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Bonfaaz Burntfur invokes the powerful magic of the Searing
The cities of Ascalon were crushed by the giant burning crystals
The crystals turned the fair countryside of Ascalon into a scorched, barren land

The Searing is the name given to the event during which giant, burning crystals brought about by powerful Charr magic landed on the once beautiful land of Ascalon and turned it to red dust and rock. Once the embers settled the Charr were able to overcome the Great Northern Wall and march through Ascalon, Kryta and Orr. The ramifications of The Searing and the following invasion forever changed these three kingdoms:

  • In Ascalon the searing broke a once proud kingdom, leaving it an empty husk of its former self and close to collapse. The armies of the Charr marched through Ascalon territory believing that what resistance remained would be easily overcome. Yet those that remained would not yield to the invaders from the North. Two years after the Searing, Ascalon's lands south of the Wall still hold out against the Charr and ruler, King Adelbern, still believes they can survive, though few share his optimism.
  • In Orr, news of the Searing meant that whispers of a threat from the North were suddenly very real. The Orrians were taken by surprise. Expecting their armies to score victories they fell into disarray when, upon encountering Charr forces, they were defeated. The invaders continued their indefatigable march towards Arah. In desperation, Vizier Khilbron, adviser to the king, invoked a forbidden spell that not only destroyed the invaders, but the entire kingdom as well.
  • In Kryta, the Charr also had early success, but from the midst of defeat, Saul D'Alessio rose to rally the Krytans and was able to lead his people to victory aided by belief in new gods he called the Unseen Ones. He founded the White Mantle to replace the old royal family of Kryta and they have been in power since.

Note: The cinematic for "The Searing" once contained fireballs raining from the sky rather than crystals, though the crystals were still found all over post-searing ascalon. This sparked confusion and was later changed to showing blue fire summoning the crystals (rather than the previous orange) and showed the actual crystals raining from the sky. Some things are still uncoordinated with this, such as when Erol from the Ruins of Surmia mission says, "...when the sky rained fire and destroyed Ascalon." He fails to mention crystals at all, though this may just be for the sake of the dialogue.

Two of the missions in the Guild Wars Bonus Mission Pack cover this event; one in Ascalon, showing what happens to Gwen, and one in Kryta, showing how the White Mantle is formed due to the resulting Charr invasion.


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Searing is a technique used in grilling, roasting, braising, sauteeing, etc. that cooks the surface of the food (usually meat, poultry or fish) at high temperature so that a caramelized crust forms. A similar technique, browning, is typically used to sear or brown all sides of a particular piece of meat, fish, poultry, etc. before finishing it in the oven.

It is commonly believed that this acts to lock in the moisture or "seal in the juices" of the food. However, it has been scientifically shown that searing results in a net loss of moisture versus cooking to the same internal temperature without first searing. Nonetheless it remains an essential technique in cooking meat for several reasons:

  • The browning creates desirable flavors through caramelization and the Maillard reaction.
  • The appearance of the food is usually improved with a well-browned crust.
  • The contrast in taste and texture between the crust and the interior makes the food more interesting to the palate.

Typically in grilling, the food will be seared over very high heat and then moved to a lower temperature area of the grill. In braising, the seared surface acts to flavor, color and otherwise enrich the liquid in which the food is being cooked.

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