Dryad (5e Race)

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Dryad[edit]

D is for Dryad, creep softly to see. If she hears you or sees you, she'll turn into a tree.
—Excerpt from Creatures of the Wilds.

Physical Description[edit]

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A guardian dryad resting in the forest while examining the wildlife.

Dryads resemble highly humanoid beings only made out of smooth, brown-green wood, and with grass and leaves for hair. In some cases, you will see that some Dryads have both hair and eyes that change with the seasons.

History[edit]

Not many know the origin of Dryads. The majority of what is known about these amazing creatures is that they prefer to stay in the woods where they can observe nature and be at peace. It is also known that if the forest is brought to danger most of the Tree-Kin will do their best to defend the forest.

Society[edit]

Although most dryads prefer to stay away from towns and cities they thrive with each other in the forest. The Dryad's happily go day to day talking with other Dryads and Fey Folk.

Dryad Names[edit]

A Dryad takes their name from something in Nature or a name that their parent chooses.

Male: Dryope, Erato, Eurydice, Balanos, Epimeliades, Igeiros, Olivis, Oake

Female: Chrysopeleia, Phigalia, Tithorea, Kraneia, Daphnaeae, Morea, Kissiae, Meliae

Dryad Traits[edit]

Humanoids made of Wood. Guardians of the Forest. Watchers of Nature.
Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 2.
Age. You age just like a tree, very slowly, which means you can live anywhere from a few hundred years to a few thousand.
Alignment. Dryads tend to be lawful and are rarely evil, following and protecting the "law" of the forest.
Size. Dryads come in many sizes, ranging from a little under 6 feet to almost 14 feet tall. Your size is dependant on subrace.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Barkskin. You have a naturally occurring tough skin covering you from head to toe. When unarmored, your Armor Class is equal to 12 + your Dexterity modifier.
Forest Blend. You have advantage on Stealth checks made to hide amongst foliage, trees and other plant life.
Plant. Your creature type is both fey and humanoid. Given that your physiology is primarily composed of plant matter, you are vulnerable to fire damage.
Photosynthesis. Being a plant-based life form, you create your food through photosynthesis, being in bright sunlight will regenerate hit points equal to your proficiency bonus at the end of each hour you spend this way, likewise, if you aren't in sunlight for a number of days equal to your proficiency bonus + your Constitution modifier you will start to decay, taking one level exhaution at the end of each long rest until you do so. You cannot recover these levels of exhaustion by long resting.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Sylvan. Some Dryads that deal with druids folk know Druidic themselves.
Subrace. Pick one from Guardian and Watcher.

Guardian[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 1.
Size. Your size is Large.
Tree Stride. Over time you have learned the skill of using trees as a type of transportation. Once a turn, you can use 10 feet of your movement to step magically into one living tree within your reach and emerge from a second living tree within 60 feet of the first tree, appearing in an unoccupied space within 5 feet of the second tree. Both trees must be Large or larger.

Design Note: This subrace uses the Large Player Characters and Oversized variant rules.

Watcher[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1.
Size. Your size is Medium.
Tree Stride. Over time you have learned the skill of using trees as a type of transportation. Once a turn, you can use 10 feet of your movement to step magically into one living tree within your reach and emerge from a second living tree within 60 feet of the first tree, appearing in an unoccupied space within 5 feet of the second tree. Both trees must be Medium or larger.
Nature Whisperer. You are one with the forest and it speaks to you. You can communicate with beasts and plants through Sylvan.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

Base
Height
Height
Modifier*
Base
Weight
Weight
Modifier**
11′ 7″ +2d12 140 lb. × (3d8) lb.

*Height = base height + height modifier
**Weight = base weight + (height modifier × weight modifier)

Base
Height
Height
Modifier*
Base
Weight
Weight
Modifier**
5′ 5″ +2d6 40 lb. × (2d3) lb.

*Height = base height + height modifier
**Weight = base weight + (height modifier × weight modifier)


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