Wardens of the forest
From the greatest forests to the humblest desert oasis, wherever trees take root, there you may feel the weight of unseen eyes, or sense a tremor of movement among the boughs. Yet raise a blade to those sacred groves and you may feel the wrath of their protectors – the Sylvan Elves.
Believing themselves the oldest and truest of the Elven civilisations, the woodland Fae are a source of frightening stories across the world. Proud and merciless, their ancient magics and mastery of their primordial homes grant the Sylvan Elves a reputation of mystery and treachery that is well deserved. It is said the elves nurture the very spirits of the wood, who follow them to war beneath the canopy. Those same spirits are murderous when roused, and terrifying when combined with lethal Sylvan archery. The ancient forest of Wyscan is home to the last major elven population in Vetia, and the sylvan disregard for human borders often causes strife with their neighbours.
The Sylvan Elves often play using multiple highly mobile small units and try to pick favorable fights against slower but bigger opposing units attacking from many different sides, all while shooting down their opponents under a hail of arrows. Another common tactic is to focus on highly mobile shooting and avoid close combat entirely. A completely different playstyle to both of these is to play with masses of strong tree units instead of Elves and to defeat the opponent with Dryads, Treekin, and Treemen in close combat.
Lore of Sylvan Elves
The sylvan elves, who call themselves Trewi, are now known to be far more widespread than originally thought. Though their power is undoubtedly centred on Wyscan, there are many different tribes and cultures of faerie folk found across the forests and jungles of the world, and it is unclear to what extent they are connected. It is theorised that they can travel great distances by magic linking these woodland realms. Many are the tales of a terrible mist that appears from nowhere, often leaving death in its wake - or vanished children and livestock. Those to whom I spoke could offer no explanation except that the spirit of the forest had a vengeful lust. Other stories feature corpses peppered with arrows of unknown provenance, be they beast, orc, dwarf or human, but always the same look of confused fear on their faces.
We do have some sources of information about the Trewi, including the ancient knowledge of the Highborn, or the testimony of those who have survived captivity, as in the celebrated case of Thomas the Bard. We know that they have a rudimentary economy based not on money or barter, but gifting. They live as closely with nature as possible, and demonstrate no social distinction between genders. They have a highly developed calendar quite alien to our own. Within Wyscan, we also know of a class system, ranked as nobles, scholars and commoners.
Some groups, such as the fearsome Blade Dancers and Wild Huntsmen operate outside of this system. By all accounts, the sylvan elves are also unique architects, building their homes for function, beauty, and defence. Called groves, they are woven from trees and clinging plants. Druids and others from the scholarly class patiently encourage the boughs and branches to develop into the forms they desire. These “buildings” move and grow with nature; the grandest constructs, normally occupied by the elite or set aside for ceremonial purposes, are also the oldest.
You will find here the lore that has currently been released. More lore will be released in the future, and will subsequently be added to this section.