-Work in Progress-
I am looking for two things people to join in a story and well someone to sort of oversee the story as it where. So I won't be going into a massive amount of detail here as to a sort of setting or such since well that can be negotiated based upon interest and whatever would work best.
So get to the point of it all I am looking for a D&D based game preferably using the 3.5 rules set if we use rules at all. Now I would like this game to be set in a sort of made up fantasy world which contains an Underdark and traditional Drow society.
My concept for what I would like the game to be about is the story of an up and coming noble Drow house which previously held power within the city but due to wars and strife fell from favour. Although it was not destroyed and managed to survive still through deals, influence over the underdark, pacts and perhaps Lolth's wishes it has for sometime been seen as a shadow of its former glory.
The house has not been stagnant however and was never truly a weak one it has some of the most formidable allies and pacts in the region. The matron mother of the house is a strange sort who seamed none to bothered by her houses sudden fall in favour, confidently believing it was just a temporary setback. For some time her concerns have been fixed upon building her houses powers in other ways. Of course those in House Melani know that there Matron Mother is simply bidding her time and allowing many of the other houses to underestimate her, allowing her to focus upon her current goals without the worry of serious threats to her house.House Melani “Mother's of the Widow”
Inarra Melani is the Matron mother of House Melani and was once a feared and respected figure in the Drow community. Many of the Drow believe she has lost her edge and slipped from the position of one of Lolth's most favoured priestesses. She is however a very cunning and scheming Drow and many still fear her and her house even those who have ascended above her houses status. Despite her houses fall from favour she and her priestesses make up some of the most dedicated and fanatical servants of the Spider Queen. House Melani has extensive contacts within the other races of the Underdark and its rumoured to have fell pacts and creatures under its command. There are even tales of bizarre magical experiments and breeding programs more than one house has claimed to have lost spies to the strange products of these tales. Matron Inarra Melani herself is know to have a bizarre entourage of followers and bodyguards ranging from an Illithid advisor to giant spider creatures which serve as her preferred mode of transportation and demonic bodyguards.
Matron Mother Inarra Melani -High Priestess of Lolth, Mother of the Widow
Inarra Melani is a enigmatic figure in the Drow society of Orbben v'dre she looks younger than many of her own and many daughters and claims to be the Mother of the city. Most Drow consider this a boast and claim to being the most important and noble chosen servant of Lolth in the city. However Inarra Melani has never tried to rule the city as a whole although her House has always made its defence and advancements one of its primary concerns.
Some of the older Drow know the truth behind Inarra's words that she is far more ancient that she would have others believe and that she sowed the seeds that crafted Orbben v'dre itself. It is a well established fact that House Melani claims to be one of the founding Houses of Orbben v'dre but few in the house actually claim that there House was responsible for the very creation of the city and the first temple of Lolth there in.
Those that know Inarra Melani well know she is anything but what she seams and that her Houses fall from favour of late is a worrying sign. Many believe she has finally begun to succumb to her old age if not in physical looks and frailty then perhaps in other less noticeable ways. Yet she is still a well respected and feared figure in the community, even more so by some because they fear what her delusions may be.
Many bizarre and strange rumours surround Inarra Melani and she never seams eager to dismiss any of them, she even seams to discourage her children from doing so although many of them know the truth of the matter. One that holds truth among all the rumours is that Inarra Melani makes regular sacrifices to Lolth, her preferences for sacrifices are as Lolth prefers, although she tends to end up sacrificing more males than anything else. An unusual part of the rumour is that Inarra Melani makes habits of mimicking arachnid behaviour she regularly apparently chooses a male Drow to mate with and when the act is done devours them body and soul in honour of Lolth. Some doubt this claim although many are quite quick to point to the fact that many wayward Drow males have disappeared suddenly never to be seen or found.
Inarra Melani's position in the temple of Lolth is as the founder of said temple and the High Priestess, many have tried to push her from this position but as things stand there are far more Drow who would prefer to keep her there than see her disposed and the temple thrown into chaos. Over the years she has sown so much doubt and fear into the minds of the priestesses that many actually believe Lolth would not permit such. Inarra Melani does not lead the church or making all of its decisions however she is just respected and seen as the most noteworthy authority on Drow history and there religion.
She seams very content to allow the other priestesses to bicker and fight over the direction of there society and only occasionally nowadays does she try to sway the decisions in her own favour or direction. The only real dedication of late that Inarra seams to show is towards Lolth, other than her own bizarre pursuits and house matters she only seams to get involved when things are relevant to the survival of Orbben v'dre or disrespectful to Lolth.
If there are those that fear Inarra most of all it are those who are disloyal and traitors to the Drow race, she despises any signs of lack of faith and failing to worship in Lolth. Within House Melani thanks to some of Inarra's demands are some of Orbben v'dre most passionate and evil inquisitors and “Fang's of Lolth” these heretic hunters and assassins eagerly track down renegade Drow and those who are disloyal to the race to see that they are punished appropriately.
Among her other obsessions is the production and perfection of guardians and soldiers for Lolth and Orbben v'dre, few outside her House have even guessed at these practices although it is known that she has some kind of breeding program, strange allies and pacts with vile creatures. Its not known why Inarra interests herself in these things but she has on more than one occasion sent unusual creatures or monstrous spider to the defence of the city or the temple.
Among her strange allies are the Illithid Ehuth-llzae who serves House Melani in several facets primarily as an advisor and companion to Inarra. Little is known about Ehuth-llzae except that it has forever and always been at Inarra's side. What kind of deal Inarra has with the Illithid and there community is unknown but whatever it is it seams to be a favourable friendship as the Illithid's and Drow trade among one another and co-exist with what in the Underdark is almost unheard of peace. Many of Inarra's other associates other than the children of her house are little heard of or known but its widely believed she knows many of the creatures of the Abyssal realm on intimate levels and is quite capable of effecting services from them.
When she leaves her house she does so in perhaps the most blasé display of care among any of the Matron mothers of the city, she rarely has a full entourage with her and instead of being carried forth on disc she rides boldly to her destination on her faithful spider mount. Of course this does leave her quite unprotected not having her own personal army around to defend herself, but she seams confident in her standing and companions. Many of the Drow of course don't even see it as a sign of weakness they see it as the strength of Inarra's convictions and that she trusts in Lolth to protect her in essence many of the Matron Mothers envy her for this fact. Of course there is always at least a few who act upon the idea she is addled and deluded and attempt to stage a coo, which so far as resulted only badly for the attackers. When she is not in the public temple to Lolth she is in her own equally lavish private temple or attending to the many matters of her House.
What I am looking for
People interested in joining in a focused Drow story, with elements of other underdark cultures thrown in. Exploration of the themes of Drow society and well House Melani's interests in such things as Necromancy, Aracnomancy, pacts, bizarre experiments and breeding programs.
Ideally people who want to be a part of House Melani as well not being part of it could make working together as a group kind of awkward, although I am sure there might be some exceptions with things such as allies etc.
What Id prefer not to see
Drizzt clones, don't really want to see any characters who are in any way like Drizzt or obsessed with running around dual wielding scimitars and killing things with big X mark patterns. Its pretty lame enough and not to mention mind numbly boring when R.A Salvatore overdoes it don't need anyone else adding to that.
I am sure there will be ample opportunity for encounters and perhaps even Drow “love” heh and a tangled web of all sorts of sticky encounters. But well that should always remain just an element of the story and not entirely dominate it like a eager Matron whipping a stray male into shape.
Thank you for reading and well if your interested in helping out or joining in Id love to hear from you, one of the things I would love about this is if everybody involved added to the world. So that the group together would have there own creation to play out the story in, which perhaps might inspire other such stories to further explore aspects of said world.