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ArenaNet: The Sylvari Soul – Angel McCoy on Writing the Sylvari


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#31 Faowri

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:08 PM

Nooot a massive fan of the voices, I have to admit! Do all the males have deep voices? It seems somehow out of character - I was expecting bright, engaging, curious tones.

But either way, getting more info on the lore is good.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:08 PM

Another Great Blog  Great work A-Net

#33 redraven123

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:09 PM

That was so cool Loved the information although it is kinda scary to think that the first moment in life is a giant FALL from the Pale Tree. We got a look into the sylvari as a culture and a people and i love it:Posted Image

I want to have armor like this it looks so cool

Also on the hairball comment...i totally knew a pet choice was the cat family now i just need proof for the spider and the bird....sry off topic love the grove's love not defined by gender......

Edited by redraven123, 09 August 2011 - 11:12 PM.


#34 Lyssa

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:09 PM

"Since they awaken fully grown, do they have an understanding of what it’s like to be a child?

No. They have never been children. Those small beings—miniature versions of the adults—who are so well protected, are alien to sylvari. Many are terrified at the thought of being born so vulnerable."


Woah. Thats a completely different take on what we've heard before. Pretty cool turnaround, actually. Its like as a race they are the young ones, but on a personal level they cant even fathom the concept. Sweet!

#35 Zaknafiend

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:09 PM

This race is also becoming one of my favorites! I can't wait for the video thursday!

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:09 PM

I always imagine my female characters having higher-pitched voices than female NPCs, so no change here. Still, I actually like the voices quite a bit, especially the males'. Quite a fan of ArenaNet's voice actors!

The screenshots are absolutely gorgeous. The Grove is amazing. I have never been a fan of those sorts of environments, but... I am blown away, ArenaNet. The details, the colors... all of it. Simply breathtaking.

And these little bits of lore are so interesting! From the Sylvari not having gender roles to their sense of honor... they're such an intriguing race! And there's so much depth to them even though they're relatively fresh to the world. I'm in love.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:09 PM

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Video overview?
I didn't know that!
To bad it will be to late tomorrow :(
I have to sleep for a couple of hours already, but I don't want to. U know that feeling ;)

Yeah!I show you what are they will do us:

Thursday – We’re updating the sylvari page on GuildWars2.com with new lore, screenshots, wallpapers, and an atmospheric new sylvari video!
Friday - Ree Soesbee returns with a lore-filled narrative blog post that explores the mysterious sylvari even further.


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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:10 PM

That was a good read. I like how they are afraid of children! xD

Great screenshots aswell! I'm looking forward to the video 2morrow!

@Spaceman. I have the same feelings right now haha.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:11 PM

Omg the grove looks like setting from Avatar I love ittttttttt :D

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:11 PM

Well, Kristen Perry DID say fans of elves, ents, fae would get a little of each in the new sylvari. The voices appear to follow that as well.

Some of the males sound similar to that deeper ent voice, while some sound clear and mystical like elves.

I rather like the diversity. :)

#41 Zoom

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:11 PM

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That male sylvari sounds awesome! :D

In the first recording? I just listened to it and ran right over here to comment on that! That first male voice sounds absolutely amazing! Its not making my choice for a main character easy...

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:12 PM

For some reason, Angel McCoy sounds like the title of a 70's crime drama.

But anyway, the sylvari voice actors (escpecially the first male) sound pretty good. If only such a British-accented voice was available to humans!

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:12 PM

why the sylvari sound like shakespeare? lol

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:13 PM

Darn it..at this rate I'm going to be roped into making a Sylvari as my main instead of a norn..the Grove looks amazing at nighttime..:o

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:13 PM

Voices are..... uhm.... im not quite comfortable with those voices, there were only 2 ( one male, one female ) that i heard fitting they :).
But anyways, good post after all, sylvari lore is really interesting :D.

#46 Voodoo

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:13 PM

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Is it me or does the Grove strongly resemble Avatar's Pandora? It's stunning!

I was just about to say the same thing!! Reminds me so much of Avatar; first thing that came to mind. and the kaleidoscope has that irradiant glow to it.  Love it!

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#47 Amannelle

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:14 PM

I'm quite happy with these voices! :D I love the emotion (and the laugh) in the one about her cat Lol.

#48 Prometheus

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:14 PM

I sort of like the voices, but I think maybe they sound a little TOO British/European at times? Kind of reminds me of the voice acting done in low budget video games, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I swear I have heard these voices before.

I think overall though I am liking Sylvari more. I didn't like them too much at first since I thought it was going to be the "sex-icon elf" race, but it is starting to look like more than just your average race.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:14 PM

Amannelle said:

I love that their relationships are regardless of gender.
Actually their roles are not defined by gender. whatever that means.

Amannelle said:

(since to them there is no use in function, they can't reproduce anyway).
Which is weird.. the male/female thing must simply be a 100% design choice because it serves zero purpose in the story so far.

If they can't reproduce they aren't female or male.  So why did they say there are females & males? They should just come right out & say what they mean to say.  so ambiguous & confusing.

#50 pklpkl

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:15 PM

i loved the voices and the screnshots

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:15 PM

Damn it ANet, you are driving me towards the Sylvari more and more... and that's not a simple task considering I was always a Sylvari hater.

Loved this blog post, all of it.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:16 PM

Guys, see this image:
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And listening this:

O MY F......k GOD!

#53 Roun Lyriel

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:16 PM

Good stuff. They sound a bit strange, some of them, but overall I like the voices and racial personality.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:16 PM

Oddly, they sound pretty much like I was expecting, even though I never really considered their voices before.

Love the pictures of (what I assume is) the nighttime Grove. Going to have some fun exploring that place. Judging by Caithe, it certainly seems the glow is tied to time of day, rather than combat stance as some speculated. We've seen nocturnal effects before. They might be going a bit overboard on the neon, but I'll wait untill I can see it in context before I can be sure.

Also a very nice piece on providing insight into their racial personality. And a small teaser about how their personal story starts out, judging by the Wyld Hunt thing. Good stuff.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:16 PM

I like the male voices but they don't sound quite the same as the females.  But that's probably cause they took the soundbites from the starting area where you have a bunch of older Sylvari instructing newborns.

Still I wish they sounder more inhuman.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:17 PM

Now i know were to take a brake in gw2 and relax especialy when its night time :).

#57 Psymon

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:17 PM

So glad that they've decided to give them a mature personality rather than have them act like curious kids. Couldn't imagine them mastering any battlefield with a child like maturity and personality. Makes much more sense to me now.

#58 LukeD

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:17 PM

Very very good :D

Looking forward to seeing/playing a Sylvari :D who knows :)

#59 Lyssa

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:17 PM

''You won’t find anything cookie-cutter or cardboard about any of them, and our in-game dialogue gives us the chance to express the sylvari in all their colors, shapes, and sizes.''

Awesome! Thanks very much.

Also like how McCoy took the time to explain the relationships side of things.

Still not any elaboration on the whole tree-on-human-gaves thing, or explanation for Sylvari mimicing of humans, but hopefully that'll come later!

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 11:18 PM

Amannelle said:

edit 2: I love that their relationships are regardless of gender. As a totally new and plant-based race, it is only sensible their love would be for love, not for tradition or function (since to them there is no use in function, they can't reproduce anyway).

I just want to make a related comment. One of our fans was curious about Caithe, Faolain, and what the nature of the relationship is between them. Here's Ree's answer (spoilers for Edge of Destiny!):

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Hello, all!

Regina’s forwarded to me a question from a player, and I wanted to take a minute from scribbling lore to answer. The question was, ‘What is the relationship between Caithe and Faolain?’

The sylvari attitude toward gender is somewhat unusual in Tyria. Yes, sylvari are born physically male or female, but they do not sexually reproduce. Therefore, pairings of lovers are not for the purpose of creating children. Sylvari  pairings might be heterosexual or homosexual, and they make no distinction between the two.

To a sylvari, love is about inspiration. Physical touch, ardor, and sensuality are beautiful things, but what the heart feels, what gives joy to the spirit – these are most important, and that has nothing at all to do with the physical form. Love is not bound by gender. It does not ignore the pairing of hearts simply because the bodies are alike. Indeed, the sylvari feel free to love (and love openly) regardless of the physical qualities of their beloved. It would surprise them to hear that someone of any race felt differently. They would say that love is too precious to be passed over simply because someone’s eyes are blue, their hair is dark, or because they are of the same sex.

Faolain and Caithe are two of the Firstborn, the twelve sylvari that stepped from the Pale Tree at the very beginning. While others of the Firstborn chose to stay and tend the tree, or to explore only the forest that surrounded them, Caithe and Faolain dared to see the world. They traveled Tyria, relying on one another, respecting each other’s skills – Caithe, the deadly martial fighter; Faolain, with her powerful sorcery. Yes, they fell very deeply in love, and yes, that love was both inspirational and tangible.

When Faolain fell to Nightmare – and that is another story – Caithe was beside her. But at the moment Faolain chose to move forward and embrace darkness, Caithe stepped away. It was a single action, but the divide between them is vast. Unless Caithe joins the Nightmare Court, they will forever be parted, no matter how strong their love for one another. Faolain returns, time and time again, seeking to draw her lover back to her side, but each time, Caithe refuses and remains standing at Nightmare’s edge. She cannot bring herself to truly leave Faolain; she cannot join her.

Their story is the classic tragedy of star-crossed lovers. It has nothing to do with the fact that both are identifiably female. It has nothing to do with ‘gender.’

It has to do with love.

“Your heart belongs to me.” – Faolain, to Caithe (Edge of Destiny)