My last few Guild Wars 2 sessions were on our Charr leveling duo – my necro and my partner’s guardian. We’ve gotten these up to the low 20s now and are moving into the second Charr zone, Diessa Plateau.
However much I love my asura mesmer, I have to say I’m very taken by both the Charr race and the necromancer’s survival oriented playstyle. The Charr physical animations and a delight to watch, you literally bound around like a crazy feline. I really like the Sarnak race in EQ2 for the same reason – these races retain something inhuman about their being; they’re not just humans with an animal head stuck on top (like similar races in SWTOR or Star Trek Online).
Anyway, Diessa Plateau it seems is chock full of cow jokes. It’s liberally dotted with references to the Charr love of beef and of their life alongside their herds.
This isn’t the only musical NPC you find in Tyria, there’s actually quite a few. In particular the Dredge ‘work song’ is a wonderful little hidden gem (no further clues from me, go find it if you haven’t already!).
Other bovine-themed features of the zone include the Cattlepult (pictured above) and a ghost cows invasion .
For LOTRO fans, there’s even a ‘session-play’ event (LOTRO wiki explanation of this term) where you can play as a cow! When you have zones like this, how can Charr be the least popular race according to ArenaNet’s stats?