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='''Dark Elves / Drow'''=
 
='''Dark Elves / Drow'''=
*<p dir="ltr">'''Preface: Inspiration'''</p>
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==Preface: Inspiration==
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*<p dir="ltr">'''Zoroastrianism'''</p>
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*<p dir="ltr">'''Yamato'''</p>
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*<p dir="ltr">'''Mongolia'''</p>
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*<p dir="ltr">'''The Kor from Magic the Gathering'''</p>
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*<p dir="ltr">'''Korean'''</p>
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*<p dir="ltr">'''Inca'''</p>
   
**<p dir="ltr">'''Zoroastrianism'''</p>
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==Physical traits:==
**<p dir="ltr">'''Yamato'''</p>
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The drow are a hearty band of Elven-kind hailing from the Deserts and Badlands of the world. They share the graceful, lithe bodies of many other elves, however the drow's physicality is predicated towards surviving in Hot, Dry climates where water is scarce.
**<p dir="ltr">'''Mongolia'''</p>
 
**<p dir="ltr">'''The Kor from Magic the Gathering'''</p>
 
**<p dir="ltr">'''Korean'''</p>
 
**<p dir="ltr">'''Inca'''</p>
 
*<p dir="ltr">'''Coloration:'''</p>
 
   
**<p dir="ltr">'''Born: Various shades of brown, to Charcoal Black.'''</p>
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Their skin tends towards Darker shades, with browns, tans, greys and even some variations of blues and purples being common. Drow hair is similarly varied, though lighter shades are more common. Body Hair is sparse, if present at all due the Extreme heat of the locations drow inhabit.
   
***<p dir="ltr">'''Variations:'''</p>
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The Scarcity of food and water, combined with the Nomadic Tendencies of the drow make reproduction difficult, a Rare few drow women have evolved or developed magically a method in which they produce an offspring without need of Conception. This Offspring is Genetically identical to it's parent, though frequently ends up being a wholly different person. This trait is likely due to the fact that it can take Decades for different bands of drow to meet up. Moots are Rare, though the fact that they move from Holy site to holy site tends to mitigate this. Aside from the rarity of it, drow reproduce similarly to Other Elves, though with Slightly shorter Pregnancies.
   
****<p dir="ltr">'''Rarely, Dark Elves will be born with grey skin tones, even more rarely, Usually about one a generation a Dark elf is born with a Natural Blue-ish or Purplish skin tone.'''</p>
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Curiously, drow do not Sweat, instead, they've developed a wide array of alternate means of cooling down. Drow Ears tend to be larger than other elves, and while drow height ranges are similar to other elves, they tend toward the taller side of the spectrum. Drow also possess the ability to recycle small amounts of water from their own breathing. This leads to some drow being subconsciously drawn to more moist environments.
   
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Dark elves with Blueish skin tones are thought to be blessed, and are often pressured to learn a form of Magic, based on Aptitude.'''</p>
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==Culture:==
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Those of Purple skin tone are thought to be better Warriors or Assassins.'''</p>
 
**<p dir="ltr">'''Dark elves, similar to Orcs, enjoy dying their skin. '''</p>
 
   
***<p dir="ltr">'''Greens are avoided, as they are thought to be an Accursed color.'''</p>
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==Religion:==
***<p dir="ltr">'''Colored dyes and Tattoo patterns denote position and talents in society.'''</p>
 
   
****<p dir="ltr">'''Blue is favored among “Those who Learn.”'''</p>
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==History:==
****<p dir="ltr">'''Purple among “Those who hunt”.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Red is used for, “Those who Protect”.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''White is used for, “Those who Serve”, which is the Dark Elves’ Priestly Caste.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Tattoos are a largely individualistic affair, most dark elves choose them based on a personal meaning to themselves.'''</p>
 
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''The Exception being among “Those Who Serve”, whom almost exclusively favor tattoos from the Aspect of the twin Celestials they represent:'''</p>
 
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Morning Sun:'''</p>
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Midday/Zenith Sun:'''</p>
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Afternoon Sun:'''</p>
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Setting Sun:'''</p>
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Eclipse:'''</p>
 
 
*******<p dir="ltr">'''Only those born during an Eclipse.'''</p>
 
*******<p dir="ltr">'''Dark Elves with Blue or Purple skin born during an Eclipse Immediately calls for a Moot. It’s believed that such an Individual will be a Legendary Figure, and all bands will set aside their differences to ensure that that individual is trained by the Greatest among them. As the Child grows, Masters of each Trade enter Tournaments of skill, until such a time as the Greatest of that Trade or Skill is Decided. As the Child grows up, their aptitudes are tested, and the Moot watches them for hints as to what they desire to be. All training and support, as well as any supplies the Drow can possibly provide for the Child are freely given. Each Master gives the Child “Lessons of the Great Journey” Meant to teach the Child wisdom.'''</p>
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''No Moon:'''</p>
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Crescent Moon:'''</p>
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Full Moon:'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Skin Dyes and Tattoos are minimalistic, Usually being Small, Accenting pieces rather than whole-body affairs.'''</p>
 
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Different bands Hold different Customs, As such, during moots or meetings of Nomad bands, contests are frequent and encouraged.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Being Unmarked indicates a Wanderer: Someone who travels from band to band, or perhaps someone who is planning to settle in a city.'''</p>
 
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''This means that most Dark elves that are met in cities will have little to no dyes and tattoos, despite being an infrequent occurrence among the bands.'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Exiles are rare among the Dark-Elves. Those Depraved enough to be considered unwanted are often executed, as it is considered Dishonorable to inflict the troubles of a Band on another people.'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''In the Rare instance that a Dark Elf is Exiled rather than executed, it is often that they have a Brand of a Crying Eye burned into their Forehead, at which point they are sold to another civilization or “Gifted” To them. This usually occurs as a result of Diplomatic Disputes, rather than Internal affairs.'''</p>
 
*<p dir="ltr">'''Culture:'''</p>
 
 
**<p dir="ltr">'''Nomads, Scavengers, “Land Pirates”'''</p>
 
**<p dir="ltr">'''Found frequently in Wastelands, Barrens, and Deserts.'''</p>
 
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Caves and Woodlands neighboring those regions often have a decent presence of Drow as well.'''</p>
 
**<p dir="ltr">'''Dark Elves gravitate towards Warm, Dry climates. It’s typical to stumble across encampments of them during the Middle of the Day or the middle of the night, as they frequently travel during the Twilight Hours of Dusk and dawn.'''</p>
 
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Dark Elves will occasionally trade with other races for resources, though they are disinterested in the “Wasteful” Cultures of the City folk.'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Dark Elven bands hold Grudges for long periods of time, often long after the offending city or civilization has forgotten them. This leads to them being thought of in some areas as Raiders… an Onus that only serves to deepen the Drow’s own resentment towards said groups.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Trade is based on Bartering, with Gold and Silver being less a wealth situation, and more of Priestly endeavor. This often leads to confusion when the deeper desert bands encounter other civilizations after long periods of isolation.'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Dark elven Bands share a loose form of “Written” Record, using a Mix of Pottery and Corded Knots.'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Dark Elven Legends tell of a Great Library hidden in the Rolling Sands, called [TBD later, though Ayakashi or Kitezh comes to mind]. Within this Library, it is believed that the song of Prophecy was written to foretell all important events.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''It’s also said that the Song was never completed, and that the verses only described what happened, and never the outcome.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Each Band of Dark Elves give Wildly Varying Tales on how the Library was lost to them. They make a point of not Arguing about what the “Actual” reason was, accepting any “Reasonable” Explanation as possible.'''</p>
 
 
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Due to the Scarcity of Resources, When Dark elves die, their belongings are taken up in a Hierarchical order:'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Spouses.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Family members, most notably siblings in order of Youngest to eldest get first pick.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Those of the Same Trade get the tools of that trade.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''The Priesthood then distributes what resources remain as wisdom dictates.'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Furthermore, Dark Elves Ritualistically Consecrate their dead as follows:'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Their Heads are Removed and Stored in “Holy Sites”, so that they may commune with their ancestors for the rest of time.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Their Hearts are Dried, Jarred, Fermented, Then the Liquid is Boiled and Filtered. The Priesthood then Offers the Liquid to the Sun and the Moon, with each represented Phase taking a Sip. Once all the Phases have “Drank of the Passions” of the fallen, the rest of the Liquid is Poured onto designated spots in the Holy Site.'''</p>
 
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Holy Days follow no Specific Calendar days, Rather, it is more of a situation of “When we get to the Holy Site”.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''The Bodies are often left in the Baking sands, so that the resources they took from the land can return to the land.'''</p>
 
**<p dir="ltr">'''Religion:'''</p>
 
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Dark Elves Worship the Sun and Moon.'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''“Mana”, The Sun.'''</p>
 
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Vengeful.'''</p>
 
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Forgiveness is Earned through deeds.'''</p>
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Forgiveness is viewed as a Solemn Oath, a Promise that you shall endeavor to fix the situation. Failure to do so annuls the chance to be Forgiven, until such a time as that you can prove you are trustworthy.'''</p>
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Allowing a slight to go uncorrected is bad.'''</p>
 
 
*******<p dir="ltr">'''If it’s a Mistake, Not correcting them can be a Death sentence, and therefore instructing them of their mistake is saving their Life.'''</p>
 
*******<p dir="ltr">'''If it’s Intentional, Not Correcting/Punishing them enables them to continue harming others, therefore passing your burdens onto another’s shoulders. A Very dishonorable thing.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''The Protector Deity.'''</p>
 
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''“At Dusk and Dawn, Mana paints the sky red, to tell Raena that the world is safe. Before the Dusk but After the Dawn, Mana rules the heavens, stinging the eyes and warming the world to remind us to be Just. Their heat weighs us down so that we may reflect on our Great Journey.”'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Dwarves are thought to fear them.'''</p>
 
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''This doesn’t perturb most Bands, much. Fear is a form a Respect, afterall.'''</p>
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''There are bands, however, that want to teach the Dwarves to revere the sun.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Vampires are thought to have been cursed by them.'''</p>
 
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''It is told in some bands that long ago, There was a Great people, who ruled all Lands, and subjugated the rest. Eventually grew arrogant, and spat on the name of the gods.'''</p>
 
 
Mana was furious, and threw disaster after disaster at the Great people. On the Verge of death, the people prayed to Mana and were Ignored. They Prayed to Raena and the Night’s mercy was granted. Raena beseeched Mana to cease their assault on them, and Mana acquiesced, being incapable of raising even the slightest fury against their twin.
 
 
The Great people, however, were diminished by the Calamities. Forever Cursed to be shunned by the sun. The Survivors became the Vampire.
 
 
The Subjugated, saw an opportunity as the empires of the great ones fell. Thanking the Sun, they Rebelled and raged war upon their oppressors. The bands of Rebels burned out city after city, Even after Mana forgave the Vampires.
 
 
Eventually, the Ire of a Messenger of the Gods was raised. A Great Beast, terrifying to behold, brought Ruin upon the Rebels. Their ancestral homes were ruined, the land would recover only when the price was paid for their transgression. Unfortunately The subjugated were split:
 
 
Dark Elves, who learned through the Mana’s display and Raena’s wisdom, Realizing that by eliminating the Vampires they were just as bad if not worse. The Dark Elves retreated from the Genocide and Orcs, who *Foolishly* Pushed to Continue the Fight against the Messenger, and the Vampires.
 
 
 
 
 
*********<p dir="ltr">'''When Dark Elves encounter Vampires, they frequently offer some token of apology. Usually a few words, or an Offer of Hospitality.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Enforces Order.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Encourages Camaraderie.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Thunder and Lightning are Mana trying to cut through the Sky so that they may be with their Twin.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''“Raena”, The Moon.'''</p>
 
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Merciful.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''The Source of Magic.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''The weaver of Fate.'''</p>
 
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Everything happens for a Reason.'''</p>
 
 
*******<p dir="ltr">'''There is no such thing as Coincidence. Every event, every mean serves a purpose. The only thing that is truly uncertain, is the outcome, For while Raena gifted us with the Security of fate, The Twin Deities also blessed all the ability to change our fate: '''</p>
 
 
********<p dir="ltr">'''Mana gifted us with:'''</p>
 
 
*********<p dir="ltr">'''Conviction.'''</p>
 
*********<p dir="ltr">'''Courage.'''</p>
 
*********<p dir="ltr">'''Passion.'''</p>
 
********<p dir="ltr">'''Raena gifted us with:'''</p>
 
 
*********<p dir="ltr">'''Hope.'''</p>
 
*********<p dir="ltr">'''Wisdom.'''</p>
 
*********<p dir="ltr">'''Compassion.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''City dwellers are thought to be deafened to Raena.'''</p>
 
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''It’s speculated that this is because Raena flooded the World with Tears, due to the Twins being separated for so long.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Rain is thought to be the Tears of Raena, due to the Separation of the Twins.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Raena granted us Language, and Knowledge'''</p>
 
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''When we lost our Homeland, Language and Knowledge were given to us so that we may remember. In Memory and legend we can still hold our lands, and a Hope that they will return.'''</p>
 
**<p dir="ltr">'''Hierarchy:'''</p>
 
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Egalitarian, mostly.'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Elders hold leadership positions, in times of Peace. Their wisdom lends insight into the Band’s Ideals.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''During War, The Priesthood and the Guardian castes work together to lead the people.'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Individuals hold authority over their Chosen trade, based on Skill and Seniority.'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''If someone isn’t a Crafter, they cannot order a Crafter craft things against said Crafter’s will, they do, however, have authority in their own trade.'''</p>
 
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''A Cultural touchstone: Bartering. Offering a Band-member something for their services is often easier than trying to get a higher ranking member of that trade to make them do it.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''An individual can, and often, belongs to more than one trade.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''If One is to disobey an Elder, a Test of Skill can be called for. Should the elder be defeated in the test, then the Elder’s Orders are Rescinded.'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Though Unofficial, The Priesthood often commands more respect than the other Trades. Afterall, they commune with the gods.'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''This is an Observed, unspoken situation.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Ripe for Abuse, Though.'''</p>
 
**<p dir="ltr">'''Technologies and Unique Developments:'''</p>
 
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Sand-Skiffs: Vessels, frequently large enough to hold between 1 and 8 people, Plus a small amount of supplies, built to skim across the Sands. Often Enchanted to be lightweight, or to give stronger Propulsion.'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Throat Singing: Used to communicate Great distances, Or to sound out a Battle-cry.'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Astwihad use a unique, Low, and Thunderous version of this. Ritualistically enchanted to sound throughout the Drow lands when The Astwihad of a single Holy site reaches a few hundred or more Drow, All Astwihad at that point head towards that site. Afterwords, a great Invasion of Orcish lands begins, The Drow call this, “Rashn”, or Rashomon.'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Shah’Tem: Specialized masks designed to assist Drow during sandstorms, allowing them brave the smaller dust spouts without fear of choking on sand or being blinded.'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Rare even among Drow, only a few bands use this and guard it Jealously as a secret. These bands are called “Zameshm”, or ‘Dust-demons’, for their fierce territoriality even against fellow Drow.'''</p>
 
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Some tribes believe the Zameshm to be guarding the Lost Library of their people, Or to be servants of the Messenger.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Zameshm use Shah’tem, and even are believed to call sand-storms, using them as cover for clandestine Raids.'''</p>
 
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''It’s possible that Zameshm masquerade as Normal bands, The whole lot of them are secretive enough that the rest of drow society have limited knowledge of them.'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Mekhezn: Around the Holy sites are Deep, specially designed and sometimes even enchanted reservoirs of Carefully “Buried” Water, Becoming a Sort of Fully artificial Spring, complete with a well.'''</p>
 
**<p dir="ltr">'''Linguistics and the written Word:'''</p>
 
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''The Woven word: '''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Dark elven writing is a Curious thing. Designed to be able to be learned rapidly and with ease, so that linguistic differences between Dark Elven bands can be rapidly understood, Adopted, and applied with minimal effort.'''</p>
 
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Strings of Dark Elven tales are often poetic or Musical in nature. Keeping in mind the nature of Dark Elven Throat Singing helps one understand more of the nature of their written word.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''3 dimensional Writing system:'''</p>
 
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Using Pottery, Cords, and Knots.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Color gives emotional context, but is not 100% necessary.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Imagine the Korean Written Language twisted into Quipu (Inca), with some stylistic ideas taken also from Ogham.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Ancient Dark Elven is more Esoteric, and generally considered Insanely Complicated.'''</p>
 
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Likely based off of an Old Vampiric Script.'''</p>
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Radial based.'''</p>
 
 
*******<p dir="ltr">'''Start from the center, read outward.'''</p>
 
*******<p dir="ltr">'''Many records and written Ancient Dark Elven appears to contain Many different stories, all starting from a common point.'''</p>
 
*******<p dir="ltr">'''Stories are Exclusively Character Driven, Each strand of “text” follows one character, start to finish. '''</p>
 
*******<p dir="ltr">'''Many believe that there is Prophecy in these old texts, but due to their nature, deciphering it is difficult in the extreme.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''The Woven Word come in two Flavors:'''</p>
 
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Stories never directly reference the reader, and are often Caged in Obvious (To Dark Elves, at least) verses and typically have a Rhythm.'''</p>
 
 
*******<p dir="ltr">'''Often holds a Lesson within, that’s hidden or to be learned through wisdom.'''</p>
 
*******<p dir="ltr">'''Many can be applied to music, and be actual songs.'''</p>
 
*******<p dir="ltr">'''Uses excessively “Flowery” descriptions.'''</p>
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Messages are often direct, and will reference the person or people involved in them.'''</p>
 
 
*******<p dir="ltr">'''Deliver Information Concisely, and Efficiently.'''</p>
 
 
********<p dir="ltr">'''High Elven scholars occasionally look at these messages with the same Trepidation as Modern Language arts teachers look at Text-lingo.'''</p>
 
*******<p dir="ltr">'''Almost Never has hidden meanings couched within.'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''The Spoken Word:'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Designed to Imitate the Mighty bellows of the Messenger (Dragons). Shares similar Characteristics to Draconic, but there’s almost no Transliteral overlap.'''</p>
 
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Imagine if someone who didn’t speak english heard English being spoken for 10 minutes, and then tried to Recreate it for their friends and Families.'''</p>
 
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Imagine then, that this became almost Religious, and turned into a New spoken Language.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''On the Surface, Very simplistic and straight forward.'''</p>
 
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''However, “Note Length” can alter the Meaning of a sentence, similar to how Sarcasm and Body Language can in other communication systems. (The Dark elves often communicate across great distances.)'''</p>
 
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Distance can be amplified with specially crafted Horns.'''</p>
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Dark elves aren’t averse to using Body-language, either.'''</p>
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Due to the Nature of their “Throat-song”, Dark Elven facial expressions are often exaggerated.'''</p>
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Due to the Nature of the Woven word and the Spoken Word, And how they compare and contrast, a Unique tertiary situation has recently come up. Some bands of Dark Elves have begun Communicating Silently using a form of Visual Dance that relies on spears with Flowing Tapestries and banners. Like the Woven Word, This too has been designed to be easy to learn.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Further, the placement of words complicates things. Pauses between notes shift the meaning about as well. '''</p>
 
**<p dir="ltr">'''Racial Relations:'''</p>
 
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Human'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Orcs:'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Dark elves who encounter Orcs on an Individual Basis rarely attack immediately, instead they will often Shun the Orc.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''When a Band of Dark elves encounter a Band of Orcs, the Dark Elves take considerably more aggressive actions, however.'''</p>
 
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Frequently engaging in Clandestine assaults, Or appearing to Vacate the area, only to wait in Ambush elsewhere.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Prefer Guerilla Warfare, and Harrying tactics.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''When Cornered will Fight to the Last, most Dark elves believe that Orcs will Torture them endlessly if they are captured.'''</p>
 
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''It’s not uncommon for Dark Elves who are defeated to try and take their own lives when being held in captivity by Orcs.'''</p>
 
 
*******<p dir="ltr">'''On occasion that the Dark elf is not taken prisoner, and is left behind by the Orcs, failing to have killed themselves and left to rot in the sun, the Dark elf is shamed. Many options are Presented to the Shamed, all of which result in exile:'''</p>
 
 
********<p dir="ltr">'''Become ‘Astwihad’, lit. ‘Demon of death’, Individuals who adopt this identity loose their name, and go on a pilgrimage to marshal forces against the Orcs. Astwihad gather in Holy-sites of the Drow, being allowed to travel with bands between Holy-sites so that they may band together. The Astwihad carve for themselves Skull Masks, tattooing and Ritually scarring themselves from head-to-toe to be as frightening as possible. The Astwihad, upon reaching sufficient number, launch a Massive assault on Orcish Lands.'''</p>
 
********<p dir="ltr">'''The Shamed may also carve off their Markings, and take refuge among other peoples.'''</p>
 
********<p dir="ltr">'''Pursue the Band of Orcs, Challenge their Leader to force them to Forgive the Shamed. Should the Shamed be given a Token of Forgiveness from the Leader, they are returned to the Honor of their people.'''</p>
 
********<p dir="ltr">'''Accept that the Dark Elf belief that Orcs torture them is Bullshit. Be Ignored and Exiled anyways, Probably end up Taking Refuge among other Peoples.'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Wood Elves'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''High Elves'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Dwarves'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Halfling/Gnomes'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Vampires'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Vampires are afforded an odd sort of Hospitality by the Dark Elves. This is to Apologize for the attempted Genocide.'''</p>
 
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Usually Spoken Apologies, and a Meager offering of spare supplies, given freely.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''The Fortunate Vampire that stumbles on a Moot or holy-day celebration often finds themselves allowed to Partake in Fermented blood-wine.'''</p>
 
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Drinking too much is a bad idea though, and the Vampire better not speak ill of the dead.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Vampires are still considered outsiders to the Bands.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Vampires who take advantage of the Dark Elves find that while accommodating, the Dark Elves are still wary of the Night-walkers.'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Merfolk'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Shapeshifter'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Plant Folk'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Beast Kin'''</p>
 
*<p dir="ltr">'''Historical Notes:'''</p>
 
 
**<p dir="ltr">'''Subjugated by an Ancient Empire.'''</p>
 
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Thought to have been Vampiric Empire.'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Freed due to a chain of Pandemics or Divine intervention.'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Rebellion ended by Dragon, Mistakenly thought of as Divine Messenger.'''</p>
 
**<p dir="ltr">'''Racial Enmity: Orcs.'''</p>
 
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Disagreement over what Dragon Represented.'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Ages of Warfare with Orcish bands.'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Notable occurrences:'''</p>
 
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''“The Song of Ushedar”'''</p>
 
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''A purple-skinned Eclipse born turned Shamed one. Became Astwihad and led a massive campaign against Orcs. Encountered a Monstrous band of Orcs who chanted infernal battle Cries.'''</p>
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Only one Astwihad survived, and returned to Drow kingdoms. Normally a Capital offense, The sages of the Great Moot pardoned them to learn the fate of Ushedar, whom even while part of the Shamed was still a Prophet.'''</p>
 
 
*******<p dir="ltr">'''Set the Precedent for the Trial of Forgiveness, Called “The Ushedar-tana”.'''</p>
 
*******<p dir="ltr">'''It’s believed that Ushedar will one day be reborn anew, as Ushedarmah.'''</p>
 
 
********<p dir="ltr">'''This will occur during an Event called, “Urvis”, or the Turning point.'''</p>
 
********<p dir="ltr">'''The Observances: A set of Rituals designed to watch for signs of Urvis and the Ushedarmah.'''</p>
 
********<p dir="ltr">'''Most importantly, Gaokerena, thought to be a Celestial Tree of some sort, will be witnessed by the seers, and the Drow bands will unite as one.'''</p>
 
 
*********<p dir="ltr">'''Considered an Ominous Portent, rather than a Good one.'''</p>
 
*<p dir="ltr">'''Magic Traditions'''</p>
 
 
**<p dir="ltr">'''Inspirations:'''</p>
 
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Daoism'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Zoroastrianism'''</p>
 
**<p dir="ltr">'''The People:'''</p>
 
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Mergen (Sage) [Hard Magic]'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Learn via Ancient Dark Elven woven words and records.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Based on The Daoist Eight-Trigrams'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Believe that they are interacting with, and Manipulating Fate and Prophecy with their ability.'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Bygu (“Demon”/Dark-Arts user) [Soft Magic]'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Mentor based learning.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Practical approach to it, to promote greater survival chances.'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Very individualistic among Bands.'''</p>
 
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''Students often share traits with their mentors, but rarely is there any consensus outside of Mentor-to-Student situations. Each Band often has Radically different, though equally pragmatic ideas on Bygu-daw'''</p>
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Frowned upon, but not banned.'''</p>
 
***<p dir="ltr">'''Musogin (The Priesthood) [Eldritch Magic]'''</p>
 
 
****<p dir="ltr">'''Based on observances of the Sun and Moon, divided into 3 castes.'''</p>
 
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''The Sun'''</p>
 
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''Often incorporates Soft Magic, as well as Eldritch.'''</p>
 
******<p dir="ltr">'''War-Mages.'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''The Moon'''</p>
 
*****<p dir="ltr">'''The Eclipse'''</p>
 

Revision as of 04:27, March 30, 2019

Dark Elves / Drow

Preface: Inspiration

  • Zoroastrianism

  • Yamato

  • Mongolia

  • The Kor from Magic the Gathering

  • Korean

  • Inca

Physical traits:

The drow are a hearty band of Elven-kind hailing from the Deserts and Badlands of the world. They share the graceful, lithe bodies of many other elves, however the drow's physicality is predicated towards surviving in Hot, Dry climates where water is scarce.

Their skin tends towards Darker shades, with browns, tans, greys and even some variations of blues and purples being common. Drow hair is similarly varied, though lighter shades are more common. Body Hair is sparse, if present at all due the Extreme heat of the locations drow inhabit.

The Scarcity of food and water, combined with the Nomadic Tendencies of the drow make reproduction difficult, a Rare few drow women have evolved or developed magically a method in which they produce an offspring without need of Conception. This Offspring is Genetically identical to it's parent, though frequently ends up being a wholly different person. This trait is likely due to the fact that it can take Decades for different bands of drow to meet up. Moots are Rare, though the fact that they move from Holy site to holy site tends to mitigate this. Aside from the rarity of it, drow reproduce similarly to Other Elves, though with Slightly shorter Pregnancies.

Curiously, drow do not Sweat, instead, they've developed a wide array of alternate means of cooling down. Drow Ears tend to be larger than other elves, and while drow height ranges are similar to other elves, they tend toward the taller side of the spectrum. Drow also possess the ability to recycle small amounts of water from their own breathing. This leads to some drow being subconsciously drawn to more moist environments.

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