident that they had balanced out their gift and circumvented greed.Ē
These events took place in 1 BE. Three years later, in 2 AE, Orr becomes an independent nation. Arah is in Orr.
King Doric led the united tribes, and, of all people and races in the world, managed to convince the gods to bring an end to the violence. He, and his people, had a vested interest in staying alive, and to do that, they needed to fulfill their god-given mandate to protect the Bloodstones, thereby keeping the peace that would ensure their survival. The task of protecting the Bloodstones was to be a generational one, stretching on until such a time as the Bloodstones no longer existed, or the gods revoked their mandate.
Either King Doric was amazingly prolific, or the godsí mandate indicated a larger group of people than Doricís genetic descendents. Alternatively, if rulership was hereditary, it would be much easier for Doricís descendents to populate defenses.
No matter the method, the Bloodstones would be defended by more than a single man waiting for his children to grow up into soldiers. There would have been a group large enough to pull on to obtain a substantial amount of trained military personnel. In a highly violent world, humans, as a primary competitor, would be well aware of military tactics. Knowing where the Bloodstones were to begin with, Doric and the united tribes could build fortifications.
The population would have moved, however, after the volcano at Hellís Precipice erupted in roughly 100 AE, as the divine mandate would require them elsewhere.
The Fire Chain Islands are not, by any human reckoning, a pleasantly habitable place. They are, however, defensible. Doricís forces, still on the edge of extinction, quickly build fortifications on the islands, starting with Hellís Precipice and working their way out.
Few places in the world are built with the same materials used in the fortifications at the Fire Chain Islands. None come to mind. Certainly, the material is not seen in a natural state. Its source is unknown, except that we know where it is NOT from: anywhere weíve been.
So, where have we NOT been that Doric had access to in 1 AE and that his descendants had access to up until 100 AE?
Of the few available choices, the most sensible one is Orr. Orr was, at the time, a developed human nation with easy access to the Islands. The unfortunate part is that, unless some research is done to develop a Ďbreathe under waterí skill that can either be echoed or is maintainable, we will not know if it actually came from Orr.
After the eruption of Hellís Precipice circa 100 AE, the descendants of Doric disappeared. They either left or died.
At some point in time, one Bloodstone was returned. Later, the Mursaat began to occupy the fortifications. The Mursaat occupation lasted until the events of the Prophecies campaign, as did the presence of the Bloodstone.
Now, the fortifications are the obsolete remains of the best intentions gone tragically wrong.
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01-04-2007, 08:25 #1
Fort at Fire Chain Islands and King Doric
01-04-2007, 16:58 #2
The descendants of Doric are the Chosen, they did not disappear. In fact, it was the desire to obtain the Bloodstones that led to the original Guild Wars.
Here's a thread examining how Doric was able to have so many progeny. I don't agree with everything in there, but the numbers end up being pretty sound.|||Quintus Antonius Adepphius Philologus Tyrianicus Canthacus Elonacus Durheimus|||
01-04-2007, 18:00 #3
"At some point they stopped maintaining a presence on the Fire Chain Islands."
The Chosen will receive a bit more attention in a later article.
That thread about Doric was a really interesting one, and rest assured, it'll be on my mind.