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Sylvanusians, nicknamed 'Elves' by Humans, refers to a humanoid species that thrives in scattered, dissociated colonies throughout the frontier regions and beyond. While some claim the race to originate from the mysterious planet Ashkel, other factions dispute that claim, alleging that Ashkel may not even exist as anything more than legend.

Sylvanusian technology ranges from utterly primitive in some cases, to being as advanced as the Skrell as is the case with the Aureum Imperium. Aureum Sylvanusians in particular are in possession of technology that appears similar to known precursor artifacts. It is not known whether they have developed the technology themselves, or are merely borrowing ancient machinery.

Sylvanusian societies are generally very secretive, refusing to divulge even the most trivial details of their culture to outsiders.


Sylvanusians don't actually exist as a species coded into the server, and must be made using the Custom Species feature. This is intentional so that there's a great deal of flexibility in what your particular flavor of space elf gets to be. However, here are some commonalities we'd like to see across all elves.

  • Sylvanusian typically speak a language similar to Latin, so adding Tradeband to your character's languages is recommended. The languages are so closely related that they can be understood by each other. Anyone who knows Tradeband will be able to communicate with a Sylvanusian and vise-versa, though a Tradeband speaker will know a Sylvanusian speaker uses archaic versions of some words.
  • Sylvanusian names will sound like ancient Greek, ancient Latin, or ancient Roman. Celtic is probably fine too. For example, Livius Thraun. Made up names are also fine, as long as they sound interesting enough.
  • Sylvanusians come in two main varieties. Normal Sylvanusian, and 'Dark' Sylvanusian. The former will have coloration similar to that of humans, while the latter tend to have a darker gray or a deep blue skin, often accompanied with piercing red or neon green eyes.
  • Sylvanusians are similar to humans in most ways, and have little physical disadvantages or advantages compared to them. Dark Sylvanusians are often photosensitive, but can also see better in the dark. Adjust your character traits accordingly when making one.
  • Sylvanusians have lifespans far exceeding humans, and do not visibly age. The alleged empress of the Auream Imperium is said to be immortal. Sylvanusians exploring outside of their home system will typically be aged between 30 to 100 years old. Ages beyond that typically do not interact with outsiders, and are much more conservative and possess stoic personalities.
  • Sylvanusians are generally not trusted in command positions, as NanoTrasen still knows too little about them.
  • Sylvanusians do not view slavery in the same negative context as other races. To Sylvanusians, willingly giving yourself into slavery under a timed contract can be a means of paying off a debt. Carrying debts in Sylvanusian societies is generally seen as highly dishonorable, and will attempt to pay that debt by any means unless the debt is forgiven.
  • Sylvanusians are innately fascinated by the artwork of other species. Artifacts discovered by Xenoarcheology will be highly desirable for them to study and try to make sense of, even if the artifact has no technological value.
  • When naming your Sylvanusians custom species, you can just use the word 'Elf' as a generic term, as this is what most humans will call you regardless of your efforts to correct them. When talking to other Sylvanusians however, you should go by your faction of origin, followed by the word Sylvanusians. For example, an Auream Imperium Sylvanusian would be an Auream Sylvanusians. One coming from Scion would be a Scion Sylvanusian. If hypothetically one was born on Earth (although this doesn't happen, it's just for example), they would be a Terran Sylvanusian.





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