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Grand Duchess Faolain is a sylvari firstborn of the Cycle of Dusk. She is the current leader of the Nightmare Court, having succeeded its founder Cadeyrn at an unknown time. Faolain emerged from the Pale Tree with Caithe. Faolain had been all about questions, and Caithe had been all about answers. They were dear to each other and set out together to explore the world. But Caithe's spirit had grown straight and true like a young tree while Faolain's had grown twisted like a poison-ivy vine. When the pair encountered a great darkness, Caithe pulled back from it, while Faolain embraced it. The two have been separated since, but the Grand Duchess has vowed that Caithe will return to her in time, and so often shadows her beloved, armed with pleas and temptations.
When the sylvari race was young, most of the firstborn stayed to tend the Mother Tree, but Caithe and Faolain dared to see the world. Over time, they established a deep bond and became lovers. During their excursion to Orr, they encountered a great darkness—the Nightmare—which Faolain ended up embracing while Caithe rejected it, thus leading to the beginnings of a rift forming between the pair.
In 1304 AE, the firstborn witnessed the awakening of a new generation who would be known as secondborn. A few months later, Caithe and Faolain attended a meeting between the present firstborn to discuss what to do with the new sprouts, showing different and opposing opinions about how to handle the matter. Faolain took an aggressive stance, arguing against Trahearne about whether to fill the heads of the saplings with Ventari's teachings or not. She tried to confront fellow firstborn Wynne about the contents of a conversation with the Pale Tree dealing about the fate of the sylvari race. Wynne's refusal to answer her queries made Faolain obsess over what Wynne knew even more.
Faolain also showed support to the radical ideas of Cadeyrn, the first of the secondborn who was disappointed by the Pale Tree supposedly favoring firstborn over younger sylvari. She would help Cadeyrn and other like-minded secondborn found a group of dissenters who would eventually become known as the Nightmare Court.
When the firstborn learned of the news of asura having kidnapped some secondborn and experimenting on them like they had done with Malomedies earlier, Caithe and Faolain, who knew the land the best due to having travelled far, were sent to scout the area and rescue the saplings. The pair were successful in saving the secondborn, including Canach, from the asuran researcher Vorpp although Faolain expressed anger at Vorpp having escaped unscathed. Her experiences with the asura made her more adamant than ever to not be anyone's fool and convinced her to go after Wynne to force the truth out of her one way or another.
Following the rescue, Caithe and Faolain traveled to the Silverwastes where Wynne was spending time with a local centaur tribe to research Ventari. Unbeknownst to Caithe at first, Faolain had summoned many of Cadeyrn's dissenters for backup to ensure the pair and Wynne's safety. They tracked down Wynne but were unable to convince her to leave with them as Wynne preferred to continue living among the centaurs. While Caithe tried to sort things out with the centaurs who were on Wynne's side, Faolain attacked nearby centaurs and made it seem like the centaurs had been the aggressors instead. The sylvari backup arrived, and a battle ensued which led to the massacre of the centaur tribe.
Caithe and Faolain finally cornered a shocked Wynne in a nearby cave. Faolain left Wynne in Caithe's care while going to fetch thorns of a bristle-burn plant to torture Wynne to reveal her secret. By the time she returned to the pair, however, she heard a scream and saw Caithe holding Wynne's lifeless body which had been stabbed by Caithe's dagger. What Faolain did not know was that Caithe had not killed Wynne out of cold blood but to prevent Faolain from learning the devastating secret Wynne had revealed to Caithe before asking to be killed: the sylvari were minions of the Elder Dragon Mordremoth and meant to serve it while the Pale Tree did her best to prevent that outcome from happening.
Following Wynne's death and the reveal of sylvari origins and shocked by the growing darkness in Faolain, Caithe told her lover to run and never return to the Grove, refusing to go with her despite Faolain's pleading. Faolain sought refuse in the forming Nightmare Court where she eventually became their Grand Duchess, replacing secondborn Cadeyrn as the leader. Despite all this, Faolain saw Wynne's murder as evidence that Caithe was like her, and so she refused to let Caithe go as she attempted to draw her into the Nightmare in order for them to be together again.
In 1319 AE, Faolain followed Caithe to a burning village that had been overrun by the Elder Dragon Primordus's Destroyers. There, she performed a dark ritual involving blood magic to poison Caithe. As Caithe fought the Nightmare, the poison spread and would eventually leave her no choice but to join Faolain, or die.
As Caithe joined Destiny's Edge which grew in fame, Faolain stalked the group, attempting to bring Caithe into the fold. Meanwhile, the Nightmare Court noticed the dragon champion Glint preparing for the awakening of her master, the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik. Caithe begged Faolain to take the poison from her so that she could fight the dragon, and in the end Faolain acquiesced, taking the corruption into herself and rotting her hand. During this time, she was described as having black leafy hair, eyes, and nails; being a dark contrast to Caithe.
In 1325 AE, Caithe headed to the Nightmare Court lair to investigate the kidnapping of local sylvari. She attempted to bring Logan Thackeray and Rytlock Brimstone with her, but the two would not cooperate for long enough to get anything done. Without their help, she was still able to put an end to Faolain's plans, driving the Grand Duchess out of the Twilight Arbor. With Faolain's departure, several prominent courtiers—Count Leurent and Countesses Fyonna and Vevina—began competing for control of the Arbor and the Nightmare Tree within it.
Faolain's whereabouts and what she did after her departure remained unknown. In her absence the court continued to splinter into factions like the Toxic Court with new claimants like Duchess Chrysanthea becoming prominent.
Heart of Thorns
In 1328 AE Faolain journeyed to the Heart of Maguuma and was captured by the Elder Dragon Mordremoth along with other Nightmare Courtiers. She was imprisoned in a cage along with Eir Stegalkin in Verdant Brink while other captured Pact survivors—Logan, Trahearne and Zojja—were taken deeper into the jungle. When questioned by the Pact Commander who had come to free Eir and track down the rest of the missing Destiny's Edge, Faolain demanded to be released and claimed that the Nightmare Court wanted nothing to do with Mordremoth as they felt its yoke being even more onerous than the Pale Tree's.
After being freed by the Commander, Eir and Faolain were hunted down by a powerful Mordrem Vinetooth, a newly created minion of Mordremoth. While fleeing, Faolain stumbled and was helped up by Eir. At that moment the Grand Duchess noticed the Vinetooth stalking them in the canopy and chose to distract the beast by wounding Eir with a thorn in order to get away safely herself. However, in an ironic twist the Vinetooth chose to target Faolain first instead and pierced her with its tail in a seemingly fatal strike before taking her away.
However, Faolain had survived the attack and was converted into a powerful mordrem beast resembling the Vinetooth that had taken her. She reappeared in Auric Basin trying to fool Caithe—who was carrying Glint's Egg—to hand the egg over to her. The timely arrival of the Pact Commander's party prevented this from happening, and she failed to stop the Commander from taking the egg to the safety of Tarir where the Exalted would protect it from mordrem.
Faolain continued to antagonize the Commander's party several times as they pushed their way to Mordremoth. She taunted both Caithe about the sylvari's destiny as their creator Mordremoth's servants and Braham Eirsson about Mordremoth causing the death of his mother Eir. She unleashed improved mordrem based on Logan and Zojja on the party but in vain as the party successfully defeated the mordrem and saved the severely weakened Logan and Zojja from blighting pods. After a long chase, the party cornered Faolain at the Heart of Thorns in the heart of Dragon's Domain and slew her with Caithe having come to terms with putting her former lover to rest in order to end Mordremoth's hold over her.
- Chapter 5: The Battle of Claw Island
- Episode 7: Seeds of Truth
- Episode 8: Point of No Return
In Twilight Arbor
- Resurrects Allies
- Resurrects Ally - Resurrects a fallen Destiny's Edge illusion.
- Rebuke - Knocks back all foes in a PBAoE radius.
- Stolen skills
In Bitter Harvest
- Corrupted by Mordremoth
- Maul - A 3-hit combination attack using both front claws.
- Lunge - A charge attack that does a large amount of damage which causes Knockback and Knockdown for 3 seconds.
- Enflame - Applies Enflame onto enemies, resulting in AoE tendril attacks following them.
- Stolen skills
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- Concept art
- Faolain is voiced by Julianne Buescher.
- Faolain wears Nightmare Court armor, sans helm. During Seeds of Truth, she wears Dryad armor.
- Faolain is Gaelic and means "little wolf" which may be a reference to her personality.
- Faolain's rank changes between normal (A Light in the Darkness, Season 2, Bitter Harvest), champion (Twilight Arbor story, Prisoners of the Dragon), and legendary (Prized Possessions).