CHARACTER REVEAL: Maelef
Maelef, Eldest Daughter of House Gullion
Maelora's eldest daughter has always been something of an enigma to the Matron Mother; at this point in time, Naraneus appears to have decided not to bless Maelef, so that rather than excel in the divine arts, she continually demonstrates arcane abilities that have frustrated the drow noble (and her mother).
While she certainly doesn't lack a talent for intrigue or guile, Maelef has found other avenues of interest now it is clear her Matron Mother isn't going to support her as the next leader of House Gullion. When Matron Maelora began to show a desire to enslave any lands she could, and the Upperworld in particular, Maelef decided to use her position as the eldest daughter of Holoth’s First House to obtain and read hundreds of books from the surface. She continues to search for more, and remains a key part of the duplicity of the Underworld city through the knowledge gained via every scrap of literature she can find from exotic lands.
As most members of House Gullion know she isn't heir to Maelora's throne, Maelef commands relatively little power compared to her sisters. For now she is happy not to overly engage in the city’s politics, but does keep a mental record of every comment and action made against her; she won't suffer much more of this, and senses Maelora will turn to her at some point during current events. Maelef remains a cunning and dangerous individual, and greatly values her “free” life and information above all else. If it comes to a straightforward choice of either dying pointlessly for House Gullion or taking a chance in the Upperworld in order to save her knowledge, there is no contest, for written words speak louder than suicidal actions.