“Malyck is no one. He comes from nowhere. On one hand, I am sorry for him. He has no roots. On the other, I am envious. He can become whatever he chooses. I hope he chooses well.” - Amaranda the Lonesome, from The Nightmare Harbinger
In the excitement leading up to HoT's launch, I completely forgot to upload this painting of Malyck to DA! I was quite afraid to find out what fate awaited him in HoT, but don't worry, I'm going to keep this post spoiler-free. Please try to keep any comments spoiler-free, as well, since many have not completed the story yet. :)
My main attention in HoT during the launch week was not over the story, but on those gorgeous, gigantic new maps. Such artistry! The art direction for vanilla GW2 blew my mind when I first experienced it, and I think they have surpassed that initial sense of wonder and awe with HoT. It has this lovely experience of being like you're walking around in a concept art painting - the maps are expansive enough that they evoked that sense of an open world like when playing the older Zelda games for the first time. And the ambient animation! I tried taking some screenshots, but they do not do the beauty crafted in these maps justice. And the music! The first time I walked into Auric Basin, hearing that exquisitely composed string arrangement, while viewing these golden cities, just breathtaking! Serious kudos to the art & sound team at ArenaNet, fantastic, fantastic environment work.
Incidentally, I did finish the story last night, mainly because I was starting to become concerned I would accidentally stumble across a spoiler, haha. I have many thoughts about the story, but I'll save them for a future post and clearly mark that there will be spoilers in the description. I don't think I will do any artwork that feature spoilers, though. All the ideas I want to do now have almost nothing to do with how the story ended up turning out, haha.
I only wish I had more time to experience more of all the detail packed into this expansion, I've barely gotten through the second and third maps, and have not had a chance to check out the fourth map aside from the snippet instances the story leads you through. November is looking to be very busy, but I'm glad I was able to schedule time to experience some of the excitement during launch week. :) Think that's the first time I've had the opportunity to do that! Much hype and fun! And now too many ideas I want to paint, I need to find time to do them all. D:
Here's this painting posted on tumblr here
Yes, there is a little spoiler in this comment, but I think by now everybody knows what I mean... or otherwise hopefully don't pay attention to this
About Malyck, maybe the reason they didn't let him make any appearence was that only sylvari players with that specific character-creation-choice (I think it was something like "where life goes, so too should you") would ever know about him? Introducing him to other characters could be difficult and might sway attention away from the main story arc... Just guessing here. But one thing other players seem to be irrited about, too, is that bunch of loose ends.
Btw, do you know anything about the elonian refugees in Lions Arch? I was hoping for a clue in the Living Story I just finished, but other than that Braham's throwing a tantrum and Dragon's Watch seemingly going down the same road as Destiny's Edge (the whole breaking up part, I mean), there isn't anything about them. Was there anything at all with them yet which I missed?
Sorry for throwing my own little tantrum here ^^° Good thing it's friday!
You are correct! I was likewise hoping to see him in the story, but Malyck did not make an appearance in HoT. The Story Lead for HoT, Matthew Medina, addressed the question of Malyck a few months back on Reddit - as many were likewise curious about what happened to him!
You can read his comment here - I thought he was insightful! www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/co…
I hope I answered your question! Feel free to let me know if you have any others!
PS: Oh god I love Malyck so much, this is beautiful, I love the style you drew it in ^^ I hope I can reach such point too
I'm happy you like Malyck and my artwork of him - you will definitely reach this point and beyond! :)
Ahem... ummm... What is HoT ? ... What is all your description about? ; I'm assuming it's a game by maps but... S-sorry..
All good, no need to apologize! It stands for Heart of Thorns, which is the name of an expansion that just came out for Guild Wars 2, a PC game. :)
Ah, you'll have to excuse me; I'm not too familiar with Guild Wars. |D
Even then, this looks great, that coat is superb, almost life-like...Though I'm really drawn to that hair. But you know me; I like hair a lot.