Friday, June 19, 2009
This is an image of one of the Slave Lords, drawn by Erol Otus, who seems, in retrospect, to have been responsible for many of the earliest Drow artwork. Her name is Edralve, which I think is rather telling, since it's clearly modeled on Eclavdra, the female Drow priestess who's the evil mastermind in the G-series of modules. To me, this similarity of name is a good indication that someone at TSR at least thought Eclavdra made for a good villain and wanted to clone her, much in the way that lots of unimaginative kids create characters or situations borrowed from movies or TV shows that they like. I used to think that Strahd von Zarovich of Ravenloft fame was the first significant "pet NPC" of D&D. Now I am starting to wonder if perhaps Eclavdra was the first.