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Depiction of the family emblem of House Do'Urden
House Do'Urden
Basic Information
Alias(es) Daermon N'a'shezbaernon[1]
Base of operations West Wall, Menzoberranzan, Northdark[1]
Leader(s) Malice Do'Urden (918 DR-1339 DR)[2]
Disbanded 1339 DR[2]; reformed 1484 DR[3]
Membership
Members 1297 DR: 21 nobles (4 high priestesses, 8 priestesses, 7 warriors, 2 wizards), 350 soldiers, 350 slaves[1]
Race(s) Drow
Relationships
Allegiances House Baenre[2]
Enemies House Hun'ett, House Fey-Branche[2]

Members of House Do'Urden

House Do'Urden, also known by its ancient and formal name, Daermon N'a'shezbaernon,[1] was a drow house of Menzoberranzan. Upon its destruction in 1339 DR, it was the Eighth House.[4] The house was reformed as the Eighth House in 1484 DR by Matron Quenthel Baenre.[3]

HeadquartersEdit

The Do'Urden compound was located in the district of West Wall in Menzoberranzan. It was in fact built into the wall, with stalagmites forming the posts for the main gate.[2]

The two-level cave complex housed most of the house's residents. The first level featured a maze of tunnels, residences, training grounds, and a two-story chapel along the back wall. Not stairs led to the upper level, restricting entrance only to nobles (who had levitation abilities), who could enter through the chapel or front balcony.[2]

The ruling family lived within a set of suites on the upper level. The patron lived in a two-room suite and the weapon master's three-room suite included private quarters, a training area, and the house's war room.[2]

HistoryEdit

Rise of House Do'UrdenEdit

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House Glyph of House Do'Urden

House Do'Urden was ranked Tenth House in the city until 1297 DR. In that year, the day on which Drizzt Do'Urden was born to Matron Mother Malice Do'Urden, House Do'Urden attacked House DeVir, the Fourth House. Using the power involved in Drizzt's birth, Malice and her priestesses were able to create a spell capable of defeating House DeVir. With this defeat House Do'Urden became the Ninth House.[5]

House Do'Urden was favored by the ruling House Baenre, and therefore by Lolth, for many years. However, during a surface raid, Drizzt saved the life of an elven child (Ellifain), and House Do'Urden lost the favor of Lolth. Other houses discovered the house's fall from grace, and in 1328 DR House Hun'ett began its attack on House Do'Urden. To regain Lolth's favor, Malice sacrificed Zaknafein Do'Urden, the father of Drizzt. This action was the "last straw" that led to Drizzt deserting Menzoberranzan and wandering the Underdark for a decade. During that decade, House Do'Urden and House Hun'ett continued to feud, neither having the favor of Lolth and each weakening the other but never to its success.[5][4]

DestructionEdit

In 1338 DR, House Hun'ett hired Bregan D'aerthe to launch a full-on frontal assault on House Do'Urden. However, Malice entreated Jarlaxle, the band's leader, with a better offer and Bregan D'aerthe turned on House Hun'ett. House Do'Urden won the day and became the Eighth House of Menzoberranzan. However, due the weakened state of House Do'Urden, Matron Yvonnel Baenre ordered SiNafay Hun'ett, formerly the matron of House Hun'ett, to become a priestess of House Do'Urden under the name Shi'nayne Do'Urden. Baenre also insisted that House Do'Urden take care of the renegade Drizzt in order to reobtain Lolth's favor.[4]

Drizzt's siblings Briza and Dinin tracked down their rogue brother in the wilds of the Underdark but failed to bring him home or kill him. Malice took her biggest risk and summoned zin-carla, a spirit-wraith, to hunt down Drizzt. To gain the power to do this, she sacrificed SiNafay at the altar and used the long-dead body of Zaknafein to be zin-carla's host. However, during his trek to hunt down Drizzt, the mind and senses of Zaknafein returned enough for him to jump into an acid pit in order to save his son. Thus, zin-carla failed and Drizzt was not captured; Lolth's favor was lost forevermore. Briza killed her mother for her failure and attempted to take over the house, but House Baenre moved in to destroy House Do'Urden on behalf of Lolth. Vierna Do'Urden and Dinin Do'Urden were taken in by Bregan D'aerthe and survived.[4]

Legacy of the DrowEdit

In 1357 DR, Vierna tried to rebuild House Do'Urden by attempting to kill Drizzt. With the help of Bregan D'aerthe and Dinin (whom she turned into a drider), she attacked Mithral Hall. During the attack, Bruenor Battlehammer slew Dinin and Drizzt slew Vierna, leaving Drizzt as the last known surviving Do'Urden.[6]

ReconstructionEdit

By 1484 DR, soldiers and driders of House Melarn, as well as soldiers of House Barrison Del'Armgo, were using the abandoned Do'Urden compound as a training ground.[7] That year, Bregan D'aerthe soldiers, led by Jarlaxle (named Captain of the Guard[8]), were hired by House Baenre to clear the compound in preparation for the reconstruction and restoration of House Do'Urden as part of Matron Mother Quenthel Baenre's plans to conquer the Silver Marches.[9][10]

To form the house membership, Quenthel selected a number of drow from other houses, starting with her own sister, Sos'Umptu Baenre, to serve as temporary matron mother. Sos'Umptu was quickly replaced by Dahlia Sin'felle after her capture and corruption at the hands of Gromph Baenre and Methil El-Viddenvelp. Tiago Baenre was to serve as house weapon master after his return to Menzoberranzan. Tos'un Armgo, recently returned from the surface with his daughter, was to serve as house patron. The house's garrison and foot soldiers were taken from Bregan D'aerthe, supported by House Baenre. The house was given a position on the Ruling Council as the Eighth House.[3]

Notable membersEdit

Pre-destruction (prior to 1338 DR)Edit

Post-reconstruction (1484 DR)Edit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Brian R. James, Eric Menge (August 2012). Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue, p. 39. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0786960361.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Brian R. James, Eric Menge (August 2012). Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue, p. 40. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0786960361.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter (Hardcover). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 R.A. Salvatore (December 2004). Exile. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3126-4.
  5. 5.0 5.1 R.A. Salvatore (March 2004). Homeland. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3123-X.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 R.A. Salvatore (November 2005). The Legacy (reissued). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3984-2.
  7. R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter (Hardcover), p. 303. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
  8. 8.0 8.1 R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter (Hardcover), p. 230. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
  9. R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter (Hardcover), p. 109. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
  10. R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter (Hardcover), p. 306-307. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Brian R. James, Eric Menge (August 2012). Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue, p. 41. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0786960361.
  12. Ed Greenwood (1992). Menzoberranzan (The House Do'Urden Retrospective), p. 5. TSR, IncISBN 1-5607-6460-0.
  13. R.A. Salvatore (May 1999). Sojourn. Wizards of the CoastISBN 1-5607-6047-8.
  14. R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter (Hardcover), p. 238. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
  15. R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter (Hardcover), p. 240. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
  16. R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter (Hardcover), p. 239. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
  17. R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter (Hardcover), p. 380. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-6511-8.

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