Sylvan Elves

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.

Playstyle

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 Nature of Forest Spirits

Herr Gottlieb:
Gentlemen, there is no longer any doubt that the so-called Tree Spirits are real creatures. Accounts of their activities are too numerous to deny. It falls to our esteemed company today to determine what nature of beast they are. I believe them to be kin to the woodland elves, the child-stealers and guardians of Wyscan. I have heard that the faerie folk themselves hold the living trees to be their own ancestors. I propose these “spirits” are little more than the most ancient of the long-lived elven race, who have been so long among the foliage that they have merged with-

Herr Eisenberg:
Preposterous! Do not listen to this ignorant nincompoop! I have researched the matter extensively, having obtained no fewer than four specimens from Wyscan itself! I can tell you conclusively: the Tree Spirits hail from the Immortal Realm. We know that people and things can be possessed by the denizens of that land beyond the Veil – here they have merely inhabited the bodies of trees and thickets, turning themselves to living creatures. I submit they were bound to our Realm in one of the great cataclysms of eons past, and have since become one with the forests of their birth.

Transcript: Peer Review of The Forest Spirits Paper by Herr Gottlieb, pg.21, Background Compendium, 9th Scroll Issue 8.

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