Sylph (Nightwing enemy) (DC Comics)


(Sylvan Scofield)


Sylph is a minor character in Blüdhaven, near Gotham.

Her first, main and almost sole appearance was in a 2000 Nightwing storyline.


  • Real Name: Sylvan Scofield.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: Father (deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Blüdhaven.
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 125 lbs.
  • Eyes: Gray Hair: Unrevealed


Powers and Abilities

Sylph is wrapped in strands of her father’s revolutionary fabric.

She uses it as a jumpline, and can also whips around strands charged with static electricity. Those are attracted to her targets as if alive, and will wrap themselves around an opponent like glue, tightening as her victim struggles.

The strands of her costume allow her to be everywhere, a bit like Marvel’s long-haired Medusa.

Sylph is also fast and athletic. She is quite proficient at using her costume as whips, grabbing heavy objects to use as a flail or projectile.

She might be trained in gymnastics.


Sylvan Scofield’s father invented Achilloron, a micro-thin fabric with remarkable properties. He sought investors to commercialise it, but the negotiations failed over what the businessmen thought were unreasonable demands. What happened exactly is unclear, but the fortune-seeking inventor committed suicide and three business angels ended up with the rights to the material.

Sylph dives from a tall building

Convinced that her father had been driven to despair and ruin by these men, Ms. Scofield wrapped herself in Achilloron. She murdered two of the investors before Nightwing (Richard Grayson) could intercept her.

As she escaped, Sylvan (now calling herself Sylph) seemingly killed herself as one of her Achilleron strands broke her neck after a fall.

However, the police discovered that the “body” was actually a decoy made of fabric. As to the last investor, Nightwing had him arrested as he had found enough material for the prosecution to do its job.

Sylph was briefly spotted during Circe’s invasion of New York City, when the witch turned male heroes opposing her into animals. During that battle, Sylph was seen restraining a mutated Deathstroke the Terminator and an identified man (Aquaman with a hair colouring error ?).


See illustration.


Sylvan consider herself to be dead, and to only exist to avenge her father.

She didn’t sound otherwise unhinged, but there might be a familial predisposition toward suicidal urges. As she sees it the only fitting punishment for those whom she asserts killed her father is death.

She is competent and somewhat devious, and seems to have a fixation on suicide by hanging. That may be how her father killed himself.


“What justice did my father receive ? Deceived. Ruined. Are these the men you want to protect ?”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Psychopath
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Murderer
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 015 HP: 020

Acrobatics (Athletics): 04, Thief (Stealth)*: 05

Lightning Reflexes.

Minor Psychological instability.


  • ACHILLORON WRAPS [BODY 08, Blunting: 07, Extra limbs (x2): 04, Flash: 08, Snare: 08, Stretching: 02, Bonuses & Limitation :
    • Flash is done by covering the target’s eyes with fabric (-1).
    • Flash lasts until the piece of fabric is disposed of (+1).
    • Stretching has No Fine Manipulation (-2).
    • The fabric has an Attack Vulnerability (-3CS against a sharp blade).
    • A piece of Achilloron can be stretched to a maximum of 5 APs and acts much like a de-cel  jump line].
  • Small knife [BODY 03, Enhance (EV): 01 (cap is 05), Descriptor: Piercing]. It is mostly use to cut pieces of fabric.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Helper(s): Darci.

Source of Character: Nightwing #48-49 (DCU).