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Guild Wars 2: Norn Q&A and Fly Through Video

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe CitadelPosts: 23,307MMORPG.COM Staff Epic

The Arena.Net and NCSoft have released a new in-house Q&A with Jeff Grubb, Continuity and Lore Designer, Ree Soesbee, Continuity and Lore Designer, Eric Flannum, Lead Game Designer and Bobby Stein, Writing Team Lead. The brief Q&A features the Norn, the hearty humanoids from the Shiverpeaks. Check it out along with a fly through video of the Norn starting area.

Q: Why should a Guild Wars 2 player pick a norn character? In game terms, what distinguishes norn from humans and other playable races in the game?

Eric Flannum: A player should pick a norn if they want to play a larger than life character. Norn do everything to extremes and they live life to its fullest. To a norn, the journey is more important than the destination and one should always live in the moment. In game terms, norn player will have access to skills that draw upon their reverence for the spirits of the wild. This means that norn will be able to call upon the spirits and take bear, raven, snow leopard, and wolf form. Beyond taking animal form, the norn can use their affinity with nature in smaller ways as well. For example, a norn can call upon the wurm spirit to summon a temporary pet wurm.

Read more Guild Wars 2: Norn Q&A and Fly Through Video.


  • LobotomistLobotomist ZagrebPosts: 5,532Member Rare

    I decided long ago Norn will be first race for me to play.

    Shapeshifting nordic giants ... who can say no to that :D

  • SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News Manager The CitadelPosts: 23,307MMORPG.COM Staff Epic

    Not me! :)

    We ARE Norn!

  • causscauss sonnegaPosts: 665Member Uncommon

    Great read and lovely norn trailer.

  • jinxxed0jinxxed0 Posts: 841Member Uncommon

    I think my norn will be the strong silent type rather than loud and arrogant. lolz

  • peacekraftpeacekraft BirminghamPosts: 189Member

    Looking forward to playing a Norn so much. I don't often feel much connection with mmorpg races but the Norn just have that something. BY THE BEAR!

  • AlotAlot BredaPosts: 1,948Member

    We are Norn, we do not need pretty beaches with bikini babes walking around, we have got SNOW!

  • alkarionlogalkarionlog SPosts: 1,342Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Alot

    We are Norn, we do not need pretty beaches with bikini babes walking around, we have got SNOW!

    you don't need bikini babes walking around? O.o?

    FOR HONOR, FOR FREEDOM.... and for some money.

  • FreeBooteRFreeBooteR Surrey, BCPosts: 333Member

    No we don't need beach babes, we have 3m tall snow bunnies!

    Archlinux ftw

  • SkanomoduSkanomodu ArnhemPosts: 26Member

    What about bikini babes in the snow? They'll need someone to keep them warm ;)


    Anyway, NORN ALL THE WAY! xD

  • NazgolNazgol Dickson, TNPosts: 864Member

    Sorry I have not been following this game, to they actually shape shift in game?

    In Bioware we trust!

  • SkanomoduSkanomodu ArnhemPosts: 26Member

    The Norn do :D

  • jaycorulesjaycorules br, FLPosts: 12Member


    "and Fly Through Video" Where????

  • korvasskorvass den haagPosts: 623Member

    I think the racial interest GW2 is generating is a great testiment to the writing and creative skills of ArenaNet's staff.

    (Totally gonna make a Norn!)

  • SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News Manager The CitadelPosts: 23,307MMORPG.COM Staff Epic

    Click the first image in the story OR go here.

  • nolic1nolic1 Kingman, AZPosts: 676Member Uncommon

    The Norn will be the race of Epic in the meaning they are going to be one of the races that fit well into the world. The race of the Norn will forever be the act of one norn not the many.

    Still cant wait to see the rest of the race videos Sylvari is the race I am waiting for the most tho cause they are a new race in the world of Tyria and are the most unknown race.

    To me I enjoy gaming I dont play to be uber I play to have fun. If a game is not fun to me guess what I move on and play something else till I find one that is. When I find that great game and not sure if in my life time there will be one I hope it has everything I want in an mmo.

  • ZenakouZenakou Kansas City, KSPosts: 50Member

    I can has GW2 and a norn ranger now?

  • ThomasN7ThomasN7 1, NJPosts: 6,690Member

    The Norn just look so bad ass. Definitely rolling a Norn for my first character.

  • ClobClob St. Cloud, MNPosts: 130Member

    Originally posted by Nazgol

    Sorry I have not been following this game, to they actually shape shift in game?

     Yes, the norn will shapeshift.  Racial skills for the norn include Bear, Raven, Snow Leopard and Wolf forms (as currently planned for initial release).  The form won't be the actual animal, but that of something like a "were" version - elements of the animal.  i.e. the player will not become a raven but a beast of raven-like form.

  • illyanaillyana quezon cityPosts: 614Member Uncommon

    and there will be norn starting area demo at PAX East so all norn lovers out there rejoice!

    Have fun storming the castle! - Miracle Max

  • bisurgebisurge Anchorage, AKPosts: 168Member Uncommon

    Definitely Charr or Norn for me. Being human/moogle is boring, and being a tree isn't that great either.

  • supbrosupbro melb, ILPosts: 327Member

    This game has that epic feel to it. Cant wait to actually play a next gen game its been a while.

    GW2 the future of MMO gaming

  • Grigor_BronGrigor_Bron Murfreesborro, TNPosts: 129Member

    I'm glad to see I'll have some company at Holbrak. I decided I wanted to be a norn while playing Eye of the North, back when this game was just a metallic "2" over a Tyrian world map.

  • xKingdomxxKingdomx SydneyPosts: 1,541Member Uncommon

    I really wish that Norn doesn't look like human so much, other than the body size =

    How much WoW could a WoWhater hate, if a WoWhater could hate WoW?
    As much WoW as a WoWhater would, if a WoWhater could hate WoW.

  • Dagga07Dagga07 Tampa, FLPosts: 16Member

    Game just keeps on looking more and more amazing. Norn were my decided race from day one, can't wait to play them. Snow Leopard Ranger ftw!

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