Druid

Description


The fury of a storm, the gentle strength of the morning sun, the cunning of the fox, the power of the bear - all these and more are at the druid's command. The druid however, claims no mastery over nature. That claim, they say, is the empty boast of a city dweller. The druid gains their power not by ruling nature but by being at one with it. To trespassers in a druid's sacred grove, and to those who feel their wrath, the distinction is overly fine.

Druids adventure to gain knowledge (especially about animals and plants unfamiliar to them) and power. Sometimes, their superiors call on their services. Druids may also bring their power to bear against those who threaten what they love, which more often includes ancient stands of trees or trackless mountains than people. While druids accept that which is horrific or cruel in nature, they hate that which is unnatural, including aberrations (such as ettercaps and carrion crawlers) and undead (such as zombies and vampires). Druids sometimes lead raids against such creatures, especially when they encroach on the druids' territory.

Druids cast divine spells much the same way clerics do, through the acceptance of a nature deity. The worship of an appropriate deity is required and they're expected to follow a deity's alignment restrictions. Their spells are oriented toward nature and animals. In addition to spells, druids gain an increasing array of magical powers, including the ability to take the shapes of animals, both mundane and special, as they advance in level.

The armour of a druid is restricted by traditional oaths to the items noted in Weapon and Armor proficiency(below), All other armor is prohibited. Though a druid could learn to wear full plate, putting it on would violate their oath and suppress their druidic powers. Druids avoid carrying much worked-metal with them because it interferes with the pure and primal nature that they attempt to embody.

Druids, in keeping with nature's ultimate indifference, must maintain at least some measure of dispassion. As such, they must be neutral on at least one alignment axis (chaotic-lawful or good-evil), if not both. Just as nature encompasses such dichotomies as life and death, beauty and horror, and peace and violence, so two druids can manifest different or even opposite alignments (neutral good and neutral evil, for instance) and still be part of the druidic tradition.

Though their organization is invisible to most outsiders, who consider druids to be loners, many druids are actually part of a society that spans the land, ignoring political borders. A prospective druid is inducted into this society through secret rituals, including tests that not all survive. Only after achieving some level of competence is the druid allowed to strike out on their own.

Most druids are nominally members of this druidic society, though some individuals are so isolated that they have never seen any high ranking members of the society or participated in druidic gatherings. Many druids recognize each other as brothers and sisters. Like true creatures of the wilderness, however, druids sometimes compete with or even prey on each other.

A druid may be expected to perform services for higher-ranking druids, though proper payment is tendered for such assignments. Likewise, a lower-ranking druid may appeal for aid from her higher-ranking comrades in exchange for a fair price in coin or service.

Druids may live in small towns, but they always spend a good portion of their time in wild areas. Even large cities surrounded by cultivated land as far as the eye can see often have druid groves nearby - small, wild refuges where druids live and which they protect fiercely. Near coastal cities, such refuges may be nearby islands, where the druids can find the isolation they need.

Elves and gnomes have an affinity for natural lands and often become druids. Humans and half-elves also frequently adopt this path, and druids are particularly common among savage humans. Dwarves, halflings, and half-orcs are rarely druids.

Few from among the brutal humanoids are inducted into druidic society, though gnolls have a fair contingent of evil druids among them. Gnoll druids are accepted, though perhaps not welcomed, by druids of other races.

The druid shares with rangers and many barbarians a reverence for nature and a familiarity with natural lands. They often don't much understand the urban mannerism typical of a rogue, and they may find arcane magic disruptive and slightly distasteful. The typical druid also dislikes the paladin's devotion to abstract ideals instead of "the real world." Druids, however, are nothing if not accepting of diversity, and they take little offense at other characters, even those very different from them.

The druid enjoys extraordinary versatility. Though they lack the sheer healing power of the cleric, they make up for it with additional offensive power, thanks to their spell selection and wild shape ability. A druid back up by another secondary healer (such as a paladin) can prove extremely valuable to a group of adventurers. Their animal companion also provides valuable melee combat support.

(For setting and server-specific animal companion guidelines, please review: https://www.dragonsneck.com/wiki/Companions-and-Summons)

Druid Patrons

Druidic Oath
Druidic spiritual oaths prohibit them from using weapons other than the following: club, dagger, dart, spear, quarterstaff, scimitar, sickle, shortspear, shortbow & longbow. They are proficient with light and medium armors but are prohibited from wearing metal/heavy armors (thus, they may only wear padded, leather, or hide armor). They may only use wooden shields.

Violation of the Druidic Oaths results in 4 RL Hours of lost Spellcasting. Repeated offenses may result in falling altogether at the discretion of the DM team.

Note on Mielikki Exception: Mielikki Druids receive no exception for Druidic oath violations on TDN. In narrative, the exception existed up until The Longest Year, at the conclusion of that year, the oaths were universal across all Druids.

*Denotes modification from vanilla NWN.

Alignment Restriction: Any Neutral

Hit Die: d8

Proficiencies: Armor (light, medium), Shields (small, large), Weapons (druid)

Skill Points: 5 + INT Modifier

Class Skills: All Knowledges, Animal Empathy, Barter, Bluff, Concentration, Craft Trap, Decipher Script, Diplomacy, Heal, Intimidate, Parry, Perform, Sense Motive, Spellcraft, Taunt

Primary Saving Throws: Fortitude, Will

Base Attack Bonus: +3/4 Levels

Spellcasting: Divine (spell failure from armor is ignored), wisdom-based (a base wisdom score of 10 + the spell's level is required to cast a spell, bonus spells are based on modified wisdom, and the wisdom modifier affects spell DCs).

Level Progression / Spells per Day

LevelBABFortReflexWillFeat0123456789
1st+0+2+0+2
Animal Companion, Nature Sense, Animal Shape
32--------
2nd+1+3+0+3
Woodland Stride​
43--------
3rd+2+3+1+3
Trackless Step, Great Fortitude
431-------
4th+3+4+1+4
Resist Nature's Lure, Wild Shape (1x/day)
542-------
5th+3+4+1+4
5421------
6th+4+5+2+5
Wild Shape (2x/day)
5432------
7th+5+5+2+5
65321-----
8th+6/+1+6+2+6
Wild Shape (3x/day)
65332-----
9th+6/+1+6+3+6
Venom Immunity​
654321----
10th+7/+2+7+3+7
Wild Shape (4x/day)​
654332----
11th+8/+3+7+3+7
6644321---
12th+8/+3+8+4+8
Wild Shape (5x/day)
6644332---
13th+8/+3+8+4+8
66544321--
14th+8/+3+9+4+9
Wild Shape (6x/day)
66544332--
15th+8/+3+9+5+9
665544321-
16th+8/+3+10+5+10
Wild Shape (7x/day)
665544332-
17th+8/+3+10+5+10
6655544321
18th+8/+3+11+6+11
Wild Shape (8x/day)
6655544332

  • Elemental Shape has been removed: See Wild Shape.
  • Animal Companions completely reworked.
  • Druids must select a nature deity. Additionally, failure to abide by the dogma of said deity may result in limitations of spell-casting and other deity-granted abilities.
  • Animal Shape:
    • Allows a Druid to transform into mundane non-combat animals. (consuming all gear much like vanilla Wild Shape does). This form is intended to be non combat and used for roleplay. !wildshape off removes any shape.
      Players can use the !animalshape command to open a dialogue menu to choose their form.
      • Using the Animal Shape ability will transform the druid into the chosen form:
      • Cat: Black Cat, Bobtail, Cougar, Leopard, Lynx
      • Dog: Malamute, Mastiff, Wolf 1, Wolf 2, Wolf 3.
      • Birds: Raven, Owl, Hawk, Eagle, Sparrow
      • Grazing: Goat, Cow, Deer, Boar, Moose
      • Other: Rat, Black Cobra, Spider, Squirrel, Fox
  • Wild Shape:
    • Duration 5min/Level.
    • Instead of changing completely into another animal, you instead gain a boost to your abilities for 5min/Level. Your model will change into the animal, but you retain all of your gear, including weapons and shield. During this time the Druid will be affected with 100% Spell Failure. While in form you gain the benefits of Darkvision. All ability bonuses count towards the +8 ability cap. Switching form does not provoke Attacks of Opportunity.
    • Druids get a use of Wild Shape at the following levels: 4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18
    • Only a level 18 druid can cast spells while in Wild Shape.
    • NOTE: Wildshapes are currently TBD, pending changes.

Wildshapes (TBD)

Spells

CantripsSpell Level 1Spell Level 2Spell Level 3Spell Level 4Spell Level 5Spell Level 6Spell Level 7Spell Level 8Spell Level 9
Cure minor woundsCamouflageBarkskinCall lightningCure serious woundsAwakenCrumbleAura of vitalityBombardmentEarthquake
FlareCure light woundsBlood frenzyContagionDispel magicCure critical woundsDrownCreeping doomFinger of deathElemental swarm
LightEndure elementsBull's strengthCure moderate woundsFlame strikeDeath wardEnergy bufferFire stormNature's balanceMass heal
ResistanceEntangleCharm Person or AnimalDominate animalFreedom of movementIce stormGreater dispellingHarmPremonitionShapechange
VirtueGreaseFlame lashGreater magic fangHold monsterInfernoGreater stoneskinHealCall nature's ally VIIIStorm of vengeance
Magic fangHold animalHealing stingMass camouflageMonstrous regenerationHealing circleCall nature's ally VIISunburstCall nature's ally IX
SleepLesser dispelInfestation of maggotsStoneskinOwl's insightRegenerateTrueseeing
Call Nature's Ally ILesser restorationNeutralize poisonCall nature's ally IVSlay livingStoneholdSunbeam
UltravisionOne with the landPoisonIce StormSpell resistanceCall nature's ally VI
Burning HandsResist elementsProtection from elementsPolymorph SelfCall nature's ally V
Call nature's ally IIQuillfireElemental ShieldWall of fire
Flame WeaponRemove diseaseVine mine
Cat's GraceSpike growthCall Lightning Storm
EnduranceCall nature's ally III
Eagle's SplendorDarkness
Gust of Wind