Drow Priestess Picture

Drow are referred to by many many names. Dark elves, Dökkálfar, Svartálfar, Moriquendi, and even Dumner. All reference the same race of elf kind.
The Drow are very much wide spread in personalities and physical attributes as no single realm of mythology or folklore equates to another. To some, they are a race of harsh, warlike and vicious elves. Cruel, sadistic raiders with much disdain for all other races, especially their lighter kindred, the High Elves. This type is considered pale creatures with raven black hair, and the most evil of all races.
Another region considers them as creatures dwelling deep beneath the surface world, in strange subterranean realms. They are said to be evil, "as dark as faeries are bright", and pictured in tales as poor fighters but strong magic-users. Supposedly in ages past, the elves were torn by discord and warfare, driving out from their surface lands their selfish and cruel members, who sought safety in the underworld. These creatures, later known as the "dark elvenfolk" or drow, grew strong in the arcane arts over the centuries and content with their gloomy fairyland beneath the earth, though they still bear enmity towards and seek revenge against their distant kin, the elves and faeries who drove them down. They are described as chaotic evil in alignment, and highly intelligent. They are described as black-skinned and pale haired in appearance, around 5-feet tall and slight of build with somewhat sharp features, with large eyes and large pointed ears. Drow move silently and with a graceful quickness, even when wearing their armor, and blend into shadows with ease. They carry long daggers and short swords of an adamantite alloy and small one-handed crossbows which shoot darts carrying a poison that causes unconsciousness. Drow are difficult to surprise as they are able to see very well in the dark, have an intuitive sense about their underground world similar to that of dwarves, and can detect hidden or secret doors as easily as other elves do. Drow are highly resistant to magic, while all drow have the ability to use some inherent magical abilities even if they are not strictly spellcasters. The module also reveals that there are rumors of vast caverns housing whole cities of drow which exist somewhere deep beneath the earth, and now that the drow have dwelled in these dark labyrinthe places they dislike daylight and other forms of bright light as it hampers their abilities. They are able to communicate using a silent language composed of hand movements, and when coupled with facial and body expression, movement, and posture, this form of communication is the equal of any spoken language.
These Drow are characterized by white or silver hair and obsidian black skin. Their eyes are red, gray, violet, or yellow in darkness and can be many different colors in normal light.
Drow society is primarily matriarchal, with priestesses of their evil spider goddess Lolth in the highest seats of power. Males are considered inferior to females within drow society, and while some males may be respected if they are powerful wizards, they are never allowed to rule.
Many other mythologies detail them in various lights, yet only one thing remains certain.
These are creatures of a dark and mysterious world and should not be taken lightly.
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