It's Monday and that means Asura Week has started! Today, Matt Barrett brings us a blog post on how the asura were designed, including different concept art versions and a video showcasing the creation of the final version of the small, intelligent race.
The asura were to be underestimated by the first sun-siders to encounter them. For this new role, the asura needed to be at least a little sympathetic, or even cute, but not too cute. They needed to give the impression that condescension would be imprudent. Thus, they gained their present feline-reptilian-alien aspect.
Alongside Matt Barnett's blog post today, we have a short tale woven by our very own Jeff Grubb about the asura:
This is a concept story, written three years ago, when we were exploring what the Guild Wars 2 characters were like. Many of those concept stories are no longer applicable, but this one – about an asura artificer and his sylvari assistant – has hung on. There is just one change we made: Originally, the asura’s name was Gixx—he was going to be the iconic asura, before we replaced him with Zojja—but we took that name for the leader of the Durmand Priory. Short of that name change, the story stands as written in 2008.
Visit the official ArenaNet blog for the story.
Make sure to head over to Guild Wars 2 Guru for more informtation and discussion on Asura Week!