|Alias(es):||The Dark Maiden, Lady of the Dance|
|Pantheon:||The Dark Seldarine (Drow)|
|Symbol:||Nude long-haired female drow dancing with a silver bastard sword in front of a full moon.|
|Cleric alignment:||CG, CN, NG|
|Portfolio:||Song, beauty, dance, swordwork, hunting, moonlight|
|Worshippers:||Good-aligned drow, hunters, surface-dwelling elves|
|Canon NWN2 domains:||Chaos Good|
|Other canon domains:||Charm, Drow, Elf, Moon, Portal|
|Favoured weapon (NWN2):||Bastard sword - "The Moonsword"|
|Allies:||Seldarine, Mystra, Selûne, good/neutral Underdark deities|
|Enemies:||Dark Seldarine, other evil Underdark deities|
Eilistraee (eil-iss-tray-yee) is a melancholy, moody deity. She is greatly angered by the evil of most drow but glad that some worked their way free of the Spider Queen's web. Eilistraee appears as an unclad, glossy-skinned drow woman of great height with ankle-length, sweeping hair of glowing silver.
She is worshiped by song and dance, if at all possible, in the surface world under the moonlit night among the woods. She takes great pleasure in bards learning new songs, craftsmen at work, and the doing of kindhearted deeds. Among her followers are drow, humans, gnomes, elves, shapeshifters (children of the moon) and half-elves.
Eilistraee is the daughter of Corellon Larethian and Araushnee, who later became Lolth , and the sister of Vhaeraun. She was banished along with the other drow deities for her role, albeit inadvertently, in the war against the Seldarine. Eilistraee insisted upon this punishment from her reluctant father, because she foresaw that the dark elves would need a beacon of good within their reach.
The clergy of Eilistraee are collectively known as "the Dark Ladies", although individual temples often have their own naming conventions for both the clergy collectively and individual titles. Young initiates and acolytes are known as Maids. Individual titles vary greatly from temple to temple, but some suitable examples include Moon Dancer, Moon Singer, Dark Huntress, Argent Maid, Living Sword, Unsheathed Blade, Sword Smith, Bright Edge of Darkness, and Ghost of the Moonstruck Night. Priestesses of Eilistraee have no ceremonial garb; instead, they aim to wear as little as possible during their official ceremonies. When relaxing, they prefer silver, diaphanous gowns. The holy symbols of the faith vary, including: a silver sword pendant the size of a hand, a silver long sword outlined against a silver moon with silvery filaments, and a nude long-haired female drow dancing with a silver sword in front of a full moon. These are often worn as a pin or hung around the neck by means of a slender silver or mithril chain. Recent events show that the faith of Eillstraee is opening up to male priests, despite the initial dislike of the female worshippers.