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Eryndlyn was a drow city of more than sixty thousand in the Upper Underdark.[1]


Eryndlyn was located in caves beneath the High Moor in the Upperdark. Eryndlyn dominated the northern Undermoor tunnels; the southern tunnels were home to derro and illithids.[1]


The limestone cavern of the city was dome shaped and more than two miles in diameter. A shallow lake lies in the center of the cavern was fed by two freshwater rivers and drained by a third. The rivers left large plateaus upon which the drow dwelt; slaves often dwelt in caves along the shores of the lake.[1]

The city's three plateaus were each dominated by one of three religious cults: Lolthites held the largest plateau, located on the western side of the city. Vhaeraunites dwelt on the northeastern plateau, and the southeastern plateau (which was often flooded) was home to followers of Ghaunadaur.[1]



Eryndlyn was founded by drow seeking to reclaim the ancient elven realm of Miyeritar. They were not particularly religious, so unlike many other drow cities, Eryndlyn was not devoted to one particular deity. However, as merchant clans grew to dominate the leadership of the city, cults to Ghaunadaur, Lolth, and Vhaeraun sprang up in an attempt to gain power. Each cult eventually consolidated their followers to one of the plateaus.[1]

Circa 1362 DR, House Yauntyrr was attacked and defeated.[2] Many members of the house were killed; others were taken in by Ched Nasad's houses (such as Danifae Yauntyrr, who became a battle captive to Halisstra Melarn) and yet other survivors fled into the Underdark.[3] Zinnirit Yauntyrr, the house wizard, escaped to Sschindylryn, where he began operating a three-portal gatehouse until his death in 1373 DR.[4]

Silence of LolthEdit

The Jaezred Chaulssin established a hidden fosterage in the city.[5] During the Silence of Lolth (1372-1373 DR) the members of Jaezred Chaulssin brought the worshipers of Vhaeraun and Ghaunadaur together and helped to unite them against the weakening worshipers of Lolth.[6][7] They decimated the followers of the Spider Queen drastically, leaving the western plateau in ruins.[8]

The followers of Kiaransalee attempted to gain a foothold in the city, but as of 1372 DR they had counted a few outlaw drow among their number.[8]


The Spellplague destroyed Eryndlyn, leaving it a blasted ruin. Duergar from Gracklstugh began reporting earthquakes and explosions from the ruin in the area adjoining the city known as the Spellcaves - a cavern full of wild magic since Eryndlyn's destruction. Lolth, in the form of Danifae Yauntyrr, tried to use the Spellcaves as a focus to merge herself with the Demon Weave in 1485 DR, thereby becoming the new goddess of arcane magic, but the attempt failed and instead Mystra, thought dead for an entire century, appeared and warped the Demon Weave into a form more akin with her original Weave.[9]


In addition to the drow, there were many orc, goblin, and troll slaves.[1]


Eryndlyn's merchants traveled far and even traded with surface merchants along the Sword Coast.[1]

Notable locationsEdit

The Five Pillars 
As the name implies, this was a plaza surrounding five pillars somewhere in the center of the city.[10]

Notable inhabitantsEdit


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Eric L. Boyd (1999). Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to the Underdark. (TSR, Inc), pp. 47–48. ISBN 0-7869-1509-9.
  2. Richard Baker (May 2003). Condemnation. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 43. ISBN 0786932023.
  3. Philip Athans (August 2005). Annihilation. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3752-1.
  4. Philip Athans (August 2005). Annihilation. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3752-1.
  5. Eric L. Boyd (2007-04-25). City of Wyrmshadows (Zipped PDF) p. 3. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
  6. Eric L. Boyd (2007-04-25). City of Wyrmshadows (Zipped PDF) p. 4. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
  7. Richard Baker (May 2003). Condemnation. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 11. ISBN 0786932023.
  8. 8.0 8.1 James Wyatt (2002-02-06). City of the Spider Queen Web Enhancement (Zipped PDF) p. 9-10. Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Shawn Merwin, Steve Townshend and James Wyatt (August 2012). War of Everlasting Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 64.
  10. Lisa Smedman (February 2005). Extinction. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 171. ISBN 0-7869-3596-0.
  11. Thomas M. Reid (December 2003). Insurrection. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 157–158. ISBN 0-7869-3033-0.
  12. Philip Athans (August 2005). Annihilation. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3752-1.

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