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Arach-Tinilith was the clerical school in the drow city of Menzoberranzan. Like the rest of the Academy, it was located in Tier Breche.[3]

StructureEdit

The complex -- the largest of the Academy -- was located on the northern side of the Tier Breche cavern and was shaped like a spider. The "cephalothorax" of the spider housed the grandest chapels, the holiest altars, and the quarters of the senior priestesses.[4] The crowning gem of the complex was a the main chapel, carved from a single mass of black stone. Inside, seats surrounded circular platform that held a statue of spider with the head of drow female.[5]

The Mistress of the academy had an office on the highest level that had a tapestry depicting Lolth looming over a sacrificed surface elf.[3] The Mistress also wore a brooch that allowed her to unlock all doors in Arach-Tinilith.[6]

There were dungeon-like kitchens located in the lower levels. Slaves, such as the ogre slave Chirank in 1361 DR, were employed there.[7]

A small library was located somewhere in the complex.[8]

HistoryEdit

Arach-Tinilith was founded as part of Tier Breche, Menzoberranzan's educational institution as House S'sril's literal last act, in order to standardize Lolth's teachings and produce clerics of any meaningful quality. The House was one of Menzoberranzan's founding Houses and died of naturally for not having heirs. Before the founding, it was normal in Menzoberranzan for each House to teach only their own children. House S'sril saw, that this practice only led to the production of bad divine spellcasters as wells as to numerous different interpretations of Lolth's teachings.[9]

In 1372 DR, the Mistress of Arach-Tinilith, Quenthel Baenre, was attacked at the school by a number of demons intending to assassinate her. A number of novice priestesses and even instructors led by Drisinil Armgo believed that Quenthel had lost he favor of Lolth, and thus they planned to murder her. Quenthel discovered their plot and summoned hordes of spiders to kill them and demonstrate that she was in her goddess's favor (although that was during the Silence of Lolth).[10] In truth, unbeknownst to her, the demons had been sent by her brother, Gromph Baenre, the Archmage of Menzoberranzan.

In 1469 DR, members of the Jaezred Chaulssin infiltrated and tempered with the graduation ceremony. It caused a large number of demons to be summoned, who then ran amok causing heavy damage, not only to the temple's structure but also in a lot of lives.[11]

SchoolingEdit

A hungry spider must feed. Give yourself to it joyfully, for in the end Lolth will consume us all. Better to suffer the torments of the flesh now than to face the wrath of the goddess later.
  — Teaching at Arach-Tinilith [12]


Most new priestesses (called novices) had to share rooms with one or two others until the fifth year (although Liriel Baenre was able to secure her own room).[13] Novices wore black robes with red trim.[14]

Each day ended in the chapel in prayer and praise of Lolth.[5]

Priestesses received training in weapons combat from older students of Melee-Magthere.[15]

InhabitantsEdit

All female, the priestesses of Lolth went to Arach-Tinilith after being trained by their houses in the basics of worship of the Spider Queen. This usually happened around the age of 40, and they were to spend 50 years studying under the tutelage of the mistresses there.[16] By 1361 DR, it appeared priestesses were expected to enter Arach-Tinilith by age 25.[17]

Priestesses helped fulfill the duty of Arach-Tinilith and the Academy by enacting healing spells, serving as part of the guard of Menzoberranzan, praying to Lolth to keep the city in her favor, and providing religious instruction to other students of the Academy.[citation needed]

It was a crime for males to enter Arach-Tinilith unsummoned.[18]

Notable inhabitants of Arach-TinilithEdit

Matron Mistresses/Mistress MothersEdit

The Matron Mistress was often addressed as "Exalted Mother," a title also used for matron mothers.[19]

Mistresses (teachers)Edit

Novice priestesses (students)Edit

AppendixEdit

AppearancesEdit

NovelsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Warning: edition not specified for Daughter of the Drow
  2. 2.0 2.1 Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 17. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Philip Athans (2008). A Reader's Guide to R. A. Salvatore's the Legend of Drizzt. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 123. ISBN 0-7869-4915-5.
  4. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 88. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 195. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  6. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 198. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  7. {{Cite book/Daughter of the Drow/2003}89}}
  8. 8.0 8.1 Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 240. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  9. Brian R. James, Eric Menge (August 2012). Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 56. ISBN 978-0786960361.
  10. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 217. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  11. Brian R. James, Eric Menge (August 2012). Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 68–69. ISBN 978-0786960361.
  12. Lisa Smedman (February 2005). Extinction. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 192–193. ISBN 0-7869-3596-0.
  13. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 85. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  14. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 86. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  15. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 140. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  16. Warning: edition not specified for Homeland
  17. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 40. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  18. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 325. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  19. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 242. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 126. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  21. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 182. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  22. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 211. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  23. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 186. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  24. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 327. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  25. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 125. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  26. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 150. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  27. 27.0 27.1 Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0786929290.
  28. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 19. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  29. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 18. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 167. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  31. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 185. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.

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