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Oh no, that sounds mawkish and hammy. Guild Wars changed my life? Certainly more accurate of a statement, but still too mawkish and hammy. It all started a few years ago, Summer My grandfather in Florida was convinced that he was about to die, so with some contention my mother and I Guild Wars saved my life.
Actually I think it may have been in September, not summer. Either way it was hot. But then, it was Florida. Turns out my grandfather was not dying fortunately or unfortunately depending how you look at it. He just tends to over-dramatize and exaggerate things The first thing my mother and I did upon landing in Florida was go to the supermarket to buy some food we could be confident enough in eating safely, and to Barnes and Noble to stock up on some supplies to pass the time during the excruciating days we were surely about to endure.
My grandfather is a bit of an infamous character in my family. I had also brought my Playstation 2 along, hoping to catch up on some older games. To this day I still struggle with the tutorial level. At Barnes and Noble I picked out two Guild Wars books this one and Edge of Destiny , both tie-ins to the video game series, because I was looking forward to the then-upcoming Guild Wars 2 game which was set to be released around that time and I wanted to familiarize myself with the universe and lore.
I also picked up The Catcher in the Rye because I was surely aware of the classic and controversial nature of the book. Plus it was like five bucks. Unknown to me at the time, the choice of the Asura and Charr of Tyria over Holden Caulfield of New York was undoubtedly critical to the course my life would subsequently take.
It was certainly a wonderful addition to the Guild Wars universe and lore, even if only solid fantasy fare. I remember it being very immersing and exciting. But then it was in contrast to my grumpy grandfather and his insect infested house littered with snot-rags and pill bottles, made only worse by the unbearable Florida September.
Nonetheless I tore through both Guild Wars novels in a mere three days. And I have yet to find a book as enthralling and compelling as those Guild Wars books were. It was the perfect combination of wanting to escape, having enjoyable escapist fiction, and having the excitement of discovering a new interest that being reading, and I suppose to a lesser extent the Guild Wars lore.
I seem to recall also getting into an argument with my grandfather about Michael Jackson and discovering a bunch of maggots in my bowl of cereal. Ah, good times! But it was these two Guild Wars tie-in novels that popped my literary cherry. Who needs Catcher in the Rye when you have some great genre fiction? And Bruce Lee is awesome. After that I continued to read here and there. Burroughs, some Philip K. Dick, some Edgar Allan Poe. Expected stuff for a new teenage reader. And then that December, , I signed up for Goodreads, which was where I really got into reading and reading about reading.
But I still treasure the memory of reading those two Guild Wars novels, and they did something far more than getting me into a genre or increasing my interest in a particular video game; they helped me survive nearly a week with my grandfather! Oh, and they also sort of opened the door for me into an entire new artistic medium. Which in turn, I think, made me into a better, smarter person, and also introduced me to many more interests and fascinations.
Somewhat ironically, my grandfather has recently asked me to write an account of his life. He said it could be a bestseller half-jokingly, half hoping. He even has a title for it. It was of course because he knew I liked reading and dabbled in writing that he asked me. Oh, dear, how the world comes full circle to bite you in the ass! Thank you, ye mighty Guild Wars!
Ghosts of Ascalon
It created the Foefire , a blast of tremendous energy which obliterated the invading charr army but cursed the humans caught in the blast by turning them into ghosts. As their bodies were destroyed by the Foefire, the spirits of the Ascalon Army became trapped in the land of the living performing the tasks they were doing on the day of their death. Their zeal to defend Ascalon is absolute and anything living is seen as charr or an ally of the charr and therefore a threat that must be eliminated. The ghosts will continue at their tasks until the Foefire ritual is undone. Ascalonian ghosts retain their human forms but their flesh has been replaced by a pale-blue ectoplasm. According to Ghosts of Ascalon , killing an Ascalonian ghost outright is difficult - attacking them only removes ectoplasm from the form until they dissipate and, after a period of time which may vary the ghost will simply reform.
Guild Wars:Ghosts Of Ascalon & Edge Of Destiny