I've been a little uncomfortable with having stereotypical D&D-based Drow running around Toisian for some time, now, especially since the more public we become, the more likely we are to run into legal troubles with such material. I seriously doubt that the drow character that we had way back when is coming back, so I wonder if it's a good time to address this before they start coming up again. Something I've been thinking about for a while is the Scottish trow
, a nocturnal, subterranean, troll-like faerie-type creature (phew!). Wikipedia has two relevant but meager articles, one about trow
and one about "the people called Drows, who may, in most other respects, be identified with the Caledonian fairies."
I recall having read sources that equate the two names, and I will consult my books over the next few days to see what I can figure out, but several of you here are much better-versed in this area than I am, and I would appreciate anything you have to say on the subject.
At the moment, my thought is that Toisian drow are (as before) a subset of the forest elves who took to worshipping the dark gods and were exiled for it, and they fled the forests for refuges underground. They have become shorter and slightly thicker in build. They have a rich musical culture, perhaps even moreso than forest elves (whose musical traditions are often coupled with dance and theatre), and for them, music is as much a vehicle for magic and worship as it is a way of entertaining and passing on knowledge. Now, black skin/white hair (i.e. your standard D&D dark elf) in a subterranean environment makes no sense from a biological point of view, as far as I know, so I move that our drow be albino-pale or close to it. I will put some research into eye and hair colors that would correspond to this; hair is a particular concern for me because elvish hair is much coarser/heavier and darker than human hair, so I'm not sure what would happen. Would drow hair, then, be very coarse light blond? Red? Gray/white? Would it stay brown/black like the forest elves?
Biology aside, I do not want to do the "evil creatures are black and evil!" thing. It's a habit that fantasy should think about breaking.
What are we using for the plural? Drow or drows?
Edit: Also, please, if you have a moment, I really would appreciate a response to the previous post
- I do not want to put a ton of effort into the website and the find that everyone hates it, or rework the code of conduct without input from, you know, the people to whom it pertains.