Druid's Helper

Effect

A druid's work is never done. However, sometimes a druid needs a little help.
 
This spell allows a druid to conjure, some scholars say ‘summon', a little helper from the Outlands. When cast, green and purple mist form and flow around the druid that eventually settles into a cloud at the druid's feet. 
 
This cloud materializes into a 1 foot tall humanoid shaped wisteria plant. Its arms are braided vines, feet a sturdy pair of braided roots and the head another mound of vines. A pair of emerald green eyes peer out from a face framed with a full 'beard' and 'hair' of drooping purple wisteria blossoms.
 
Really... when I saw this, I had no words. Still don't really.
— Stefanos Vel-Barboza, Seskyalii skald alchemist
 
While active, this little wisteria can run about, performing simple tasks at the druid's command. It can deliver messages, fetch items, and more. But there are limitations.
 
The only way it can communicate is through hand... or in this case leaf... gestures. It can also shake or not its 'head'. It isn't uncommon for druids who frequently use this spell to become quite adept at charades. 
 
It's the interpretive dance that gets you. You just can't look away...
— Stefanos Vel-Barboza, Seskyalii skald alchemist
 
Rumors persist that some druids have taught a Druid’s Helper to use a pen and ink. Except, the little fellow’s penmanship is often rather lacking. However, simple pictures are a safer bet.
 
Another limitation is on what it can, or cannot, carry. It will help however it can. But it isn't very strong. This little fellow can only lift objects weighing up to 5 pounds. It cannot open doors, or perform more complex tasks such as picking locks.
 
Also, a Druid's Helper is a helper, not a fighter. It can't attack. If attacked, it takes little force to smash a Druid's Helper flat.
 
Since they are able to walk or run, a Druid's Helper scurries around following the druid where they go. As a Druid's Helper is wisteria, this may also include scurrying along walls and ceilings!
 
I must point out, this is a horrid sight to see the first thing when you wake and haven't had any caf or root tea.
— Stefanos Vel-Barboza, Seskyalii skald alchemist
 

Game Mechanics

 
Druid's Helper allows a druid to conjure a wisteria plant creature from one of the Feylands of the Outland planes. The creature is utterly devoted to the druid and will perform simple commands. Note that a Druid's Helper can be commanded to help someone other than a druid. In that case, the Druid's Helper will perform one command and then return to the druid, as the Druid's Helper will prefer to be with its druid.
 
As mentioned, the Druid's Helper may not lift anything heaver than 5 pounds or perform complex actions such as lockpicking, opening locks, casting spells, and so on.
 
A Druid's Helper may not attack or engage in combat. It has no attack roll and will attempt to run from being attacked, usually to its druid. A Druid's Helper has an AC of 14 due to its small size and quickness. However, if an attack succeeds, a Druid's Helper only has 6 hit points.
 
If the Druid's Helper loses those 6 hit points, runs beyond the range of the spell, the spell ends. Which will return the magical duplicate of the creature back to the Outland realms.

Manifestation

A one foot tall, humanoid-shaped, wisteria plant that can walk and grasp objects
Druid's Helper.png
Druid's Helper by CB Ash
Gestures & Ritual
To cast this, a druid must rub a mixture of mint leaves and dried bayberries together in their hands. At the same time, they recite the following incantation in Kayam...
 

Wisteria helpful, quick and deep with many promises to keep

Rise from your gentle bed and help drive some worry from my head.


Related Discipline
Druid
Related School
Conjuration
Related Element
plant, nature
Effect Duration
10 min per level of the druid
Effect Casting Time
1 standard action
Range
medium ( 100 feet + 10 feet per level of the druid )
Level
Druid 0
Applied Restriction
The spell must be able to magically 'grow' the plant creature into existence. Therefore this cannot be cast when the druid is standing on rock or stone.


Cover image: by CB Ash

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Caitlin Phillips
26 Dec, 2020 15:31

These sound wonderful! I'd love to be able to grow a wisteria helper. They look so cute!

Cait x
26 Dec, 2020 15:44

Thank you! I loved coming up with this. I just imagined this little wisteria-humanoid figure running like mad, helping a druid get things... purple blossom bearded head bobbling like mad the entire way! :D

— The wolf of Tales of Justice, Creator of Legends of Elohey, Star Wars: Shards, Fiven Chronicles and more!
26 Dec, 2020 20:05

I can't with how *cute* this is!! The commentary from a somewhat traumatized Stefanos make it that much better! I love it!! :D   Can the helper wear a tiny backpack/messenger bag?

26 Dec, 2020 20:27

Heh, thanks! And yes, Stefanos does tend to wind up taking the brunt of things in these articles. Between this and a couple of others, he might need a small vacation!   And yes! I would think the helper could wear a tiny backpack/messenger bag! However, it would probably be best if it came from the druid. Since the Helpers are a little bit focused and devoted to their druid, after all. :D

— The wolf of Tales of Justice, Creator of Legends of Elohey, Star Wars: Shards, Fiven Chronicles and more!
26 Dec, 2020 20:46

I just saw a picture of someone's pet bun wearing a tiny backpack, and it made me think of how neat getting a message by little Helper postman would be. Definitely one way to ease the blow of bad news!   I *really* like the premise of your world; it's marvelously unique. I'm one billion percent In for more reading!

26 Dec, 2020 21:11

Ha! I can *so* see a Druid Helper trotting up , fishing out a message from its backpack and holding it out in front of it proudly like it just conquered the world! :D   Thank you! Elohey really does have its own "voice" that I love hearing and sharing with others. I hope you enjoy reading! :D

— The wolf of Tales of Justice, Creator of Legends of Elohey, Star Wars: Shards, Fiven Chronicles and more!
26 Dec, 2020 21:20

*Helper holds out note*   *Legend of Zelda success music plays*

26 Dec, 2020 21:28

Heh heh! Love it! :D

— The wolf of Tales of Justice, Creator of Legends of Elohey, Star Wars: Shards, Fiven Chronicles and more!
26 Dec, 2020 23:11

I want a little druids helper, maybe then all my plants wouldn't die right away. This is a really cool idea, and well written at that.

You should check out the The 5 Shudake, if you want of course.
26 Dec, 2020 23:32

Thank you so much! I really thought "Well, Wizards get like invisible servants and so on... why shouldn't druids get little 'helpers'?" the rest... well... became the article! :D

— The wolf of Tales of Justice, Creator of Legends of Elohey, Star Wars: Shards, Fiven Chronicles and more!
31 Dec, 2020 22:04

These sound totally adorable. <3

All my WorldEmber 2020 work, including my main highlights.   Too low they build who build beneath the stars - Edward Young
1 Jan, 2021 13:22

Thanks! Oh, I think the are just amazing! :D I always picture them just cheerfully bopping along on floor/walls/ceiling running some errand for a druid

— The wolf of Tales of Justice, Creator of Legends of Elohey, Star Wars: Shards, Fiven Chronicles and more!
1 Jan, 2021 14:14

Equivalent of 'Kick the puppy': Kick the helper.

All my WorldEmber 2020 work, including my main highlights.   Too low they build who build beneath the stars - Edward Young
1 Jan, 2021 14:33

LOL!! :D

— The wolf of Tales of Justice, Creator of Legends of Elohey, Star Wars: Shards, Fiven Chronicles and more!