To the Charr, flame is the physical representation of their gods. In order to keep the gods happy, they must first fulfill their obligation to the flame. To that end, the Charr have constructed a series of sacred buildings known as Flame Temples. On raised platforms, these bestial creatures have inscribed huge circular runes, which define and magically feed the sacred fires. Further defining the ring are pillars of pure obsidian or carved sandstone, sculpted to depict the faces of the mysterious creatures the Charr worship. Between these pillars, in the very center of each of these temples, are the ever-burning sacred flames. The Charr believe that as long as the flames are burning, the gods are pleased. If the flames go out, then the Charr have failed in their duties, and will be punished by the gods.
Each temple has its own fire, which is tended at all times by four Charr Flame Keepers. The Flame Keepers have only one job—to keep the Sacred Flame burning. This is the most prestigious position a Charr can occupy; only the strongest, most capable Charr can take this honor, and all other Charr bow to the Flame Keepers.
In addition to the temples, whenever a large Charr warband travels anywhere, they take with them a bronze brazier, lit at a Flame Temple by the Sacred Flame. These braziers are placed upon palanquins, which are then carried from location to location by four Charr Flame Carriers. Each night when they make camp, the Flame Carriers erect a flammable effigy in the shape of one of their gods, then ignite it and let it burn till daylight.
Humans learned quickly how to read the flame sign: if the flame is lit, the Charr camp is occupied. If the flame is out, the Charr have moved on.
Khan-Ur is the title used by the supreme rulers of the Charr. The first Khan-Ur unified the Charr before the arrival of humans on the Tyrian continent, and the last Khan-Ur was assassinated around the time of the Exodus of the Gods. The four heirs of the last Khan-Ur formed the four High Legions. Although some Charr have subsequently claimed the title, none have been able to hold it for more than a few years.
Invasion of Tyria
At around the time of 1070 AE, when the three Kingdoms of Tyria were busy fighting each other in the Guild Wars, none of them took the threat of the Charr seriously due to the fact that they were still held at bay by the Great Northern Wall. However, the Charr shamans had gathered all their forces together north of the Wall and found a way to summon a great devastating magic from the skies. How they organized themselves so well and how they mastered such arcane powers remains a mystery, though the Titans may have helped them for their own purposes, as hinted at by the resemblance of Charr idols to the Titans. They then set out to conquer all the Human lands of Tyria:
- During the Searing, with their powerful magics, they rained fire and mysterious crystalline meteors on the lands of Ascalon on either side of the Great Northern Wall and effectively brought Ascalon to its knees. The beautiful land of green hills and lush foliage was completely ravaged and turned into a scorched and dry land, with little to no plants or water. Most of the major cities and settlements were destroyed and turned into ruins.
- After Ascalon fell, the Charr armies rushed towards the Kingdom of Orr. The Orrians believed their armies would hold back the Charr, but quickly faced crushing defeat and the Charr were marching on the capital, Arah. In a moment of desperation (or malicious calculation) the personal adviser of the King of Orr, Vizier Khilbron, invoked powerful forbidden magic to defeat the invading Charr forces. The result was a cataclysmic explosion that wiped out all those invading Charr and most of the peninsula of Orr, along with most of its inhabitants, sinking most of Orr to the bottom of the Sea of Sirens (after this it became known as the Sea of Sorrows). This event is referred to as The Cataclysm.
- The Kingdom of Kryta at first faltered before the Charr hordes and the ruling family fled. Then a man by the name of Saul D'Alessio led the fight against the Charr, and aided by gods he called the Unseen Ones he was able to turn the tide. The followers of Saul formed the White Mantle which has ruled and protected Kryta ever since.
Warning: The following text contains spoilers relating to the plot of Nightfall Campaign.
In the quest A Flickering Flame in the Realm of Torment, you find out that the titans appeared to the Charr as fiery gods, and urged them to invade the human world in order to weaken resistance against Abaddon, before ultimately abandoning them.
Warning: The following text contains spoilers relating to the plot of Eye of the North.
The expansion allows players to visit the Charr Homelands, which resemble Pre-Searing Ascalon. A Charr Ranger, Pyre Fierceshot, can be recruited after completing the Charr Homelands primary quests and missions. The Charr in EotN are more advanced than those in Prophecies, including characters with dual professions; newer professions such as Ritualists; and advanced weaponry such as Siege Devourers.
In Eye of the North, an Ascalonian unit known as the Ebon Vanguard wage war on the Charr, bringing the conflict to the Charr Homelands. The bulk of the Ebon Vanguard are captured after a battle, causing Gwen and the heroes to pursue the Charr. After raiding a Charr camp in search of the prisoners, they come across a Charr prisoner, Pyre Fierceshot, who offers to aid the heroes in their search in exchange for assistance in finding his warband.
It is revealed by Pyre that the Charr are in a state of civil war. With the destruction of their previous gods, the Titans, many of the Charr have become disillusioned with the Shaman caste. The Shamans in turn have adopted new gods, the Destroyers, and are persecuting any Charr who do not adhere to them. After the heroes help Pyre to rescue his imprisoned warband from the Cathedral of Flames, the Charr rebels assault the Shaman fortress in Sacnoth Valley. Using Siege Devourers and Armored Saurus, the human heroes storm the fortress. The Shaman leader, Hierophant Burntsoul, unleashes several hordes of Destroyers to fend off the attackers, but the new "gods" are overwhelmed and Burntsoul is slain.
With the Ebon Vanguard prisoners freed, Pyre Fierceshot refuses to lead a rebellion, instead sending off the surviving Charr to disperse, spreading the message that the Charr have no gods, after which he joins the humans. Several pockets of Shaman resistance remain to combat the Ebon Vanguard and Charr forces.
All Charr have Charr Carving as their collectable drop. They also all drop Charr Hide, which is a Salvage Item that has a collector. Pre-Searing Charr bosses can drop two other Charr items, the Charr Bag and Charr Salvage Kit.
|Ascalon||Charr Blade Warrior (5/6)
Charr Axe Warrior (6)
Charr Axe Fiend (8)
Charr Blade Storm (8)
|Charr Stalker (5/6)
Charr Hunter (8)
|Charr Martyr (5)
Charr Overseer (6)
Charr Shaman (7)
|Charr Ash Walker (5/6)
Charr Ashen Claw (6/8)
|Charr Mind Spark (5/6)
Charr Chaot (8)
|Charr Fire Caller (5/6)|
Charr Flame Wielder (8)
|The Last Day Dawns||Charr Axe Lord (24)||Charr Stalker Lord (24)||Charr Shaman Lord (24)||Charr Ashen Lord (24)||Charr Mind Lord (24)||Charr Flame Lord (24)|
Eye of the North
|Far Shiverpeaks, Charr Homelands||20 Charr Axemaster
20 Charr Blademaster
|Superb Charr Carving|
- There exists 28 Charr Hunter Beasts, summoned by Charr Sentry, and 28 Charr Effigies. However, the Hunter Beast is a type of Elemental, not Charr, and the type of the Effigy is unknown.
- Many of the Charr builds used by the Charr in Eye of the north are reminiscent of popular PvP builds from the game's history. Because these builds were designed specifically to be powerful against human opponents, these Charr are more deadly than their brethren in other campaigns.
The Charr in Guild Wars 2
See also: Category:Charr.