Dryads, Ardanian (3.5e Race)

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Dryads are fey defenders of the forest, known to be fiercely protective of all native life in their sphere of influence. Most are calm and collected unless threatened, at which point they become fierce and righteous. Very few leave their native habitat and as a result are often bored. As a result some find time to "play" with those that enter their forest, sometimes killing them as a result. They have been known on occasion to seduce travelers and sacrifice them to their gods, but are just as likely to offer amnesty to those that decide to request aid peacefully.

Physical Description[edit]

Dryads look like female elves with green skin. They grow their hair long, and sometimes grow bark or leaves in place of their skin or hair.


Dryads aren't unified as a race and don't have any concrete connections to any non-divine entity. They typically worship forest or nature gods, ones that oversee their own sphere of influence. They are, however, fiercely protective of their forests and other natural places, fighting fiercely to defend their homes.


Dryads tend to lie neutrally between law and chaos, and run the gamut from good to evil in the way of how they defend their home.


Dryads live in forests. They are almost never found away from them, and if they are they don't remain for long.


Dryads speak Sylvan, relating to their natural habitat of the forest. They have normal intelligence and many learn other languages to ease communications between them and other races.


Their names are descriptive epithets or done in elven style. Dryads are self-named because they don't typically have direct relationships with their parents.

Racial Traits[edit]


Table: Dryad Random Starting Ages
Adulthood Simple Moderate Complex
9 years +2d20 +4d20 +2d100

Dryads live as long as their tree does, typically between 150-450 years naturally. They have no penalties for aging.

Table: Dryad Random Height and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 4' 5" +2d6 85 lb. × (1d6) lb.
Female 4' 5" +2d6 80 lb. × (1d6) lb.

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