Guild Wars 2 game designer Ree Soesbee emphasizes how different this new race is in today's new Sylvari Week addition.
In the three-minute video, Ree talks about the origins of the Sylvari from a story viewpoint, explaining the history of the tree that bore their race, and how that forms the basis for who they are.
ArenaNet artist Kristen Perry provides a counterpoint from a design perspective. She talks in depth about her desire to design a creature in keeping with the Sylvari race's unusual origins and background as described by Ree: "I didn't want to just make a painted human with pointy ears."
Jump past the break to take a look at the full video for Sylvari Week.