Todays Rule of Three

Posted: April 24, 2012 in Rise of the Underdark, Uncategorized

Todays Rule of Three post on the WotC site gives us a little more detail about Rise of the Underdark storyline

Deep in the Abyssal darkness of the Demonweb Pits, the goddess Lolth is spinning a web of deceit, treachery, and ambition. Her goal is to seize control of arcane magic—a position that has lain vacant since the death of Mystra a hundred years ago.

To facilitate this grasp for power, Lolth sent a prophet—Danifae Yauntyrr—to all the cities of the drow. Danifae is a fallen priest, a scoundrel, a seductress, and—if history is any guide—an avatar of Lolth herself. Danifae whispered to the leaders of all the great drow houses, spurring them to gather ancient power to aid Lolth’s ascent.

The drow are scouring the world for primordial relics (pieces of a dead or sleeping primordial), seeking out the remains of great wizards, gathering artifacts once sacred to Mystra, and fighting for control of magical locations on the world’s surface.

As the drow gather arcane energy and channel it to Lolth, her power grows. Her web extends to cover most of the world, forming a Demon Weave to replace the sundered Weave that Mystra maintained—a new fabric of arcane magic. With that, the priests and wizards who serve Lolth have access to greater power than ever before, and their task becomes to use it.

Across the surface world, Lolth’s servitors draw on the Demon Weave to create shrouds of darkness that cover league upon league of surface lands. Under this pall of darkness, the drow can move and fight freely during what would normally be daylight hours. With this aid, they can complete Lolth’s transformation and bring the world to ruin.

It also clues us in to a few more events and products linked to the storyline: The GenCon championship adventure – Dawn of Night, and online support in Dragon 413 and Dungoen 204 (3 issues away).

  1. I wonder how Lolth’s search for a primordial links in with the drow renegade Jarlaxle’s (and thus the Bregan D’aerthe groups) investigation of the primordial Maegara in Gauntlgrym?

  2. Digging around a bit more, I found this blurb for a ‘Demon Weave’ ebook:

    A “prophet” moves among the drow. A fallen priest, a scoundrel, a seductress, and if history is any guide, an avatar of Lolth herself. There are whispers to the leaders of the great drow Houses, communicating Lolth’s desire: The Spider Queen will spin a new Weave and take Mystra’s vacant seat as god of magic.

    To engender Lolth’s apotheosis into the goddess of arcane magic, the drow must gather ancient power: primordial relics, remains of great wizards, artifacts once sacred to Mystra (the dead goddess of magic), and gain control of magical locations on the world’s surface.

    Drow society is strained to the breaking point by this revelation. The female-dominated priesthood doesn’t care to hear her message, a message that would dilute their own importance and raise male wizards as equals, or worse. They invent reasons to doubt the provenance of the message. Many reject her and her message, and try to banish proponents as frauds and heretics.

    But wizards among the drow, and the priestesses of wizard-friendly Houses (including House Barrison Del’Armgo the Second House of Menzoberranzan, and House Xolorrin the Third House of Menzoberranzan, among others) set about carrying out Lolth’s plan. They desire to lay the foundation for a new Weave . . . and bring about the everlasting darkness that will cover the world above.

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