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This is really neat and enjoyable! Keep it up! <3
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This one is for everyone who mains a sylvari.

Back to Central Tyria for a bit, as Shani Wennemein, the Sheriff of Dry Top, makes one of the often routine stops to the Grove for supplies. Today, we`re all aware of the Pale Tree. The mother of all sylvari, she took the tenants of Ventari`s Tablet and taught her children to be kind, thoughtful, curious and adventuresome.

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And while the Pale Tree has come under harsh times and was nearly felled, she has weathered the storms and survived. She still stands tall in the Maguuma Jungle.

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250 years ago, Shani`s great great-grandmother knew a very young Pale Tree.

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Villith Argith knew of the Pale Tree as merely a young sapling. As the gentle centaur Ventari stood watch over her.

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Even at that young age, the Pale Tree reached to the sky with her branches.

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Since Villith`s time, the Pale Tree has only grown taller and stronger. She has given birth to an entirely new race on Tyria.
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Greetings, salutations and Excelsior! Today, it is time to see the marvels that is Rata Sum.

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As you can see by our tour guide today, Dispatcher Zeke is standing in the main hub of Rata Sum (shhh! don't tell anyone, he was ostracised for his theories on Primordus and he's not supposed to be here right now). Rata Sum is a technical marvel, where geniuses of all stripes gather to research, study, invent, create, and theorise the Eternal Alchemy. But Rata Sum was not always the marvel that you see. It had humble beginnings. As the saying goes, Lion's Arch was not built in a day.

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Rata Sum was constructed shortly after the Destroyers pushed the asura to the surface. Never ones to give up, the asura saw this set back as an opportunity for advancement, even going so far as to open merchant trade with the other races.

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Today, those humble beginnings have paid off as Rata Sum is now a centre of research...

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...commerce...

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...and fantastic sights to behold.

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Even with their diminutive stature, the asura have managed to create marvels to behold since they came to the surface over 250 years ago.
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Excelsior fellow Tyrians!

It is time to explore one of the hidden mysteries of the Maguuma Jungle. Oola's Lab. Oola had not one, but two labs. The one we know of is actually east of Rata Sum.

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While it is a large lab, located in an underground, cavernous area, it is still relatively small.

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But Oola's lab was not only in a completely different location 250 years ago, but it was much, much different in appearance. It had multiple levels and the reason why Oola may have moved to a second lab location was probably because her golems went mad and malfunctioned.

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It should also be noted that this lab was west of Rata Sum, possibly on the very eastern edge of the Dragon's Stand in the Heart of Maguuma.
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Reviving this thread on the day of the new episode release as we take a look at the Jewel of Istan.

250 years ago, the Jewel of Istan was known as Kamadan. It was the starting point in Nightfall after all of the introductory story and the tutorial of that expansion. But it was also a place other characters from Prophecies and Factions could go visit. It was bright and beautiful and it was the introduction to a wonderful and mysterious land filled with awe and wonder.

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Today, Kamadan is no more as its name has been changed to reflect the egomaniac that is Palawa Joko. Palawadan is still called the Jewel of Istan, but it is hardly a wonderous place. It is dark, dusty, uninviting.

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The Sunspear Great Hall was once a place where the defenders of Istan and Elona called home. It was one of many locations where these great warriors would gather together.

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The land itself seemed just as inviting as the Great Hall, a welcome sight for travellers.

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Today, the Sunspear Great Hall is no more. Perverted by the Lich King, it is now the Mordent Crescent Hall. It is far from inviting at all, just as the land surrounding it appears decayed and unwelcoming.

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While not everything in Istan appears inviting, there are some things which have only grown despite Palawa Joko.

One of those things is the Astralarium.

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It was a simple location that had a minimal guard but was heavily fortified with high walls.

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Once inside, while it was small there was a great deal of wonder and awe to take in.

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Today, that wonder and awe has only increased. While there are those who attempt to censor the book history books and rewrite the history, many inside the walls of the Astralarium guard it with vigilance, often with the assistance of the outlanders.

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The walls that once surrounded the Astralarium may be gone, but it has not stopped the outpost from growing.
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