The Reign Of Winter
Within the purity of the elements and the order of the wilds lingers a power beyond the marvels of civilization. Furtive yet undeniable, these primal magics are guarded over by servants of philosophical balance known as druids. Allies to beasts and manipulators of nature, these often misunderstood protectors of the wild strive to shield their lands from all who would threaten them and prove the might of the wilds to those who lock themselves behind city walls. Rewarded for their devotion with incredible powers, druids gain unparalleled shape-shifting abilities, the companionship of mighty beasts, and the power to call upon nature’s wrath. The mightiest temper powers akin to storms, earthquakes, and volcanoes with primeval wisdom long abandoned and forgotten by civilization.
Role: While some druids might keep to the fringe of battle, allowing companions and summoned creatures to fight while they confound foes with the powers of nature, others transform into deadly beasts and savagely wade into combat. Druids worship personifications of elemental forces, natural powers, or nature itself. Typically this means devotion to a nature deity, though druids are just as likely to revere vague spirits, animalistic demigods, or even specific awe-inspiring natural wonders.
Society: Druids are held in high respect in the Land Of The Linnorm Kings for they are the guardians of the old traditions and friends of the nature spirits. This often leads the druid to act in positions of power as advisors to the Linnorm Kings. This power and knowledge can often keep a druid estranged from the populace and whilst treated with respect they are also sometimes feared, this is sometimes encouraged by the druids as it aids them in their calling as protecter of the wild places.
Druids in Taldor often take a more sociable role, often acting as herbalists and physicians in the rural forest towns of the kingdom. They drift towards these areas and help the people live in balance with their surroundings and the old progressive nature of Taldan society.
Races: The human Ulfen’s of the north tend to favour this calling, it is dificult for the natural populace to believe the capricsious and flighty gnomes could here the call of the nature spirits. It’s not uncommon for dwarves to take to this calling but due to the traditions of the kings it is unlikely they will keep them on as retainers in their court or hear them out as advisers.
In Taldor there are alot of races that hear the calling of the wild, most notably elves feel a strengthening for their natural affinity with nature. Humans who take this path are usually those fed up with the machinations of the political scene of Taldor’s corrupt goverment or have often been raised in a rural village far from the reaches of the cities corrupting grasp and influence.