Magic is the lifeblood of Eberron, encircling it like the Ringer of Siberys and seeping up through the earth from the bones of Khyber. Perhaps the clearest manifestation of this pervasive magic is the appearance of dragonmarks among seven of Khorvaire’s common races. Dragonmarks are elaborate skin patterns – more intricate and colorful than birthmarks, more distinctive than any tattoo – that also grant their bearers innate spell-like abilities. There are twelve families of dragonmarks, each one associated with a number of of closely related manifestations. A thirteenth mark, the Mark of Death, has faded from history, and no living creature on Eberron carries it.

Within the houses, only a small percentage of every generation manifest dragonmarks, which are marks on the body that grant spell-like abilities to those born with them. Dragonmarks come in five forms: aberrant, least, lesser, greater, and Siberys. Aberrant dragonmarks are deviations from normal marks and are not recognized by the dragonmarked houses. People who have aberrant dragonmarks are commonly believed to have been warped by Khyber, the Dragon Below.

House Cannith

’’Mark of Making’’:
Tinkers Guild: repairs and maintenance
Fabricators Guild: construction and production
Race: Human
Heraldic beast: Gorgon
Month/Moon: Eyre (Mid-spring, ~April, fourth moon)
The mark of making first appeared in the Eberron setting approximately 2500 Years before the foundation of the Kingdom of Galifar and has always distinguished itself as the leader amongst the other dragonmarked houses. They are considered to be the foremost experts in dragonshards and best known for the invention of everbright lanterns, lightning rail and the race of warforged. Their success is due to their ability to mass-produce magical wares at reasonable prices.

As of the current time period in the setting, the house is divided into three distinct factions that are vying for control of the house in the wake of the destruction of the nation of Cyre. Cannith South is ruled by Merrix d’Cannith from the city of Sharn, Cannith West is ruled by Jorlanna d’Cannith from Aundair, and Cannith East which is ruled by Zorlan from Karnnath.

House Deneith

’’Mark of Sentinel’’:
Defenders Guild: Protection
Blademarks Guild: Hirelings and mercenaries
Race: Human
Heraldic beast: Chimera
Month/Moon: Olarune (Late winter, ~February, second moon)
House Deneith operates under a strict military hierarchy. Since all houses have vowed to stay neutral in conflicts, House Deneith supplies to both sides of a conflict. It is also the only house allowed to maintain an active army

House Ghallanda

’’Mark of Hospitality.’’ 3200 years old
Hostelers Guild: bars and inns
Race: Halfling
Heraldic beast: Blink dog
Month/Moon: Nymm (Early summer, ~June, sixth moon)
Although most halflings are nomadic, the members of House Ghallanda operate an impressive number of entertainment institutions, all over Khorvaire

House Jorasco

’’Mark of Healing.’’ 3000 years old
Healers Guild: health
Race: Halfling
Heraldic beast: Griffon
Month/Moon: Therendor (Early spring, ~March, third moon)
House Jorasco provides mundane health care services to the public, as well as magical healing to those who can afford it. Common people visit House Jorasco hospitals instead of churches, since clerics generally reserve their healing abilities for the faithful

House Kundarak

’’Mark of Warding.’’ 2500 years old
Banking Guild: money, loans and safekeeping
Warding Guild: security and protection
Race: Dwarf
Heraldic beast: Manticore
Month/Moon: Vult (Early winter, ~December, twelfth moon)
House Kundarak operates out of the Mror Holds, running the banking and moneylending business in Khorvaire. With close ties to House Sivis, all kinds of coin exchange, credit and safekeeping services are provided by House Kundarak.

House Lyrandar

’’Mark of Storm.’’ 2000 years old
Raincallers Guild: provides good weather for farmers
Windwrights Guild: transport over water or through the air
Race: Half-Elf
Heraldic beast: Kraken
Month/Moon: Zarantyr (Mid-winter, ~January, first moon)
House Lyrandar members have the power to manipulate the weather, and have used that power to create an island paradise for themselves, off the coast of Aundair (called Stormhome)

House Medani

’’Mark of Detection.’’ 1500 years old
Warning Guild: protection with prescience
Race: Half-Elf
Heraldic beast: Basilisk
Month/Moon: Lharvion (Mid-summer, ~July, seventh moon)
Because the members of House Medani can see trouble coming, they are very effective in personal security. Its magic item inventions were instrumental in ending the War of the Mark

House Orien

’’Mark of Passage.’’ 2000 years old
Couriers Guild: postal service
Transportation Guild: freight
Race: Human
Heraldic beast: Unicorn
Month/Moon: Aryth (Late autumn, ~November, eleventh moon)
Members of House Orien control the Lightning Rail and several convoy/caravan routes

House Phiarlan

’’Mark of Shadow’’: 3000 years old
Entertainers and Artisans Guild: entertainment
Race: Elf
Heraldic beast: Hydra
Month/Moon: Sypheros (Mid-autumn, ~October, tenth moon)
Part of House Phiarlan split off recently, to form House Thuranni. According to rumour, the members of House Phiarlan also engage in espionage

House Sivis

’’Mark of Scribing.’’ 2800 years old
Speakers Guild: diplomatic services and translation
Notaries Guild: notary services
Race: Gnome
Heraldic beast: Cockatrice
Month/Moon: Rhaan (Early autumn, ~September, ninth moon)
The members of House Sivis guarantee the authenticity of documents. It is known for its impartiality, and is relied on to send sensitive information securely. It is also known for its bureaucratic red tape

House Tharashk

’’Mark of Finding.’’ 1000 years old
Finders Guild: finding
Race: Human and Half-Orc
Heraldic beast: Dragonne
Month/Moon: Barrakas (Late summer, ~August, eighth moon)
The members of House Tharashk are highly skilled trackers and bounty hunters. They are also in the mining business, and control most of the trade with Dragonshards

House Thuranni

’’Mark of Shadow.’’ 25 years old
Race: Elf
Heraldic beast: Displacer beast
Month/Moon: Sypheros (Mid-autumn, ~October, tenth moon)
Like its parent, House Phiarlan, House Thuranni is in entertainment business. The members left Aerenal and travelled to Khorvaire around the time of the destruction of House Vol

House Vadalis

’’Mark of Handling.’’ 1800 years old
Handlers Guild: breeding
Race: Human
Heraldic beast: Hippogriff
Month/Moon: Dravago (Late spring, ~May, fifth moon)
The members of House Vadalis breed any number of animals, mostly mounts, but also animals used in offense or defense, or pets. House Vadalis operates out of the Eldeen Reaches


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