Norn Of PlentyFebruary 24, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 8 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
Today during Norn Week they updated the norn race page with history, lore, and what I’ve most been waiting for (even during Human Week) the norn video covering their starting area.
We’ve seen the human area in the demo, and it was fascinating to see old areas redesigned with the new engine. For instance, we’ve all seen the Temple of the Ages in Guild Wars, and seeing it sunken beneath the swamp in Guild Wars 2 was excellent.
The norn have been driven south into old dwarven areas by Jormag, the elder dragon. It will be fascinating to see those areas again in Guild Wars 2. By the sounds of it we’ll get to see much of the norn starting area in the PAX East demo, where we’ll get to play as guardian and in the norn starting area.
Anyway here’s the video.
Hard to say what we can learn from the video but there are things of note. Not sure off the top of my head if we’ve seen weather effects before, but falling snow is on display here. We see a nice range of climate, and forests. We get a nice close up of the spirit statues I keep noting in my posts. Is it wrong to want to go to the norn starting areas just to see those?
There are also some good examples of norn, some armour we’ve seen before, an idle animation, and are those statues of Jora? Impossible to tell for sure. I’m sure someone on Guru2 has already figured out its not impossible to tell for sure.
We do get a much better sense of Hoelbrak as a city, and a sense of the size of the place. It doesn’t appear that it will be anything on the scale of Divinity’s Reach, but then again we’ve yet to see much inside those lodges.
There isn’t much new lore-wise, a few things that have been said before, are now said in different ways. There was one thing that caught my eye.
The mountaintops are home to another fallen race, the jotun. These giants were once wise and powerful, and their fall has been long and hard. Now little more than savages surviving in the wreckage of their ancestors’ citadels, they challenge the norn for domination.
Jotun are around in Eye of the North but you never get much of a sense of them. They are trash mobs and don’t play much of a role other than being something you need to go kill. Typical Guild Wars.
Sounds good though, I can’t wait to see an ancient Jotun Citadel. I can’t wait to see more videos from the demo as well. People are bound to concentrate more on the guardian and norn areas so there will be tons of things to look through in a couple weeks.
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