Era 1: Luther Sylvora, Founder
Patriarch from age 23 to present (26 years).
“Quote pending.” -Luther Sylvora.
House Sylvora is a relatively new merchant house, being less than 30 years old. It was founded by Luther Sylvora and operates almost exclusively out of Limsa Lominsa, with some influence in Ul'dah and Kugane as well.
Luther was born to a carpenter family in Gridania and Emelia was born to a small but moderately wealthy merchant family in Ul'dah. It was while working a job for Emelia's family that the two met and Luther attempted to court her, with numerous rejections at first. Eventually, Emelia would agree to a date and the two began to quickly fall for one another.
Wishing to forge their own path together and get away from family business, Luther and Emelia started their own business at the tender ages of 18. They started with a joint venture into a new restaurant for expensive delicacies aimed at the upper class. Luther's natural ability for business combined with Emelia's public relations experience proved to be a powerful combination and the restaurant quickly expanded. During some moving of restuarant locations, Luther took another step in his business ventures and began to capitalize on his older buildings by renting to other smaller businesses, thus forging a path into the real estate world. As funds began to increase, Luther would buy out other profitable ventures including a toy manufacturing company, a shipping company, and a pet supply company. He would then begin to buy out competitors in an aggressive fashion when opportunities arose. Upon his father's retirement, Luther also was given the old carpentry business in which he overhauled into a construction based company that takes on numerous infrastructure maintenance jobs for Limsa Lominsa.
Thus was Sylvora Enterprises born as the main branch of all subsidiaries. Luther and Emelia would have their first child around this same time when they were each 23 years old, whom they named Melody Sylvora. They'd officially relocate to Limsa Lominsa permanently around this time and take up residence in the new Sylvora Penthouse. They'd bring two more children into the world over the years, Aydin Sylvora and Zarik Sylvora. It is widely believed that Luther and Emelia remain married out of convenience rather than love, though there is no doubt that the two did once truly love each other deeply.
Luther is said to be completely ruthless in business ventures, rumored to even purposely undermine competitors via espionage and other shady tactics in order to put himself in a position to buy them out. He employs equally ruthless mercenaries and has gained a reputation for various underworld dealings. Despite his cruelness in the business world, he has strong beliefs in the importance of family and wouldn't hesitate to destroy anyone or anything that threatened his family.
In an attempt to expand his business even further, Luther constantly attempted to undermine the powerful houses of House Mavanix and Felstar multiple times, with varying success. As the feud between Mavanix and Felstar came to an end after numerous generations of bad blood, Luther swooped in and gained control of most of their business ventures, including the Avalon Heritage Museum, the Mavanix Academy, and the Margarah fashion line.
Aydin Sylvora, at the age of 21, would create a non-profit organization under the Sylvora Enterprises banner known as Nophica's Wreath that focuses on environmental issues affecting Eorzea. Some rumors in the back alleys suggest this is just a front for an eco-terrorist organization known as EDEN, though no evidence exists to support the claims.
Melody Sylvora would follow in her father's footsteps and startup the Sylvora Apparel subsidiary at a young age, eventually gaining control of Margarah as well and running both businesses side by side.
Zarik Sylvora, the youngest of the trio, has largely stayed out of the family business and has a reputation for being a party boy.
While it is not always apparent to most, magic is something that the Sylvora family has a firm grasp on as well. As their public image focuses on the business side of things, this is usually not seen by most.