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Children of Darkness
by Robert J. Schwalb

The drow of the Forgotten Realms have long endured a reputation as some of the most vile and reprehensible creatures living anywhere in, or under, the land. But after the Spellplague, more and more drow have come forward to reject their heritage—and the decrees of Lolth. With this article, explore these renegade drow in greater detail, with new character options that include new racial feats, magic items, and even an epic destiny, among others.

From the moment of the ancient betrayal, the drow have dwelled in the bowels of the earth, nestled in the bosom of the Spider Queen, where they suffer her insane whispers and attend to her capricious demands. For most, there is no life other than service to Lolth. They want nothing more than to be the vessels of her dark desire. To deny the wishes of the goddess is to invite unspeakable agony, scorn, ostracism, and, most likely, annihilation. Indeed, few drow even dare to think of breaking with the traditions that have informed their culture for hundreds—if not thousands—of years, for who can say whether the Spider Queen is listening when your thoughts turn to treason?

About the Author

Robert J. Schwalb works as a freelance designer for Wizards of the Coast and has contributed design to such books as the Forgotten Realms Player’s Guide, Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons, Manual of the Planes, and Demon Queen’s Enclave, as well as numerous articles for D&D Insider. Robert lives in Tennessee with his wonderful wife Stacee and his pride of web-spinning spidercats.