I know. You’re thinking this title’s crazy. It probably is, but hey– you can’t totally fault me. I was inspired by a piece of in-game architecture! An old pillar in Metrica Province reads “Given asura ‘Place of Ultra-Mega-Importance’ status in 1325 A.E.” When I first found the pillar a couple hours into my Metric Province leveling adventure during Headstart, I instantly fell in love with the area, and everything to do with the asura race– even though, you know, I’m really a tiger-striped lumbering charr. No matter. Awesomeness is awesomeness, right?
With that attitude in mind, I come to you with a brand new Guild Wars 2 Junkies feature. You can call it the Question Box. You can call it whatever you want, really, but what I’m calling it is a “Place of Ultra-Mega Awesomeness.” We all have things we love about Guild Wars 2, places that make us cheer out and say “yes, this is my ultra-mega place!” We all have classes, abilities, and features we’re passionate about, either negatively or positively. This is a place to share all that. A couple times a week I’ll be raising a Guild Wars 2 question to the community– hopefully an interesting one– and we’ll share our opinions.
I’ll start off with my opinion just to get the ball rolling, but these questions will not have any right or wrong answers, so feel free to argue with me to your heart’s content!
This week’s question darts back to my original topic– places of awesomeness. What’s your favorite racial starting zone, so far, in Guild Wars 2? Don’t worry if you haven’t explored them all yet. Out of the ones you have seen, which do you love most, and why?
You may have guessed Metrica Province is my favorite. It isn’t, ironically, but I do adore some of the asura architectural designs. The golems are also adorable. I’d probably rank Metrica as my third favorite starting zone. My second favorite zone is Caledon Forest, the sylvari starting area. It’s simply stunning. Peaceful, expansive, and full of plenty of lush greenery to explore– er, get lost in (getting lost in MMOs is a personal hobby of mine). My absolute favorite? Plains of Ashford, the charr starting area.
Plains of Ashford was the first zone I explored during BWE1. I knew I wanted to play a charr, but wasn’t sure I wanted to main as one. All it took was a brief sweep of the Black Citadel, and me pawing my way on all fours through the first couple waypoints to realize that I’d found my home. The sharp contrast between the quiet, autumn-colored scenery of Plains of Ashford and the raw, steel-infused reminders of wars past fought painted quite a beautiful image in my mind. One that closely resembles the charr themselves– harsh, brutal, yet fiercely loyal and proud of the place they call home.
Your turn! What’s your starting area of choice, and why? Sound off in the comments section!