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House Ghallanda is a halfling dragonmarked house found throughout Khorvaire. Ghallanda is one of the few dragonmarked houses that are not involved with some form of arms dealing or soldiering; instead, Ghallanda are Eberron's best hosts dealing in food and shelter.
House Ghallanda bears the Mark of Hospitality. This dragonmarkgrants various magical benefits that allow its bearers control over food and shelter, giving Ghallanda an advantage in all areas related to hospitality.
The Mark of Hospitality first appeared over 3,000 years ago on the native halfling tribesmen and women of the Talenta Plains. Those who bore this mark tended to congregate together and chose to call themselves Ghallanda, a name meaning 'helpful hounds'.
The Ghallandas wandered eastern Khorvaire, traveling from outpost to oasis, and they offered food and shelter to all those who crossed their path. During their travels, they managed to end feuds, prevent conflicts such as monster and bandit raids, and generally ease tension wherever they visited.
When Karrn the Conqueror finally explored the Talenta Plains, the other dragonmarked houses discovered the Ghallandas. After much negotiation, the Ghallandas were recognized as a fully fledged dragonmarked house and not long after House Ghallanda began to spread all over Khorvaire. They started off small by building humble inns and taverns, though with time they began construction of entire enclaves that dotted the map from the Barren Sea to the Lhazaar Principalities.
The Last War
House Deneith and House Ghallanda agreed on a contingent during the early years of the Last War for Ghallanda members to follow Deneith soldiers to provide them food and shelter on the field. It wasn't long until the Five Nations noticed the effectiveness of House Ghallanda and began hiring them to provide the same treatment for their armies. House Ghallanda wished to avoid taking sides and to remain a non-combatant, but when things went wrong they found themselves fighting alongside soldiers on the front lines. These soldiers now turned veterans are still around to this day and are not completely uncommon.
The heraldic symbol of House Ghallanda features a blink dog. The blink dog was chosen as they are known to come to the aid of those in need.
House Ghallanda allow their customers to spend time at their enclaves, much like a hotel. At the signing of the Treaty of Thronehold, Ghallanda secured concessions freeing their enclaves from the local law, effectively turning them into individual nations. Ghallanda holds no quarrel with their customers, so long as they pay. Anyone who is wanted can escape the law by visiting a Ghallanda enclave.
House Ghallanda also runs taverns and inns throughout Khorvaire. Ghallanda also can contribute to war efforts by supplying soldiers with magically created food and shelter.
- Gatherhold: A stronghold located on the eastern shore of Lake Cyre.
- Ghallanda Hall: A form of hotel and sanctuary located in Sharn, it is believed that this hall is host to many fugitives, spies, and mysterious strangers than anywhere else in Eberron.
- Wandering Inn: A nomadic pack of caravans that mimics cruise ships and offers the same luxuries one would find in most Ghallanda enclaves.
- Keith Baker, Bill Slavicsek, & James Wyatt (2004). Eberron Campaign Setting. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3274-0.
- James Wyatt and Keith Baker (2009). Eberron Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-5099-4.
|Dragonmarks & Houses|
|Mark of Detection (House Medani) • Mark of Finding (House Tharashk) • Mark of Handling (House Vadalis) • Mark of Healing (House Jorasco) • Mark of Hospitality (House Ghallanda) • Mark of Making (House Cannith) • Mark of Passage (House Orien) • Mark of Scribing (House Sivis) • Mark of Sentinel (House Deneith) • Mark of Shadow (House Phiarlan, House Thuranni) • Mark of Storm (House Lyrandar) • Mark of Warding (House Kundarak)|