- Hand to hand combat
- Field tactics
Quain'tana built the Sarghress clan from the ground up, and many feel that if she were to die, the clan would collapse in her absence. She spent most of Arc I off of the battlefield in search of an appropriate heir to replace her if she fell. After exploring her available options, she became desperate and stole Mel'arnach's baby girl (Ariel) to raise as her own daughter. Though she is harsh, distant, and demanding, Ariel accepts Quain'tana as her mother.
Quain'tana fights for the rights of the commoners and has been slowly pushing against the ruling class for centuries. As of Arc II, Quain'tana is leading an official Val'Sarghress assault on the Vel'Sharen clan.
Appearance and Personality
Quain'tana Val'Sarghress is a warrior who believes in the importance of strength, both of spirit and of body. She is known to be pragmatic, stubborn and insensitive. She does what she thinks is right for the clan without question, and will never give up without a fight. Her posture and personality are both commanding and authoritative. She is a firm leader who will do anything that it takes to win the wars she wages. Quain'tana lives for the battlefield and freely admits that she has no head for politics. Her short temper, harsh policies, and extremist views have cause many to label her as a tyrant, but to a growing number of commoner drow, she is seen as a courageous warrior who will fight relentlessly for justice.Ash'waren Val'Sullisin'rune, the Ill'haress of the Sullisin'rune clan. She is respected by her daughter and heir, Ariel Val'Sarghress, but is loathed by her older daughter Mel'arnach, with whom Quain'tana has had a history of abuse.
Quain'tana is arguably one of the tallest drow in Chel'el'Sussoloth. She is a strong, muscular and imposing figure who is rarely seen outside of her battle dress. She has long white hair that is streaked with red dye and has purple eyes.
Biography - Background
Origins and the Sarghress Clan
Quain'tana was born a commoner in Chel'el'Sussoloth. Seeing the rough lives lived on the streets outside of the golden Val palaces, she began to fight back against the nobility. Starting slowly, she built up a group of mercenaries to change her lot in life. As this ragtag group took shape, it formed the foundations of what would later become the Sarghress Clan.
Eventually, this clan became strong enough to be considered for Major Clan status. With the backing of the Val'Sullisin'rune, the Sarghress attained Val stuatus, and Quain'tana became its Ill'haress. This angered the many traditionalist Val, most of all the Val'Sharen who saw Quain'tana's commoner status as a disturbance to the stable yet fragile order that currently held sway in the city.
When Chel'el'Sussoloth fell prey to the Nidraa'chal menace, Quain'tana and the Sarghress clan refused to help the Val'Sharen hold the peace, choosing instead to defend commoner districts and their own borders. When the war was over, the Sarghress held the lands they had protected and took advantage of the weakened state of the Val'Sharen empire to acquire territories the Sharen could no longer hold. This sudden growth led Quain'tana to assign commoners as district administrators, causing public outcry from Vals of other clans.
An Heir to the Clan
As Ill'haress of the Sarghress clan, Quain'tana has had to step back from fighting on the front lines and hold the clan together. Too critical to the clan, most believed that if Quain were to die that the Sarghress would not stay unified without a clear line of succession. Quain understood this and despite her public disdain for the traditions of the past, one tradition that Quain privately hoped to continue was to have one of her daughters lead the clan after her.
At this point, Quain'tana had three children - twins Mel'arnach and Kel'noz, and a daughter Laele'aell. Her womb was critically wounded by Sarv'swati Vel'Sharen in battle, rendering any hopes for future children futile. Mel'arnach had no interest in ruling the clan, leaving Laele'aell as the only viable female candidate. Unfortunately, Laele'aell soon fell to a demon and became unfit to lead the clan.
Without a suitable heir, Quain'tana ordered Mel'arnach to bear a daughter to lead the clan. Mel'arnach refused, citing a firm distaste for mating with males. With no other choice for obtaining a blood heir, a furious Quain'tana imprisoned Mel'arnach for disobeying orders.
Quain'tana was forced to look to other sources for a worthy heir. She first adopted a baby named Syphile from two strong parents. Quain'tana charged her to become a summoner at Orthorbbae, but after undergoing the mandatory tainting ceremony, Quain'tana stripped her of her heir status for being too weak to resist what she considered Vel'Sharen treachery. With no other options, she adopted a trusted commander and friend, Koil'dorath Nori'fu Sarghress, as her official heir.
Meanwhile, the imprisioned Mel'arnach began efforts to conceive a child of her own with Zhor, an Aware spider she kept as a lover. When the baby was born female, Quain'tana immediately forced Mel to surrender the child. She named her Ariel, declared her publicly as her own daughter and placed responsibility for her development entirely on Syphile's shoulders.
Biography - Arc I
Quain'tana was extremely distant during Ariel's childhood, leaving her care entirely to Syphile's discretion. After years of Syphile's abusive care, Ariel had grown weak, angry, and shy. She remained so distant from Ariel that she did not even recognize the child when she was brought before her for review upon Ariel's tenth birthday. As Kel'noz reminded Quain'tana of the girl's identity and reason for her presence, Quain'tana dismissed the merchants she had been meeting with. The mighty Ill'haress then examined her potential heir, asking the child to name her greatest desire. As Ariel eagerly blurted out her desire to kill Syphile, Quain'tana smiled with approval. However, this approval quickly faded as Ariel proved far too timid to even attempt to carry out her desire, making numerous excuses for herself. Admonishing Syphile for her failure, she declared Ariel too weak to serve as her heir, refusing to acknowledge the child as her daughter.
After Ariel fled the room, Kel'noz furiously turned on Syphile, revealing the younger Val's shamefully inept teaching methods. Quain'tana quickly reconsidered the situation, leveling Ariel's faults solely at Syphile's feet. As Kel'noz began to propose alternate forms of education for the young girl, Quain'tana dismissed the possibility of having a female of the clan's houses tutor Ariel, noting the temptation to manipulate the girl to their own ends. Kel'noz then made the suggestion of educating the girl himself, noting the practice of male tutoring to be relatively common among the common people. He further suggested that he might take Ariel with him to Orthorbbae, though he agreed that she would have to be hidden from Snadhya'rune, the school's headmistress. Though hesitant, Quain'tana agreed to his unorthodox plan.
Inevitably Ariel's identity was discovered at school, and Ariel returned to the fortress. Quain'tana told Ariel that she would need to prove herself in order to become heir to the clan and charged her with taking revenge on the boy who bullied her throughout school. Ariel obliged and brought a defeated Mir'kiin Vel'Vloz'ress to Quain'tana's feet. Quain'tana then ordered a frightened Ariel to kill the boy. When Ariel refused, she cited Ariel's previous desire to kill Syphile. Angered, she asked if Ariel would prefer to kill only those in her own clan. Quain ordered Ariel's same-aged cousin, Sar'nel Tions Sarghress to fight Ariel to the death if that was the case.
Ariel chose to show her mother her strength by killing Mir'kiin gruesomely on the spot. Quain'tana immediately declared Ariel as her heir to the Sarghress clan.
Quain'tana meanwhile kept Mel'arnach in captivity, refusing to allow her anywhere near Ariel. A broken-hearted Mel'arnach attempted to attack Quain'tana, but was restrained as Quain'tana struck her square in the face.
Syphile, meanwhile, continued to be a disappointment to the clan. One one notable occasion, she directly favored the orders of Zala'ess Vel'Sharen over those of Quain'tana herself, prompting the Ill'haress to angrily warn Syphile that she was on thin ice. Later that day while walking down the halls and conversing with some of her Dev'esses, Quain'tana found Syphile beaten and sobbing at the bottom of a flight of stairs and banished her from the Sarghress clan.
Preparing for Warwar golem and a trained nether summoner in place of an invitation, which the Sarghress soldiers fought off handily. In the confusion of the attack, Quain'tana found that Syphile had returned to the clan as a Vel'Sharen agent with the goal of assassinating Ill'haress Quain'tana. Quain'tana deftly defeated Syphile with nothing but her bare hands, killing the traitor once and for all.
Before she died, Syphile spat out a series of insults to the woman who raised her. She cursed Quain'tana, calling her a terrible mother who ruins the lives of anyone she gets near. She blamed Quain'tana for all the misery she had suffered and for ending up the way she did. Her last words before Quain'tana stabbed her through the neck were "Go ahead Mother, do what you do best. Do the only thing you know."
In the wake of the attack, Quain'tana was visited by Ill'haress Ash'waren Val'Sullisin'rune, who attempted to soothe Quain'tana's bruised ego. She informs Quain'tana that Zala'ess used the gathering as a means to accuse the Sarghress clan of being behind the Nidraa'chal uprising with mixed results among the other Ill'haresses in attendance. With the Sharen position made public, Quain'tana realized it was time to wage war.
With Syphile's final words still ringing in her ears, she began to open up to Ariel. She went on a wolf ride with her heir to show her the Sarghress war machine and to explain her philosophy. She also made an effort to show Ariel how proud she is of all that she has accomplished.
Meanwhile, Mel'arnach had taken advantage of the attack to sneak off to visit her lover, Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen. Upon her return, she was thrown at Quain'tana's feet. Quain'tana demanded an explanation, to which Mel'arnach simply asked for another chance. Quain'tana requested more children of Mel'arnach to solidify her bloodline in the clan. Mel refused, and Quain'tana ordered that Mel'arnach's arms be broken as punishment. When Mel spat that Quain should do her own dirty work, Quain'tana obliged, smashing her daughter's arms to a pulp with a warhammer.
Mel'arnach was thrown in the dungeon, where she soon met with Ariel. She told Ariel that she is her real mother, and that Quain'tana took Ariel away the moment she was born. Torn between her two "mothers," Ariel brought Quain'tana to Mel'arnach to ask that Mel be given another chance. Mel'arnach agreed to Quain'tana's strict demands, and began the process of bearing children for the clan.
Biography - Arc II
15 years later, Quain'tana is reported to be in the heart of battle with the Vel'Sharen. She successfully lead her troops in the assault on First Landing, and then the final push on the Val'sharess tower itself. After the capture of First Landing, Quain'tana seemingly begrudges Ariel for acting out of line during the push for Darya Lake, she gives the order for Ariel and her party to be sent to the surface to train as highland raiders.
"You did well, my daughter...It's the first one that is the most difficult. You need to be ruthless to survive." - Quain'tana's words to Ariel after the latter kills Miir'kin Vel'Vloz'ress.
"...Quain'tana is a woman who has fought against her fate, against society, and impossible odds her whole life. What did you expect her to do, just give in to the stubborness of her rebel daughter?" - Kel'noz, speaking to Mel.
Outside of Moonless Age
Quain'tana Val'Sarghress has also appeared in: Longest Wait, Spider Born, Breach of Faith, Daydream Archive 1: Liriel's First Daydream, Back to Reality, Alternate Reality, Daydream Archive 2: Off Duty, Daydream Archive 3: 20 Years Later, Renewing Alliance