Drow

Elven subrace.

Drow are a decadent race of dark elves whose beauty and sophistication fail to mask hearts all too often stained in evil. The vast majority of dark elves base their behavior and attitudes on the worship of the chaotic evil goddess Lolth, also known as the Spider Queen.

Drow society is organized into houses. The heads of the most powerful houses occupy leadership positions in the various cities of the Underdark, the subterranean realm beneath Faerûn that the dark elves call home.

Drow stand just shy of human height and have slender, athletic builds. Physically, they have wiry builds, pleasing features, and midnight black skin that has a blue cast. Their eyes are fiery red, lavender, or blue. All drow have white hair, which most keep long and decorate with intricate pins and webbing wrought from precious metals. Aside from their tresses and eyebrows, drow have little facial hair, though males sometimes grow long sideburns or tufts of wispy hair on their cheeks and chins.

From infancy, a drow child must be cunning. Children can expect no kindness, no warmth, and no compassion. Such expressions engender fatal weakness. Drow are cold parents, instilling self reliance and independence, so that their offspring will become strong enough to survive a bloody adolescence. Ill treatment reinforces their natural inclinations toward evil. In rare cases, the harshness of childhood can have the opposite effect, seeding the
youth with a hatred of and disdain for drow society and expectations. Such attitudes often lead young drow to a premature end.

Though the most famous drow settlements are in the Underdark, like the great city of Menzoberranzan, some drow have returned and created settlements on the surface. These are few and far between however, existing in the deepest, darkest recesses of the High Forest and the forest of Cormanthor.

The drow are descended from the Ilythiir, dark elves that turned to worship of dark gods (including Lolth and Ghaunadaur) before and during the Crown Wars over ten thousand years ago. For their actions during that conflict, which included demon summoning, the use of foul divine and arcane magic, and the use of incredibly devastating Elven High Magic, the elven gods cursed the Ilythiir to become the drow and live out their lives in the Underdark.

Today, drow most often worship Lolth, and less commonly other members of the drow pantheon.

Drow

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