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Drow are a species of sentient beings from the planet Caledonia and are spread throughout the Milky Way Galaxy. They have obsidian skin but usually have stark white hair and they are more adapted to colder environments because they evolved under the cold netherlight of Lloth, a moon of Caledonia. Magic is a common attribute for many drow and learning to use aether is a skill taught in standard drow schooling. They are generally quick-witted, which makes them very good at scheming, diplomacy and trading despite the bad reputation of being devious and underhanded in negotiations. The most unique trait they have is the immortality of their souls, which enter an Over-Soul upon death and will then resurrect for a new life. Upon entering their new lives, the memories of their past lives will begin to resurface during the Awakening of their teenage years.

Description

Appearance

Drow are usually around four to five feet tall, though the males are even shorter than the females. They have completely black skin and around their temples are speckles of white. These speckles are considered beauty marks and the more a drow has the more attractive they are considered to be. Most drow have stark white hair though some have grey. They all have lilac coloured irises.[Pan 1]. Even when old, the drow appear youthful. They are unable to grow hair anywhere except for their heads[Pan 2].

Speech

Most drow develop a soft lilt, as though they contemplate each word as they use it[Pan 2].

Biological Traits

Quick-Witted

The drow are exceptionally quick-witted, meaning they are able to get the upper hand in many negotiations such as trading. This has given them an unwarranted negative reputation for being sly and selfish[CatH 1].

Magic

Drow Wizardry

Drow wizards carry staves tipped with precious stones and are able to use magic to manipulate even netherflame and netherlight. They are able to walk on water. Drow wizards wear thick, heavy armour[Pan 1].

Drow Alchemy

Some drow experiment in the art of alchemy either instead of or as a compliment to normal magic casting[CatH 1].

Teleport

Some drow are able to teleport themselves as a gaseous cloud of black smoke[Pan 1].

Over-Soul

Main article: The Over-Soul

When a drow dies their soul goes to the Over-Soul around Caledonia[Pan 3]. Drow are born without the memories of their past lives but, as teenagers, will begin to regain their memories through an experience known as Awakening[Pan 4].

Night Vision

Drow have excellent night vision, which is an evolutionary trait of the constant dark of their homeworld of Caledonia. However this means that their vision during bright daylight is somewhat impaired[Pan 1].

Cold Adaptation

They are better adapted to the cold so they do not feel it so keenly as a human would[Pan 2].

Culture

Warfare

Drow don't usually engage in all out warfare and prefer calculated sneak attacks, attrition, missions targets. They use the cover of darkness to attack and hold no honour in combat, though they do have a code of mercy[Pan 1]. The drow are known to use blue warpaint[Pan 5].

Religion

There is a religion on Caledonia that worship the moon, Lolth, as a god[Pan 1].

Clothing

Medieval Era

During the Medieval Era, the drow tended to wear clothes made of linen that were loose fitting and cut to expose the legs and back. But they then wore leggings to keep their legs warm underneath their loose clothes. Their clothes were normally bright - red, orange, white, teal[Pan 2]. The men of the drow are the submissive and dominated of the genders and therefore their outfits tend to be more provocative with exposed skin[Pan 6].

Matriarchy

Drow society is a matriarchy in which the rights of males are limited and women hold the most power and dominance[Pan 5].

Prostitution

During the Medieval Era there were no female prostitutes, only male[Pan 5].

Promotions

It was common, during the Medieval Era, for drow to get promoted by murdering their rivals or superiors both in politics and in magics[Pan 4].

Governments

Llurth Caridwen

Llurth Caridwen is the mountain residence of the worshippers of Lolth and their religious leader. Their theocracy was a dictatorship directed by the leader, who was once Prelate Seerias during the Medieval Era[Pan 2].

Eberron

The village of Eberron is a demarchy, where they select the most talented individuals to form a government and vote between those representatives to lead[Pan 2].

Characters

Locations

Caledonia

Main article: Caledonia

Caledonia is the homeworld of the drow and is in a constant state of dim light and cold that exudes from the netherlight of Lolth, its moon. The planet was once temporarily settled by humans during the Medieval Era[Pan 1].

History

Pantheons of the NeSiverse

Space Camelot

Main article: Space Camelot

TBA

Clear and the Hopeless

The World of Tomorrow

The drow alchemist, Dhaeriend do'Ziikin joined the crew of The Hopeful as they were bound for the Cosmic Nullius[CatH 1].

Notes

Britt's Commentary

"I wanted to include a species from popular culture to further expand upon the major pop culture Extended Universe already present in the NeS EU. I decided to introduce the drow, very loosely based upon the Dungeons & Dragons[Ext 1] drow[Ext 2]. The NeS drow, however, are very different from the D&D source material only being similar in their appearance. I did, however, incorporate other D&D drow facets, such as using the name of their god, Lloth[Ext 3], as the name of the moon for their homeworld, which is worshipped as a god by some NeS drow. As the drow are based upon the drow of Scottish[Ext 4] folklore, I named their homeworld Caledonia[Ext 5], which is the Latin[Ext 6] name for Scotland. I came up with the idea of the Over-Soul long ago but reimagined it for use with the drow to give them a very unique flair in NeS lore. The Over-Soul was inspired by the use of the term Over-Soul[Ext 7] by Ralph Waldo Emmerson[Ext 8], albeit with very different usage. Because Star Wars[Ext 9] has been such a prevalent source of content for the NeS EU, I decided I wanted to incorporate Star Trek[Ext 10] sources somehow and meshed that into the drow species so they use Federation[Ext 11] ships and inspired technology, as well as other features like uniforms[Ext 12] and terminology." - Britt the Writer.

References

External References

  1. Dungeons & Dragons article, Wikipedia.
  2. Drow article, Wikipedia.
  3. Lloth article, Wikipedia.
  4. Scotland article, Wikipedia.
  5. Caledonia article, Wikipedia.
  6. Latin article, Wikipedia.
  7. The Over-Soul article, Wikipedia.
  8. Ralph Waldo Emmerson article, Wikipedia.
  9. Star Wars article, Wikipedia.
  10. Star Trek article, Wikipedia.
  11. United Federation of Planets article, Wikipedia.
  12. Star Trek Uniforms article, Wikipedia.

Pantheons of the NeSiverse References

TBA

Clear and the Hopeless References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 CatH Post 83, CatH Page 3, The Living Daylights, Clear and the Hopeless written by Britt the Writer.

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