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Overview[edit]

Heraldic Crest of House Phiarlan
House Phiarlan Map
House Phiarlan Scenery

An elven dragonmarked house, the members of House Phiarlan carry the Mark of Shadows. This mark is also carried by House Thuranni which split off from House Phiarlan during the last war. The mark of shadows is the only mark carried by two houses.

The heraldic symbol of the house is a hydra, but it often uses a secondary symbol of a silver mask. And members of the house may actually wear a silver mask, or at least have it worked into their jewelry (brooch/ring/belt-buckle)

House Phiarlan specializes in entertainment, music, and shadows/illusions.

Unknown to virtually every outsider, there is also branch of House Phiarlan that deals with more than just the arts. Its job is to oversee the house as a whole, and to be responsible for the information gathering, scrying, and spying. With occasional jobs dealing with assassination or theft. This branch is known as the "Serpentine Table". It does lease its services to outsiders occasionally, but only to the most wealthy and powerful of the nobles. Virtually every member of House Phiarlan serves as an informant to the Table - giving any interesting information they come across to liaisons in the House.

History[edit]

House Phiarlan has a tradition that can be traced all the way back to elves originally on Xen'Drik. When the elves rebelled against the giants, it was not the race of elves against the race of giants. It was various tribes of elves fighting various clans of giants. During the rebellion, a number of elves traveled between the elven tribes. Their purpose to carry messages, gather intelligence, keep alliances between tribes strong, and in general help to uphold the morale of the various tribes. These elves were known as "Phiarlans" or "Spirit Keepers".

In Aerenal, before the Undying Court unified the elven people, these Phiarlans continued to travel between the various tribes. Here, their role became two-fold. First as bards and entertainers they performed ancient arts from Xen'Drik as well as bringing news and messages from tribe to tribe. Secondly though, they used some of this news and information to help keep alliances, prevent rivalries from growing into feuds, and generally help the growth of the nation as a whole rather than individual city-states or tribes.

After the Undying Court was created, and the elves united both against the dragons and under the court, the Phiarlans were needed less and less as mediators between tribes. However, they were often paid by the Sibling Kings and by other nobles to act as spies, and bring information back to them. Phiarlans considered this to be helping the nation as a whole and so still a desirable task they were willing to undertake.

When Dragonmarks first appeared, the elves knew it was a momentous event. Even if they didn't fully understanding it. They had some familiarity with the Dragon's Prophecy, although even with centuries of study the could not fully comprehend it, and they know the dragonmarks were some how involved in the Prophecy. As a result, the Sibling Kings and other nobles started using their own security forces, the Deathguard, and the Cairdal Blades instead of Phiarlans, who bore a mark they did not fully trust.

After the followers of Vol were wiped out, the lines carrying the mark of shadows decided that perhaps it would be best for them to leave Aerenal as well. There had been no anger or aggression against those with the mark of shadows, but that did not mean that there could not be any one day. So, they migrated to Khorvaire. As a statement of their independence they formally renounced their lines and the name Aereni, forming a new alliance to be known as House Phiarlan.

Realizing that they were newcomers in a land with well established powers, they used their skills as artisans, entertainers, and bards to work their way into the houses of nobility across the continent. Just the sheer amount of money gathered by this house for its entertainment services now makes it a power of its own.

Points of Interest[edit]

NPCs[edit]

Members[edit]

Favor Ranks[edit]

Completing tasks and missions for House Phiarlan will increase your favor, which is a measure of how valuable the House finds your character. At each new level, the patron representative will provide a character with a reward.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maris d'Phiarlan

Subject: You're now eligible for the rank of Noted

{name},
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Maris d'Phiarlan, a representative of House Phiarlan stationed in Xen'drik. I wish to welcome you to Stormreach and thank you for your actions on behalf of our house. When you are free to do so, come speak with me in the Phiarlan ward so that we might discuss the future. I foresee great things for you, {class}!

Regard,
Maris d'Phiarlan

(By completing quests that benefit House Phiarlan, you have impressedm them enough to get access to a spell caster who casts long-lasting benefical spells. Speak with Maris d'Phiarlan in the House Phiarlan enclave for details.)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maris d'Phiarlan

Subject: You're now eligible for the rank of Commended

My dear {name},
I mentioned you to some of the elders of House Phiarlan and they spoke highly of you. Many are impressed by your deeds, and there was even some discussion of membership in House Phiarlan. I cannot describe how happy this makes me! We should get together for lunch sometime and plan your future.

Cheers!
Maris d'Phiarlan

(You have continued to gain favor with House Phiarlan and have earned a special item that will assist you in your travels around the city. Speak with Maris d'Phiarlan in the House Phiarlan enclave to claim your reward.)

Favor Rank Grants
0 Neutral -
75 Noted The ability to purchase a variety of lasting 30-minute buffs.
150 Commended Phiarlan Pendant of Time trinket, which increases movement rate through non-combat areas. Ability to purchase a variety of higher-level lasting 30-minute buffs.
400 Honored Currently unreachable

Quests[edit]

The following is a list of quests sponsored by the House Phiarlan. Completing these quests increases your favor.

Quest Name Quest Level Total Favor Free to Play Acquired in: Located in:  ♣CasualSolo/Casual ♦NormalNormal ♥HardHard ♠EliteElite Epic?
Information is Key 2 12 Yes The Harbor:
The Leaky Dinghy
The Harbor  ♣540Solo/Casual ♦980Normal ♥1,060Hard ♠1,140Elite No
First Strike 3 9 No Tangleroot Gorge Tangleroot Gorge  ♣429Solo/Casual ♦772Normal ♥828Hard ♠884Elite No
The Hobgoblins' Captives 3 9 No Tangleroot Gorge Tangleroot Gorge  ♣456Solo/Casual ♦820Normal ♥880Hard ♠940Elite No
Rest for the Restless 4 9 Yes House Phiarlan: Bogwater Tavern House Phiarlan  ♣578Solo/Casual ♦1,036Normal ♥1,108Hard ♠1,180Elite No
Yarkuch's War-plans 4 9 No Tangleroot Gorge Tangleroot Gorge  ♣597Solo/Casual ♦1,070Normal ♥1,145Hard ♠1,220Elite No
Whisperdoom's Spawn 4 9 No Tangleroot Gorge Tangleroot Gorge  ♣674Solo/Casual ♦1,209Normal ♥1,294Hard ♠1,380Elite No
The Deadly Package: The Stronghold Key 5 9 No Tangleroot Gorge Tangleroot Gorge  ♣767Solo/Casual ♦1,369Normal ♥1,460Hard ♠1,550Elite No
The Deadly Package: Agent of the Darguul 5 9 No Tangleroot Gorge Tangleroot Gorge  ♣475Solo/Casual ♦846Normal ♥900Hard ♠953Elite No
A Small Problem 5 12 No House Phiarlan House Phiarlan  ♣1,724Solo/Casual ♦2,340Normal ♥3,300Hard ♠3,513Elite Yes
Partycrashers 5 12 No House Phiarlan House Phiarlan  ♣1,230Solo/Casual ♦2,200Normal ♥2,350Hard ♠2,500Elite Yes
The Snitch 5 12 No House Phiarlan House Phiarlan  ♣1,152Solo/Casual ♦2,060Normal ♥2,200Hard ♠2,340Elite Yes
Under the Big Top 5 12 No House Phiarlan House Phiarlan  ♣1,308Solo/Casual ♦2,340Normal ♥2,500Hard ♠2,660Elite Yes
Purge the Heretics 6 12 Yes House Phiarlan: Bogwater Tavern House Phiarlan  ♣368Solo/Casual ♦650Normal ♥686Hard ♠723Elite No
Caged Trolls 6 12 Yes House Phiarlan: Bogwater Tavern House Phiarlan  ♣463Solo/Casual ♦820Normal ♥868Hard ♠916Elite No
Doom of the Witch-doctor: The Way to Zulkash 6 12 No Tangleroot Gorge Tangleroot Gorge  ♣687Solo/Casual ♦1,220Normal ♥1,294Hard ♠1,369Elite No
Doom of the Witch-doctor: Zulkash, Herald of Woe 6 12 No Tangleroot Gorge Tangleroot Gorge  ♣726Solo/Casual ♦1,290Normal ♥1,369Hard ♠1,448Elite No
Gwylan's Stand 7 18 Yes House Phiarlan House Phiarlan  ♣2,220Solo/Casual ♦3,940Normal ♥4,180Hard ♠4,420Elite No
The Last Move: The Way to Yarkuch 7 9 No Tangleroot Gorge Tangleroot Gorge  ♣348Solo/Casual ♦612Normal ♥644Hard ♠676Elite No
The Last Move: Yarkuch's Last Stand 7 12 No Tangleroot Gorge Tangleroot Gorge  ♣708Solo/Casual ♦1,252Normal ♥1,324Hard ♠1,396Elite No
Faithful Departed 8 12 Yes House Phiarlan: Golden Wing Inn House Phiarlan  ♣1,154Solo/Casual ♦2,038Normal ♥2,152Hard ♠2,266Elite No
In Need of Supplies 8 9 No Ruins of Threnal Ruins of Threnal  ♣????Solo/Casual ♦780Normal ♥820Hard ♠860Elite No
The Rescue 8 15 No Ruins of Threnal Ruins of Threnal  ♣????Solo/Casual ♦1,410Normal ♥2,990Hard ♠3,330Elite No
The Keeper's Sanctuary 9 12 No House Jorasco: Drowning Sorrows Tavern Delera's Graveyard  ♣916Solo/Casual ♦1,612Normal ♥1,696Hard ♠1,780Elite No
The Library of Threnal 9 9 No Ruins of Threnal Ruins of Threnal  ♣????Solo/Casual ♦916Normal ♥961Hard ♠1,007Elite No
The Missing Expedition 9 12 No Ruins of Threnal Ruins of Threnal  ♣????Solo/Casual ♦1,720Normal ♥1,810Hard ♠1,900Elite No
Entering the Gate Chamber 9 15 No Ruins of Threnal Ruins of Threnal  ♣????Solo/Casual ♦2,260Normal ♥2,380Hard ♠2,500Elite No
Secure the Area 10 12 No Ruins of Threnal Ruins of Threnal  ♣1,022Solo/Casual ♦2,152Normal ♥2,260Hard ♠2,368Elite No
Escort the Expedition 10 18 No Ruins of Threnal Ruins of Threnal  ♣2,702Solo/Casual ♦5,699Normal ♥5,993Hard ♠6,288Elite No
Hold for Reinforcements 10 9 No Ruins of Threnal Ruins of Threnal  ♣????Solo/Casual ♦784Normal ♥820Hard ♠855Elite No
The Gate Chamber 10 9 No Ruins of Threnal Ruins of Threnal  ♣????Solo/Casual ♦670Normal ♥700Hard ♠730Elite No
The Spawn of Whisperdoom 11 18 Yes House Phiarlan House Phiarlan  ♣2,112Solo/Casual ♦3,700Normal ♥3,880Hard ♠4,060Elite No
Desert Caravan 11 15 No House Phiarlan or Zawabi's Refuge House Phiarlan or Zawabi's Refuge  ♣1,701Solo/Casual ♦2,980Normal ♥3,123Hard ♠3,268Elite No
Total 32 Quests 375 Favor
(93 Free)
7 Free Quests  ♣25,057+Solo/Casual ♦53,547Normal ♥58,975Hard ♠62,420Elite 4 Epic Quests