Monster Monday - Drow: Medium humanoid (elf); neutral evil. Drow are malevolent elves that dwell in the Underdark and worship Lloth, the Spider Queen, who dwells in the Abyss. https://www.dndbeyond.com/monsters/drow
The Drow are everyone’s favorite Underdark antiheroes. Where wood elves are natural woodland sprites and high elves are mystic masters of arcane magic, the drow are the shadow reflection, practicing magics to create unnatural blends of spider and elf and haunting the deep dark places in the world where they worship their terrible and malevolent spider goddess, Lolth.
There’s also a troubling bit of misogyny going on with the Drow. Most playable and non-playable humanoid races don’t specify the power structure of their cultures, but it’s very often portrayed as a patriarchy, which is the historic “norm” (speaking in a factual sense, not a value judgment sense) for western civilizations in the real world. But drow are specifically set up as a matriarchy, where females hold the power. In a subtle way, this is saying that societies ruled by women tend to be evil.
If you make heavy use of drow in a campaign you run, how could use offset this subtle misogyny in other cultures in your homebrew world? have you ever seen a game where the power structure of drow was turned on its head?