Based on this guide, stuff is account bound. You should also take a look at the numbers, starting out with 5 relics per completion.
Guild Wars 2 was my "last hope" for an MMO, too. Unfortunately, they aren't making the game they said they'd make. I'd have stuck around for a bullshit "agony" mechanic that affected one dungeon, even though it's gated content and grindy as hell. I won't keep playing when they threw out no grind AND no vertical progression, less than three months in.