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KISMET'S HALF-DROW [3.5]

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Envisioning the Drow

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The blood of the drow extends beyond their dusky brethren, blending with other elves and humans to produce more than the standard half-elf. Many drow believe that interbreeding with other kinds of elves will strengthen the entire race and convert all elves to their side. And for every drow that scoffs at the idea of mingling with humans, there is another who will risk "diluting" their bloodline for love, power, and pleasure.

Those half-drow, half-humans who are conceived, born, and raised in drow cities below the ground are generally the worst off. They tend to be the children of drow masters and their slaves, technically born into bondage but given special attention due to their drow parent. Although some are elevated out of slavery, they are regularly ridiculed for their human blood and withheld from the highest ranks of power.

While drow are known for their viciousness, not all of their offspring are produced through force or raised in tyranny. Half-drow are often living proof that the drow can be kind and loving, and many half-drow children are raised by fiercely affectionate and protective parents. Many people fear and hate half-drow at first sight, particularly when they resemble their drow heritage, but some communities judge children according to their own actions.

Half-Drow, Half-Elf

Half-drow, half-elf characters might not reveal any obvious signs of their mixed parentage, but the drow blood in their veins sets them apart from standard elves, nonetheless.

+2 Dexterity, -2 Constitution, +2 Charisma or Intelligence.
Medium: As Medium creatures, elves have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Base land speed is 30 feet.
Immunity to sleep spells and similar magical effects, and a +2 racial bonus on saving throws against enchantment spells or effects.
Darkvision up to 60 feet.
Weapon Proficiency: Receive the Martial Weapon Proficiency feats for the longsword, rapier, and short sword as bonus feats.
+2 racial bonus on Listen, Search, and Spot checks. An elf who merely passes within 5 feet of a secret or concealed door is entitled to a Search check to notice it as if she were actively looking for it.
+2 racial bonus on Will saves against spells and spell-like abilities.
If the character was raised in the Underdark, they also suffer from Light Blindness.
Automatic Languages: Common and Elven.
Bonus Languages: Draconic, Drow Sign Language, Gnome, Goblin, Undercommon.

Half-Drow, Half-Human

Half-drow, half-human blendings often result in sturdier offspring who do not inherit the frail elven build. (This option could also work for a couple of generations after the initial mixing and does not entail a level adjustment.)

Medium: As Medium creatures, half-drow have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Base land speed is 30 feet.
Darkvision out to 60 feet.
Immunity to sleep spells and similar magical effects, and a +2 racial bonus on saving throws against enchantment spells or effects.
+2 racial bonus on Will saves against spells and spell-like abilities.
+2 racial bonus on Listen and Search *or* Spot checks (choose one). A half-drow does not have the elf’s ability to notice secret doors simply by passing near them.
Weapon Proficiency: A half-drow is automatically proficient with the rapier. In addition, half-drow treat the hand crossbow as a martial weapon instead of an exotic weapon.
Elven Blood: For all effects related to race, a half-drow is considered an elf. Half-drow, for example, are just as vulnerable to special effects that affect elves as their elf ancestors are, and they can use magic items that are only usable by elves.
If the character was raised in the Underdark, they also suffer from Light Blindness.
Automatic Languages: Common, Elven. Bonus Languages: Draconic, Drow Sign Language, Gnome, Goblin, Orc, Undercommon, or any language common to the surface.
Favored Class: Any. When determining whether a multiclass half-drow takes an experience point penalty for multiclassing, her highest-level class does not count.

Half-Drow, Half-Human (with level adjustment)

Some half-drow, half-human children show more signs of their drow heritage, including their magical abilities.

+2 to Dexterity, +2 to Charisma *or* Intelligence, -2 Constitution 
Medium: As Medium creatures, half-drow have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Base land speed is 30 feet.
Darkvision out to 60 feet.
Immunity to sleep spells and similar magical effects, and a +2 racial bonus on saving throws against enchantment spells or effects.
+2 racial bonus on Will saves against spells and spell-like abilities.
Spell-Like Ability: Half-drow manifest one spell-like ability drawn from the following list. Once the spell is acquired, it cannot be changed, but can be used once per day: dancing lights, darkness, *or* faerie fire. Caster level equals the half-drow’s class levels.
+2 racial bonus on Listen and Search *or* Spot checks (choose one). A half-drow does not have the elf’s ability to notice secret doors simply by passing near them.
Weapon Proficiency: A half-drow is automatically proficient with the rapier. In addition, half-drow treat the hand crossbow as a martial weapon instead of an exotic weapon.
Elven Blood: For all effects related to race, a half-drow is considered an elf. Half-drow, for example, are just as vulnerable to special effects that affect elves as their elf ancestors are, and they can use magic items that are only usable by elves.
If the character was raised in the Underdark, they also suffer from Light Blindness.
Automatic Languages: Common, Elven. Bonus Languages: Draconic, Drow Sign Language, Gnome, Goblin, Orc, Undercommon, or any language common to the surface.
Favored Class: Any. When determining whether a multiclass half-drow takes an experience point penalty for multiclassing, her highest-level class does not count.
Level adjustment: +1.

 
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