While the Pact is poised to launch its campaign against the jungle dragon Mordremoth, the Pact Commander unveils a terrible truth: The sylvari are creations of the Dragon. So begins the story of Guild Wars 2’s first expansion pack: Heart of Thorns!
A note about spoilers: a brief summary aside, this article assumes a basic knowledge of the plot of Living World Season 1 and Living World Season 2. Since the story of Heart of Thorns begins in 1327 AE, and the personal story takes place in 1325 AE, it is likely that this article will contain personal story spoilers, as story threads that began in the personal story may be continued with the expansion.
Heart of Thorns was released on October 23rd, 2015.
Setting HoT Story
The leaders of Tyria have heeded Marshal Trahearne’s call to arms, and troops of all races gathered in Camp Resolve to bolster the Pact’s reduced numbers, ready to advance into the Heart of Maguuma to slay the Elder Dragon Mordremoth. With Rytlock Brimstone lost in the Mists and Caithe having run off with Glint’s Egg, the remaining members of Destiny’s Edge Eir Stegalkin, Logan Thackeray, and Zojja accompany the assault.
Meanwhile, the Commander and their allies Braham, Rox, Marjory Delaqua, Kasmeer Meade and Taimi are deep below the Silverwastes, following the footsteps of Caithe to retrieve Glint’s Egg. It is there that they learn of the sylvari’s true origins as servants of Mordremoth, a secret previously known to only Caithe and the Pale Tree.
Despite all their preparations, the Pact Fleet is annihilated above Verdant Brink, as enormous vines tear apart the airships, and many sylvari heed the call of their creator, turning on their allies in a surprise attack. The survivors are scattered across the jungle, desperately trying to survive the continuing onslaught of Mordrem; the fates of Destiny’s Edge and Trahearne are unknown.