Hello, new to the Guild Wars 2 universe [snip]
Upon further study and reflection, I have changed my original views on how and why an argument could be made that the Sylvari are the greatest race in all known Tyria. This opinion is very subjective, and many unknown questions are still unanswered. More than any other race in-fact.
It is my understanding that the Sylvari development process is as follows;
(Stage 1) The Dream – The biggest unknown, who, how, or more importantly what is learned here is a big unknown, it is described as a
“lake” and you take a “bucket” from that lake. How big is the bucket?
Are they all the same? Can others learn more or less? Are still unknown… even more important then that is the long term effects and the connection, how strong or weak, whats its purpose, and how much control can one exploit from that link is still up for debate. Memories can be wiped, and replaced with the few interactions I have posted here. Even a sort of makeshift “mental firewall” is in place as pointed out to me shielding fellow Silvari.
(Stage 2) Pale Tree – It is described as the Pale Tree teaching the necessities to its young sometime during the dream but not before they wake up. During this stage, she instills “water is wet”, “fire is hot”,
and what is described as basic living needs. Beyond this, in this stage,
she passes on the teachings of the Tablet. This is why the main character almost word for word embodies the tablets teachings before even waking up. It is during this stage the Nightmare Court believe they are polluting the “well” and the Pale Tree is deviating from its true nature.
The game often uses the word “make” very often in fact. Regardless of the very long post by another member explaining they can’t choose what goes into the well, I found this to be incorrect. But not in the general sense. They are choosing to put pain and suffering tainting the well and have a lasting and prolonged impact on a Silvari’s development.
Never to be confused with free will, it is shown a few times that a
Silvari with enough free will can overcome all. Though I don’t know how much free will you can have when your memories are wiped clean…
The Soundless choose not to hear the Pale Tree for the very reason that this connection can and is being exploited. Though it’s unclear if their connection is totally cut off, or even if that is possible.
(Stage 3) After the first two dramatic stages with many unknown factors, we have the Silvari emerge, still with unknown intent, and an unknown bond to the Dream. It’s very clear that there is a bond, but it’s purpose, effects, and really anything are unknown.
All in all the Dream can impart important memories to the Sylvari, they have a very old and wise teacher that has access to near unlimited experiences herself. They use this to advance their culture at a very breakneck pace. Whether they plateau or not remains to be seen. With just over two decades of history the Sylvari strides remain impressive.
(edited by Aden Yeshua.2148)