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This page is a style and formatting guideline on GuildWiki.

It has general acceptance among editors and is considered a standard to which articles should adhere. However, it is not set in stone and should be treated with common sense and the occasional exception.

This article provides information on starting, expanding on and completing articles about Landmarks in Guild Wars. This information should be taken into account along with the more general information in GuildWiki:Style and formatting.

Syntax and Example[edit | edit source]

Example[edit | edit source]

{{location box
 |name=The Roost
 |image=                           <-- if no image, see below
 |campaign=Factions                <-- use "Core" if applies to all
 |parent=[[Xaquang Skyway]]        <-- use the explorable that contains LM
 |map=[[Image:The_roost.jpg|200px|Path to the Roost]]    <-- path that follows article description

== Description ==

[[The Roost]] is a community of Tengu located in [[Xaquang Skyway]]. The land was granted to 
the Tengu during peace talks at the conclusion of the [[Tengu Wars]]. The quest, [[Raze the Roost]], 
begins there as you arrive and discover that the [[Celestial Ministry]] is planning to demolish the 
location in favor of a refugee camp.

The Roost is easily identified by the tall, hexagonal, birdcage-like huts that house the Tengu. To 
reach the village, exit [[Senji's Corner]] and follow the path north.

== NPCs ==
* [[Quill Songfeather]]
* [[Pust Emberclaw]] (weaponsmith)
* [[Zen Swiftwing]] (merchant)
* [[Claw Tallfeather]] (collector)

[[Category:Xaquang Skyway]] [[Category:Landmark]]

Syntax[edit | edit source]

(same as example, without the comments)

{{location box
 |map=[[Image:Image.jpg|200px|Path to the Roost]]

== Description ==


== NPCs ==
* NPClist

[[Category:Parent]] [[Category:Landmark]]

Guidelines[edit | edit source]

Landmarks (LMs) are places completely contained within a zone. They provide interesting color to Guild Wars, but typically play a minor part in most players' games. So, while the articles should be interesting and informative, they should also be brief. Details about monsters, NPCs, and quests will already be in another article (generally, for the explorable area that contains the landmark).

Sections[edit | edit source]

NOTOC and Location Stub[edit | edit source]

Always include __NOTOC__ to suppress a table of contents (even if the article has many sections, it will be so short that a TOC will be distracting).

Include the {{location-stub}} if you feel the article is missing something critical (map, image, lore reference, ...). Alternatively, put the stub marker at the bottom and include a comment as to why the article remains a stub, e.g.

     <!-- This article remains a stub until we include an image and a map -->

Location box[edit | edit source]

This box should have the basic info for the landmark:

  • an image of the landmark itself; if no image, leave the image parameter off the templaet altogether; the location box will then show a redlink that can be used by another wiki editor to upload an image to its default name.
  • the explorable that contains it (or, if unreachable, the region or continent)
  • the campaign (use "Core" if landmark applies to multiple campaigns)

Generally, you should leave "Exits" blank, as most LMs do not have any.

Description[edit | edit source]

Always begin with the {{landmark}} template, which reminds players that they must always walk to LMs. The description should include background info, lore, general monster types, and directions to the LM.

The description should be concise (no more than 2-4 paragraphs) unless there is a strong reason to make an exception.

Unreachable Landmarks There are a couple of places that game text implies or explicitly identifies, yet cannot be reached by the player. Currently, this wiki considers them as unreachable landmarks. Their articles should follow the same guidelines with three exceptions:

  • The location box parent should be the continent of the landmark.
  • Use {{unreachable landmark}} rather than {{landmark}}.
  • Use [[Category:Unreachable Landmarks]] rather than [[Category:Landmarks]].

Other Sections[edit | edit source]

Resist the temptation to add sections beyond Description; landmarks are lite locations and the details they need can be included in the main section. The best place for the details remains the article on the explorable. For example, The Roost only needs to mention that it is dominated by Tengu led by a particular boss, as the article on Xaquang Skyway includes details on the monster types/levels/profs.

In particular, the explorable article should get all notes related to strategy, tactics, farming, exploits, and similar topics.

If you do add a section, remember to follow the style guide for explorable areas.

When to Add Another Section

  • Villages should include a list of NPCs and/or a list of services (as in the example above)
  • Add a Quest section if there are multiple quests starting or taking place at the LM.
  • Add an NPC section if multiple NPCs hang out near the landmark.
  • Add a Notes section to highlight significant trivia or lore.

Categories[edit | edit source]

Landmarks should always include [[Category:Landmark]]. You might also want to add a category for the region or for the explorable (if it has one), e.g. [[Category:Xaquang Skyway]]. However, do not add both.

Never add a landmark to [[Category:Locations]].

Landmarks as a Subsection to the Main Article[edit | edit source]

Not every landmark needs its own article; consider whether a subsection of the main article better suits the topic. In that case, create the landmark article as a redirect to its section on the zone article.