First edition cover art by "Brom"
|Author||Richard Lee Byers|
|Publisher||Wizards of the Coast|
|Publication date||July, 2002|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover, Paperback)|
|Pages||344 pp (first edition, hardback) &|
384 pp (paperback edition)
|ISBN||ISBN 0-7869-2714-3 (first edition, hardback) &|
ISBN 0-7869-2944-8 (paperback edition)
Dissolution is a fantasy novel by Richard Lee Byers. Dissolution is a Crime Novel by British author C J Sansom. It is Sansom's first published novel released in 2003 It is the first book of the War of the Spider Queen hexad. War of the Spider Queen is a New York Times best-selling series of Novels set in the Forgotten Realms universe published
Pharaun and Ryld journey to a tavern, where Ryld plays sava (a chess-like game) while Pharaun goes to the basement, where various female drow captives are available for males to do with as they see fit with. This article refers to the fictional elven race from Dungeons & Dragons. Pharaun talks with one of them who reveals the name of several elopers. While he is there, Ryld is attacked by other males whom he has taught. Afterwards, the two companions talk about the quest and decide the males are eloping because of the unusually harsh rule of the females in the last few weeks. Pharaun reveals that he has reason to believe that Lolth is gone and as such the females cannot use divine spells anymore, and are limited to scrolls and magic items. Ryld, though sceptical at first, eventually believes him.
They learn of an uprising among the lower class creatures led by a mysterious prophet, and decide to pretend that they support the elopers. They kill a group of Drow to prove their "dedication" to the cause and are reluctantly taken in. They learn that the mastermind behind the rebellion is an evil illithid lich (called an "alhoon" or an "illithilich"), and that when he sends a mental signal, all the lower creatures will attack. In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game illithids (commonly known as mind flayers) are monstrous humanoid aberrations In modern Fantasy fiction, a lich (ˈlɪtʃ (sometimes spelled liche, Cognate to German Leiche "corpse" is a type of
While this is all happening, Gromph Baenre is sending various demons to attack Quenthel Baenre, all taking the guise of various aspects of Lloth, e. House Baenre is a Fictional Clan of dark elves in the Forgotten Realms Campaign setting, created by R House Baenre is a Fictional Clan of dark elves in the Forgotten Realms Campaign setting, created by R g. a demon spider, a demon of chaos, a darkness demon, and others. Spiders are Predatory Invertebrate Animals that have two body segments, eight legs no chewing mouth parts and no wings While this happens, a group of students at Arach-Tinilith decide that Lloth is disfavouring Quenthel, and resolve to kill her. She learns of this plan and has the offending students killed.
Another subplot involves an ambassador from the neighbouring city of Ched Nasad being refused the right to leave by Triel Baenre. She eventually attempts to leave and is stopped by a traitor in her household. She then escapes the city, but is caught and taken to Triel. She realizes someone has turned Triel against her and is tortured by Jeggred Baenre, Triel's draegloth son. House Baenre is a Fictional Clan of dark elves in the Forgotten Realms Campaign setting, created by R See also List of Dungeons & Dragons monsters Dungeons & Dragons version 3
Eventually the lower races get the signal to rebel. Pharaun escapes from the Illithid and gathers the forces of Menzoberranzan to fight. A battle ensues, where much of Menzoberranzan is marred. At the end, the general populace realizes the weakness of the priestesses, and Pharaun, Ryld, Quenthel, Jeggred, and the ambassador, Faeryl Zauvirr, are sent to Ched Nasad to see if they are also afflicted.
One of the major themes of the book is the constant struggle between the houses of the Drow, and their inherent chaos and evil that is such a powerful contrast to our society today. The quote from the very first page sums it up: Evil, like chaos, is one of the fundamental forces of Creation, manifest in both the macrocosm of the wide world and the microcosm of the individual soul. As chaos gives rise to possibility and imagination, so evil engenders strength and will. It makes sentient beings aspire to wealth and power. It enables them to subjugate, kill, rob and deceive. It allows them to do whatever is required to better themselves with never a crippling flicker of remorse.
The book contrasts the Drow society with ours today. A running theme is the way the Drow treat the lesser races - one Drow is seen as ripping pieces of flesh from the ribcage of a still-living goblin to feed his pet. But it is the uncaring, almost casual way that the Dark Elves do this that contrasts so harshly with our world.
Another contrast is the matriarchal Drow society. The book's main plotline of the eloping males is caused by the vicousness of the stronger, higher ranking females. This is similar to hyena society.