The latest in-depth lore post on A-net blog was about the rat-like race called the Skritt and wow, it was a good one!
The Skritt are a race of rat-people who was forced out in the open world from their homes underneath, like the Asura. What is not like the Asura though, is the Skritt’s brain and intelligence, the actual way it works: while the short sharp toothed geniuses are the smartest race in Tyria (each one of them is as smart alone as in team) the Skritt’s intelligence is positive correlated to the dimension of the group…the more Skritt there are, the more intelligent they get!
Their unique way of trasmitting information between race members allows large groups of Skritt to better and faster understand their surroundings, it is like if their faster comunication techniques would allow them to gain more benefits from information shared in a limited time than any other race, therefore the more Skritt are gathering and sharing info, the more the group’s intelligence will be precise and brilliant. At the point where even an Asura would risk entering one of the Skritt’s camps.
Their body form pushes them towards sneaky combat styles, the Skritt are no match in physical strength to anybody but what they lack in personal power, as for their intelligence, they gain within a group: Skritt attack in large groups and, like mice, with their high birth rate they have to be killed fast in order not to give them time to create larger armies.
Asura and Skritt were at war during the time they both lived underground, a war that has been revitalized on a different battlefield when the Dragons awakened.
While Asura adapted perfectly to the new life, Skritt had some trouble due to the loss of unified big groups that are so crucial for them, due to their escape from the Dragons.
A race with such a high rat-like birth rate (a female Skritt can give birth 3 to 5 times during a lifetime) will surely start to threathen others as long as they have enough time to multiply; I can easily see them playing a not-so-secondary role in the event chain. The true danger of this race is the combination of their fast growth and ever growing strenght to the almost total lack of a true leadership with a unifying political strategy. These rats are like a virus that spread throughout Tyria without a path, they multiply and steal technology from whatever they can land their hands on, quickly becoming as powerful as other “bigger” races.
Their strength though, is very delicate: as soon as the group is divided, their power is greatly reduced. The key to defeating the Skritt is to take down the head in order to let the body parts scatter: once divided they won’t put up much of a fight anymore.
The whole idea of their powerful group intelligence being able to understand even advanced technologies it’s fascinating: what if a skritt colony invades an outpost and lay its hands on some weapons and armors for enough time to understand how to replicate it? We would then end up with a high number of mice well equipped with a random leadership. A lot of awesome dynamic events coming up!!!!!
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