Vel'Vloz'ress

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The Vloz'ress clan symbol.

Every volatile and evil stereotype of the drow can be found manifest within the Vel’Vloz’ress. Often called mad by even their own peers they are a force of unbridled chaos within the underworld, experimenting with demonic energies with little regard for the repercussions. While brought to prominence through entirely outside means, many see them as harbingers of another demonic incursion and maybe even the downfall of Chel'el'sussoloth itself.

History

The Vloz'ress: Nether Summoners.

The original Vloz’ress was a low-key cult that’s dogma centered around demon study. Their core beliefs rested upon an inevitable demonic resurgence, and only by understanding every facet of the extraplanar creatures could they best defend themselves. Scorned by a society that detested demonic influences they built their home perched atop the great Rift, a location to which few would venture, so that they may perform their studies in peace.

Great change came to the small group of worshipers in two forms. Firstly, Sene'kha Vloz'ress returns from an extended journey with an unusual parcel, an incredibly troubled child by the name of Kharla'ggen. Shortly thereafter an envoy from the Vel'Sharen led by Snadhya’runes arrived upon the clan’s doorstep requesting their expertise in demonology in exchange for enormous wealth. The offer brought before the cult by the ruling clan caused a great stir within the Vloz’ress, but their leader Ven'ndia Vloz'ress eventually refused.

The Sharen responded quickly and violently to their rebuke, slaughtering much of the clan until being destroyed outright when they came upon Kharla’ggen. With the young girl’s terrible polymorphic high sorcery revealed, another council was held concerning the future of the clan where Ven’ndia once again refused to lift the cult into a recognized clan. In retribution Sene’kha sent Kharla’ggen to slay Ven’ndia, turning her into a lifeless golem. With her new found authority, Sene’kha summoned Snadhya’runes back to the cult’s stronghold to accept the Val’s previous offer.

The subsequent meteoric rise of the Vel’Vloz’ress from obscurity to Vel clan occurred amidst a swarm of controversy. Their endorsement by the Vel'Sharen and subsequent seating among the other eight came a mere two years following the Val’Dutan’vir’s collapse. The Vloz'ress have mostly been left alone by the clans (except the Kyorl'solenurn), but the District War forced them to act.

Notable Event: The Vloz'ress Upheaval

Long after the rise of the Vel'Vloz'ress as one of the Nine Great Clans, Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress, motivated by a personal promise, moves to take back her clan after the death of Sene'kha Vel'Vloz'ress. Sene'kha's followers are swiftly deposed, but Kiel's tenuous hold will only be maintained by her control of her sister, Ill'haress Kharla'ggen Vel'Vloz'ress.

Notable Event: The District War

After murdering the false Empress in Beldrobbaen lands, Kiel'ndia herself remains an unwilling puppet of Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen. Kiel'ndia (unwittingly) & Nyo'ka also made an alliance deal with Zala'ess Vel'Sharen through Chrys'tel's insistence, and now the Vloz'ress allow Vel'Sharen and Nuqrah'shareh forces to pass through their lands undisturbed. The Sarghress forces who conquered the last of the Vel'sharen lands took to attempting to block Alliance actions by building a wall, with some soldier violently quelling the protests of commoners living in the path of construction. The Alliance had also taken upon itself to hold a meeting with Quain'tana on Vloz'ress ground, again without Kiel's consent. Ni'bai takes advantage of this calm to enact her plan to destroy the city: the resurrection of the mighty demon god that laid waste to the surface world in the Moons Age.

Culture and Politics

In days past the Vloz’ress performed extensive, controlled experiments with demonic mana. It was general consensus among the masses that demons were mindless, voracious beasts that gorged themselves incessantly upon mana. The Vloz’ress knew differently; these demons were from another world full of creatures occasionally intelligent, and sometimes even benevolent. By summoning these greater demons they hoped to gain an understanding of this opposing world and develop further insight into how best to defend themselves against its more malevolent creatures. The change in leadership and subsequent rise to Vel status however has drastically warped the clan’s mentality and organization to the point that hardly a shadow of its former ideology remains.

The Vel’Vloz’ress of today is a clan of wild dogs. Gone are the days of conversing with demons for the good of drow society as a whole. Instead demonic mana has become a tool of power, a force that the summoners of the clan harness with unparalleled competence to give them an edge over each other and outside adversaries. Discipline has given way to chaos; outsiders often consider the clan unilaterally mad, and the generally cursory actions of its members do nothing to alleviate this viewpoint.

None dare to challenge the clan's dominance by Kharla’ggen, so fearsome is her power, yet for all her authority the Ill’haress is horribly unfit for rule. Her mentality is crippled to the point that she is a perpetual child. Instead, the various summoners of the clan jockey to influence her with suggested goals that she in her innocence is often more than willing to decree. She is seen by nearly all within the clan as little more than a puppet whose ability to approve or veto an endeavor could be bought with a whisper in the ear and a new plaything. Sene'kha Vloz'ress held almost complete sway over Kharla’ggen up until her death. The void left by the loss of the clan’s premiere summoner was quickly filled by Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress.

Beneath the Ill’haress in rank are the summoners, who act as they will with nearly complete impunity under the disinterest of their master, and it is they who control the everyday workings of the clan. Each summoner has their own contingents of followers in the form of loyal scourges and specialized berserkers, supplemented with mindless naga and golems. In such a chaotic setting it is not uncommon for contention between summoners to arise, cumulating often in assassinations or outright internal conflict. The Vel’Vloz’ress also hosts a large number of underpaid men-at-arms, criminals and vagabonds that have no other place in the society of Chel'el'sussoloth.

Due largely in part to their anarchic behavior the Vloz’ress possess few allies. They contribute nothing of positive note to Chel'el'sussoloth and are poor legislators at best. Most of the other clans hold contempt for the Vloz’ress for the discord that they sow, their demonic qualities and their presence in the seat of the formerly honorable Dutan’vir. The Val'Kyorl'solenurn in particular see the Vloz’ress as the very embodiment of impurity and have declared outright war on the clan. Many however viewthe Vel’Vloz’ress as little more than a dangerous political tool for the Vel'Sharen. With the mandatory tainting policy enacted among the Sharen following the fall of the Nidraa'chal, the ruling clan knew they would no doubt become a target for the Kyorl’solenurn and opted to promote a more compelling threat for the drowussu clan to occupy itself with.

Clan Fortress and Properties

The Vloz'ress fortress.

The fortress of the Vloz’ress sits atop the Rift, a deep scar in the earth running along the north-western edge of Chel'el'sussoloth. Discipline appears to have been completely void during its reconstruction following the clan’s rise to Vel status; it is a twisted hold built seemingly at random based upon the craftsmen’s whims. The result is an imposing mass of stonework lit ominously by the constant orange glow of the Rift.

The interior of the fortress is a tangle of simple stone hallways that prove difficult for the unfamiliar to follow. Decoration is rare save for the quarters of the Vels and summoners. Beyond the usual necessities such as eating spaces and living quarters the interior is dotted with numerous laboratories, arenas and at least one holding pen for the clan’s simple-minded naga troops.

Little territory is held by the clan beyond the area surrounding their fortress, and nothing is known of their properties within that region.

Clan Members

Ill'haress

Portrait Kharla'ggen Vel'Vloz'ress.png
Kharla'ggen is the feared figurehead and Ill'haress of the Vel'Vloz'ress clan. She has the uncanny ability to turn people into living dolls.



Important Figures

Portrait Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress.png
Kiel'ndia is the de facto leader of the Vel'Vloz'ress clan. She has a rare ability to communicate with demons from planes beyond.
Portrait Sene'kha Vel'Vloz'ress.png
Sene'kha is a powerful nether summoner with a plan to take absolute control of the Underworld.
Portrait Ni'bai Vel'Sharen.png
Originally a Vel'Sharen of Nishi'kanta's line, Ni'bai is now a nether summoner working towards the goals of Sene'kha Vel'Vloz'ress.
Portrait Larvova Vloz'ress.png
Larvova is a ruthless politician and prominent nether summoner of the Vel'Vloz'ress clan.
Portrait Nyo'ka Vloz'ress.png
Nyo'ka is a prominent nether summoner of the Vel'Vloz'ress clan.
Portrait Ven'ndia Vloz'ress.png
Ven'ndia was the leader of the Vloz'ress before they became a great clan. Her body was turned into a golem by Kharla'ggen and now serves as a mindless guard for her daughter, Kiel'ndia.



Sene'kha's Faction

Portrait Kes'sen Vloz'ress.png
Kes'sen is a Vel'Vloz'ress Soul Seeker and the closest lieutenant of Sene'kha Vel'Vloz'ress.
Portrait Ni'ju Vel'Sharen.png
Originally a Vel'Sharen of Nishi'kanta's line, Ni'ju has become a free nether being that obeys the command of her sister, Ni'bai.
Portrait Qujia Vloz'ress.png
Qujia is a xuile'solen scourge of the Vel'Vloz'ress clan.
Portrait Umpus.png
A stoic Vloz'ress Vel'akar working to fufill the goals of Sene'kha.
Portrait Be'tor Vloz'ress.png
A drowussu scourge loyal to Ni'bai.
Portrait Afae Vloz'ress.png
Afae is one of the Corrupted that worked for Sene'kha Vel'Vloz'ress.
Portrait Pen'ri Vloz'ress.png
A cheerfully nihilistic scourge of Ni'bai.



Larv'ova's Faction

Portrait Shoki Vloz'ress.png
Shoki is a soul seeker of the Vel'Vloz'ress clan.
Portrait Finol Chandra Vloz'ress.png
An emotionally unstable Vloz'ress mercenary.
Portrait Labran'che Vloz'ress.png
A drowussu Scourge of Larvova with a split personality.
Portrait Lind'orm Vloz'ress.png
A devoted scourge of Larvova.



Nyo'ka's Faction

Portrait Dis Vloz'ress.png
Dis is a scourge loyal to Nyo'ka Vloz'ress.
Portrait Kys'sea Vloz'ress.png
Kys'sea is the daughter Nyo'ka, a Vloz'ress nether summoner.
Portrait Tamiir Vloz'ress.png
Tamiir is the son of Nyo'ka, a Vloz'ress nether summoner.
Portrait Nin'katsu Vloz'ress.png
One of Nyo'ka's scourges.
Portrait Poncho Vloz'ress.png
Nyo'ka's smallest and meekest scourge.
Portrait Xenon Vloz'ress.png
One of Nyo'ka's most cheerful scourges.



Demon Princes

Portrait Bast.png
Bast is a tangible demon princess summon of Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress.
Portrait Inten.png
A tangible demon princess summon of Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress.
Portrait Njack.png
Njack is a "friend demon" summon of Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress.
Portrait Sindas.png
Sindas is a tangible demonic summon of Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress.



Other Members

Portrait Mir'kiin Vel'Vloz'ress.png
Mir'kiin was a classmate of Ariel at Orthorbbae.
Portrait Baliir Vloz'ress.png
Baliir Vloz'ress is a Vloz'ress Berserker. He is a strong and capable fighter, but an idealist at heart. He is currently working for Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress as both a Berserker and a District Administrator.
Portrait Kuso Vloz'ress.png
An unlucky Vloz'ress mercenary who spends more time complaining than getting any real work done.
Portrait The Twins.png
The twins are flesh golems that serve the Vels of the Vloz'ress clan.
Portrait Kar'liir Vloz'ress.png
Kar'liir is a brilliant engineer of the Vel'Vloz'ress clan. He is loyal to Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress.
Portrait Cac'bolg Vloz'ress.png
Cac'bolg is a scourge of Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress.
Portrait Elbinac.png
Portrait Ijin.png
Ijin is a monstrous messenger of the Vel'Vloz'ress clan.
Portrait Jysmur Vloz'ress.png
Jysmur is a Vel'Vloz'ress child who piloted the turtle golem.
Portrait Koana Vloz'ress.png
Koana is an intelligent berserker that is loyal to Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress.
Portrait Kor'rin Vloz'ress.png
Kor'rin is a soul seeker loyal to Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress.
Portrait Lind'orm Vloz'ress.png
A devoted scourge of Larvova.
Portrait Maliir'kha Vloz'ress.png
Maliir'kha is one of the eight headmasters of the male's section of Orthorbbae.
Portrait Maki Vloz'ress.png
Maki is a rogue nether summoner who invaded the Sarghress-owned North Cliff district.
Portrait Nainai.png
Nainai is Kharla'ggen Vel'Vloz'ress' elderly halme caretaker.
Portrait Nimiel.png
Formerly of the Val'Beldrobbaen clan, Nimiel is now serving the Vel'Vloz'ress as Kharla'ggen's nanny for unknown reasons.
Portrait Fame'nidea Vloz'ress.png
Fame'nidea is a nether summoner of the Vloz'ress Clan that is currently in the employ of Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress.
Portrait Tsuris'lok.png
Tsuris'lok Vloz'ress is a scourge of Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress. He is shown to be an empath, but has lost his mind due to poor control of his powers.
Portrait Valyn'dyne Sarghress.png
Valyn'dyne is a Sarghress soldier and former Vloz'ress serving in Machike during the Hermionne attack.
Portrait Vicyl Vloz'ress.png
Vicyl is a scourge of Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress.




This article reflects events up to chapter 47.

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