Darklanterns are an elite group of elves dedicated to the containment and eradication of the drow, tasked with the unthinkable assignment of infiltrating drow society so as to relay information to a secret cabal tasked with keeping the existence of drow a secret. In order to accomplish this task, select individuals undergo a horrific ritual allowing them to temporarily experience the dark transformation into a drow, but at the cost of their sanity.


A darklantern must be a creature with the elf subtype.

Dark Identity (Su)

At 1st level, a darklantern can transform into her vigilante identity as a full-round action. When a darklantern switches to her vigilante identity, she undergoes a horrifying transformation from an elf into a drow. After the transformation is complete, the darklantern takes on the appearance of a drow (but otherwise retains her normal facial features and voice) and gains a +2 bonus to Dexterity and Charisma, darkvision with a range of up to 60 feet, and the light blindness universal monster ability. While in her vigilante identity, the darklantern counts as a drow for the purpose of any ability, spell, or magic item targeting drow. A darklantern’s vigilante identity must be chaotic evil, but her social identity can be more than one step removed from this alignment.

Transforming back into the darklantern’s social identity requires a move action. However, a darklantern must succeed at a Will save (DC = 10 + the number of hours she has been in her vigilante identity) in order to successfully transform back into her social identity; otherwise, the move action is wasted and the action cannot be attempted for 1 minute. Each time a darklantern fails this check, she takes 1 point of Wisdom damage and the DC for the save decreases by 2.

This ability alters dual identity.

Drow Magic (Sp)

At 1st level, when in her vigilante identity, a darklantern can cast dancing lights, darkness, and faerie fire, once each per day, using her vigilante level as her caster level.

This replaces the social talent that the darklantern gains at 1st level.

Drow Paragon (Su)

At 4th level, the darklantern gains Spell Resistance equal to 6 + her vigilante level, and the range of her darkvision increases to 120 feet while in her vigilante identity.

This replaces the vigilante talent gained at 4th level.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Player Companion: Heroes of the Darklands © 2017, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Robert Brookes, Eleanor Ferron, Michelle Jones, Alex Riggs, and Nicholas Wasko.

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