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Arach-Tinilith was the clerical school in the drow city of Menzoberranzan shaped in the form of a spider.[3]

Structure

Arach-Tinilith made up the largest and most powerful branch of the Academy, followed by Sorcere and lastly by Melee Magthere.[citation needed]

The central part of the spider-shaped complex was a chapel carved from a single mass of black stone. Inside, seats surrounded circular platform, statue of spider with the head of drow female.[4]

The matron mistress of the academy had an office on the highest level that had a tapestry of Lolth looming over a sacrificed surface elf.[3]

There were kitchens located in the lower levels, which seemed like dungeons. Slaves, such as the ogre slave Chirank, were employed there.[5]

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 mothers banded together to form the Academy as a city guard, city executioner, and training center for all future fighters, wizards, and clerics.[citation needed]

Schooling

Novices wore black robes with red trim.[6]

Most new priestesses had to share rooms with one or two others until the fifth year (although Liriel Baenre was able to secure her own room).[7]

Each day ended in the chapel in prayer and praise.[4]

Priestesses received training in weapon combat from older students of Melee-Magthere.[8]

Inhabitants

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.[9] By 1361 DR, priestesses were expected to enter Arach-Tinilith by age 25.[10]

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.

Notable inhabitants of Arach-Tinilith

Matron Mistresses/Mistress Mothers

Mistresses (teachers)

Students

Appearances

Novels

See also

References

  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). 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. 4.0 4.1 Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 195. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  5. {{Cite book/Daughter of the Drow/2003}89}}
  6. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 86. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  7. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 85. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  8. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 140. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  9. Warning: edition not specified for Homeland
  10. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 40. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  11. Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 182. ISBN 978-0786929290.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Elaine Cunningham (July 2003). Daughter of the Drow (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0786929290.

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