Dark elves are similar to humans, except that their bones are often shorter and squatter, with a higher density than human bones.
Drell have gray skin and large eyes, with large pointed ears. They are often shorter than other elves, with dense bones that allow for a muscle mass comparable to humans.
Genetics and Reproduction
Drell have a gestation period of around 18 months before a live birth.
Growth Rate & Stages
Dark elves grow slowly before hitting a puberty and becoming physically mature by 75. They are middle aged at 300 and are old age at 500.
Ecology and Habitats
All drell are adapted to living in dark, damp regions like caves. However, there are some small communities above ground that live in dense portions of forests so they can have some respite from the sun.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Dark elves have a low meat diet, and can subsist for a long time without any meat, but they do begin to atrophy if they have no source of meat.
When drell get together to form a private society, they often organize with strict, authoritarian female leaders with a matrilineal system of inheritance, based on the teachings of Drowella, patron goddess of the drell.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Drell tend to live underground, like in caves and abandoned mines. There is no known drell homeland on Belkora.
Drell tend to be slightly smarter than wood elves, but not as smart as Ancient Elves, as most drell in a society need to be smart enough to avoid being persecuted and killed.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Drell's have large eyes that are well-adapted to the dark, but this leads to them having difficulty seeing in the daylight. They also have great smell, and have incredible reaction to touch sensations, alert hearing. However, they have incredibly muted tastes.
Civilization and Culture
Drell generally use soft sounds, with male names often ending in a consonant while females end their names with a vowel. The one exception is the letter "l," which is considered a more feminine letter to end on. They will take the last name of their closest female relative.
Drell have no political organization of their own, but they have been gaining favor in the Rising Vengeance Clan.
Drell generally find traits not common among drell as more attractive. These traits include lighter skin, smaller eyes, taller stature, and a slender frame, among others.
Female is considered the dominant gender in drell society because of their worship of Drowella. Women are almost always the only ones considered for positions of power, and men are considered necessary for child care.
Courtship among the drell is initiated by the females as they select a male they deem attractive and begin to ply him with shows of power and wealth before offering the chance to marry her. If he deems her powerful and wealthy enough he will accept her hand in marriage to help her propagate her line.
In relationships, females often are the breadwinners with males staying back to care for the children.
Major Language Groups and Dialects
Drell speak elven, but the version they speak is more archaic than that of the wood elves, but not quite as archaic as ancient elves.
Common Etiquette Rules
It is considered impolite to keep a visitor waiting too long at the door before inviting them inside, due to the threat of the sun.
Common Dress Code
Drell women generally dress more conservatively while men are often encouraged to dress more scantily or with tight clothes. They often wear dark colors, with an emphasis on purple.
Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals
Hair among drell men are kept short, especially among the upper class. However, exiled men, usually denoted by the surname "Excguis," are forbidden from cutting their hair as a reminder of their exile status. This leads to exiled men usually tied their hair up, especially if they have a particularly active job.
Supposedly the drell were once part of ancient elven society before being cast out for following Drowella. According to legend, the vast majority of drell trekked deep beneath the ground and found a city of stone among trees of stone. There they found new purpose as the guardians of inter-dimensional monks. However, a group of drell stayed above ground and dispersed across the surface of Belkora, attempting to stay out of the sunlight as much as possible. After years of exile, some drell were able to enter wood elf society, but none have stepped foot in the The Ancient Woods since the ancient exile.
Common Myths and Legends
The drell have the myth of the lost city deep underground, made entirely of stone.
Interspecies Relations and Assumptions
Drell hate ancient elves, a feeling which is mutual. With wood elves, the hatred is less intense, but they still do dislike each other.
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Drell are often shorter and stockier than other elves, more similar to humans.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Drell have gray skin, with their hair being black to gray.
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