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
    Feb 12 '15 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
    Feb 13 '15 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
    Feb 13 '15 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
    Jul 27 '17 at 10:30

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
    Feb 12 '15 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\$ Feb 18 '15 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
    Feb 18 '15 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\$ Feb 20 '15 at 19:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Scrollreader This issue is whether the FRCS is considered by the DM a primary source. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 27 '15 at 0:23

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