For people unfamiliar with the Guild Wars LoreThe History
For generations, war and chaos raged across the land of Tyria. Five great racescompeted and warred against each other, struggling to tip the balance of power in their favor.Then the dragons woke.The all-powerful beasts (The Elder Dragons, led by Kralkatorrik ) stirred from their millennial sleep under earth and sea. With their magical breath the dragons spread destruction and created legions of twisted slaves. Now heroes from the five races must set aside ancient rivalries and stand together against their common enemies. Magic, technology, and cold steel will determine the ultimate fate of the world.
The sylvari are an enigma. Humanoid in form, plantlike in nature, they are recent arrivals in Tyria and have roamed the world for only twenty-five years. They are all born of a single parent— the mighty Pale Tree that dominates the Tarnished Coast. Theyare bound together with a common origin and a shared dream. No one knows why theyhave suddenly appeared in Tyria, least of all the sylvari themselves, and they seek todiscover their purpose in the world. Of all the races, they have the greatest appreciationof the danger posed by the Elder Dragons; the sylvari battle the undead minions of Zhaitan on a regular basis.
The norn are a race of valiant, shape-changing barbarians. Boisterous, strong-willed,and passionate, the norn are an independent people that swear fealty to no single being.They thrive in their mountain stronghold by the sharpness of their senses, the quicknessof their wits, and the strength of their massive forearms. They are guided in this world by their Spirits of the Wild, who embody the virtues of the mightiest beasts. As a people,they are quick to anger, even quicker to smile, and treat each new day as a personal challenge. They drink and feast and hunt with equal gusto, and fear few things. They are steadfast allies and implacable foes.