||Secluded oak groves
||M (x 100), Q (x 10)
||1 or 1-6
|No. of Attacks:
||M (5' tall)
Dryads are beautiful, intelligent tree sprites. They are as elusive as they
are alluring, however, and dryads are rarely seen unless taken by surprise -- or
they wish to be spotted.
The dryad's exquisite features, delicate and finely chiseled, are much like an
elf maiden's. Dryads have high cheek bones and amber, violet, or dark green
eyes. A dryad's complexion and hair color changes with the seasons, presenting
the sprite with natural camouflage. During the fall, a dryad's hair turns golden
or red, and her skin subtly darkens from its usual light tan to more closely
match her hair color. This enables her to blend with the falling leaves of
autumn. In winter, both the dryad's hair and skin are white, like the snows that
cover the oak groves. When encountered in a forest during fall or winter, a dryad
is often mistaken for an attractive maid, probably of elvish descent. No one
would mistake a dryad for an elf maid during the spring and summer, however. At
these times of year, a dryad's skin is lightly tanned and her hair is green like
the oak leaves around her.
Dryads often appear clothed in a loose, simple garment. The clothing they wear
is the color of the oak grove in the season they appear. They speak their own
tongue, as well as the languages of elves, pixies, and sprites. Dryads can also
speak with plants.
Dryads are shy, nonviolent creatures. They rarely carry weapons, but they
sometimes carry knives as tools. Though a dryad can use this as a weapon in a
fight, she will not resort to using a knife unless seriously threatened.
Dryads have the ability to throw a powerful charm person
spell three times a day (but only once per round). This spell is so powerful
that targets of the spell suffer a -3 penalty to their saving throws. A Dryad
always uses this spell if seriously threatened, attempting to gain control of
the attacker who could help her most against his comrades. Dryads will only
attempt to charm elves as a last resort because of their natural resistance to this
type of spell.
The dryad's use of her ability to charm is not limited to combat situations,
however. Whenever a dryad encounters a male with a Charisma of 16 or more, she
usually tries to charm him. Charismatic victims of a dryad's attentions are
taken to the tree sprite's home, where the men serve as amorous slaves to their
beautiful captors. There is a 50% chance that a person charmed and taken away by a
dryad will never return. If he does escape from the dryad's charms, it will be
after 1d4 years of captivity.
This tree sprite also has two other powers that are very useful in defense.
Unless surprised, a dryad has the ability to literally step through a tree and
then dimension door
to the oak tree she is part of. She can also speak with plants (as the
4th-level priest spell). This enables the dryad to gather information about parties
traveling near her tree, and even to use vegetation to hinder potential attackers.
Some legends claim that dryads are the animated souls of very old oak trees.
Whether this is really the case, it is true that dryads are attached to a
single, very large oak tree in their lifetimes and cannot, for any reason, go more
than 360 yards from that tree. If a dryad does wander farther away, she becomes
weak and dies within 6d6 hours unless returned to her home. The oak trees of
dryads do not radiate magic, but someone finding a dryad's home has great power
over her. A dryad suffers damage for any damage inflicted upon her home tree. Any
attack on a dryad's tree will, of course, bring on a frenzied defense by the
Although dryads are generally very solitary, up to six have been encountered
in one place. This is rare, however. All this really means is that a number of
dryad oaks are within 100 yards of one another and the dryads' paths cross.
These dryads may come to each other's aid, but never really gather socially. Any
treasure owned by a tree sprite is hidden close to her home tree. The gold and
gems that make up a dryad's treasure are almost always the gifts of charmed
These tree sprites realize that most humans and demihumans fear them for their
ability to charm, so dryads only deal with strangers on rare occasions. When
approached carefully, however, dryads have been known to aid adventurers. They
are a useful source of information, too, as they know a great deal about the
area in which they live.
Dryads are staunch protectors of the forest and groves in which they reside.
Any actions that harm the area, and especially its plant life, are met with
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