May 04

Chronicles of Tyria’s Anniversary Contest

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Hello Tyrians!

Chronicles of Tyria is celebrating its fourth anniversary this month. We have come a long way in those years and our writers are still working really hard to share their stories with you. Whether its through fights, tears or happier moments, they strive to immerse you into their writing and the Guild Wars 2 universe. However, this time around, they want to see what you can write for them! We still have some pretty cool swag and some gem codes that were given to us by ArenaNet for you to win.

To participate, simply write a poem with a Guild Wars 2 Theme. Limericks and Haikus are highly recommended format for this contest. Use anything from the universe to inspire your writing : Super Adventure Box, raiding, the lore, GW1, rage-inducing PvP, WvW blobbing/pirate ship meta. Any game modes that inspires you to write is accepted.

For this contest, we have prepared 3 prize packs(see below). Instead of having a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize, we have decided to let our first place winner choose which bundle he/she prefers, second place gets to choose between the remaining prize packs and third place gets the remaining one.

Contest Rules

1. Entries must be in English.

2. Write your entry in a .docx or .pdf format or as an entry to your personal blog. Do not type your entry directly into the body of your e-mail. This will make the sharing of the entries between the judges much more difficult for us and could be a reason for disqualification.

3. There is no word minimum/maximum, but please keep in mind that we will be going through many entries, so keeping them short and sweet would be greatly appreciated.

4. Send your entry or link to your blog to cotcontest@gmail.com.

5. Please add in your e-mail the preference order for the prize packs from most wanted to least.
i.e. : Prize Pack A is my favourite, but if it is already taken by the first place winner, I will take Prize Pack C. If both are already taken, I will take Prize Pack B.

6. Entry must be sent before the deadline. May 22nd at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

7. Contest winners will be contacted and announced in early June. Their entries will be featured on the front page of our website.

Note : This contest is international. Physical prizes will be sent world-wide. If you have any additional questions or need some clarification, please contact us on Twitter @ChroniclesTyria . This will be faster than by the e-mail provided above.

Contest Prizes

Prize Pack A : Guild Wars 2 Charr T-Shirt (Large Size), Guild Wars 2 Lanyard, 800 gems

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Prize Pack B : 2000 gems for Guild Wars 2

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Prize Pack C : Humble Audiobook Bundle: R.A. Salvatore’s The Demon Wars Saga (all 7 books)

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Special thanks to ArenaNet for providing us with most of the prizes for this contest.

 

May 02

Chapter Seven: Suttlest Beast IV

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“I don’t like this.” I said, more to myself than my only company as I stood by the bedroom window, pretending to stare out at the moon bathed and rain drenched city. “I don’t like this at all.”

“They’ve only been gone for a day.” Tatianna didn’t look up from her book while she spoke.

Though distracted by my worry, I’d been secretly reading along with her, possible because she was either a slow reader or simply liked to linger on each passage for longer than normal. The pace suited me fine – my own reading ability was somewhat limited, especially for an individual of my noble breeding. My eyes had made it difficult to learn.

I wondered what kind of education someone of Tatianna’s low origins might have. The fact that she could read and seemed to have a grasp of basic mathematics at all made her an exception of her class, but there was a lot I simply didn’t understand about that echelon of society.

“Don’t worry about them. I’ve known Darrus for a long time – and from what I’ve seen he and Baen make a good team.” There was a faint note of something in her voice. Bitterness? Wry bemusement? Something else entirely? I couldn’t be sure. She’d been a little more reserved since the argument in the courtyard the previous week, but to her credit she’d not held my little act of defiance in the face of her authority linger in the form of any visible resentment. “I’ve half a mind to be jealous.”

“That’s not what I meant.” I said.

“What then?”

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May 01

Chapter Eighteen: The Blade (Part 2)

gw008Ferris and I walked towards Garfas’ house. I wasn’t sure what to think about him, obviously I knew he was from Fumus’ warband, but I didn’t exactly know what standing he had with him. I would occasionally glance at him only to find out that he had been looking at me. He would avert his gaze and I arched my brow.

“Um…” I began, eliciting a jump from the soldier. “So how does Fumus treat his warband? I heard good things…” I trailed off as our eyes met again, an awkward air manifested between us.

“W-Well, he’s not really like other warband leaders,” said Ferris. “He rarely ever yells, and he’s very…”

“Eccentric?” I offered.

“Yes, that,” Nodded Ferris. “N-Not in a bad way though. He’s very nice, he encourages us. He treats us very strangely, but it works for us. Much better than the last legionnaire we had.”

“How did the other legionnaire treat you?” I asked.

“I guess like a regular drill sergeant, He was especially rough on me though. Always said I was too small, had me running errands all the time and kept telling me to bulk up. He was rough on all the other bandmates though. Sorta pushed the wrong buttons on all of us, you know?”

“All too well,” I said as I thought about Itan. “So how did Fumus become the legionnaire? He hasn’t been here for that long, so I imagine it was recent?” Ferris nodded before answering.

“He showed up one day and said he used to belong to the warband before becoming a double agent. Our former legionnaire froze when he saw him, I don’t think I’ve ever seen him scared of anyone like that before. He almost backed off immediately when Fumus said that he was going to take over. No one really objected since we saw how the old legionnaire reacted. Turned out he was good for us. We all started acting a bit closer under his leadership. We were talking, sharing what we liked to do. It started when Fumus ordered us to start taking our meals together. Helped me get the confidence to speak to others and then I met Tai.”

Tai… that was the other charr assigned to us. I wondered what they would be like, hopefully Garfas would not object to any of this. That was my main concern when walking to his house. I saw the house closing in. Two equally large masses were waiting for us. One was a large female charr in dark armor, daggers were strapped all over her armor. She stood with a relaxed posture as she leaned against the door frame of Garfas’ house. Meanwhile Garfas was drinking a cup of coffee while shirtless, as per usual. As we neared we caught a hold of the last of their conversation.

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Apr 22

Eternal Blade Saga Book 1, Chapter 34: Bloodied Hands

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I always found fascinating what people felt when faced with the prospect of battle. Some get so nervous they empty their stomach of the contents of their previous drink or meal. Some succumbed to fear and run away. Some allowed their hate for their opponent fuel their battle fire. Some held onto hope so tightly in their hearts that they would believe victory was on their side.

I tried to feel nothing.

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Apr 18

Chapter Seven: Suttlest Beast III

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I was almost entirely mobile again in a four days, the cuts and scrapes were healing and my ribs were now considerably less painful. I didn’t feel fully back to my old self, but a steaming bath and the opportunity to dress into something passably stylish made me feel more prepared to face Lion’s Arch again.

Baen and I had only had the chance for brief conversations, but she’d been making regular forays into the city, often with Coalpaw. Ostensibly, it was to collect supplies but she’d made secretive attempts to contact Tianne. She’d failed, but when she learned that The Gilded Anchor had been burned to the ground she had assumed – and I agreed – that the Lightbringer was well aware of the situation.

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