- Nether summoning
- Traditional summoning
- Earth Affinity
- Diva'ratrika - Mother
- Khaless - Protector Twin
- Sarv'swati - Sister
- Zala'ess - Sister
- Sil'lice - Sister
- Nishi'kanta - Sister
- Ashu'athama - Brother
- Mel'arnach - Mate
- Kalki - Daughter
- has mastered the art of Char spirit summoning
Snadhya'rune is the eldest daughter of Empress Diva'ratrika Val'Sharen. She is the headmistress of the Orthorbbae and an incredibly powerful summoner. She is the leader of the Nidraa'chal faction and the mastermind behind their rise to power.
Snadhya'rune orchestrated the silent assassination of her mother, Val'Sharess Diva'ratrika. She and her sisters rule the Vel'Sharen clan and by extension the whole of Chel'el'Sussoloth. She is actually one of the most powerful leaders of the Nidraa'chal, one who controls the Nidavellir city of Felde and the surface colony [[Ys]. She is a frequent lover of Mel'arnach Val'Sarghress.
- 1 Appearance and Personality
- 2 Biography - Background
- 3 Biography - Arc I
- 4 Biography - Arc II
- 5 Notable Quotes
- 6 Character Concept
Appearance and Personality
Snadhya'rune is manipulative and political in her endeavors. She would rather pull the strings behind the scenes than get her own hands dirty, and she is very good at convincing people to do what she wants. That being said, she is known to be one of the most powerful summoners in Chel'el'Sussoloth and an incredibly learned user of the mana arts. Like her mother, she is stubborn, ambitious and unyielding, but above all else she is ferocious in her pursuit of power and control.
Snadhya'rune is a revolutionary that believes that the traditions of the overworld ought to be banished for good. When fae moved to the underworld, they became drow, and Snadhya believes firmly that drow should be ruled by drow - not visions of Sharess passed down from earlier generations. To this end she is willing to do anything, and sees demons as a valuable tool for achieving her goals. She views tainting and demonology as the best chance drow have at surviving and hopes to convert the entire race into the evolved Ver'drowendar to ensure their survival and supremacy.
She toys readily with the loyalties she forms, and it is never clear who Snadhya'rune is being honest with. She appears to genuinely care for her lover, Mel'arnach Val'Sarghress, but even this could be another of her machinations. To Snadhya, the ends will always justify the means, and she does not care who she has to crush to achieve her ambitious goals.
Snadhya'rune is tall and regal. She usually wears luxurious long robes and dresses in varying shades of light purple adorned with white fur. She is almost never seen without her summoning gauntlet and crown, which bears five purple gems. Her hair is long and naturally a deep purple hue. Her eyes were purple before she was tainted.
Biography - Background
Daughter of Diva'ratrika
Snadhya'rune is the eldest of five sisters born to Val'Sharess Diva'ratrika Val'Sharen, the empress of Chel'el'Sussoloth. She and her mother did not always see eye to eye, and Snadhya'rune often felt stifled under Diva'ratrika's stubborn demands that she bear children for the clan. She preferred taking female mates, and during her time as a teacher at Orthorbbae she became fond of Mel'arnach Val'Sarghress. The pair became close, but as elder daughters to two staunchly rivaled clans they had to continue their love in secret.
Diva'ratrika continued to demand heirs, and Snadhya'rune refused. Desiring than any child of her own be free from Diva'ratrika's rule, she secretly met with the Val'Jaal'darya and arranged to produce a child outside of the womb. She requested that Mel'arnach be made the father, but kept Mel in the dark about her plans. After they procured an egg from Mel, they grew a baby for Snadhya'rune in secret. Snadhya named the baby girl Kalki and raised her while Mel'arnach herself remained in captivity in the halls of her own clan.
Rise of the Nidraa'chal
Snadhya was studying under the then-headmistress of the Ortorbbae, Sha'sana. Together they were researching demons and other aspects of working with nether, looking for ways to protect the drow race from the apocalyptic demon threat that had almost wiped out all fae races years prior. They developed the procedures that became modern tainting techniques by seeding a fae's aura with weak demons. At some point during her research she reached out to the Vloz'ress, who at the time were simply a small group of families that focused on studying nether. Their expertise would have been invaluable to Snadhya'rune's own studies, but their leader, Ven'ndia, refused to help when she heard Snadhya's proposals. Snadhya'rune retaliated by sending an imperial force to wipe the nether cult off the map, but the Vloz were saved by the uncanny powers of the young Kharla'ggen. Rather than wiping the clan out for good, it gave them the needed shift in power to rise to great clan status.
As Snadhya'rune continued her research without the help of the Vloz'ress, her protector twin Khaless tragically lost her mind to a particularly strong demon. In the process, she became an incredibly powerful Vel'akar that still served as Snadhya's sister. The initial loss was hard for Snadhya, but Khaless became an incredibly powerful ally in her pursuits.
Meanwhile, Diva'ratrika and the majority of the population feared these new tainting techniques. It wasn't long before those that made use of them banded together to form the Nidraa'chal, a minor clan in its own right that focused on evolution of the drow races to Ver'drowendar - drow bearing the seed of a demon in their aura. Unbeknownst to the Val'Sharess, Snadhya'rune was the one who founded the Nidraa'chal as a secret organization meant to infiltrate every seat of power in Chel. Seeing tainting and demonology as the future of drowkind, Snadhya'rune tainted herself and installed her daughter Kalki as a leader within the Nidraa'chal. She convinced her sisters Zala'ess and Sarv'swati to join her cause, and they too underwent a tainting procedure. Their remaining sisters, Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta, were loyal to Diva'ratrika and refused to submit to the taint willingly.
As the Nidraa'chal's numbers grew under Diva'ratrika's blind eye, the nether-based clan began to grow bold. They started attacking other clans without warning and used tactics that were heavily damaging to the civilian population. With open battles breaking out in the streets, Diva'ratrika began to organize a war effort against the Nidraa'chal. With the war distracting the bulk of Diva'ratrika's resources, Snadhya, Zala'ess, and Sarv'swati took advantage of their relatively unprotected mother's vulnerability.
They attacked her, forced her into her throne room, and sealed the entrance to leave her to die of starvation. The sisters forcibly tainted Nishi'kanta and framed the assassination attempt on Sil'lice, who was forced into exile. Snadhya and her sisters convinced the public that Diva'ratrika was alive, but in recluse. They took over the major responsibilities of the clan, Snadhya'rune forced Sha'sana to resign as headmistress of Orthorbbae and edged out the Empress' former Overseer Mikilu'ligr Val'Dutan'vir. She became one of the most powerful individuals in Chel and took control of the school for her own purposes. She mandated tainting for anyone taking summoning classes without making public the fact that the procedure she used would shorten the lifespan of those that underwent it. She and her sisters also strongly encouraged tainting for all members of the Val'Sharen clan, converting the clan into a nether-based organisation - the Vel'Sharen.
With the the young Vals of the Orthorbbae and the whole of the imperial clan tainted, Snadhya'rune successfully secured victory for the Nidraa'chal and the Chelian public was none the wiser.
Biography - Arc I
Empress to Be
Snadhya'rune continued her work as headmistress of Orthorbbae while her plans to rule Chel'el'Sussoloth brewed in secret. When a female Val'Sarghress student named Ariel was found attending classes in the boys' section of the school, she became wary of Quain'tana Val'Sarghress' goals. She sent Ariel a peaceful letter requesting politely that she transfer to the girls' school immediately. Ariel and her family decided that she would withdraw from the school entirely rather than transfer into Snadhya'rune's care.
Snadhya'rune heard little from the Val'Sarghress and from her lover Mel'arnach until a few years later, when she sent notice to her lover that the Val'Sarghress fortress was likely to be attacked soon. Mel escaped in the chaos with her guard Lulianne, and the pair met Kalki in Snadhya's mansion on the edge of the Rebuilt District. Kalki brought them to the Orthorbbae to see Snadhya'rune, and the lovers warmly reunited. Having been a prisoner of her clan for so long and having no mind for politics, Mel'arnach had no idea who Kalki was, what the Nidraa'chal had done, or what role Snadhya'rune had to play in all of it. As Snadhya filled Mel in and told her that she was Kalki's "father," Mel was stunned and took some time to adjust to the fact that she'd had a child she never even knew.
The were interrupted by Sarv'swati Vel'Sharen, who wanted to speak with Snadhya'rune about Zala'ess' recent actions. Zala had been making obvious bids for power and was endangering the Vel'Sharen's standing with the rest of Chel'el'Sussoloth as she tried to convince the other clans to wage war on the Val'Sarghress. Snadhya advised her to let Zala'ess wage her wars on her own, and when her bloodline and the Val'Sarghress wiped each other out, Sarv'swati herself would be poised to fill the power void and rule the clan. Even though she cared little for Zala'ess and her kin, Sarv still did not like the idea of throwing any Sharen under the bus like Snadhya was proposing. Snadhya reminded her sister that she would only be able to rule the clan effectively when she was alone in the bid for Ill'haress.
She asked Mel if she had any concerns about the planned destruction about the majority of her clan, and Mel'arnach replied that she owed the Val'Sarghress nothing.
Mel'arnach and the Nidraa'chal
Sarv'swati left, and Snadhya, Mel, and Kalki resumed their discussions until a badly injured Lulianne came to them. She was tainted, bleeding, and beaten, and told everyone that she had picked a fight with a summoner while exploring. Snadhya'rune investigated the site of the fight to find that an elevator leading to a secret chamber above the school had been destroyed, and that scraps of Khaless' clothing lay strewn around the floor.
She later took a hot bath with Mel'arnach, who was overjoyed to once again spoil herself in luxury in the companionship of Snadhya. Snadhya explained to the out of touch Mel whoe the Nidraa'chal were and what they stood for before confessing to be one of their founders. She asked Mel to join them, and Mel said she'd think about it so long as she could be consort to Snadhya'rune when she became the Empress of Chel. Sndhya confessed that she would enjoy that and told Mel to keep this all a secret from her mother, Quain'tana.
They retired to Snadhya'rune's chambers, and Mel wished longingly that she could stay by Snadhya's side. Snadhya'rune advised that Mel'arnach first make peace with Quain'tana to secure her place in the Val'Sarghress clan. Though it was hard for Mel'arnach to accept this, Snadhya explained that if the Val'Sarghress won the brewing war, Mel'arnach would be in a better position if she and Quain'tana were on agreeable terms. If the Val'Sarghress were to fall, then Snadhya could make a bloodrite claim on her as Kalki's father. Either way, Mel'arnach would be cared for.
As Mel was becoming more convinced, they were interrupted by an attendant claiming that there was a problem in the great hall that needed the headmistress' attention immediately. Snadhya and Mel left for the great hall and found Naal'suul Val'Beldrobbaen in danger of losing control to her inordinately powerful seed. Snadhya used her knowledge of nether arts to siphon off some of the extra nether in Naal's aura, making her seed more manageable for the time being. She offered to see Naal personally anytime she felt she needed help controlling her seed, and told her that with her mother's permission they could possibly arrange for a sealing armor to be made.
Mel'arnach's Return to the Val'Sarghress
Snadhya'rune and Mel'arnach returned to bed, and the next day they took a carriage out to return Mel to her home. Snadhya, who rarely left the confines of the Orthorbbae, brought along two armed guards to protect her in case of attack. This proved to be a worthwhile forethought as the carriage was driven over a mine planted covertly by a pair of street children (Cer'kal and Taio'shi under Mikilu'ligr Val'Dutan'vir's direction), rolling the cart and mildly injuring the Vals inside. Though neither Snadhya or Mel was seriously injured, they sent out a signal flare for Sharen reinforcements.
The pair arrived at the Val'Sarghress gate, now with a slightly larger envoy of Vel'Sharen soldiers. The Val'Sarghress immediately put in a call to arms, but Snadhya'rune and Mel'arnach emerged from the carriage hand in hand and claiming peace. Snadhya'rune officially apologized for the recent attack on the Val'Sarghress' home and promised that Orthorbbae would always remain friendly to their children. She left Mel'arnach with her family and returned to the Orthorbbae once again.
Biography - Arc II
15 years later, war had broken out between the Val'Sarghress, the Vel'Sharen, and their allies. While the war tore Chel'el'Sussoloth apart, Snadhya'rune became an advocate for peace. She sponsored a concert in the rebuilt district to serve as a symbol of hope. She enlisted popstar Kyo'nne Val'Illhar'dro to perform and spread the message that peace in both the underworld and on the surface were the key to drowkind's survival. She is a large sponsor of the Ys colony.
The Felde Gathering
Snadhya'rune sent out invitations to a meeting at her estate in Felde to discuss Chel's future. Both Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress and Ariel Val'Sarghress were invited to this event, as both are young leaders in position to change the current face of the empire. Ariel did not attend, but at Chrys'tel's insistance, Kiel'ndia attended with her Vloz'ress retinue.
Before the party, Snadhya'rune spoke with Verthandi Val'Beldrobbaen and reassured her that the Nidraa'chal faithful would not be struck down at a moment's notice, like some child's game. Mel'arnach and Lulianne were then escorted into the room for Mel's tearful reunion with her lover--Snadhya'rune comforts the Sarghress, then comments that Khaless should drop the Lulianne pretense already. The Dutan'vir protests vehemently constantly, even as Snadhya'rune and Wi'am Val'Jaal'darya present the newly-reconstructed Zhor to Mel. The Sharen pretended to be impressed with the mixblood's feats; Lulianne argued that she is still alive and Snadhya'rune's protector twin was dead.
During the party, Snadhya'rune entertains many guests; some boldly step forward to address her, while others hesitate. Kiel'ndia is one such bold guest, coming right out with asking the Sharen if she killed Diva'ratrika Val'Sharen--of course, Snadhya's answer is no, but Kiel continues to be disruptive. The three former Imperial Guard guests arrive in the hall, and Ran'diirk launches into a sudden attack, charging Snadhya'rune. The Vel'Sharen was ready for the attack, quickly summoning a guardian from the wall to do battle with the Imperial. This particular guardian is a shock to the guests in the hall for its likeness to the legendary Vel'cahal and its abilities easily overpower Ran'diirk's attempts to get at Snadhya.
With the battle quickly turning against him, the vengeful knight detonates an unstable mana core in his hands in the name of Diva'ratrika, and tries to kill the Sharen in a suicide attack. However, Snadhya'rune was also ready for this, revealing a Char spirit summon of her long-dead dragon that absorbed the mana explosion. She calmly addresses the stunned crowd that her guardians--who were now appearing in the very walls of the hall--where in place to keep her party guests safe. In a great irony, Snadhya'rune seals Ran's aura in a foci to be used as a tainted summon servant.
With the battle finished, the party guests were led upstairs to receive their "party gift". It is here where Snadhya'rune finally revealed her life's work: the goal of her chosen few is to create a new world for drowkind, under her guidance. The mastery of the taint is key to establishing independence from the old traditions that have created scars on the underworld and its people. The new world order required the forced ceding of Chel's leaders driving the District War through the use of the Jaal'darya-engineered virus cultivated from a deadly surface mana plant--this virus would cause debilitating sickness and insanity, eventually rotting the target from the inside out. Naturally, only the Nidraa'chal have the cure and the poisoned leaders must submit to extortion in order to save their lives. To make her point, Snadhya'rune takes a dose of the poison herself.
Meanwhile, Cy'ril, Yuh'le and Femi Val'Jaal'darya stood by, passing out vials of the poison to all who were willing to join Snadhya'rune's cause--Snadhya'rune personally gave her niece a vial, while Ash'mita Val'Sullisin'rune took one and publicly vowed that Ash'waren will never rule Chel. With the arrival of the stolen airship, Snadhya announces the next part of her plan: to reconquer the old world with said airship. Kalki, Sal'bara, Shodun Val'Illhar'dro, Sasi'rael Nidraa'chal, Sae'rali and her sisters emerge from the ship with a special delivery: the captive and badly tortured Jiaan. Kalki offers him as a gift to her mother, which Snadhya'rune promptly tests: Dycle was pitted against Jiaan in a battle for her affections. Jiaan slain the other man and earned Snadhya'rune's good graces as a new toy. Using spellsong, Shodun ends Snadhya'rune's speech by calling on the party guests to kneel & declare allegiance to the Nidraa'chal cause.
Sarghress Infiltration & the Mimian Attack
A Sarghress squad was sent to steal into Femi's laboratory and bring back samples of her research, and are soon stopped by Snadhya's forces who do not know that the cure vials were already passed on to Sara'hilana Balvhakara. Meanwhile, Snadhya'rune entertains a crowd of guests with displaying the results of her merging technique--using Jiaan as an example. She is informed by Verthandi of the intruders, and this infuriates the normally calm and controlled woman. She starts placing demands on her Jaal'darya experts on creating replicas of the cure with haste.
Snadhya'rune takes her frustration out on the squad in a most devious way: as the leader Erelice is grilled about their motives, Snadhya'rune's empath minions torture the Sarghress. To drive the point that they made a grevious error home, Snadhya orders Kalki to fire on Erelice's captive squad members in the yard below in a horrible execution by airship mana cannon.
During this time, she is able to easily convert Shinae to her cause by merging the girl with her demon seed, and thus removing her handicaps and weaknesses that plagued Shinae since her botched birth.
Later, Snadhya is made aware of Ariel's arrival and invites the young Sareghress to dinner with Mel, Zhor and Kalki. Here, the First Daughter tries to sell her bid for peace to Ariel, who is both defensive and uneasy around the group. Kalki makes the situation worse with assaulting Ariel after the later insults their mother Mel'arnach, causing Snadhya to step in angrily and banish the unruly daughter. To make it up to Mel and Faen, Snadhya'rune helps Ariel close the wounds and suggesting that Ariel absorb another living drow's arm--presenting Riz'riia as an offering.
Kavahini guerrila warriors soon attack the fortress from all fronts, including attempting to steal the already-stolen airship. Snadhya is furious at attempts to undermine her power once again, and orders her people to deal with it accordingly. In time, Mikilu'ligr Val'Dutan'vir reveals herself as the aggressor and attacks her with several Mimian assailants. The scene is treated like a game, with Snadhya causally summoning several earth-bound dragon summons to keep Miki'lu busy, as Khaless struggled with her Lulianne identity.
This turns the battle out of the First Daughter's favor, as the demon loses control of the Lulianne identity long enough to commit suicide--In the mean time, Erelice had made her way into the hallway to sink a dagger deep into Snadhya'rune's side. It is not the pain that throws her into an uncontrollable rage, but the fact that a lowly being dared to attack the powerful Nidra'chaal leader that shatters the calm mask she always wears. A shocked Mel is there to witness her lover destroying everything around her with summons, while Zhor looks on disapprovingly.
The Rise of Anahid
Snadhya is briefed on current events regarding her operatives' efforts to sway clans to her side. The Mimian attack was only a diversion, and news of the Sarghess allying with Zala'ess does not shock the First Daughter. Her student Yuh'le was sent to aid conspirators by killing the Kyorl'solenurn Judicators, ensuring that Anahid's ascension to Holy Mother remains unopposed. Snadhya'rune is unabashed in her methods and actions when confronting the new Illhar'ess .
Sillice and the Sarghress Raid
It is during the time of the Demon God incident that Zala'ess becomes infected with the flower plague by Shinae, now Snadhya'rune's minion.
Snadhya'rune relocated to the Nal'sarkoth districts under the care of Viri'sylvia Val'Nal'sarkoth, unbeknownst to Sillice and the Sarghress leaders who lead an assault on her old tower. Snadhya herself is there, but instead her students laid a trap for the Sarghress forces, using empathy to confuse and nether summoning to kill. Joining the ambush are Shinae, Nehleanee Vel'Sharen and the Sul sisters Bae'rali Val'Sullisin'rune, Sae'rali Val'Sullisin'rune, and Mae'rali Val'Sullisin'rune. When Sillice and Nishi'kanta attempt to attack the empaths, Mel'arnach and Shodun Val'Illhar'dro are waiting in the wings to rescue Snadhya's valuable assets. On torturing Erusa'kel Nal'sarkoth, Sillice discovers that Snadhya was indeed never present.
In a fury, Sillice cleans out Orthorbbae of its female teachers and students, believing each and every one to be Nidra'chaal conspirators.
Chry'stel's spy An'jin Jie'yen had discovered Snadhya'rune's true location in the Nal'sarkoth districts, and she devised a plan to infiltrate and steal the only cure to the Jaal'darya flower plague in a hope of curing her ailing mother.
Snadhya feeds a distraught Mel'arnach the gist of what has befallen the Sarghress clan, including news of her younger children's supposed death.
"The Nidraa'chal is in opposition to this notion. We want to leave the past behind and forge our own future. It is simple really. Drow ruled by drow." - on the goals of the Nidraa'chal 
"My door was open to you [Chrys'tel]--As it was open to all who attended my school. The Leaders of Chel would use your fears against each other, only to discard you once you've outlived your usefulness; be that your end comes as victim of your taint or as meat for the war. I offer you knowledge and the power to change our world! Let the remnants of the old rule be cast down!" - Speaking to her party guests in Felde 
Concept art of Snadhya'rune for Chapter 45 (by Lunareth)
This article reflects events up to chapter 50.
- The Longest Wait, pg 11
- The Longest Wait, pg 24
- chapter 31 page 37
- chapter 27 page 6
- chapter 44 page 81