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Heroes of Might and Magic V  → Sylvan Heroes

by Ubisoft

Here is the background story behind ten heroes of the Sylvan faction. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.


More a poet and diplomat by taste and training than a warrior, Findan is less comfortable than many of his brethren in fighting at close quarters with a sword. He vastly prefers to strike quickly, and strike hard, but from a distance. His favorite tactic is to first weaken the enemy with a rain of well-aimed arrows.


All Elves worship the ideal of Harmony; Alaron did so to the point that he even viewed his enemies as necessary and worthy. While this could be a good philosophy on a cosmic scale, it causes great difficulty when a leader of troops has a tendency to forgive and let live attacking troops. Understanding the political necessity of destroying others for the preservation of his realm, Alaron nevertheless avoids those moments whenever possible.


Grim and highly sensitive to questions of honor, Gilraen has studied long and hard in the styles of Elven fencing. He has become a renowned master of blades, and is an exacting teacher of the Battledance art. His precision, discipline, and intensity are shared by his troops as well; when he leads an army into battle the fighters owe much to the hours of training that they receive.


Hunted by a party of Dark Elf slavers at a tender age, Ylthin was saved from that gruesome fate by an avenging unicorn. Since that day she has worshipped those mysterious dwellers of the wood, and has dedicated her life to working with them. No one understands them better than Ylthin, and her knowledge enables her to use the unicorns’ swiftness and might in the most efficient way in battle.


Anwen defends the woods and their flora and fauna with a zeal remarkable even by Elven standards. Self-exiled in the trackless forests of Irollan, she cares deeply for them and has become their recognized protector. Woe be to the foe who would damage the forest or those who protect it -- when Anwen is summoned to war the Goddess Sylanna fights by her side, and her wrath falls like a storm upon those who would injure that which she loves.


Hovering wasps, circling hornets, busy honeybees - from childhood Dirael found these tiny flying creatures beautiful and fascinating, like precious buzzing jewels. She was so enamored that she became a Druid, to better delve into their lore and understand their mysteries. Eventually she responded to the call of the Harmony and went to war, and now she serves Sylanna by summoning hordes of her favorite creatures to sting and harass the enemy.


Ossir is an experienced tracker and a prodigy with the bow; arguably the best shot in a nation famed for its talents in archery The respect he commands made him a natural choice when King Alaron was looking for officers, though Ossir would have preferred to remain in his beloved forests. All doubts were dispelled after his first battle, however, as his troops clearly benefited from his leadership.


Talanar was the only survivor of one of the brutal attacks on The Day of the Tears of Fire. Seeing hundreds of his kinsmen die staggered the young warrior and filled him with an insatiable rage that returns whenever he sees his brethren fall in battle. His zeal for revenge is so great that it passes to those who are near him; the greater the losses suffered by his troops, the fiercer they become.


Vinrael has two attributes that make him valuable to the Elves – he is unusually observant, and he has seen more hours of battle than any other Sylvan warrior. His keen eyes, and those of his falcons, rove constantly before, during, and after a battle, studying all the elements of troops, tactics, and terrain. Analyzing both his own and the enemy’s actions, he learns enormously from both sides' successes and errors.


Wyngaal started his life as a scout and hunter, but anger against those who would upset the Sylvan Harmony turned him into a warrior. He relies heavily on the knowledge of his early years, however, and is ever pondering pitfalls, traps, and surprises. Any enemy troops that face Wyngaal and his forces are unlikely to get the upper hand, as Wyngaal's alertness and experience give him a definitive edge.


stefan.urlus at 2006-08-01 02:08 wrote:
HA ... i think findan is pretty cool looking

maltz at 2006-07-31 20:13 wrote:
Alaron looks familiar. Maybe TV show host Jay Leno? :-D

ThunderTitan at 2006-07-06 15:13 wrote:
I have a single question: Why does everybody think Vikings had horns on their helmets?


Rion at 2006-07-06 14:13 wrote:
"Actually I think they look like a cross between American Indians and Vikings. Their ears could double for horns on a viking helmet - they are that big."

I have a single question: Why does everybody think Vikings had horns on their helmets? Out of TONS of pictures from scandinavia before 1200, only few of the people on them had horns, and those pictures where dated PRE-viking!
Edited on Thu, Jul 06 2006, 08:14 by Rion

Shogun_Razor at 2006-05-26 04:31 wrote:
Exceptional Characters - Beautiful

jackeboy at 2006-05-25 15:47 wrote:
Findan is very cool I like him ftw
Edited on Thu, Apr 05 2007, 01:27 by jackeboy

behan at 2006-05-24 13:27 wrote:
I think Ylthin looks like a mix of Galadriel and Arwen from L.O.T.R

ThunderTitan at 2006-05-22 18:37 wrote:
I'm pretty sure them being "tree-shaging pixies" is what lead to the sticks. And yes they most certainly do. Durned elves. And aren't you a Dwarf person Orfinn?

Orfinn at 2006-05-22 15:59 wrote:
Nope and neither these elves :)

ThunderTitan at 2006-02-27 10:52 wrote:
Yeah, but did the Celts or Native Americans have sticks up their bum?

alchemy at 2006-02-27 03:43 wrote:
Dude you guys are hecka racist or something close to it. It actually makes sense that the wood elves look somewhat similar to Celts or American Indians. The celts are the ones who have actual priest called druids, and American Indians are the ones who believe "nature is beautiful and should be protected." The elves embody this so its not surprising that their appearances are similar.

Cleanpea at 2006-02-23 15:58 wrote:
That last part would make anybody cranky:/ in the second expansion, academy will be sylvan's favored enemy...

ThunderTitan at 2006-02-22 22:52 wrote:
"perhaps the storyline will reveal that the wood elves are really just are the magically created toys of mad wizards! humans+ steroids + eargrowthpotion + sticks up their bums =bad attitude"

All better now.

Cleanpea at 2006-02-22 20:46 wrote:
perhaps the storyline will reveal that the wood elves are really just are the magically created toys of mad wizards! humans+ steroids + eargrowthpotion =bad attitude

ThunderTitan at 2006-02-18 23:43 wrote:
No, dude. Elves = Humans with Pointy Ears. Also if they have Pointy Eyebrows they're Vulcans. Ylthin is just an albino. B-)

LordHoborgXVII at 2006-02-18 23:23 wrote:
Let's see, they all have white or blond hair, and they're all frowning. Of course I have nothing at all against white hair. But I think these elves look more like Celts than American Indians. I mean, dressed all in green and gold, with swords and shiny gold armrings, and all that paint on Findan's arm. American Indians didn't have swords, and didn't have armrings, and didn't dress in green. The feathers and braids are the only thing that really resembles them. Ylthin is the only one who looks properly 'elven' per say, having that sort of non-human quality about ther. The rest look just like humans, like Irish Indians or someone to that effect. My impression of elves of any sort, regardless of bloodline, has always been that they have a disctint air about them that makes them seem, well, not human. They are supposed t o have greyish, white, or bluish skin, with the soldiers having a lot of diagonal camo paint stripes on their faces (not fancy designs, just broad, straight stripes, to match with the forest), and generally with colour combinations that are different from what you'd expect of a human. Most of my elves would have blue hair, or white, and their armour would be very fanct and all white, althought I suppose that is a description more appropriate for High Elves. The current depiction of the wood elves seems fine, although they do look too human in appearance.

T-Hawk at 2006-02-18 18:53 wrote:
I like the Sylvan Heroes. The only one I don't like is Ylthin. She looks more like a faerie or a nymph than a survivor from the forest. The male Heroes look like they should look like: embittered from all the pain and evil that lives in the world and in the forest. They don't know what fear is.

But I agree they all look a bit the same. But that's because there is much you can't change about them. Making them green won't be appreciated too I guess. So I'm mainly satisfied. I fear that the Sylvan will be my favorite race.

DaemianLucifer at 2006-02-17 15:27 wrote:
I've nothing against their backgrounds as protectors of the forest, with better developped bodies and stuff like that, but... I think these heroes look really bad. Even Ylthin, but only a little bit. I mean, why are they all frowning? It's as if they're having a bad hair day (no pun intended, I like their hair :) ). Their faces and their expressions are sooo stereotypical! Even the "dark and dangerous and mean" dungeon heroes look better... smarter, wittier.

Thats because dark elves took all the wips,straps and other toys with them.And high elves have nothing to play with now :devil:

theLuckyDragon at 2006-02-17 14:17 wrote:
I've nothing against their backgrounds as protectors of the forest, with better developped bodies and stuff like that, but... I think these heroes look really bad. Even Ylthin, but only a little bit. I mean, why are they all frowning? It's as if they're having a bad hair day (no pun intended, I like their hair :) ). Their faces and their expressions are sooo stereotypical! Even the "dark and dangerous and mean" dungeon heroes look better... smarter, wittier.
ToweringAmishPlumber at 2006-02-16 22:59 wrote:
Actually I think they look like a cross between American Indians and Vikings. Their ears could double for horns on a viking helmet - they are that big.

conjurer at 2006-02-16 20:43 wrote:
Orfinn is good to keep in mind the divisions between the very kinds of elves (forest elves, high elves, night elves, dark et cetera) and know that most of them are creations of modern fantasy (literature: of course J.R.R.T or computer games - most of these factions didn't even existed in folklore), all these contributions have helped to define the races and have very well entered in the colective thought. I will not make this a debate of whom you like best (high, forest or dark elves) but what I can point out is the fact that the male heroes designed by Nival don't even come close to the general features of the elves... I have nothing against forest elves (or how would you like to call them) I have something against bad taste and mixing different concepts (elves+that North American Indian look) that don't match, just in hope that something original will come out. I think Nival should take in acount the fact that some concepts have a certain statu quo and any change made should be well thought of...

ThunderTitan at 2006-02-16 19:57 wrote:
They only look like that because they have a gaint stick up their asses. It's an elven initiation ritual. :D

Xenofex.XVII at 2006-02-16 19:48 wrote:
Uhm... These elves seem to be more EVIL than Iferno heroes (I bet they won't be so angry at me :D) :devil:

Orfinn at 2006-02-16 19:38 wrote:
To muscular for your taste or are their background story somewhat simple, unusal or/and aggressive for wood elves to be? We are talking about wood elves here not high elves , dark or night elves. Wood elves are avengers of the nature, its protectors, high elves are mostly very wise and imbued in immortality (some says they are higher beings, close to angels) and dont always live in the woods, they search sometimes contact with other races, making diplomacy and getting knowledge about them and other hidden mysteries. Dark elves are evil/neutral and are the outcasts from the other elf races, they are searching for revenge because of it or just hides in dark and have shy attitude and warfare, night elves can be any of the previous, only living at night, obviously =P
Edited on Thu, Feb 16 2006, 12:40 by Orfinn

conjurer at 2006-02-16 19:33 wrote:
Just wondering why all the male elfs are so upset and how come they kind of look the same (same profile, not very well individualised like other heroes, take dungeon heroes for example), hmm... and why does Findan who is a poet and a diplomat look like Arnold? Well not every new change is a good change...

Malicen at 2006-02-16 18:58 wrote:
Well with Gem or not, but I had a keen eye for Mephala back in H3, when playing Rampart she was always my Hero of choice. Man, I did not expect that Sylvan Heroes would look like this, I'm disappointed! The chick is all right but the rest are just WOW, I did not see that coming! This Findan guy looks all right, he has nice tatoo on his right arm. Man...
Edited on Thu, Feb 16 2006, 12:03 by Malicen

DaemianLucifer at 2006-02-16 18:52 wrote:
Indians!Indians!Run for the hills!Call the cavalry! :scared: :scared: :scared:

Orfinn at 2006-02-16 18:41 wrote:
Please, dont even start it! Gem and the other heroes have peace on Axeoth now, waiting for another war.....

gravyluvr at 2006-02-16 18:30 wrote:
Where's Gem and Mephala?

AlnOl at 2006-02-16 18:28 wrote:
I like them - elves are at the base wood people. Nobility is in their attitude, not look. Elves are taller, slender but well muscled - good job to the artist!

conjurer at 2006-02-16 16:03 wrote:
ok i see your point, than I guess it is all a matter of concept and taste... Hmm, can't say I agree, but "de gustibus"

Orfinn at 2006-02-16 15:34 wrote:
Dude, you want elves ala LOTR? Im glad these are different and not a darn copy of lotr, im tired of pale, high elves and immortality, these elves live in the woods, train to survive (thats why the muscles, its pretty logical) and live in hamony with the beasts and eachother. Its nice with an indian look on those elves, because indians also lives, or lets say lived in harmony with nature (guess who corrupted the indians making them modern and plain boring as most of us western invaders) and had the right to defend themself against intruders seeking to destroy the nature either for money or just to exterminate them for their future plans.
I doubt the heroes will be changed, and im glad for that, I dont want any more noble elves, paler than milk, we have the dark elves as cowardly, pale, neutral-evil elves this time =)

conjurer at 2006-02-16 15:24 wrote:
great? ok maybe I'm a little cranky today but the male heroes look like crazy indians, not like the noble, pure, gracefull and wise elves we are use to; they are more like savage forest elves with (OMFG) feathers... oh well at least Ylthin saves the day

Orfinn at 2006-02-16 10:18 wrote:
These are great characters. Wonder how many heroes there will be per town :/

Ryder at 2006-02-16 05:50 wrote:
The elephants some of my heroes have been riding around are more appealing than her. Get a grip.

Furay at 2006-02-16 01:42 wrote:
"what's with the MASSIVE chins?"

It is a paternal genetic mutation passed down from Father to Son. There is a thriving plastic surgery business on the outskirts of Sylvan Village....

unk at 2006-02-15 23:29 wrote:
Well, I guess Ylthin proves that not every character is a 17 year olds fantasy chick.

umfridus at 2006-02-15 22:56 wrote:
A little boring. The war dancers and druids look better than these.
Arzang at 2006-02-15 21:53 wrote:
what's with the MASSIVE chins?

conjurer at 2006-02-15 21:51 wrote:
nice ears; but why the male have that comanche look? hmm Ylthin is my favorite so far... but doesn't look at all like Arwen

JoniJM at 2006-02-15 21:48 wrote:
Ylthin is going to be my personal favourite I think! ;)

ThunderTitan at 2006-02-15 21:26 wrote:
Peacefull elves? Didn't they like have a huge fight with the humans that lead to the Dark Elves former home being almost destroyed, then tried to kill them all because of something the demons did?

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