Despite his increasing fame (or infamy) across the Sword Coast North as a drow who dwells on the surface, is deadly in battle, fights with great agility and two magic scimitars, and can call on an onyx panther figurine of wondrous power to bring a battle-companion to his side, Drizzt Do'Urden remains an enigma.


Drizzt Do’Urden is a drow from the Underdark city of Menzoberranzan, the third son of Matron Mother Malice of House Do’Urden. He is born on the eve of battle in the Year of the Singing Skull (1297 DR. Like all dark elves, Drizzt has pitch black skin and white hair, but his lavender eyes—which gleam with feral light before he wades into battle—set him apart from most drow, whose eyes are typically red. His eyes have become accustomed to sunlight but are attuned to darkness, and his hearing is almost supernaturally keen. At somewhere between five and five-and-a-half feet tall, Drizzt is surprisingly small, slender, and light, but anyone who thinks that means he isn’t dangerous probably won’t live to make the same mistake again. Though he eventually loses his innate ability to levitate, he shares the remaining magical talents of his kin.

Having run from his home in the City of Spiders, Drizzt comes to the World Above a renegade, a stranger in a land where his kind are seen—rightfully so—as evil beings from a world of darkness and evil. Though he lives for a time in a cave outside Kelvin’s Cairn, he eventually finds a home with his friends in the dwarven City of Mithral Hall, and for the longest time, Drizzt is sure he is the only drow living on the surface.

A man of integrity and honor, he flies in the face of everything it means to be a drow. Though he is born in a city where treachery is the rule of the day, Drizzt tries to keep his word, however dangerous it might be for him. His personality and ethics are so strong that even the gruff and suspicious Bruenor Battlehammer uses Drizzt as inspiration for the dwarves in his charge.

More than a paradigm of honor and integrity, Drizzt is an excellent deductive thinker, with a steady, logical mind that never folds under pressure, though he will sometimes rely on instinct in critical situations. On a day-to-day basis, Drizzt is a stoic, calm, and serious individual, but he’s always thinking—thinking about his place in the world, the value of his friendships, and the truth of his elf ’s longevity that will see him outlive all of his closest friends.

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