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Drow Rogue

Loners at heart, drow rogues trust no one—least of all fellow slayers. These drow rely on awareness and adaptation to survive the cutthroat nature of their society.

Recall Knowledge - Humanoid (Society): DC 16

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Drow RogueCreature 2

Source Bestiary pg. 137
Perception +6; darkvision
Languages Elven, Undercommon
Skills Acrobatics +8, Deception +7, Society +4, Stealth +10, Thievery +8
Str +2, Dex +4, Con +2, Int +0, Wis +0, Cha +1
Light Blindness
Items hand crossbow (10 bolts), lethargy poison (2 doses), shortsword, studded leather armor
AC 19; Fort +6, Ref +10, Will +6; +1 status to all saves vs. magic, +2 status to all saves vs. mental
HP 26; Immunities sleep
Nimble Dodge ReactionReaction Requirement A drow rogue can’t use this reaction while encumbered. Trigger The drow rogue is hit or critically hit by an attack made by a creature the drow rogue can see. Effect The drow rogue gains a +2 circumstance bonus to their Armor Class against the triggering attack.
Speed 30 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action shortsword +10 [+6/+2] (agile, finesse, versatile S), Damage 1d6+4 piercingMelee Single ActionSingle Action hand crossbow +10 [+5/+0] (range increment 60 feet, reload 1), Damage 1d6 piercing plus lethargy poisonDivine Innate Spells DC 16; 2nd darkness (at will), faerie fire (at will); Cantrips (2nd) dancing lights
Quick Draw Single ActionSingle Action The drow rogue draws a weapon using the Interact action, then Strikes with that weapon.Sneak Attack The drow rogue deals 1d6 extra precision damage to flat-footed creatures.

All Monsters in "Drow"

Drow Fighter1
Drow Hunter7
Drow Priestess3
Drow Rogue2
Drow Shootist8
Drow Warden4


Source Bestiary pg. 136
The first drow were elves who fled into the depths of the world from a devastating cataclysm thousands of years ago. In their journey below, they fell to bickering and in-fighting, drawing the attention of sinister intelligences beyond their own. Whether it was the influence of a specific demon lord, the Rough Beast Rovagug, or some other fell force is unknown, but in that time the elves transformed both spiritually and physically, tainting their hearts with desires for cruelty, sadism, and violence. The hues of their eyes became sinister red or bleached white, and their flesh adopted an unearthly lavender sheen that made the drow instantly recognizable. The drow also developed potent magical abilities and resistances that further empowered them, if at the cost of their souls.

Over the centuries to follow, the drow developed into a powerful, if violently dysfunctional society, influenced by the worship of demon lords and focused on providing power and glory to a relatively small collection of noble houses. Many of these noble houses are matriarchal in nature and all hold allegiance to a specific demon lord patron—but traditions of worship, warfare, and wizardry help to bind the oft-bickering houses together enough that drow society doesn’t simply consume itself from within. Fear of earning the wrath of one’s superior—be it a teacher, a parent, a commander, or the demon one worships—is the real bond holding drow society together, and this system is held in esteem by the lowliest drow servant and by the most powerful drow priestess alike.

The drow are infamous throughout the world, but until recently most assumed stories of demon-worshipping, underground-dwelling elves were spooky legends crafted to share around a campfire. Today, the existence of drow is an understood truth, and while their presence in the dark caverns deep below is unsettling, they seem content to leave the surface world alone for now.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Adherents of Chaos

Away from the larger drow cities where worship of demon lords is instilled into all citizens from a young age, drow might adopt the worship of other entities. Many drow feel the call of the protean lords and embrace chaos, art, and freedom to set themselves apart from their demon-worshipping kin. These communities often have proteans living among them, instructing drow proteges in the power of disorder.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Becoming a Drow

Rarely, when a surface elf commits an act of cruelty heinous enough to draw the attention of a demon lord, transformation into a drow can happen spontaneously—but these transformations are rare enough to be legends in their own right. No known instance of a drow reverting to an elf has ever been recorded.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Drow Exiles

While drow society is evil, not all drow are bound to these norms. Those who seek something better in life are invariably exiles and often flee to the surface to escape their sinister kin. These drow often live as hermits, or they seek out societies where others have yet to hear the legends regarding their kind.