Dryad Names

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What are dryads?

Traveling through a dense forest far from the reaches of society, adventurers may catch a glimpse of feminine forms flitting about the surrounding trees. Their warm, coy laughter dances among the greenery and swirls through the air, enticing the woodland visitors to venture deeper into the emerald canopy.

Protectorates of the forests and thickets, dryads were once fey-maidens bound to trees by more powerful fey creatures. Though not true of all dryads, their binding was often the punishment for fey spirits who willingly sought forbidden love with a mortal being. Despite the nature of their creation, many deities favored dryads as their representatives. Baervan Wildwanderer, Corellon Larethian, Eldath, Erevan Ilesere, Hanali Celanil, Mielikki, Rillifane Rallathil, Sharess, Sharindlar, Sheela Peryroyl, Silvanus, Solonor Thelandira, Sune, and Thard Harr were all known to have dryads that served as agents of their will.

As though carved from soft, supple wood, dryads appeared as youthful women with delicate and attractive features. Rather than hair, elegant leaves and foliage sprouted from their heads and changed color and texture with the seasons of the calendar. The spring and summer months brought lush green locks, while the cooler months shifted their hair from the colors of autumn before settling into deep browns during the winter.

As fey, dryads possess innate magical abilities. Their closeness with nature allows them to speak with plants and animals and teleport their bodies between nearby trees. Along with a small collection of handy spells, they are also capable of charming humanoids, turning foes into friends. In most instances, dryads are peaceful and only use these skills to ward off intruders. However, they are not above releasing their full wrath upon any cruel being who seeks to harm or destroy their forest homes.

Where do dryads live?

Dryads preferred to keep their distance from loggers and woodworkers, often living in the savage wilderness far from civilization. They hold a great fondness for the nature they surround themselves with and accept others with a similar appreciation. Dryads often seek out attractive men with a strong respect for the wilds, charming them into protecting their homes and partaking in procreation.

Though bound to a tree, dryads can emerge and travel the surrounding lands with a relative amount of freedom. Their tree forever remains their home, their tether to the world, and their beauty and youth depend on its health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, dryads also experience the pain and abuse of their tree. If destroyed, the symbiotic connection is so strong that the dryad will plunge into the depths of madness.

Despite their shy and reclusive nature, dryads carefully observe their domains, being sure to take special note of any considerably beautiful stranger they may want to lure away and charm. While they may employ handsome wildmen to help guard their binding tree, dryads dedicate themselves to protecting their surrounding wooded homelands. They work with other resident sylvan creatures to help defend their arboraceous homes, like unicorns, treants, and satyrs and even befriend affable druids that share their devotion and attachment to the woods they call home.

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