Can anyone else than drow learn Drow Sign Language? or is it a language that only drow can learn because of, I dunno... dexterity or some other physical conditions?

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    \$\begingroup\$ If you're not a drow we can't answer \$\endgroup\$
    – Ben-Jamin
    Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 20:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ Given that Drow are, physiologically speaking, elves, it'd be weird if elves, at least, couldn't learn it. \$\endgroup\$
    – GMJoe
    Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 0:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ While it is not a rules as written answer, there Neverwinter series of novels has both a human who is fluent in Drow sign language and a surface elf who has a minor understanding of it, so it seems perfectly possible lore-wise. \$\endgroup\$
    – Theik
    Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 10:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ The first rule of drow sign language is you don't sign about drow sign language. \$\endgroup\$
    – Protonflux
    Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 10:30

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Yes, RAW others can learn.

Drow Sign Language is a bonus language for drow; others have to spend skill points to learn it. It has no alphabet or written form. (FRCS, p. 13)

As always DMs can rule however they want and may require you to find a willing drow to teach you. (If I allowed it, I would require this.)

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for editing, I'm on phone and its hard to do. Esp with spellchecker "corrections" \$\endgroup\$
    – Ben-Jamin
    Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 20:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ Drow of the Underdark states that DSL does have a written form, and that Dancing Lights can be used for Morse Code-like transmission of messages over long distances using DSL. It also offers additional benefits to identifying spells with Somatic components, and sending secret messages. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 15:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ Interesting caveat/exception. In that case, if your playing in FR, the FRCS book takes precedence, otherwise it'd seem fair to rule with the DotU \$\endgroup\$
    – Ben-Jamin
    Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 16:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ Except DotU has a great deal of FR specific information as well. Since the FRCS is 3.0, wouldn't the 3.5 book take precedence? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 20, 2015 at 19:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Scrollreader This issue is whether the FRCS is considered by the DM a primary source. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 27, 2015 at 0:23

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