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Guild Wars FactionsTM Dragon Festival

June 30, 2006 7:00 GMT (June 29, 2006 Midnight PDT) – July 5, 2006 7:00 GMT (July 4, 2006 Midnight PDT)


In the spirit of celebration, adventurers on the continent of Cantha are cordially invited to the Dragon Festival, a summer festival with all the trimmings!

After the destruction wrought by the Jade Wind, the newly crowned Emperor Hanjai (the eldest son of the assassinated emperor) oversaw the settlement of Shing Jea Island and the expansion of Kaineng City. The following summer, Emperor Hanjai dedicated a new Dragon Festival to commemorate the survival of the Empire of the Dragon.

Participants in the Dragon Festival can join in fun carnival-type games (Whack-A-Worm, anyone?), play new mini-missions and special PvP gameplay, undertake unique quests, and collect Asian-flavored treats such as red bean cakes and rice wine. Ceremonial Dragon Masks will be awarded to those players who are able to collect enough globes filled with the Jade Wind essence that changed Cantha two hundred year ago. The conclusion of the Dragon Festival will be marked with surprises true Canthans won't want to miss.

Taking place in and around the Shing Jea Monastery starting on June 30, 2006 at 7:00 GMT (Midnight PDT June 29) and running through July 5, 2006 at 7:00 GMT (Midnight PDT July 4), the Dragon Festival is an exclusive weekend event for Guild Wars Factions players.


A Special Note about the Dragon Masks

The ceremonial Dragon Mask will be awarded to players who possess 250 Jade Wind Orbs beginning the final day of the Dragon Festival and continuing for one week beyond that date. The first day that masks are available will be a special portion of the on-going live event. That special day begins at 07:00 GMT (Midnight PDT, 3:00 a.m. EDT) on July 4th, and ends at 07:00 GMT (Midnight PDT, 3:00 a.m. EDT) on July 5th. Thus, for those in the United States, this special event-within-the-event will take place primarily on July 4th. Please note that a special Jade Wind Orb collector, Imperial Supply Master Kagno, will remain in Shing Jea Monastery for one week after the conclusion of the Dragon Festival. So while the orbs will not longer drop after July 5th at 07:00 GMT (Midnight PDT; 3:00 a.m. EDT), you will continue to have the opportunity to exchange the orbs for a mask for up to a week afterwards.

Each Dragon Mask is customized for the player who turns in the orbs. Therefore, if you wish more than one of your characters to have a mask, that character must present the 250 orbs so that the mask will be customized for him or her. And please note that while technically it is possible to give, trade, or sell a mask, customized items cannot be equipped by anyone except the character for whom it was customized. Even a newly-made character with exactly the same name will not be able to equip those previously-customized items.

So remember: Collect orbs through the end of July 4th (US West Coast) or early morning on the US East Coast or Europe, and redeem the orbs with the collector by July 11th. We know you will want to sport the latest in Canthan fashion statements: The Dragon Festival Ceremonial Dragon Mask!