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24 September 2007 @ 04:45 pm
In Which There Was GW Loff - Sightseeing Pt. 1 (Properly now)  

Re-posting this, as I was an utter noob the first time and forgot to actually add the screenies. Go figure. :)

A while ago (or, knowing me, many months ago) I introduced the concept of the (Many, Many, Many) Reasons Why GWG Loves Guild Wars. Most of the time I'm too busy being in love with GW to actually post my reasons why up here, but it just so happens that I'm at work right now (yes, GWG has a job) which means that I actually have time for an update. (Don't think too much about that. Just don't.)

Today, it is time to introduce another item on my long, long list of obsessions and it will include a sneak preview into what I intend to become a lasting trend: sights.

I'm not the only one who enjoys a trip of sightseeing through Tyria, Cantha, Elona, or even the North. Go to any well-visited fansite and you'll find scores upon scores of screenshots of sights both well-known and obscure. I like to go into areas that you hardly or even never go through if you simply play through the game. Questless, missionless areas made solely for our enjoyment, clearly created with the same dedication and love of detail as every other area.

Those responsible for these grand vistas or small, easily-overlooked yet brilliantly delicate sights may rightly take pride in their work, even if a big group of players is unlikely ever to behold the fruits of their labour. OCD-motivated mappers aside, we all know that we're not likely to explore the full extent of the Falls unless if we're either mapping, vanquishing, or both. (Guilty and guilty.) It's a shame, really, as much of the beauty of the game gets overlooked this way, and the skill of the creators under-appreciated. I feel that capping these places and sharing them pays tribute to their greatness.

On my many journeys I have taken an embarrassing amount of screenshots of all the sights I've seen, and, if GW were a person, it would likely press charges against me for stalking. I go through these masses of screenies every now and again, and sometimes when I'm feeling particularly creative I turn one or two of them into icons, some of which you may already have admired (or disliked) in previous entries.

Unfortunately, other than the occasional iconising, these screenies are only gathering dust on my trusty pc, never to be admired by anyone but me. That's right- I've never even bothered to enter a screenshot competition, even though I know that I should have at least one or two in my collection that might just be worth a prize.

I therefore now feel obliged to share at least a part of my collection with you, and hopefully I can continue to do so in the future. Since I tend to get bored very easily, I'll even take requests. So if there is any area you'd like me to screenie down to the last pixel... let me know and I'll get out my Adventurer's Boots.

Screenies all courtesy of yours truly.

The Volfen shrine... isn't it pretty?

Burial site. I don't know what it's there for, but it's there. Don't go too close or you'll be facing moody pops. :)

The lake the area was named for. From here, you can't see the malice trapped inside it.

I have not even a remotely witty comment for this one. I just put it here because it's pretty.

You'd almost think it'd be safe to go ice skating...

Abandoned stables. Well, I'm not even sure it's what it was used for, what with being abandoned and all... Vaettir like to hide here.

If you're really bored, you could always try to find the needle.

Entering the notorious rabbit cave. No, the fluffy white rabbits are not your friends.

Old Man Willow. Hey, it could have been a willow!

Floating rocks. Nothing funny about these either. They're just there, they're pretty, and they keep an idiot like myself entertained indefinitely.

If I hadn't slaughtered everything in sight just 5 seconds ago, I would think of this as a very serene place to be.

So very pretty...

Another view of the rabbit area, but this time on the outside.

More mountain vistas...

Are you tired of the mountains yet?

Stone Summit Camp. If you're a poor student looking for a home, these shelters have just become vacant.

One of my favourite things in Guild Wars scenery... the way they play with light.

Quaint. Very quaint.

The monster in the lake- the Drakkar. This is just his head. He could swallow you whole and never even realise he ate you.

Look carefully and you can see his eyes.

The Drakkar as seen on the mini map. He's big, bad, and probably very nasty. I'd hate to have to fight this guy...

The Lady of the Lake dropped her scythe a long, long time ago. You can now only admire it frozen inside a thick layer of ice.

There used to be a forest where the lake now is. This lone giant tree still has its tip sticking out of the ice.

You can see it disappearing inside. Look down, and you can see it vanishing at the bottom.

Anything to share with me? Don't be shy. :)
Whereabouts: Drakkar Lake
Mindset: awakeawake
Eldalossë Súrilenda, the Snow Elf Sphynx: Rangersnowelf on September 25th, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
That's stunning, Elvy.

I can't wait to get to the Shiverpeaks, where I can take some pictures of that sort.

Most of my pictures are of my characters, but I'll see what I can do about taking pictures of their surroundings too.

I do love the lighting in Guild Wars, you can get some stunning effects.
Elv: serenityelvea_aure on September 27th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I just encounter things that make me sit and gawp for a few minutes. The game has a wonderful way of surprising you like that.
Eldalossë Súrilenda, the Snow Elf Sphynx: Alyrrae Melarrian  - Glowingsnowelf on September 29th, 2007 10:06 am (UTC)
Oh, yes. I wholly agree. It is incredible what they have done with some of the vistas.
Eldalossë Súrilenda, the Snow Elf Sphynxsnowelf on November 23rd, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
Absolutely adore these pictures still, hope to post some of my own eventually, if I may?

BTW, my new ranger:

Parts of Kaineng definitely have a bit of a faded beauty.