Rebuilt Lions Arch - Postern Ward

"This is the future headquarters of the Guild Initiative. I'm afraid I can't divulge any more details at this time, but if you belong to a guild, you'll want to visit it when we're done." - Guild Initiative Planner

In the attempt to document the countless changes, we make our first stop at the Postern Ward. It's obvious from the crew standing outside of the building that this is going to be the future home of guild related functions. Not only will we be seeing the guild services we've had for so long but also the introduction of guild halls and it's likely that this will be the hub we purchase the rights to a hall from.

The newly rebuilt area resembles the, probably more than the rest of the city, the Lions Arch we used to know from the launch of Guild Wars 2. The building is made from an assortment of ship parts, and resembles the original bank base in the entrance.

Also found was a venue that appears to have attracted a lot of couples professing that they want to spend their lives together. We can assume that this is, then, a place for weddings. Is it possible in the future that we'll see a Kasmeer and Marjory wedding take place here?




Lions Arch Map (Update)

"Beautiful isn't it? After Scarlet attacked the city, this statue was rubble. Now look at it. More glorious than ever. Just like Lion's Arch." - Aid Worker Sya


It's another wonderful patch day and Lion's Arch is looking better than ever. With a nod to what it was originally described as, the hub has taken quite some drastic changes. We at Project Tyria are working to document the changes and provide before and after images as usual. It will take some time due to the sheer size of the changes, but for now we can show off the newest update to the ever popular Lion's Arch Map gif.


Ashford Abbey - The Searing

"Once an abbey dedicated to Dwayna, Sardelac Sanitarium is now used to house those who have suffered serious mental harm during the Searing." -The Guild Wars Manuscripts
Ashford Abbey was an outpost that a lot of quests centered around. Either our heroes would pick up a quest or use it to complete one. Many times a quest may have to do with delving into the catacombs for one reason or another. However, in post Searing, it doesn't have as much going on in the quest field. The catacombs become closed up and inaccessible. Instead of being the abbey it once was, it becomes a Sanitarium surrounded by destruction and searing crystals.





Ascalon Academy

"During times of peace, Ascalon soldiers would come here to practice their craft."  -Warmaster Adriam

The Ascalon Academy is a small arena outpost inside of Ascalon City in Guild Wars. It was used as a low level PvP battle between randomly matched characters. Unfortunately, these days, there aren't many players participating in the match so it can be difficult to get into the map beyond the outpost. In Guild Wars 2, we see it as a broken down facade and ogres have built their homes behind its face.

The best way to navigate the area between both games is to stand at the end of the bridge, facing the academy, and pivoting to see the area. The last two pictures included are a bit more difficult to find as it took some careful navigation using tiny bits of wall leftover on the map. 






Ascalon City - The Searing

"Though the buildings have fallen and the cathedrals are a shambles, the people here live on in the shadow of what once was."

Ascalon City is where we are first thrown as Prophecies characters. It's a small but beautiful city and I couldn't help but to think that there was more to see than what we were given in the game. Most of the quests in pre-searing are given out at this location. While it may be the main city in pre-searing, post searing it is nothing more than a tiny spot on the map. The small city gives way to searing crystals and the land around us opens up for further exploration. 






Lions Arch Map (updated)



"When you're ready to learn a thing or two more, take a little bit of time to explore the city" -Armen the Guide
Continuing the posts on the rebuilding of Lions Arch, an update to the map gif showing the evolution of Lions Arch through the life of the game.  Below the cut, you'll find the individual maps should you want to study the more intricate details longer.





Rebuilding of Lions Arch (Part 1)


"The port would be open to any and all, so long as they'll fight against Orr and help to keep the waters clear." - Cobiah Marriner

The Guild Wars 2 universe got some interesting news today. Lions arch, as we know, has been torn down and repaired only to be torn down again. It's been a while since the player base has seen any significant change from the aftermath of Scarlet's attack, but today we were surprised with an update to Lions Arch. Nothing seems to be in working order right now, but it does give us an idea of what's to come (like places concerning guild halls.)

There were a lot of visual changes as well, and I'm working to detail them as much as I can in screen shots for future reference. On the side, I decided to put together some screenshots documenting the changes between the new and old (including both original Lions Arch and Scarlet's aftermath). Here are just a few for now.

Original Lions Arch