The main story of Guild Wars 2 has been focusing on world shattering events; Zhaitan, Mordremoth, Kralkatorri, Balthazar. Gods and dragons. Sprinkled among all of that was your garden variety of villains, from megolomaniacs to masterminds to the completely unhinged. One of the villains that had a great deal of potential was killed off recently. I say potential, because there's always a potential to have a really great villain.
And no, I'm not talking about Caudicus.
I mean Faolin.
ArenaNet really missed a step by killing her off (and Eir, but that's something for a different discussion). If you never really paid attention to the meta events in Dragon Stand (or never participated in them), there was a good chance you missed the Nightmare Court Duchess that was helping the Pact and the players during the entire event. We could have had that in the personal story as well, but with Faolin.
We could have had an interesting step up that would have carried us into LS Season 3, which still could have sashay'd into the White Mantle and would have given a better explanation why the Nightmare Court and the White Mantle were working together in Brisban (ya know, if you don't play fractals or Twilight Arbor).
Faolin could have been a really good villain. I say good, because I'm not sure if ArenaNet could make a great villain. But they could have made something close. Something to what I think is one of the greatest villains ever made.
Yes, this is a reference to Star Trek. Didn't you know, everything's Star Trek. I pointed this out on my tumblr, that Gul Dukat of Deep Space Nine (the absolute BEST of the Star Trek series and that includes Discovery) had all the necessary pieces to make a great villain. Instead of me rambling more about it, watch this from Trekspertise (or, ya know, binge watch all seven seasons of DS9 'cause there's nothing wrong with watching a good television series).
Spoiler: The Case For Gul DukatShow
Faolin, could have had that level of Machiavellian nature about her. Because, lets face it, the Nightmare Court isn't 100% wrong in their thinking. Just possibly the way they're going about it. But it would have been nice to have had some side stories regarding the Nightmare Court outside of fractals or Twilight Arbor. Granted, that would have meant a completely focused writing team doing all of that, along with voice acting and animation for cutscenes which does take a lot of time and effort.
But each of the different factions across Tyria could have had a villain that was similar in some way, and just poked their head up at certain times throughout whatever story there was.
Yes, I have a lot of strong feelings about Faolin's death. I think it was wrong and ArenaNet missed a big opportunity.
Got any other villains? I'd like to see what others think of missed opportunities ArenaNet's made regarding their villains. And I'm not talking about dragons or gods, I mean the more down to earth (Tyria?) sort of villains we've seen in the game.