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Boulder's Guide to Drow Houses and Culture


Research in Brightshore is very sparse with regards to the subterranean brothers of surface elves1. However, as a former resident of the Underdark, I will write a introductory primer on the topic using my extensive, first-hand knowledge, research from other Brightshore citizens, and obvious2 conjectures on the above-listed sources.

Cultural Drow Differences

There are primarily two types of Drow in the known world. The Drow under Vessar refer to themselves Chosen3 Drow, where the Drow under Brightshore refer to themselves as the Sanko Drow. Although there are numerous topics on the Chosen Drown, this will narrow itself merely to the Sanko Drow to further expand the research of this interesting culture.

Sanko Drow Language

Although the Sanko speak a language very similar to the Chosen Drow's Undercommon, it is distinct enough from the source language to make cross-language understanding difficult. I have elected to refer to it as Sankian, as no Drow has made themselves available to discuss it further.

Important Words

  • Bushido. Combat law. Rules of engagement that exist primarily for honor and glory.
  • House. House is an entendre of a word, where it can mean a family, a household including retainers, or a faction led by a person. For instance, the House Floshem refers to over two hundred soldiers and support.
  • Samurai. A front-line fighter, but also can be a bowman. Non-magical.
  • Sensei. Teacher. This seems to imply such like arch in archmage, but can also be applied to non-magic users.
  • Shugenja. Spirit channelers. They use magic, but it is not learned from books nor part of blood.
  • Wu. Spellcaster. This word seems to group together sorcerers, druids, and wizards.4

Linguistic Customs

It is customary to use only last names and apply an honorific. Those without an honoriffic would be addressed as -sa, where those where one would be available should use them. For instance, you could refer to be as Boulderheart-sa, but Boulderheart-wu or even Boulderheart-sensei if referring to the Arcanum.

Speaking to superiors should not be direct, but heavily flourished language. It's considered rude to say “no” in Sankian, but not impolite to say “Nnn” or “What about” instead.


1 Some elves haven taken offense1-2 to this usage, however, the histories indicate that there is a biological similarity between Drow and non-Drow elves.

1-2 Please stop angrily accosting me on the streets. It's not very polite to do to impartial researchers.

2 Some of the conclusions may escape those not invested in research. Please come to a class in the Arcanum if you have further, specific needs to learn.

3 Most documents use the incorrect spelling of Choson. This has been corrected in these records.

4 If a Drow ever asked for admittance to the Arcanum, they would need to be a Wu.

brightshore/cultures_factions/boulders_drow.txt · Last modified: 2019/11/26 22:15 by jude