By Robin Hobb
Dans le Désert des Pluies, les serpents géants se sont enfermés dans leurs cocons, sous los angeles supervision de l. a. dragonne Tintaglia, pour en émerger, transformés à leur journey en dragons, et assurer los angeles pérennité de leur race. Mais trop vieux, trop affaiblis, ils ne donnent que des créatures difformes, inachevées, incapables de survivre seules sans l’être des humains, qu’ils mettent tant à contribution pour les nourrir que les Marchands du Désert des Pluies décident de s’en débarrasser...
Autour d’eux gravitent Thymara, jeune fille aux mains et aux pieds griffus et palmés, que ses mom and dad n’auraient jamais dû laisser vivre ; Alise, prise entre un époux, riche Marchand qui los angeles délaisse et l. a. méprise, et sa ardour des dragons ; et Leftrin, capitaine de vivenef à l’honnêteté élastique qui tombe sur une bille de bois-sorcier et choisit de los angeles vendre au plus offrant malgré l’interdiction formelle qui pèse sur ce style de trade.
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Xalyth: drow female F7; AC 4 (drow chainmail +1); MV 12; 44 hp; #AT 3/2 rounds; Dmg by weapon (1d8: long sword or sword of dancing; 1d4: dagger; 1-3: hand crossbow bolts, 60-yard range, save vs. poison at -4 or sleep for 2d4 hours, 2 bows and 33 bolts carried); THAC0 14; S 15, D 14, C 16,I 18, W 17, CH 16; spell use (innate drow powers); CE. Not A Lady Xalyth rose from humble origins (as a child, she emptied chamberpotsby handonto her fathers dung-cart, to be taken to the fungus-farm fields) to dominate gem-dealing (and under-the-table fencing of stolen goods) in Menzoberranzan.
They turn to the moneylenders, who also act as moneychangers for outsiders. Menzoberranyr accept all surface coinages, but prefer metal or gems of intrinsic value. A drow is happier with silver or gold coins than copper pieces, because the metal can be melted and reshaped for use where the coinage is not honored. The moneylenders of Menzoberranzan also deal in trade bars, rare shells, the jarred and jellied eyeballs used by some mind flayers, all known types of gems, perfumes, and even rare foods and plants.
In the southwestern corner of Quellarzorl is the entrance to The Chamber of the Ruling Council. Its arched, ironbound double entrance doors are closed and guarded by soldiers of House Baenre and an honor guard from Melee-Magthere at all times, opening only to allow Matron Mothers and their bodyguards into and out of the not-so-secret meetings where the ruling Houses decide what befalls in the city. The Chamber is a small, natural sidecavern dominated by a spider-shaped table. The ruling Mothers sit there in tall, jewelled thrones when Council is in session, the chamber lit by a hundred sweet- 35 The Neighborhoods of the City smelling candles.