Homestuck Title Analysis

Sylph of Breath

Sylphs are a healing class, and Breath represents wind. So a Sylph of Breath uses the wind to heal.

Analysis: From what we’ve seen so far, Breath is a pretty literal aspect. John, the Heir of Breath, has control over the wind, and can even become the wind after he further develops his powers. Tavros’ interest in flying is also a loose reference to his aspect. 

For a Sylph, these powers would be channeled towards healing. Aranea, the Sylph of Light, had the ability to restore Terezi’s vision. Light is necessary to see, so it is likely that a Sylph of Breath’s healing specialty would have to do with helping people breathe.

Alignment: I have a hard time imagining an evil Sylph. Both of our canon Sylphs are incredibly helpful and willing to fix things just as their class dictates (Kanaya’s desire to recreate the matriorb, and Aranea offers to fix Terezi’s eye) Archetypal healers tend to be neutral good or lawful good.

But what does it mean?: I think a Sylph of Breath would have a sort of “Kiss of Life" ability. Similar to CPR, but with the added capability of actually healing the other person by literally breathing the life back into them. If someone was killed or injured via drowning, suffocation, or strangulation (any method where they were deprived of air, really), a Sylph of Breath could revive them. This is a pretty specific ability, but under the right circumstances it would be super helpful. 

For a more general ability, they could also use the Windy Thing to heal, guiding the breeze over a wound to sooth it. 

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