Moloch grimaces and keeps his wand out and ready to activate at a moment's notice. "The chances that these things are benevolent... are quite slim," he mutters. "At best, they are mimicking drow features for some nefarious deception. At worst..." he shudders. "I don't want to know how it'd feel to have those tumescent red fungi growing out of my skull."
ooc: that picture... is that a "full body" image with creepy white spindly limbs, or are we just seeing a face with white hair (or some other material) hanging from it?
OOC: There's no question what you're looking at were once drow. The wisps are both white hair and flowing mushroom appendages; however, they are walking on clearly two dark elven legs, not weird mushroom spindles.
OOC- I think it's supposed to be a Bust portrait (like most of the art in this book), the white bits are hair.
IC- "Perhaps they cannot hear. Moloch, would you be able to speak to their mind? I do not know if there will be any mind to speak to, but perhaps it would aid our understanding of their intent. If they are in fact passive, we would do best to pass them and continue on."
OOC- Really wish I took Resistance cantrip to help Moloch from going insane
The "drow" still continue their ways; they haven't even so much as shown a twitch of recognition while you two are conversing.
Moloch shifts uncomfortably, then perks up. "I've got a better idea." He raises his wand, utters ድምፅ-አልባ ምስል [casts Silent Image] and a perfect double of Moloch appears in front of the group, then starts calmly walking towards the three creatures, its hands empty, palms forward, and arms held out in a non-aggressive gesture.
OOC: Love it! Inspiration to Moloch if you didn't have it, if you do have it, you can give it to one of the other PCs.
As before, the drow don't pay any attention to the image even when it gets within 15' of the drow. The drow nearest the image is focused intently on a small patch of mushrooms that look more like purple grass growing out of the cavern floor than mushrooms. Do you want to make the image do anything else or get closer?