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Dark Fairyland Essay

571 words - 2 pages

Faerûn is a lush land of rugged mountains and rolling hills, of vast deserts and dark forests, teeming cities and empty wilderness. It is a land of immense beauty and danger playing in the light of the ever-changing sun. A land where farmers and pioneers and city-folk alike ply their trade and live their quiet lives; where caravans twist across the landscape like giant slow-moving, bloated worms. Many brave and bold tales are told of those restless, adventurous young of all races who race headlong in their mad chase for something more; be it fame and fortune, escaping an abusive home(land), or simply answering the call of the road. All meet their fate with varying degrees of success in the bright sunlight, or darkling ruins.
Nevertheless, the dark has always held a sinister appeal as well, which draws many inexplicably toward it, like proverbial moths to flame and with predictable results. For there is a land below this glittering landscape. This land shimmers with the promise of glory and treasure, of indescribable allure of hidden dangers. It is a land of lightless tunnels, of underground rivers flowing, of vast caverns teeming with life of their own. This is the Underdark, the domain of deep gnomes and Duergar, of Illithids and deep rothé, creatures both benign and bane. However, there is one race that is the most beautiful and deadly of all, the undisputed rulers of this dark and (deadly) landscape. The name that lingers fearfully on every lip: the drow! They rule from their dark and shimmering fairylands of sweeping architecture, glimmering with varied shades of faerie fire and phosphorescent mosses and fungus, of steam vents and mineral pools. All glowing with vibrant color, for those blessed with heat-sensing orbs.

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