You have been selected from among your fellow heroes to be trained as a leader of our Order of the Sunspears. The members of our Order are the guardians and protectors of our nation of Elona, and travel throughout the land, dealing with threats to our people. Though you may have the basic skills of a hero, you must now learn how to use them in conjunction with others whom you will lead into battle. Congratulations on your promotion!
Your initial assignment will be in the Province of Istan, where our Order's Great Hall is located. Istan is a thriving land of heroes, located near the ruins of our earliest cities. Here you will find threats ranging from relentless predators and animated, carnivorous plants, to the ever-present threat of the corsairs who plague our shores.
Yet Istan is not the only concern of the Sunspears. Kourna, across the channel, has a large standing army and is ruled by its Warmarshal, Varesh Ossa, but still has need of heroes to inspire its people. Further north is the Province of Vabbi, a wealthy region controlled by indolent merchant princes, yet regularly threatened by inhuman tribes. As a leader of the Sunspears, you will journey through these lands, and beyond them, into the Desolation from which the undead lord Palawa Joko first invaded our land. Wherever the people of Elona are threatened, the Sunspears should be there to protect them.
The Order of the Sunspears is an ancient order, dating back to our earliest dynasties, but we need capable and inspired leaders now more than ever. A new darkness has been spreading across our land, causing native creatures to become more savage, and spawning new abominations never before seen. Dark times loom before us, and we must be prepared.
Again, congratulations on being selected to become a Sunspear leader. You will have your work cut out for you, but I am confident you will be up to the tasks ahead.
As a Sunspear, you never fight alone.
Spearmarshal, Order of the Sunspears
Guild Wars NightfallTM will make its world debut during a massive gameplay weekend—the NightfallTM World Preview Event—on the weekend of September 22–24, 2006. For 72 hours, players, fans, and even newcomers to Guild Wars® from around the world will get a chance to play through some of the exciting new content in Guild Wars Nightfall, immersing themselves in a brand new story of heroes and villains, of a world sitting on the precipice of eternal night...
As a newly inducted member of the legendary Order of the Sunspears, you and your fellow heroes will be able to explore all of Istan, the great island province of the nation of Elona. There you will be asked to protect its inhabitants from all manner of threats, from ruthless corsair brigands to more supernatural dangers that rise up in a possible prelude to darker times ahead.
During this event, players will be able to create new characters from the Nightfall campaign. By choosing Elona as their homeland from the character creation screen, players will have access to the new Dervish and Paragon professions, as well as the six core Guild Wars professions. While playing through the region, players will also get their first look at Nightfall missions and in-game cinematics.
And, if that wasn't enough to pique your interest, participants in the Nightfall World Preview Event will get to test out the exciting new Hero feature that Nightfall will bring to the game. As players progress through the underlying story, they will be able to enlist the aid of a variety of Heroes who have a strong impact on the narrative of the Nightfall campaign. These Heroes can be customized and even controlled by players as they progress through the game. Look for more details on Heroes to be announced next week!
For PvP players, the Nightfall World Preview Event offers even more excitement. Not only will the Dervish and Paragon professions be fully available for PvP character creation, but players will be able to take these new professions or their favorite core builds into existing arenas, as well as two Nightfall-exclusive arenas—the Sunspear Arena and the Churranu Island Arena.
The Nightfall World Preview Event will begin September 22 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and run until 11:59 p.m. PDT on September 24. At the end of the event, all Nightfall characters that players have created and all Nightfall items they've acquired will be removed from participating accounts, and the Nightfall content will be removed from the live servers. So, don't miss out!