Once rivaled only by the high elves of the skies, the drow were among the oldest and wisest of peoples in the world. With a royal family that claims immortality, their noble people had existed for generations with peace and prosperity under the rulership of their queen. However, during the demon wars, the queen unexpectedly betrayed their world and allied her people with the invaders from hell, welcoming them into the world under the claim that their mutual cooperation would lead to a more prosperous future for both their allies and the drow people. Seeing this as madness and unaware that the queen's mind had been tampered with by the demon queen of lies, the queen's brother the prince attempted to reason with her and convince her to reconsider this ill conceived allegiance. He was deemed a threat to the sanctity and pure heart of their people and exiled.

The exiled prince, having been a reasonable and beloved figure, was followed willingly into exile by many of their kin, giving rise to the great divide that would become the drow civil war. The war has continued to rage over over a century, with drow fighting drow in the dark places of the world as brother and sister fight for the heart of who they are as a people.

Drow Racial Traits

  • Size and Type: Drow are medium sized humanoids with the [Elf] subtype.
  • Ability Scores: +2 Dexterity, +2 Charisma, -2 Constitution
  • Speed: Drow have a 30 ft. base speed.
  • Drowsight: Drow can see perfectly in any darkness, even magical darkness such as a darkness spell. Abrupt exposure to bright light blinds drow for 1 round; on subsequent rounds, they are dazzled as long as they remain in the affected area.
  • Drow Immunities: Drow are immune to magic sleep effects and get a +2 racial bonus against enchantment spells and effects.
  • Drow Magic: Drow gain a +2 bonus on caster level checks made to overcome spell resistance and a +2 bonus on Dispel checks.
  • Drow Sense: Drow have a +1 bonus on Perception and Stealth checks, and both are always class skills for Drow.
  • Drow Sorcery: Drow can cast prestidigitation and faerie fire at-will and darkness 1/day as spell-like abilities with a caster level equal to their level.
  • Poisoner: Drow receive a +2 racial bonus on saves vs poison and never risk accidentally poisoning themselves when handling poisons.
  • Spell Resistance: Drow have spell resistance equal to 6 + their level.
  • Languages: Drow begin play speaking Elven and Undercommon. Drow with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following languages: Abyssal, Aklo, Aquan, Common, Draconic, Drow Sign Language, Gnome, or Goblin. See the Linguistics skill page for more information about these languages.
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