- Statistically identical to the Sun Elves in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting (+2 INT, +2 DEX, -2 CON).
- In terms of culture, the Sun Elves are much more “civilized” than either of the other types of Elves. Their communities tend to be large, and big cities are not uncommon.
- The Sun Elves are generally badly prejudiced against the “lesser” races – and particularly against the “least” of all races, the Drow.
- The Sun Elves are the tallest of the Elves, averaging 6 feet easily. They have gold skin and eyes, and usually pale hair.
- The Sun Elves lean heavily toward psionic classes, but there’s no shortage of mages, fighters, and others among them.
High Elves (Sia’lo)
- Standard issue Elves, straight out of the PHB.
- In terms of culture, they’re closer to nature than either of the other types of Elves. Rangers and Druids are not uncommong among the race.
- Their communities tend to be small and spread out, and their society tends to be loosely but stubbornly connected. There are not many High Elven cities. Their settlements tend to range from hamlets to towns.
- They have no particular tendancies along the Good/Evil axis, but they tend, as a race, toward chaotic.
The High Elves’ name for their own race is Sia’lo, which means “Exiled People”. Legend holds that thousands upon thousands of years ago, the High Elves were actually a race of fey, living in the Faerie Kingdom. One of their number angered the King of the Fey, and as punishment he condemned the entire race to a mortal existence, and banished them from the Dreaming.
None know, of course, whether the legends are true, but regardless, so much time has passed since then and now that it no longer matters. The High Elves are no more fey than the humans.
See also: Shadowlands
There are two types of playable drow in Shui (they both have the standard stat blocks):Surface-Drow
- Long ago the Surface-Drow traveled to the surface of Shui and claimed the Shadowlands as their own.
- The Surface-Drow tend to have more variety in their alignments than other Drow, due to their increased exposure to other cultures. In addition, their environment is less harsh that that of the other Drow, and so exerts less pressure on their cultural development, allowing more room for alignment variation. They remain, however, mostly Chaotic Neutral.
- Both Aasimar and Felspawn Tieflings are common among the Surface-Drow.
- The Under-Drow are largely xenophobic.
- They have a larger proportion of Evil aligned members in their community than the other Drow do, as a result of the lack of structured society and consistent definitions and punishments for criminal activity. The harsh environment and survival-of-the-fittest philosophy often lends itself to an evil mindset when there’s no defining philosophy or societal pressure tempering them.
Race Adult Barb
Human 15 years +1d4 +1d6 +2d6 Sun Elf 110 years +4d6 +6d6 +10d6 High Elf 75 years +3d6 +4d6 +8d6 Drow 50 years +2d6 +3d6 +6d6 Race Middle Age Old Venerable Maximum Age Human 35 years 53 years 70 years +2d20 years Sun Elf 250 years 370 years 500 years +5d% years High Elf 175 years 265 years 350 years +4d%years Drow 105 years 159 years 210 years +3d% years
Note: Half-elf starting ages and aging effects remain the same as those listed in the PHB.