Water Dryad (5e Race)

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“ 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]

Some Dryads resemble highly humanoid beings only made out of smooth, brown-green wood, and with grass and leaves for hair. Others are made from water, hair flowing as if there is always a current blowing through your hair. In some cases, you will see that some Dryads have both hair and eyes that change with the seasons.


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 or lakes or springs where they can observe nature and be at peace. It is also known that if the forest is brought to danger most of the Dryads will do their best to defend the forest.


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 Water. Guardians of the Forest. Watchers of Nature.
Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 2.
Age. You age very slowly, which means you can live anywhere from a few hundred years to a few thousand.
Alignment. Water 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 under 6 feet to almost 14 feet tall. Your size is dependant on subrace.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet. Your swimming speed is 30 feet.
Water form. Your creature type is both fey and humanoid. Given that your physiology is primarily composed of water , you are vulnerable to cold damage.
Human Touch. Being a water-based life form, you are resistant to bludgeoning, slashing , and piercing damage. You can use your action to give yourself a human appearance but you forfeit your resistances, until you choose to go back to your water form.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Sylvan. Some Dryads that deal with druids folk know Druidic themselves.
Subrace. Pick one from Spring Lake Dryad and Watcher.

Spring Lake Dryad[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 1.
Size. Your size is [Medium]].
Spring of Life. You can flood yourself or an ally you can see within 30 feet with rejuvenating waters to restore hit points equal to 1d6 + your druid level. Then the waters leap to an enemy you can see within 30 feet of the previous target and deal cold damage equal to 1d6 + your druid level. Then the waters leap a final time to a different ally within 30 feet of the enemy to restore hit points equal to 1d6 + your druid level. If there is no creature within range, the ability ends. You can use this equal amount of times as your spellcasting Modifier.


Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity 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 step magically into one living tree within your reach and emerge from a second living tree within 30 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.

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