ArenaNet has revealed the city of Lion’s Arch which is located in Tyria, the northernmost known continent in Guild Wars 2.
The city is described as a “melting pot where all the races gather and trade,” which explains why the city doesn’t harbor and all allegiance to any particular race or nation.
Lion’s Arch is rather well-off, as it has a very active navy, with intelligent and “cunning” leaders in charge of maintaining the city’s financial strength.
“Lion’s Arch went through multiple changes over the years since its days as the capital of Kryta in the original Guild Wars to its current incarnation as a free city in Guild Wars 2,” said ArenaNet. “First destroyed by the rise of the Elder Dragon Zhaitan, the ruins of Lion’s Arch were utilized as a safe harbor by ships looking to escape the horrors of the sea. The wreckage of old Lion’s Arch was slowly turned into a refuge for pirates, smugglers, and other independent vessels. Shantytowns were created, and as the waters slowly receded over the course of decades, a settlement formed that owed no allegiance to Kryta. This settlement was unified by a human named Cobiah Marriner, who fought against the scourge of Orr alongside charr, asura, norn, and any other race that would lend their vessels to the cause. Out of that staunch and allied front, the city of Lion’s Arch was reborn.”
Lion’s Arch was at one time destroyed by Zhaitan, the dragon of Orr, but was rebuilt and is now defended by the city’s elite Lionguard which are stationed in a fortress on nearby Claw Island.
The city is very important to the story of Guild wars 2, as it joins with other settlements, races, and factions to fight against the Elder Dragons.
You can find out more on Lion’s Arch through the developer description posted on ArenaNet.
Artwork and a video featuring the city are posted below.