Biology and appearance
Sylphes were a botanical, humanoid species. Their skin was green, and long flowers grew atop their heads. These flowers changed with their emotions, wilting with a bad mood. Their metabolism required high quantities of water, and extended exposure to an arid climate could be lethal.
They communicated with a crystalline language as well as pheromones. These pheromones were used to influence other species during negotiations. They also displayed a form of powerful telepathy, which allowed relatives to communicate even at interstellar distance. It was considered similar to some Jedi abilities.
Though botanical, Sylphes were able to interbreed with Humans, despite having an internal structure closer to vegetation than mammalian. A Human/Sylphe hybrid could be detected by an abnormal blood composition, and had a lifespan superior to a Human, closer to that of a Sylphe.
Society and culture
Living in homes made from vegetation, Sylphes were a sophisticated species. They cultivated refined arts; their martial arts were no exception. They developed a lethal "war dance" called Sholân Kha. They favored the mental over the technological, and their technological development was quite low.
At the time of their first contact with other species, Sylphes were organized into clans, and solidarity was rare.
The Sylphe homeworld was reached by the Galactic Republic between 1189 BBY and 1140 BBY, before the Golden Age of the Old Republic. An exploration team, led by Andrew Woolfson, was sent to the Sylenia V system to search for suitable planets for colonization, discovering four of them. On Sylvia IV, they encountered the Sylphes, and quickly reached a cooperative understanding.
The Republic was authorized to install three bases on the planet, and the Sylphes entered the galactic government, providing a brigade for its military efforts. The Azul brigade was composed of Sylphe and Human soldiers and was known for being one of the elite units of the Republic. The Sylphes remained autonomous, but the Galactic Republic assigned a Governor to them, Karl Descemovitch.
During the Galactic Civil War, Sylphes were present on Sainte-Evanëflore and governed by Jonciane, Lord of the Foliage. His daughter was eager to fight the Galactic Empire and did not support the passive, pacifist way of her species.
Behind the scenes
The Sylphes later appeared again in another ambiguously canon roleplaying game aid which appeared in June 1996, in the French magazine Casus Belli 95, which was written by Patrick Bousquet and Christophe Debien. The species was illustrated by Thierry Ségur in the later source.
Although the authors and publications are different, the data isn't mutually exclusive. Thus, this article assumes that it is the same species.
- "La Veuve Noire"—Avalon 2 (First appearance)
- "Cantina pour trois, y en a pour quatre!"—Casus Belli 95
Notes and references
- ""La Veuve Noire"—Avalon 2"
- " "Cantina pour trois, y en a pour quatre!"—Casus Belli 95"
- The scenario "La Veuve Noire" is specifically designed to take place during the "Golden Age" of a "very young Republic," "long before the events of the movies." The given dates for this "Golden Age" are 2487–2621 from an unknown calendar, and the discovery of the Sylphe happened between 2298 and 2347. Since there is an official "Golden Age era" which started in 1000 BBY, this article assumes that "2487" corresponds to 1000 BBY.