- Apr 5, 2020
Apparently Eilistraee was invented by Ed Greenwood as early as 1991 on the behest of his editor, since the editor wanted a good aligned god for Drow characters. Seeing as how the first official FR campaign setting was released in 1987 one can reasonably state that she's been a fixture for a long time.Again they retconned the Drow Elves to have a good aligned deity at some point so that there could be more Drow Elf adventurers because they are a super popular race to play.
If nothing else, it goes to prove that the main desire of a good campaign setting (which FR would have to be classed as on popularity alone if nothing else) is to provide players and game masters with interesting choices. A Drow goddess that is nurturing and protective as a counterpart to the sadistic and uncaring Lolth is just that. It gives the Drow race depth and nuance which makes them more fun to play. That Orcs (who are not differentiated much, if at all, compared to Elves) do not get good or neutral deities is a gross oversight in this context, as it keeps Orcs as one dimensional bad guys.