!Val'Illhar'dro Clan

The third of the ''"Great Clans"'' ([[note]]the other ''"Great Clans"'' in the Council of Nine are the Sharen, the Beldrobbaen and the Sullisin'rune[[/note]]) to come to power. Heavily invested in music, trade and the expansion of their supply routes. They have a mutually beneficial business relationship with the Val'Nal'sarkoth as the latter specialise in surface trade, whereas the Illhar'dro [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=635 specialise in underworld trade]]. Unlike most of the other Chelian clans, the Illhar'dro have their homebase in Nuqrah'shareh, with only a fraction of the clan actually living in Chel. Rumoured to have the largest numbers of any clan, (due to the fact that they are spread out across a very wide portion of the underworld) the Illhar'dro are nonetheless a peaceful clan, preferring the merchant life to that of the warrior.

!!The Clan as a whole
* AnimalMotifs (birds, which makes sense as the clan is strongly associated with music and they are one of the few clans who have strong ties to the surface)
* BoldlyComing (their usual approach to diplomacy is to set up their relatives with members of the ruling clan and have children with them. Its noted in a podcast that because of this practice they are probably the only clan to care about the bloodline of their childrens' fathers.)
* CompellingVoice (one of the Illhar'dro applications of spellsong, which they mainly seem to use for crowd control. It's described as being a mix of [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1766 empathy, mana arts and sound]])
* [[spoiler:DeepCoverAgent]] ([[spoiler:at least one Nidraa'chal, Shodun, is in their clan]])
* TheFashionista (Potentially rivaling the Sullisin'rune for this trope amongst the nine major clans.)
* HufflepuffHouse (until chapters 33 and 34, which focus on their home city of Nuqrah'shareh)
* IntrepidMerchant (They have close ties to the surface, most of their clan relations involve trade and their ancestors were seafarers. This is probably why blue seems to be a popular color choice for members.)
* MagicMusic (the Illhar'dro specialty)
* MagiKarpPower (Their spellsong technique. Kyo'nne even says that it's all but useless in a fight except in support roles. [[spoiler:Though Shodun proved in Sillice's flashback that it can be very deadly, using it to stun Sae'ryne and decapitate her, and later uses it to blast Sandaur out a window]])
* MerchantCity (Val'Raveran and various outposts on the surface)
* [[spoiler:RoyallyScrewedUp]] (chapter 33 shows that [[spoiler:all is not well in the royal family, and Balsii at least has a major chip on her shoulder]])
* ShiningCity (their home city of Nuqrah'shareh, described as "[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7936 the modern, peaceful and beautiful jewel of the west!]]" [[spoiler:at least before the 15 year timeskip, since so many refugees have poured into the city that it's now anything ''but'' those]])
* SlobsVersusSnobs (as chapter 33 shows, they're very much on the snobbish side, and very very rich, with one Illhar'dro telling commoners to "return to your hovels" ([[note]]a hovel being "a small, squalid, unpleasant, or simply constructed dwelling", aka not a compliment[[/note]]) which, naturally, backfires)

!!Nega'fanae Val'Illhar'dro

The Ill'haress of the Illhar'dro and the Queen of Nuqrah'shareh, despite having been born in the neighboring city of Val'Raveran.

* ActualPacifist (which is a rarity amongst Drow females, let alone Ill'haresses, though Sara'hilana Balvhakara believes that her pacifist ways have [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1724 hurt her]])
* BeCarefulWhatYouSay (During the council Nega'fanae [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5579 is]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5778 very]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5781 proud]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5791 of]] Nuqrah'shareh to the point that Kharla'ggen effectively tells her to shut up about it, and extols its virtues at every opportunity, but after the 15 year timeskip [[spoiler:she probably regrets that, considering that the city has been destabilized by all the refugees pouring in from other cities, possibly even ''because'' she was so vocal about how great her city was]])
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* FourIsDeath (she's referred to as being the fourth queen of Nuqrah'shareh, which explains a lot about her luck and lack thereof)
* TheHighQueen (of Nuqrah'shareh, where she's Queen, and also projects this image when in Chel)
* KnowWhenToFoldEm (during the timeskip the Illhar'dro left their base in Chel and withdrew to Nuqrah'shareh)
* MulticoloredHair (has blue highlights in her teal hair)
* HundredPercentAdorationRating (it's implied that she has the support of most of the clan leaders in Nuqrah'shareh [[spoiler: despite Balsii's attempt at a coup]], judging by the lengths the Jie'yen and Balvhakara heads go to ensure she remains queen-despite or perhaps even ''because'' of her pacifistic attitude.)
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure (from what we've seen of her she seems to be very concerned about following law and order. In chapter 33 she even seems to be willing to [[spoiler:forgive Balsii for her coup before Balsii tries to kill her]], and in chapter 34 talks about trying to end the conflict with the least amount of bloodshed possible, and had ordered caravans to bring food to the hungry civilians from the Surface, though they never arrived. To say nothing of how [[spoiler:she actually ''does'' forgive Balsii after she surrenders, deciding to end the bloodshed there]])
* {{Retcon}} / SpellMyNameWithAnS (originally her name was spelt Nega'fan''ea'' until Chapter 34)
* [[spoiler:UnwittingPawn]] ([[spoiler:she seems to fall for Zala'ess claims against the Sarghress pretty quickly]])

!!Kyo'nne Val'Illhar'dro
One of Nega'fanae's younger family members ([[note]]podcasts have implied that she's Nega's granddaughter, but there's no definite word on their relation except that its direct[[/note]]) and a member of Chry'stel Vel'Sharen's GirlPosse at Orthorbbae.

* TheChick (even among her GirlPosse)
* CloudCuckooLander (the lyrics to her song are... [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7709 special]])
* CoyGirlishFlirtPose
* DamselInDistress (averted! Even though she's the least combat-savvy of the group, she still manages to keep from falling into DamselInDistress territory using her spellsong, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1154 or a frying pan if necessary]])
* HairDecorations
* GenkiGirl (not too over the top, but she is pretty genki and even owns a tiktikki backpack. Amusingly, during Kiel's ImagineSpot to what would happen if Kharla were allowed to take over Chel, among the puppets representing her friends [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=804 the one representing Kyo'nne has her mouth stitched shut]])
* GirlishPigtails
* HiddenDepths (it's easy to dismiss Kyo as TheDitz, but just watch her [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5287 call out Chiri'nide and Shan'aal on their hypocrisy]])
* HypocriticalHumor (she's [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7730 very mad]] at Shinae for "throwing her to the Kyorls", and yet look what she did [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=4885 when the Kyorls showed up]])
* ImprovisedWeaponUser (two words: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6610 frying]] [[FryingPanOfDoom pan]])
* TheIngenue (the fact that her actions towards Shan are mostly non-sexual and pretty innocent put her here rather than TheTease)
* InLoveWithLove (implied to be the reason she's so intent on Shan)
* LoveTriangle (sees herself in one with Shan and Chiri. Seems to be a type 7 TriangRelations, as Shan seems to be fond of both girls. It's just that his feelings for Chiri are stronger, and he is oathbound to her anyway.)
* MagicMusic (the Illhar'dro specialty)
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels (her Halme is [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6545 not the best]])
* PluckyGirl (even after getting hit in the face in the middle of using her spell song on Jer'kol she manages to get back up, restrain Chiri of all people and knock her out, stopping the fight. [[TheChick Chick]] or not, Kyo'nne has ''massive'' balls.)
* PrincessClassic (fits closest of any of the characters)
* WrongGenreSavvy (she seems to think of herself as a Disney-style princess. Unfortunately her world is [[CrapsackWorld not nearly that kind]].)

!!Sorane'saniil Val'Illhar'dro

A cousin of Kyo'nne and one of Ariel's classmates in the Davya Tower of the Orthobbae ''Legs'', ([[note]]which refers to the male section of the Orthobbae school[[/note]].) He has a highly effeminate appearance which [[spoiler: Kel'noz played upon to hide the fact that Ariel is in fact a girl studying at the male only section of the school during Chapter 2]]. His mother is Jal'na Val'Illhar'dro with whom he shares a strong resemblance.

* ButtMonkey (in both of his appearances after Chapter 2)
* CampGay
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow (may or may not be natural)
* DudeLooksLikeALady (Ariel initially mistook him for a girl, and {{fanon}} has him as a crossdresser)
** Confirmed as of [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7067 this page]].
* IHaveBrothers (inversion: he has sisters)
* LargeHam ([[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7064 Yup]])
* StrongFamilyResemblance (to his mother)

!! Jal'na Val'Illhar'dro

Nega'fanae's favorite daughter and Sorane'saniil's mother, she is Nega'fanae's second in command and overseer of the Illhar'dro base in Chel'el'sussoloth. She appears to be a strict disciplinarian.

* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* [[spoiler:DistressedDamsel]] (in chapter 34 [[spoiler:she's captured by Balsii's agents, who plan to kill her to get back at her mother, though thankfully Jie'yen agents arrive and rescue her before that]])
* EducationMama (she seems to be in charge of the children of the clan if Frisk Illhar'dro's words are correct)
* FacialMarkings (hangs jewels from her nose bridge to her jaw line)
* NumberTwo (to Nega'fanae as the overseer for Illhar'dro affairs in Chel, and is referred to as "her favorite daughter")
* ParentalFavoritism (as seen above)

!! Sandaur'recherrai Val'Illhar'dro

A battle instructor in the Davya Tower at Orthobbae. He was first seen in Chapter 2 training Ariel's class in battle skills before being OutOfFocus until Chapter 33 [[spoiler:where he dies]].

* [[spoiler:BackForTheDead]]
* BadAss (if Chapter 33 is any indication)
* BadassTeacher (shows up to rescue his students when the Illhar'dro island is attacked)
* BareFistedMonk (so far has used nothing but his bare fists in combat, and has kicked ''copious'' amounts of ass with them)
* BigOlEyebrows (he has noticeably larger eyebrows than most other characters)
* TheBusCameBack (First appeared in Chapter 2. Didn't show up again until Chapter 33!)
* CoolTeacher (students at both Othorbbae and in Nuqrah seem very fond of him)
* EtTuBrute ([[spoiler:[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1720 his expression]] when Shodun blasts him out the window suggests that this was going through his mind, especially since it's implied that they were close in Chel]])
* FanNickname ([=SandGAR=] and it fits)
* GroinAttack (In Chapter 2 he shows the kids in Davya Tower that one should be a CombatPragmatist with this)
* [[spoiler:InTheBack]] ([[spoiler:What Balsii's guards do to him. Notably, all three swords [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1718 clearly go through his body]], not that this stops him, and had he not been thrown out the window he likely would have died from his injuries]])
* LongHairedPrettyBoy (as is the custom for several male Vals, he wears his hair long)
* MrFanservice (with a helping of StupidSexyFlanders for male fans)
* NeckSnap (the fate of one unfortunate guy he catches in Chapter 33)
* [[spoiler:NotTheFallThatKillsYou]] ([[spoiler:He was already injured and likely dying from his wounds, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=1719 but falling straight onto the apex of a nearby roof]] was the real death blow, and likely broke his back and/or neck.]])
* OverlyLongName (although the fact that the Commander of the Illhar'dro forces at the Great Bridge shares the "Recherrai" implies that it may be a subhouse name, and he's usually referred to just as "Sandaur")
* RatedMForManly (See his nickname. Plus he's possibly the most bad ass male Drow we've seen in series.)
* UndyingLoyalty (to Nega'fanae, even after [[spoiler:he gets stabbed multiple times by Balsii's guards]] his main concern is for her safety. It's probably why [[spoiler:Shodun killed him]])
* [[spoiler:WeHardlyKnewYe]] ([[spoiler: After several pages of Sandaur kicking ass and taking names he gets one-shotted by Shodun out of the window and right onto the apex of the roof outside. This led several on the forums to state that it [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption must be tough being male]] in the world of Drowtales]])

!!Balsii Val'Illhar'dro

A cousin of Nega'fanea in Nuqrah'shareh. She is the regional ruler under Nega'fanae.

* AmbitionIsEvil (possibly. She's willing to [[spoiler:pull a coup in the middle of a civil war, attempt regicide and order Sandaur killed]] which probably qualifies her for this)
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DidntSeeThatComing (she says that the one thing she didn't predict was [[spoiler:that Agneya'mukhi, the Balvhakara Matriarch, would oppose her when she tried her coup]])
* EasilyForgiven ([[spoiler: After she surrenders, Nega'fanae forgives her actions for a second time. It remains to be seen whether or not this will come to bite Nega'fanae in the ass later]])
* FantasticRacism (She's this towards anyone not native to Nuqrah'shareh and that even includes members of her own clan who just happen to be born outside of said city. Sara'hilana Balvhakara even [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1730 says]] that while she's a good regional ruler, if given control of the entire clan her xenophobia would turn them into another Chel)
* FashionableAsymmetry (her hairstyle, which has small sections of white on one side of her bangs)
* KlingonPromotion ([[spoiler: tried this with Nega'fanae, but it seems that it didn't work after all since Nega survived]])
* KnowWhenToFoldEm ([[spoiler:Surrenders rather than tear Nuqrah'shareh further apart]])
* ParasolOfPain (a variation, in that she has a sword hidden inside it)
* PunnyName (she must be pretty ''ballsy'' to [[spoiler:pull a coup on her cousin, in the middle of a civil war, no less]])
* TheResenter (towards Nega'fanea, who she sees as a weak and ineffective leader, and to add insult to injury Nega isn't even a native Nuqrah'sharehan, and Balsii sees the influx of refugees from other parts of the underworld as the cause of the problems plaguing the city)

!! Associated Clans

The Illhar'dro share power in their home city of Nuqrah'shareh with several other clans, the three most prominent of these clans being the Duskians, the Jie'yen and the Balvhakara. ([[spoiler: The latter two clans are instrumental in helping Nega'fanae regain her rule over Nuqrah'shareh after Balsii's coup.]]) The Balvhakara are headed by a Matriarch, the current one being Agneya'mukhi, whereas the more militant Jie'yen are headed by Matriarch Shi'tua.

* AnimalMotifs (The crab for the Balvhakara, and the dragon for the Jie'yen)
* BaldOfAwesome / BaldWomen (a common style for the Jie'yen)
* {{BFG}} (The Balvhakara who [[spoiler:accompanies Chrys to take out the Whispering Tower]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8443 is giddy at the prospect of being able to use her cannon]])
* DarkIsNotEvil (the Balvhakara have black as one of their primary colors along with yellow, and most Balvhakara have black hair, but they're overall pretty reasonable and don't challenge the Illhar'dro for power [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1768 even though they could]]. They're also related to the Beldrobbaen, who are similar in that respect.)
* {{Determinator}} (The Jie'yen managed to hold onto their original homeland for 400 years before fleeing underground for Nuqrah'shareh.)
* ChekhovsGun ([[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1767 the dragon]] seen in the Jie'yen clan page [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6940 shows up in Vaelia's story]] at the end of chapter 25, and it's heavily implied that the island the Highland Raiders are seen exploring is in fact the Jie'yen's old home)
* {{Expy}} (The Duskians- who in-universe are seen as ones for the Kyorl'solenurn, though their clan page reveals that [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8099 they prefer to stay neutral in clan conflicts]] and are mostly made up of drowolath who were adopted by the drowussu founders)
* FacialMarkings (Agneya'mukhi's forehead jewel, and Sara'hilana [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8009 also has one]] that resembles a bindi. Some Jie'yen warriors also sport tattoos on their faces,[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive//20120106c34AllianceFaction.jpg best seen here]].)
* FantasyCounterpartCulture (the Jie'yen seem to be this for China, and come from the DT world's equivalent of East Asia, while the Balvhakara have an Indian slant to them, since ''Agneya'' is a Sanskrit word, several members wear jewels on their faces reminiscent of a bindi, and their homeland is even shaped kind of like India)
* HumongousMecha (the Balvhakara's crab golems, which are enormous [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8047 even by the standards of the setting]])
* InstantFanClub (the fandom formed one for the Balvhakara when they turned up with a giant crab golem in their army)
* InTheHood (Agneya'mukhi wears one at the Glass Tower)
* KnightTemplar (the Duskians)
* LawfulNeutral (the Duskians have this as their clan philosophy, maintaining order and controlling nether outbreaks but staying neutral in politics, as evidenced by their refusal to [[spoiler:choose either Nega'fanae or Balsii]] but step in when [[spoiler:nether gates start being opened]]. In a later chapter a Jie'yen snarks that the Duskian who [[spoiler:helps hide Chrys'tel's party being snuck into the lower city by showing himself]] is being "[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8443 useful for once]]") [[invoked]]
* MartialPacifist (The Jie'yen)
* MassiveNumberedSiblings (Sara'hilana Balvhakara refers to herself as "The Matriarch's 18th Daughter" and she presumably has as many brothers as well)
* MeaningfulName (it was pointed out on the forums that the Duskians have this; as ''dusk'' refers to the period between night and morning- the Duskians were founded by Drowussu, [[spoiler: descendants of Light Elves who are said in early info to have worshipped the sun]] but are mostly comprised of Drowolath, descendants of Dark Elves who were in the past said to have worshipped the moon. Hence ''duskian'' because they represent an amalgamation of both drowish cultures.)
* TheNeedsOfTheMany (the reason why the Balvhakara chose to [[spoiler: support Nega'fanae over Balsii]] in the battle for Nuqrah'shareh, claiming that the person they are supporting is better overall for the stability of the city)
* NiceHat (The Matriarch of the Jie'yen sports a lovely one in Chapter 34)
* {{Ninja}} (The Jie'yen)
* PoweredArmor (worn by the Balvhakara troops)
* ShortHairWithTail (Agneya'mukhi Balvhakara)
* WarriorMonk (the Jie'yen, and apparently Sandaur learned his stuff from them)
* WildCard (Surprisingly for Balsii, [[spoiler: Agneya'mukhi, the Balvhakara Matriarch]]. Despite seeming to have supported Balsii in the past, in the end she chooses to support [[spoiler: Nega'fanae]] even though she was very vocal against the latter's pacifist ways, because as seen above this seems to be the best option for the city's survival)
* {{Wutai}} (the Jie'yen have this aesthetic, which makes sense since [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1764 they are originally from the area near Vaelia's homeland]], which seems to be an analog for Asia)