Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Druid Magic

All of this is true, more or less.

Druid magic is not like other magic.  It's more than just wild and strange, because all magic is wild and strange.  Druid magic happens because you are blessed.  Blessed by what?

By these guys


Druids are the favorites of a culture of spirits.  Little sprites who live in old birdhouses, kind brownies who clean your hearth unseen.  Big Kami who relax in bathrobes with big Japanese letters, even though your game is set in quasi-Europe.  All of these creatures look like they just walked out of a Miyazaki movie.  They vary greatly in power, but for some reason they all view the druid as a special flower.  Like your favorite aunt or uncle who always gave you gifts, or your literal fairy godmother.

If you're not deathly afraid of this chick, you don't understand druids at all.

Druid magic is the most dangerous because it happens by wanting.  These spirits don't grant you power from afar, like a god does.  The spirits are there with the druid, they crowd around him/her/them, they come out of their hidey holes and spas and follow the druid in crowds of thousands.  People can't see them because they are stupid humans.  When a druid "casts a spell," it's more like they just want something to happen, and the kami see this and just all go do it.  They don't have infinite power, which is why druids can only do certain things, and they won't expend too much energy, which is why the druid can only cast so many times/day.

There are hundreds of these guys around your druid all times. They never help. 

As druids grow in power, they attract more kami followers, and can even start to see them out of the corner of their eye.  By the time they are archdruids, they can see the spirits everywhere.  Every single thing is anthropomorphized, like Howl's Moving Castle turned up to 11.  This is why druids care so much about stuff that normal people ignore, like trees and rocks.  To the druid, these trees and rocks have big cartoon googly eyes, plus personalities, hopes and dreams.  This is also why most archdruids are completely mad.    

Literal big cartoon googly eyes on EVERYTHING
So the next time a druid gives you an earful for skipping a stone in his/her/their lake, imagine how you would feel if someone picked up your friends and threw them in the water.

Also, the druid has a dozen of these huge shaggy guys at all times.  You can't see them, but they can sure see you.

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