即使在梦中获得了知识的启蒙，在面对一些超出他们理解能力的特点情况时，仍然会显露出经验的缺乏。情绪变化和为人处世对他们来说是最难掌握的，因而一名希尔瓦里常常会大声宣扬一些其他种族会出于礼貌而避免的话题。对于死亡，他们也显得认识不足，仅仅被当做一些 Despite 即使 the kick start 为…提供最初推动力 of knowledge from the dream they still seem naive 缺乏经验的 as there are some matters 情况 which seem beyond their comprehension 理解力. Emotions and tact , in particular, are difficult for them to grasp, so often a sylvari will state out loud something which would normally be politely avoided by other races. Death too is not fully understood but viewed as something to be embraced and, as with many things in a sylvari's life, is viewed with a great degree of curiosity. These views serve to form an acceptance of and fascination with death that other races may find disturbing.
As they are all born from the Pale Tree they could be considered all of the same family; however, their family bond is not as strong as most families, with many sylvari considering others more like distant relatives with few exceptions, such as twins born from the same pod or those who shared dreams, though the latter may also result in lovers. Romance is practiced among the sylvari, disregarding gender between those involved. To a sylvari, love is spiritual and eternal, regardless of physical form and contact, and sexuality is simply a natural part of life. So long as it is entered into with good will and joy, the gender doesn't make a difference.
Sylvari craft their armor and weapons from organic material, such as roots, leaves or leather, and sometimes grow their armor out of their own bodies in the form of leafy padding, spines or bark.
The sylvari have an agnostic view of the Human Gods, wishing to see proof of the gods' existence and work. They venerate the Ventari Tablet as their most sacred artifact and testament. The Pale Tree is also much revered, though more as a wise parent than as a deity. If the sylvari need counseling, they often travel to the heart of the mighty tree and commune with her there.
The Pale Tree leads the sylvari; she manifests a spectral being in a chamber at the base of the tree to communicate with others easily and give her guidance and instructions. Various sylvari act as ambassadors to the other races and will send reports to her so that she may judge what to do. On difficult decisions, the Pale Tree will call upon the Firstborn and any sylvari who may be a specialist in the situation(s). The Firstborn, being the oldest and having the most experience of the world, act as leaders to the sylvari, being respected for their wisdom and in turn they lead the sylvari underneath the Pale Tree. Four of them in particular (one of each cycle) have taken on positions of leadership, organization, teaching, and guidance for the sylvari people.
The origin of the sylvari is still unclear. What is known is that the Pale Tree was born of a fist-sized seed from a cave which Ronan, a human soldier, found. This cave was said to have been guarded by monstrous plant-creatures, though any details on them or the location of the tree is unknown, even to modern sylvari who have been looking for this cave since their race's birth from the Pale Tree. On returning to home, Ronan discovered his home destroyed and his family killed by the mursaat. He planted the seed on the graves of his family and swore never to fight again. Ronan formed an unlikely friendship with the centaur Ventari and together they built a refuge near the growing tree for those who sought peace and shelter.
As the Pale Tree grew, the war between the centaurs and Krytans became more brutal. Fewer listened to Ventari and the outpost grew smaller. Before he passed away in 1180 AE, Ventari carved his life lessons on a tablet which he placed at the base of the tree in the hope travelers might read it.
Over one hundred years later, golden fruit formed for the first time on the Pale Tree. In 1302 AE, these opened to reveal the Firstborn of the sylvari. The tablet at the base of the tree and the Dream of Dreams guide the sylvari, who are imprinted by the morality and ethics of Ventari and the bravery of Ronan. Two years later in 1304 AE the Secondborn began to emerge from the Pale Tree. The first of the Secondborn was Cadeyrn, who became the founder of the Nightmare Court. After the Secondborn, sylvari continued to sprout from the pale tree with an increasing rate.
In 1325 AE, the existence of a second sylvari tree was confirmed via Malyck who believes his tree lies on the western edge of a river that runs through Brisban Wildlands, which places it within either The Falls or Tangle Root of Magus Falls depending how far west along the river the tree lies. The existence of a third or more trees is unknown.
|In 1327 AE, the actions of Scarlet Briar created a wide distrust for sylvari from the other races, particularly in Lion's Arch. On top of this, the awakening of Mordremoth began to show that the sylvari are not perfectly incorruptible by the Elder Dragons. The Pale Tree itself was assaulted by Mordremoth, putting her in a near-comatose state, though the overall effects on the sylvari race were unknown. In early 1328 AE, it was revealed that the sylvari were originally meant to serve the Elder Dragon Mordremoth, though it is not fully known how or why this is, or why the sylvari were not always under his control. Most recently, a large number of sylvari have been corrupted by Mordremoth, resulting in the destruction of the Pact fleet intending to assault Mordremoth directly.|