The Val’Illhar’dro are the mercantile kingpins of the Underworld. Theirs is an empire of trade that touches nearly every settlement. So powerful are they that the hold a seat among the Vals of Chel'el'sussoloth without being headquartered within the city. Their resolute stance on peace, often embellished by their infamous spellsongs, melts the social barriers and binds the alliances that allow their network to spread and prosper with but minimal bloodshed.
The Illhar’dro rose to prominence in Chel'el'sussoloth during the 2nd century of the Moonless Age, making them among the oldest of the drow clans. Unlike their Chelian contemporaries, the Illhar’dro were ill-content to confine themselves to the caverns of their birth and decided instead to spread their influence outward, building a massive trade network spanning the Underworld. The passage of time has done little to slow the growth of their empire and the masses of ada flowing through it. So great is their power in fact that, though their center of operations no longer resides in Chel'el'sussoloth, they retain a seat among the city’s Val clans.
Among the greatest of the clan’s achievements came with the dominance of Nuqrah’shareh. Though it is unclear if the Illhar’dro were the initial progenerators of the city or came later, they have long held control of it much like the Sharen had Chel'el'sussoloth. Under the hand of the Ill’hardro the city had, until recently, become a shining symbol of the clan’s wealth and peaceful ways. So proud are they of their far western nirvana that they moved their base of operations here from there from their old home city.
Culture and Politics
Diplomacy and self-expression are the hallmarks of the Illhar’dro. Peace is the message that most clan members carry, and the philosophy of coexistence infuses much of their culture. By actively seeking friendly relationships with other powers they have been able to put themselves in the good graces of nearly every other known clan.
And of course with good relations come good customers. Much of the wealth and subsequent power of the Illhar’dro is derived from trade. Their fingers can be found in nearly every marketplace in the Underworld, and the intelligent purchasing, moving and reselling of valuables is what keeps the massive clan afloat. They are well aware of the vast profits to be made in drawing wealth from the surface world and often work alongside the Nal’sarkoth in such endeavors.
Artistic expression is highly valued in Illhar’dro culture. Clan attire is usually extravagant and flowing, dominated by shades of blue and white. The musical talents of the Illhar’dro are legendary, as is their skill with spellsongs, a form of magic that runs strong within the clan yet is neigh unheard of without.
Clan Fortresses and Properties
The great trade empire of the Illhar’dro is run from their great island palace located in Nuqrah’shareh. It is a peaceful local of administration and study, and clans from other cities often send their youth here for schooling during times of strife at home. A single giant tree grows from the structure’s center, a proud symbol of wealth and prosperity that has found its way upon the clan’s seal. This palace is certainly no fortress however; centuries of peaceful relationship with the other factions of Nuqrah’shareh have provided no necessity for a physical defense. A simple river is all that protects the island against attack.
Other properties of the Illhar’dro exist in nearly every drow settlement that dots the Underworld and a number of outposts reside upon the surface world as well.
Notable Events: The Illhar'dro Coup d'État
The war in Chel'el'sussoloth led to a massive stream of refugees traveling to Nuqrah’shareh, straining the city’s resources to a breaking point. Enraged by the lack of help from the Illhar’dro, much of the population assailed the clan’s palace. In the midst of the chaos Balsii Val’Illhar’dro successfully overthrew the Ill’haress Nega'fanea in an effort to establish control of the revolt outside. Escaping and finding allies in the clans Jie’yen, Balvahakara and Sharen of Zala'ess Vel'Sharen, the Ill’haress was able to oversee a counter assault that forced her rebellious cousin into surrender.
More information on this event can be found here.
Kyo'nne is an eccentric, upbeat Val'Illhar'dro popstar from Chel'el'Sussoloth.
Sorane is a feminine young boy with a love of female fashions, and often dresses like the greater sex.
Jhin'elam is the headmaster of Dravyd, the eighth tower of Orthorbbae.