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Overview[edit]

Drow elves are basically similar to all other elves (Aerenal, Valenar, or Khorvaire). DDO has released them as a separate race, although they share several racial traits and enhancements with elves.

To unlock this race, you must complete quests with one of your other characters. Once that character achieves a total favor rating of 400, you may speak to the Drow Elder, Nyx Durandimion. You need to unlock Drow separately on each server[official], unless you buy it via the DDO store (see below).

Note: Although favor is character specific, once one of your characters has reached 400 total favor, your whole account (on that server) is flagged as being able to create Drow characters, which means you may delete the 400 favor character and still be able to create a Drow.[official]

Drow can be purchased in the DDO Store for
995 DP
, but, as 400 favor is relatively easy and quick to achieve, it's recommended that players wait to earn Drow rather than rush to purchase it.

Note that the Drow race cannot be used in conjunction with the 32-Point-Build. Moreover, when you choose drow after a Heroic True Reincarnation you will only be given 30 Points on the first and 32 Points on every subsequent true reincarnation.

Racial Traits[edit]

(* NOTE: Drow SR does NOT stack with SR from items If wearing SR items (including Insightful), only the larger of the two bonuses would be applied.)

Feats[edit]

Racial feats[edit]


Enhancements[edit]

Drow Elf enhancements tree

Core abilities[edit]

Icon Enhancement Drow Spell Resistance.png
Spell Resistance: Your Spell Resistance increases by +2.
AP Cost: 1 Level: 1 Progression: 0 No requirements
DexChaInt.png
Drow Dexterity / Intelligence / Charisma: Choose one:
  • DexterityColored.png +1 Dexterity
  • IntelligenceColored.png +1 Intelligence
  • CharismaColored.png +1 Charisma
AP Cost: 2 Level: 4 Progression: 0 Requires: Spell Resistance (Rank 1)
Icon Enhancement Drow Spell Resistance.png
Spell Resistance: Your Spell Resistance increases by +2.
AP Cost: 1 Level: 7 Progression: 0 Requires: Drow Dexterity / Intelligence / Charisma (Rank 1)
DexChaInt.png
Drow Dexterity / Intelligence / Charisma: Choose one:
  • DexterityColored.png +1 Dexterity
  • IntelligenceColored.png +1 Intelligence
  • CharismaColored.png +1 Charisma
AP Cost: 2 Level: 11 Progression: 0 Requires: Spell Resistance (Rank 2)
Icon Enhancement Drow Spell Resistance.png
Spell Resistance: Your Spell Resistance increases by +2.
AP Cost: 1 Level: 16 Progression: 0 Requires: Drow Dexterity / Intelligence / Charisma (Rank 2)

Tier One[edit]

Requires Spell Resistance

Faerie Fire.png
Faerie Fire: Activation Cost: 2 Spell Points. Spell like Ability: Faerie Fire. No charge limit.
AP Cost: 2 Ranks: 1 Progression: 1 No requirements
Icon Enhancement Vermin Lore.png
Vermin Lore: You gain a +3/+6/+9 bonus to hit, damage, and to saving throws when fighting Vermin and vermin-like creatures, including Arachnids, Driders, Scorpions, Scorrows, and Spiders.
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 3 Progression: 1 No requirements
Icon Enhancement Keen Senses.png
Keen Senses: +1/+2/+3 Listen, Search, and Spot
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 3 Progression: 1 No requirements
Icon Enhancement Xen'drik Weapon Training.png
Xen'drik Weapon Training: +1 to hit and damage with Rapiers, Shortswords, and Shuriken.
AP Cost: 2 Ranks: 1 Progression: 1 No requirements
Icon Enhancement Elf Arcane Fluidity.png
Arcane Fluidity: Your arcane spell failure chance while wearing armor is decreased by 5%/10%/15%.
Note: This has no effect on arcane spell failure from shields.
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 3 Progression: 1 No requirements

Tier Two[edit]

Requires 5 APs spent in tree

Icon Enhancement Enchantment Lore.png
Enchantment Lore: +2/+4/+6 saves vs. Enchantments. Rank 3: You also gain +1 Enchantment spell DC
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 3 Progression: 5 No requirements
Icon Enhancement Venom Lore.png
Venom Lore: +1/+2/+3 Heal and Saves against Poison. +2/+4/+6 Poison Resistance against hit point damaging poisons.
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 3 Progression: 5 No requirements
Icon Enhancement Nothing is Hidden.png
Nothing is Hidden: Your senses are so acute that you no longer need to spend time searching for the obvious. You will automatically perform a Search check to locate traps and secret doors when you are in range to Spot them, although this Search check occurs at a -12/-8/-4 penalty.
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 3 Progression: 5 Requires: Keen Senses
Icon Enhancement Xen'drik Weapon Training.png
Xen'drik Weapon Training: +1 to hit and damage with Rapiers, Shortswords, and Shuriken.
AP Cost: 2 Ranks: 1 Progression: 5 Requires: Xen'drik Weapon Training (Tier 1)
Icon Enhancement Ambidexterity.png
Ambidexterity: You gain +1 to hit when dual-wielding or fighting unarmed. Tier 2: Also gains +1% Dodge. Tier 3: Also gains +1 damage.
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 3 Progression: 5 Requires: Two Weapon Fighting

Tier Three[edit]

Requires 10 APs spent in tree

Darkfire.png
Darkfire: Activation Cost: 4 Spell Points. Cooldown: 6 seconds. Metamagic: Empower, Maximize, Quicken, Enlarge, Intensify. Spell Resistance: No
  • Darkfire.png Spell-like Ability: Fires a bolt of darkness that deals 1d8 damage per character level, which scales with 100% Spell Power. Reflex DC (10 + Half Character Level + Charisma Modifier) Half Damage. Darkfire deals evil damage.
Note: Might of the Abishai set bonus increases the caster level of this SLA.
AP Cost: 2 Ranks: 1 Progression: 10 No requirements
Icon Enhancement Improved Dodge.png
Improved Dodge: +1%/+2%/+3% Dodge when wearing light or no armor.
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 3 Progression: 10 Requires: Dodge
Icon Enhancement Xen'drik Weapon Training.png
Xen'drik Weapon Training: +1 to hit and damage with Rapiers, Shortswords, and Shuriken.
AP Cost: 2 Ranks: 1 Progression: 10 Requires: Xen'drik Weapon Training (Tier 2)

Tier Four[edit]

Requires 15 APs spent in tree

Icon Enhancement Venomed Blades.png
Venomed Blades: Poison Stance: On Hit: 1d4/1d6/1d8 Poison damage with weapon attacks. (This enhancement cannot be taken at the same time as Venomed Blades in the Assassin tree.)
Note: A bug that caused the ability to become disabled was fixed in Update 20, but may require resetting the racial tree to initiate the fix.
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 3 Progression: 15 Requires: Venom Lore
Icon Enhancement Xen'drik Weapon Training.png
Xen'drik Weapon Training: +1 to hit and damage with Rapiers, Shortswords, and Shuriken.
AP Cost: 2 Ranks: 1 Progression: 15 Requires: Xen'drik Weapon Training (Tier 3)

Additional Background[edit]

History of the Drow Elves[edit]

Approximately 39,000 years ago Elves were slaves to the Giants of the Xen'Drik continent. After a war with invaders from the Plane of Dal Quor nearly ruined the Giant's civilization and wrecked the continent, the elves rose up in rebellion against the giants. Many fled Xen'Drik, landing on an island continent they named Aerenal.

The elves that remained on Xen'Drik became the known as the drow elves. Delving deep underground or wandering the lush jungles of the continent, the drow became more powerful than their blood brethren, and yet more distanced and distrustful from the cultures of friendly races.

Physical Description[edit]

Male and Female Drow
Drow elves stand between 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 feet tall, and typically weigh between 95 and 135 pounds, with only marginal differences between men and women. Their skin tends to be so black in color it may appear to have a bluish or purplish sheen; in contrast, their hair is almost always a brilliant, shining white. The colors of drow elf eyes range generally from maroon to bright red, though some drow elves have been noted to have an extremely light pink close to the color grey or even completely white eyes; if this is a sign of power, or some strange trait carried through the bloodlines of drow families, none can tell the answer. Neither males nor females grow any facial or body hair, apart from that on their heads and scalp. An elf is considered an adult about 110 years old, and can often live to be well over 700 years old.

Elves do not sleep as other races do. Instead they meditate, descending into a trance-like state that lasts for about four hours each day, which is equal to around 8 hours of sleep for the other races. This lack of sleep gives all drow and elves a natural immunity to sleep and clouding of the mind due to weariness cause by lack of sleep, whether the urge to rest be brought on by magical or more mundane forces.

Lands[edit]

Drow elves can be found in virtually any part of Xen'Drik. They are semi-nomadic, traveling through the jungles of Xen'drik and searching old ruins for anything that can help them survive; this often gets the drow wanderers into scuffles with the leading religious powers, especially The Undying Court, which is purely elvish by heritage, apart from the fact that elves already hate drow and vice versa. When not living in the ruins of ancient giant cities, they are often living underground in the various cave systems.

Politics[edit]

Drow elves that have escaped to the surface are typically semi-nomadic and secretive, distancing themselves from common society. Thus, they have not really established any lasting "realms", and have created no government or ruling power as of yet. However, the realms below the ground are as dark as their pitch-black surroundings, consisting of frequent fighting, assassinations, and betrayal to gain power.

Dragonmarks[edit]

Drow elves are not known to carry any dragonmarks. As dragonmarks are usually signs that the possessors play a part in the Prophecy, this does not bode well for the future and importance of the drow in later times. Whether this is due to the Gods' lack of attention to the drow, or the fact that the drow have not yet found and harnessed the powers of hidden dragonmarks, none can say.

However, there have been drow elves who have been looked kindly upon by those from Above; these "favored souls", as they are often known as, are living proof that the drow are not entirely excluded from the designs of the powerful deities, and so the drow may yet prove to gain one of their own dragonmarks.

Society[edit]

Surface-dwelling drow elves live and travel in small family tribes or bands. They have little interaction with other bands of drow elves, and even less with outsiders. They consider themselves to be the true preservers of elven dignity and valor and consider the elves that fled to Aerenal to be cowards.

Drow elves dwelling beneath the ground in the lack-light caverns generally live in small realms, almost like kingdoms; however, drow must always watch their backs at all times, as the underground drow society is a brutal, bloody system of constant struggles for power. The children, from the moment they can defend themselves, are expected to do so, receiving little help from their parents or from other drow. While this forces the drow to become more cunning and smooth-tongued in order to survive, this also grants them a general distrust of all other sentient beings, even those who are not drow.

Drow often worship a scorpion god called Vulkoor, often depicted with the lower body of a scorpion and the upper body of a drow. The drow of Menechtarun are believed to especially do so, to the point that they are sometimes addressed to as the Vulkoorim. They revere all types of scorpions and consider other arachnids to be lesser servants of Vulkoor. Many researchers believe that Vulkoor is an incarnation of the Mockery. Many religious drow scar themselves using scorpion venom to leave white scars on their black skin.

However, drow are not limited to this dark divine ruler; plenty of drow have been able to serve as pious clerics or noble paladins in the name of the Silver Flame or the Sovereign Host, among other, much lighter deities than Vulkoor.

Other Drow Elf Traits[edit]

Drow elves are generally more cunning and charismatic than other "typical" elves, able to think faster on their toes and intimidate or sweet-talk other beings in a more fashioned manner than the other elves; this does not indicate that they are any wiser. They most likely gained their heightened physical prowess from their conflicted and blood-filled history serving time as giantese slaves or waging war against their captors. However, they are not as skilled as their kin in the use of ranged weapons such as the longbow and shortbow, preferring the use of light melee and throwing weapons including the short-sword, rapier and shuriken (in pencil & paper, the Drow use a three-pronged boomerang instead of shuriken). Drow elves are equally dexterous and frail as their blood brethren.

References[edit]

  • DnD Sourcebook - Players guide to Eberron
  • DnD Sourcebook - Races of Eberron