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The opposite of his younger brother, Sylvester often acts impulsively, leading most people to think that he is younger than he actually is. He is a relentless teaser, but he can get serious in a heartbeat when needed. He is described to have a good heart deep down, although he acts like a spoiled child.
Sylvester is the son of the previous Aub Ehrenfest and Veronica.
Before Sylvester's birth his oldest sister Georgine was well on the way to become Archduchess. When Sylvester was born and grew up far enough, he and his siblings were thrown into a fierce competition for succession. Ultimately Sylvester came out on top, in no small parts due to his bigger mana capacity and gender, which caused no end of problems between him and especially Georgine, who had been practically raised to be the archduchess, but had the title "snatched away" by her younger brother, as she sees it.
As a result she relentlessly tormented Sylvester at any opportunity to the point where their parents started to fear for Sylvester's safety to a degree that they married Georgine off to Ahrensbach, even though it meant she would only be the third wife, a position hardly worthy of an archduke candidate. This resentment between the two siblings continues to this very day.
His second oldest sister Konstanze married into the closely allied duchy of Frenbeltag and became the Archduke's first wife, while Sylvester himself married the younger sister of Aub Frenbeltag, Florencia.
Due to both Sylvester and his wife being the younger sisters of their Frenbeltag counterparts, they have a weak position in negotiations with their siblings and often end up giving more than they are entirely comfortable with.
Ferdinand and Sylvester first met after Ferdinand's baptism. They have the same father but different mothers. Sylvester is six years older than Ferdinand and looked and cared for his younger half-brother.
Due to Ferdinand's harassment by Sylvester's mother, Sylvester told Ferdinand to join the temple to escape Veronica's harassment, which would remove him from the family's succession and keep him away from noble politics. When Ferdinand complained to Sylvester about being bored, he sent his younger brother some of his own work, figuring that since Ferdinand wanted something to do and he himself wanted less to work, it would be a win-win.
Even after Ferdinand became the High Priest Sylvester kept sending him work. Since his brother never complained, Sylvester never considered the possibility that between the work of his new position and the work sent over by his brother, the freshly minted High Priest would be overworked to the point of requiring recovery potions to keep up with the load.
He likes to hunt without using his magical abilities, but isn't very fond of the overly regulated enviroment of the forrest in the noble's quarter.
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- He is shown to be skilled at hunting, having killed 1 deer, 4 birds (one of which was mid-air) and several scavenging animals.
- He was so unfamiliar with the lives of commoners and orphans that, when hunting in the forest, he did not know how to wash his hands in the river and had to ask the orphans for help.
- When Myne first finds out Sylvester is the archduke, she briefly becomes very worried about the future of the duchy.
- He often wears a silver band to tie his hair.