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Basic Information on the Charr (please read if you're seriously considering roleplaying as one)

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To any of you roleplayers who wish to play as a Charr, know that Charr is a very, very strict race to play as. From how your Charr acts all the way down to it's very name. Let's go over a few terms that are specific to the Charr. Curtesy of http://guildwars2roleplay.wikispaces.com and http://wiki.guildwars2.com for some direct quotes.

The Charr: The charr are a race of large, savage, feline creatures that occupy much of eastern Tyria. They have renounced all gods as false and instead view all of life, from magic to combat, with a hard, cynical eye. Their culture has developed into a military state where they are raised as warriors from birth.

The High Legions: The High Legions are the four primary legions of the charr race and hold the highest form of organization within charr society. After the last Khan-Ur's death, the leadership of the charr was split into the four large legions, each led by claimants of one of the four children of the last Khan-Ur. Each High Legion is named after the primus warband of each legion and each is led by an imperator, who claim to be direct descendants of the Khan-Ur. The High Legions are the Ash Legion, Blood Legion, Flame Legion (now mockingly called the Gold Legion), and Iron Legion.

Each High Legion has claim to a different portion of charr territory. The Iron Legion holds control over Ascalon; the lands to the east of Ascalon, beyond the Blazeridge Mountains are said to be held by the Blood Legion, though their homelands lie to the north, in an area previously known to be under Flame Legion's influence. It is uncertain where the Ash Legion originates from, but all four High Legions show interest to and operate in the region of Ascalon – Iron, Blood and Ash cooperating from within the Black Citadel and Flame Legion from their base of operations, the Citadel of Flame.

The Fahrar: Every legion has one. At the core of a young charr's life is the Fahrar, or a form of creche or boot camp, controlled by a High Legion. Each Legion controls one or many of these places, and from each will be trained the next generation of Charr Soldiers. Within the Fahrar, an older Charr, known as a Primus, overlooks a group of young charr, forced together through common cause and trial. These groupings over time, after they have proven themselves, will claim a name that will form the basis of their Warband.

The Warband: Those who gave birth to you are not your family. Your Warband is. The cubs you trained with in the Fahrar, along with your legionnaire are your new family for your legion. They are your brothers and sisters at arms under the leadership of your Legionnaire.

Charr are NOT born with a surname. Their surname is given to them the moment they are accepted into a warband. A charr's last name is always a compound word, or two different words put in one, imagined words or otherwise. "Viktor Rageclaw" for instance, would be in the RAGE warband. The name of your warband also implies as to what it's good at. For Example:

  • The Ember warband is good with heavy guns, explosives and overall killing Goldies (Gold Legion or Flame Legion).
  • The Ghost Warband is from the Ash Legion, and is trained in wet work (killing targets) and recon.
  • The Blade Warband is trained and excels in frontal assault, and wishes to prove itself above all others.

So do take care in the choice of your name if you choose to roleplay as a Charr.

A Warband can have the name of other warbands, which means there are many Ghost Warbands, and many Blade Warbands. A name of a Warband is not reserved for any legion, except for that of the Primus Warband.

The Legionnaire: The legionnaires are the leaders of warbands that serve underneath Centurions. They provide individual leadership to the squads and manage the organization of the warbands, even given the ability to split a warband in two should it become to large, or promote a temporary legionnaire in case of their own inability to lead.

The Centurion: The Centurion is a charr legion military rank. A centurion reports to a tribune and commands a company of warbands, coordinating maneuvers on a broad scale within the tribune's authority. A primus centurion is chosen to lead when multiple centurions are coordinating in the same area. A primus centurion is considered a "first among equals" for the centurions and might lead a force of three to five companies, which is a sizable portion of a tribune's forces.

The Tribune: Tribune is a military rank among the charr legions. A tribune reports to the imperator and are the imperator's primary commanders of the legion. A tribune is responsible for an entire theater of war or large swath of controlled territory and command the centurions who are next in rank. There are rarely more than ten tribunes in a legion.

The only known two Tribunes in the canon are Tribune Rytlock Brimstone of Blood Legion, and Tribune Torga Desertgrave of Ash Legion.

The Primus Warband: The primus warband of any legion carries the name of that legion–Ash, Blood, Iron, and in the case of the Gold Legion, Flame. This singular legion is hereditary, but the leader must claim the name through blood challenge; a fight between descendants of the Khan-Ur, for supremacy within the legion.

Occasionally, non-descendants of the Khan-Ur join the primus warband, taking the name of their leader as their own, as is Charr tradition. But the leader of the primus is always a descendant of the Khan-Ur, the foremost heir of the legion, and their rightful inheritor of the crown of leadership among the Charr.

For the sake of roleplaying and not tying yourself to lore, avoid these 5 names or else people might think you're trying to say that you're in a Primus Warband. The only Charr who are allowed in these warbands are those who tie into lore.

Iron

Ash

Blood

Flame or Gold

So please do not make a character named, "Ritolv Ironfist" if your character is in the Iron Legion. If he's in any other legion, fine. But a good roleplayer tries to not tie his character into the canon.

The Imperators: The Imperators are the leaders of the High Legions and have the second-highest rank in charr society, the highest being the Khan-Ur. The imperators are always descendants of the Khan-Ur, and only an imperator can take the title of Khan-Ur. As there is currently no Khan-Ur, the imperators are the highest ranking charr and have supreme authority within their legion's structure.

Malice Swordshadow is the imperator of the Ash Legion, Bangar Ruinbringer is the imperator of the Blood Legion, and Smodur the Unflinching is the imperator of the Iron Legion.

The Kahn-Ur: The Khan-Ur, or the primus imperator, is the title used by the supreme rulers of the charr; underneath the Khan-Ur lies the imperators. The Claw of the Khan-Ur is the weapon of the Khan-Ur and having it is one of the requirements for a charr to become a Khan-Ur, another being performing a great act to show the individual's power.

The first Khan-Ur unified the charr before the arrival of humans on the Tyrian continent, and the last Khan-Ur was assassinated by humans around the time of the Exodus of the Gods. The four imperators of the last Khan-Ur formed the four High Legions. Although a few charr have attempted to claim the title, none have been able to hold it or unite the charr under a single banner.

The Gladium: Not to be confused with another word for Gladiator, A gladium is a charr who has lost their warband. It is the lowest rank in charr society as the charr has lost what they consider to be more important than their family. It doesn't matter how you became a gladium. If your entire warband was slaughtered, if you decided to simply leave it, (which is the largest disgrace a Charr could ever do), or if you were kicked out by your Legionnaire. A gladium is the very bottom of the totem pole deserving of no respect.

Another few things to note: Charr are a very militaristic race, joining the army pretty much as soon as they are born. Naturally, most charr hate humans as they have been in constant conflict for hundreds of years. They see anyone below them as cannon fodder (or sometimes food) and most charr (somewhere in the 99% range) have vicious tempers.

Gender roles do not exist in modern charr society (Excluding the Flame Legion). Every charr is considered as a cog in the machine, regardless of gender.

Charr mature very quickly, becoming independant as soon as a few months old, however their lifespans are similar to humans.

A gladium can be accepted into a new warband, or start their own. If a gladium chooses to join a new warband, it is encouraged that the gladium change his surname to match the name of his new Warband. To keep his surname can rub their new bandmates the wrong way since they aren't willing to adopt the name of their new family. (This nuggest of info brought to you by my friend, Fathuran) However, since I have yet to see a name change feature, you probably won't need to worry about this.

As long as there are two members of a warband, neither of them are considered gladium.

The majority of charr shun religion entirely, especially the six human gods. They instead see gods as an opponent. The exception is the Flame/Gold Legion. They worship the Titans.

Though the aesthetic of the game always shows the charr with all of their claws out, all of their claws are retractable. (With the exception of the Dewclaw)

If you ever consider going into a more, "sexual" kind of roleplay know that female charr do not have breasts like humans do, and the male charr's genetilia is barbed.

I might add more as I learn more, but it's safe to say that charr is a strict race to roleplay as. A slip of the lore can cheapen or even spell disaster for your character. I'm always happy to help my Family in any way, shape, and form. If anyone has any questions on Charr lore, feel free to ask on this thread or send me a PM! :D



» Edited on: 2012-08-16 14:00:44

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Replied On: 08/13/2012 at 08:27 PM PDT

Great info. But if you go by your advice, shouldn't you change the last name of Viktor, your warrior?

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I already did, actually. His name is now, "Viktor Rageclaw" I overhauled both character sheets to match the rules. Those two were rough drafts. However, Viktor isn't in Iron Legion. While it is uncommon for someone outside of the legion having a primus name. (So a warband named, "IRON" in the, "BLOOD" legion) it'll still cause massive confusion among fellow roleplayers and should be frowned upon. I don't remember where I made those signatures. I gotta change that. >_< EDIT: There we go, all set.

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I was going with "Hobbes Bengaltiger". I'll keep the Hobbes (I'm all for veiled pop culture references - I'm a geek, after all), but change the last name to fit the lore. What name would best fit an Engineer? Emberclaw, perhaps? Tigerstrike?

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I'm guessing you're in Iron Legion if you're going Engie. Tigerstrike works if you're in the, "Tiger" or, "Strike" warband. To take into consideration on your Charr's surname is, "What is your character good at?" An engineer in the Iron legion might be a part of the, "Blast" Warband if you specialize in explosive weaponry. (So Blastfang might work) Another thing to take into consideration of any name is how your name rolls off the tongue. Is it something easy to read and pronounce? Or is it annoying to read and hard to pronounce? When it comes to roleplaying, I try to use as little syllables as possible. No more than 4 in a full name.

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From a role-playing perspective, he will use the rifle mostly (for mobility and power) and use different toolkits for support (elixirs, med kits, the odd turret). I thought of "Tigerstrike" because one of the rifle skills is called "Jump Shot", and it reminds me of how Hobbes jumps on Calvin in the Calvin & Hobbes strips. ;) Oh, and in the case of Tigerstrike, he would be in the "Strike" warband, though he's relegated to support (instead of joining the front lines) because his father is a gladium. I guess he'll have plenty of opportunities to prove his valor, though.

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The name works! I really like the reference to Calvin and Hobbes.

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It's also a reference to a certain pilot in the Wing Commander series. In any case, it fits the character perfectly. Who knows, it might even become my main character. ;)

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Replied On: 08/16/2012 at 09:16 AM PDT

If someone wanted to know what each Warband specialized in, where would they locate this information? I'm considering a Charr if I do partake of the RP events, but I am also considering Sylvari/Asura. I am new to the whole thing.. so I may just spectate before jumping in.

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Replied On: 08/16/2012 at 10:19 AM PDT

How do you know what warband you'll be in when you're getting born (creating a char)? Is there any mechanism to change one's name in GW2? (such as to conform with warband/name conventions, or for other species for a marriage, say) I like that the lore is strong, something I've missed lately. It feels particularly with the Charr that it's complicated with gaming. Why would a Charr join Gaiscioch and follow/lead non-Charr?

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If someone wanted to know what each Warband specialized in, where would they locate this information? You make it up. You might think of the, "Cock" warband and they specialize in chicken farming. Though I'm pretty sure such a name would draw quite a laughter. How do you know what warband you'll be in when you're getting born (creating a char)? Again, it all depends on your character's surname. Is there any mechanism to change one's name in GW2? I honestly do not know. Why would a Charr join Gaiscioch and follow/lead non-Charr? A centurion or higher might send your warband to join up with a guild that has proven themselves as it's own mission in order to take the fight to the Elder Dragons. Even the most intense xenophobic of Charr would do this if their superiors told them too, or risk being a gladium. I was wrong. Oh so very wrong.

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Replied On: 08/16/2012 at 02:27 PM PDT

What about a warband within Gaiscioch. I am willing to go down this road with my charr. Originally I was going to name my main Hector Barbossa, but I can switch that name to a human (better fit...pirate and all). I am liking the idea of a warband within Gaiscioch that we all can "join." I don't know Irish all that much maybe Fog can guide us a little. Just an idea.

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Okay, I got some new information on Guilds and Charr society. Ignore what I said before. If a Charr wants to join an organization such as a guild, it's on an individual basis, and even then they are expected to put their warband higher than the obligations of the guild. I thought a centurion or higher could send a warband off to join a guild. Apparently this is not the case. I am liking the idea of a warband within Gaiscioch that we all can "join." In an IC perspective, If a bunch of gladium under one legion came together to form a warband I have a feeling it will take a lot of paperwork and even then the warband will be seen as cannon fodder. If it was just a bunch of random gladium coming together regardless of what legion they are under, then it's not a warband, just a group of honorless gladium. There is no such thing as, "A warband within a guild". It's only under a legion. Both of our bubbles got burst there.

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Replied On: 08/17/2012 at 09:50 AM PDT

Maybe, but from an RP standpoint and all races came together to fight the new threat; why couldn't there be a warband with a multi-race guild that reports back to the legions, or possibly each legion sent out a warband to take "control" of the situation. just saying...we could go back and forth of all the possibilities.

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Simple. because the Legions needs are greater than a guild's needs. If a guildmaster told someone within a warband to go left, but a legionnaire told that same member to go right, the charr would have to listen to the legionnaire else he gets written up for insubordination. This puts the member between a rock and a hard place. No matter what, the member's going to get written up for insubordination. Either it's on the guild's side or the Legion's side. The charr do not give control of their warband's to anyone who isn't a centurion of that particular legion or higher. This is why joining an organization is on an individual basis.

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This is a pretty epic guide. It almost makes me want to roll char instead of norn.

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Great guide & discussion!

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The Charr are indeed very interesting in GW2. For people who played GW1, there's something quite alluring about playing the "antagonists" in GW1, to see the world from their perspective. Also, there's some nostalgia in playing the Charr starter areas, since it's Ascalon - in the Black Citadel, you can visit the ruins of Rin, which is quite impressive if you've played GW1 at all. Also, from a roleplaying perspective, I'm intrigued by the Charr. I look forward to playing my Charr Engineer and see how it goes, but my first impressions were very, very good.

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Replied On: 08/18/2012 at 08:44 AM PDT

If I do partake, I am leaning towards Ciphershadow as a surname. Cipher Warband from Ash Legion - Specializing in Recon, Encrypted Communication, and False Flag operations. I'm also considering Casus over Cipher, but I can't think of anything good that would work as a follow up for the compound word. But, same specializations. Recon/Coded Messages/False Flag operations (for example Counterintelligence, or offering pretext to war)

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Replied On: 08/18/2012 at 11:05 PM PDT

I have a question that maybe someone can help me with. I just finished reading the two Guild Wars books that each had a Charr character.Spoiler AlertIn Destinys Edge there was a Charr named Rytlock Brimstone that formed a group with a human (Logan Thackeray) and a Sylari (Caithe). They were later tossed in jail and had to fight in a gladiator ring to pay their debt. While fighting in this ring they were known as the "Edge of Steel" which later joined a Norn (Eir Stegalkin) and two Asura (Snaff and Zojja) to form a group called "Destinys Edge". This group would later go on to fight the dragons. Rytlock was still a member of the Blood Legion (although his loyality questioned for being teamed with a human) while at the same time belonging to the Destinys Edge. So, can you belong to a warband and at the same time belong to a group (Gaiscioch) that fights the dragons or, will this mess up the canon. Also this is a very interesting discussion indeed. I love talking about the lore of games makes for better RP'ing. Edit: To see spoiler click and drag mouse over lines. Sorry the other code that I know for making spoiler boxes would not work. Maybe Fog has something already in place that could be used to make spoiler boxes but until then the above works just as well.

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As I said, if a charr joins a guild or other kind of organization, then it is on an individual basis and the needs of the legion always come before that guild or orginization's.

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Oh okay, I some how missed that statement in your previous post, sorry.

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s'okay! ♥

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Replied On: 08/26/2012 at 12:50 PM PDT

Ok, I have a few questions. I'd really like to do some RP in GW and although I'm a well known altaholic I do like the Charr race a ton. I made my character like this. Name: Irokhan Bloodmaw Profession: Guardian Looking over your guide it seems like there might be some issue with the 'khan' part of Irokhan. I chose the Blood legion. During character creation under history I chose my father was a well known hero option. (Blood ok?) The character storyline so far seems to place you in the Steel warband. So wouldn't anyone RPing a blood legion Charr have to take Steel as part of their surname? Thanks for any insight. I'd rather recreate him now rather than later. Edit: I'm thinking Irokan Strongsteel would be a better fit.

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Name: Irokhan Bloodmaw No. To have your name be, "bloodmaw" indicates that you are in the Blood Primus Warband. Which also indicates that you're family with the Blood Imperitor, a descendant of the Khan-Ur. First rule of roleplaying in MMORPG's. DON'T tie yourself into the Canon. Edit: I'm thinking Irokan Strongsteel would be a better fit. That name's perfect.

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The Charr race and lore as kindly listed by Viktor above does remind me a lot of Japan, Bushido, Samurai even down to the idea of clanless charr being close to the idea or ronin one thing to think of though like in Japan the profesional warriors were about 10% of the population. To quote a favorite movie " we have enough dragon slaying vikings but do we have enough small home repair vikings" It takes 9 grunts to keep one saumurai in the field a society cant function if every one is a warrior. So perhaps most characters will be named Char of a ferocious warband but its not the only option Imagine RP where the only character you could choose was a Marine? If you think this way yes the other 90% of the population may be scum as far as the elite are concerned killing a gladium may have all the legal remaifications of stepping on a cockroach but to the farmers the cooks the swine herds etc they are just the ordinary people that make the world work. The other group are thos that may/may not have a war band but certainly dont shout about who they are like and Iron legion would, im thinking Japan again and shinobi you wouldnt advertise that your role in life is to steal into a fortress assasinate the leader set fire to the supplies and steal the banner before running away but they would exist. In a world full of Flik Bladefangs and Irokan Bloodmaws i think there is a little rp corner for the yekaterina softpaws.

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Replied On: 11/08/2012 at 10:36 AM PST

Gladium are Charr who have actively disgraced themselves or been dismissed by a commander. Any good commander understands that not everyone can be actively engaged in combat all the time, so being a cook or a shepherd (or some other non-warrior position) wouldn't necessarily be a job for gladium. In fact, it would make sense that gladium be banned from performing those functions - would you really let honorless scum tend the flocks that your army needs to survive? All Charr are trained as warriors from birth, but once that training is complete, they serve the needs of their warband and legion, on the battlefield or off. This is paralleled in the real world. The US military has lots and lots of people who never see an active battlefield. They are not considered lesser soldiers (gladium) because their contribution to the mission comes from a keyboard instead of a rifle. I would imagine that Charr society works much the same way in this respect. Gladium would be the Charr pirates and bandits that you see around the world. They don't appear to be serving a warband or legion, and so are likely disgraced and honorless in the eyes of Charr society.

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Replied On: 11/08/2012 at 03:25 PM PST
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Great post Viktor. I just had to delete and rename my Charr alts out of some obsessive desire to name them according to this post. I chose Onager for the first name (As I think Charr naming themselves after siege weapons is awesome) And for my Ranger I chose Wraithclaw, and my Engineer Steampike. So I now have a Ranger called Onager Wraithclaw (Of the Wraith warband in the Ash Legion) and an Engineer called Onager Steampike (of the Steam warband in the Iron Legion)

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