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* [[Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress|Kiel'ndia]] - Daughter
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Ven'nedia is the deceased former leader of the Vloz'ress nether cult, ruling it before its accession to the Great Clans following Kharla'ggen's succession. It isn't appropriate to describe Ven'nedia as an "Ilhar", because during her life the Vloz'ress community was ostracised from the remainder of Chel'el'sussoloth and not formally recognised, neither as a minor clan nor even an unaligned House.
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<section begin=feature />Ven'ndia was the leader of the [[Vel'Vloz'ress|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]].<section end=feature />
The peculiar isolation of the Vloz'ress nether cult also rendered Ven'nedia a distinct figure among drow leaders. Lacking any noble styles, she was bereft of the sumptuous regalia in which authority is normally invested - her halls were bare, her furniture functional and her dress conservative. However, the Vloz'ress's isolation also meant that Ven'nedia was not embittered, jaded or fatigued by the incessant squabbling and fractious discordance that was entrenched between the other clans. As such, quite unlike the typical drow characteristics of petulance and proud self-conceit, Ven'nedia demonstrated a genuinely gentle temperament and a serene contentment with her lot that would certainly confound any other political figure, accustomed as they are to the exhausting struggle up the greasy pole of heriarchy and the crushing treadmill of grudges, debts and vendettas renewed and revenged. She was also by all accounts a loving mother with a personal interest in her children rather than the sense of detachment and obligation borne by other noble females.
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==Appearance and Personality==
The above could be seen as a detriment as well. Ven'nedia was not naively oblivious to threats; her stern rebuff to the first overture of alliance from Snadhya'runes Val'Sharen demonstrates some mettle, and while the specific content of their meeting is unknown, the fact that Ven'nedia was sufficiently disconcerted to show a rare flash of anger and try to dispatch letters of caution to other clan leaders indicates that it was by no means casual or idle. However, she was perhaps too trusting and ready to accept friends - this is evidenced by her apparently being unaware of Sene'kha's machinations of usurpation until it was too late to halt them. Ven'nedia's character was very much unique - so few drow shared it or had qualms in taking advantage of it.
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Before she became the stone golem she is now, Ven'ndia was a loving mother and leader who was intent on studying nether and demons for the good of the drow races. She now has no personality to speak of and simply obeys the commands that are given to her. She does, however, respond more readily for commands given by her daughter Kiel'ndia than for others. <ref>{{ChapterRef|26|25}}</ref>
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Being leader of a nether cult, Ven'nedia was a practicing velnari and was herself tainted. In keeping with her less confrontational character, though, her doctrine was conceived more as a method of moving along the path of least resistance - the knowledge acquired from consorting with demons being less a weapon for acquiring temporal power in Chel'el'sussoloth but rather a way of ensuring her and her followers' survival from their (possibly defeatist) assumption that the demons would inevitably re-invade the material world.
 
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Ven'nedia took a great interest in the young Kharla'ggen when Sene'kha presented the unhinged urchin to her, both through the natural compassion of a maternal instinct not to see a child suffer, but also through the compulsions of her nether cult philosophy - Kharla'ggen was inconceivably heavily tainted and it was hoped that valuable information would yield from the study of her seemingly impossible survival. In the process of caring for Kharla'ggen Ven'nedia introduced two elements that would later become the future Ilharess's trademarks - the face mask designed to prevent her from impulsively chewing off her fingers, and being surrounded by plush dolls and soft toys - originally to soothe Kharla'ggen's troubled self, but what would later become warped into the singular torture of [[Living dolls]]. It is possible that Ven'nedia was aware of the black coil twisted inside Kharla'ggen's heart - Ven'nedia seemed to have a premontion of the fate being lined up for her when she espied Kharla'ggen carrying a doll of Ven'nedia herself - but her less forthright character meant that she was unwilling to accept Kharla'ggen as a lost cause until Kharla'ggen deemed her to be a lost cause.
 
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Ven'nedia was killed by Kharla'ggen by being petrified (turned to stone) as she attempted to escape the Vloz'ress tower - and the baleful presence of that unearthly child, whom Ven'nedia had finally conceded was "unstable" following Sene'kha's suggestion that the girl become Ilharess - with Kiel'ndia. Ven'nedia's corpse was subsequently altered into a golem attached to a snaking body which to this day holds guard above and controls the doors of the main entrance to the Vel'Vloz'ress tower - it is powered by her own former aura, encased in a crystal battery, as Kharla'ggen demonstrated an ability to consume fae auras in a manner not unlike a demon. Ven'nedia's ignoble legacy is to be a chilling commissionaire to a hall reveberating to the music of madness.
 
  
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==Biography - Arc I==
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[[File:Ven'ndia_and_Kiel.jpeg|thumb|Ven'ndia and her daughter Kiel'ndia in the early days of the Vloz'ress.<ref>{{ChapterRef|11|7}}</ref>]]
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===Origins of the Vloz'ress===
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Before the [[Vel'Vloz'ress]] clan was the powerful nether cult it is now, it was a small group of researchers intent on studying demons and their risks. Ven'ndia lead this group peacefully. She was a kind leader and a good mother to her daughter, [[Kiel'ndia]].
  
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One of the clan's prominent nether summoners, [[Sene'kha]], abused this kindness when she brought a young girl named [[Kharla'ggen]] back to the Vloz'ress. Kharla was insane, heavily tainted, and incredibly powerful, creating a danger to herself and those around her. Ven'ndia adopted her and raised her as her own, giving her a mask to keep her from gnawing on her fingers and many stuffed plushies to keep her calm. Ven'ndia cared for the girl as best she could and raised her as a sister for Kiel'ndia.
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[[File:Ven'ndia's_Golem.jpeg|thumb|left|Ven'ndia's corpse was turned into a golem and mounted on a wall as gatekeeper.<ref>{{ChapterRef|24|9}}</ref>]]
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===Kharla's Rise===
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One day, [[Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen]] appeared on the Vloz'ress' doorstep to ask for Ven'ndia's help and expertise in an unknown nether research project. After a lengthy conversation, Ven'ndia refused to help the imperial daughter with her studies. Ven'ndia became distraught soon after Snadhya'rune left, and considered sending messages to each of the other ruling clans. However, before she was able to accomplish this, a [[Vel'Sharen]] contingent attacked the Vloz'ress settlement. With the help of her friend [[Kar'liir]], Ven'ndia was able to escape into hiding with Kiel.
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They thought they would die there, but Kharla'ggen without warning wiped out the entirety of the Vel'Sharen troops. She [[Kharla'ggen Vel'Vloz'ress#Kharla's High Sorcery|turned them into puppets]] to slaughter each other, leaving Ven'ndia horrified at Kharla's power. Sene'kha tried to convince her to install Kharla'ggen as a figurehead leader to the group to scare of anyone who opposed their rise to power, but Ven'ndia had strong convictions against seeking more power than they already had.
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Sene'kha was not willing to accept this. When Ven'ndia was later spending time with Kiel'ndia in the hall, Kharla'ggen appeared holding a doll made in Ven'ndia's likeness. Ven grabbed Kiel and ran, but was not able to escape as Kharla began to turn her legs to stone. Ven'ndia desperately told Kiel to run as Kharla slowly turned her into a lifeless stone puppet.
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With Ven'ndia's own aura serving as the focus for the golem's power, this puppet was mounted above the gate to what would become Kharla'ggen's quarters as a reminder of what would befall any who crossed her. Kharla'ggen was made Illhar and the clan forced their way to Vel status.
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===Kiel'ndia's Coup===
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[[File:Ven'ndia_Attack.jpeg|thumb|240px|Ven'ndia's golem is turned into a heavily armed attack guardian by [[Kar'liir]].<ref>{{ChapterRef|28|16}}</ref>]]
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Years later, Kiel'ndia still hadn't come to forgive Sene'kha, who she blamed for her mother's death. She let Sene'kha die at the hands of the [[Val'Kyorl'solenurn]] to avenge Ven'ndia's memory. To fill the void left in Sene'kha's wake and to restore balance to her clan, the still young Kiel'ndia decided to take control of the Vel'Vloz'ress for herself.
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She recruited Kar'liir to construct two golems for her - one of Sene'kha to control the naga army she had left behind, and one of what remained of Ven'ndia. Her body was taken down from the door and was made mobile. She was given several large blades for arms, some of which contained a corrosive, armor-piercing acid. <ref>{{ChapterRef|28|19}}</ref> Her golem was used in an elaborate attack on Sene'kha's superior ranking lieutenant, [[Kes'sen]]. It succeeded, and Kiel'ndia killed him, establishing her place as the new leader of the Vel'Vloz'ress.
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Ven'ndia's golem survived the attack and served as personal muscle to Kiel'ndia as she secured her position.
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{{Last update|39}}

Latest revision as of 20:16, 7 February 2019

Appeared in chapters            11  13           24    28                             

Ven'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress
Moonless Age Character
Portrait of Ven'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress
Race: Drowolath
Current Status
Deceased
Family

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.

Appearance and Personality

Before she became the stone golem she is now, Ven'ndia was a loving mother and leader who was intent on studying nether and demons for the good of the drow races. She now has no personality to speak of and simply obeys the commands that are given to her. She does, however, respond more readily for commands given by her daughter Kiel'ndia than for others. [1]

Biography - Arc I

Ven'ndia and her daughter Kiel'ndia in the early days of the Vloz'ress.[2]

Origins of the Vloz'ress

Before the Vel'Vloz'ress clan was the powerful nether cult it is now, it was a small group of researchers intent on studying demons and their risks. Ven'ndia lead this group peacefully. She was a kind leader and a good mother to her daughter, Kiel'ndia.

One of the clan's prominent nether summoners, Sene'kha, abused this kindness when she brought a young girl named Kharla'ggen back to the Vloz'ress. Kharla was insane, heavily tainted, and incredibly powerful, creating a danger to herself and those around her. Ven'ndia adopted her and raised her as her own, giving her a mask to keep her from gnawing on her fingers and many stuffed plushies to keep her calm. Ven'ndia cared for the girl as best she could and raised her as a sister for Kiel'ndia.

Ven'ndia's corpse was turned into a golem and mounted on a wall as gatekeeper.[3]

Kharla's Rise

One day, Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen appeared on the Vloz'ress' doorstep to ask for Ven'ndia's help and expertise in an unknown nether research project. After a lengthy conversation, Ven'ndia refused to help the imperial daughter with her studies. Ven'ndia became distraught soon after Snadhya'rune left, and considered sending messages to each of the other ruling clans. However, before she was able to accomplish this, a Vel'Sharen contingent attacked the Vloz'ress settlement. With the help of her friend Kar'liir, Ven'ndia was able to escape into hiding with Kiel.

They thought they would die there, but Kharla'ggen without warning wiped out the entirety of the Vel'Sharen troops. She turned them into puppets to slaughter each other, leaving Ven'ndia horrified at Kharla's power. Sene'kha tried to convince her to install Kharla'ggen as a figurehead leader to the group to scare of anyone who opposed their rise to power, but Ven'ndia had strong convictions against seeking more power than they already had.

Sene'kha was not willing to accept this. When Ven'ndia was later spending time with Kiel'ndia in the hall, Kharla'ggen appeared holding a doll made in Ven'ndia's likeness. Ven grabbed Kiel and ran, but was not able to escape as Kharla began to turn her legs to stone. Ven'ndia desperately told Kiel to run as Kharla slowly turned her into a lifeless stone puppet.

With Ven'ndia's own aura serving as the focus for the golem's power, this puppet was mounted above the gate to what would become Kharla'ggen's quarters as a reminder of what would befall any who crossed her. Kharla'ggen was made Illhar and the clan forced their way to Vel status.

Kiel'ndia's Coup

Ven'ndia's golem is turned into a heavily armed attack guardian by Kar'liir.[4]

Years later, Kiel'ndia still hadn't come to forgive Sene'kha, who she blamed for her mother's death. She let Sene'kha die at the hands of the Val'Kyorl'solenurn to avenge Ven'ndia's memory. To fill the void left in Sene'kha's wake and to restore balance to her clan, the still young Kiel'ndia decided to take control of the Vel'Vloz'ress for herself.

She recruited Kar'liir to construct two golems for her - one of Sene'kha to control the naga army she had left behind, and one of what remained of Ven'ndia. Her body was taken down from the door and was made mobile. She was given several large blades for arms, some of which contained a corrosive, armor-piercing acid. [5] Her golem was used in an elaborate attack on Sene'kha's superior ranking lieutenant, Kes'sen. It succeeded, and Kiel'ndia killed him, establishing her place as the new leader of the Vel'Vloz'ress.

Ven'ndia's golem survived the attack and served as personal muscle to Kiel'ndia as she secured her position.



This article reflects events up to Chapter 39.

Sources:

  1. Chapter 26, page 25
  2. Chapter 11, page 7
  3. Chapter 24, page 9
  4. Chapter 28, page 16
  5. Chapter 28, page 19