Out of the Shadows: The Return of the White Mantle
Warning: this post WILL have spoilers for Living Story Season 3 Episode 1. You have been warned
Ok, so I finally get the chance to talk a bit about the story episode that came out last month. This episode is mostly about resolving some loose ends or to following up on hints ArenaNet has put out such as the notes from Rata Novus. Let’s start at the beginning.
We start by going to Eir’s home for a wake; basically hanging out with friends in remembrance of Eir, telling stories and the like. There’s not a lot going on with this episode to push the story but it is a nice thing that ArenaNet added for Eir. We find out that Braham was not present but is out on his own at the moment in the Shiverpeaks. We’ll probably meet up with him in episode 2 or 3. Taimi send us mail about wanting to meet up about her discoveries in Rata Novus. We invite Rytlock who was at the wake to join us.
So Taimi has been up to some research keeping any and all but us out of the Dragon Research lab. Especially Plunt. Once Taimi, Rytlock and yourself enter the research room, Taimi goes over the ley line map and the organ she harvested from a chak that she put in Mordrem bile (yea, we all know that’s not going to end well). The ley line map does show signs that Glint’s egg has been “activated” in a sense. what this’ll mean will probably affect us in later episodes for the enemies we’re facing in this season. Or might be another problem, who know? There’s also signs of activity in the north so that’s where we decide to head. I’d like to point out one thing that ArenaNet did and that’s give Taimi independence. She was alone doing the research and even fought off chak that got attracted to the lab by herself. Glad she has gotten to prove she can hold her own just fine.
Once we exited the lab Almorra Soulkeeper was there to offer us the Marshal position aka the desk job. Of course we decline but another interesting thing that happened is that Soulkeeper handed Rytlock a message from the Black Citadel. Which he crumpled and threw away in an instant. It makes me wonder if there are some questions the Citadel want answers for that Rytlock doesn’t have, or doesn’t want to answer. Keep in mind that we still don’t know what happened to Rytlock in the Mists. Another encounter we have is with Canach as he’s in pursuit to “save” Caudecus from kidnappers. However, if the situation seems that Caudecus is deemed a threat, Canach has the right to handle him. Fortunately he is heading in the same direction as us so he tags along in the airship ride north.
Moving onto Bloodstone Fen. As we get closer to the area, a huge explosion followed by an implosion, which is important to note, occurred. This explosion and implosion was caused by a ritual the White Mantle were performing. Lazarus a Mursaat absorbed the energy of the explosion. This ties in a bit with raids as the Forsaken Thicket raid is all about going in deeper and essentially stopping a White Mantle ritual from taking place although we didn’t know why the rituals were taking place till near the end of the wing.
So before we find out about Lazarus, we do investigate Bloodstone Fen to see what caused the explosion. Turns out Caithe was investigating as well. She and your character survey the area where a ritual had taken place. Caithe also brings up what she’s done in the Living Story Season 2 & the HoT story apologizing for not trusting us and asking for forgiveness. Interesting no? We don’t give an answer right away but I wonder how that dynamic will pan out. If we do forgive her, there will definitely be some discord with some of our group members, especially Marjory.
During our investigation, Canach was able to track down Caudecus in Bloodstone Fen. We meet up with Rytlock and Marjory (who’s rocking some awesome armor) to take down the corrupted Minister who, if you haven’t figured it out by now, is the current leader of the White Mantle. We head into a bit of a bad bind as we get surrounded but in come Lazarus. He declares to everyone in the area that he should be worshiped as the White Mantle’s leader/god. The unbelievers would burn. And he did just that; Lazarus called down fire and torched a lot of the White Mantle. Caudecus was able to get away and Lazarus disappeared after asserting his dominance. So we have an escaped Minister who’s proven without a doubt he’s leading the White Mantle. A powerful Mursaat on the loose who is probably amassing his devoted followers. To make things worse, Taimi calls us up and declares that Primordius is awake. Yay.
Now we have a lot of issues to deal with Caudecus, Lazarus and Primordius. I feel the White Mantle will be more of the issue this season and Primordius will be used for the next big bad for the next expansion. What’s cool is that we might see the return of the dwarves or even more Tengu as they have some loose ties concerning Primordius. Of course there’s still the issues within our group that need resolution or answers so we might get some of that in next episode.
As I’ve said, this episode seems to lay out a good foundation for story in terms of where it can go. I’m very intrigued how the story will play out.