ArenaNet has announced that the first part of the four-part Halloween celebration on Guild Wars 2 has started, called Shadow of the Mad King. The special content runs from now, the 22nd October through to the 1st November.
The developer describes the official backstory for Shadow of the Mad King as such:
“500 years ago, a tyrannical Krytan king was slain by his own people, those who had suffered greatly during his reign of lunacy. It is said that this king’s body was chopped into pieces, and his spirit was banished to the Underworld, but that he can return to the mortal realm for just one day a year: on Halloween.
Of course, that’s just an old folktale. Isn’t it?
It’s been 250 years since the last alleged sighting of Mad King Thorn’s spirit, and today, Halloween is safely celebrated by children (and merchants) all across Tyria.
But! Strange energies are rising under the autumn moon. Is there perhaps some truth to the old stories? Do you dare to find out what’s really going on?”
The official Shadows of the Mad King page can be found here.