House Vol was an elven dragonmarked house and one of the first of the dragonmarked houses to appear, originating in Aerenal. The house existed for 600 years (-3200 YK - -2600 YK) before it was laid to ruin and completely wiped from the face of Eberron.
House Vol possessed the Mark of Death. Though scholars have debated as to the actual power wielded by a member of House Vol, the scope of its capability was, without a doubt, terrible. No statistics for the Mark of Death have been featured in an official publication, however in the 4th edition Eberron Campaign Guide, Gamemasters are encouraged to create their own rules for the mark.
House Vol was at the center of a historical war between dragons and elves. Minara Vol, the then matriarch of the house, sought to end the long standing war between the two races through an arcane and genetic project that'd fuse the bloodlines of both species. She allied herself with the rogue green dragon, the Emerald Claw. Minara was impregnated and gave birth to a girl whom she named Erandis, after her grandmother. The child was raised in secret.
It's not known how but word of the half-dragon child was leaked, some believe she was betrayed by one of the elves of her very own house, however none of these people can explain exactly who or why they did this. The prevailing belief among historians is that her own father, desperate for an end to the devastating conflicts, voluntarily announced the news of the successful breeding of both dragon and elf. If this was truly the Emerald Claw's objective then he achieved to some degree as the revelation of Erandis' birth brought an end to the periodic conficts and an alliance between dragons and elves. Out of mutual fear of the power House Vol could one day possess through these half-dragons, the elves and dragons united under the goal of exterminating the half-dragons and House Vol's bloodline along with it. Not long after the purge began, Erandis' father disappeared. Similar to the mystery of who betrayed Erandis, no one knows what happened to the Emerald Claw, though two theories exist. One is that he perished defending the half-dragons, the other is that he fled Eberron out of shame of his hubris. Towards the end of the war Erandis was killed. Refusing to accept her death, Minara resurrected her as a lich and had a handful of close allies escort Erandis to Khorvaire.
Though it was a long and bitter war, its results were never in doubt, the line of Vol was exterminated. House Vol's allies and associates fled for their lives to the continent Khorvaire. Those that fled are believed to be the progenitors to the Blood of Vol religion.
Though it is commonly believed that the War of the Mark ocurred because the alliance feared the power of the Mark of Death, some researchers, upon closer study, have questioned: "If the mark was so powerful then how was it defeated?". These historians believe that the alliance didn't fear what the line of Vol was but rather what it could become. The breeding of elf and dragon is theorized to potentially give life to a being that could become the avatar of death itself. Little do they know but their theory is historic fact, due to the birth of such a being, Erandis Vol.
Joining House VolEdit
Though House Vol has long disbanded it is not entirely impossible to join or at least assist in its return. Player's who are involved in an evil campaign may wish to join the Order of the Emerald Claw or the Blood of Vol and rise through the ranks of either organization until they are trusted enough to learn of Lady Vol.
The alignment of the house is never officially documented and the alignment given is an educated approximation by this wiki.
- Eberron Campaign Setting. Keith Baker, Bill Slavicsek, and James Wyatt (2004). Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-3274-0.Page 228
- Faiths of Eberron. Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, Ari Marmell, and C.A. Suleiman (2006). Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-3934-6.Page 75
- Eberron Campaign Guide. James Wyatt and Keith Baker (2009). Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-5099-4.