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Elf, Dark

Dark elves’ ancestors settled in deep forests and subterranean realms in pursuit of harnessing the power of the moon and darkness. They are highly intelligent and versed in arcane lore but keep their secrets close. Many work to protect the world from malevolent forces that elude the notice of other races and societies, though more dark elves have begun to break with tradition.


Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and your Intelligence or Charisma score (your choice) increases by 1.

Age. Dark elves mature as elves do, with commensurately long lives.

Alignment. Dark elves have an ancient, hierarchical society and are more lawful than other elves.

Rarity. Uncommon. Dark elves prefer their own enclaves, and so they are an unusual sight in other societies.

Size. Dark elves have builds similar to those of elves. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.

Night Blessing. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness within the same range as if it were dim light. Absent even dim light, this vision is monochromatic. In addition, magical darkness does not impede your darkvision.

Charm Resistant. You can add your proficiency bonus to saving throws against being charmed. If you have proficiency in such a saving throw, your proficiency bonus is doubled against being charmed.

Keen Senses. You have proficiency in the Perception skill.

Restful Reverie. To benefit from a long rest, you start with a 1 hour meditation and then need only sleep for 4 hours. During your meditation, you are aware and conscious, although you sometimes have dreamlike visions. Magic cannot put you to sleep.

Stalker. You have proficiency in the Stealth skill. In addition, you can attempt to hide when only lightly obscured by natural phenomena or terrain, such as foliage, shadows, heavy precipitation, mist, and so on.

Starlight. You can cast the dancing lights cantrip without material components. Intelligence or Charisma (your choice) is your spellcasting ability for this spell.

Languages. You speak, read, and write Common and Elvish. Dark elves who dwell underground often learn Deep Common.

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