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Our #1 Bestselling 600+ page Underworld setting & mega-adventure for levels 1-20 D&D 5th Edition or PFRPG in a collectible hardcover
Our #1 Bestselling 600+ page Underworld setting & mega-adventure for levels 1-20 D&D 5th Edition or PFRPG in a collectible hardcover
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Mathorn, Younger Daughter of House Gullion

Mathorn was a rarity among the drow: a happy child, relatively untouched by the hatred and political jockeying of the dark elves.

As a potential heir to the title of Matron, she was given everything she could want. The Matriarch and Mathorn's tutors tried to groom her into a Priestess of the Spider Goddess, but Mathorn did not feel the calling she was supposed to. Instead, she studied the ways of combat with her brother Gal. She took to the teachings well, but some of her divine tutor's lessons had sunk in; rather than standing face-to-face with her enemies, she learned how to use her natural abilities to strike from hiding.

During an expedition to the surface world, Mathorn's party was attacked by a group of adventurers. A human killed Mathorn's favorite tutor, Mol, even though she didn't defend herself. The young drow was devastated - no tutor after that was good enough because they simply were not Mol. Mathorn sank into a depression.

As she grew older, she finally felt the calling of the Spider Goddess, but not in the way a priestess should. She heeded the path of shadows and embraced their darkness, learning to harness them and make herself even more deadly. She found that not only was she good at killing, she enjoyed it. It was only when she wrapped herself in the gloom that she realized that Mol was still with her as a shadow.

The Matron noticed and used the abilities and skills her daughter had built up to mold Mathorn into a spy for the family. Maelora used her to gather information on rival houses (which Mathorn was very good at) but didn't count on her daughter using those same skills to gather secrets about her own family members, including her mother.

Mathorn now spends her days mostly by herself, keeping tabs on the various major houses of Holoth (both her own and rivals). She is usually found atop one of the spires of the palace maintaining watch, keeping both her wits and her blades sharp while Mol rests nearby.

Mol, Former Tutor to Mathorn of House Gullion

The former tutor of the younger daughter of House Gullion, the drow scholar used herself as a selfless barrier to save Mathorn when their expedition to the surface was attacked by adventurers, dying in the process.

Mathorn's desire for her former teacher was so great that her spirit lingered on, drawn to the heir to Holoth like a moth to a flame. After several years her former student finally heeded Mol's teachings; as a result, the divine instructor's essence manifested as a shadow. The only times she is not with the young mistress of secrets is when Mathorn sends the ethereal spirit out to spy on members of House Gullion or the rival estates in Holoth.

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    1. AAW Games 10-time creator on

      @David Carter: Yes! I absolutely LOVE the artwork from Mates Laurentiu to Bryan Syme and all the artists in between, this book will be full of beautiful art on nearly every single page!

    2. David Carter "Carter" on

      The artwork for this entire campaign is without a doubt flawless and incredibly beautiful.
      I can not wait to get my thieving halfling fingers on this.