Druidism is an ancient form of magic, tied to the most ancient of all guilds of Aegis, the Druidic Order. Centuries of guarding secret knowledge and protecting nature has been this Order’s calling, bringing balance through healing land and spreading verdure with their unique arts. Druidism is controlled in such a way, and taught, through a clever process of training that is designed to “indoctrinate” the student into a certain way of thinking, opinion, etc. That is not to say it is always successful, but it is a powerful tool of regulating who has access to these arts.
As with any training, these things occur in stages. The most commonly known one is Dedicancy. This stage is most common because it is the one newcomers enter the Order however many do not believe Dedicants are apart of the order as it is simply their training and will later come to join the order after Attunement. During this time they are given tasks and lectures over a period of time that teach them the Order’s culture, and an appreciation for all things natural. This process, cleverly designed, to open the mind of the Dedicant to the flow of nature, through meditation, assistance and an understanding of ways. When the Dedicant has finally completed their tasks, and their Guide has deemed them ready, they are instructed to devise and complete their Grand Task, a milestone task for a Dedicant that shows they are ready to take on the full mantle of responsibility of being a Druid.
Upon completing this task the Guide takes the Dedicant to the Attunement Pool, an area within the grove high in natural Druidic Energies, and begins the Attunement Process. This process involves the Guide invoking an ancient knowledge to forge a connection to Nature within the mind of the Dedicant. One could consider their initial training to be similar to opening a small hole to allow light to pass, and then the attunement process as using the small hole to bore a larger one, creating a ray of light-a connection.
thus is the way one comes into Druidism.
Druidic Magic is broken down into several subtypes:
Control of Nature
Once attuned, and under the guidance of a teacher, you must make a magic application for your selected subtype. Where druids are different to other magics, in terms of subtype tiers, one may be equivalent of a tier three but in reality only be tier three in 'Nature's Communion'.
This is the most basic of the Druidic abilities. It is this that all other abilities are based off, therefore this must be trained as well when when raising other skills. Additionally, it has its own strengths, regarding speaking with nature. At this point, the Druid has to be attuned. At the start they are very aware of an ebbing lifeflow of the world around them, but are unable to interact with it unless going into deep meditation. At most they can exchange simple images or thoughts, nothing sophisticated. After the Druid has deepened their training, and through many meditations they gain a quicker ability to connect to nature. Animals are somewhat receptive to the Druid, and their words hold some mystical weight when asking favors from them. With more time, the animals comply with most requests, though aren't hostile unless the Druid is attacked. After decades of training, the druids can feel the ebb of trees, speak to them and hear them back. The Druid has the ear of most animals, and is at harmony with most things around them. When mastery is achieved, Dreams of the Aspects have pass through them, and they are at utter harmony with every part of nature they interact with. No animal raises a claw to this Druid, even the most savage beast gives pause at the word of the Druid.
Control of Nature:
Control of Nature is a valuable skill that affords the Druid dominion over the world around them. Shall they aid the growth of the grass and trees? Shall they entangle their foe in vines? Perhaps they will learn to grow saplings immediately as they touch the ground. At the start of the training, the Druid begins to emanate an aura of empowerment, things that would grow in years and months, after continuous meditation can grow in weeks and days. Crops seem to yield slightly better quality harvest. With practice the growing becomes faster and faster until seeds can spring to life as they touch the ground. By speaking with them, the druid is able to convince plants, even trees, to move, and grow giant oaks into the shape they want. A powerful druid may create farms and bring forth crops where the land is dry and dead.
Blight healing is a most noble ability of the Druids. Lands afflicted by blight, or plague, disease and death, decay or magical scarring are given new life, and in the place of the infertile soil there is verdure. Their training starts with only bringing fertility to the soil, unable to heal the land from disease or plague. It is for that purpose that they train, and to heal the lands and bring back life to where it had died or is dying. After wars when the farms are trampled, after devastating fires destroy a forest, after a fight with the Undead leaves the land corrupted, it's the druids job and duty to restore life to the land.
Herblore is a more versatile gift known to be used by Druids. It works by allowing the Druid in question to amplify or dampen already present properties in any flora in question, whether it'd be healing properties in one herb, poisonous in another, or euphoric in another. Sufficient knowledge about the herb in question must be posessed by the Druid and progression in the magic is needed to be able to perform any true altered effects.
No new properties may be made up in an herb, the only available properties to modify are the ones that are already present. With this gift, Druids are known to be succesful healers, creating salves and amplifying the healing effects in them. Others become alchemists and are able to modify potions for more dramatic effects.
A druid starting out can have the herb they're amplifying fail and cause disastrous effects that are not originally intended. Initially, assuming it was succesfull, the effect is very minorly enhanced or dampened and only lasts for a short period of time, however further progression can form powerful reagents, the effect of said reagent thought to last virtually forever.
For information on shapeshifting, refer to Shapeshifting Magic. only the most capable and knowledgeable of them may ever hear or know of it. The druid's connection with nature is so strong, that they may even change their shape into the animal they most associate with.
|Arcane Magic||Alteration||Transfiguration · Telekinesis · Void Translocation · Void Shifting|
|Evocation||Elemental Evocation · Arcanism · Conjuration|
|Illusion||Sensory Illusion · Cognatism · Mental Magic|
|Deity Magic||Runesmithing · Shamanism · Druidism · Clericalism · Ascended Magic · Paladinism|
|Dark Magic||Blood Magic · Dark Shamanism · Fjarriauga · Necromancy · Shade · Mysticism · Thallassos · Strength of the Abyss|
|Artificery||Arcane Familiars · Golemancy · Chi · Ki · Iconoclasm|