Tuesday, 13 September 2011

[GW2] Asura Week: A Gabble of Golemancers

Oh, look he has a staff. That's a surprise.
I'm a sociologist, first and foremost*, and I know a division of labour which won't work when I see it. You can't run a society on a whole population of hairdressers. So, with that in mind I ask you this: is every single asura a golemancer? 

Every asura we have encountered in the literature (Ghosts of Ascalon, Edge of Destiny and now Jeff Grubb's "Mr Sparkles") certainly is. Snaff, Blimm, Kranxx, Zojja and now Flummox - all golemancers, through and through. Don't get me wrong, I liked the story from yesterday and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I did find it rather predictable. As soon as Flummox said "We’ll need them to get the apparatus operational" the word "Golem" wasn't too far behind. 

I like the idea of a golemancer, I really do, but along with this vocation seems to have to come a magical counterpart. Without too much of an imaginative leap you could come to the conclusion that every one of the above named asura was a student of the arcane arts in some form of another. And I don't just mean (yes, I did start that sentence with "and") that they dabble in the mystical; I mean fully fledged, fireball wielding, lightning bolt hurling magical professionals. 

My issue is that ANet have always had the stance that no one race will be overly powerful as one school of professions. If it were the case that the norn made the best warriors, then no-one would play any other race (short of RP purposes) for their warrior. I'm sure it is still the case that the races and professions are in balance, but in terms of lore I think we'd currently be hard pushed to justify an asura guardian - all the lore sources we have seem to suggest that they don't exist.

Look, I don't like to complain (and I'm sure that Ree's post at the end of the week will feature a roving band of renegade asura warriors complete with rippling biceps, short fuses and even shorter attention spans) but would it be too much to ask for a story containing an asura guardian? Even a thief or ranger would do - something which shows off the other side of their character? We know they have brains - but how about we see a little of their brawn?

*Trained at the 3rd best University in the country, I'll have you know! 
Ps. I'm willing to admit some of them may be engineers, but that still isn't satisfactory!

1 comment:

  1. To contradict your theory of all asura being golemancers, I would like to point out that I am a, "master of borrowing."  



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