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Vhaeraun (Vay-rawn), also known as the Masked Lord and the Masked God of Night, was the drow god of thievery, drow males, and evil activity on the surface world. His worshipers included assassins, male drow and half-drow, poisoners, shadowdancers, rogues, and thieves. Vhaeraun resided in the Demonweb Pits, where he had a territory permitted to him by Lolth, although the two entities, mother and son, were opposed to each other.[citation needed]


Vhaeraun appeared as a black-masked (or purple-masked[10]) male drow that was masked in shadows, had a short sword and dagger, and wore leather armor and cloak. He had long white hair highlighted with red. He spoke High Drow. When he appeared to Inthracis in 1373 DR, he was missing a hand.[11]


The church of Vhaeraun was loosely organized, mainly due to persecution from the priestesses of Lolth who ruled over the majority of the drow race. Vhaeraun's clergy was almost entirely male, and they practiced a passive opposition to Lolth. Aside from that, Vhaeraun strove to reclaim the surface world from which he was forced to flee. This led to frequent conflicts with the clerics of Eilistraee, benevolent drow who strove to live in peace with the surface folk.[citation needed]

Some priests of Vhaeraun advocated unity of the elven races in order to more easily dominate the surface world. Some, however, viewed this as heresy.[citation needed]

Priests often wore ceremonial veils of black silk.[12]


House Jaelre

House Jaelre was formerly a drow house of Menzoberranzan, driven away from the city for being a house of heretics. They roamed the Underdark for many years. In 1372 DR, they were based in Minauthkeep, an abandoned elven fort in the forest of Cormanthor on the surface world.[13]

Jaezred Chaulssin

The Jaezred Chaulssin were a patriarchal house of skilled assassins. Their goal was to rid the drow of the tyrannical rule of Lolth and her priestesses. They were "based" in the ruined drow city of Chaulssin, from which they got their name. In truth, they only visited Chaulssin to hold secret counsels. Members were actually spread throughout most of the Underdark, with agents in most major drow cities. During the Silence of Lolth in 1372 and 1373 DR, the Jaezred Chaulssin instigated a number of rebellions in drow cities in an attempt to overthrow the Lolthite priestesses. Their actions led to the Siege of Menzoberranzan, the destruction of Ched Nasad, and the restructure of society in a number of other cities, including Eryndlyn and Maerimydra.[14]

Dragon's Hoard

The Dragon's Hoard was a merchant band led by Nisstyre of Ched Nasad that formed a small community in the High Forest. Their main base, however, was located in the deep dragon Pharx's lair in the notorious trade city of Skullport beneath the great human city of Waterdeep. The band was involved in the slave trade in Skullport and were almost completely obliterated in 1361 DR by a group of Eilistraeean followers led by Qilué Veladorn. Assisting this group of Eilistraeen followers were Liriel Baenre and her human companion, Fyodor of Rashemen.[15]


Vhaeraun and Selvetarm Do Battle

Vhaeraun and his son, Selvetarm, dueling

Vhaeraun was fiercely opposed by his son Selvetarm, who resented Vhaeraun's machinations. They fought during the Silence of Lolth as Vhaeraun sought to destroy Lolth in her weakened state.[16]

Vhaeraun enjoyed a working relationship with Mask, Shar, and Talona.[citation needed]

Vhaeraun was known as the Sly Savage to the followers of Eilistraee.[17]


Vhaeraun was the son of Corellon Larethian and Lolth and the brother of Eilistraee. He was cast out of the elven pantheon, along with his mother, after their betrayal was discovered.[citation needed]

In 1372 DR, during the War of the Spider Queen, the drow of Menzoberranzan sent a contingent to Lolth's Demonweb Pits where they discovered Lolth defenseless. Their guide summoned his god Vhaeraun to attack the defenseless Lolth, but Selvetarm appeared and in the ensuing battle they both fell off the web and plummeted into the darkness below.[16]

Vhaeraun was later (Nightal 20, 1375 DR[1]) killed by his sister, Eilistraee, when he attempted to enter her realm and assassinate her. His portfolio was taken by her at that time.[18]

After the Sundering (circa 1489 DR), Vhaeraun and Eilistraee were alive again, as separate entities. Both siblings made their return be known, manifesting through their avatars to their followers, who enthusiastically spread the world. However, the power and conditions of the two deities, or what move were they planning next remained unknown.[19][20]

Notable followers of VhaeraunEdit






External linksEdit


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 23, 108. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  3. Ed Greenwood/The Hooded One (2015-04-17). Questions for Ed Greenwood (2015). Candlekeep Forum.
  4. Ed Greenwood (July 1991). The Drow of the Underdark. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 1-56076-132-6.
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  6. Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 36, 37. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  7. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  8. Ed Greenwood/The Hooded One (2015-04-16). Questions for Ed Greenwood (2015). Candlekeep Forum.
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  11. Paul S. Kemp (February 2006). Resurrection. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 8–11. ISBN 0-7869-3981-8.
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  13. Richard Baker (May 2003). Condemnation. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0786932023.
  14. Eric L. Boyd (2007-04-25). City of Wyrmshadows (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0786929290.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Warning: edition not specified for Condemnation
  17. Ed Greenwood (2004). Silverfall. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 66. ISBN 0-7869-3572-3.
  18. Lisa Smedman (January 2007). Sacrifice of the Widow. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-4250-9.
  19. The Hooded One (2015-04-17). Questions for Ed Greenwood (2015). Candlekeep Forum.
  20. Ed Greenwood/The Hooded One (2015-04-16). Questions for Ed Greenwood (2015). Candlekeep Forum.
  21. Eric L. Boyd (2007-04-25). City of Wyrmshadows (Zipped PDF) p. 5-6. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
  22. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 212. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  23. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 299. ISBN 978-0786929290.
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