House Phiarlan possesses the Mark of Shadow. This oldest living dragonmark first appeared on Aerenal and grants various magical benefits that relate to divination and illusions. The house turned these powers to the arts of entertainment; their actors, musicians, and acrobats are legendary. During the Last War, some members of the house disapproved of the houses involvement and broke away forming House Thuranni.
- Entertainers and Artisans Guild
- The Serpentine Table
- The Five Demesnes (see below)
- Taer Syraen (eladrin feyspire, home of j’Hold)
- Baron Elvinor Elorrenthi d’Phiarlan, matriarch
- Lady Vada d’Phiarlan, Dean of the Demesne of the Motion
The Five Demesnes
Memory: This Demesne deals with the written word. Phiarlan novelists, playwrights, and poets all study here. Because of their unsurpassed skill, Phiarlan books, songs and plays have a powerful effect on public opinion. An individual can pay for a Phiarlan author to not only portray themselves in a good light but also vilify an enemy. Phiarlan are often hired as speech writers for important political figures. The Demesne of Memory is located in the city of Fairhaven in Aundair.
Motion: This Demesne teaches the art of the body, including dance, gymnastics, wrestling, mime, contortion, and massage. Phiarlans have mastered many different forms and styles of dance, and they are known for there grace and power. Acrobats of the Carnival of Shadows train in this Demesne before starting in the Carnival. The Serpentine Table normally takes some of the gifted students of this Demesne for their society of assassins. Phiarlan escorts study the arts of motion and shadow; these elves are hired to provide companionship or to make an impression and can change there appearance to appear as anyone the client needs or wants. The Demesne of Motion is located in the city of Korth in Karrnath.
Music: This Demesne teaches the art of sound, song and instruments. This Demesne teaches different styles from all over Zarmina. Most Phiarlan learn this Demesne and it is second in popularity only to the Demesne of Shadow. The first Demesne of Music was located in the city of Metrol in Cyre but was destroyed in the Day of Mourning. The new Demesne of Music is located in the city of Flamekeep in Thrane.
Shape: This Demesne teaches the different ways of making costumes, sets, props and instruments. Aesthetic artists, sculptors, painters, and potters also learn at this Demesne. The first Demesne of Shape was located in the city of Atur in Karrnath, but it was usurped during the Shadow Schism by House Thuranni. The new Demesne of Shape has been established in Wroat, Breland.
Shadow: This Demesne covers the art of deception. The illusions used in the house’s various art forms and plays are learned here. This also serves as the center for verbal arts of deception and coercion, feigned emotion, and role assumption. The Demesne of Shadow is located in Sharn, Breland. With the destruction of the first Demesne of Music, it is the oldest of the Five Demesnes and is the current home of the house matriarch.
The Phiarlan have strong traditions. They believe that the greatest treasures of their house are the works of ancient artists. The great works that the house has can normally only be performed by a single person. These heirlooms are handed down by the person who possesses the heirloom, giving it to another worthy individual.