Ogre in the Playground
Join Date: Sep 2009
Re: Nexus Character Directory
So time and time again I've found that I can't find enough information on dryads, an that I dislike what I do find. So, I've been pondering, and came up with various details for how dryads work. I've come up with enough details to make it worthwhile, so I'm going to compile that information here. So, to begin...
Appearance and Physical Traits:
Skills and Abilities:
Most notably in this section is the fact that all dryads are female. There doesn't really seem to be a real reason for this, it's just how it works. Keep in mind that new dryads do not come into being through sexual reproduction, so a second gender is not required.
Dryads always take on some traits from the same kind of tree they are bonded to. There are many ways this can manifest, including leaf-like hair, bark skin, and many others.
They are almost certain to be attractive on some level. Comes with being fey I suppose. Their appearance can be widely varied between different dryads, though they do tend to be thin in general. Thin or curvy, tall or short, any variety of eye, skin or hair colours. Once again, the tree they are bound to has a large impact on this.
Birth, Life, and Death:
Dryads are, by their very nature, magical creatures, and have very firm roots in nature. They are generally closer to plants than most other fey, but also get along with most animals.
Influencing plants is a major ability they possess. This manipulation is always positive. Helping plants grow, causing them to grow, keeping them healthy, and any other variety of abilities along this line. Furthermore, they have an affinity for magics involving nature, and may be able to naturally cast such spells.
They also generally have the ability to manipulate their forms. These changes are rarely dramatic. Examples include thickening skin, clawing finger tips, and many others.
A dryad is always bound to a tree. Any type of tree can have a dryad, even treants in rare cases. As previously mentioned, the dryad's appearance and other traits are dependent on the tree she is bound to.
She must always remain within a vaguely defined area of her tree. A dryad can take any part of her tree, a cutting, leaves, anything, and it will allow her to be away from the tree for several hours. If she leaves the radius of her bond, first she will feel uneasy. After going further she will feel sick. Further yet will cause her to feel pain until she dies after a number of hours.
A dryad and her tree are very closely connected. If one or the other falls ill, so will the other. If a dryad's tree dies, so will she.
In addition to the tree a dryad was born from, a dryad can live near any tree that grew from a seed that came from her tree. The dryad does not have the same connection to these trees, of course.
As mentioned in the Birth, Life, and Death section, a dryad is born out of an older, healthy tree when certain conditions are met. First of all is the the tree itself. It cannot be a very young tree as it won't be able to support the dryad growing in it. Furthermore, the tree has to flower. The reason detailed in the next paragraph.
In a way, the tree a dryad is bound to is her mother. Where their is a mother, so to is there a father. In this case it is a pixie. A particular flower may attract the attention of a pixie, and if the pixie is male, it may mate with said flower. This does not always result in a dryad being born, so it is still a fairly rare occurrence.
Half dryads are more complicated than full dryads, though how they are born is more familiar to us. A dryad can only be impregnated by another fey. This fey must be male and have the appropriate reproductive organs. As a note, dryads are not particularly fertile.
A dryad's pregnancy is very similar to the pregnancy of the type of fey that impregnated her, often similar to humans in turn. In fact, she will take on certain traits that are required for childbirth that a being that is more plant than animal should have. This is magical in nature. The half dryad child can inherit any number of plant like traits from his or her mother and will develop much like the father's species of fey.
As I flesh this out and come up with more information, it will be updated.
Last edited by Gulaghar : 05-27-2012 at 11:00 AM.
Reason: Added relation to pixies.