I found this nice new forum sometime ago and they have this theme “shared topics” where people can suggest a topic for certain period of time. This weeks (1st Feb – 7th Feb) theme is simply “History of your class”, you all know my affection towards the Druids so now I get to write about something I truly love 🙂
Druids harness the vast powers of nature to preserve balance and
protect life. With experience, druids can unleash nature’s raw energy against their enemies, raining celestial fury on them from a great distance, binding them with enchanted vines, or ensnaring them in unrelenting cyclones. Druids can also direct this power to heal wounds and restore life to fallen allies. They are deeply in tune with the animal spirits of Azeroth. As master shapeshifters, druids can take on the forms of a variety of beasts, morphing into a bear, cat, storm crow, or sea lion with ease. This flexibility allows them to fill different roles during their adventures, tearing enemies to shreds one minute and surveying the battlefield from the sky the next. These keepers of the natural order are among the most versatile heroes in Azeroth, and they must be prepared to adjust to new challenges on a moment’s notice.
In time, the child, Cenarius, grew to the stature of his proud father. A brother to both the trees and the stars, the great hunter roamed the far places of the world, singing the harmonious songs of the dawning. All creatures bowed before his grace and beauty – there were none so cunning as the son of the moon and the white stag.
Eventually, Cenarius befriended the Shu’halo and spoke to them of the turning world. The children of the earth knew him as brother and swore to help him care for the fields of life and the favoured creatures of their great Earthmother.
Cenarius taught the children of the earth to speak to the trees and plants. The Shu’halo became druids and worked great deeds of magic to nurse the land to health. For many generation the Shu’halo hunted with Cenarius and kept the world safe from the shadows that stirred beneath it.
As it stands, the Night Elves claim that the first Druid was Malfurion Stormrage. He lead the Night Elves trough the War of the Ancients and the long years that followed. With the creation of the World Tree Nordrassil, which means “Crown of the Heavens”, the Kaldorei Druids were bound to Ysera, and her realm, the Emerald Dream, in which they spent centuries of their immortal lives. Eventually The Cenarion Circle was formed as the governing society of Druids, based in sacred Moonglade.
Locked in slumber in their barrow dens for generations, the druids awoke to meet the threat of the Burning Legion during its recent invasion. The Legion’s attack left a terrible scar on the natural order and, after Archimonde’s defeat, the Druids chose to remain in the waking world and help rebuild their shattered lands.
In the current game content Night Elves were recently joined in the Cenarion Circle by Tauren Druids, it is not clear how the Taurens learned Druidism, was it separately from Night Elves or were they thought by them. Either way the Alliance/Horde conflict doesn’t concern them, they coexist peacefully within the Cenarion Circle.
The Gilnean Druids were called Harvest-witches and Celestine also refers to her Druidic order as “keepers of the old ways”. The Harvest-witches would use their primitive Druidic skills to cultivate crops but almost “died out” as Gilneas developed, when the nation fell into famine, it was the Druids who, as Celestine claims, “called upon the earth’s blessings and restored the harvest”
There are many different Druid organizations
- Cenarion Circle
- Cenarion Expedition
- Druids of the Claw
- Druids of the Talon
- Druids of the Fang
- Druids of the Grove
- Druids of the Antler
- Druids of the Scythe
From Warcraft Encyclopedia
Usually Druids come and go as they please, and their goals typically have very little to do with the “civilized” world. Unaffiliated with any specific goverment, the primary Druidic organization on Azeroth, the Cenarion Circle, answers to no one. The highest rank a Druid can have is ‘Archdruid’ and there are only a few Archdruids on Azeroth. At the moment leader of the Cenarion Circle is Archdruid Malfurion Stormrage.
Druids have really deep connection to life and nature, they are able to take on an unusually large variety of roles. Probably a Druid’s best known role is healer. Druids are justly famed for the ability to restore life, cure poisonous wounds and remove curses. Restoring and protecting the planet is one of the top priorities for all Druids. Druids empathy with the creatures of the wild also allows them to shapeshift into the forms of other animals.
Restoration – Uses heal-over-time Nature spells to keep allies alive.
Guardian – Takes on the form of a mighty bear to absorb damage and protect allies.
Feral – Takes on the form of a great cat to deal damage with bleeds and bites.
Balance – Can take on the form of a powerful Moonkin, balancing the power of Arcane and Nature magic to destroy enemies at a distance.