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Drow

Source Alien Archive pg. 42
With purple skin and white hair, drow are physically beautiful but merciless. Common drow form the majority of civilian and military forces and are governed by more powerful drow nobles. This strictly matriarchal culture leaves few opportunities for a common male, and training as an enforcer for a noble house or arms dealer is one of only a few ways a drow male can secure a somewhat comfortable life—if not necessarily a long one.

Drow are ruthless opponents, having no qualms about setting ambushes or luring enemies to locations where they have the upper hand. They regard ideals such as fairness and honor as pathetic gestures of lesser races, and consider all who hold such beliefs deserving of exploitation. Drow have no compunction about using other races as slaves and minions, using them as cannon fodder when exploring potentially dangerous new locations or as a line of defense that allows drow to flee to safety when an encounter turns against them.

As their economy revolves primarily around retrieving, reverse engineering, and selling weaponry from the planet-ship they have claimed as their own, drow are known throughout the Pact Worlds for having some of the finest, most cutting-edge armaments available. Their soldiers specialize in the use of ranged weapons, favoring teamwork tactics to undermine their foes’ defenses—though even an otherwise loyal sniper wouldn’t hesitate to prioritize his personal vendetta and take advantage of a clear line of fire to a rival in the chaos of a firefight.

Some drow are born with gifts beyond those of most of their kind, including greater magical power. These individuals are referred to as drow nobles, and are most commonly born to other drow nobles within the powerful ruling houses through the aid of genetic-selection technology that is tightly controlled by those houses. However, it is not unheard of for a drow noble to be born to common parents without any genetic intervention. Such gifted progeny, upon realizing their talents, typically leverage them to gain a higher position in society, whether by aligning themselves with one of the powerful houses or striking out to earn a name for themselves. Given their exceptional talents, drow nobles quickly rise through the ranks and are soon recognized for their achievements even if a few common drow happen to disappear along their path to power.

A drow noble scion of a powerful arms-dealing house might lead a branch of the family arms dealership, traveling throughout the Pact Worlds and fledgling colonies to secure buyers for the advanced technology her house produces based on the relics plumbed from their world. Other scions reinforce their noble houses’ connections with their demon lord patrons, becoming powerful mystics, or train as technomancers with a goal of unraveling the mysteries of the portal-gate at the center of Nightarch (see pages 458–459 of the Starfinder Core Rulebook).

Aliens in the "Drow" Family

NameCR
Drow Enforcer1
Drow Noble Arms Dealer11

Drow, Drow Noble Arms Dealer

Source Alien Archive pg. 42

Drow Noble Arms Dealer CR 11

XP 12,800
Drow envoy
CE Medium humanoid (elf)
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft., detect magic; Perception +26

Defense

HP 170; RP 6
EAC 26; KAC 28
Fort +10; Ref +12; Will +14; +2 vs. enchantments
Immunities sleep; SR 22
Weaknesses light blindness

Offense

Speed 30 ft.
Melee ultrathin longsword +19 (4d8+12 S)
Ranged LFD sonic pistol +21 (2d8+11 So; critical defense [DC 20])
Offensive Abilities create darkness, limning light
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 11th)
1/day—dispel magic, suggestion (DC 19)
At will—dancing lights, flight (2nd-level)
Constant—detect magic

Statistics

STR +1; DEX +3; CON +1; INT +5; WIS +2; CHA +8
Skills Bluff +21, Diplomacy +26, Intimidate +26, Sense Motive +26, Stealth +21
Languages Abyssal, Aklo, Common, Drow, Eoxian
Other Abilities envoy improvisations (hidden agenda, improved get ’em, improved hurry, quick dispiriting taunt)
Gear kasatha microcord IV (electrostatic field mk 2, white force field [15 HP]), LFD sonic pistol with 2 super-capacity batteries (80 charges each), ultrathin longsword

Ecology

Environment any (Apostae)
Organization solitary, pair, or delegation (1 plus 5–8 drow enforcers)

Special Abilities

Limning Light (Su) As a standard action, a drow noble can cause all creatures and objects in a 5-foot-radius burst to shed a pale glow. Creatures outlined by the limning light take a –20 penalty to Stealth checks and don’t benefit from the concealment usually provided by darkness. If an affected creature is benefiting from an effect such as invisibility, all others within line of sight of it become aware of its location (see page 260 of the Starfinder Core Rulebook). This effect lasts for a number of minutes equal to the drow noble’s CR (11 minutes for a drow noble arms dealer). This ability has a range of 100 feet.

Extra Content

The following extra content was found for this creature:
- Drow Race Entry