The Asura are a race of diminutive artisans who secretly dwelt below-ground for thousands of years until the minions of the Great Destroyer forced them out of their underground homes 250 years ago. Since then, they have adapted to surface life and quickly established themselves as one of the most powerful races in Tyria.

These alchemagical inventors may be short in stature, but they're intellectual giants. Among the asura, it's not the strong who survive, but the clever. Other races believe they should rule by virtue of their power and strength, but they're deluding themselves. In due time, all will serve the asura.
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During character creation, (besides normal custimizations) the player must answer three "race specific" biography questions that affect their personal in-game story:

  • Which Asuran college they studied at.
    College of Dynamics- The members of this college are typically impulsive and enthusiastic about their work, preferring to start a project immediately rather than ponder the possible consequences. They are known for creating swift solutions to problems that only last as long as necessary. Members of the college believe that an experiment is only a failure if nothing is learned from it.
    College of Statics- Members of this college are analytical and cautious, preferring to do the work right the first time and build things that last. They participate in large-scale projects such as building cities and the massive levitating stones that power them.
    College of Synergetics- The members of this college study the nature of magic, politics, and social theory, among other things. Their studies of patterns and theories over concrete ideas leads them to make errors in assuming something will work before testing it. Many of them believe they have a particular insight into the sentient mind, and their insight leads to the conclusion that other people are out to get them, so members of this college are typically more distrustful and secretive than others.
  • What their first successful experiment was.
  • Who their first advisor was.

Once selected an Asura character will start the game off in a tutorial- Explosive Intellect where players stop the golem threat.

The Asuran home instance is in the Applied Development Lab in Rata Sum.
Asura racial skills focus on asuran technology.


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By Conflux at 2012-08-25 08:05:14
The most important decision any asura makes is which college to join. The College of Statics produces the builders and architects of the asura, creators of their incredible levitating structures. The College of Dynamics is made up of gizmo-makers with a bold, sometimes dangerously enthusiastic approach to science. The College of Synergetics concerns itself with more theoretical research and its members consider themselves the great thinkers among the asura.
By Conflux at 2012-08-25 07:53:32
"They may be short in stature, but these magical inventors are intellectual giants. Incredibly intelligent beings, the asura use their knowledge and skill with magic and crafting to assert their natural dominance. In the world of the asura, it is not the strong who survive, but the clever. Other races believe they should rule by virtue of their power and strength, but they delude themselves. All will serve the asura?in due time?"
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