The Druids Profession in Laeonesse | World Anvil

The Druids

Never disrespect a druid, boy. Nay, not for fear of them. I have never heard tell of a druid with a cruel bone in their body. They're peaceable folk, real enough. Fae-touched, aye, but good folks regardless. Caretakers, they are, no different than herdsman and shepherds, although caring for the balance between Fey and mortal realm takes a great more effort Anonymous, discovered in a letter fragment



To be a druid one must be born an Awenyddion, one capable of using the Awen and its Nature that exists around them in the world. So in most cases, druids have a touch of Fae-blood somewhere in their ancestry. It can appear randomly and after dozens of generations in some cases. Once one has been ascertained to be an Awenyddion, usually as a child or young adult, the individual, if he or she wishes to, moves to one of the Druidic Circles, where they learn the Druidic arts, which takes eight years to finish the education.

Career Progression

  • Initiate- a new student who has just begun their studies at a Druidic Circle. Usually between the ages of nine and sixteen.
  • Apprentice- After their second year of education, an initiate is considered a Journeyman, able to assist in the normal functioning of the Druidic work while supervised by a full druid. Their use of Awen is limited in scope and generally only done as an assistant to a full druid who does the bulk of the work.
  • Journeyman- After six years of education, a druid becomes a Journeyman, capable of limited independent work as a druid. Usually handles small Awen tasks in and around their home Circle, as well as the local villages.
  • Druid- Upon completing their eighth year of education, they are initiated fully into the Druidic order, swearing the secret oaths, and completing the rituals that will bind them and their Awen to a specific location. The bonding rituals must be first accomplished before they step through the Fey and back into the Druidic Circle to swear the oaths and earn their tattoos. When reaching this rank, they are free to do as they feel compelled by the Awen in their blood. Some stay and teach, some work as healers, and some as caretakers for the agricultural life of a certain region, generally centered around their bonded location. Others choose to be wanderers to care for the wild places and the Awen in the remotest regions.

Payment & Reimbursement

When a druid performs a service for an individual, the individual usually provides food and board for them during the duration of the druid's stay. Additionally, after it is completed, many people gift the druid with produce or livestock of some sort, as more settled druids have their own homestead gardens at their home, which they rely upon for most of their food. Sometimes, the druid will ask for coin instead, especially if they are of the traveling variety, but that is uncommon, as most individuals do not have very much coin.

Other Benefits

The druids are the most respected people in Laeonesse, serving as the ones best able to cure ailments, heal blighted crops, and undo Faen enchantment.



Druids are the caretakers and guardians of the Awen and human society. They are the primary defense that stands between malicious Fae and humans who have little defense against their power.

Social Status

Druids are special in that they are considered outside the normal social hierarchies. They stand upon equal footing with kings and laborers alike, but through the entire society, they are treated respectfully.


No more than 3% of the population ever finishes their druidic training and is sworn in as a full druid.


Cruithne Cruithson was the first of the Druids, discovering his ability to use Awen in his quest to free himself and the other mortal inhabitants from the Fae glamour in which they were enslaved in The Dreughold Dreughold. After freeing the Dreughold and establishing themselves as their own kingdom, Cruithne taught all who had Faen blood in their veins to use the Awen as well. Experimenting over time to develop their skill, Cruithne formulated a code of ethics and oaths of behavior for future druids that evolved into the formal Order of the Druids.   Over the course of centuries, they spread beyond the Dreughold, and eventually formed their central location at Ynys Awen, for that is where they felt the Awen to be strongest in the isles. They spread across the rest of the isles and established them in other places powerful in the Awen and became a rooted part of societies that had never seen them before. Even currently, nearly four and a half centuries later, there are still remote communities that have never seen a druid and treat them with suspicion.



  • Staff
  • Iron carving tools
  • Iron charms
  • Musical Instrument, often harp or flute


  • Herbs
  • Iron ingots
  • Rune-stones


Wherever they are needed, but frequently in their own home, or homes of those who need their service

Provided Services

Healing Blessing crops Curing livestock Warding against Fae- The Ancient Counsel Legal Judgment

Dangers & Hazards

Hazards include wilderness travel, misidentifying poisonous plants, running afoul of the Fae, angering powerful kings. Job is highly hazardous in many cases.
They aren't difficult to find and their services are in great demand, but they are only used when absolutely necessary.
Often considered above the political law, druids are the keepers and judges of the cultural law, to which even kings are subject to, and may be called to account.
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Jul 3, 2018 22:16 by Heath O'Donnell

Very tightly worked article, and really draws me into the world, especially with that opening quote. Have you considered wrapping it in [quote][/quote] tags to help it stand out?   Another formatting suggestion, for your Career Progression, Tools, and Materials, try out --KEY::VALUE-- to seperate out cleaner and allow for adding extra detail.   --Iron Charms::Small, cold forged charms in shaoes of various runes, used for casting spells-- Becomes

Iron Charms
Small, cold forged charms in shaoes of various runes, used for casting spells

Jul 4, 2018 10:17 by Kaleb Kramer

Thanks! Glad it pulls you in so well. I was hoping that it would. And that's a good call! I'll add those in quotes. Did not realize that it was so noticeable here. Usually, it's much more subtle.   And yeah, I will definitely do that. Thanks for the suggestion. Still trying to figure out all the BBCode here.

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Jul 3, 2018 23:21 by Daniel Jackson

Wow! It looks like you really put a lot of thought into this! I'm actually kind of interested on reading more about your world.

Jul 4, 2018 10:18 by Kaleb Kramer

Thanks! I appreciate it. And yeah, I would hope that it would make people a little more interested in the rest of the world. ;)

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