Sylvaneth

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The Sylvaneth are the servants of life and born from the Alarielle's soulpods in the Age of Myth. They flourished in the magical glades of the Realm of Ghyran, multiplying to Alarielle's delight. [4]

Sigil of the Sylvaneth

In the Age of Chaos and Dryads, Branchwraiths and Treelords were forced to try and fight off Nurgle and his attempt to conquer their realm, together with other forces of Order, mustering in the deepest of the Wyldwoods.[4]

The war dragged on for centuries and slowly the realm of life and its inhabitants were first cut off from the other realms and then ground down by the forces of Nurgle. All seemed lost.[4]

Then the Stormcast Eternals were cast down from Azyr to seek out the goddess Alarielle and ignite again the resistance against Chaos. Now reborn in all her glory, she leads a new war of life against the invaders.[4]

Society

The inner court of Alarielle is known as the Royal Moot and comprises the goddess and the regents of the glades - the nearest the sylvaneth have to nations or empires.[4]

The sylvaneth are guided and reassured by the Spirit Song, which Alarielle sang when she sowed the first soul-pods. It is more than a song, it is an enchantment that still flows through spirit and land alike, binding hem together and allowing communication across the realm.[4]

Sylvaneth society is divided into a number of groups:

  • Forest Folk: Dryads, Branchwraiths - previously peaceful spirits who tended the wild places of the Realm of Ghyan.[4]
  • Noble Spirits: Treelords, Branchwyches and Tree-Revenants, they are the Leaders of the Sylvaneth.[4]
  • Free Spirits: Sons of Durthu and Kurnoth Hunters, powerful fighters but they also speak with the authority of the goddess.[4]
  • Outcasts: Dangerous and vicious spirits who can only hear a part of the Spirit Song.[4]
  • Water Spirits: Some Sylvaneth have adapted to live in the seas and oceans. [7]

There are some Sylvaneth who have turned away from their goddess. Although Alarielle has first claim on their souls, as she faded in the Age of Chaos, they found a different lord in Nagash and they still serve him in the Realm of Shyish, [6a]

Glades

The Glades are the nations of the sylvaneth, although they could also be described as truely vast extended family. Like a family they share traits, traditions and culture.[4]

A Glade is ruled over by a Regent and has a number of clans which again have their own shared traits. In times of war they will gather Wargroves to fall upon their enemies.[4]

  • Dreadwood Glade: Even the other glade spirits do not trust those from Dreadwood, they are renowned as malicious, cruel and spiteful. [4]
  • Gnarlroot Glade: The glade seeks knowledge and lore above everything and will ally with the scholars and sorcerers of other races to gain it. [4]
  • Harvestboon Glade: Led by the Willowqueen, the glade spirits have a reputation for powerful magic and youthful exuberance as they were only created in the Age of Chaos. [4]
  • Heartwood Glade:Worshipers of the god Kurnoth who they consider Alarielle's consort and unsurprisingly the first to welcome Kurnoth Hunters. [4]
  • Ironbark Glade: Not only in Ghyran but a strong presence in the Realm of Chamon and have forged strong alliances with the duardin. [4]
  • Oakenbrow Glade: The First Glade - their soulpods planted by the goddess herself, they have built a reputation for generosity and nobility but also so some claim, arrogance. [4]
  • Winterleaf Glade: The Age of Chaos has devastated their once beautiful lands and their outlook is full of fatalism and introspection. [4]

Leaders

Spirit Allies

  • Spites: Diverse magical imps and creatures that spring up around the Sylvaneth, they can be whimsical, cruel, foolish and enigmatic. They assist the tree-folk in many little ways and they in turn indulge them in their playfulness and protect them.[4]
  • Greater Spirits
    • Jotenberg: Massive giants whose heads scrape the clouds, a kind of living winter that dwell in the north of the Realm of Ghyran, one dying giant saved Alarielle and her followers by spanning the Sea of Serpents with its glacial body.[3]

Characters

Name Faction Unit Species Description
Ardaneth Sylvaneth Branchwraith Forest Folk Once the priestess of the Arkenwood, she now accompanies the Spirit of Druthu Shaddock who is all that remains of her forest home.
Bramble-Maiden Sylvaneth Branchwraith Forest Folk An ancient handmaiden to Alarielle, sister to the Lady of Vines.
Lady of Vines Sylvaneth Branchwraith Forest Folk Handmaiden and bodyguard to Alarielle having served as a captain of war since the Age of Myth, carried her queen as a soulpod to safety during the initial part of the Realmgate Wars.
Brachylaena Sylvaneth Kurnoth Hunter Free Spirits The Gnarled and eldest of Huntmasters. He took part in the battle for the Genesis Gate.
Dollenhal Sylvaneth Spirit of Durthu Free Spirits
Maesleir Sylvaneth Spirit of Durthu Free Spirits
Oadenwul Sylvaneth Spirit of Durthu Free Spirits
Shaddock Sylvaneth Spirit of Durthu Free Spirits Wardwood of Athelwyrd. He awoke in the Age of Sigmar to find the Arkenwood devestated by the power of Nurgle and quested through the realm to find Alarielle
Felyndael Sylvaneth Unknown Noble Spirit Guardian of the Waning Light, a Noble Spirit of the Heartwood Glade who fought in many conflicts during the Age of Chaos.
Haaldhorm Sylvaneth Treelord Ancient Noble Spirit The Wrathsinger of Clan Naeth'ar with a timeless hatred for the gods and minions of Chaos. The most ancient of the Sylvaneth.
Lharenthol Sylvaneth Treelord Ancient Noble Spirit A member of the Harvestboon Glade that forged an alliance with Drycha Hamadreth to take back Vastclaw Valley, freeing Eagderethil, the father of bladewillows.
Nellas the Harvester Sylvaneth Branchwych Noble Spirit A member of House Il'leath of the Heartwood Glade.
Sternbark Sylvaneth Treelord Noble Spirit A treelord that fought the Glottkin.
Drycha Hamadreth Sylvaneth Regent of the Outcasts Outcasts The regent of the Outcasts, Drycha is a dark spirit who has her origins in the World-that-Was and Alarielle was reluctant to plant her soul pod, only doing so during the darkest days of the Age of Chaos and then in the hateful chasm of Hamadrithil.
Kelara Sylvaneth Naereid Water Spirits The leader of the Naereids in the Sea of Serpents, she aided Alarielle in her flight across the frozen sea at the beginning of the Age of Sigmar.
Usniel Sylvaneth Lord of the Deeps Forest Folk The Lord of the Deeps and guardian of the great serpents, whose own tails reach into the very roots of the Realm of Ghyran

Units

Image Unit Faction Grand
Alliance
Warscroll
Alarielle the Everqueen 01.jpg
Alarielle the Everqueen Sylvaneth Order Warscroll
Branchwraith M01.jpg
Branchwraith Sylvaneth Order Warscroll
Branchwych 01.jpg
Branchwych Sylvaneth Order Warscroll
Dryads Unit.jpg
Dryad Sylvaneth Order Warscroll
Drycha Hamadreth 01.jpg
Drycha Hamadreth Sylvaneth Order Warscroll
Kurnoth Hunter 01.jpg
Kurnoth Hunter Sylvaneth Order Warscroll
Spirit of Durthu M01.jpg
Spirit of Durthu Sylvaneth Order Warscroll
Spite-Revenant 01.jpg
Spite-Revenant Sylvaneth Order Warscroll
Tree-Revenant 01.jpg
Tree-Revenant Sylvaneth Order Warscroll
Treelord.jpg
Treelord Sylvaneth Order Warscroll
Treelord Ancient.jpg
Treelord Ancient Sylvaneth Order Warscroll

See Also

Sources

Sapient Races of the Mortal Realms
Mortals Aelf (CythaiScáthborn) • Ba'halDuardinFimirGargantHumanOgorSlannSpiteSylvaneth (Forest FolkNoble SpiritsFree SpiritsOutcasts) • Troggoth (FellwaterRockgutSourbreath)
Beastmen Bullgor (CygorGhorgon) • CentigorGor (Tzaangor) • SkavenUngor
Greenskins GrotOrrukSnotling
Undead MalignantMordantReanimant (Morghast) • SkeletonVampire
Daemonic Seraphon (Chameleon SkinkKroxigorSaurusSkink) • Chaos Daemons (BloodletterBloodthirsterChaos FuryDaemon PrinceDaemonetteGaunt SummonerGreat Unclean OneHorror of TzeentchKeeper of SecretsLord of ChangeNurglingPlaguebearerSoul GrinderVerminlord)
Other Dragon Ogor (Shaggoth) • KelpdarMerwynnSankrit
Grand Alliances and factions
Order Collegiate Arcane - Darkling Covens - Daughters of Khaine - Devoted of Sigmar - Dispossessed - Eldritch Council - Free Peoples - Fyreslayers - Idoneth Deepkin - Ironweld Arsenal - Kharadron Overlords - Lion Rangers - Order Draconis - Order Serpentis - Phoenix Temple - Scourge Privateers - Seraphon - Shadowblades - Stormcast Eternals - Swifthawk Agents - Sylvaneth - Wanderers
Chaos Brayherds - Chaos Gargants - Daemons of Chaos - Daemons of Khorne - Daemons of Nurgle - Daemons of Tzeentch - Everchosen - Hosts of Slaanesh - Khorne Bloodbound - Monsters of Chaos - Nurgle Rotbringers - Skaven Eshin - Skaven Masterclan - Skaven Moulder - Skaven Pestilens - Skaven Skryre - Skaven Verminus - Slaves to Darkness - Thunderscorn - Tzeentch Arcanites - Warherds
Destruction Aleguzzler Gargants - Beastclaw Raiders - Bonesplitterz - Firebellies - Gitmob Grots - Greenskinz - Gutbusters - Ironjawz - Maneaters - Moonclan Grots - Spiderfang Grots - Troggoths
Death Beasts of the Grave - Deadwalkers - Deathlords - Deathmages - Deathrattle - Flesh-Eater Courts - Nighthaunt - Soulblight