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    Drow on Wikipedia

    Hey there. In my quest to get more Wikipedia articles up to "Good Article" status, I've gotten ambitious and decided to take on the Drow article. Yeah, call me crazy, but I'm going to do it. I've put a bunch of work into the AD&D 1st edition section, using the sources I had on hand (don't have Q1 so did what I could), though I probably went overboard and will need to trim back a bit. I'm going to start on the 2nd edition section soon, but I would appreciate any help you or anyone you know can give towards building up the publication history properly, finding sources, checking for inaccuracies and completeness, etc. I'd especially need help in bulking up the novels section, as I don't have any of these. Any help you can give, even as a cheering section, would be appreciated.

    We can get this done... if you haven't seen what we've done already, previous successes include Dragonlance, Drizzt Do'Urden, Dwellers of the Forbidden City, Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, Forgotten Realms, Gary Gygax, Planescape: Torment, The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth, Tomb of Horrors, White Plume Mountain, and Wizards of the Coast.

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    I'd say an image would help. Anything that's open content, or something someone might volunteer for a creative commons contribution?

    You might want to mention how their popularity was probably the inspiration for similar dark elves showing up in other games, like Everquest, or variants, like WoW's night elves.

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    If we can find a source for that, I'd love to.

    We managed to find a free image for the Drizzt article; do you think it would make sense to just reuse it until we find a better one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RangerWickett View Post
    You might want to mention how their popularity was probably the inspiration for similar dark elves showing up in other games, like Everquest, or variants, like WoW's night elves.
    There's that.

    Similar dark elves in Everquest? My only experience with that universe is Champions of Norrath, and the dark elves there are clearly drow with the serial numbers filed off. Let's see, dark grayish-black skin, white hair, live in big underground cities, very murderous and bloodthirsty, I wonder where they got that idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by BOZ View Post
    If we can find a source for that, I'd love to.
    Dragon #279 (Jan '01, it's where your Drizzt picture comes from) had an article on the evolution of elves in fantasy starting from folklore which stated that the drow seems to have been a new concept in D&D that was copied. Not sure if that's suffiecint to keep the article sufficiently out of universe, or to meet notability standards or whatever.

    We managed to find a free image for the Drizzt article; do you think it would make sense to just reuse it until we find a better one?
    Might as well, every time you see a picture of a male drow, 95% of the time it's Drizzt. Female drow are more common, probably because of the inexplicable sex appeal.
    Last edited by Orius; Friday, 10th April, 2009 at 07:25 AM.

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    Any article on Drow that mentions its derivation and its history needs to mention two items:

    1) The name is derived from the trow from celtic folklore.

    2) Underground cruel pain-loving counterparts to surface elves? Sounds like the Svartalfar to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DracoSuave View Post
    Any article on Drow that mentions its derivation and its history needs to mention two items:

    1) The name is derived from the trow from celtic folklore.

    2) Underground cruel pain-loving counterparts to surface elves? Sounds like the Svartalfar to me!
    We've got the trow origin in there, as it can be linked to an actual source. As for the svartalfar, I completely agree, but we need a source for that as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    Female drow are more common, probably because of the inexplicable sex appeal.
    Hey, baby.

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