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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 9:30PM Saker said

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Something about the above picture that just doesn't look like 2011 graphics to me, but then they're in some level of development so... Unfinished and all that...

Posted: Aug 9th 2011 10:11PM Apakal said

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@Saker

I know what you mean. It looks like a lower resolution or something. The other image in the blog under Designing the Sylvari from Scratch is much more impressive. Though considering all the other screens and videos put forth so far, I don't doubt the Sylvari experience will be nothing short of visually amazing.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 10:23PM Utakata said

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@Apakal

If this game was released tomorrow...I suspect entering that zone will cause me to have a mushroom trip of high intensity no matter how "unpolished" it currently is. Just saying. :)
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 2:09AM Sabbatai said

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@Saker It's just a poor picture. The game looks amazing. Though, it is an MMO so there is only so much fidelity to be expected. Still, as I said, it looks amazing.
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 10:35AM SnarlingWolf said

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@Saker

Something about that picture has me saying:

"When did Chris Kattan turn green?"
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 9:42PM Faction 3 said

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Wheres the Mesmer?!

GAH!! LETS HAVE IT ALREADY!!

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 9:07AM j1083 said

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@Faction 3 As always, I agree wholeheartedly. We all know it's the mesmer, keeping us waiting is just cruel.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 9:57PM shale00 said

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I love the fact they don't look the same old elf race in every single other Fantasy game but..... will they wear the same armor as everyone else or is it going to be like plate/leaf armor?

I hate their clothing =(

Posted: Aug 9th 2011 10:07PM Genkides said

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@shale00 from what I know/read quickly, they will have racial armour that will be the leafy, plant form that is theirs only. They will be able to wear other armour also.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 10:16PM shale00 said

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@Genkides

Ugh, that makes me sad.

I really love the uniqueness of the body and features but not the dress. I'm ultra sadface.

Thanks for the clarification! =D
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 10:24PM (Unverified) said

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@shale00 they can use normal armor.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 10:35PM Genkides said

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@shale00 oooh dont be sad. Im sure there will be plenty of looks. Even with armour and/or what they 'naturally' look like. But check out the blog for more details. Their normal clothes or their racial armour is basically the plant part growing from them to form it. It sounds and looks interesting!!
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 10:46PM shale00 said

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@Genkides

Hope it is!
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 9:55AM j1083 said

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@shale00 I think the clothing is a little odd, I liked it when it was more human-style/elfy, a sylvari "costume" as opposed to sylvari clothing the way Kristen Perry puts it. In general, my struggle with the sylvari is the degree to which their now-increased alieness shifts them toward the uncanny valley for me.

The main issue though, IMO, is those voices. The men sound really, really old. Especially combined with the models, which I'm not going to call feminine, but are clearly quite youthful in desgin, it seems like a poor fit.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 10:00PM (Unverified) said

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They've set up their lore to be very flexible indeed. It's good that you won't feel forced to color the race as one personality type nor have every newborn Sylvari know the same things.

I'm not liking the centaur tablet as a mechanic to shape the Sylvari. So not only were they new to the world but they could read a foreign language? And they arbitrarily decided the tenets were points to follow? Eh, that'll make me feel more sympathetic to any Sylvari who question such teachings which is at least hinted at in an audio clip, as tame as a classroom format may be.

Posted: Aug 9th 2011 10:48PM DevilSei said

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Technically, Ventari, who made the tablet you are referring to, is like their creator/god, as he was the one who planted what would become The Pale Tree.

Its no weirder than some guy talking to a burning bush and taking its word as his religions commandments.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 11:00PM Irem said

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They learned language from the Pale Tree, just as newborn sylvari do now. The tree was awake and sentient, as far as we know, when Ventari was alive, and so in a sense she "knew" him, understood that he was working for peace, and would be likely to want to pass on those teachings to her children.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 11:47PM Eamil said

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@DevilSei

Ventari didn't plant the Pale Tree, but he helped care for it, so the point prettty much the same.
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 8:13AM (Unverified) said

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@DevilSei, Irem & Eamil

Thank you kindly, it makes sense to me now.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 10:49PM Janitor said

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Dude looks like an emo Golly Green Giant?

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