The family started contacting powerful beings from the Far Realm, attempting to use them against business rivals and political enemies. However, contact with the Far Realm ultimately drove much of the family to madness, and their strange behavior soured their reputation in the city. Rumors even appeared in local broadsheets claiming the Shadowdusks had been supplanted by aberrant monsters disguised as humans.
Ultimately, in the Year of the Harp, 1355 DR, Shadowdusk Hold was razed with all three sisters killed in the fire. It was commonly believed the Watchful Order of Magists and Protectors was behind it.
- Dezmyr Shadowdusk (daughter of Yarlithra)
- Zalthar Shadowdusk (son of Yarlithra)
- Xerrion Shadowdusk (brother of Arandraya, Maelweene, and Yarlithra)
- Margaraste Shadowdusk (archmage and wife of Xerrion)
Motto & Heraldry
The original Shadowdusk family motto was "No secrets without truth". However, following their descent, it became "We do not fear the darkness".
Their crest is a lit torch with three embers rising from the flame, over a purple field. After going mad and moving to Undermountain, it was simply turned upside down.
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- Christopher Perkins (November 2018). Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 277–278. ISBN 978-0-7869-6626-4.
- Eric L. Boyd, Ed Greenwood, Christopher Lindsay, Sean K. Reynolds (June 2007). Expedition to Undermountain. Edited by Bill Slavicsek. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 34. ISBN 978-0-7869-4157-5.
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