Tomphael Arkenrret was a mature adult drow-dragon (draa'zekyl), who held the tile of Patron Father of Eryndlyn among the Jaezred Chaulssin.[3] After the Silence of Lolth, he became the direct superior of Nimor Imphraezl.[4]


In his drow form, his appearance was that of a slender drow in wizard robes, which looked rakish.[5] In his dragon-form, he was a mature adult shadow dragon.[3]


He was first and foremost a cautious pragmatist.[6] He preferred steadily pooling his strength, so he could conduct decisive strikes at the right opportunity, over taking risky actions.[7] In the eyes of Nimor Imphraezl, Tomphael's cautiousness bordered on cowardice,[5] and the older dragon was aware of the young one's evaluation of him.[6]


Tomphael was the Patron Father of the major fosterage in Eryndlyn,[3] which was constructed around the time of 1136 DR.[8] Under him, the Jaezred Chaulssin managed to bring the drow of the church of Vhaeraun and those from Ghaunadaur's under a single banner during the Silence of Lolth, so they were able to destroy the power of Lolth in their city. They succeeded.[9]

In the post-Spellplague era, the major fosterage in Eryndlyn was still in existence,[10] despite most of Eryndlyn's citizens having left it before the Spellplague turned their city into a spellcave.[11]


As mentioned above, he was the head of the fosterage in Eryndlyn.[3]

After his failure at subduing Menzoberranzan, Nimor Imphraezl got demoted and assigned as Tomphael's direct subordinate. Tomphael became something of a mentor-figure to the young assassin. Through a discussion with Tomphael, Nimor understood the value of steady work and to move at full strength when the opportunity presented itself. Tomphael bolstered the demoted assassin's confidence by ensuring that new opportunities would arise and that re-promotion wasn't barred to him, when he learned to act properly on an opportunity.[12]


Tomphael was a mature adult drow-dragon.[3] He had a resistance against magic and against non-magical physical attacks and complete immunity against life-sapping attacks. He could cast the dimension door and mirror image spells, as well as the shadow dragons' breath weapon. He also possessed the ability to hide into shadows.[13]

Like the other drow-dragons, he trained himself in additional skills instead of fully relying on his inborn powers.[14] In his case, he trained in the skills of an assassin and those of a wizard.[3]

While he an assassin by trade and training, his skill at it fulfilled only the bare minimum needed to meet the requirements to be a member of the Jaezred Chaulssin.[3]

His true strength lay with his magic. While he had impressive magical skill and power as a wizard, what was interesting about him wasn't the strength but the variety of arcane power he wielded. He was primarily a wizard,[3] but his dragon nature gave him the magic of a sorcerer,[13] and as an assassin, he also gained minor additional magic from there.[15]


Like any other Patron Father, he owned a residence in his fosterage in Eryndlyn,[3] where he and his people lived under the guise of minor nobility, and in Chaulssin,[1] the main base of the assassins' guild, where the majority of his harem was found.[16]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Eric L. Boyd (2006-09-13). Dragons of Faerûn, Part 1 Roll Call of Dragons (PDF). Dragons of Faerûn. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-03-13.
  2. Eric L. Boyd (2007-04-25). City of Wyrmshadows (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 5. Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Eric L. Boyd (2007-04-25). City of Wyrmshadows (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 6. Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
  4. Philip Athans (August 2005). Annihilation. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3752-1.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Richard Baker (May 2003). Condemnation. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 10. ISBN 0786932023.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Philip Athans (August 2005). Annihilation. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3752-1.
  7. Philip Athans (August 2005). Annihilation. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3752-1.
  8. Eric L. Boyd (2007-04-25). City of Wyrmshadows (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 3. Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
  9. Eric L. Boyd (2007-04-25). City of Wyrmshadows (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 4. Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
  10. Brian R. James, Eric Menge (August 2012). Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 71. ISBN 978-0786960361.
  11. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 233. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  12. Philip Athans (August 2005). Annihilation. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3752-1.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Andy Collins, James Wyatt, and Skip Williams (November 2003). Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 191–192. ISBN 0-7869-2884-0.
  14. Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 44. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
  15. Monte Cook, Jonathan Tweet, Skip Williams (July 2003). Dungeon Master's Guide 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 180–181. ISBN 0-7869-2889-1.
  16. Eric L. Boyd (2007-04-25). City of Wyrmshadows (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 2. Retrieved on 2009-10-07.

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