Human magic is a chaotic, warping influence. Yesterday I suggested that Magic Users, should they somehow live to an old age, would inevitably become liches. I’ve also suggested that elves cast human magic, not their own magic, which has been lost to the ages. Where humans warp into liches, elves become dark elves.
If you think of the scenes where Smeagol becomes Gollum as portrayed in the Lord of the Rings films, you get where I’m going with this.
Drow are tortured, pale elves whose over-use of human-style magic has reversed their connection with nature. The sun hurts, the trees no longer speak, they hiss. Animals shun them. Only insects, worms and creatures of decay will come near them.
Their heads enlarge and features warp. They cast human magic as if they were four levels higher. They do not form underground civilizations, but retreat to caves and huts in the swamp.
Elves are not aware of why some of their elders get sick and run into the woods, never to return. Some think it must be a disease. Others think it a curse tied somehow to the fall of their civilization. A few are hoping to find a cure.