The Dark Maiden, Lady of the Dance
Pantheon Drow
Realm Arvandor (also the Demonweb Pits)
Portfolio Song, beauty, dance, swordwork, hunting, moonlight
Worshippers Good drow, hunters, sulface-dwelling elves
Domains Chaos, Charm, Drow, Elf, Good, Moon, Portal
Favored Weapon The Moonsword (bastard sword)


The patron of good drow and those of the race who wish to live in the Realms Above, Eilistraee is a melancholy, moody deity. She is greatly angered by the evil of most drow but glad that some have worked their way free of the Spider Queen's web.

Be always kind, expect in battle with evil. Encourage happiness everywhere. Learn and teach new songs, dances and the flowing dance of skilled swordwork. Promote harmony between the races. Befriend strangers, shelter those without homes, and feed the hungry. Repay rudeness with kindness. Repay violence with swift violence so that those who cause it are quickly dealt with. Aid drow in distress and give them the Lady's message: “A rightful place awaits you in the Realms Above, in the Land of the Great Light. Come in peace and live beneath the sun again where the trees and flowers grow.”

The daughter of Lolth and sister of Vhaeraun, Eilistraee was banished along with the other drow deities for her role in the wars against the Seldarine. Despite being absolved of any crime, Eilistraee insisted upon this punishment from the elven gods, as she foresaw the dark elves would need a beacon of good within their reach.

The church of Eilistraee is little known and poorly understood by inhabitants of the surface world. Few among the surface-dwelling races give any credence to rumors of good drow emerging from the Underdark. The possibility of a deity who supports such folk is simply beyond the ken of nonelves, who generally dismiss such talk as idle rumor or a plot by evil drow raiders. Even most elves willfully ignore the possibility.

The followers of Eilistraee are figures of legend in both the Underdark and the Lands of Light. They are the subject of superstitions and wildly inaccurate mistruths, held by surface dwellers to be the evil vanguard of the Spider Goddess's plot to plunge all of Faerun into darkness under her rule, and held by those drow who follow the Way of Lolth (or other evil gods) to be surfacer invaders masquerading as dark elves in preparation for the coming war of annihilation. Rare is the individual – dark elf or not – who appreciates that Eilistraee is forging her own path, one that welcomes beings of all races who revel in life and the free form expression of all that entails.

The clergy of Eilistraee are collectively known as Dark Ladies, although individual temples often have a unique collective name for the Dark Maiden's priests. Acolytes and aspirants to the clergy who wish to join a temple or who have not yet attained full priesthood are known as Maids.


The Darksong Knights

The Darksong Knights are an elite order of Eilistraeen crusaders active of late in South beneath the lands of ancient Ilythiir. Composed entirely of crusaders and warrior-priests, each members of this order is expected to devote her life to the furthering of the Dark Maiden's ethos, and in particular, the destruction of the handmaidens of Lolth.


Whenever and wherever possible, faithful of Eilistraee encourage drow to return to the surface world and work to promote harmony between drow and surface- dwelling races in order to establish the drow as rightful, nonevil inhabitants of Faerun. They nurture beauty, music, the craft of making musical instruments, and song wherever they find it, assist hunters and hunting, and help others in acts of kindness whenever they see ways to do so. Priests must be skilled in the playing of at least one of the Dark Maiden's favored instruments-horn, flute, or harp; be adequate singers; and be fit, graceful dancers. They gather songs and musical knowledge constantly and acquire training in the use of the sword when they can.

Priestly Vestments

Priests of Eilistraee wear their hair long, and dress practically for whatever they are currently doing. For rituals, they wear as little as possible. Otherwise, they tend to wear soft leathers for hunting, aprons while cooking, and armor when battle is expected. When relaxing, they favor silvery, diaphanous gowns. The holy symbol of the faith is a silver sword pendant the length of a Dark Lady's hand. Such symbols are typically worn as pins or hung around the neck on a slender silver or mithral chain.

Her allies are the Seldarine, Mystra, Selune, and the good deities of the Underdark races. Her enemies are the evil deities of the Underdark, especially the rest of the drow pantheon.

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