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It's high time I walk as my own sylvari for a while.

— Canach

Canach is a secondborn sylvari who was initially a Consortium mercenary, arrested for his actions in Southsun Cove and imprisoned in Vigil Keep. More recently, he served as an operative for Countess Anise and the Shining Blade.


As a newborn sylvari, Canach and a few others were captured by an asuran research team lead by Vorpp. Canach was cruelly experimented upon by the curious asura, and even used to power a golem with his life-force. Although he was rescued by Caithe and Faolain, Canach was greatly rattled by his experience.

Canach was hired by the Consortium in 1325 AE to map, explore, and begin construction of settlements and tourist facilities at the newly-discovered Southsun Cove. Although his contract prevented him from exploiting animal, mineral, or magical sources on the island, it did not mention local flora, and Canach ordered his team to collect samples of Passion Flowers as they explored. For reasons not yet fully understood, this provoked the local karka, who followed the fleeing survivors of the expedition back to Lion's Arch, where they attacked and destroyed Lion's Gate. Blamed by the authorities for his role, Canach was apprehended in Garenhoff by the Lionguard. To avoid punishment, he offered to help fight the Ancient Karka, but fled at the first opportunity.

Facing life as a fugitive and the freelance "decomissioning" team sent by the Consortium's Subdirector Noll, Canach made a concerted effort to change. He cast himself as a champion of the weak, and, to prove it, sought out and destroyed a Molten Alliance weapons facility.[1] Intending to get even with Noll and liberate the refugees from the Molten Alliance who had been tricked into Consortium settlement contracts on the Southsun Cove, Canach headed back to the island and spread a toxin that aggravated the local wildlife. The civil unrest induced there attracted the attention of a Lionguard inspector, Ellen Kiel, who tracked down the sylvari, arrested him, and jailed him at Fort Marriner, before he could destroy any more evidence of Consortium wrongdoing.

During Scarlet's attack on the city, Canach was moved from his cell and incarcerated at Vigil Keep. Shortly afterward, an unnamed official from Divinity's Reach offered to buy his release and the sylvari left the keep around the time that Mordrem invaded the Iron Marches.

It was eventually revealed that Countess Anise had bought Canach's billet and was using him as her agent. During Party Politics, she used him to distract guests from her clone, leaving her free to eavesdrop. Anise took the sylvari with her to The World Summit, teasing him mercilessly, much to his annoyance. After the attack on the summit by the Shadow of the Dragon, Anise ordered Canach to join the Pact in Fort Trinity to learn more about their plans about Mordremoth. He later accompanied Caithe on a scouting mission in the Silverwastes, but were routed by Mordrem until the Pact Commander came to their rescue.

In the Heart of Maguuma, Canach joined the Pact Commander and their party as they cleared a path towards Mordremoth. Like all sylvari he struggled with the dragon's call, but his strength of will kept him from succumbing. Within the dragon's inner sanctum, he offered to join the Commander as they delved into Mordremoth's mind for a final battle. Mordremoth spawned a Blighted illusion of Canach to goad his being forced to be a servant one way or another, but Canach declared that he would redeem himself and be his own master.

Even after Mordremoth's fall, Canach remained under Anise's command for a time. He led a Shining Blade operation in Bloodstone Fen, tracking down Minister Caudecus who had fled Krytan custody. Though Caudecus revealed his true colors as a leader of the White Mantle, he evaded capture much to Canach's dismay. Caudecus and the White Mantle eventually laid siege to Divinity's Reach, and Canach was sent to infiltrate Caudecus' Manor. The sylvari was captured and held captive for a time, and was freed when the Pact Commander stormed the manor. Together they were able to bring down Caudecus, and Anise made good on her promise to declare Canach's debt paid. Canach declined the Commander's invitation to Dragon's Watch to remain independent for a time, but mused that their paths would cross again.


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For previous dialogue: Canach/dialogue
At Dragon's Stand (Heart of Thorns) before completing Hearts and Minds
I've spent much of my life hating the firstborn, always being compared to them. In our mother's eyes, Trahearne was perfect and none of us could live up to him. But now...
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Your opinion has changed?
With Mordremoth pounding against my willpower, I'm barely holding on. And yet, Trahearne...he flew his airship straight at it. I can only admire him now. We must find him.
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Don't worry. We won't abandon him.
I worry that it's already too late. Mordremoth wil have its hooks in Trahearne's body and mind much deeper than it will in Zojja and Logan. Its what we sylvari were designed for.
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We'll find a way. We...have to.
At Dragon's Stand (Heart of Thorns) after completing Hearts and Minds
Mordremoth is gone. I no longer hear its summons. I no longer feel the scratch of its will against my mind.
(If sylvari)
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We sylvari have grown beyond what we were created for.
(If not sylvari)
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It would seem you sylvari have grown beyond what you were created for.
So it would appear. The Pale Tree endowed us with the willpower to choose our own fates. This victory will bring on a great change for the sylvari...for me.
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What will you do now?
(sigh) I must return to Countess Anise and report our victory. She'll be pleased, and I'll take advantage of her goodwill to broach the topic of releasing my billet. I yearn to be completely free.
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Good luck, my friend. I wish it for you.


Hello again. It's good to see a familiar face. Got time to talk?
State your business and let me get on with mine.
I'm sorry, but I don't do small talk.
Don't bother me. I'm thinking
My fighting skills are for hire, but I'm selective about my employers.
What is it? Oh, I see. Greetings.


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  1. ^ Guild Wars 2 Forum - Last Stand at Southsun - Canach's Mutation? Radical Change