Friends of the forest!
Druids have the honor of being the first post of 2016! While no doubt they would have preferred being published on winter solstice, they’re just going to have to make due. The two druid archetypes we have this week are the Circle of Root & Branch and the Circle of the Spirit.
The Circle of Root & Branch is a druid Circle that focuses on flora more than fauna. The Circle of Root & Branch can turn into plant forms and even grow their own plant companion. Their plant companions, mandragoras, vary by the region they are seeded in giving the Circle of Root & Branch an interesting ability to tailor their pet to their current needs if geography allows.
The Circle of the Spirit focuses on druids-as-shaman. While I think there may be space for a full shaman class in D&D, I always felt like it made more sense as a altered druid. The Circle of the Spirit druids can see into the invisible world of spirits and command spirits to enter their body, allowing them to perform acts of supernatural power related to the possessing spirit.
Come back next week for the final installation of archetypes for the Devout Handbook!