That doesn't match what's on the Wikipedia page for Dökkálfar:As a sidebar, according to an article (which I sadly can't find right now) the reason drow have black skin is because the idea originated with Norse mythology. But in that mythology, their skin color wasn't specified it was their hearts that were black as coal. Supposedly Gygax just misunderstood, the artists needed some way for the hair to be visible so they went with white and here we are.
In the Prose Edda, the Dökkálfar and the Ljósálfar are attested in chapter 17 of the book Gylfaginning. In the chapter, Gangleri (the king Gylfi in disguise) asks the enthroned figure of High what other "chief centres" there are in the heavens outside of the spring Urðarbrunnr. Gangleri responds that there are many fine places in heaven, including a place called Álfheimr (Old Norse 'Elf Home' or 'Elf World'). High says that the Ljósálfar live in Álfheimr, while the Dökkálfar dwell underground and look—and particularly behave—quite unlike the Ljósálfar. High describes the Ljósálfar as "fairer than the sun to look at", while the Dökkálfar are "blacker than pitch".
Way to snip out the context of a hypothetical where someone NOW just takes offense at their 'near whiteness'.
Gotta love forums.
FWIW my response was poorly written, my point was that people will always take things and twist them to their own ends, regardless of original intent.Mod Note:
Folks, use of simplified hypotheticals to prosecute social issues is a losing proposition. Using them to dismiss what little movement we can make on real systemic social issues does not fly. How about we not do that again, hm? Thanks.
"You realize that pretty much every dark skinned race in your game is evil, right? Certainly how you can see how that could be a problem and appear racist."Especially when that curse is . . . dark skin. I honestly cannot get how some people don't see a problem with this.
Agreed. Have drow be actual-white through gray through actual-black.Considering humans have a large variety of skin tones, there's no reason why any of the demi-humans races wouldn't also. So there should be dark-skinned wood elves, and light-skinned drow elves, just like there should be snirfneblin with white skin, grey skin, dark grey skin, purplish-grey skin, etc.
I would agree with you if there was anything natural about it, but we are talking about magic here. If I lived underground, and I had the magic to do it, I would prefer to have really dark skin.Stuff that lives in caves with no natural sunlight has less skin pigmentation, not more. That idiotic charcoal skin tone was immersion breaking and lacks verisimilitude.
Well, you don't even need magic. Plenty of creatures that live primarily underground and/or avoid exposure to daylight have dark coloring.I would agree with you if there was anything natural about it, but we are talking about magic hear. If I lived underground, and I had the magic to do it, I would prefer to have really dark skin.
Its hardly a rule but the vast majority of troglobites (Exclusively cave-dwelling creatures) are pale due to the lack of any pigmentation. Pigment just, doesn't matter in the lightless cavesWell, you don't even need magic. Plenty of creatures that live primarily underground and/or avoid exposure to daylight have dark coloring.
For the purpose of melatonin, you're absolutely right. But for prey and predator purposes, it could existIts hardly a rule but the vast majority of troglobites (Exclusively cave-dwelling creatures) are pale due to the lack of any pigmentation. Pigment just, doesn't matter in the lightless caves