Despite protestations about the live event, I did end up running the Scarlet fight a couple more times this past weekend. Maybe it was seeing a lot of other people plow through this even in frustration at the bugs, maybe it was an email sent by ArenaNet’s PR saying that the problems were fixed (are they? Sorta.), or maybe it was just a desire to see the end of the whole shebang. You know how it is, you’ll show up for a TV finale even if you haven’t been the most loyal viewer this season. You’re just curious how it’ll all end.
I lucked out with a very good group on Saturday morning that got through the entire hologram fight with no problem whatsoever (although I had groups after that that could not do it). Still dang long, but actually winning it seemed worth it. There’s a long ending cutscene that had me wondering what I missed, lore-wise — why’s Scarlet drilling? Why does this lady have hiccups? Is big-eyed Charr girl still bugging those eyes out? Does this game honestly need MORE dragons? Who at ArenaNet has a dragon fetish that cannot be satiated? It prompted me to do a little back reading to fill in the gaps. There’s parts of this game’s lore that causes my eyes to glaze over, but enough that seems interesting as well.
Above and beyond the fight, I realized that all of my activities had — without really trying — filled out 12/15 of the meta achievements. A little effort past that and I got the goodie chest, which was certainly nice.
I think I might be done with Lion’s Arch for now, however. I still much prefer to be running around the country side doing vistas/hearts/POIs/waypoints with other characters (mostly my Ranger), so I’ll probably be doing that for a while to come.