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Liriel Baenre
Basic Information
Aliases Liriel Vandree[1]
Home Hlammach, Impiltur (as of ca. 1371 DR)[2]
Former home(s) Menzoberranzan (originally)[3]
Gender Female[4]
Race Drow[4]
Age 49 in 1371 DR[5]
Patron deity Mystra[2]
Eilistraee (briefly)
Lolth (former)
Known language(s) Common[4], Draonic[4], Drow[4], Elven[4], Goblin[4], Giant[4], Undercommon[2]
Dates
Born 1322 DR [5]
Rules Information
Alignment Neutral good[4]
Chaotic neutral[3] (formerly)

3rd Edition Statistics[4]
Class
Fighter 1
Cleric 3
Wizard 11

2nd Edition Statistics[3]
Class
Wizard 10
Fighter 13

Liriel Baenre (born Liriel Vandree) was a rogue drow mage, fighter, and former priestess of Lolth who was a noble of House Baenre, the first house of Menzoberranzan.[3] She was forced to flee Menzoberranzan when she obtained the Windwalker amulet and began traveling with Fyodor.[6]

DescriptionEdit

Liriel was described as slender and delicate, with a height of 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m).[7] Like most drow, she had black skin and thick white hair. Her eyes were unusual -- the color of amber -- and revealed her intelligence and fondness for mischief. Her face was expressive and often flickered from one emotion to the next.[8] She was described as one of the most beautiful drow females in Menzoberranzan.[9]

In Menzoberranzan, she was fond of fancy dresses.[10] In Skullport, she wore a piwafwi, tight black leathers and black chainmail.[11]

PersonalityEdit

Liriel had a sardonic and witty personality, with a fondness for practical jokes.[6] The rare moments where she adopts a serious demeanour is when she is in combat and is forced to become the a deadly warrior-mage.[12]

AbilitiesEdit

Skilled in the arts of both magical and melee combat, Liriel was as ruthless in combat as any other drow. She was especially fond of using throwing spiders as dangerous missile weapons.[12]

PossessionsEdit

Liriel was typically garbed in the signature piwafwi and elven boots of the drow, she also carried throwing spiders for battle.[12] Among her more unique items was her father's Book of Portals which had potent teleportation abilities, and her ring of water breathing.[4]

HistoryEdit

RelativesEdit

Liriel was born in 1322 DR.[5] Liriel is the only known daughter of Gromph Baenre, archmage of Menzoberranzan.[13] Her mother was Sosdrielle Vandree.[1] Drow almost always trace their descent matrilineally, but Gromph recognized Liriel's magical potential when she was a child, and killed her mother in order to be able to take her into House Baenre. This was possible because Gromph had a much higher station in Menzoberranzan than the typical male drow.[14]

ChildhoodEdit

At the age of five,[15] Liriel was placed by Gromph under the magical instruction of Xandra Shobalar, but Xandra was told to keep this a secret.[13] She excelled at her studies immediately and in a few years she had outgrown the ability of all of her peers, inciting the envy of Xandra.[15] She shared a bedroom with Xandra's daughter, Bythnara Shobalar[16], whom she later killed by pushing into a lake of pyrimo flesh-eating fish after Bythnara made an attempt on Liriel's life.[17] (Syzwick witnessed the murder but his life was spared when he swore never to speak of it.)

Liriel privately coined the term "the mask" to refer to the facade she displayed when required of her. It was a neutral expression of apparent ignorance designed to hide her true emotions.[18]

The BloodingEdit

In 1348 DR[19] Liriel was given a vial of holding[20] and a pair of boots of elvenkind by Gromph before the Blooding ritual began. [21] When her prey was revealed to be the human wizard Tresk Mulander, she refused to take part in the ritual, believing that she should face a more monstrous creature, but both Xandra and her mother, Hinkutes'nat Alar Shobalar, insisted.[22] It was at this moment that Liriel realized Xandra wanted her dead. Xandra also gave her the key to the amulet of containment around Tresk's neck, although she did not explain its function.[23]

Liriel was caught by surprise by Tresk and a magical battle ensued, but she soon came to realize that he was only using drow magic and that he knew a great deal about drow tactics. Liriel was able to cast a spell to disrupt Tresk's piwafwi, proof to her that Tresk had been equipped. When he summoned a darkenbeast from a concealed mole on his body, Liriel was forced to use much of her magical strength against it, after which she capitulated. She threw the key to Tresk, which she had placed in the vial of holding. Tresk opened the vial without realizing what it was and became imprisoned within. Liriel returned to Menzoberranzan where she smashed the vial, unleashing Tresk, who attacked Xandra. She slew Tresk but not without suffering a deep wound to her face. Although Xandra tried to claim that the Blooding had not been fulfilled because Liriel had brought back Tresk alive, Liriel's argument was that she had been entitled to use whatever weapon she preferred to kill Tresk, and she had used Xandra as a weapon. This view was upheld by Hinkutes'nat, and Liriel was accepted as having fulfilled the Blooding.[24]

Escape from MenzoberranzanEdit

Because Liriel's father was the power Archmage of Menzoberranzan, Liriel was able to avoid the priestess academy of Arach-Tinilith for many years. However, Matron Mother Triel Baenre, seeking new priestesses to strengthen her house, forced her to enroll in 1361 DR.[25]. Liriel was ahead in many of the subjects she studied (except religion) and soon found the restrictions of Arach-Tinilith too binding, not to mention boring, even after Triel ordered her teachers to advance her to high priestess status as quickly as possible.[26] She spent her free time playing pranks on her rival, Shakti Hunzrin, and escaping the city whenever possible.

Using a book given to her by her father,[27] Liriel traveled to the surface lands where she met drow followers (including Ysolde[28] and Qilue Veladorn[29]) of Eilistraee, the Dark Maiden of benevolent drow. Her desire to return to the surface increased, but she feared being unable to use her drow magic. She believed that an artifact called the Windwalker could help her keep her magic. Coincidentally, this was the same artifact sought by Fyodor of Rashemen to control his out-of-control beserker rages. The artifact was obtained by the Vhaeraunite merchant-turned-mercenary band the Dragon's Hoard, led by Nisstyre, but Liriel subsequently retrieved it and later lost it again to Nisstyre. Liriel -- a powerful mage, warrior, and ex-priestess of Lolth -- led a struggle against them with the help of her friends, Fyodor, the mutant two-headed deep dragon Zz'Pzora, and the Eilistraeean forces of Qilué Veladorn.[6]

Journey to RuathymEdit

After defeating the Dragon's Hoard, Liriel and Fyodor headed for Ruathym, where she believed she could find Yggdrasil's Child to unlock the power held in the Windwalker. She freed Hrolf the Unruly from his prison in Skullport so that he could take them on his ship, the Elfmaid, to his homeland. While onboard the ship, they intercepted the Cutter, a seal-hunting ship carrying barrels of pickled sea elves they had found on another ship and were carrying to the authorities. Hrolf was so upset at the travesty, however, he scuttled the ship without asking questions and set the crew adrift.[30] On the Elfmaid, Liriel made a tentative friendship with the sea elf Xzorsh and continued to worship Lolth and draw on her goddess's powers, even transporting the ship through the Abyss at one point.[31]

When the ship reached Ruathym, Liriel stayed at the home of Hrolf, who had taken her in as his own daughter. She saved village of Hastor from a sahuagin attack; Glammad, the First Axe of Hastor; accepted Liriel as one of their own.[32] He even offered to yield leadership to Liriel, despite her being a dark elf female.[33] She helped to uncover the conspiracy of the Kraken Society and the Luskan High Captains, solve the mystery of the missing Ruathen, and defeat the ruler of Ascarle and set its prisoners free.[30]

At the urging of Fyodor, Liriel finally rejected Lolth, but only after she witnessed the overwhelming power of becoming an avatar (zedrinset) of Lolth. That was not the end of the story between her and her evil goddess.[34]

Journey to RashemenEdit

Liriel and Fyodor traveled to Rashemen to return the Windwalker to Fyodor's people. They initially sought help from Qilue Veladorn at the Promenade of the Dark Maiden, but when Qilue attempted to use magic to speed their journey along, Liriel inadvertently allowed Lolth's influence past the wards on the temple, making Qilue very angry.[35] They nevertheless were teleported to the Highforest, where they ran into the Wildwinds Coven of Eilistraee and Thorn, a lythari Moonhunter keeping an eye on Fyodor at the behest of his grandmother, Zofia. Thorn transported the two through moonbeams (during which Liriel had to remain asleep) to Rashemen, where Liriel killed the wychlaran Fraeni. Frightened of the consequences, she used the Mask of Danigar to appear as (deceased) Sylune, the sister of Qilue. She was met by the wychlaran of Dernovia, led by Zofia, and taken back to the village.[36]

After some time in the village, Sharlarra Vendreth, who had learned of Liriel's plight from her master, Khelben "Blackstaff" Arunsun, showed up. It was reported that drow were hiding in the Warrens nearby. Liriel and her allies met the drow force, led by Gorlist, the son of Nisstyre, with the Red Wizard Merdrith, deathsinger Brindlor Zidorion, and Shakti Hunzrin in tow. They were defeated, but in the battle, Fyodor was mortally wounded.[37] However, Liriel succesfully used the Windwalker to release the spirits of Rashemen, destroying the artifact in the process. Sylune appeared, revealing her approval.[38]

After RashemenEdit

For at least ten years after the events in Rashemen, Liriel traveled with Sharlarra and Thorn.[39] Ca. 1371 DR, she was with them in Hlammach, Impiltur, serving as a hired blade for the Impiltur military, a post she had gained in part through the great praise of Jhanyndil of Rashemen. Her skills in the Underdark were helpful to the Warswords that patrolled the tunnels under the Earthspur Mountains, and her ability to speak Undercommon was aiding the possibility of trade with a recently discovered a duergar temple of Laduguer.[2]

While in Hlammach, Thorn was approached by a hunter who recognized her as lythari and wanted her as a trophy. Thorn challenged him to a duel, which was won by Liriel casting a resurrection on the man's dragonhide boots, causing a red dragon to appear and carry the man off.[2]

ReligionEdit

Liriel was trained for a brief time as a priestess of Lolth at Arach-Tinilith, and initially upon acquiring the Windwalker amulet, she had the favor of Lolth, as indicated by the reversion of a statue to her face in the House Baenre temple.[6] However, Liriel later renounced the worship of Lolth. She might have become a priestess of Eilistraee had not events in Windwalker (namely causing the deaths of several Eilistraeens) closed that door to her. She eventually converted to the worship of Mystra and became a lone priestess of her faith. [40] She was particularly interested in achieving greater power in the faith of Mystra for the ability to raise the dead.[2]

RelationshipsEdit

Kharza-kzad XorlarrinEdit

Liriel's chief mentor in Menzoberranzan was Kharza-kzad Xorlarrin, a master of Sorcere. She almost considered him a friend in a way.[6]

Zz'PzoraEdit

The deep dragon Zz'Pzora was Liriel's only friend in the Underdark and Liriel mourned her death in the lair of the Dragon's Hoard.[2][41]

FyodorEdit

Liriel and Fyodor became lovers during their time together.[6] Fyodor also named her his witch (wychlaran).[36] After he was mortally wounded, she aided him along his way, making sure she had his sword with him as his traditions demanded.[37] Ten years later, she still had not gotten over him and found herself unable to love another. She contemplated raising him from the dead, but decided against it.[2]

HrolfEdit

Hrolf essentially adopted Liriel as his own daughter. She mourned his passing greatly.[42] After his death, she magically changed the figurehead on the Elfmaid to an image of him.[43]

AppearancesEdit

Novels and short storiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Elaine Cunningham (November 2003). Rite of Blood (The Best of the Realms). (Wizards of the Coast) ISBN 0-7869-3024-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Elaine Cunningham (May 2007). The Best of the Realms III (Answered Prayers). (Wizards of the Coast) ISBN 0-7869-4288-6.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Eric L. Boyd (1999). Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to the Underdark. (TSR, Inc), p. 64. ISBN 0-7869-1509-9.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 Elaine Cunningham. Character statistics: Liriel Baenre (3rd edition). Retrieved on 2008-12-28.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Elaine Cunningham. What Happened Before Daughter of the Drow?. Retrieved on 2010-1-14.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast) ISBN 978-0786929290.
  7. Elaine Cunningham (May 1998). Tangled Webs. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 176. ISBN 0-7869-0698-7.
  8. Elaine Cunningham (May 1998). Tangled Webs. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 1–2. ISBN 0-7869-0698-7.
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  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Dale Donovan, Paul Culotta (August 1996). Heroes' Lorebook. (TSR, Inc), p. 68. ISBN 0-7869-0412-7.
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  19. Elaine Cunningham. What Happened Before Daughter of the Drow?. Retrieved on 2010-1-14.
  20. Elaine Cunningham (November 2003). Rite of Blood (The Best of the Realms). (Wizards of the Coast) ISBN 0-7869-3024-1.
  21. Elaine Cunningham (November 2003). Rite of Blood (The Best of the Realms). (Wizards of the Coast) ISBN 0-7869-3024-1.
  22. Elaine Cunningham (November 2003). Rite of Blood (The Best of the Realms). (Wizards of the Coast) ISBN 0-7869-3024-1.
  23. Elaine Cunningham (November 2003). Rite of Blood (The Best of the Realms). (Wizards of the Coast) ISBN 0-7869-3024-1.
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  32. Elaine Cunningham (May 1998). Tangled Webs. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 283. ISBN 0-7869-0698-7.
  33. Elaine Cunningham (May 1998). Tangled Webs. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 342. ISBN 0-7869-0698-7.
  34. Elaine Cunningham (May 1998). Tangled Webs. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 335. ISBN 0-7869-0698-7.
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  38. Elaine Cunningham (April 2003). Windwalker (Hardcover). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 329. ISBN 0-7869-2968-5.
  39. Elaine Cunningham. The Best of the Realms Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham. Retrieved on 2014-01-04.
  40. Eric L. Boyd (1999). Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to the Underdark. (TSR, Inc), p. 65. ISBN 0-7869-1509-9.
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  43. Elaine Cunningham (May 1998). Tangled Webs. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 244. ISBN 0-7869-0698-7.

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