Aphotics are a subterranean race of Elves that lives beneath the surface in what is known as the Infernus, a strange, alien underworld made of a vast network of interconnected tunnels and caverns. Like most creatures in the Infernus, they function normally in the pitch blackness and have built up a certain resistance to magic. The Aphotics live within houses, generally in a matriarchal hierarchy. Wars between houses aren’t uncommon. Wars tend to flare when one house becomes belligerent or violates some agreement in extreme. Aphotics tend to be of evil or neutral alignment, although because of their scarce interaction with the surface world they do not have the notorious reputation of Ethryn, but not as much trust as an Urbane. It should be noted, however, that the most evil Aphotics tend to live in the deepest parts of the Infernus. It is said these Aphotics are driven mad due to their long disconnectedness with the surface world, and their brushing against creatures such as Mindflayers and other torturous species. This creates an overwhelming paranoia within their communities, which often leads to political strife and perversion of morality and justice.


Aphotics resemble Ethryn in physical composition. However, their skin tends to be some cool shade of grey and dark, and their hair is fair and white in stark contrast to their racial relatives. Aphotics eye colors tend to be red, purple, blue, or orange. A male Aphotic typically stands at around 5’10", and weighs 140 lbs. Females are slightly shorter.

Light Blindness

In some cases Aphotics may live on the surface, however, the light of day of the surface world is blinding to an Aphotic, and in some cases painful. Aphotics may adapt to life on the surface by only going out at night, or maybe finding something to shield their eyes. Over time an Aphotics’ eyes may become more accustomed to the bright light of day but never fully.

Racial Abilities

  • +1 Intelligence
  • One cantrip (0-level spell)
  • Spell Resistance 5
  • Darkvision
  • Elven weapon training
  • Trance
  • Immune to sleep effects


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