Silas is a reclusive “silver weaver” living in a distant, mysterious, almost non-existent forest. He once weaved with gold thread but after a traumatic robbery by a homeless ethylene addict, he no longer works with expensive materials. To lessen the associated risks he uses a muddle of powdered silver alloy with mercury, tin and other metals he picks up on the forest floor. He happily resigns himself to the fact that he now leads a less risky yet cheerful existence amongst his powdered silver and alloy thread. Although Silas is a wood creature he pays special attention to personal grooming and likes to arrange his hair in different styles – occasionally using a comb, a blow-dryer and gel.