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13 days ago
I just want to be sure before I start it.

There will be an underground dark elf city, it's a slave holding society that can't stand sunlight and worships a spider goddess.

I will not make them overly matriarchal except having a queen and priestesses, and not ~everyone~ will be super evil just because. But is this still too specific? I don't know if dark elves are generic enough that you can use them just anywhere like regular elves.

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13 days ago
No. It isn't.

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13 days ago

Well that is very Forgotten Realms/D&D sounding due to the spiders, slaves, dislike of the sun and underground.

Dark elves in most versions of fantasy settings are generally assholes so them having slaves is fine. Even in Elder Scrolls they had slaves.

Underground dwelling and dislike of the sun is eh. There's a lot of fantasy races like with similar traits so it's not really a big deal to have them like that, but it means you have to distance yourself even more from their obvious inspiration. Which leads to...

Spider worship. I'd get rid of this one entirely because with the other two traits in place, now they really are just FR drow with the serial numbers filed off. Having them worshipping some eldritch horror would be a perfectly fine substitute what with them living underground being evil and all.

And they sound pretty matriarchical if they got a queen and priestesses running the place. A better way to change that without completely reverse mirroring it would be having an oligarchy running the city and all the council members scheming against each other for various reasons. Scheming and backstabbing are pretty dark elfish without it being specifically linked to FR.

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13 days ago

At first I thought she was asking if it would be a fanfiction of Eternal. :p

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12 days ago
I respect that she didn't even feel the need to explain what she thought it might be fanfic of. Just knew by instinct she was in among proper nerds.

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13 days ago

I would agree with End that while some of these things are pretty generic and not tied to the classic D&D portrayal of drow, combining literally all of them (especially the spider goddess, because you can make up another entity for them to worship pretty easily) gets into the realm of D&D. I would also recommend trying to stay away from the generic stereotypes in general, as it would be more interesting to read something where dark elves are unique, rather than a copy-paste from D&D.

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13 days ago
Are there plot reasons they need to be allergic to sunlight? And if it matters, can you have a queen and priestesses without spelling out that there are no penis havers allowed?

But yeah to the spider goddess has got to go if you want to distance yourself from FR, everything else is just like 'eh, dark elves', but that's the most obvious setting specific thing.

Pity, because that's a very metal story title you have.

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13 days ago

Always found it sort of odd that in dark elves in FR lived underground for centuries are dark skinned. Surely they would become really pale with no exposure to the sun.

That's the main reason why I didn't have them living underground in Eternal. Makes more sense for them to have dark skin if they're exposed to the sun. (Even more so when they've been living like nomadic mercs for some of their existence.)

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13 days ago

Plot twist: they're just ruled by Shelob. It's actually a LotR fanfic, not at all related to D&D.

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13 days ago
Two short men with hairy feet must travel to Mordoberrenzan with their wizard friend Ganminster.

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12 days ago

Lol

Dont forget they must be lead by their untrustworthy acquaintance, Seagull.

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11 days ago
Through the Mines or Morial, where they encounter the Bullrug.