Lion's Arch

"Where else should a Canthan fleet land? Ascalon is in ruins. Orr has sunken into the sea. The Dwarves don't properly appreciate imported goods. No, it had to be Kryta, and there is no greater city in all of Kryta than Lion's Arch. As they say: In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." - Jiaju Tai

Lion's Arch has gone through many battles, but it has always stood strong and found itself built anew. Each new disaster upon Lion's Arch only serves as a reason to build it bigger and better.

Lion's Arch was always a central hub in Guild Wars. The fountain was perhaps the most iconic feature. It became a place for players searching for parties or to sell off their items to other players. In the world of Guild Wars 2, the Lion's Arch fountain is now deep underneath the water of the harbor. Lion's Arch isn't abandoned, though. The more current iteration of the city was built again on dry land after the rising of Orr sunk what is now known as "Old Lion's Arch."

There isn't a lot to see underwater beyond the fountain and the entrance of the city. The fountain now lays askew after an attack by Scarlet sent a drill plunging into the center of Old Lion's Arch. After such attack, some other parts of old Lion's Arch have resurfaced. One of the examples being the last comparison picture before the maps in this post. The mud has been stirred enough to uncover lost parts of the old city.

Diving underwater, it's pretty dark now, but it's really easy to find your way around using the key monuments in the city. The fountain, of course, is one of them. Just north of the fountain would be the entrance to the Lion's Arch Keep. The new city of Lion's Arch once had the ruins of the keep, however they have since been replaced with a monument instead.  Another is the building with the two lion statues. It still stands, but it doesn't really have an interior as we can assume it once may have. Instead, you can find your way to an ectoplasm gambling skritt merchant through the walls. Lastly, there is the large platform that once housed the merchants' circle in Old Lion's Arch. Like the fountain, it is now tilted from it's original position, but still marks off a necessary part of Old Lion's Arch. 

The Granite Citadel

"Located between the Stone Summit hotbeds Tasca's Demise and Spearhead Peak, the Granite Citadel is a grand fortress held by the Deldrimor Dwarves. A safe harbor in a deadly ocean of hostility, the outpost here sells relief to weary adventurers. "

Maybe it's time to break up the unending Ascalon posts. While Ascalon is probably filled with the most significant locations leftover between the two games, the rest of Tyria has a lot to offer as well. The Granite Citadel in the Shiverpeaks is such a location. Originally sitting between Tasca's Demise and Spearhead Peak, it now lies in the large map of Dredgehaunt Cliffs.

This location is a little odd when it comes to it's transfer over into Guild Wars 2. It's completely turned around. In Guild Wars it was set so that the houses were at the south exit and the citadel itself was situated diagonally with the northern tip facing the west. In Guild Wars 2, the houses are now at the north exit and the northern tip is now facing east.

In Guild Wars, it didn't feel as if the Granite Citadel was a really lore centric area. It was mostly an outpost where you could buy some of the Prophecies prestige armor or to warp to if you planned to go into Mineral Springs to get ascended without the trouble of going through several missions again. In the sequel, however, they pay tribute to the characters within and around the area with the heart task. Reading many of the graves, it would ask a question about a character, usually what they were collecting, selling, or what their role was. The Priory seems to be camped out in this area and looking into relics concerning the dwarves who once lived there.

Seeing as this outpost has been turned around, it was difficult to decide if the pictures needed to taken with the current orientation or not. I chose to take them based on the specific features.

Grendich Courthouse

"When I was just a young hooligan, I found myself before a judge on a regular basis. I stood here, inside this very building, as my punishments were read by the Magister. Back then, I can remember wishing this building would be hit by lightning or destroyed in a great fire. Never did I think it would come to be." -Warmaster Labofski

Before I start off this post officially, I want to bid welcome to all of the new players of Guild Wars 2, be it new to the series or a veteran from the first game. I'm glad to see that the game and community will be growing ever bigger with your help! I hope that this site will continue to be a valuable resource to those who visit it.  If you ever find yourself with map related questions, feel free to contact me through here or in game and I'll be more than happy to help.

Grendich Courthouse was always one of the stops I would make while running players between Lion's Arch and Ascalon. It's a good place to stop and find rest before entering the Shiverpeaks or continuing through the Diessa Lowlands. We never got to see this place before the searing but post-searing all we saw were the shambles of what I believe to have once been a brilliant courthouse. In Guild Wars 2, however, we know the land to be called Diessa Plateau and the courthouse is known now as the Grendich Ruins. It's a fitting name as it still remains in ruin from what happened during the searing.

However, it seems that they may have worked on the outpost a bit before abandoning it. We can see now that a wall within the courthouse has been rebuilt. The rest of it, however, has mostly degraded even more from it's Guild Wars counterpart. Magic runes that once lived in the courtyard are now gone but the once dead trees have been taken over by newer, living versions. The hills and valleys we could once see from the broken wall are now rolling and nearly smooth, and more noticeably- not as deep.

Walking into this place, it should easy for Guild Wars 1 players to recognize it, but underneath the recognizable features, a lot has changed.

Rebuilt Lions Arch - Fort Marriner

"I barely recognize Fort Marriner. But it's good to see the old place busy again." - Keeper Olda

Continuing with the Rebuilt Lions Arch series, Fort Marriner has made a lot of changes. It's still the hub of the mists portals. Now, however, it holds the portal to Fractals of the Mists and rightfully so. The rebuilt fort is now also home to the Lions Arch Aerodrome, which the players voted as the name. The Aerodrome now serves as an airbase for the city, helping to provide more defenses than ever before.

Most of the structures in and around the fort are in the new style, unlike the postern ward. A lot of the trees were switched out with palm trees outside of the fort entrances and it boasts a lot more flora around the fort than we've seen before. On the map, the fort still resembles the shape it held before. 

Rebuilt Lions Arch - Postern Ward

"This is the future headquarters of the Guild Initiative. I'm afraid I can't divulge any more details at this time, but if you belong to a guild, you'll want to visit it when we're done." - Guild Initiative Planner

In the attempt to document the countless changes, we make our first stop at the Postern Ward. It's obvious from the crew standing outside of the building that this is going to be the future home of guild related functions. Not only will we be seeing the guild services we've had for so long but also the introduction of guild halls and it's likely that this will be the hub we purchase the rights to a hall from.

The newly rebuilt area resembles, probably more than the rest of the city, the Lions Arch we used to know from the launch of Guild Wars 2. The building is made from an assortment of ship parts, and resembles the original bank base in the entrance.

Also found was a venue that appears to have attracted a lot of couples professing that they want to spend their lives together. We can assume that this is, then, a place for weddings. Is it possible in the future that we'll see a Kasmeer and Marjory wedding take place here?

Lions Arch Map (Update)

"Beautiful isn't it? After Scarlet attacked the city, this statue was rubble. Now look at it. More glorious than ever. Just like Lion's Arch." - Aid Worker Sya

It's another wonderful patch day and Lion's Arch is looking better than ever. With a nod to what it was originally described as, the hub has taken quite some drastic changes. We at Project Tyria are working to document the changes and provide before and after images as usual. It will take some time due to the sheer size of the changes, but for now we can show off the newest update to the ever popular Lion's Arch Map gif.

Ashford Abbey - The Searing

"Once an abbey dedicated to Dwayna, Sardelac Sanitarium is now used to house those who have suffered serious mental harm during the Searing." -The Guild Wars Manuscripts
Ashford Abbey was an outpost that a lot of quests centered around. Either our heroes would pick up a quest or use it to complete one. Many times a quest may have to do with delving into the catacombs for one reason or another. However, in post Searing, it doesn't have as much going on in the quest field. The catacombs become closed up and inaccessible. Instead of being the abbey it once was, it becomes a Sanitarium surrounded by destruction and searing crystals.