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House Melarn was the sixth house of Menzoberranzan by the end of 1484 DR.[7]

HeadquartersEdit

The House Melarn compound was located in Lolth's Web—webs strung hundreds of feet off the cavern floor—in West Wall in Menzoberranzan. It was constructed after the unification of House Horlbar and House Kenafin with the expertise of drow refugees from Ched Nasad. The webs were lined with faerie fire. The compound took the form of a shell, with a shrine to Lolth in the center, nobles' rooms around that, and other living quarters in the outer rings. The compound was guarded by spiders and driders, as well as drow guards.[8]

ActivitiesEdit

House Melarn was known as one of the Menzoberranyr houses most fanatical to Lolth.[9] Matron Zhindia Melarn believed such fanaticism, including calling out other houses' apparent blasphemy, would bring Lolth's favor upon her. However, most houses resented House Melarn because of their behavior.[10]

The house was strong militarily, but did not hire outsiders such as Bregan D'aerthe for fears concerning their loyalty.[3]

House Melarn, as well as House Barrison Del'Armgo, was using the abandoned House Do'Urden complex as training grounds for its drow soldiers and driders. The troops were kicked out by Bregan D'aerthe under the command of House Baenre.[11]

HistoryEdit

House Melarn was formed circa 1383 DR by the merging of House Horlbar and House Kenafin.[3] The First Priestess of House Horlbar, Jhelnae Horlbar, had been discovered to be a secret follower of Eilistraee, and so House Tuin'Tarl had targeted the house for destruction. However, Horlbar's ally, House Kenafin, came to Horlbar's defense and the two houses eventually united.[1]" The name was chosen in honor of Halisstra Melarn, a drow/spider demon servant of Lolth formerly of the Ched Nasadan House Melarn.[10]

At the beginning of 1484 DR, House Melarn was the seventh house of Menzoberranzan. After House Xorlarrin left for Q'Xorlarrin, they become the sixth house.[7]

MembersEdit

Members of House Melarn were known as the "Melarni."[7] In addition to about 340 drow members, a number of driders served the house. The Melarni were known for their religious zeal; even their male wizards were often obsessed with spiders, becoming arachnomancers. Other elite fighters (male and female) trained to protect priestesses with their lives; these were called Dread Fangs of Halisstra.[10]

Most of the drow were Menzoberranyr; however, there were a number of survivors from the original House Melarn who joined the house.[10]

House Melarn had a number of drider and chitine slaves that labored in Lolth's Web.[4]

Notable membersEdit

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Since House Melarn was not formed until 1383 DR, it's not clear what relation Guldor and Tluth Melarn have to House Melarn.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Brian R. James, Eric Menge (August 2012). Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 48. ISBN 978-0786960361.
  2. R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 60. ISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Brian R. James, Eric Menge (August 2012). Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 50. ISBN 978-0786960361.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Brian R. James, Eric Menge (August 2012). Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 96. ISBN 978-0786960361.
  5. R.A. Salvatore (September 2014). Rise of the King. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 64. ISBN 0-7869-6515-0.
  6. R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 61. ISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 304. ISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
  8. Brian R. James, Eric Menge (August 2012). Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 49–50. ISBN 978-0786960361.
  9. R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 89. ISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Brian R. James, Eric Menge (August 2012). Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 49. ISBN 978-0786960361.
  11. R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 93–94. ISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
  12. R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 238–239. ISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
  13. R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 25. ISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
  14. James Wyatt and Logan Bonner (August 2012). Council of Spiders. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 4.
  15. Brian R. James, Eric Menge (August 2012). Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 51. ISBN 978-0786960361.
  16. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 344. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  17. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 175. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.

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