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A half-drow was a descendant of both human and drow ancestries. A half-drow generally had dusky skin, silver or white hair, and human eye colors. They could see around 60 feet (18 m) with darkvision, but otherwise had no other known drow traits or abilities.[6]


Half-drow were most commonly encountered in Dambrath and in the Underdark. House Ousstyl, in particular, was known for having mated with humans.[2]

Many good aligned half-drow, particularly those of Aglarond, worshiped Eilistraee. Some other half-elves in these regions also began to worship the Dancing Goddess, even though they had no drow blood.[7]


Half-drow were often conceived when drow raped humans, which were often their slaves.[7] However, half-drow could also be the product of consenting parents, especially from male drow who had escaped the Underdark, and their female human spouses.[8][9]

Xandra Shobalar encountered a merchant in Mantol-Derith, ostensibly human, who was in fact half-drow. Perhaps indicative of the drow view of such things, she found his suspected nature to be appalling.[10]

Notable Half-Drow[]



Dungeon #20: "The Ship of Night"
Organized Play & Licensed Adventures
The Vampire of Skullport

See Also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 38–39. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Steve Kenson, et al. (November 2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 116. ISBN 978-0-7869-6580-9.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 102–103. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 16. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 109. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 62. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 60. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  8. R.A. Salvatore (October 2007). The Orc King. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 346. ISBN 0-7869-4340-8.
  9. R.A. Salvatore (October 2017). Hero (MMP). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 436. ISBN 9780786966158.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Elaine Cunningham (April 1996). Rite of Blood (Realms of the Underdark). (TSR, Inc), pp. 148–210. ISBN 978-0786904877.
  11. Ed Greenwood (1987). Waterdeep and the North. (TSR, Inc), p. 57. ISBN 0-88038-490-5.
  12. R.A. Salvatore (March 2014). Night of the Hunter. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 4–5. ISBN 0-7869-6511-8.
  13. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 87. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  14. R.A. Salvatore (July 2020). Relentless. (Harper Voyager), p. ?. ISBN 978-0062688668.


High elves: Grey elfLlewyrrMoon elfStar elfSun elf
Aquatic Elves: Aquatic elfMarel
Dark Elves: Dark elfDrow
Sylvan Elves: Wild elfWood elf
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Related races
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Humanblood: CrintiHalf-elfHalf-drowHalf-sea elf
Dragonblood: Drow-dragon (shadow)Drow-dragon (deep)ZekylZar'ithra
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