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Eilistraee
Basic Information
Title(s) The Dark Maiden
Lady of the Dance
The Dancing Goddess[1]
Power level Dead power
Formerly: Lesser deity
Influence
Dominion Formerly: Arvandor (also the Demonweb Pits)
Portfolio Beauty, Dance, Hunting, Moonlight, Song, Swordwork
Domains Chaos, charm, drow, elf, good, moon, portal
Worshipers
Worshipers Good-aligned drow, hunters, surface-dwelling elves
Worshiper alignments
LG NG CG
LN N CN
LE NE CE
Favored weapon The Moonsword (bastard sword)
Rules Information
Alignment Chaotic good

Eilistraee (pronounced eel-iss-TRAY-yee [2]), also referred to as the Dark Maiden, was the chaotic good drow goddess of song, swordwork, hunting, the moon and beauty. She was greatly angered by the evil of most drow but glad that some worked their way free of the Spider Queen's web. Eilistraee appeared as an unclad, glossy-skinned drow woman of great height with ankle-length, sweeping hair of glowing silver.[citation needed]

She was worshiped by song and dance, if at all possible, in the surface world under the moonlit night among the woods. She took great pleasure in bards learning new songs, craftsmen at work, and the doing of kindhearted deeds.[citation needed]

History Edit

Eilistraee was the daughter of Corellon Larethian and Araushnee, who later became Lolth, and the sister of Vhaeraun. She was banished along with the other drow deities for her role, albeit inadvertently, in the war against the Seldarine. Eilistraee insisted upon this punishment from her reluctant father, because she foresaw that the dark elves would need a beacon of good within their reach.[citation needed]

In Flamerule[3] of 1379 DR, Eilistraee, while inhabiting the body of Qilué Veladorn, was killed by Halisstra Melarn using the Crescent Blade. This last act of sacrifice was not in vain however, as it redeemed those drow not tainted by Wendonai's blood, and Corellon Larethian thus permitted the souls of Eilistraee's faithful and the newly transformed dark elves to enter Arvandor.[4]

Relationships Edit

Eilistraee's allies were the Seldarine, Mystra, Selûne, and the good deities of the Underdark races; her enemies were the evil deities of the Underdark, especially the rest of the drow pantheon.[citation needed]

Worshipers Edit

The church of Eilistraee was little known and poorly understood by inhabitants of the surface world. Her worshipers were good-aligned drow hoping to escape the Underdark's evil, Lolth-worshiping matriarchal society, and regain a place in the surface world. Among her followers were Tel-quessir (and also the human half-breeds of Tel-quessir), humans, gnomes, and shapeshifters.[citation needed]

Some non-drow worshipers of Eilistraee rubbed black dye into their skin.[5]

ActivitiesEdit

The Church of Eilistraee had an active proselyting program to other drow. Eilistraeean missionaries carried tiny swords to give out to drow in the Underdark that served as keys for safe passage to the temple.[6]

ArtifactsEdit

The Crescent Blade 

The Crescent Blade was a magical curved blade with a leather hilt. There was silver inlaid in the blade. On it were the Drow words, "Be your heart filled with light and your cause be true; I shall not fail you."[7] It was said that Eilistraee plucked a pebble from the heavens and tossed it to earth. It grew as large as a boulder and very hot. It was made of moonmetal; if you look at the moon, you can see a hole in the shape of a crescent. The boulder was forged into a crescent-shaped blade with enchantments, including moonlight -- it could cut through armor and stone -- protection against evil, and being able to strike quickly. If the wielder was a true priestess, she could use it to sever the neck of any creature, including gods.[8]

Notable groups of followers Edit

Promenade of the Dark Maiden 
Eilistraee

Eilistraee, as illustrated by Matt Wilson

Located near Skullport, this was the main headquarters for the faithful of Eilistraee with many portals to other parts of the world but also access to tunnels into the Underdark for redemption missions.[9] The Promenade was led by High Priestess Qilué Veladorn, youngest of the Seven Sisters and Chosen of Mystra. She led the priestesses while also giving out missions when something needed her attention. Second to her was the Promenade's Battlemistress, Rylla. She led both the fierce warrior/priestesses of the Darksong Knights (who had training in demon-hunting), and Protectors of the Song, the group of elite warriors, often armed with one of the twenty magical singing swords, whose first duty was to guard the Promenade.[citation needed]

All priestesses at the Promenade were free to do as they liked unless given a mission by either Qilué or Rylla. Although the Darksong knights had more independence they too were subject being given missions. Generally its clerics wore their hair long and dressed practically for whatever they were currently doing. For rituals, they wore as little as possible. Otherwise, they tended to wear soft leathers for hunting, aprons while cooking, and—rarely—armor when battle was expected. When relaxing, they favored silvery, diaphanous gowns. The holy symbol was a small sword; clerics preferred holy symbols of silver, typically worn as pins or hung around the neck on slender silver or mithral chains. They prayed for spells at night, after moonrise, singing them whenever possible. Their rituals revolved around a hunt followed by a feast, dancing, and a Circle of Song. This last was held preferably in a wooded glade on a moonlit night, in which the worshipers would sit and dance by turns in a circle, each one leading a song.[citation needed]

Wildwinds Coven 

A group of followers of Eilistraee in the High Forest, led by the drow Dolor in 1361 DR.[10]

Velarswood 

A group of at least 50 Eilistraeeans, drow and otherwise, dwelt in the Velarswood near Harrowdale, where they had a temple in the northern part of the wood.[11]More than fifty Eilistraeeans lived and worshiped in Velarswood, both drow and other elves. They often gathered in evensong in gratitude.[12] They were creating a surface home there and generally had good relations with local humans, whom they aided when ill.[13][14]

Notable worshipers of Eilistraee Edit

References Edit

  1. Paul S. Kemp (February 2006). Resurrection (Mass Market Paperback), p. 21. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3981-8.
  2. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition, p. 241. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  3. Lisa Smedman (June 2008). Ascendancy of the Last, p. 19. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0-7869-4864-2.
  4. Lisa Smedman (June 2008). Ascendancy of the Last, p. 292. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0-7869-4864-2.
  5. Lisa Smedman (February 2005). Extinction (Mass Market Paperback), p. 86. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3596-0.
  6. Lisa Smedman (February 2005). Extinction (Mass Market Paperback), p. 225. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3596-0.
  7. Lisa Smedman (February 2005). Extinction (Mass Market Paperback), p. 334-335. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3596-0.
  8. Lisa Smedman (February 2005). Extinction (Mass Market Paperback), p. 280-282. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3596-0.
  9. Lady Penitent trilogy
  10. Elaine Cunningham (April 2003). Windwalker (Hardcover), p. 163. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2968-5.
  11. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities, p. 16. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  12. Lisa Smedman (February 2005). Extinction (Mass Market Paperback), p. 253. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3596-0.
  13. Lisa Smedman (February 2005). Extinction (Mass Market Paperback), p. 223. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3596-0.
  14. Lisa Smedman (February 2005). Extinction (Mass Market Paperback), p. 224-227. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3596-0.
  15. Lisa Smedman (January 2007). Sacrifice of the Widow, p. 67. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-4250-9.
  16. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition, p. 280. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  17. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback), p. 144. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0786929290.
  18. Elaine Cunningham (April 2003). Windwalker (Hardcover), p. 334. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2968-5.
  19. Elaine Cunningham (April 2003). Windwalker (Hardcover), p. 75. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2968-5.
  20. Richard Baker (May 2003). Condemnation (Paperback), p. 237. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0786932023.
  21. Richard Baker (May 2003). Condemnation (Paperback), p. 260. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0786932023.
  22. Lisa Smedman (February 2005). Extinction (Mass Market Paperback). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3596-0.
  23. Paul S. Kemp (February 2006). Resurrection (Mass Market Paperback). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3981-8.
  24. Lisa Smedman (February 2005). Extinction (Mass Market Paperback), p. 284-286. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3596-0.

Further Reading Edit


Dead Deities of Toril
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The Dark Seldarine
The drow pantheon
Lolth
Dead Powers
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Ex-members
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