By Bruce R. Cordell
Some races are more iconic to Dungeons & Dragons than others. While the elf and dwarf have fulfilled that role through every edition of the game, the race most people love to hate is the drow. And, ever since Drizzt showed that not all drow were irredeemably evil, the idea of drow PCs has tantalized most gaming tables at one time or another. The drow’s lasting popularity is easily understood—at one time or another, most people want to play a character with the reputation for being sexy, bad, and a little treacherous.
Drow are graceful, deadly, and feared. Despite stories of certain drow disdaining their culture and joining adventuring companies on the surface, the drow racial reputation of decadence and evil will always precede any individual, no matter how sophisticated, beautiful, or honestly true-hearted an individual may claim to be. That’s because the vast majority of the race base their behavior and attitudes on the worship of the chaotic evil goddess Lolth, also known as the Spider Queen. But the heart of every individual drow is its own. Some few in every generation find that the ways of their people are not enough to sustain them.
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About the Author
Bruce R. Cordell is an Origins and ENnie award-winning game designer whose long list of professional credits include the new Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, Keep on the Shadowfell, Draconomicon I: Chromatic Dragons, and Open Grave: Secrets of the Undead. Bruce is also an author of Forgotten Realms novels, including Plague of Spells, first book in the new Abolethic Sovereignty series.