From here, the reader follows Drizzt on his quest to follow his principles in the cruel and competitive society of his underground homeland where such feelings are threatened. As the third son, drow culture demanded that Drizzt be sacrificed to their goddess Lolth. His first ten years were spent as a page prince in the care of his sister Vierna; though she was far from kind, in his later years Drizzt would recall some affection for her, stemming from the fact they shared paternity through Zaknafein. As a child, Drizzt displayed amazing reflexes and coordination. Consequently, Zaknafein was able to persuade Malice that Drizzt should become a warrior, instead of replacing Nalfein as the house wizard.
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Drizzt was the third male child of Malice, and by all drow laws should have been sacrificed to appease Lolth, the Spider Queen, the evil goddess of the dark elves. The newborn Drizzt was found to be unique by having lavender eyes, an extreme rarity among the drow. Masoj then turned the same weapon on Alton, but the now Houseless mage saved himself by making a bargain with Masoj.
For the first few years of his life, Drizzt was cared for by his sister Vierna and taught that he had an inferior place in drow society because he was a male. However, he proved to be stubborn and was determined to complete tasks assigned to him to the point of exhaustion. Drizzt mastered levitation, an ability that all noble drow shared, at an uncommonly young age and carried an innocence that set him apart from the rest of his race.
At sixteen years old, Drizzt was admitted into the noble ranks of his family as Secondboy and met Zaknafein, unknowing that the renowned weapons master was his real father, not the current House patron, Rizzen. At their first meeting, the uniquely honorable and kind-hearted Zaknafein took an immediate liking to Drizzt, forming a bond of companionship that was not a wise move according to Malice.
When Zaknafein then showed him the armory, Drizzt was stunned by the amount of different weapons that there were and started practicing with all of them until he ultimately chose dual scimitars. For the next three years, Zaknafein trained Drizzt and developed his skills as a warrior. Zaknafein taught Drizzt how to think creatively in a fighting situation and train his muscles to respond to such thoughts. The weapons master insisted that this improvisation was the mark of a skilled warrior.
As Drizzt neared the end of his training with Zaknafein, one of the lesser Houses of Menzoberranzan unsuccessfully attacked another.
The matron mother magically disguised a goblin slave as a dark elf and forced him and her son to fight to the death. Drizzt allied with Kelnozz and defeated many of the other students, but near the end of the competition, Kelnozz, showing typical dark elf loyalty, betrayed Drizzt, leaving him eighth place in the class.
The Academy held many disappointments for Drizzt, particularly during the first year as the many dark realities of drow society gradually revealed themselves. Drizzt tried to find the ambiguous truth, but all the while he remembered that the only treachery that he had ever witnessed had been at the hands of his fellow drow. He excelled at that part of his training, until eventually a year went by and it was time for the second Grand Melee. While Drizzt took little pride in his victory that second year, he took great satisfaction in the continued growth of his fighting skills.
He won the Grand Melee in his third and fourth years, so the next year his instructors entered him into the competition with students who were three years his senior; a Grand Melee he also won. These patrols allowed the drow class to encounter the many dangerous creatures of the Underdark, and during one such fight, Drizzt killed two hook horrors single-handed, a feat that not even Zaknafein could have easily achieved.
After nine years at Melee Magthere, Drizzt finally completed his training there and began his six months of magical study at Sorcere under the tutelage of Masoj. Masoj was not fool enough to disobey a matron mother, but Alton did not exhibit such self-control, and when he and Drizzt met at last, the wizard attempted to kill the young dark elf.
His study there was filled with an endless series of eulogies to the Spider Queen and the rewards that she bestowed upon loyal worshipers, though Drizzt thought that the term "slave" would be more appropriate.
He suffered through the teachings until his graduation finally arrived, and a ceremony was conducted in which the students inhaled mind-fogging drugs and subjected themselves to the sensual pleasures of the female students of Arach-Tinilith. However, Drizzt, being the unique drow that he was, rejected the offer, and he was then brought to the land of the driders by Vierna as a punishment for refusing a priestess.
Drizzt survived the ordeal and was released with the caution to follow Lolth and obey the females of drow society or face death. Drizzt graduated with the highest honors in his class and suspected that none of those present at the graduation ceremony even remembered that he had left.
Once, Drizzt had thought that Zaknafein would be his salvation against the dark realities around him, but that was before his family informed him of the pleasure that the weapons master took in killing other drow. These revelations also convinced Drizzt that even though it seemed that Zaknafein pretended to be what he was not, he was actually just like every other dark elf, a fact that both confused and angered Drizzt more than he had ever thought possible. However, Zaknafein truthfully did detest the evil ways of the drow, but he saw no means to escape his fate, so survived by following the same codes that were so hateful to him.
With her entire family now together, Malice discussed with them the rumors of a coming war against their House. Malice ordered them all to attempt to learn who their hidden enemy was and be prepared for an attack at anytime.
Drizzt only spent two days at home before joining one of the many patrol groups that kept the caverns around Menzoberranzan safe. For one of the missions assigned to the band, Drizzt and the others were sent to the surface in a raid on the surface elves. For most of the drow, their first experience of the surface was a time of fear, but for Drizzt, it felt like something far different as he beheld the sights and sounds of this new world. When SiNafay discovered that Lolth had withdrawn her favor from her enemies, she quickly made preparations to take advantage of their weakness and strike.
Believing that Drizzt had slain the elf child, a furious Zaknafein challenged the young dark elf to a sparring match, but both of them knew that it would actually be a fight to the death.
Drizzt accepted the challenge with the hope that by destroying Zaknafein, his greatest disappointment, he could remove himself from the evil of the drow race. When the patrol group reached the tunnels east of Menzoberranzan, they discovered that a small mining expedition of svirfneblin deep gnomes had strayed too far into drow territory.
The attack failed to kill Drizzt, but the drow warrior was then captured by the fleeing gnomes. Dinin and the rest of the patrol group quickly tracked down Drizzt with the help of Guenhwyvar and proceeded to slaughter the gnomes who were holding him captive. Malice and her daughters soon summoned a yochlol, a handmaiden of Lolth, in an attempt to discover which House was preparing to attack them.
The yochlol refused to give the priestesses any direct answers, but did reveal that the enemy House was already known to them. Meanwhile, Drizzt and Zaknafein began their duel and fought ferociously until they eventually admitted their secrets. However, unbeknownst to Zaknafein and Drizzt, Malice and her daughters had been scrying the entire fight and now knew the reason that their House had lost the favor of Lolth.
Drizzt needed time to think away from the mayhem in his House, so he set off to work through his inner turmoil in the more peaceful tunnels of the Underdark. Learning that Drizzt had journeyed from his House alone, Masoj decided to try to slay him once again, but this time the mage ordered Guenhwyvar to find and kill the young warrior. Drizzt then helped Guenhwyvar understand that she was her own master and could overcome the commands given to her by Masoj. After the fight, Drizzt made a vow to never kill another drow again, and he took possession of the magical statuette used to summon Guenhwyvar before returning to Menzoberranzan.
While Drizzt had been battling in the tunnels, Zaknafein had been confronted by Malice and her daughters. Accompanied only by Guenhwyvar, Drizzt left Menzoberranzan in search of a life outside of the city and the ways of the drow.
The Legend of Drizzt: Homeland 1
Maybe it is emotional judgement, but today, this book is as close to 4. Now this is a series which I have been planning on reading for decades and even I have no idea why I kept putting it off until now This is the beginning of the Legend of Drizzt, but I think it is sixth or seventh in the order of Forgotten Realms. Hopefully by the time I am done I will be able to have read every one of the books in this vast Universe. Since the books came after the Role Playing Game, I did not expect too much in the way of "literature" in this book, but I actually was pleasantly surprised. No, not that this is in any way high prose and immense literally value, but it was well enough written to allow us to grasp the nature of the world, begin caring about what happens with Drizzt and convey some intense action sequences on several occasions, so yeah, it was very entertaining.
Forgotten Realms: Homeland (Legend of Drizzt #1)
Forgotten Realms the Legend of Drizzt Book 1: Homeland