They often appeared as petite, beautiful women with translucent, brightly colored wings that resembled those of a dragonfly. Their hair was generally worn long and ranged from colors that humans considered "normal" to blues, purples, or greens.
Sylphs were usually passive creatures and fled in the presence of danger if their curiosity did not get the better of them. They were very adventurous and would spend much of their life traveling.
Though they were a humanoid race, sylphs bore their young through eggs, typically laying them three months following conception. Within six months, these eggs would hatch, but in the intervening time a sylph would typically conjure an air elemental to guard it. Once hatched, their children were noted as growing at a rate similar to that of a human, though once fully matured, they retained their youthful appearance throughout their lifespan.
Their innate magical abilities would begin manifesting at the age of five years, including the ability to become invisible at will. Sylphs then generally became capable of flight at the age of ten years, though calling it "flight" would be a bit of a misnomer. In truth, they had an innate ability to levitate, and their wings merely provided them thrust. However, if these were to be injured, a sylph would only be capable of gliding and hovering.
Particularly furious sylphs were said to be capable of calling upon thunderstorms.
Sylph nests were highly individualistic and elaborate retreats, generally carved into mountains, though some were perched within tall trees. Their homes tended to contain gems and various magical items.
Sylphs were known to congregate every 28 years in a sort of grand festival in which they would trade, share news, renew friendships, and welcome new members of their race.
Some were known to befriend adventurers and even aid them in exchange for favors, though in general, they distanced themselves from mundane races. They were most often seen in the company of dryads and nymphs. Some were known to work as messengers to the servants of the Queen of Faeries and even carry advice to her druids.[note 1] Others were known to serve the Archomental Princess of Good of Air, Chan.
Sylphs were also known to trade with other creatures for light furnishings for their nests, such as silks and pillows.
- The year 687 DR was named the "Year of the Wandering Sylph".
- Around the mid-14th century DR, there was a tavern in the city of Sundabar named the Sighing Sylph. At its front entrance stood a life-size wooden statue of the creature.
- ↑ This information is sourced from Dragon #155, pp. 30–41. That article presents an alternative Queen of Faeries named Rhiannon, who shares many similarities with Titania but also some differences. All other 2nd-edition sources, however, refer instead to Titania.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Steve Townshend (February 2013). “The Dragon's Bestiary: Fey of Wood and Wind”. In Steve Winter ed. Dragon #420 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 11.
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 Ed Bonny, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, and Steve Winter (September 2002). Monster Manual II 3rd edition. (TSR, Inc), pp. 192–193. ISBN 07-8692-873-5.
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 101. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 93. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
- ↑ Steve Townshend (February 2013). “The Dragon's Bestiary: Fey of Wood and Wind”. In Steve Winter ed. Dragon #420 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 9.
- ↑ Steve Townshend (February 2013). “The Dragon's Bestiary: Fey of Wood and Wind”. In Steve Winter ed. Dragon #420 (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 10–11.
- ↑ Clayton Emery (January 1999). Star of Cursrah. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 70. ISBN 0-7869-1322-3.
- ↑ Douglas Niles (1987). Moonshae. (TSR, Inc), pp. 16, 54. ISBN 0-88038-494-8.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood (March 1993). “Campaign Guide to Myth Drannor”. In Newton H. Ewell ed. The Ruins of Myth Drannor (TSR, Inc.), p. 12. ISBN 1-5607-6569-0.
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 83. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
- ↑ Vince Garcia (March 1990). “The Folk of the Faerie Kingdom”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #155 (TSR, Inc.), p. 38.
- ↑ Eric Jansing and Kevin Baase (March 2007). “Princes of Elemental Good: The Archomentals, Part II”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #353 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 47.
- ↑ Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 97. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood (1993). Volo's Guide to the North. (TSR, Inc), p. 186. ISBN 1-5607-6678-6.