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''War of the Spider Queen'' is a six-book series written by several authors and overseen by R.A. Salvatore. It takes place in the ForgottenRealms.

The series follows the adventures of a group of [[OurElvesAreBetter Drow]] as they search for the reason that Lloth, their goddess, has fallen silent. Their quest will take them around the world, and under it. Meanwhile, back at Menzoberranzan, the status quo has been upset.

''The books and authors are as follows:''
* ''Dissolution'' - Richard L. Byers
* ''Insurrection'' - Thomas M. Reid
* ''Condemnation'' - Richard Baker
* ''Extinction'' - Lisa Smedman
* ''Annihilation'' - Philip Athans
* ''Resurrection'' - Paul S. Kemp

There is a [[Characters/WarOfTheSpiderQueen character sheet]].
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!! ''War of the Spider Queen'' contains the following tropes:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: ''Splitter'' and Gromph's magical vorpal blade.
* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: [[spoiler: Danifae]] had this in [[spoiler: her Reaver-induced hallucination.]]
* AffablyEvil: Pharaun and Aliisza among others.
* AlasPoorVillain: Ryld's death, as he pretty much gave everything up for a women he barely knew and was unsure actually cared about him. Halisstara's fate as well given the huge crisis of faith she ends up having.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Gracklstugh and the Scoured Legion attacked Menzoberranzan thanks to [[spoiler: Nimor's]] influence.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Being Drow, naturally the whole cast. Also see: ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
* AndShowItToYou: Jeggred to [[spoiler: Ryld]].
* AnyoneCanDie: Six companions set out from Menzoberranzan, picking up two along the way. Guess how many survive?
* BadassBookworm: Pharaun and Gromph.
* BarBrawl: Ryld seems to have an affinity for them.
* BiTheWay
* BreakTheHaughty: Quenthel in ''Insurrection''. She got better, however.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Greyanna thought this was occurring between Pharaun and his other sister. She later offers herself to Pharaun in exchange for his loyalty only to have him laugh in her face.
* CarnivalOfKillers: Gromph sending various demons after Quenthel.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Seems to be a common trait among the drow. The main characters of the series spend more time trying to kill each other than they do on their actual mission.
* CobwebJungle: Because everything having to do with spiders is sacred to Lolth, it's actually a crime to destroy a spider web in Menzoberranzan.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Done to Faeryl.
* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: Subverted in the [[spoiler: three-way deathmatch between Quenthel, Danifae, and Halisstra. Halisstra hit Danifae with one just as the latter was about to kill Quenthel. It didn't take, unfortunately.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Pharaun
* DogPileOfDoom: While on the Ship of Chaos, lots and lots of rats swarmed Jeggred to try to take him down. It didn't work.
* DoorOfDoom: The door to Lolth's personal domain in the old Demonweb Pits.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Menzoberranzan.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Danifae.
* FinalBattle: No less than three of them: [[spoiler: Gromph vs. Dyrr, the entire party vs. the yugoloth army and the MeleeATrois between Quenthel, Danifae, and Halisstra.]]
* GreatEscape: Ryld and Pharaun get one in ''Dissolution'' [[spoiler: attempting to escape from the alhoon's cult.]]
* HandSignals: The drow have an entire language of these.
* HitchhikerHeroes: Halisstra and Danifae. [[spoiler: Of course, since the original party had a hand in making them hitchhikers in the first place, it also ended up being a case of TeethClenchedTeamwork at first.]]
* IneffectualDeathThreats: Quenthel constantly makes them to Pharaun throughout the series. [[spoiler: It's eventually averted near the end of ''Resurrection''.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LovableRogue: Pharaun and Valas
* LovableTraitor: Pharaun, to Ryld. His traitor status with the others, notably Quenthel, is much more vitriolic.
* MakeRoomForTheNewPlot: Congratulations, Ryld and Pharaun, you helped stop the slave uprising! Now go find out what happened to Lolth.
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale
* MolotovCocktail: The stonefire bombs. Not only did they act as their real-life counterparts, they literally ''burned through stone''.
* NoEndorHolocaust: The aftermath of [[spoiler: the destruction of House Agrach Dyrr]] was never actually seen in story. Noticeably averted, however, during [[spoiler: Dyrr and Gromph's battle in the Marketplace.]]
** Well, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday that's life in Menzoberranzan]].
* NoHonorAmongThieves: Pharaun barely hesitated before [[spoiler:leaving Ryld for dead]] in ''Dissolution''.
* OffhandBackhand: [[spoiler:Vhaeraun]] does one with magic when [[spoiler:Quenthel attacks his priest]].
* OurElvesAreBetter: Drow are full of themselves.
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Things on the receiving end of one of Pharaun's ''Bigsby's (whatever) Hand'' spells are typically subject to this.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: ''[[OhCrap Run.]]''
* ReligionOfEvil
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: A good portion of ''Dissolution''.
* RoyalRapier: Pharaun starts off with a pimped-out ''dancing rapier'' that turns into a ring when he doesn't want it around. Helpfully, the [[FlyingWeapon dancing]] part bypasses the fact that he's a scrawny elf wizard.
* [[spoiler:ShaggyDogStory]]: [[spoiler:The heroes spend over five novels and several months to find out what happend to Lolth and how to fix it. With probably only about half an hour of marching before they finally find her, she wakes up all by herself and was never in any trouble to begin with.]]
* ShapedLikeItself: Book 4 has:
-->She pressed her lips against his, kissing him.
* SiblingRivalry: Quenthel and Gromph spend much of ''Dissolution'' trying to assassinate each other to various levels of failure. It gets to the point where it could be considered a RunningGag.
* [[StatusQuoIsGod Status Quo Is Goddess]]
* SwordAndSorcerer: Type 1 with Ryld and Pharaun.
* SummonBiggerFish: [[spoiler: Both Quenthel and Danifae summoned bigger fish (namely a klurichir and a giant spider hoarde) against the yugoloth army in ''Resurrection''.]]
* TakingOverTheTown: [[spoiler: The Jaezred Chaulssin took over the ruins of Ched Nesad after its destruction. They fully intend to rebuild it, as the beginning of the process was shown at the end of ''Resurrection''.]]
* WalkIntoMordor: In order to get to the Planes of Soulfire, you have to walk through the Pass of the Soul Reaver. [[spoiler: And survive a MindRape while you're there.]]
* WhipItGood: Favored by Quenthel.
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''War of the Spider Queen'' is a six-book series written by several authors and overseen by R.A. Salvatore. It takes place in the ForgottenRealms.

The series follows the adventures of a group of [[OurElvesAreBetter Drow]] as they search for the reason that Lloth, their goddess, has fallen silent. Their quest will take them around the world, and under it. Meanwhile, back at Menzoberranzan, the status quo has been upset.

''The books and authors are as follows:''
* ''Dissolution'' - Richard L. Byers
* ''Insurrection'' - Thomas M. Reid
* ''Condemnation'' - Richard Baker
* ''Extinction'' - Lisa Smedman
* ''Annihilation'' - Philip Athans
* ''Resurrection'' - Paul S. Kemp

There is a [[Characters/WarOfTheSpiderQueen character sheet]].
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!! ''War of the Spider Queen'' contains the following tropes:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: ''Splitter'' and Gromph's magical vorpal blade.
* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: [[spoiler: Danifae]] had this in [[spoiler: her Reaver-induced hallucination.]]
* AffablyEvil: Pharaun and Aliisza among others.
* AlasPoorVillain: Ryld's death, as he pretty much gave everything up for a women he barely knew and was unsure actually cared about him. Halisstara's fate as well given the huge crisis of faith she ends up having.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Gracklstugh and the Scoured Legion attacked Menzoberranzan thanks to [[spoiler: Nimor's]] influence.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Being Drow, naturally the whole cast. Also see: ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
* AndShowItToYou: Jeggred to [[spoiler: Ryld]].
* AnyoneCanDie: Six companions set out from Menzoberranzan, picking up two along the way. Guess how many survive?
* BadassBookworm: Pharaun and Gromph.
* BarBrawl: Ryld seems to have an affinity for them.
* BiTheWay
* BreakTheHaughty: Quenthel in ''Insurrection''. She got better, however.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Greyanna thought this was occurring between Pharaun and his other sister. She later offers herself to Pharaun in exchange for his loyalty only to have him laugh in her face.
* CarnivalOfKillers: Gromph sending various demons after Quenthel.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Seems to be a common trait among the drow. The main characters of the series spend more time trying to kill each other than they do on their actual mission.
* CobwebJungle: Because everything having to do with spiders is sacred to Lolth, it's actually a crime to destroy a spider web in Menzoberranzan.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Done to Faeryl.
* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: Subverted in the [[spoiler: three-way deathmatch between Quenthel, Danifae, and Halisstra. Halisstra hit Danifae with one just as the latter was about to kill Quenthel. It didn't take, unfortunately.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Pharaun
* DogPileOfDoom: While on the Ship of Chaos, lots and lots of rats swarmed Jeggred to try to take him down. It didn't work.
* DoorOfDoom: The door to Lolth's personal domain in the old Demonweb Pits.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Menzoberranzan.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Danifae.
* FinalBattle: No less than three of them: [[spoiler: Gromph vs. Dyrr, the entire party vs. the yugoloth army and the MeleeATrois between Quenthel, Danifae, and Halisstra.]]
* GreatEscape: Ryld and Pharaun get one in ''Dissolution'' [[spoiler: attempting to escape from the alhoon's cult.]]
* HandSignals: The drow have an entire language of these.
* HitchhikerHeroes: Halisstra and Danifae. [[spoiler: Of course, since the original party had a hand in making them hitchhikers in the first place, it also ended up being a case of TeethClenchedTeamwork at first.]]
* IneffectualDeathThreats: Quenthel constantly makes them to Pharaun throughout the series. [[spoiler: It's eventually averted near the end of ''Resurrection''.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LovableRogue: Pharaun and Valas
* LovableTraitor: Pharaun, to Ryld. His traitor status with the others, notably Quenthel, is much more vitriolic.
* MakeRoomForTheNewPlot: Congratulations, Ryld and Pharaun, you helped stop the slave uprising! Now go find out what happened to Lolth.
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale
* MolotovCocktail: The stonefire bombs. Not only did they act as their real-life counterparts, they literally ''burned through stone''.
* NoEndorHolocaust: The aftermath of [[spoiler: the destruction of House Agrach Dyrr]] was never actually seen in story. Noticeably averted, however, during [[spoiler: Dyrr and Gromph's battle in the Marketplace.]]
** Well, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday that's life in Menzoberranzan]].
* NoHonorAmongThieves: Pharaun barely hesitated before [[spoiler:leaving Ryld for dead]] in ''Dissolution''.
* OffhandBackhand: [[spoiler:Vhaeraun]] does one with magic when [[spoiler:Quenthel attacks his priest]].
* OurElvesAreBetter: Drow are full of themselves.
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Things on the receiving end of one of Pharaun's ''Bigsby's (whatever) Hand'' spells are typically subject to this.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: ''[[OhCrap Run.]]''
* ReligionOfEvil
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: A good portion of ''Dissolution''.
* RoyalRapier: Pharaun starts off with a pimped-out ''dancing rapier'' that turns into a ring when he doesn't want it around. Helpfully, the [[FlyingWeapon dancing]] part bypasses the fact that he's a scrawny elf wizard.
* [[spoiler:ShaggyDogStory]]: [[spoiler:The heroes spend over five novels and several months to find out what happend to Lolth and how to fix it. With probably only about half an hour of marching before they finally find her, she wakes up all by herself and was never in any trouble to begin with.]]
* ShapedLikeItself: Book 4 has:
-->She pressed her lips against his, kissing him.
* SiblingRivalry: Quenthel and Gromph spend much of ''Dissolution'' trying to assassinate each other to various levels of failure. It gets to the point where it could be considered a RunningGag.
* [[StatusQuoIsGod Status Quo Is Goddess]]
* SwordAndSorcerer: Type 1 with Ryld and Pharaun.
* SummonBiggerFish: [[spoiler: Both Quenthel and Danifae summoned bigger fish (namely a klurichir and a giant spider hoarde) against the yugoloth army in ''Resurrection''.]]
* TakingOverTheTown: [[spoiler: The Jaezred Chaulssin took over the ruins of Ched Nesad after its destruction. They fully intend to rebuild it, as the beginning of the process was shown at the end of ''Resurrection''.]]
* WalkIntoMordor: In order to get to the Planes of Soulfire, you have to walk through the Pass of the Soul Reaver. [[spoiler: And survive a MindRape while you're there.]]
* WhipItGood: Favored by Quenthel.
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16th Jan '13 6:47:32 AM SeptimusHeap
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* AlasPoorVillain: Ryld's death, as he pretty much gave everything up for a women he barely knew and was unsure actually cared about him. Halisstara's fate as well given the huge crisis of faith she ends up having.
14th Jan '13 4:49:59 PM HankMorgan
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* RoyalRapier: Pharaun starts off with a pimped-out ''dancing rapier'' that turns into a ring when he doesn't want it around. Helpfully, the [[FlyingWeapon dancing]] part bypasses the fact that he's a scrawny elf wizard.
11th Jan '13 8:24:22 PM FreeJaffa
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* ShapedLikeItself: Book 4 has:
-->She pressed her lips against his, kissing him.
12th Dec '12 1:44:51 AM Endymion107
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* NoHonorAmongThieves: Pharaun barely hesitated before leaving [[spoiler:Ryld]] for dead in ''Dissolution''.

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* NoHonorAmongThieves: Pharaun barely hesitated before leaving [[spoiler:Ryld]] [[spoiler:leaving Ryld for dead dead]] in ''Dissolution''.
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* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Danifae.
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* NoHonorAmongThieves: Pharaun barely hesitated before leaving Ryld for dead in ''Dissolution''.

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* NoHonorAmongThieves: Pharaun barely hesitated before leaving Ryld [[spoiler:Ryld]] for dead in ''Dissolution''.
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* OffhandBackhand: [[spoiler:Vhaeraun]] does one with magic when [[spoiler:Quenthel attacks his priest]].
8th Jan '12 9:42:12 PM KeitheOtaku
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* VillainProtagonist: So, so very much.
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* VillainProtagonist: So, so very much.
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