Irennan wrote:I don't have much time right now, so I can't write a proper response. However--if you're familiar with them--think a goodly version of the Warhammer 40k Eldar Harlequins: http://warhammer40k.wikia.com/wiki/Harlequin#The_Dance
The Sword Dancers of Eilistraee would be much like them IMO. The Harlequins are wandering warrior-artists and performers that travel from craftworld to craftworld and that have an immense knowledge of the webway (a series of secret passages that connect various point of the Warp--Warhammer astral plane, basically--allowing them to easily appear and reappear where they want. Similar to how the Torilian followers of Eilistraee have their portal and tunnel network). Their race has lost all their gods, but one (the one they follow), so maybe the Sword Dancers of Eilistraee would find themselves in the same situation. Their race is in decline, their gods gone with the millennia, and Eilistraee is the only one who survived (aside from the giants like Lolth and Corellon), the only one who retained some faithful (as she's the only one who actually cares about her people), maybe weakened but still giving all herself for her cause.
Their Eilistraeean equivalent of the Harlequins would be more oriented towards spreading their art, joy, and defending people from dark forces (and, assuming that Lolth is still a thing, freeing their people from her grasp), than the giant "?" that they are in the WH40k universe. Their performance would be for its own sake and for creating and spreading beauty ofc, but the future Dancers of Eilistraee would also use it as an excuse to snatch away a lost drow child from the web of Lolth, or to thwart some nefarious plan, or dethrone some tyrant, and so on... In short, to carry on Eilistraee's quest and bring her light where she is needed.
Also, they probably wouldn't wear those masks.
Irennan wrote:If you think about it, the "wandering artists who are also chain breakers in disguise" is quite close to what Eilistraee and her followers currently are. Setting their duties towards the drow aside, they are supposed to bring joy, beauty and a smile wherever they go, while defending and freeing any and all people from evil and oppressors (and while working towards creating harmony among all races). The part where they use their art as disguise could be especially the so-called "Secret Moondancers" who hide within Lolthite cities playing that role. In my own campaign, I especially highlight this aspect of them (even more so because art plays such an important role for Eilistraee: it's one of her main ways to show the drow the beauty of the life that they have been denied, the freedom of self-expression that was crushed by Lolth, and the freedom to embrace and celebrate all the good things that the world gives you).
I'm very interested in your idea about drow children.
Oh, "ofc" means "of course".
Orin wrote:Oh I could make the money for sure. This would be well into my long and illustrious career mind you. After I've sold every short sword, nicked dagger, flourospar and bag of grain I could carry to whomever would give me a silver or nine for it. There's also a few dragons that owe me a favor or two. I mean, I would have also invested a lot of money in ventures and the like. Not dissimilar that baker fellow that Jar set up in...was it Waterdeep? No matter. I'd get the money for sure.
And you're most certainly right about it being risky and Bregan D'Aerthe taking risky jobs. See i KNOW my friend Jarlaxle and he is happiest when he is with friends and taking risks. I offer him both in abundance! For as you say, the plan involves turning potential worshipers of Lolth into Eilistraeens, an unforgivable heresy. That's why I picked him, he won't be able to resist the lure of the risk.
Ahaha! No my friend, I did not at all mean that I thought I would not be of use. I meant that in such a delicate rescue endeavor guile and subterfuge is what is necessary, not that I am without those qualities myself - especially in the planning stage as should be self evident, but a six foot five human with a bastard sword would stand out just a bit in that scenario, no?
That's why some bard levels for "alter self" always come in handy
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