• Eilistraee is Not Dead!




    Warning! Plot Spoiler!


    The series is The Lady Penitent, by  Lisa Smedman.

    Warning! Plot Spoiler!



    In the book series by Lisa Smedman, The Lady Penitent, Eilistraee is supposedly slain. This was a terrible thing to read and, as a super fan of Dark Elves and Eilistraee, I was instantly heartbroken! But… I didn’t loose hope. After I spent a few moments rereading the events of the ending and I noted that Eilistraee could not actually be dead! Here is why:  Eilistraee  inhabitants one of her avatars who is subsequently beheaded. Interestingly, by the cannon of D&D, a creature and ANY type cannot be killed on a plain other than its own. It may be banished and wounded, but not killed. Only during he Time of Troubles was it possible to kill a God by killing their form in the prime material plane. In fact, the entire reason the Gods in the series, the Time of Troubles, were so frought with fear and haste (a major device in the plot of the series) was based upon the fact that their bodies could be killed on the prime material plane (curtesy of the Over God). With this in mind, I knew something was wrong with the ending of this series. The author, Lisa Smedman, is just too good of a fiction writer to have let such a err slip by… and it turned out she had not:


    As soon as I read the fate of Eilistraee I contacted the author of the Lady Penitent series, Lisa Smedman, in regard to the fate of the Lolth’s two children, Eilistraee and Vhaeraun. Ms. Smedman was quite delightful to talk about and answer of my frantic questions. Most important to me was why, or if, Eilistraee had been killed. Ms. Smedman had this to say:


    “I would have love to have kept both Eilistraee and Vhaeraun alive and kicking, since they make such interesting antagonists for Lolth, but my assignment from Wizards of the Coast was to make the necessary “tweaks” to the drow pantheon. WOTC stipulated that they had to die, but I had the fun of coming up with the gruesome details. Whether Eilistraee or Vhaeraun are ever resurrected (either in game material or a novel) is strictly up to WOTC — although individual DMs can do as they will, within their own campaigns. Hopefully, I’ve written in a couple of “loopholes” in my trilogy that they can use!” -Lisa Smedman.


    With this result I knew that Eilistraee had been killed for some silly reason and not because of the actual nature and progression of the story. The obvious loopholes which prevented her death were also very much correct and, it would appear  left in place by the author. In light of WOTC’s decision to remove these Gods, I am glad that it was done with finesse and with enough loopholes for Dungeon Masters to allow for their own returns of the Gods. I seriously hope to see the return of these Gods in later editions of Forgotten Realms. I am also looking forward to reading more novels by Ms. Smedman! Her previous novels really enthralled me; especially Extinction, book four of the series War of the Spider Queen.

    Keep up the good work Lisa Smedman!


    As you can see, Eilistraee was “killed” in such a way that she can be reborn. Given that she was not killed on her home plane, she must be alive, per D&D rules.


    *relaxing sigh*


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