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The Crinti[note 1] (drowic for "noble ones"[2]), also referred to as Shadow-Amazons by the Halruaans[3], were the half-drow and half-elf aristocracy and ruling class of Dambrath.[4]

History Edit

In 831 DR the Arkaiun people were defeated at the Battle of Crimtar by the combined efforts of the drow of T'lindhet and one hundred and twelve priestesses of Loviatar who became later known as The First. In exchange for their assistance in defeating the Arkaiuns, the drow of T'lindhet allowed the half-elf priestesses to rule Dambrath in their stead.[5]

In time, some of these half-elf priestesses bore half-drow children, who became known as the Crinti.[2]) and by 1373 DR[5] were about fifteen percent of Dambrath's population.[6]

By 1479 DR, the Crinti had been wiped out in Dambrath.[7]

(see History of Dambrath for further information.)

Appearance Edit

The Crinti were a people from a convoluted mixture of bloodlines: the drow of T'lindhet, the one hundred and twelve half-elf priestesses of Loviatar known as The First, and human barbarians taken as slaves or lovers by the drow and half-elves.[8][4]

Most Crinti had darker gray or black skin, silver or white hair, and widely varied eye colors known among humans or elves. Some however were pale skinned like their half-elf ancestors.[4]

While of most of the Crinti had at least partial drow blood[note 2], generations of interbreeding made it more pronounced in some more than others. Those Crinti who had stronger drow-like features, such as darker skin and pointed ears were generally treated better and had a higher social status than those with a more human appearance. However, to have be considered Crinti for legal purposes, a person must have been able to prove themselves at least 1/32 drow or Children of the First.[9]

Most of the Crinti (ninety percent) were darker skinned and traced their ancestry mostly back to the drow of T'lindhet and their human slaves or lovers.[4][8]

The remaining ten percent of the Crinti had paler skin and were called the Children of the First[4], tracing their lineage to the half-elf priestesses of Loviatar known as The First. Female half-elves with fair skin were readily accepted within Dambrath society, as their features could set them as one of the daughters of the First, however such claims were often overstated as for every true Child of the First, there were two more who would falsely claim such heritage.[1]

Society Edit

Like the drow, the Crinti of Dambrath were a matriarchal society, with women in possession of the land and positions of leadership, while the men were put to work.[10] [1]

In Dambrath, drow blood gave one power and prestige, but the Crinti were secretly shameful of still being considered second-class citizens when they visited their ancient relations in the Underdark.[11]

Like their drow ancestors were generally an evil race. However, good half-drow were less rare than good drow.[11] Crinti speak Elven, the human language of their homeland, and Undercommon if they were raised in the Underdark or Dambrath.[12] They often worship one of the Drow pantheon or Loviatar if evil, and Eilistraee if good.

Some of them lived at the border of Halruaa and frequently roamed in the Nath at the northeastern part of the country. The halruaans called them Shadow Amazons, because of their barbarian ancestors.

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Sometimes spelled Crintri in: Tom Prusa (1993). The Shining South. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 1-56076-595-X.
  2. The Crinti do not seem to follow the general rules for how half-elves breed. The source books discussing the origins of the Crinti suggest that even those who are only 1/32 drow, the rest being mostly human, are still considered 'half-drow', whereas normally, the offspring of a half-elf or half-drow and a human would be a human.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tom Prusa (1993). The Shining South. (TSR, Inc), p. 28. ISBN 1-56076-595-X.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tom Prusa (1993). The Shining South. (TSR, Inc), p. 25. ISBN 1-56076-595-X.
  3. Elaine Cunningham (April 2001). The Floodgate. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-1818-7.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Thomas Reid (October 2004). Shining South. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 101. ISBN 0-7869-3492-1.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Thomas Reid (October 2004). Shining South. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 104. ISBN 0-7869-3492-1.
  6. Thomas Reid (October 2004). Shining South. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 100. ISBN 0-7869-3492-1.
  7. Richard Baker (September 22nd, 2008). The one and only "Ask the Realms authors/designers thread" 4. Retrieved on January 8th, 2009.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Tom Prusa (1993). The Shining South. (TSR, Inc), p. 27. ISBN 1-56076-595-X.
  9. Thomas Reid (October 2004). Shining South. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 102. ISBN 0-7869-3492-1.
  10. Tom Prusa (1993). The Shining South. (TSR, Inc), p. 2. ISBN 1-56076-595-X.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 62. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  12. Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 63. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.

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