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House Cannith

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Mark of Making - Enchant Magic Item two levels higher; Alchemist feat two levels higher; Make Whole Ritual; and creation rituals

Race(s): Human

Paragon Path: Cannith Mastermaker

Head of House: Undecided

Guilds: Fabricators Guild - make items; Tinkerers Guild - traveling repairmen

Major Locations: Sharn Enclave; Aundair Enclave; Korth Enclave in Karrnath

History: The Mark of Making first appeared 2500 years ago amongst human traveling tinkerers in Cyre. House Cannith was one of the major players in the War of the Mark 1500 years ago. They built power and influence over the years to become extremely popular and powerful. They worked with Zilargo and House Lyrandar to make elemental ships, with House Sivis to establish message stations (789 YK) and then with House Orien to develop the lightning rail (first line in 811 YK). During the Last War, House Cannith began producing the warforged (in 965 YK), making them the most influential House. When Cyre was destroyed by The Mourning, it took the head of House Cannith, Baron Starrin d'Cannith, as well as the headquarters and many of the Cannith forges. The Treaty of Thronehold gave warforged their freedom and banned the use of the creation forges.
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House Deneith

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Mark of Sentinel - when enemy provokes OA, shift 1 before or after the OA; Eye of Alarm, Eye of Warning, Magic Circle rituals

Race(s): Human

Paragon Path: Deneith Protector

Head of House: Baron Breven d'Deneith

Guilds: Blademarks Guild - mercenary soldiers; Protectors Guild - bodyguards and garrison troops; Sentinal Marshals - pursue criminals across Khorvaire; Throne Wardens - guards of Thronehold, the old capital of Galifar

Major Locations: Sentinal Tower in Karrnath; Graywall Outpost in Droaam; Rhukaan Draal Enclave in Darguun

History: The Mark of Sentinel was the first dragonmark to appear on humans, 2600 years ago in Karrnath. House Deneith has managed to stay neutral, even in the Last War, while providing the various nations with mercenaries. Deneith soldiers were highly valued, but were never allowed to be used against other Deneith soldiers and would refuse to fight if ever required to. Members of the Sentinal Marshals now spend time seeking out war criminals.
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House Ghallanda

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Mark of Hospitality - when you or ally within 10 sq uses healing power during short rest, the effect is maximized; Eye of Alarm, Fantastic Recuperation, Secure Shelter, and Travelers' Feast rituals

Race(s): Halfling

Paragon Path: Ghallanda Sanctuary Guardian

Head of House: Baron Yoren d'Ghallanda

Guilds: Hostelers Guild - licenses most inns and restaurants; Dragontail Guild - provides food and shelter to armies in the field; Dawn-Builders - build new enclaves all over Khorvaire

Major Locations: Gatherhold on Lake Cyre in the Talenta Plains (main HQ); Ghallanda Hall in Sharn; Wandering Inn

History: The first recorded dragonmarks were those that appeared on the halflings of the Talenta Plains 3200 years ago. This came to be known as the Mark of Hospitality and those halflings came together, taking the name Ghallanda, the "helpful hounds." When Karrn the Conqueror tried to conquer all of Khorvaire, the Mark of Hospitality was discovered and House Ghallanda was brought into the rest of Khorvaire society. Soon, House Ghallanda spread across the continent building inns and enclaves everywhere they went. During the Last War, House Ghallanda initially just supported House Deneith mercenaries. With their success in keeping those mercenaries fed and rested, other armies began hiring House Ghallanda members more directly. The members of the House attempted to avoid combat, but their close proximity to the armies would occasionally require them to engage in combat.
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House Jorasco

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Mark of Healing - when you use a healing power on an ally or use Heal to allow Second Wind, that ally gets a saving throw; Remove Affliction and restoration rituals

Race(s): Halfling

Paragon Path: Jorasco Jadehand

Head of House: Baron Ulara d'Jorasco

Guilds: Healers Guild - treat people for money; Medics Guild - mobile hospitals

Major Locations: Vedykar Enclave in Karrnath (HQ); Great Healing Hall in Sharn; Hall of a Thousand Mirrors in Newthrone, Q'barra

History: The Mark of Healing developed shortly after the Mark of Hospitality and was also discovered by Karrn the Conqueror. House Jorasco integrated themselves with the rest of Khorvaire and have very few ties to the halflings of the Talenta Plains. The healing of Jorasco has always required a price, and in The Last War, every army ended up with Jorasco medics helping them out. One requirement (other than large payments) was that the medics be considered noncombatants, however, on occasion a medic would have to fight for its life. The Medics Guild was started 50 years ago, to provide properly trained and equipped healers for the armies.
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House Kundarak

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Mark of Warding - when power grants bonus to defense, increase by 1; when you mark an enemy, it has a -3 penalty to attack other targets; Fluid Funds, Knock, Leomund's Secret Chest, and warding rituals

Race(s): Dwarf

Paragon Path: Kundarak Ghorad'din

Head of House: Lord Morrikan d'Kundarak

Guilds: Banking Guild - regulates commerce in gems, jewelry, money changing, and moneylending; Warding Guild - licenses locksmiths and contains warders and security guards; Golden Door - creates security devices; Iron Gate - security support for the Warding Guild and Golden Door

Major Locations: Korunda Gate in Kundarakhold in the Ironroot Mountans (HW); The Deep Mine in the Seawall Mountains in Zilargo

History: The Mark of Warding developed on Clan Kundarak about 2500 years ago. After Karrn the Conqueror subjugated the dwarves of the Mror Holds, the Mark of Warding was discovered. In 106 YK, with the help of House Sivis and Zilargo, House Kundarak was recognized as a House and eventually took over the entire finance system of Khorvaire. When the Mror Holds declared their independence from Karrnath in 914 YK in The Last War, they were able to do so with the financial help of House Kundarak. House Kundarak loaned much of the money that flowed in The Last War, and the Treaty of Thronehold required all nations to make good on their obligations, guaranteeing House Kundarak with an ongoing income source.
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Corydimbiddle - Gnome Artificer, Points of Light
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House Lyrandar

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Mark of Storm - when you hit an enemy with thunder or lightning, you slide him 1 sq; +1 bonus to speed when flying; Endure Elements, Enhance Vessel, Summon Winds, and Water Walk rituals

Race(s): Half-elf

Paragon Path: Lyrandar Wind-Rider

Head of House: Baron Esravash d'Lyrandar

Guilds: Windwrights Guild - work on the elemental airships and galleons; Raincallers Guild - architects and engineers; Sela's Path - priesthood venerating Arawai, Kol Korran, and founders Lyran and Selavash; Lyran's Gift - research and development with House Cannith to make elemental galleons and airships and other devices

Major Locations: Stormhome, an island off Aundair (HQ); Valenar Holdings; Sharn, major hub of elemental galleons and airships

History: The Mark of Storm appeared 2000 years ago on two half-elves, Lyran and Selavash. The children of these two, the Lyran'dar, became their own House. In 347 YK, House Lyrandar took possession of Stormhome, unusual for a House, since they are generally not supposed to own property. House Lyrandar used their connection to the elements to create elemental galleons with the gnomes of Zilargo. By The Last War, elemental galleons became extremely useful in trade between nations and travel to other continents. During The Last War, Lyrandar agreed to make mild changes to weather, for a price, in order to grow crops, but they refused to harm armies. Stormhome became a neutral meeting place for spies and ambassadors and they began making stormships (elemental galleon battleships). In 990 YK, the gnomes of Zilargo and House Lyrandar combined to produce elemental airships.
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Corydimbiddle - Gnome Artificer, Points of Light
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House Medani

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Mark of Detection - roll twice and take higher result on Perception checks; sense magic as if trained in Arcana and can use Perception instead of Arcana; Banish Illusions, Eavesdropper's Foil, Scry Trap, and divination rituals

Race(s): Half-elf

Paragon Path: Medani Trueseer

Head of House: Baron Trelib d'Medani

Guilds: Warning Guild - Bodyguards, detectives, and sentries; Thousand Yard Stare - patrol the Mournland near Breland and Thrane; Basilisik's Gaze - track down war criminals

Major Locations: Tower of Inquisition in Wroat, Breland (HQ); Arythawn Keep in Thrane, home of The Thousand Yard Stare

History: The Mark of Detection appeared 1500 years ago on a few half-elf families in Breland in the middle of the War of the Mark. Because of this, it was initially suspected to be an aberrant mark when it was discovered by House Cannith. The families with the mark did not want to join the politics of greater Khorvaire, but eventually agreed to become a full dragonmarked House. House Medani is seen as having close ties to the Brelish crown and are extremely good at investigating troublemakers and apprehending spies. During The Last War, House Medani ended up performing counterintelligence for Breland. House Medani remains the smallest of the Houses, even after House Phiarlan split in two.
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House Orien

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Mark of Passage - when power lets you shift or teleport, shift or teleport 1 more sq; Enhance Vessel, Find the Path, Passwall, Phantom Steed, Steed Summons, Water Walk, and travel rituals

Race(s): Human

Paragon Path: Orien Swiftblade

Head of House: Baron Kwanti d'Orien

Guilds: Couriers Guild - deliver small goods; Transportation Guild - run the lightning rails, maintain roads, prepare goods; Trailblazers - scouts that lay out conductor stones on new Lightning Rail routes; Unicorn's Horn - elite strike force

Major Locations: Journey's Home in Passage, Aundair (HQ)

History: The Mark of Passage developed on humans in Aundair 1900 years ago. House Orien soon developed and worked to guarantee safe passage for trade. Before the Sivis speaking stones were developed in 789 YK, House Orien ran a post system. In 811 YK, working with House Cannith, Orien created the Lightning Rail. They have spent much of their time and effort since then developing new routes and laying out new conductor stones. In 845 YK, King Jarot initiated a building project to connect all of Khorvaire by Lightning Rail, and within 20 years the civilized areas were. House Orien also developed teleportation circles for fast, easy travel. During The Last War, Orien's influence was hurt by the destruction of bridges, Lightning Rail lines, and the development of elemental airships by House Lyrandar. Orien has since focused more on its teleportation circles. Also, House Orien has members of many races, including elves, half-elves, eladrin, half-orcs, doppelgangers and shifters, although only humans ever develop the Mark of Passage.
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Corydimbiddle - Gnome Artificer, Points of Light
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House Phiarlan

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Mark of Shadow - when you miss every target while hidden or invisible, you stay hidden or invisible; Knock, Masking Shroud, Secret Page, Shadow Walk, and deception and scrying rituals

Race(s): Elf

Paragon Path: Phiarlan Phantasmist

Head of House: Baron Elvinor Elorrenthi d'Phiarlan

Guilds: Entertainers and Artisans Guild - performance artists of various types; The Serpentine Table - spies

Major Locations: The Demesne of Memory in Fairhaven, Aundair (written word); The Demesne of Motion in Wroat, Breland (dance, gymnastics); The Demesne of Music in Flamekeep, Thrane (music); The Demesne of Shape in Thaliost, Thrane (sculpting, painting); The Demesne of Shadow in Sharn, Breland (illusion, puppetry, acting)

History: The Mark of Shadow developed 3200 years ago on the elves known as "phiarlans" or "spirit keepers." These elves had served as spies for the Undying Court even before the Mark of Shadow appeared. Within a few hundred years, House Vol (Mark of Death) was destroyed and the Phiarlans fled Aerenal to Khorvaire. Since then, they have served as artisans, spies, and assassins. During the Last War, House Phiarlan served every nation, but some of the families gained preferences for certain nations. The Paelion family was almost completely wiped out by the Thuranni family during the Shadow Schism. The Thurannis ended up splitting off entirely in 972 YK, forming a new House mostly of assassins, while House Phiarlan maintained its spy capabilities.
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Corydimbiddle - Gnome Artificer, Points of Light
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House Sivis

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Mark of Scribing - you can speak, read, and write 4 languages fluently and retrain one each level instead of a feat, skill, or power; +2 bonus to Diplomacy; Ritual Caster feat and create scrolls in half the normal time

Race(s): Gnome

Paragon Path: Sivis Truenamer

Head of House: Doyenne Lysse Lyrriman d'Sivis

Guilds: Notaries Guild - legal documents; Speakers Guild - maintains and operates speaking stones; Oversight - security; Tasker's Dream - research and development

Major Locations: The Labyrinth in Korranberg, Zilargo (HQ)

History: The Mark of Scribing appeared on Clan Sivis 2800 years ago. In order to avoid potential problems with the other gnome clans, Clan Sivis made themselves useful with a code of neutrality. In addition, they decided to never divulge the secrets of their clients. House Sivis found the Mark of Finding on half-orcs and humans in the Shadow Marches and helped bring them into The Twelve as House Tharashk in 498 YK. In 783 YK, Tasker Torralyn d'Sivis invented the first speaking stones and employed them in message stations starting in 789 YK. This was a revolution in communications and gave House Sivis great influence in the world. During The Last War, House Sivis was able to maintain its neutrality and transmitted messages for all armies, while never divulging the contents to their enemies.
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Corydimbiddle - Gnome Artificer, Points of Light
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House Tharashk

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Mark of Finding - when an enemy is adjacent to you and granting CA to you shifts, you can shift 1 sq into a sq it vacated as a free action; Detect Object, Detect Secret Doors, Find the Path, and Inquisitive's Eyes rituals

Race(s): Human and Half-Orc

Paragon Path: Tharashk Wayfinder

Head of House: The Triumvirate (Maagrim Torrn, Khandar'aashta, Daric Velderan)

Guilds: The Finders Guild - bounty hunters, dragonshard prospectors, private investigators, etc.; Liondrake's Roar - hires out monstrous mercenaries

Major Locations: Zarash'ak in the Shadow Marches (HQ); Graywall in Droaam (Liondrake's Roar)

History: The Mark of Finding developed about 1000 years ago on 3 clans in the Shadow Marches: the Torrns, Velderans, and Aashtas. About 500 years ago, House Sivis went searching for the dragonmark after rumors of supernatural hunters made their way across Khorvaire. After the gnomes found the dragonmark, they helped the clans join together and become a part of Khorvaire at large. The clans decided on the name House Tharashk, which comes from a goblin word meaning "united." House Tharashk began prospecting for dragonshards across the continent, helping them increase influence quickly. During The Last War, House Tharashk moved beyond prospecting and began offering search and rescue services. As the war drug on and Droaam kicked Breland out, House Tharashk formed strong ties with the more monstrous races and began hiring them out as mercenaries. This has put them at odds with House Deneith, who had previously held a near monopoly on mercenaries.
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Corydimbiddle - Gnome Artificer, Points of Light
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House Thuranni

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Mark of Shadow - when you miss every target while hidden or invisible, you stay hidden or invisible; Knock, Masking Shroud, Secret Page, Shadow Walk, and deception and scrying rituals

Race(s): Elf

Paragon Path: Thuranni Shadow Killer

Head of House: Baron Elar d'Thuranni

Guilds: Shadow Network - artists, spies, and assassins

Major Locations: Enclave in Regalport, Lhazaar Principalities (HQ); Theater in Tantamar, Lhazaar Prinicpalities (performing arts); The True Shapers in Atur, Karrnath (original Demesne of Shape)

History: Much of House Thuranni's history is the same as House Phiarlan. The Thuranni family acted as the assassins of House Phiarlan and in 972 YK, turned on the Paelion family, assassinating most of them. Baron Elvinor Elorrenthi d'Phiarlan excoriated the entire Thuranni family, but Elar Thuranni refused this judgement. The Thurannis then declared themselves a new House and after several years, The Twelve agreed. During the Last War, most House Thuranni jobs were performed for Karrnath and they are still strongly tied to that nation.
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House Vadalis

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Mark of Handling - can use mount's powers as if you had the Combat Mount feat; while mounted on a natural beast or if you have a beast companion, the mount or beast companion gains +2 to speed and +1 to AC; Animal Messenger and Steed Summons rituals

Race(s): Human

Paragon Path: Vadalis Griffonmaster

Head of House: Dalin d' Vadalis

Guilds: Handlers Guild - breeding, sale, care, and training of animals; Balinor's Blessed - capture of exotic animals

Major Locations: Foalswood near Varna in the Eldeen Reaches (HQ); The Hearth near Wroat, Breland (a ranch)

History: The Mark of Handling developed 1800 years ago on humans that had settled in the Eldeen Reaches. House Vadalis saw this as a gift from the Sovereign Host. However, the Seryan line concentrated on making living weapons, which they used in the War of the Mark. These creations were outlawed after the War of the Mark by the new Council of the Twelve. House Vadalis has settled into breeding mounts and livestock. During The Last War, House Vadalis provided mounts for all of the nations. After the Eldeen Reaches seceded from Aundair, House Vadalis managed to stay out of that conflict and still takes no side. After Valenar was established, Balinor's Heart began trying to capture their horses, but never was successful. Because of this, the Valenar elves do not allow House Vadalis in their lands and regard anyone from Vadalis suspiciously.
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Corydimbiddle - Gnome Artificer, Points of Light
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House Vol

Mark of Death - N/A

Race(s): Elf

Paragon Path: N/A

Head of House: N/A

Guilds: N/A

Major Locations: N/A

History: This house and mark no longer exist, completely destroyed by the dragons and elves 2600 years ago.
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Corydimbiddle - Gnome Artificer, Points of Light
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