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Dantrag Baenre was a drow fighter, and the weapons master of House Baenre in Menzoberranzan.[1]

DescriptionEdit

A talented swordsman, Dantrag was unusually tall for a drow, closer to 6 ft (1.83 m) than 5 ft, kept his white hair pulled up into a ponytail, and displayed watchful amber eyes, which blazed red when he was angered.[1][4]

PersonalityEdit

Dantrag appeared to be an honorable warrior, preferring not to attack unarmed opponents or to strike from behind. However, this attitude was largely due to Dantrag's highly developed sense of pride; he believed that no-one could best him in melee combat. Dantrag was the second-boy of House Baenre, behind his brother Gromph Baenre, the archmage of Menzoberranzan. However, he had no aspirations to usurp his brother's status. The only role he desired was that of Principle Master of Melee-Magthere, a position he was not allowed to acquire by his matron mother, Yvonnel Baenre, owing to his usefulness as weapons master of House Baenre.[5]

RelationshipsEdit

FamilyEdit

As a son of Yvonnel Baenre, Dantrag was related to many influential drow figures. His three most notable siblings were Triel Baenre, Quenthel Baenre, Jarlaxle of Bregan D'aerthe, and Gromph Baenre the archmage. Dantrag also trained his brother Berg'inyon, who was another warrior of notable skill; he took his elder brother's place as weapons master after Dantrag was killed by Drizzt.[citation needed]

Dantrag had a grandson named Tiago Baenre.[6]

Uthegental Del'ArmgoEdit

Uthegentel Del'Armgo, a skilled fighter, was considered Dantrag's greatest rival.[7]

HistoryEdit

"Zak'nafein would have defeated you," the ranger promised grimly, and plunged Twinkle deep into Dantrag's heart.
  — R.A. Salvatore, Starless Night[4]

Dantrag was considered the most formidable warrior in the city once Zaknafein was dead.[5] Dantrag always envied Zaknafein's reputation, and had a great desire to best him in combat; however, Zaknafein was sacrificed to Lolth before the two could meet in combat.[citation needed]

In 1357 DR,[8] Dantrag did, however, get the opportunity to challenge Zaknafein's son, Drizzt Do'Urden, the famed renegade. As Drizzt attempted to escape the Underdark with Catti-brie and Artemis Entreri, Dantrag attacked him in a tunnel, leading to an epic confrontation of swordsmanship. Ultimately, Drizzt proved the superior warrior (largely due to his father's training), and Dantrag was killed by Drizzt in the Underdark passage.[4]

PossessionsEdit

Like most drow nobles, Dantrag wore a suit of drow chainmail, which was like a protective second skin.[1] Dantrag wore a pair of bracers of the blinding strike on his wrists, which allowed him to wield his two longswords with incredible speed.[5] However, even with, and indeed, because of these enchanted bracers, he was no match for Drizzt, and upon Dantrag's defeat they passed into the renegade drow's hands. Drizzt believed the bracers threw him off balance in combat, and that the bracers made him slash so rapidly that he couldn't change the direction of his attacks, and that this had been Dantrag's downfall.[citation needed]

Dantrag also possessed the sentient sword Khazid'hea, which was forged by the surface elves. How this sword came into his possession is unknown, but after his death it returned to the surface in the hands of Catti-brie.[citation needed]

AppendixEdit

AppearancesEdit

Novels

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 R.A. Salvatore (August 1994). Starless Night. (TSR, Inc), p. 40. ISBN 1-56076-880-0.
  2. 2.0 2.1 R.A. Salvatore (August 1994). Starless Night. (TSR, Inc), p. 91. ISBN 1-56076-880-0.
  3. R.A. Salvatore (August 1994). Starless Night. (TSR, Inc), p. 92. ISBN 1-56076-880-0.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 R.A. Salvatore (August 1994). Starless Night. (TSR, Inc), p. 310. ISBN 1-56076-880-0.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Ed Greenwood (1992). Menzoberranzan (The Houses). (TSR, Inc), p. 19. ISBN 1-5607-6460-0.
  6. R.A. Salvatore (August 2012). Charon's Claw. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 11. ISBN 0-7869-6223-2.
  7. R.A. Salvatore (March 2015). Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf. (Wizards of the Coast), p. ?. ISBN 0-7869-6570-3.
  8. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 142. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.

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