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The Dream is a nightmare. See the world for what it is—episodes of pain ending in untimely death.

— Faolain

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


Early history[edit]

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.

Twilight Arbor[edit]

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[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
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Concept art


In Bitter Harvest, her skill "Enflame" is labeled as being used by Salazan in the combat log.


  • 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).
  • There are two separate miniatures of her: Mini Faolain and Mini Vinetooth Faolain.


  1. ^ Comment by Ree Soesbee, Guild Wars 2 Guru
  2. ^ Edge of Destiny