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'''Arach-Tinilith''' was a cathedral in the [[drow]] city of [[Menzoberranzan]] shaped in the form of a [[spider]] and designed specifically for the training of the priestesses of [[Lolth]].
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'''Arach-Tinilith''' was the clerical school in the [[drow]] city of [[Menzoberranzan]]. Like the rest of the Academy, it was located in [[Tier Breche]].<ref name="RGLoD-p123">{{Cite book/A Reader's Guide to R. A. Salvatore's the Legend of Drizzt|123}}</ref>
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==Structure==
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The complex -- the largest of the Academy -- was located on the northern side of the [[Tier Breche]] cavern and was shaped like a spider. The "cephalothorax" of the spider housed the grandest chapels, the holiest altars, and the quarters of the senior priestesses.<ref name="Diss-p88">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|88}}</ref> The crowning gem of the complex was a the main chapel, carved from a single mass of black stone. Inside, seats surrounded circular platform that held a statue of spider with the head of drow female.<ref name="DotD-p195">{{Cite book/Daughter of the Drow/2003|195}}</ref>
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[[File:Arach-Tinilith.png|thumb|left|The exterior of Arach-Tinilith.]]
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The Mistress of the academy had an office on the highest level that had a tapestry depicting Lolth looming over a sacrificed surface elf.<ref name="RGLoD-p123"/> The Mistress also wore a brooch that allowed her to unlock all doors in Arach-Tinilith.<ref name="Diss-p198">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|198}}</ref>
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There were dungeon-like kitchens located in the lower levels. Slaves, such as the [[ogre]] slave [[Chirank]] in [[1361 DR]], were employed there.<ref name="DotD-p89">{{Cite book/Daughter of the Drow/2003}89}}</ref>
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A small library was located somewhere in the complex.<ref name="Diss-p240">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|240}}</ref>
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
As with Menzoberranzan and the Academy, little was known about Arach-Tinilith's origins except it was ancient, probably starting soon after Menzoberranzan was formed. What is known, or at least speculated, is that Arach-Tinilith was formed with the rest of the Academy as a sort of general civil-service for Menzoberranzan. Since the individual houses rarely do anything that does not in some way benefit them, it is commonly thought that a group of long-dead [[matron mother]]s banded together to form the Academy as a city guard, city executioner, and training center for all future [[fighter]]s, [[wizard]]s, and [[cleric]]s.
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Arach-Tinilith was founded as part of [[Tier Breche]], [[Menzoberranzan]]'s educational institution as [[House S'sril]]'s literal last act, in order to standardize [[Lolth]]'s teachings and produce [[cleric]]s of any meaningful quality. [[House S'sril]] was one of Menzoberranzan's founding Houses, though a total lack of heirs and inheritors led to the house's extinction. Before the founding, it was normal in Menzoberranzan for each House to teach only their own children. House S'sril, seeing that that this practice to numerous different interpretations of [[Lolth]]'s teachings<ref name="M.CoI-56">{{Cite book/Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue|56}}</ref>, believed that the founding of Arach-Tinilith would increase the quality of clerics and divine spell casters in [[Menzoberranzan]].
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[[File:Arach-Tinilith.jpg|thumb|The great chamber of worship inside Arach-Tinilith.]]
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In [[1372 DR]], the Mistress of Arach-Tinilith, [[Quenthel Baenre]], was attacked at the school by a number of demons intending to assassinate her. A number of novice priestesses and even instructors led by [[Drisinil Armgo]] believed that Quenthel had lost the favor of Lolth, and thus they planned to murder her. Quenthel discovered their plot and summoned hordes of spiders to kill them and demonstrate that she was in her goddess's favor (although that was during the [[Silence of Lolth]]).<ref name="Diss-p217">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|217}}</ref> In truth, unbeknownst to her, the demons had been sent by her brother, [[Gromph Baenre]], the [[Archmage of Menzoberranzan]].
   
==Structure==
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In [[1469 DR]], members of the [[Jaezred Chaulssin]] infiltrated and tempered with the graduation ceremony. It caused a large number of [[demon]]s to be summoned, who then ran amok causing heavy damage, not only to the temple's structure but also in a lot of lives.<ref name="M.CoI-68-69">{{Cite book/Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue|68-69}}</ref>
Arach-Tinilith is the second largest cathedral in the city, only bested by [[House Baenre]]'s own chapel. It makes up the largest and most powerful branch of the [[Academy]], followed by [[Sorcere]] and lastly by [[Melee Magthere]].
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==Schooling==
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{{quote
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|A hungry spider must feed. Give yourself to it joyfully, for in the end Lolth will consume us all. Better to suffer the torments of the flesh now than to face the wrath of the goddess later.|Teaching at Arach-Tinilith <ref name="Extinct-p192-193">{{Cite book/Extinction/Paperback|192-193}}</ref>
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Most new priestesses (called novices) had to share rooms with one or two others until the fifth year (although [[Liriel Baenre]] was able to secure her own room).<ref name="DotD-p85">{{Cite book/Daughter of the Drow/2003|85}}</ref> Novices wore black robes with red trim.<ref name="DotD-p86">{{Cite book/Daughter of the Drow/2003|86}}</ref>
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Each day ended in the chapel in prayer and praise of Lolth.<ref name="DotD-p195"/>
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Priestesses received training in weapons combat from older students of Melee-Magthere.<ref name="DotD-p140">{{Cite book/Daughter of the Drow/2003|140}}</ref>
   
 
==Inhabitants==
 
==Inhabitants==
All female, the priestesses of Lolth go to Arach-Tinilith after being trained by her house in the basics of worship of the [[Lolth|Spider Queen]]. This usually happens around the age of 40, and they are to spend 50 years studying under the tutelage of the masters there.<ref>{{Cite book/Homeland|132}}</ref>
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All female, the priestesses of Lolth went to Arach-Tinilith after being trained by their houses in the basics of worship of the [[Lolth|Spider Queen]]. This usually happened around the age of 40, and they were to spend 50 years studying under the tutelage of the mistresses there.<ref>{{Cite book/Homeland|132}}</ref> By [[1361 DR]], it appeared priestesses were expected to enter Arach-Tinilith by age 25.<ref name="DotD-p40">{{Cite book/Daughter of the Drow/2003|40}}</ref>
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Priestesses helped fulfill the duty of Arach-Tinilith and the Academy by enacting healing spells, serving as part of the guard of Menzoberranzan, praying to Lolth to keep the city in her favor, and providing religious instruction to other students of the Academy.{{fact}}
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It was a crime for males to enter Arach-Tinilith unsummoned.<ref name="Diss-p325">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|325}}</ref>
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==Notable inhabitants of Arach-Tinilith==
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===Matron Mistresses/Mistress Mothers===
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The Matron Mistress was often addressed as "Exalted Mother," a title also used for [[matron mothers]].<ref name="Diss-p242">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|242}}</ref>
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* [[Triel Baenre]] in [[1361 DR]],<ref name="DotD-p2"/> until Quenthel's ascension.<ref name="Diss-p126">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|126}}</ref>
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* [[Quenthel Baenre]] in [[1372 DR]].<ref name="Diss-p17"/>
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===Mistresses (teachers)===
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* [[Zeld Mizzrym]] ([[1361 DR]]).<ref name="DotD-p182">{{Cite book/Daughter of the Drow/2003|182}}</ref>
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* [[Lidnolu]], an instructor at Arach-Tinilith who was murdered prior to [[1372 DR]]. She had a classroom in an indoor ampitheatre which was left unused for some time after her death.<ref name="Diss-p211">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|211}}</ref>
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* [[Quave]], senior instructor ([[1372 DR]]).<ref name="Diss-p186">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|186}}</ref>
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* [[Viconia Agrach Dyrr]], senior instructor ([[1372 DR]]).<ref name="Diss-p327">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|327}}</ref>
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* [[Vlondril Tuin'Tarl]] ([[1372 DR]]).<ref name="Diss-p125">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|125}}</ref>
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* [[T'risstree T'orgh]], a commoner warrior-priestess who wielded a falchion ([[1372 DR]]).<ref name="Diss-p126">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|126}}</ref>
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* [[Molvayas Armgo]] (?-[[1372 DR]]), deceased).<ref name="Diss-p150">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|150}}</ref>
   
Priestesses help fulfill the duty of Arach-Tinilith and the Academy by enacting healing spells, serving as part of the guard of Menzoberranzan, and praying to Lolth to keep the city in her favor.
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===Novice priestesses (students)===
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* [[Liriel Baenre]] ([[1361 DR]]).<ref name="DotD">{{Cite book/Daughter of the Drow}}</ref>
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* [[Shakti Hunzrin]] (?-[[1361 DR]]).<ref name="DotD" />
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* [[Drisinil Armgo]], who plotted to kill Quenthel (?-[[1372 DR]]).<ref name="Diss-p19">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|19}}</ref>
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* [[Halavan Symryvvin]]<ref name="Diss-p240">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|240}}</ref>
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* [[Gaussra Kenafin]], who had black teeth ([[1372 DR]]).<ref name="Diss-p18">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|18}}</ref>
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* [[Jyslin]], a second-year novice priestess in [[1372 DR]].<ref name="Diss-p167">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|167}}</ref>
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* [[Minolin Fey-Branche]], a fifth-year novice priestess in [[1372 DR]].<ref name="Diss-p167" />
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* [[Rilrae Zolond]] ([[1372 DR]])who attempted to kill Quenthel (?-[[1372 DR]], deceased).<ref name="Diss-p185">{{Cite book/Dissolution/Paperback|185}}</ref>
   
==See also==
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==Appendix==
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===See also===
 
*[[Melee Magthere]]
 
*[[Melee Magthere]]
 
*[[Menzoberranzan]]
 
*[[Menzoberranzan]]
 
*[[Sorcere]]
 
*[[Sorcere]]
 
*[[Tier Breche]]
 
*[[Tier Breche]]
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===Appearances===
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;Novels:
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*''[[Homeland]]''
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*''[[Daughter of the Drow]]''
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*''[[Windwalker]]''
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*''[[Dissolution]]''
   
==References==
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===References===
 
{{refs}}
 
{{refs}}
   
===Sources===
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====Sources====
 
*[[R.A. Salvatore]] (September, 1990). [[Homeland]]. [[Wizards of the Coast]]. ISBN 0-8803-8905-2.
 
*[[R.A. Salvatore]] (September, 1990). [[Homeland]]. [[Wizards of the Coast]]. ISBN 0-8803-8905-2.
   
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Latest revision as of 08:09, March 10, 2020

Arach-Tinilith was the clerical school in the drow city of Menzoberranzan. Like the rest of the Academy, it was located in Tier Breche.[3]

StructureEdit

The complex -- the largest of the Academy -- was located on the northern side of the Tier Breche cavern and was shaped like a spider. The "cephalothorax" of the spider housed the grandest chapels, the holiest altars, and the quarters of the senior priestesses.[4] The crowning gem of the complex was a the main chapel, carved from a single mass of black stone. Inside, seats surrounded circular platform that held a statue of spider with the head of drow female.[5]

Arach-Tinilith

The exterior of Arach-Tinilith.

The Mistress of the academy had an office on the highest level that had a tapestry depicting Lolth looming over a sacrificed surface elf.[3] The Mistress also wore a brooch that allowed her to unlock all doors in Arach-Tinilith.[6]

There were dungeon-like kitchens located in the lower levels. Slaves, such as the ogre slave Chirank in 1361 DR, were employed there.[7]

A small library was located somewhere in the complex.[8]

HistoryEdit

Arach-Tinilith was founded as part of Tier Breche, Menzoberranzan's educational institution as House S'sril's literal last act, in order to standardize Lolth's teachings and produce clerics of any meaningful quality. House S'sril was one of Menzoberranzan's founding Houses, though a total lack of heirs and inheritors led to the house's extinction. Before the founding, it was normal in Menzoberranzan for each House to teach only their own children. House S'sril, seeing that that this practice to numerous different interpretations of Lolth's teachings[9], believed that the founding of Arach-Tinilith would increase the quality of clerics and divine spell casters in Menzoberranzan.

Arach-Tinilith

The great chamber of worship inside Arach-Tinilith.

In 1372 DR, the Mistress of Arach-Tinilith, Quenthel Baenre, was attacked at the school by a number of demons intending to assassinate her. A number of novice priestesses and even instructors led by Drisinil Armgo believed that Quenthel had lost the favor of Lolth, and thus they planned to murder her. Quenthel discovered their plot and summoned hordes of spiders to kill them and demonstrate that she was in her goddess's favor (although that was during the Silence of Lolth).[10] In truth, unbeknownst to her, the demons had been sent by her brother, Gromph Baenre, the Archmage of Menzoberranzan.

In 1469 DR, members of the Jaezred Chaulssin infiltrated and tempered with the graduation ceremony. It caused a large number of demons to be summoned, who then ran amok causing heavy damage, not only to the temple's structure but also in a lot of lives.[11]

SchoolingEdit

A hungry spider must feed. Give yourself to it joyfully, for in the end Lolth will consume us all. Better to suffer the torments of the flesh now than to face the wrath of the goddess later.
  — Teaching at Arach-Tinilith [12]

Most new priestesses (called novices) had to share rooms with one or two others until the fifth year (although Liriel Baenre was able to secure her own room).[13] Novices wore black robes with red trim.[14]

Each day ended in the chapel in prayer and praise of Lolth.[5]

Priestesses received training in weapons combat from older students of Melee-Magthere.[15]

InhabitantsEdit

All female, the priestesses of Lolth went to Arach-Tinilith after being trained by their houses in the basics of worship of the Spider Queen. This usually happened around the age of 40, and they were to spend 50 years studying under the tutelage of the mistresses there.[16] By 1361 DR, it appeared priestesses were expected to enter Arach-Tinilith by age 25.[17]

Priestesses helped fulfill the duty of Arach-Tinilith and the Academy by enacting healing spells, serving as part of the guard of Menzoberranzan, praying to Lolth to keep the city in her favor, and providing religious instruction to other students of the Academy.[citation needed]

It was a crime for males to enter Arach-Tinilith unsummoned.[18]

Notable inhabitants of Arach-TinilithEdit

Matron Mistresses/Mistress MothersEdit

The Matron Mistress was often addressed as "Exalted Mother," a title also used for matron mothers.[19]

Mistresses (teachers)Edit

Novice priestesses (students)Edit

AppendixEdit

See alsoEdit

AppearancesEdit

Novels

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Warning: edition not specified for Daughter of the Drow
  2. 2.0 2.1 Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 17. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Philip Athans (2008). A Reader's Guide to R. A. Salvatore's the Legend of Drizzt. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 123. ISBN 0-7869-4915-5.
  4. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 88. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 195. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  6. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 198. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  7. {{Cite book/Daughter of the Drow/2003}89}}
  8. 8.0 8.1 Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 240. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  9. Brian R. James, Eric Menge (August 2012). Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 56. ISBN 978-0786960361.
  10. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 217. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  11. Brian R. James, Eric Menge (August 2012). Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 68–69. ISBN 978-0786960361.
  12. Lisa Smedman (February 2005). Extinction. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 192–193. ISBN 0-7869-3596-0.
  13. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 85. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  14. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 86. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  15. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 140. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  16. Warning: edition not specified for Homeland
  17. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 40. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  18. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 325. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  19. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 242. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 126. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  21. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 182. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  22. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 211. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  23. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 186. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  24. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 327. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  25. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 125. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  26. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 150. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  27. 27.0 27.1 Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0786929290.
  28. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 19. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  29. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 18. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 167. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.
  31. Richard Lee Byers (August 2003). Dissolution. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 185. ISBN 0-7869-2944-8.

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