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Affiliation Ascalon Army
Type Human
Professions Elementalist Elementalist
Paragon Paragon
Service Henchman
Level(s) 5...20
Campaigns Prophecies
Eye of the North
Prophecies Box Art Cynn.jpg
Cynn as depicted on the original Guild Wars Prophecies box art.

A former child prodigy, Cynn always had people catering to her every whim. Her family was among the nobility in the city of Surmia—until the Charr invasion and the Searing. When Ascalon was destroyed, Cynn got caught outside the Wall (Surmia was one of the first places to fall during the initial assault). A magical projectile fell directly upon her palatial home, killing her parents and trapping her under a broken table for several days. A Charr warband discovered her while looting the city. They dug her out, thinking to make a meal of her, but Cynn had other ideas. She single-handedly wiped out the entire warband, turning them and the remains of her home into little more than a smoldering pile of ash.

Cynn is a bit of a princess but with a decidedly dark streak. She's often cynical and flippant when dealing with authorities or situations that seem hopeless. She's highly intelligent, and magic comes easy to her. Because of her experiences during the Searing, Cynn has developed a rather cavalier attitude toward her own death. Consequently, she tends to bite off more than she can chew, and often gets herself and her friends into trouble.

The Guild Wars Manuscripts

Cynn (born either 1051 or 1052 AE) is a former noble of Ascalon. After the Searing destroyed her hometown, she joined up with Mhenlo, Devona, Aidan, and later Eve. She and Mhenlo have been in a relationship since their time in Ascalon. Along with the others, she joined Prince Rurik in an assault against the Charr and eventually joined the Ascalonian migration to Kryta. Afterward, the group traveled across Tyria, participating in the fulfillment of the Flameseeker Prophecies.

Afterward, she joined Mhenlo's expedition to Cantha in aiding with the Afflicted in order to satisfy her own curiosity and to learn new ways to explode things. Though she kept it well hidden, she had an honest desire to stop the threat in Cantha before it saw a similar kind of devastation that occurred to Tyria. During the group's time in Cantha, she was often infuriated over Mhenlo's old friends from when he was a student at Shing Jea Monastery.

In 1075 AE, she and the others were recruited by Kormir to join the Order of the Sunspears against Varesh Ossa, Abaddon, and their demonic Margonites during Nightfall. During 1078 AE, the group aided in the fight against the Destroyers and their master. When she met the Asuran people, she showed an uncharacteristic kindness to them. What she and the group did after is unknown, but the group appears a year later for Gwen and Keiran Thackeray's wedding, during which Cynn is upset at Mhenlo since she is still unmarried. At the end of Winds of Change Mhenlo finally proposes to her and she accepts.




Quests given:

Quests involved in:




A wallpaper featuring Cynn.
Eye of the North

6-9 Command


The Deserters
North Kryta Province and Into the Unknown
Raisu Palace
Raid on Shing Jea Monastery (Hard Mode)


The Norn Fighting Tournament

15 Fire Magic


Prophecies and Factions[edit]

  • High damage output.
  • Fire damage is very effective in some areas of the game.
  • Good energy management from Fire Attunement and Elemental Attunement.
  • Low defense.
  • Fire damage is ineffective in some areas of the game.
  • Has Teinai's Heat in Factions, but cannot inflict Weakness to trigger its additional effect.


  • Highest overall damage output among Nightfall henchmen.
  • Can cause AoE burning.
  • Fire damage is very effective in some areas of the game.
  • Excellent energy management from enchantments, Glyph of Lesser Energy, and Glowing Gaze.
  • Limited offensive spells lead Cynn to spam Searing Flames, which her skill bar is well suited for.
  • Low defense.
  • Fire damage is ineffective in some areas of the game.
  • Runs into energy issues when facing heavy enchantment removal.
  • Only 7 skills, while Nightfall offers skills that do not hinder her spamming Searing Flames.

Eye of the North[edit]

  • Has multiple AoE damage spells.
  • Has Meteor Shower, an effective AoE knockdown.
  • Has very effective energy management.
  • Doesn't utilize AoE DoT spells that break aggro.
  • Very high damage output.
  • Has no skill to cause burning for degeneration.
  • Fire damage is ineffective against Destroyers.


Concept art


Towns and outposts
"I'm not going to lie, the stories you've heard about me are true. If you don't think I can take care of myself, just ask the Charr warband who tried to sack my home. Oh, what's that? They didn't live long enough to be asked. Guess that answers your question. Just see to it that you don't get in my way, and we'll get along just fine."
Ascalon (pre-Searing)
"Everyone's talking about Ascalon City, but I like Surmia much better."
"I can't be bothered right now. I'm waiting for my father."
"I'm not in the mood to chat, so scram!"
"If you see Captain Devona, tell her... oh, never mind."
"What do I look like, the town herald? I'm busy."
Pockmark Flats
"Leave it to the Ascalon Guard, and it'll get left undone."
The Deserters
"This isn't the best time to start a conversation."
Lion's Gate
"It's a good thing Mhenlo is back here in Tyria, where I can keep an eye on him! We lost many of our closest friends in Ascalon during the war with the Charr, and even more when we helped the refugees cross over the Shiverpeaks to settle in North Kryta Province. After everything we've been through, I'm not about to let some rotting corpses screw everything up!"
North Kryta Province
"These White Mantle characters are nothing but usurpers. The Royal Family of Kryta are the rightful rulers here."
Skyward Reach
"This isn't the best time to start a conversation."
Droknar's Forge (explorable area)
"We did some good burning together, didn't we?"


Kaineng City towns and outposts, Bejunkan Pier, and Bukdek Byway
"What is it with this place? Every female around here seems to know Mhenlo...personally. Well, he better hope none of his little "friends" upset me too much, sometimes my spells miss...."
Echovald Forest town and outposts
"I should ask Mhenlo if he has any 'old acquaintances' among the Kurzicks.
What do you want?"
Raisu Palace
"We haven't seen this kind of trouble since the Fire Island chain."
Ask Shall I come with you and help save the emperor?
"Do you want me to come with you to save the emperor or not? Once you decide to bring me along, you can't ditch me, you know."
Yes Accept
"You picked me! A wise choice. Perhaps I underestimated you. Mhenlo, I sure hope you brought your Healing Hands!"
No Decline
Divine Path
"I can't wait to return to the northlands. Mhenlo doesn't have quite as many 'friends' there."


Towns and outposts
"These Elonian Elementalists drive me crazy with their babble of peace. I learned better in Surmia, when the Charr came. Magic isn't something you hide and save like a secret. It's something to share... one fireball at a time."
Throne of Secrets
"Good job, hero! I heard the Elders are planning a statue of you in Kamadan!"

Eye of the North[edit]

The Norn Fighting Tournament
"I let you off easy. I'm saving my rage for someone else!"
Far Shiverpeaks towns and outposts
"Can you believe these Norn? I swear, some days I can't decide if they're the best allies we have... or the best tinder."
Doomlore Shrine
"Here's an interesting Charr fact: though they like to play with fire, fur still burns."
Tarnished Coast towns and outposts
"The Asura know what it's like to be displaced from their homeland. I say we help them. Why are you looking at me like that? I have a heart! I just don't always listen to it."
Central Transfer Chamber
"I promise I'll be careful. I'm thinking long-term, here. If I don't blow anything up now, there will be more to blow up later."
"Mhenlo is so sweet, isn't he? Makes me think he's covering for something. I keep remembering a time in Kaineng when we ran into his old 'acquaintances.' TWIN acquaintances. Just thinking about that makes me want to burn something."


Olafstead (during The Wedding)
"I remember Gwen when she was 10 years old. 10! And SHE got married before ME? Some day I'm going to get tired of waiting for a certain Monk to propose..."
Shing Jea Monastery (during Raid on Shing Jea Monastery (Hard mode))
"Looks like I showed up just in time!"


Concept art.


Shiverpeak Mountains
"If you take away all the snow and the angry Dwarves, the Shiverpeaks might actually be a nice place to visit."
"Is there a reason for all of this waiting, or are you just trying to make me angry?"
"The Stone Summit sure have a way of showing their hospitality."
"This place makes me want to start random fires. Give me something to burn."
Ring of Fire Islands
"Kind of reminds me of Surmia... after the Searing."
"Looks like someone already beat me to the burn."
"Nothing like a scowling face made out of pumice to make you feel right at home."
"There's ash on everything, and now it's in my hair!"


Kaineng City
"Is there a reason for all of this waiting, or are you just trying to make me angry?"
"It's best not to keep me waiting."
"It's not a good idea to let me get bored, just ask Mhenlo."
Echovald Forest
"It is so quiet and eerie. No wonder Eve likes it here so much."
"It's nice to look up every once in a while. You never know what you might be missing."
"These trees won't burn. I tried."


"I don't have a bad attitude. I have an attention span problem. Luckily, most of my fights are short. Very short."
"I like Devona. She always lets me have the best violence."
"Mhenlo? He means well. But he just doesn't have the heart to really hurt people. Me, on the other hand..."
"Stupidity in battle is rewarded by two things: pain, and then, no pain."
"We're not in Ascalon any more."
"What's power for, if a girl can't have a little fun with it?"

Eye of the North[edit]

"Hot foot, hot head, hot torso. It's all the same to me."
"I love Elona. It's so deliciously hot there. Although I did feel a tad overdressed..."
"Mhenlo wanted us to heat things up. Funny. Usually I'm the one fanning the flames."
"There were no children left after the Searing. They either grew up fast, or they didn't grow up at all."
"When are we going to find more Charr? My feet are getting cold."
"Why does every man run away screaming? Oh, right."

Battle quotes[edit]


"Nothing that ugly deserves to live long."
"Touch me and you'll be sorry."
"You hate me? I'll hate you right back!"
"You remind me of someone I hate."
"You wanna play? I'll show you how to play."


"Burn baby burn."
"Don't run from me, this is just getting fun!"
"Nothing that ugly deserves to live long." (same as in Tyria)
"Touch me and you'll be sorry." (same as in Tyria)
"You got my dress dirty, now you pay."
"You hate me? I'll hate you right back!" (same as in Tyria)
"You stink. My fire will wash you clean."
"You're lucky to have someone as attractive as me trying to kill you."


"Battle is a game. Shall I teach you?"
"Fire from the sky!"
"First the spark and then the flame!"
"I bring you pain!"
"I should have worn black. Then the ash wouldn't show."
"I wouldn't wish you on my worst enemy. Hey..."
"I've seen your future. It's very short!"
"Isn't it glorious?"
"It doesn't take much to turn you all into cinders!"
"Stone and ice! Fire and lightning!"
"This is all you've got?"
"This is definitely going to hurt you more than me."
"You know what? You're flammable!"
"You've got to be kidding me."

Eye of the North[edit]

"Do you smell that?"
"Everything burns. Trust me."
"Go ahead. Run around. Just makes the flames burn hotter."
"Here's a hot little trick I learned at the academy."
"Here's a little something I call "pain.""
"Hot foot, hot head, hot torso. It's all the same to me."
"If you think it's bad now, wait until you're on fire!"
"If you're cold, I can help!"
"It's about to get steamy."
"It's too cold here. Let's heat things up."
"Look at them burn. Warms my heart... and my hands."
"The next person to call me "hot lips" gets scorched."
"Yes, I have a fiery personality. Like I've never heard that before..."
"You burn, you learn!"


  • Cynn is one of only five characters to appear in all 3 campaigns and the expansion. (The others are Aidan, Devona, Eve, and Mhenlo.)
  • She is labeled as a "Mage Henchman" in Prophecies and Factions, and as a "Fire Henchman" in Nightfall and Eye of the North.


  • Her henchmen skill sets were changed in the October 22, 2009 update. As an ally in Raisu Palace, she uses the Factions skill set prior to that update.
  • In pre-Searing Ascalon she is seen holding a Mesmer Cane.
  • Despite being a fire Elementalist, she carries an Earth Staff when she is a henchman.
  • Cynn is depicted multiple times:
  • The quote "The next person to call me 'hot lips' gets scorched." is a very likely reference to the television show M*A*S*H.
  • Her name derives from the Old English word for fire "fýrcynn".
Prophecies henchmen
Warrior DevonaLittle ThomStefanZaishen Fighter Ranger AidanReynaZaishen Archer Monk AlesiaLinaMhenloZaishen Healer Necromancer ClaudeEve Mesmer Dunham Elementalist CynnOrionZaishen Mage