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The Drow, or often called Dark Elven kin, are a dim and ancient race. Unlike the other familiar elves, the Drow are cave duelers, creatures of the depths who do not enjoy the company of those who live on the surface.

They are often called demons, dark creatures, evil, and their appearance does not do much to avoid such criticism.
Dark elves have coal gray skin, which permits them to blend in to the dark like shadows, while their stature is slightly smaller and more slender than those of humans. Their hair, often kept in elaborate braids, is pale as silver, and for this reason, dark elves will often cloak their heads when scouting the surface world at night. Their eyes vary in color, ranging from shades of green and golden yellow, to shades of orange and red. Their irises are as those of a cat.
Their features are as graceful as the most beautiful of elves and are often denominated as being devilishly attractive.

Yet such characteristics are not the only motive feeding the dread of surface dwellers. These features are nothing more than a waving red flag, a warning to all who have long learned to fear and frown upon the Drow.

Throughout the history of the Lands of the Grey Sea, the Dark elves have developed a less than friendly reputation with races of the surface.
The Drow originated from a culture of elves that lived in the jungles of the south. More advanced, intelligent, and civilized then the surrounding cultures, they plundered and massacred cities of humans, dwarves, elves and any other culture that dared stand in their way. After years of abuse, the opposing cultures joined forces and defeated the Drow, driving one of the most cruel and persistent races of land into the depths of the world.  

Their subterranean lifestyle has made them sensitive to sunlight and they frown down upon any creature who belongs to the surface world. Separated in various clans, they inhabit vast underground citadels, living in all but complete segregation from those who live in the lands kissed by the sun. They seldom ever leave their underground realms, or more specifically, never surface with the intent of friendly negotiation, despite their notoriously charismatic personalities.

Dark elves have gone to war with the surface world for as long as they have been isolated, from pillaging and looting small villages to raging war with entire regions.

And yet, despite of it all, individuals still manage to leak into the surface world. Little is known about these rare cases of surface wandering dark elves, and as many believe, "of what little is known, little can be trusted…"
For more Drow artwork, see my newer piece here:
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And now for a little preface I extracted from the novel I’m writing. This was really just a section of the book I dedicated to explaining the concept of a Drow to anyone who didn’t know, hence the cheesy Science/ History book feel. :work:
Any D&D player will be familiar with this race.

I really don’t like releasing much of my novel due to selfish “I’m afraid someone will borrow my work” reasons…
But I suppose, if this creates enough hype, I may consider submitting more. About 2 million views should do it...
I think you get my gist… I’m not submitting any more until further notice. :writersblock:

As for the “lovely” lady in the picture? Just some concept art of one of the characters in my novel. She is the least homely of the bunch so I suppose she was the most decent choice (I know, it’s quite sad), along with the fact that she IS a Drow…
She was raised by surface dwellers ever since she was abandoned as an infant, has a deep sense of honor and justice, and loathes the Drow like the plague.

Oh, an feel free to comment on both the writing and the artwork. Go on, don’t be shy.
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Celestialhost Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great stuff
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much. :granny:
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DarkFrancis Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Semplicemente splendido!!!
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ahhhhhh!!!!!!!! .........
Grazie. :smooch:
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