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  • #16
    Originally posted by haaz View Post
    I woudln't be so sure that it is accidental. The new setting makes some effort to present good or evil being independent on the actual race or tribe, so I wouldn't be surprised that it is done on purpose.

    Anyway, I find it funny because I'm running a subterrean campaign in the Scarred Lands and I have placed a race of lizardmen who, after having lived down here for millenia, also have pale scales instead of green (or whatever color lizardmen typically have) ^^
    ​*nods* I do like that, it is a nice break away, allows for more nuanced canon. I just like my drendali dark skinned. I like the image.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by The_Livewire View Post
      I just like my drendali dark skinned. I like the image.
      That's the best thing about fictional races used in role-playing games; they look however the GM describes them as looking when the player characters sight them.

      The various subterranean "dark elves" I've used have been pale-skinned for the entirety of my gaming career because Final Fantasy IV (back when it was labelled as II here in the states) and biology as I had learned it up to that point immediately outweighed what the D&D books I picked up had to say (well, except for the D&D products about the Shadow Elves of Mystara, since they were pale-skinned in every appearance other than the arcade beat-em-up games that Capcom made).


      Not so noble anymore.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by The_Livewire View Post

        ​Are you speaking from a writer/developer/official capacity?
        No, just seems like a logical assumption.


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        • #19
          It was me! I bleached the drendali.

          As a couple folks have mentioned, it always made sense to me that a subterranean race would gradually become more pale, not darker-skinned. And since the drendali aren't supposed to be drow, whose skin color (at least in typical D&D settings like the Forgotten Realms) is the result of a curse, I decided to revise their appearance. Dar'Tan is now the exception, his skin stained black by the shadow magic he practices.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Scott Holden View Post
            It was me! I bleached the drendali.

            As a couple folks have mentioned, it always made sense to me that a subterranean race would gradually become more pale, not darker-skinned. And since the drendali aren't supposed to be drow, whose skin color (at least in typical D&D settings like the Forgotten Realms) is the result of a curse, I decided to revise their appearance. Dar'Tan is now the exception, his skin stained black by the shadow magic he practices.
            ​Thanks for the explanation Scott. That's what I was looking for. I disagree (after all, this is a game that breaks the laws of biology all the time) but I understand your reasoning. I just think jet black skinned elves look cool. :-)

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            • #21
              No worries: In your game, you are the final arbiter. Your drendali can still be the old dark-skinned version!

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