-> ''A moment of stunned silence met the captain's words. "But she's an elf," protested one of the men, voicing a typical Northman's distrust of the fey folk.''
-> ''"She's a drow!" added another fearfully, for the dark elves' vile reputation was known in a hundred lands.''
-> ''"She's a ''she''."''
-> ''This last observation, voiced in dire tones, apparently summed up the crew's protests. The men nodded and muttered among themselves, many of them forming signs of warding.''
-> ''"Oh, stow your nonsense with the rest of the cargo!" Hrolf roared, suddenly out of patience. "All my days I've heard that a female aboard meant ill luck, but never have I seen a sign of it! Has yon lass caused us a moment's trouble?" he demanded, pointing to the enormous figurehead.''
-->-- ''[[ForgottenRealms Tangled Webs]]'' by Elaine Cunningham