A lone, wandering Sylvari, trying to find his purpose in the world. With his faithful companions, Vale and Grendel by his side, he has explored and learned about many other cultures, and helped them where he could. He believes in both the tenants, "All things have a right to grow." and “Act with wisdom, but act.” later on in his short life.
Crow is a very tall and quite slim Sylvari with black bark skin and yellow marks that glow. His face is somewhat imprinted and ominous, quite like his mysterious self.
Since coming out of his pod as a secondborn of the Sylvari, in the dead of night, Crow sought to understand the world. He studied Ventari’s Tablet and agreed with its teachings, yet believed that there was more to it and disagreed with its dismissal of the individual. His Dream was dark, but within a light in the form of a raven glowed, although he didn't know what to make of it. He also saw in his dream many roads and places, each with their own cultures and ways of life. He also dreamed of Caithe, the leader of his house, fighting alongside him.
As Crow walked through the grove, he came upon fern hound, who had also just came out of his pod. He accepted it as his companion, and the dog his master. After all, they were the first beings they had seen outside of the dream. Crow and his first companion, Grendel, came upon the little area he would call home, the terrace of night. It was then thereafter that their close friendship came to be, and their adventure began. As he came upon the Dreamer’s Terrace, another sapling ran up to him and said hello. “I saw you in my dream!” she said, “What’s your name?” Crow told her his name and asked of hers, to which she replied Delwyn. They soon became very good friends and went on to explore Caledon forest together. She was eccentric, outgoing and curious, dangerously so. She was Crow’s opposite yet he found her adorable, and felt that she was the only other Sylvari who cared for him. As time passed Delwyn spent more and more time outside of the Grove. Crow, worried for her, as she was his only friend, went out and searched for her. He found her outside of the Twilight Arbor and she ran excitedly to him when she saw him. “Come ‘Crow’, I must show you what I have found!” She had become a courtier, a follower of Nightmare. Crow was cautious and afraid but ultimately trusted her. He learned the ways and beliefs of the Nightmare Court, and although he disagreed with their actions, he understood their philosophy. Delwyn and Crow fell in love and he cared deeply for her, worrying for her deep, almost blind devotion to the Nightmare Court. Eventually the time came when he was asked, by Delwyn to swear oath to the Court, and fall into Nightmare. He refused, still holding onto the ideals of selflessness and honor; he would not kill the innocent that dwelled within the Grove. Delwyn was furious and told him if he was not with the Court, he would be crushed like all of the rest. Crow begged her to see reason, to see hope and the love that they shared, but it was pointless, her loyalty exceeded all emotion or logic. Crow escaped Twilight Arbor after hearing of Delwyn’s plan to attack the Grove. He was on his way to meet with the Soundless, as he had nowhere else to turn, when he ran into her. He pleaded to her to stop this but she did not listen, they fought and Crow was eventually forced to kill her. She died in his hands, and his guilt, the guilt of taking a life, the guilt of abandoning the Pale Tree, the guilt of not being able to save his love, was born. As embarrassed as he felt to return, he went back to the Grove, to seek the council of the Pale Tree. She welcomed him back with open arms, but he felt unworthy. Caithe, the leader of his house, tried to comfort him by telling him of her own lost love, who also fell to the Nightmare Court. Crow deeply appreciated this, as he also felt unworthy of Caithe’s company. After this, he felt ashamed to call Delwyn by her real name, and instead refers to her as his “Nightingale.”
He said his goodbye to Caithe, his last real friend, and she wished him farewell and good luck. With still the upmost respect for the Pale Tree, he took the strongest points of both the Nightmare Court and the Dreamers to build a sort of mixed philosophy. He went to study the ways of the Soundless, who appeared to also have his same solitary nature, but finally left when they didn’t have the answers he was looking for.
(Crow of Night is what he calls himself now, his original name he abandoned out of guilt.)
After the sorrows he had in Caledon, he moved onward to Kryta to learn of the good and evil of humanity. He visited the grand city of Divinity’s Reach and explored human behavior. He did not understand how one could be so selfless yet another be so corrupt, but then he thought of Delwyn and was saddened to see that loss was universal. He then continued to the Shiverpeaks and learned of the mighty Norn and their hunting skill. He traveled there for a time, finding the mountains and rivers, especially those of Timberline Falls, beautiful. He thought of The Grove and its beauty and the Pale Tree’s as well. He studied the ways of the spirits of the wild. Crow, having heard of Raven, thought back to his dream and the raven he saw within it. He sought out the Havroun of Raven to seek audience and receive counsel with Raven, as he would with the Pale Tree. The Havroun denied this request and so Crow left Hoelbrak. He traveled into the valley of Wayfarer Foothills and just then a raven flew down and perched beside him. Seeing this raven made him think of the spirit and how Raven resembled cunning and wisdom. In his mind he thought “Act with wisdom, but act.” He then remembered his Wyld Hunt, to explore the world and learn of its ways. To understand it and help it grow, in harmony, through his wisdom from his experience. To defend it from the evils that would seek to end it, such as the Elder Dragons. As he came out of his revelation, he saw that the raven was still there, perched beside him, as if it were counseling him, guiding him. Crow took the raven as his companion and thought of it as a gift from Raven. He named the raven Vale, in honor of the beautiful valley where they met.
Crow is now roaming the world with his two loyal companions. He often visits the Grove and tells stories of the places he has been and the things he has seen. He also communes with the Pale Tree to seek her guidance and apologies. Though the Pale Tree always tells him he has nothing to apologize for, he does not feel that he is a true Sylvari. He leaves as quickly as he came as he still believes in some of the teachings of the Nightmare Court, Soundless and other beliefs. Although he may not participate in some of their activities himself, he feels less than fully welcomed. He enjoys traveling under the stars, living with his two loyal companions.
Family and Friends
Although he has many family members being a Sylvari, Crow considers his animal companions his true family. Although he considers the Pale Tree a mother, and Caithe as his oldest friend, he feels unwelcome in their presence, he feels as if he failed them and is a disappointment, even though this is much to the contrary of both of them. However, if a fellow traveler needs a hand or a friendly ear, he will always be willing and able to help out. Because of this, he always seems to see a friendly face where ever he travels. He has crossed many particular individuals and helped them grow into legends themselves... in their own ways.
Crow is quiet and serious yet kind and wise. He is usually quite sad as he often reflects on his lonely life his destiny, and losses. He is solitary and does enjoy company, but feels intruding of others, he feels like a burden. He has a dry sense of humor that is more logical and witty. Crow never turns from a danger that could harm an innocent, he is selfless and caring, although he may not show it on his bark skin. For his mistakes, such as the death of an innocent or a failure to prevent it, he blames himself. Crow is quite unsure of the future and one holds onto the greatest strength and weakness of life, hope.
As a loner, Crow tends to talk to Vale and Grendel and swears they respond and act like they know language. He also tend to sort of talk to himself as if he were writing a book and he was the narrator, and he usually does this when he is contemplating his past, future, and the future of Tyria.