House Thuranni is an elven dragonmarked house which was once a part of House Phiarlan and has become their direct rivals competing in entertainment and espionage. House Thuranni is the youngest of the dragonmarked houses and lives a double life, to the public they are artists, entertainers and beautiful courtiers however, that is far from the truth. House Phiarlan is still larger and stronger than House Thuranni, leading the way in information gathering and spying however, there is one field that House Thuranni surpasses their cousins, assassinations.
"Only from the shadows can one see clearly. Illumination waits for those who dare to step out of the light." -Taen d'Thuranni, bright phantasm of the Shadow Network.
House Thuranni possesses the Mark of Shadow.
4th Edition: In the 4th edition Eberron Player's Guide the Mark of Shadow can be taken as a feat which grants the player the ability to remain hidden or invisible when they attack. The player also learns a group of scrying and stealth rituals.
During the early years of the Last War House Thuranni's members were still a part of House Phiarlan and carried out many assassination contracts. The Thuranni family were mainly based in north-western Khorvaire and much of its work was performed in Karrnath. It worked closely with the Emerald Claw during these years. House Phiarlan was contracted to assassinate the rivals of Galifar heirs and would-be usurpers, however it was the intelligence gathering which put the house under intense pressure as these requests came from all nations and factions. Due to the sheer volume of these contracts many of the dragonmarked elves families found themselves working at cross-purposes and directly competing with each other. Many lost their neutrality and developed loyalty to particular clients and nations. In 972 YK Thuranni family assassins turned on another House Phiarlan family, the Paelion family. Few members of the Paelion family survived the attempted extermination and those who did went into hiding. The leader of the House Phiarlan, Baron Elvinor Elorrenthi d'Phiarlan condemned the actions of the Thuranni family and called for the excoriation of them, however Elar Thuranni refused the judgement and declared his family as a new house. The debate as to whether Thuranni would become a new house was fierce and lasted for years, however the Twelve eventually agreed in favor of Thuranni.
This is the officially documented story of the Shadow Schism, although many have pointed out missing information such as the cause for the Paelion family massacre. Baron Elar has claimed to have uncovered a plot hatched by the Paelions to assassinate dragonmarked heirs and kings, and thus attempted to exterminate them. There is a conspiracy that the Shadow Schism was planned and that Baron Elar and Baron Elvinor agreed to split the house and use the Paelions as a scape goat. If this is true, then what could be the reason?
Notable Members Edit
- Baron Elar d'Thuranni
- Lady Miravella Uruvai d’Thuranni
- Vaedin Uruvai d’Thuranni
- Jaye Uruvai d’Thuranni
- Viceroy Ureilya d'Thuranni
House Thuranni competes with House Phiarlan in the entertainment, information brokering, assassination and espionage businesses, however it is only in assassinations that Thuranni manages to surpass its rival. Not even the elite can simply hire a Thurannni assassin as only Thuranni chooses its clients. It is rumoured that House Thuranni works with the Emerald Claw. House Thuranni offers its services as artists and courtiers to the public. Secret services such as Aundair's Royal Eyes often rely on the information purchased from House Thuranni and Phiarlan. House Thuranni has more artisans than actual artists from architects to painters and sculptors, however there are still many actors, dancers and musicians within the house.
Buried deep within the secret operations is the Dragon's Path, a group dedicated to understanding the draconic prophecy. Leading the Dragon's Path is Viceroy Ureilya d'Thuranni.
In Stormreach, Thuranni runs the House of Shadow, a brothel that services the wealthy and powerful of Stormreach. The Uruvai family is primarily in charge of Thurrani's operations on the continent of Xen'drik, and has been conspiring with The Queen of Death to recover Qabalrin artifacts.
- Shadow Network
- The Bloody Shadows
Dragonmarked calls Thuranni one of the five prominent families of the original House Phiarlan. The surviving three families of the Shadow Schism (Ellorenthi, Tialaen, and Shol) make up modern Phiarlan. Dragonmarked leaves room for other "lesser" lines of elves with the Mark of Shadow. City of Stormreach calls out the Uruvai as one of the six lines of Thuranni, suggesting that five lines of elves joined the Thurranis in their separation from House Phiarlan.
- Typical House Thuranni Assassin: Eberron Campaign Setting p.239
- Thuranni Assassin: Eberron Campaign Guide p.233
- Eberron Campaign Setting. Keith Baker, Bill Slavicsek, and James Wyatt (2004). Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-3274-0.
- Eberron Campaign Guide. James Wyatt and Keith Baker (2009). Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-5099-4.