It’s Norn Week For Guild Wars 2

Well, at least it's a lady with a gun
The Norns – handsome, snow-wreathed, shape-shifting northern types – have been confirmed as a playable race for Guild Wars 2, and ArenaNet are spending the entire week detailing them. Here’s the first such entry, which explains: “Aside from their size and their ability to shape-shift into a powerful half-animal form, norn are defined by their unique worldview. They value glory and deeds of valor above all – they’re just built that way. ”The norn get famous or die trying,” says Lead Writer Bobby Stein.” Go, Norns, I say.

There’s also a picture of a Norn with a rifle, as you can see above.


  1. clownst0pper says:

    Subtle class reveal is subtle…

    • Kryopsis says:

      Rangers can use guns.

    • TommyPepper says:

      I was under the impression that currently only Warriors can use rifles though.
      Warriors wear heavy armour, in that screenshot she’s wearing medium at best.

    • anonymousity says:

      That’s heavy, medium is a y string and light is a piece of dental floss.

  2. Chalky says:

    The perspective they’ve used for a screenshot of the “tall” race is quite amusing.

    Run away tiny little people!

    • Dominic White says:

      Well, assuming standard Norn height, that lady is 8 feet tall.

      So imagine how big that gun is.

    • Nick says:

      I think he means the fact there are tiny people visible at the left and right as the Norn is standing way above them.. so it looks like she is a mega-giant.

    • Hoaxfish says:

      yea, she probably has huge guns

  3. Quirk says:

    Guild Wars 2 is not a permadeath MMO, right? Once that entered my head, “get famous or die trying” didn’t really have the same ring to it…

    • Kdansky says:

      Become famous or die trying! Then resurrect, and become famous or die trying! Then resurrect, and become famous or die trying! Then resurrect, and become famous or die trying! Then resurrect, and become famous or die trying!

      I miss the days of Nethack and Stone Soup.

  4. mda says:

    Guns strike me as a little bit of a boring choice of weapon for a fantasy world.. weird cos I love FPSs :P

    • Dominic White says:

      GW2 is set a couple hundred years after GW1. Technology has moved forwards to early gunpowder tech, so you’ve got ships and fortresses with cannons, and flintlock pistols. It’s still mostly swords and bows and magic, though.

    • Quine says:

      Some of the concept art sketches have been showing what appear to be multiple grenade launchers and other such exotic gunpowder contrivances.

      Still, that’s some nice Norn Iron right there…

    • Jumwa says:

      World of Warcraft has guns, I don’t think it really impedes the fantasy aspect.

      Though, then again, personally I enjoy a hefty mix of sci-fi and fantasy.

  5. Kieron Gillen says:

    If Gillen Was still Writing For RPS headline:



    • Nick says:


    • Kryopsis says:

      I am only familiar with the Fatboy Slim mix of ‘Brimful of Asha’. Does that make me anathema to you?
      Also, I find that ‘Norn To Be Wild’ would be a more fitting title.

    • DrazharLn says:

      Norn Again?
      We need more puns in our headlines, “It’s Norn Week for Guild Wars 2” just doesn’t cut it. Shame on Jim! Shaaaammmmmeeeee!

      EDIT: Haha! I thought I was referencing a Bourne film, but then I realized I was thinking of the Bourne Again Shell (popular unix shell with an incredibly geeky name with multiple meanings).
      So maybe the headline could have been “Norn Again, Geek Harder” or “nash” perhaps even the contrived “Norn Again, walking on eggShells”.

      Never hire me for headlines, clearly. I’ll mess up your references and make you look silly.

    • Agrona says:

      bash’s “Bourne Again” is also riffing on the (primarily Evangelical) Christian concept of being “born again.”

  6. deejayem says:

    Was it Spellforce that had an improbably large-breasted female character called “Norkana Queen of the Norks”?

    Edit: Oh, apparently it was Nightsong Queen of the Norcaine. Damn you, reality, for being less amusing than my addled memory.

  7. Pianosaurus says:

    Actually, the Norns are really short. Am I the only one to play the “Creatures” games back in the 1990s?

  8. ALJA says:

    they sound like mandelorians

    • The Great Wayne says:

      Except the giant, shapeshifter part obviously… Also, the Mandalorians are/were nomads and their culture is based on war, to the contrary of the Norns which are sedentary (although chased from their homeland, but still) and pursue fame and glory through any way, not just war or conflict.

      Looks like they aren’t much alike, all things considered.

  9. Jonas says:

    Oooooh now I know what I’ll be playing.

    Still the only MMOG on my radar, nothing else seems worth my interest. Maybe SWToR but I dunno.

    • Hoaxfish says:

      SWTor is on my “ho wtf, this is so bad it’s not even good” radar

      GW2 is one of the only things, who aren’t actual people, I “like” on Facebook.

  10. Nick says:

    no, she is a racist.

  11. Kuroko says:

    Norn have no need of weeks… we are norn!

  12. Seyon says:

    When playing through the Norn area in GWEN, I kept thinking of “Rest well and dream of large women.”
    Yeah, I think I’ll have a Norn or two in my roster.

  13. MD says:

    I know I should just look this up, but what’s the currently projected release date?