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House Melarn was a drow house in Ched Nasad, which fell during the destruction of Ched Nasad during the Silence of Lolth (1372 DR).[5]

HouseEdit

House Melarn's compound was a huge cyst-like bulge on the second-highest level of the city.[6][1]

The waiting room at House Melarn was covered in statues and frescos with motifs of spiders, webs, drow, and musical instruments.[7] There was a broken bust of Mathira Melarn in House Melarn's great hall. [8]

ActivitiesEdit

House Melarn and House Baenre of Menzoberranzan owned the Black Claw Mercantile Company, whose storehouses were operated by House Zauvirr.[9]

House Melarn had a secret family tradition: chosen females studied bae'qeshel bardic magic to become "dark minstrels."[10]

HistoryEdit

Prior to its fall, House Melarn had stood for twenty centuries or more.[11]

In 1372 DR, Matron Mother Ssipriina Zauvirr hired the duergar mercenary band Clan Xornbane to assist in an attempt to destroy House Melarn.[9] Ssipriina took over the Black Claw storehouses, killing Matron Mother Drisinil Melarn.[9] Unfortunately, Clan Xornbane was given the direction to attack House Melarn prematurely, destroying the house with stonefire bombs and causing it to collapse into the city cavern.[3] This contributed to overall chaos in the city, which (as part of a Jaezred Chaulssin plot directed by Zammzt) rapidly destroyed itself.[5]

MembersEdit

Drisinil Melarn
The last matron mother of the house, who was murdered by Clan Xornbane in 1372 DR just before the fall of Ched Nasad.[9]
Jawil Melarn
Halisstra's sister. At one point, Halisstra's sister Jawil pushed her off a ledge after Halisstra won a race.[12] Halisstra later killed after Jawil made an attempt on her life.[13]
Halisstra Melarn
First Daughter of House Melarn, who escaped the destruction with Ched Nasad and joined with Quenthel Baenre to investigate the Silence of Lolth.[14][15] She eventually became Lolth's Lady Penitent.[citation needed]
Mathira Melarn
Sword Dancer of Eilistraee. She wielded the Crescent Blade until her death on the Cold Field, where she remained as a ghost until she passed the blade on to Halisstra in 1372 DR.[8][16]
Norendia Melarn
Halisstra's sister, who killed Halisstra's bard tutor and whom Halisstra killed.[13]
Tellik Melarn
A male of House Melarn in the years immediately before the city fell, who was killed for worshipping Vhaeraun.[citation needed]
Q'arlynd Melarn
The last house wizard.[17] He survived the fall of Ched Nasad and eventually redeemed himself and was freed of the taint of Wendonai and became a Dark elf.[citation needed]
Danifae Yauntyrr
A battle-captive from Eryndlyn. She was not truly a member of the house, but she served Halisstra.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas M. Reid (December 2003). Insurrection. (Wizards of the Coast), p. Map. ISBN 0-7869-3033-0.
  2. Thomas M. Reid (December 2003). Insurrection. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 72. ISBN 0-7869-3033-0.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Thomas M. Reid (December 2003). Insurrection. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 260. ISBN 0-7869-3033-0.
  4. Thomas M. Reid (December 2003). Insurrection. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 27–28. ISBN 0-7869-3033-0.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Thomas M. Reid (December 2003). Insurrection. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3033-0.
  6. Thomas M. Reid (December 2003). Insurrection. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 161. ISBN 0-7869-3033-0.
  7. Thomas M. Reid (December 2003). Insurrection. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 179. ISBN 0-7869-3033-0.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Lisa Smedman (February 2005). Extinction. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 284–286. ISBN 0-7869-3596-0.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Thomas M. Reid (December 2003). Insurrection. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 125. ISBN 0-7869-3033-0.
  10. Richard Baker (May 2003). Condemnation. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 34, 45. ISBN 0786932023.
  11. Richard Baker (May 2003). Condemnation. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 146. ISBN 0786932023.
  12. Lisa Smedman (February 2005). Extinction. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 264. ISBN 0-7869-3596-0.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Lisa Smedman (February 2005). Extinction. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 105. ISBN 0-7869-3596-0.
  14. Thomas M. Reid (December 2003). Insurrection. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 153. ISBN 0-7869-3033-0.
  15. Richard Baker (May 2003). Condemnation. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0786932023.
  16. Lisa Smedman (February 2005). Extinction. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 309. ISBN 0-7869-3596-0.
  17. Thomas M. Reid (December 2003). Insurrection. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 333–335. ISBN 0-7869-3033-0.
  18. Thomas M. Reid (December 2003). Insurrection. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 157–158. ISBN 0-7869-3033-0.

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