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Vel'Sharen

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The Sharen clan symbol.

Rulers among rulers, the Vel’Sharen have lorded as Chel’el’sussoloth’s dominant clan for nearly the city’s entire existence. Its Val bloodline controls not only the clan itself but also legislates the workings of the rest of the city. Yet unbridled political power breeds both enemies and greater desires. The conspiracies that run through the Sharen are unparalleled by any others in scale or magnitude. Everything is a pawn in their eyes, but lately these pawns have begun to fight back...

History

Long before the Great Wars tore the Old World asunder there existed a wealthy dark elf nation known as Sharen. With the advance of the demonic hordes upon their kingdom, their queen Sharess ceded rule to her sister and sacrificed herself to close the nether gates that infected her world whilst her subjects fled beneath the earth alongside refugees from the nearby Sullissin nation. There they were to await the day when the remaining demons above devoured all aura-bearing resources and starved, leaving the surface world fit once again for repopulation.

While they fled as one and worked to establish the city that would become Chel'el'sussoloth contention between the Sharen and Sullissins erupted anew. This mutual hostility brewed for centuries before erupting in the Third Century Wars. The conflict ended with the Sharen standing as the victors, nearly eradicating the Sullissin royal bloodline in the process. Diva'ratrika, in a rare act of mercy, spared the rival clan from annihilation, naming Ash'waren Val'Sullisin'rune the new Ill’haress and ushering in the reforms that would raise the Val’Sharen as the sole ruling clan.

The many years between the war with the Val'Sullisin'rune until the more recent times are as-yet unexplored in the history of the Sharen. The Ill’haress died some time in the 4th century, passing the crown to her daughter Diva'ratrika Val'Sharen and deeming her the next Ill’haress of the Sharen and Val’Sharess of Chel'el'sussoloth. The new queen’s rule remained seemingly uneventful up until the rise of the Nidraa'chal in the mid-10th century of the Moonless Age.

Drastic change came to the Sharen in the wake of the Nidraa'chal Uprising. The Val'Sharess, already known as a reclusive individual, hermitted herself away in her royal tower, cutting herself off nearly completely from the world around her. Only her four remaining loyal daughters were permitted to see her and pass down her decrees. Other changes came rapidly over the next several years: clan-wide tainting became mandatory as a defense against demonic possession, two of the queen’s five bloodlines were nearly exterminated, and a fair amount of Sharen land was lost to the opportunistic Val'Sarghress, to name but a few. Most notable however was the adoption of the new clan title “Vel,” an alternate prefix labeling them as a ver'drowender clan.

Nearly thirty years after the fall of the Nidraa'chal war has broken out once again upon the streets of Chel'el'sussoloth as the clans come into open conflict with each other. Diva'ratrika has been declared deceased, seemingly passing her crown to her youngest daughter Zala'ess. Yet though they are embroiled in war with the Val'Sarghress the daughters of the late Val'Sharess still squabble among each other.

Culture and Politics

Descendants of Sharess and overlords of Chel'el'sussoloth, the Vel’Sharen are the highest of royalty to be found within the city. A child born into the Vel family can expect to live a life of luxury and general security. This environment often breeds a sense of superiority over one’s fellow drow; the people of the Vel’Sharen are generally perceived as lofty and arrogant. This tendency only seems to escalate as one meets those higher up within the clan’s hierarchy. The Vels of the clan often have few qualms about toying with the lives of others, on rare occasions even sending their more unfavorable children off to die. If lives are lost to further an agenda, so be it.

Despite their seemingly posh existence however, the Sharens hold themselves up to an exemplary standard. Clan members are expected to excel in every important aspect of their clan, especially the Vels. In times of war the five sisters of Diva’ratrika often led the charge to battle with their lineage by their sides. In times of peace they dominated the political scene, regulating Chel'el'sussoloth and overseeing conflicts between other clans. It is worthy of note that the Sharen very likely deserve at least some measure of the haughtiness they exhibit.

The Vels of the Sharen have a unique practice when they bear offspring. Agents of the clan scour the city over the course of the first few years of a new female child’s life, seeking an individual of identical age and physical features to be adopted into the family as the newborn’s protector twin. These two are raised side-by-side as close sisters, the adopted girl given the life-long task of being a constant guardian and glorified servent, never leaving the side of her charge and sacrificing herself in her sister’s defense if need be. The effectiveness of this practice has produced mixed results: few of the older Vels in the clan still have a twin, and it is evident that the majority of these losses come at the hands of their own sisters than any external threat. None the less, the relationship of Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen and her twin Khaless stands as evidence that lasting relationships are occasionally possible.

The political landscape over which the Vel’Sharen tread has been somewhat shaky. The chaotic and independent nature of drow doesn’t mesh well with such supreme oversight. They are seen somewhat negatively in the eyes of the commoners of Chel'el'sussoloth for their haughtiness and seeming neglect of the "lesser" plights. This is a major reason for the appeal that the Val'Sarghress hold for many, as they are an organized and formidable force capable of standing up to the Sharen without fear of being immediately stomped out.

Among the clans of the city Val, Vel and otherwise, the Sharen are regarded with (often begrudging) respect. They are after all the most powerful clan in Chel'el'sussoloth and have been so for nearly a millennium. Only those who trade heavily with the Sharen or rely upon them for support (namely the Vel'Vloz'ress) count them as true allies however. It is unclear how their relations were with the Val'Kyorl'solenurn before, but the unrolling of the Sharen mandatory tainting policy has put the two at notable odds. Quite possibly their greatest opponent however is the Val'Sarghress; the ideologies of these two clans could not be more antipodal, and the two clans have been at bitter odds since the Sarghress ascended to Val status.

The Imperial Guard

The Imperial Guard serves as the Empress's personal military, exacting her judgement on individuals and clans that have broken the laws of the land. It consists of people from all clans who protect the Empress at all times, and overseers who delegate her will. Mikilu'ligr Val'Dutan'vir was once the Empress' most trusted Overseer until she was deposed, and Chrys'tel acts as an Overseer for Zala'ess. Several of Sarv'swati's bloodline are also members of the Imperial Guard, such as Nori'ga, Sun'ya and Overseer Vidhi'yani.

Bloodlines

A massive amount of emphasis is placed upon the daughters of Diva’ratrika and their various bloodlines. Much like in goblin kingdoms there is a fair amount of squabbling over whom should ascent to rule when the previous Val’Sharess passes on.

Zala’ess’s Bloodline

The brood of Zala’ess is the most numerous of the five daughters, a fact that provides the fifth daughter with more than a little pride. Her children are often much like she is: confidant, politically savvy and skilled at wordplay. When it comes to the public stage none are as willing to take to it like her progeny. Following the Nidraa’chal conspiracy she has been quick to move herself to a position of political prominence with the majority of her children more than happy to aid her. One of her youngest however has been using her mother’s preoccupations to advance an agenda of her own, endeavoring to uncover the truths behind the Nidraa’chal conflict.

Snadhya’rune’s Bloodline

Snadhya’rune is quite notable for her public lack of children, due in equal parts to her wish to raise a daughter outside of her mother’s overbearing oversight and her distaste for the touch of men. In actuality she possesses a single daughter in Kalki, conceived and birthed artificially with the assistance of her contacts in the Val'Jaal'darya. She has been keeping her daughter hidden from the public eye, using her as a secret and loyal hand to advance her own schemes.

Sil’lice’s Bloodline

The family of Sil’lice suffered heavy losses during the Nidraa’chal uprising, and those who survived were in turn forced to suffer the wrath of their mother being labeled the scapegoat of her sisters’ schemes. Few escaped the resulting purge, but those who remained true to her fled to the Val'Sarghress. Here they serve dutifully under the cover of Sarghress troops, sharing their hosts’ hatred for the current Sharen, though for a very different reason. The betrayal at the hands of the other daughters of Diva'ratrika is a deep wound, driving them onward in their quest to topple the Vel’Sharen and resurrect the honorable traditions of the clan’s greater days.

Sarv’swati’s Bloodline

Little light has been shed upon the children of Sarv'swati Vel'Sharen, though they do have a foothold in the story. Where Zala’ess’s brood are the political movers of the family, Sarv’swati are the dominant armed forces of the clan. What few children of hers that have been seen have a tendency to be much like her: brash, impatient and often short tempered.

Nishi’kanta’s Bloodline

The progeny of Nishi'kanta Vel'Sharen is a family filled with tragedy and mishaps. Much like her sister Sil’lice, Nishi’kanta’s forces faced the full brunt of the Nidraa'chal’s demonic armies and were nearly wiped out, and she herself elected to remain silent of the conspiracy for the sake of what little of her bloodline remained. Some of her blood however are ill-content with such conformity and actively seek to avenge the deaths of their brethren.

Clan Fortresses and Properties

The Vel'Sharen fortress.

In the north-western reaches of Chel'el'sussoloth stands the regal fortress of the Vel’Sharen. It appears seemingly simple from the outside, a giant monolith with the clan’s crest on its fore, but its interior is a royal display of the clan’s immense wealth and power. Mana tech elevators, expansive aquariums and elaborate wall designs are the norm. A plethora of guards patrol the area outside of the fortress’s walls and a cadre of aerial golems dominate the surrounding skies.

Within the territory of the Sharen lie several other notable locations, not the least of which is the Dome of Sharess, a religious center open for all who follow the various variation of faith that surround the deific figure. The dome also houses the council chamber where the heads of the city’s various clans come to converse. From atop the done rises the Royal Tower from which the Val’Sharess oversees her control of Chel'el'sussoloth.

The Vel’Sharen have shown little interest in expanding beyond their nexus of control in Chel'el'sussoloth, so it’s doubtful that they possess any notable property beyond the confines of the cavern. However, formally the Vel'sharen hold control over Felde (of which Snadhya'rune is the leader), Sha'shi, Dariya'ko and all of the Deep Territories[1].


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Dariya'ko is a Beldrobbaen/Sharen colony close to the surface in the mist sea, being used by the Sharen as a training camp for their slave army.

Notable Event: The Vel'Sharen Coup d'État

The mid-10th century saw the rise of the Nidraa'chal, a faction of ver’drowender that brought the demon summoning arts back to the public eye. They infiltrated nearly every major clan and descended the streets of Chel'el'sussoloth into a vile war until their apparent eradication at the hands of their adversaries. In reality the Nidraa'chal were tools of Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen, brought into being to serve the ends of her and a few of her siblings. Under the cover of the conflict they effectively usurped the Val’Sharess Diva’ratrika and created a drastic shift in the very society of Chel'el'sussoloth that they could manipulate. Though the Nidraa'chal have supposedly been vanquished, many of their agents remain hidden among the other clans as valuable instruments for Snadhya’rune’s schemes.

Notable Event: Zala'ess' Power Play

With Diva’ratrika no longer lording over the clan it didn’t take long for Zala'ess Vel'Sharen to push forward in her own ambitions. Ill-content to let wait for the long-ranging plans of her remaining siblings to bear fruit she instead went on the offensive, pressing against the Val'Sarghress both militarily and politically. The few forces she sent against the Sarghress were doomed from the start, but they did their job of deviating her foes from attending the clan gathering where she attempted to do her greater damage. Unfortunately, despite inspiring words and damning information, Zala’ess’s attempts to marshal the other clans in opposition to the Val'Sarghress proved unsuccessful.

Clan Members

Ill'haress

Portrait Diva'ratrika Val'Sharen.png
Val'Sharess Diva'ratrika Val'Sharen was the empress of Chel'el'Sussoloth and the Ill'haress of the Vel'Sharen clan. After her rebirth, she became known as Diva, servant of Ariel and later Sil'lice.



Important Figures

Portrait Chrys'tel Vel'Sharen.png
Chrys'tel is a younger daughter of Zala'ess and an Imperial Vel'Sharen Overseer. She and her protector twin Shinae have been exploring the dark secrets of her family's history.
Portrait Shinae Vel'Sharen.png
Shinae is the protector twin of Chrys'tel Vel'Sharen. She is vocal and stubborn in her support of the ruling Vel'Sharen clan.
Portrait Nau'kheol Vel'Sharen.png
Nau'kheol is Chrys'tel's younger brother. He the same age as Ariel and was a classmate of hers at Orthorbbae.
Portrait Vy'chriel Vel'Sharen.png
Vy'chriel is a Vel'Sharen nether summoner of Zala'ess' line. She was once a protector twin named Yaeminira, but took her sister's name and rank after killing her in combat.
Portrait Yaeminira Sharen.png
Yaeminira is a flesh golem that serves as a protector twin to Vy'chriel Vel'Sharen. When she was alive, she was a noble daughter of Zala'ess Vel'Sharen.



Zala'ess's Bloodline

Portrait Zala'ess Vel'Sharen.png
Zala'ess is the the fifth and youngest daughter of Val'Sharess Diva'ratrika. She is the political head of the Vel'Sharen clan.
Portrait Sabrror Vel'Sharen.png
Sabrror is the preferred mate of Zala'ess Vel'Sharen. He is heavily tainted, and it is likely that he is the father of most of her children.
Portrait Saph'ala Vel'Sharen.png
Sapha'ala is one of Zala'ess Vel'Sharen's older daughters who acts as her second-in-command, as well as a mediator between the branches of the Vel'Sharen clan.
Portrait Yami'ni Vel'Sharen.png
Yami'ni is an accomplished Vel'Sharen nether summoner of Zala'ess Vel'Sharen's line.
Portrait Phani'lath Vel'Sharen.png
Phani'lath is one of Zala'ess Vel'Sharen's sons. He often attends her whenever she leaves the Vel'Sharen towers.
Portrait Sota Vel'Sharen.png
Sota is a Vel'Sharen Imperial Guard of Zala'ess' line.



Snadhya'Rune's Bloodline

Portrait Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen.png
Snadhya'rune is the eldest daughter of Empress Diva'ratrika Val'Sharen. She is the headmistress of the Orthorbbae and an incredibly powerful summoner.
Portrait Khaless Sharen.png
Khaless was a sentient demon that formed from the possession of Snadhya'rune's protector twin, the real Khaless.
Portrait Kalki Nidraa'chal.png
Kalki is the daughter of Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen and a major player in the Nidraa'chal conspiracy.



Sil'lice's Bloodline

Portrait Sil'lice Val'Sharen.png
Sil'lice is the third daughter of Empress Diva'ratrika. She is working as a Val'Sarghress ally against her traitorous Vel'Sharen sisters.
Portrait Kau Val'Sharen.png
Kau Val'Sharen is a son of Sil'lice Val'Sharen. He has an affinity for working with golems and is currently working for the Val'Sarghress clan.
Portrait Shala Val'Sharen.png
Shala Val'Sharen is a daughter of Sil'lice Val'Sharen. She has an affinity for sealing arts and is working for the Val'Sarghress clan alongside her brother, Kau Val'Sharen.
Portrait Kau'shala Val'Sharen.png
Kau'shala was a son and adjutant of Sil'lice, slain during the Nidraa'chal war just before Sil'lice's battle with Kalki.
Portrait Kadara Val'Sharen.png
Kadara is a Val'Sharen of Sil'lice's line. She works alongside her mother with the Val'Sarghress clan.
Portrait Kyne Val'Sharen.png
Kyne is a Val'Sharen golem pilot of Sil'lice's line. She works for the Val'Sarghress clan training Sarghress troops to pilot golems.



Sarv'swati's Bloodline

Portrait Sarv'swati Vel'Sharen.png
Sarv'swati is the second daughter of Diva'ratrika Val'Sharen and the military commander of the Vel'Sharen clan.
Portrait Nihi'liir Vel'Sharen.png
Nihi'liir is a young daughter of Sarv'swati Vel'Sharen.
Portrait Vidhi'yani Vel'Sharen.png
Vidhi'yani is an Imperial Overseer of Sarv'swati Vel'Sharen's lineage.
Portrait Nori'ga Vel'Sharen.png
Nori'ga is a Vel'Sharen guard of Sarv'swati's lineage that is master to an unfortunately disobedient dragon.
Portrait Sun'ya Vel'Sharen.png
Sun'ya is a Vel'Sharen guard of Sarv'swati's lineage that has a taste for the ladies.



Nishi'kanta's Bloodline

Portrait Nishi'kanta Vel'Sharen.png
Nishi'kanta is the fourth daughter of Val'Sharess Diva'ratrika Val'Sharen. Secluding herself after the Nidraa'chal War, she has recently emerged from hiding to aid Sil'lice and Chrys'tel.
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 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 Sate'ja Vel'Sharen.png
Sate'ja was a teacher of nether summoning at the Orthorbbae. She is of Nishi'kanta Vel'Sharen's line.



Other Members

(Ashu'athama Sharen.png not found, click to upload)
Ashu'athama is the headmaster of the boy's section of Orthorbbae, and is Diva'ratrika's only living son.
Portrait Kio'nel Sharen.png
Kio'nel is a Sharen dragon knight and friend of Nau'kheol Vel'Sharen.
Portrait Oiloss'lin Xyrrai'zestu Sharen.png
Oiloss'lin is a caring mother and Dev'ess of the Xyrrai'zetsu house.
Portrait Quar'imar.png
Quar'imar is an ex-Dutan'vir Orthorbbae Master who is now aiding Zala'ess Vel'Sharen's faction. He is a practiced metal sorcerer and proves himself quite effective in combat.
Portrait Jiaan Vel'Sharen.png
Once faithful servant of Yami'ni, now a tortured pet of Snadhya'rune.
Portrait Kery'awa Xyrrai'zestu Sharen.png
Kery'awa is a Vel'Sharen Dragon Knight who fought the Sarghress in the district wars.
Portrait Nona'brail Xyrrai'zestu Sharen.png
Nona'brail is an empathic nurse attending to Shinae Vel'Sharen after her pregnancy.
Portrait Feli'cia Vel'Sharen.png
Feli'cia is a district administrator for the Vel'Sharen.
Portrait Nidek'nil Sharen.png
Nidek'nil is a former Dutan'vir that joined the Vel'Sharen when his clan was destroyed, and is extremely loyal to Sarv'swati's cause.
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A Vel of Sarv'swati's lineage aiding the Beldrobbaen front.





This article reflects events up to Chapter 40.

Archive version of this article can be found here

Sources:

  1. Chapter 36, page 9