03 – Dragonmarks and Dragonmarked Houses

Keith, Scott, and Kristian discuss using dragonmarks and the dragonmarked houses in an Eberron game.

  • Clarifying the scope of the show
  • Keith’s articles on dragonmarks
  • Dragonmarks and the Draconic Prophecy
  • History of Dragonmarks
  • Manifesting Marks
  • More than just spell-like abilities
    • Attempts to duplicate dragonmark abilities
    • The role of the Twelve
  • The influence of the guilds
  • Responsibility of having  a dragonmark
  • Shift of power from nations to houses
  • Aberrant marks
  • Pillars of Economy
  • House Tarkanan
  • How GMs can use dragonmarked houses
    • Houses as independent powers
    • Houses as megacorporations
    • Player characters can be a nuetral force
    • Rivalries among and within the houses
    • Powerful organizations not bound by the laws of the nations
    • The Aurum and others hiring PCs
    • Gathering of dragonmarked individuals or houses as a prophetic sign
    • Dragonmarked player characters
    • Using the Mark of Death
    • Unusual marks
    • Starting play with a dragonmark
    • Developing dragonmarks during play
    • Players with aberrant marks
    • Summary of ways GMs can think about the houses
  • Players and dragonmarks
    • Being part of dragonmarked houses without having a dragonmark
    • Reskinning things
    • Enhanced skills from dragonmarks
    • Houses testing for bloodlines
  • Simplify your stories of intrigue
  • Wrap up

Conflict with Aberrant Marked – Keith

Gabriel Krotkov asks:

Keith mentioned that the standard houses began the War of the Mark partially to suppress the “source of power” coming from aberrant marks. What economic threat did the aberrant marks pose to the houses? I get that there must have been a popular fear of the real danger posed by aberrant marks, but if that’s the inciting factor in the War of the Mark why was the main opposition towards Aberrants coming from the Twelve? Why not a religion (Silver Flame, in the vein of the lycanthropic purge, perhaps) or the secular monarchy?

Keith answers with his insights and a couple of references to sourcebooks.

Darguun and Valenar at the End of the Last War

Graham asks:

How was it that Darguun and Valenar were not given to the Cyran refugees?

Keith answers with a collection of reasons.