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Appearance before joining the Nightmare Court.

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Grand Duchess Faolain is a sylvari Firstborn of the Cycle of Dusk.[1] She is the 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.


Early history[edit]

When the sylvari race was young, most of the Firstborn stayed to tend the Pale 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. In these early times, Faolain had taken on an apprentice, Sariel.[2]

As Grand Duchess of the Nightmare Court, Faolain took to recruiting various noble and well known sylvari, among these being Brangoire and her former apprentice Sariel, whom she eventually took as a lover.[3]

Edge of Destiny[edit]

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, Faolain was described as having black leafy hair, eyes, and nails; being a dark contrast to Caithe.[4]

Twilight Arbor[edit]

In 1325 AE, Caithe headed to the Nightmare Court lair of Twilight Arbor 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 with the Pact Commander's help, driving the Grand Duchess out of 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 Nightmare Court continued to splinter into factions like the Toxic Court with new claimants like Duchess Chrysanthea becoming prominent.

Heart of Thorns[edit]


Maguuma Jungle

Story involvement[edit]

Personal story[edit]

Living World Season 2[edit]

Heart of Thorns story[edit]

Combat abilities[edit]

In Twilight Arbor[edit]

  • Resurrects Allies

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  • Resurrects Ally - Resurrects a fallen Destiny's Edge illusion.
  • Rebuke - Knocks back all foes in a PBAoE radius.
Stolen skills

In Bitter Harvest[edit]

  • Corrupted by Mordremoth

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  • Maul - A 3-hit combination attack using both front claws.
  • Lunge - A charge attack that does a large amount of damage which causes Knockback.png Knockback and Knockdown.png Knockdown for 3 seconds.
  • Enflame - Applies Add to Bonfire.png Enflame onto enemies, resulting in AoE tendril attacks following them.
Stolen skills


Name Type Rarity Quantity
Heirloom Seed Pouch.png Thorny Seed Pouch Container Exotic 1

Related achievements[edit]


Concept art


In Bitter Harvest, Faolain's skill "Enflame" is labeled as being used by Salazan in the combat log.
  • Although Faolain is described in Edge of Destiny as having jet-black hair since emerging from the Pale Tree, her in-game appearance does not reflect this appearance in the flashback sequences of Living World Season 2 which take place before the events of the novel.
  • Faolain wears Nightmare Court armor, sans helm. During Seeds of Truth, she wears Dryad armor.
  • 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).


See also[edit]

Associated items


  1. ^ Comment by Ree Soesbee, GuildWars2Guru.com
  2. ^ Hidden in Darkness/Saving the Stag Caithe: I knew Sariel before she fell to Nightmare. She was the student of someone I loved very dearly...but that is a story for another day.
  3. ^ Twilight Arbor
  4. ^ "Prologue: Dream and Nightmare", Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King:
    Faolain's hair was jet-black, as were her nails and her eyes. They had been that way from the moment the two women emerged together from the Pale Tree.