Spellfilchers were a special kind of elven mage-thief who specialized in stealing from other mages.
Spellfilchers were always part of a so-called spellfilcher guild. These guilds operated for the good of the elven race. Members were tested by the guildmasters for their magical sensitivity as infants. Talented infants were taken from their parents for training.
A spellfilcher's loyalty was first to the guild. The spellfilcher guilds demanded total subordination to the guild's rules from their members. A member's private desires had to take second place to their service to the elven race and insubordination could lead to punishment, if they didn't have a suitable excuse for their behavior.
Given their profession as thieves with non-elven mages as specialized targets, non-elven mages distrusted them. Spellfilchers disguised themselves to avert vengeance from mages. Elven mages on the other hand trusted them for the spellfilchers' targets were non-elven mages.
A spellfilcher had the abilities of a mage and a thief. In addition, the spellfilcher guild knew secrets to awaken additional talents. They could better identify and even temporarily shut off the function of magical traps more reliably, accurate and for longer than others.
The drow sported a tradition of spellfilchers and with it spellfilcher guilds for the necessary training. Vhaeraun, their god of thievery, was also the divine patron of spellfilchers. They and their deity fought for the freedom of their people, so they did work for the benefit of the race, at least in their own minds, but the intra-racial nature of their battle made the idea of them not stealing from other drow unlikely at best.[speculation]
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Colin McComb (1993). The Complete Book of Elves. (TSR, Inc), pp. 87–88. ISBN 1-56076-376-0.
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd (1999). Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to the Underdark. (TSR, Inc), p. 93. ISBN 0-7869-1509-9.
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 113–114. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
- ↑ Anne Gray McCready et al. (March 1994). Elves of Evermeet. (TSR, Inc), p. 110. ISBN 1-5607-6829-0.