Mercenaries unaffiliated with any Drow house, yet powerful enough to enjoy prosperity and the indulgence of matrons, the drow of Bregan D’aerthe hold a unique position in the Underdark.
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DC 30: Bregan D’aerthe mercenaries and assassins are a wild card in drow politics, seemingly an
untouchable class of sellswords. The group has outposts in Underdark settlements across northern and western Faerûn. Its members have been found working for surface interests in western lands from Luruar to Tethyr, and as far to the northeast as Impiltur.
Bregan D’aerthe originated in the city of Menzoberranzan. Its founder, Jarlaxle Baenre, has cunningly spread his philosophy to other drow cities, and now his society, which once had only a few hundred, has more than a thousand members. Few drow care to move against Bregan D’aerthe, because the organization has its uses—especially in gathering information from the Underdark and the surface world.
Hiring Bregan D’aerthe mercenaries also has its risks. As might be expected in a drow organization, the contract goes to the highest bidder—often the patron who offers the group the biggest advantage when events sort themselves out. Bregan D’aerthe forces have switched sides in the middle of more than one battle, or played both sides, to the ruination of those they have double-crossed.
- Leader: Jarlaxle, ultimately, but his trusted lieutenant Kimmuriel Oblodra runs the rganization during Jarlaxle’s frequent and long absences.
- Headquarters: Menzoberranzan.
- Hierarchy: The most accomplished, charismatic, and discerning resident member runs a particular
Bregan D’aerthe cell, although exceptions exist.
- Members: Well-equipped and skilled drow from fallen houses, including a few disenfranchised priestesses, form Bregan D’aerthe cadres dedicated to professional soldiery and mutual protection. Bregan D’aerthe is known to accept individual drow who are skilled in any of a variety of combat methods. However, the group has no active recruiting effort.
Jarlaxle – Leader
Kimmuriel Oblodra – Psionic 2nd in command
Athrogate – Dwarven warrior of some reputation. Likes rhymes
Jarlaxle and Bregan D’aerthe have contacts in surface cities such as Waterdeep, Baldur’s Gate, Athkatla, and Darromar, as well as Mulmaster and Lyrabar. A few underworld guilds even consider Bregan D’aerthe an ally. Through this set of connections, Jarlaxle and his followers expand their influence and grow ever richer.