July 09, 2021 11 min read
Author:Rhenn Anthony Taguiam
Meta Description:Drow are one of the most popular sub-ancestries in Dungeons & Dragons 5e. Given their reputation, many Drow players end up with interesting story arcs. In this D&D 5e guide, we'll explore this idea!
The Drowremain as one of the most interesting ancestries in Dungeons & Dragons 5edue to their complicated history with other groups. In other campaign settings, Drow worship Lolth, the Spider Goddess, and served as her enforcers and slavers in the Underdark. Unfortunately, this affiliation and allegiance resulted in fractured relations with elves, above-ground dwellers, and most good-aligned ancestries. However, not all Drow are evil - and some might be out there for redemption, like Drizzt from the Forgotten Realms.Players interested in taking another spin on the Drow concept might find them perfect for their 5ecampaign.
In this quick guide, we have a general summary of how Drow appear and act in conventional D&Dsettings. Moreover, we have some tips and tricks you can use to create a compelling character fit for your campaign.
Similar to their Elven kin, the Drow possess almost the exact same traits as their cousins. As such, Drows may seem just as nimble and charismatic as other Elves - except with a particular sensitivity to sunlight, specialized weapon training, and even possessing some degree of Drow Magic. Players interested in making Drow may be enticed in identifying these differences, which are highlighted below:
Given their similarities to their Elven counterparts, Drow tend to become familiar with the many Classes and professions their fellow Elves take part in. However, thanks to their specialized training and differences in culture, the Drow may have a different take on how they perceive certain Classes and professions. Players interested in making a Drow might want to consider picking a Class from an Elf’s point of view and then altering it as per the history of the Drow in their adventure.
Here are some of the more interesting Class options that take full advantage of the Drow’s offerings:
Regardless of the Drow’s backstory in your adventure, they will most likely have a different upbringing compared to their Elven counterparts. As such, this has to be taken into account when making a Drow character - as players need to understand that while their Drow character might be associated with Elves, they still have certain cultural differences that set them apart from their Elven cousins. As such, Drow characters tend to have compelling and extremely unique character stories.
Here are some interesting background choices for your Drow character: