by Loren Michael on Apr 22, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Near the end of the last of the Guild Wars, a man named Saul D’Alessio had taken to robbing merchants traveling to Shaemoor to pay off his gambling debt. He was notorious for drinking and gambling at the local betting house, the Lucky Horseshoe. One of Saul’s victims was able to identify him and had him captured and tried for his crimes. Upon being found guilty, his punishment was exile from the kingdom of Kryta. He was taken far out into the jungle and left for dead.
For the next couple of days, Saul survived on what he could find in the forest. On the fourth day of his exile, he came across what seemed to be a hallucination - a massive city with buildings and towers reaching far into the sky, and architecture unlike anything ever seen. As he walked through the city, he found the creatures that lived there. They were tall and thin, with skin of gold and voices like the most beautiful music he had ever heard. Saul dedicated himself to his new gods, and they healed his afflictions completely, granting him wisdom and understanding for his devotion. Saul called his new gods the "Unseen Ones".
Saul traveled back to his former home, only to find that it was under attack by the Charr. As the searing tore apart Ascalon in the East, the Charr marched over the Shiverpeaks into Kryta. The Krytans were easy prey, disorganized and unprepared for the Charr invasion. The King had fled, and the Lionguard were not strong enough to hold against the invasion. Saul stood up and inspired those who remained in Kryta, telling stories of the gods who saved him from death and offering help from the powerful beings. He traveled around Kryta, telling stories about his exile and the beings who saved him. Having nothing else to look to, many started to follow Saul and believed the things that he said. Those who believed and devoted themselves to Saul were given white robes embroidered with gold thread. These people were the beginning of the White Mantle.
Just as the Charr were about to take Kryta, Saul and the White Mantle forces set out on a suicide mission to assassinate the Charr leaders in their camps at night. The plan was a success, though they were detected and the rest of the Charr forces in the camps surrounded them. Saul stopped and prayed to his gods. Suddenly, three of the Unseen gods appeared and wiped out the entire Charr army with their powerful magic. Unfortunately, the gods had other plans for the White Mantle. After killing the Charr army they turned on the soldiers, and the White Mantle were nearly wiped out. They spared the three men who were the most devoted to the gods - their names were Dorian, Hablion and Thommis. During the fight the gods gave Saul the ability to use their most powerful magic, but they could not allow him to return home with such power. They took Saul and disappeared back into the jungle.
The survivors returned to Kryta, and Dorian took leadership of the White Mantle, not telling the citizens about the slaughter of their soldiers or that Saul had been taken away by the gods they worshipped. They continued to rule over the Krytan nation for the next few years. Their leadership was not without fault, however. They insisted that all Krytan residents conform to their religion and culture, and those who did not were denied basic comforts. The Ascalonian refugees who had settled north of Lion's Arch suffered the most. Because of these injustices, a new group of Krytan Royalist rebels started to take form. This group was called the Shining Blade, and their actions led to a civil war in Kryta.
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