"Only from the shadows can one see clearly. Illumination waits for those who dare to step out of the light."
House Thuranni is an elven dragonmarked house that has split off of House Phiarlan and become their direct rivals competing in entertainment and espionage. House Thuranni is the youngest of the dragonmarked houses, having split from House Phiarlan during the Last War. To the public, agents of House Thuranni are artists, entertainers and beautiful courtiers, however, like Phiarlan, Thuranni also offers more clandestine services as well. House Thuranni's specialty is in assassinations.
House Thuranni does not split up its espionage and entertainment service in the same way House Phiarlan does, so all Thuranni agents at least dabble in its espionage activities and work for the Shadow Network Thuranni assassins aren't readily available for hire, as House Thuranni chooses its clients carefully. However, 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.
Buried deep within the house 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 Shadows, 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. It is rumored to be conspiring with The Queen of Death to recover Qabalrin artifacts.
House Thuranni competes with House Phiarlan in the entertainment, information brokering, assassination and espionage businesses. While Phiarlan is superior at espionage, Thuranni's assassins are unrivaled. House Thuranni is also superior in the art of costuming, sculpture and painting, thanks to its control of the True Shapers. In addition, House Thuranni agents tend to be less idealistic and more profit focused.
Originally, the Thuranni line was one of the five most prominent families in House Phiarlan. As part of House Phiarlan, they operated as entertainers and spies, and on multiple occasions their actions ensured smooth transfer of power from one ruler of Galifar to the next. It is speculated that if Queen Mishann ir'Wynarn had called on Phiarlan assistance, the Last War would have been avoided.
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-eastern Khorvaire and much of its work was performed in Karrnath. It worked closely with the Emerald Claw during these years, when it was still part of the Karrnathi military.
The Shadow Schism
In 972 YK, an Emerald Claw agent revealed a plot by the Paelion line of House Phiarlan to carry out an assassination attempt on the ruler of Karrnath to House Thuranni. House Thuranni investigated and uncovered evidence that suggested an elaborate conspiracy by the Paelion line to take over Galifar through strategic assassinations of royalty, Phiarlan agents, and the leadership of the dragonmarked houses. At this, Thuranni family leader Elar d'Thuranni personally killed Paelion leader Tolar Paelion d'Phiarlan and ordered his family to carry out the extermination of 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, was outraged by this unilateral strike and called for the entire Thuranni family to be excoriated from the house. However Elar d'Thuranni refused the judgement and declared his family as a new house in defiance of House Phiarlan. The debate as to whether Thuranni would become a new house raged for years, however the Twelve eventually decided to favor Thuranni.
Given the secretive nature of both House Phiarlan and House Thuranni and their line of work, some have raised concerns about the truth to this story, and many wild rumors circulate as to the motivations of the split or question its cause. However, Elar Thuranni maintains that his actions were to quash an elaborate Paelion conspiracy.
After the schism, Thuranni established the displacer beast as its emblem, and its Regalport enclave as its headquarters at the invitation of High Prince Horget Black. Thuranni took over operations on the eastern side of the continent of Khorvaire, while Phiarlan continues to offer its services west of the Mournland.
- Baron Elar d'Thuranni
- Lady Miravella Uruvai d'Thuranni
- Vaedin Uruvai d'Thuranni
- Jaye Uruvai d'Thuranni
- Viceroy Ureilya d'Thuranni
- The True Shapers, Atur
- Shadows, Stormreach
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