The Drow language is the most common native language of the drow.[1]

Deep DrowEdit

Deep Drow, also known as Low Drow or Drowic, is the normal language of the drow. Each isolated community has its own variant with a distinct accent. Deep Drow is read right to left in single-word columns with little punctuation.[2]

High DrowEdit

High Drow is a more complex language than Deep Drow and has a larger, runic alphabet.[3] This language is primarily used by priestesses in their rituals and by nobles who wish not to be understood by lower-born drow and slaves.[2]

Drow Sign LanguageEdit

Drow Sign Language is a silent hand code used to communicate in the Underdark. Unlike other languages that must be heard to be comprehended, Drow Sign must be seen to gather meaning. It has no alphabet or written form.[4] Humans and other goodly races often confuse the language's motions as spell conjurations.[5] Drow Sign Language is commonly known by drow, who find it particularly useful on patrols and in other instances when silence is expedient. It is a very expressive language, able to convey tone and emotions.[6]

Signing drow sometimes disguised their signing with what was called a "visual code of silence": holding up part of one's cloak with one hand in order to shield the signing hand.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. R.A. Salvatore (August 1994). Starless Night. (TSR, Inc), p. 170. ISBN 1-56076-880-0.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Philip Athans (2008). A Reader's Guide to R. A. Salvatore's the Legend of Drizzt. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 164–165. ISBN 0-7869-4915-5.
  3. Elaine Cunningham (November 2003). Rite of Blood (The Best of the Realms). (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3024-1.
  4. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 13. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  5. Warning: edition not specified for Sojourn
  6. R.A. Salvatore (August 2012). Charon's Claw. (Wizards of the Coast), p. ??. ISBN 0-7869-6223-2.
  7. R.A. Salvatore (August 2012). Charon's Claw. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 5. ISBN 0-7869-6223-2.

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