Les Academies de Menzoberranzan
Tier Brieche, The Famed Academy of the Dark Elves sits on a high plateau at the western end of the city, protected by guardians and fell magics, the Academy consist of three structures, Arach-Tinilith (The School of Lolth) Sorcere (The School of Wizards) and Melee Magthere (The School of Fighters). Presided over by the Matron Mistress of the Academy, all drow both common and noble are required to attend the academy. Students length of education is dependent on their sex and occupation, Male Fighters will spend 10 years, Male wizards will spend 30, and Female priestesses will spend 50 years learning their profession. The majority of time is spent within their specific school, however each student will spend a portion of their last year at each of the other schools, gaining a basic understanding of the strengths and weakness of the other classes.
The School of Fighters is a pyramidal structure located on the east side of Tier Brieche, here males learn the art of swordplay, individual and group fighting tactics. Beginning students spend their first sixty days unarmed under the instruction of The Master of Lore. It is here that young drow are inducted into the web of lies that bind the dark elves chaotic society together. Tales are told about the evil surface elves, Svirfnebli, Duergar... no other race is not described as evil, it is this uniform hatred and desire to dominate all other races that prevent the vile dark elves from descending into complete warfare amongst themselves. Treated little better than slaves in their early years, as they progress in seniority they are allowed more and more autonomy in their training, Students in their 9th and final year serve as guards for Tier Brieche ,as well as participating in practice patrols within short distances outside of the city cavern. Each year, in order to establish a hierarchy within the class, the Grand Melee is held. During this event the students are set loose in a maze chamber outside the city cavern, wielding simple wooden poles as imitation weapons, last male standing wins. In the tenth and final year, fighters will spend their first six months in Sorcere studying magic, and the final six months within Arach-Tinilith learning the precepts of Lolth and more importantly, the inferiority of males in her eyes.
The School of Wizards in housed in a many spired stalagmite tower on the west of Tier Brieche. Males will spend 30 years in study of the arcane arts, learning to channel the strange an unique magic of the drow that emanates from the Underdark. Acceptance as a student at Sorcere is highly coveted by young males as magic is the only path to any kind of real power in their matriarchal world. Masters of Sorcere are arguably the most powerful group of males within Menzoberranzan, headed by the city's Archmage. Not only are they responsible for the training of future mages but also for regulating the use of arcane magic for all drow within Menzoberranzan.
The School of Lolth is one of, if not the most important, holy sites within the church of Lolth. Standing at the center of Tier Brieche, the school resembles a giant obsidian spider, sporting eight legs and a large central hall. Female clerics will spend 50 years in study under the Mistresses of Arach-Tinilith, learning the deeper codes, beliefs, and dogma of Lolth's faith. Some of the most powerful holy artifacts of the drow are stored within the halls. It is here that students will undergo the graduation ceremony, often involving demon summoning and sexual orgies between the new clerics and male wizards or fighters, reinforcing the subservient role of drow males. The Matron Mistress of the Academy resides here and serves both as head instructor as well as the leader of the academy. Currently the Academy is presided over by Matron Mistress Quenthel Baenre, who succeeded her sister Matron Triel after the death of their mother.