Essentially, they are the same as in the main Lore Forum, therefore I will place them in a spoiler tag and get straight to the most effective way to make use of this subforum:
I would like to be the first to welcome you all to the Lore forum. This is a step forward in uncovering the hidden lore of GuildWars.
Lore Forum and You
Keep On Topic: As this is a lore forum, while initially requested by members of the community, is involved in searching for lore as part of the TAOS "Tyrian Academy of Sciences", this is still a community forum. This means that any and all are welcome to get involved and post no matter your affiliations. This is not the TAOS Lore forum, this is the GWO Community Lore Forum.
Again, as this is a LORE forum, please only post topics that stay to the subject. Any thread that may not be suitable for the forum will be moved to a more approprate location.
As with all GWO forums:
No Inflamatory posts or threads
No degrading, racists, or derogatory posts or threads
Respect is to be given to all posters. You don't have to like each other, but you have to get along.
All posts are the property and opinion of the poster. While it may not be something you may agree to, respect must be shown. Whether or not it is what you may agree on, it is their opinion, and their opinion alone, no matter how farfetched it may be. Please do not result to flaming or degrading a person based on their view.
ALL Posting Guidelines for GWO are in effect here if anything was missed above.
Respect other people's hypotheses, theories, and ideas. No matter how farfetched they are. It is okay to argue a point, but arguing a point and insulting the poster of the point are very different. An argument is based on your own scientific information, an insult is based on your own opinion of the poster. For example, if someone says "2+2=5", it is perfectly okay to mathematically show they are mistaken, however it is not okay to call the poster "stupid" or "n00b", or say "2+2=4 stupid". Nothing can be accomplished by taking cheap shots at each other in this manner.
As to posting questions, yes, This is a lore forum, it does not mean only articles should be posted. Any questions, comments, or topics related to lore from anyone is welcome. We are not the lore police. Lets just try to keep the forum for lore only as there are forums for everything that the community may want to discuss.
In a forum that concentrates on controversal issues regarding GuldWars Lore what drives us forward is our opinions.
All "constructive" opinions are to be respected as this is part of the forum guidelines. There is to be NO negative responses to ANY possibe comment. What is considered negative and positive is left to any moderator. There is a difference between posting a respectfull opposing view and simply wishing to post a negative comment.
All views on this forum is strickly the opinion of the community member and does not reflect the views of GWOnline.Net itself.
This is a place to share knowledge and explore the hidden lore of GuildWars. Let us do it with no flaming or negative comments. This is not because there have been, but posted to prevent it from happening.
Anyone found violating forum rules will be contacted, so please.....play nice :)
As of December 16th, 2006
I've noticed that every other post nowandays in the Lore Forum is simply someone dismissing an entire thread as "a game mechanic" or "the developers reused a skin". While these are very valid opinions, they are not within the context of the Lore Forum, and as such, should not be posted.
In the same way we do not discuss things like map travel, HUDs, UIs, and health bars as they are not considered lore, we should not be dismissing people's ideas as just game mechanics. This is not a valid way to debate someone, and is quickly becoming an overused and played out excuse.
The Lore Forum exists to discuss the aspects of the in-game world. Topics that violate the fourth wall by including the hand of the developers as a valid scientific excuse are not acceptable.
With this in mind, as of now, I will remove any and all posts containing the "only a reused skin" or "only a game dynamic" argument. If a post is significant, and only has this phrase or a similar phrase tacked on to the bottom, I will remove the phrase and leave a note on the post.
If your only basis of disagreement is "coincidence" or "game mechanic", I ask you to refrain from posting and let users who are interested in legitamately discussing the subject continue to debate unhindered. Show the same respect for others as you would expect yourself.
Now then. The Archives will function essentially the same as the subforums prior to it, all pertinent information prior to the founding of Durmand Priory, ergo the Flameseeker Prophecies, the events of Factions, Nightfall, and Eye of the North, may be discussed here. The only difference is a name and a lack of distinguishing subforums, really.
That aside, due to the merging of all four subforums, I decided that some people would almost certainly be interested in looking for the regional threads from them, and so prior to the merge, I tagged nearly every thread in each subforum with the regional subforum's name they were in.
E.g. [Elonian Lore] A Summary of the Abaddon-gate conspiracy...
[Tyrian Lore] Bloodstone Inscription.
[Northern Tyrian Lore] Languages of Tyria: One Left Undiscovered!
[Canthan Lore] What are the Kurzicks Stylistically and Spiritually?
This way, you don't need to remember a precise name, simply the section it related to. An advisory though, you must use Advanced Search, and set keyword to Search Titles Only and type it in as shown above, brackets included.
E.g. "I want to find a thread!"
*hover over Search this Forum, select Advanced Search*
*change key word to, Search Titles only*
"Hm...Thread name..Thread name..What was it again? Oh well."
*types in [Tyrian Lore]*
"Let's see, let's see...Ah there it is!"
This should bring up the contents of each subforum for browsing in the event that the thread you're looking for was not linked in the Archive Directory.