Ascalon Friends Reunited

Been playing through the preview weekend of Guild Wars: Eye of the North. More eventually, but something amused me and I wanted to share. What some would consider spoilers under the cut, but since it’s one which was included in Arenanet’s trailer for the expansion pack, it really doesn’t matter.

Dude, she's your mom. Well, no, but you know what I mean.

Say hello to Gwen. Long time!

Now, Gwen was the first NPC you met in the original Guild Wars prophecies. She followed you around, skipping gleefully and gave you a broken flute which has – after three Guild Wars – still has no use, and I still have sitting around my equipment chest in case it turns in use one day. Then she disappeared in the Scaring of Ascalon, the apocalyptic event at the end of the opening sequence of Prophecies.

And now it’s 8 years later and she’s back, in the far north. And hot!

I mentioning the “It’s hot” thing because, when I battle my way to the Eye of the North, I meet Gwen adult Gwen for the first time in a cut-scene as I approach it. I watch it, then get dropped into the castle. As I get my bearings, I sit and watch the local chat channel, of what people are saying as they arrive.

It’s a string of lines like…
“Wow! Gwen’s all grown up.”
“Oh yeah! Gwen’s hot!”
“I’d hit that!”

And so on and on.

Do not let these people anywhere near your younger sister. They will only form a party with her or something.


  1. Meestercat says:

    Ive still got the flute too!

    Can you give us any indications of how EotN is looking? I’m something of a lapsed GW’er, but I keep getting the urge to revisit.

  2. Kieron Gillen says:

    I’ll post some opinions later in the week, I suspect.


  3. Brinstar says:

    I usually have local chat off. The stupidity sometimes affects my mood if I see the nonsense scrolling by.

  4. Kieron Gillen says:

    I’m in the hubs so little, I let it slide.

    Shame the preview weekend locks down the content, randomly. I’ve played as far into the plot as they’ll let me.


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  6. KBKarma says:

    I tend to be responsible for most of the nonsense. Normally, it’s things like “Will strip for 10g!”, remove everything for half a second, put them back, then attempt to demand money off anyone, whether they were prepared to pay or not (no one ever is).

    Or forming an impromptu band, and trying to charge anyone stopping to watch 50g.

    Essentially, street theatre of a sort. Also, I performed a small amount of eStalkery, where I’d follow a character around for no reason other than to follow them around. They tended to quit, for some reason…