The Age Of Founding And The Before Times: An Elf arrived on Laurilen’s shores, brought by strange winds. The Wayward Druid Respiren Nox, the First Druid had come to Aegis. Though little is known of him, it is thought that he traveled from a distant land, and a distant Circle to spread the seeds of Druidism- it is known that he thought himself a sewer of Circles, and was said to refer to the saplings he carried as the seeds of Groves to come. His beginnings were of a modest shack in the Holy Forest of Laurilen, though the intrigue that surrounded him soon drew others to his cause. As more and more Druids and Dedicants drew near to hear his teachings, the shack eventually grew into the massive construct that was the Grand Tree- a sprawling lifeform renowned for its endless tunnels, passages, and secrets. Generations of Druids built upon the ancient Grove, each adding its own layer until the colossal tree dwarfed all others, all drawn by the mystique of the Founder, and later, the Order he created.. Some of Respiren’s first and most notable disciples were Swifthide, Native, Petyr, and Aeirea, each of whom would go on to be important figures in Druidic Lores.
The First Age of Reconstruction: The First Age of Reconstruction was ushered in by the initiation of Dragon Druid Apollan into the Order. Apollan was the first to express interest in joining the Order after reading the "Myth of the Great War" and spend long hours in the Druid grotto after he was famously murdered outside the gates of Laurelin by a bandit. Apollan quickly moved up the ranks. Meanwhile, the Order grew. After initiating Apollan, Respiren expressed interest in 'rebuilding the Order'. Every day, new citizens of Aegis would show up in the grove wanting to become Druids. Most were immediately initiated. As the Order grew, so did a number of things including property and knowledge. During this time the order gained a lodge in Ravenhold, as well as one in the Laurelin docks. Additionally, two stalls were bought at the Laurelin Marketplace and hundreds of books were added to the Order's library.
The Age of Abandonment: Unfortunately, due to extremely casual and non-uniform initiation rites of the Wayward Druid, people were joining the Circle, only to wander into the wilderness never to be seen again. With no established Hierarchy, the Order lacked organization and purpose. This was made apparent when an Elf named Rowan arrived. Archdruid Rowan, arrived from a far off forest, seeking to re-establish his lost Circle, the Druids of Mother Aegis. Rowan is most likely the only citizen to have argued with the Order's ways. His only backing for title of Druid was that he 'had a love of nature'. When Rowan became annoyed by the fact that he had to be initiated in order be allowed into the inner library he stormed off claiming he would start his own order somewhere else. Rowan was last seen entering the wilds outside his home in the Ravenlodge, and was never heard from or seen from again. Fortunately the dark Age of Abandonment was brought to an end by the light of the Dawn Druid Maiavel.
The Age of Reformation: The Age of Reformation was brought on by the ideas and drive of one Maiavel. With her determination, she was able to rally the remaining Druids to create an official lore, hierarchy, rules, and sense of order. Her contribution was critical in giving the Order many of the things that define it today, and brought order to an otherwise unruly mob. Standardized teaching, clear duties, and a focused objective were brought into focus by the now-renowned Druid.
The Second Age of Reconstruction: During the second age of Reconstruction many more books were written and a Grand Tree in the Laurelin Grove was planted. New Dedicant were brought in but less frequently than in the first age, and the initiation process was more careful and uniform. During this age, the current Hierarchy was established with Apollan as Archdruid.
The Age of Knowledge: The Age of Knowledge was ushered in by Petyr, the Salmon Druid. His creation of the "Dedicant's Vow" and the "Attunement Ceremony" greatly helped the Order as did his other ideas, including spearheading the wiki.
The Age of Mushroom Transgressions: This age was brought about by the conflict caused by the differing ideals in the Order. Some Druids were becoming increasingly annoyed at the restriction that came with having a grove in the city (where trees/mushrooms could or could not be planted and the structure of the Druid tree). Other Druids argued that it was their duty to promote balance, and that the runway growth of mushrooms flowing from the grove was nowhere near natural. Some Druids wanted a new grove to be created outside the city and faraway. Others wanted the grove to be close. Still others did not want a new grove at all. However, it is important to note that most of these arguments were caused by misunderstandings, which is why this age is sometimes called the Age of Misunderstanding or the Age of Confusion.
The Age of Renovation: In the end, most mushrooms were removed from the grove when Maiavel stamped her foot and the mushrooms instantly broke (but were unthoughtfully left on the ground, only to be swept up by Deltaro). A new, secret grove was set up in the wilderness outside Ravenhold, (notable work from Mahten and Aeaira whom spent days working on the road leading to civilization). The Laurelin Grove continued to be renovated and improved on, with notable work contributed by Lunar Druid Bircalin and Dedicant Deltaro.
History - Post-Dream
The First Age of Dreaming: For a long time it seemed that Nature was silent. For a great length of time, none had seen any feats spoken about in the ancient Druid tales. But then, as if a seed was planted, nature began to speak, and each Druid began to dream mysterious dreams. It was the Aspects of nature, Cerridwen and Cernunnos, calling to their newly found children. Wayward Druid Respiren called a Moot to discuss these dreams, leading into…
The Age of the Aspects: The Moot decided to embrace the two Aspects as their primary deities. Spurred by the particularly keen visions of the Salmon Druid Petyr, the Druids adopted the now keystone patrons of their faith- Cerridwen, the Aspect of Fertility and Growth, and Cernunnos, the Horned God, Aspect of the Hunt.
The Age of Little Occurrence: Nothing happened for a while, except for a few little things. There was a small Hierarchy change; The Archdruid position was given to three people and the Grand Druid's description was changed. John and Maiavel were promoted to Archdruids but Maivel soon retired. Her spot was filled by Petyr. Cleric Druid Mahten was also promoted to the rank of Druid Guide. A small recruiting strategy was initiated.
The Second Age of Renovation: During this age, the Laurelin Grove experienced a number of additions. A wall was created around the grove with a retractable gate. This was done to keep out a number of citizens that were harassing the Druids. In addition, all the entrances were covered up so that one must always use the front gate. More additions to the grove included: a kitchen, a melon and pumpkin farm, the cultivation of the Grand Tree's roots deeper into the ground, a tree farm, an elevator system and Druid dwellings at the top of the Grand Tree. Much of the growing was done by the Dusk Druid, who was a key player in helping the Grove take its massive height.
The Age of Poor Judgement: A lot of inner-Order augments and bad feelings culminated in this Age. Multiple parties were involved and no side was completely right. The end result was the leaving of Seeker Druid Deltaro from the Order. The bad taste left in the mouth of many Druids caused Apollan to create the Druid Code.
The Second Age of Little Occurrence: During this age, as its name would imply, not many things happened. The grove as given another renovation, mostly for aesthetic purposes. In addition, a Druid Order forum account was created as well as a blog. Unfortunately during this time, Archdruid John's mental health was also starting to slide.
The Second Age of Dreaming: During this age Salmon Druid Petyr had a vision in which the creation myth was shown to him by the Aspects. It foretold of the time before the four races and a great exodus to come. A second Moot was called and all in attendance agreed to accept the vision as truth.
The First Age of Mourning: Unfortunately during this time, John's mental state grew worse. One day, John snapped. Among a number of thing he attacked the Dusk Druid. He then fled to his soul tree (Which he named Marcus) located in the pond outside the Laurelin Grove. There he made his last stand. The Druids present at the time were Dusk, Mahten, Apollan, Respiren, Saviticus and Thork the Betrayer (Thork the Blood Druid). In addition, several princes and bystanders were also there. John stood on the roots of his soul tree and attacked anyone who came near. There was a standoff for some time until all at once the Druids charged the tree. While some traded blows with John, Apollan worked to purify the water around the tree for he sensed that there was a taint at work. Suddenly the Dusk Druid produced an axe and chopped at the soul tree until only one column was left. It was then that; with that ability to see inside the tree, Apollan discovered the taint in the form of a block of netherrack. Before Apollan could share his discovery, Thork went into a blood lust. He cut down the last column of the tree rendering John unconscious. Then Thork stabbed John's body killing him. In the days followed, Thork was shunned for violating Druid Code. John's tree was turned into the place of his burial where his body was burned and the ashes scattered around Laurelin. His will named Mahten as his replacement as Archdruid.
The Age of Expansion: During this age, the Nature's Bounty chain was expanded by one new store on Kings Road. The Order was also expanded by one new member. Zannith (to be added later), the 10 year old son of the Dusk Druid and an unknown Elf moved into the grove. Much to the dismay of one Bircalin. Zannith later left the Druid grove to join the wardens and later committed suicide by jumping from the Grand Tree.
The Age of Knowledge: During this age the Druids took control of the library of the Cloud Temple of Aegis. Petyr also retired from his position as Archdruid and became a Hierophant. Dusk Druid Aeaira was elected to fill the spot and Saviticus became Head Teacher.
The Second Age of Mourning: During this age Archdruid Mahten transformed his entire being into a tree in the grove. As a result of his sacrifice, Druid Dusk was named(in his will) as successor to the position of Archdruid. In this time she has began to bring new life to the Druids Tree, ushering forth growth and spread of new branches, and brought a new generation of Druids into the Dedicant rank.
The Second Age of Expansion: During this age, the Druid Order and Grand tree grew exponentially.
The Third Age of Mourning: During this age, Archdruid Apollan and Dusk were killed under mysterious circumstances. Apollan's position was given to his close friend Horizon Druid Makia and Dusk's position was given to Fox Druid
The Age of Poor Logic: During this age, everything the Druids knew was proven to be incorrect. Petyr proved that wood doesn't exist, then proved that it does. He also proved that magic isn't real, and that water is fake. Unable to hold all this nonsense, Archdruid Darrian was convinced that he had gone crazy and was only dreaming. After jumping to his death from the top of the Grand Tree, Faey Druid Vanyariel took his position as Archdruid.
The Age of Activism: During this age, many Druids had visions foretelling a coming destruction of all of Aegis. The Druids took it upon themselves to find and recover all ancient artifacts of Aegis so that they may be saved from the end and brought with them to new lands. With the help of High Princess Indelwehn, the Druids were lead to the Druid Tree at the docks. There she showed them the Shadow Circle, a compound underneath the tree created by Apollan and Respiren to store the First Staff, Seed, and Sapling. It was later learned that Indelwehn believed the artifacts to be fake and intended to fool the Druids. But they were real and were taken back to the Mother Grove. Next, the Druids traveled to Galahar where they valiantly defended the city from an attack by bandits. They then asked the King for permission to excavate under the city in search of another artifact which they believed to be store under the city. The King agreed but only if the Druids agreed to teach him magic. They also agreed. After many weeks, in which the Druids found a number of things, they broke into a grand cavern with a sandstone pyramid in the center. Inside the pyramid contained the Golden Mushroom and the Crystal Mushroom. These two were taken back to the Mother Grove. Next the Druids travel to the Mage's Guild House in South Laurelin. Inside the Mages kept artifact, an enchanted sword called The Bane of Arthropods. The Sword was rightfully the Druids' but the Mages refused to relinquish it. Negotiations were had with a Mage, Deltaro Black but they did not come to fruition. Finally using the combined power of eight Druids present, the force field surrounding the chest containing the sword and it's locks were forced open. The Druid then took the sword, bidding a hastily retreat brought the sword to back to the Mother Grove.
The Age of Treaties: During this age, peace was finally made between the Druid Order and the Mages Guild in the form of a contract written by the Druids. Although people tend to forget that the treaty was basically and utterly forgotten within the next five minutes of its creation.
The Age of Hasty Movement: During this age, the Order moved around quite a bit. First, they left the Laurelin Grove due to the fact of a rumor that all of Laurelin would explode after Vardak opened a portal at the Gauntlet. The Order took up residence in the Rose Grove for sometime after, though the miasma from the newly-created nether portal never reached the Grand Tree. The Druids and the Mages beat a hasty alliance, working together as one in an attempt to eradicate the taint entirely, though they found Iblees’ power to be too great., however. The Order eventually retreated back to their home forests as the Norther cities near which the Rose Grove was located began to fall to the Undead. With nowhere to go, the Druids grimly prepared to defend their forest. Afterwards, when the Cloud Temple fell, and with it, Lauirlen, the last of the Races’ homelands, the Order (artifacts and all) packed up and moved to the Verge. This age ended when Aegis was overtaken by the Undead and all of the inhabitants of Aegis traveled to the new lands of Asulon.
The Age of Schisms: Upon arriving in Asulon, the Druid Order found themselves in disarray. Although there was much to be explored and to be done, this once great Order was reduced to small numbers in the treacherous waves of sea and the separation from each other by leagues of land. When finally congregating back in Elandriel, the Druids began casting their prayers to the Aspects in request of a great new grove. However, even as the ground began blooming before them, internal conflicts arose between the Druids, resulting in Archdruid Delfyr being removed from his position. Overcome with righteousness and anger towards the motives of some other druids, Rose Druid Delfyr and his once apprentice, Soul Druid Arik, made the decision to split the Order and bring about the Age of Schisms. Although this was a difficult decision, the Order as a whole emerged stronger for it, for the split of the Order had been the prophecy of the Head Teacher, Saviticus Irongut, who had urged the Soul Druid to speak with the Rose Druid years previously. In response, preparations had been made that ultimately brought both Circles out better. Both Circles became nearly empty, as the land of the Elves became less and less populated. During this time, Ice Druid Jameson was elected Grand Druid, and Wolf Druid Ouity was promoted to the position of Archdruid.
The Age of Reunion: Many Druids gathered one day -Jameson, Arik, Ouity, and a few others- and journeyed to Solace. Upon mounting the fertile land, they grew adamant that this was where they wished to stay, and in a unanimous vote, reunited the Circles after hastily calling a moot. After the moot, Twilight Druid Evelyn was shunned from the order for her lack of faith in the Aspects, and was last seen by any Druid fleeing the Alrasian army on a count of murder. The Druids were given a plot of land outside Solace, and construction on the new grove commenced.
The Age of Disarray: Soon, after the influx of new Druids and Dedicants into the Order in the 'Age of Reunion', the Order soon started seeing its key members disappearing. The 'Age of Disarray' began after the sudden disappearance of Archdruid Arik and the fall of Salvus. With the destruction of Salvus, the amount of visitors to the Mother Grove grew few and the Mother Grove became more secluded from the outside world. While its sister grove in Skravia flourished, the Mother Grove grew more and more desolate. The appointment of a new Head Teacher seemed to stem the tide of decline in the Mother Grove, with new Dedicants flocking to the grove. But it could only last for so long. The incident of the Scion Druid Alan being given a book from the witch Kyral, which was soon after lost in an accident, sparked a series of disastrous events for the Druidic Order. Out of rage for the lost book, the witch declared war on the Druids and attempted to conquer the Mother Grove in Salvus. At first, the Druids attempted to negotiate with the witch, seeking to attain peace. But after the Scion Druid lost the book, the Druidic Order was left with only two choices; they could surrender or fight. Left with little choice, the Druids decided to fight to protect their Mother Grove. At first it seemed that the Druidic Order would be able to sway the odds in their favour, with a deal struck with the Mori’Quessir. But alas, a pre-emptive attack from the witch crushed the resolve by the Druids, forcing them to surrender the Mother Grove in Salvus. These events had a catastrophic effect on the Druidic Order, throwing it into complete disarray. With the loss of the Mother Grove, the Druidic Order was scattered across Asulon. The Druids tried to relocate twice in the coming years, in an attempt to re-organize themselves. But it came to no avail.
The Second Age of Reunion: During this age, the Druidic Order finally succeeded in reorganizing itself. It moved to the great forest of Elandriel, and with the combined presence and power of the entire Order, the Elandriel Mother Tree grew to an extraordinary height, making it a suitable home for the Druids. With the planning of a new grove to be grown just outside the Cloud Temple Sanctuary, the future of the Order would surely see a massive intake of Dedicants. During this age the Order had taken its first steps into a second Golden Era.
The Second Age of Activism: After a long period of inactivity amongst the Archdruids of the Order, nothing was left but few Dedicants and a single druid, the Solstice Druid Callax. The Order seemed to have finally died, for years of nothing would happen. Eventually, Archdruid Valas returned to appoint the Solstice Druid to a Druid Guide. Alongside the appointing of Callax to Guideship, many Druids, including Spirit Druid Saviticus, returned to the Order, and new Druids were attuned who would be crucial in the coming ages. In the midst of the sudden burst of activity, Song Druid Arik reclaimed the Salvus Grove, making it a point of activity once more and the Wilting Druid grew a grove in the vast plains of Norjun. A curious seedling began growing just outside of the Mother Grove only to be revealed the daughter of the Mother Tree, Ethanriel, and Arik, Riel’a, an Ent who protects the forests across the realms. The Order had finally begin to roll to it’s feet once more.
The Age of Archdruids: In this age, there was much confusion of who was to lead the Order. A strange Druid by totem of Wild Druid, who was Archdruid of a different Circle, was appointed Archdruid in the empty third Archdruid position. She quickly left the Circle to leave Fox Druid Valas and Aura Druid Beleran as the only two Arches once more. Eventually, a moot was called by Aura Druid Beleran to discuss the inactivity among the two Archdruids and his departure from the position. At this moot, Scion Druid Alan stepped down from his Head Teacher Position. Song Druid Arik, a Hierophant, was voted to fulfill one Archdruid position, while the Order voted on Solstice Druid Callax to fill the other. The Serpent Druid was also appointed as a Druid Guide. After the moot had taken place, Beleran took Valas to the top of the Mother Grove where he gave his final goodbyes. His staff was handed over to Valas and Beleran jumped off the Mother Tree, Ethanriel.
The Third Age of Disarray: This was a short age in which the realm of Asulon came to a close, and amongst all the confusion in moving to the new lands, many Druids became lost once again. The transition from Asulon to Elysium was a long and strenuous one, and with the lack of Druids, the Order took a drastic step from its recent revival.
The Age of Desperation: As the shift to Elysium detrimentally decreased the number of Druids, only Archdruid Callax and Druid Guide Vi were left to rejuvenate the Order. They accepted an influx of Dedicants, and began teaching the Druidic ways, setting the stage for a prosperous future of the Order. However, when the Serpent Druid had been killed, Callax was left with a heavy load on his shoulders. Wilting Druid Giovanni had made his return and was made a Druid Guide. Together, Giovanni and Callax continued to teach their many Dedicants throughout their time dwelling on Elysium in hope to revive the Order to its true potential.
The Second Age of Mushroom Transgressions: Shroom Druid Milo, an Elysium attuned Druid, had chosen his totem of the Shroom for plenty reason; that being his obsession over any and all fungi. While the Wilting Druid and Solstice Druid argued over the ethics of potting plants, the Shroom Druid spent his time spreading his spores throughout the grove. Druids had mushrooms growing from their clothing and hair, soon enough! The battle over potted plants was joined with the battle of mushrooms.
The Third Age of Reunion: During this age, the Druidic Order followed the rest of races to the islands of Kalos. With diligent teaching, strict conduct, and purpose, the Druidic Order was, again, revived. Under the tutelage of above average guides, the Order was seeing some of its best days. Druids travelled abroad, teaching of the Druidic ways; they brought life in lifeless places and kept up with their up-keeping of nature. The relationship between the Order and Malinor was growing strong, too, as Prince Khel and the Archdruids made the efforts and conference with each other. Malinor asked the Druids to 'nature-ify' their forest and Druidic activity was boosted.
The Third Age of Activism: The Order was successful in gathering on the new land mass of Anthos, not loosing the amount of Druids it had in similar transitions in the past. These times saw an influx and variety of Dedicants. Within the new Mother Grove of En'Leawyn, the Mother Tree, the Druids saw success and activity in all forms. Oak Druid Thudrin stepped down as Archdruid, and was voted a Hierophant; Song Druid Arik, yet again, fulfilled the position. There was an institution of a new branch of the Order known as the Guardian Branch. The Guardian Branch was supposed to serve as an alternative route to the Guiding Branch, where Druids would serve nature more than the Order, of the Circle. Song Druid Arik became an Elder Druid , paralleled to Archdruid, of that branch. - Also during this age, mysterious seals were uncovered across Anthos, believed to have bound magnificent power or possibly serving as some sort of gateways. The Druidic Order, Shamans, Mages Guild, and many other groups participated in the friendly competition of discovering these seals. Discussions were held between the many groups until they eventually uncovered a possible link between the seals and the Aenguls and Daemons. The events ended suddenly and almost magically when the interest and search for the mysterious seals came to a halt.
The Age of Influence: To tighten the bonds between the Order and Malinor, the High Council of Malinor granted two Prince positions to the Druids. The two individuals voted, by the Order, to fulfill these seats were Hierophant Saviticus and Archdruid Callax. As members of the High Council, they advised meetings and added a Druidic influence to the city. Only half of the Druid Guides retained activity during this age, and Dedicants became somewhat difficult to regulate. - Also during this time, the Deathsbane clan began to swell in numbers. A family dedicated to the Druids and their path, and led by the Bear and Wolf Druid, the Clan would go on to rival the size of the main Order, even surpassing it at times.
The Second Age of Archdruids: Archdruid Callax retired from position and had then been voted a Hierophant. He passed the Archdruid position to Sunshine Druid Verden who, soon, passed it to Shroom Druid Milo. Dour Druid Dover also submitted his position, giving it to Shadow Druid Victivus. The Guardian Branch became inactive, with only Elder Druid Arik affiliating with it. The Order had been thrusted about in so many directions; regulation and conduct was getting loose.
The Age of Poor Conduct: Lost Druids became plenty, sparking this age. Druids were found affiliating with Shuns and ignoring their responsibilities to nature. Dedicants weren't progressing and Druid Guides weren't being regulated. After conflicting with the Shadow Druid for so long, Shroom Druid Milo retired, asking for Hierophant Callax's return. Clashing continued throughout Vivictus’ tenure. - A number of Druids were keen on reviving the Order's service to nature and escaping the wretchedness withheld by others in the Order. A Moot was to make the announcement of this split; however the Song Druid responded, begging the Order not to make the mistake it had during the Age of Schisms. Stag Druid Gavin had believed from the start that he could do a better job at leading the Order than the Shadow Druid. The Song Druid discussed with the Shadow Druid and he was convinced to pass onto Gavin his Archdruid position while then taking seat as an Elder Druid alongside Arik.
The Second Age of Disarray: With the Stag Druid Gavin serving as Archdruid, the Order was soon to find itself facing some troubling times. Some Druids had major disagreements with his ways of leading and many kept quiet about their opinions of the times. The Stag Druid was left as the sole Archdruid with only a few Druid Guides beneath him. After the Mother Grove was attacked by a corruption-harboring army from the North-lands and was repeatedly threatened and warclaimed by Haelun'or, the Order was forced out to find a new grove. They had moved to the back of a giant turtle, a friend of the Druids known as Samuel. - It was awhile before another moot was called; the Song Druid retired the Guardian Branch of the Order when it was deemed purposeless. Seed Druid Kefi, who had served as an Elder Druid, was then grandfathered as an Archdruid alongside Gavin. All Druid Guardians then became Druid Guides, and progression became a bit muddled.
The Age of the Head Teacher: With the Guardian Druids all automatically acting as Druid Guides, the Order had a mess of Guides who didn't want to teach. Eventually Apple Druid Leyun, who previously lead most of the Guiding work, was made Head Teacher, a title that hadn't been used in decades. All of the Druid Guides were purged from position so that the new Head Teacher could get the Guiding Branch rebuilt from scratch. A third Archdruid was needed to make up for the removal of the Guardian Branch, and Oak Druid Thudrin was chosen. - The Order found that, with conflict subsiding, they could return to the Mother Grove, and it was reclaimed.The Druids finally left Samuel at peace, restoring the Mother Grove from its former corrupted existence. Thudrin retired as Archdruid and passed the role onto Leyun; the Head Teacher position was again shelved. Later, the Druidic icon Wayward Druid Respiren returned with his daughter and they took a hand in teaching new Dedicants.
The Second Age of Schisms: For the first time in decades, maybe even centuries, the Druidic Order had found itself in another split. The elder Druids who had returned felt as if their help was ignored and excluded by the youngest generations. Different sections of Druids all shared different views. The Wayward and Equidae Druids split off and began their own Circle far off, vowing to bring back the old ways of the Order. Archdruids Kefi and Leyun had made moves to expel Archdruid Gavin from his position. In retaliation, he left the Order and too founded a Circle, the Equinox Circle that he deemed as his own, with his own beliefs and views. The Grand Druid title was later reintroduced and bestowed upon the Sunshine Druid Verden to serve as the link between the three Circles.
The Third Age of Little Occurrence: The three Circles of Druids had failed quicker than their creations were thought a good idea. Druids were scattered too thin and no new attunements were being made. The Circles remained mostly stagnant and pride stood in the way of a reunified Order.
The Fourth Age of Reunion: Anxious for the return of the Cerridwen Grove, a band of Druids set forth to rediscover the artifact. The Order sensed the Stone’s power eminating from Haelun'or. The bannd searched throughout the city until it was eventually found. The stone was kept safe by the Solstice Druid who also used it to spark ideas about reforming the Circles. It wasn't long before other Druids began sharing the idea of reforming the Order and discussion picked up. After a series of moots and discussions, the Order had successfully reorganized itself with Apple Druid Leyun and Solstice Druid Callax as Archdruids, a unified front shaking off the cobwebs of inactivity.
The Age of Persistence: Not long after the Order had been reformed, a terrible plague fell over the forest of Malinor. The Elves of Malinor abandoned their dying home of Luminaire and founded the new city, nearby, of New Malinor. While some Druids began to disappear as the taint devoured the Mother Grove, it was decided to move locations to the island off of New Malinor's shore called Equinox Isle. To regain the isle from a corrupting bloodshard, the Song Druid sacrificed himself and was overwhelmed by the corruption that he, too, became corrupted. The Druids of the Order felt deep sorrow for his loss. - The Druids did not give up on the forest, however, and searched high and low for the source of the corruption. The Ent Irgin appeared to them and lead them to the far South where they discovered a lost, and ancient, Circle of Druids called the Snow Druids. Archdruid Zeremdos of the Snow Druids revealed to them how to find and rid of the source of corruption, and they set off to do so. When a team of Druids and the Spirit of Nature, known as Ernest, had finally found the source of corruption, the Spirit sacrificed his sanity for the Druids' passage. Together, Druids Leyun, Dain, Milo, Faolin and Aeras projected their power through Callax and they were successful in destroying the source. - As the taint slowly left the great forest, the Order then focused on rejuvenating it. Lead by Shroom Druid Milo, the forest was underway of becoming a magnificent nature reserve. For so long, the Elves of Malinor had neither shown interest nor care in what happened to their previous homeland, leaving it to rot away. However, soon after the Druids had began their new project within the forest, the High Council threatened them with a note that ordered them to cease their work in the forest or they would face consequences. - Being forced out of the forest and with the threats and ingratitude presented by the High Council of Malinor, the Order realized they weren't welcome there any longer. The Druids sought a new home, and quickly discovered a suitable location in the Crossroads. The proximity to the Cloud Temple and to the clan Deathsbane made it a very appealing choice to both consolidate the Druids into one place, and to be close to prospective Seekers.
The Age of Raids: During this Age, the Druidic Order resided near-to the Cloud Temple at the Great Nation Crossing. The Cross Roads grove was magnificently grown by Dahlia Druid Dalari and Shroom Druid Milo, and served as a great homestead for the Order for a good time. However, Orcish raids were frequent. Many times, the Druids successfully conned the Orcs away with useless trinkets, but as the population became scarce around the Great Nation Crossing, the issue of monster raids rose. However, as the Druids were soon to move on, the Crossroads grove was to be gifted to the Kharajyr, who were in need of a home.
The Age of Semi-Activism: Due to the growing threats during the Age of Raids, the Order decided to integrate with the Wood-Elven village of Leanniel. Dove Druid Elorna and Pine Druid Gi'Garun had already grown a beautiful grove, and the active members of the Order easily situated. For a long time, the Order had seemed to grow and even saw the Dedicant and Druids boards overflow, however, the majority of the members were inactive or only semi-active. The Deathsbane family, making up a good portion of the Order, managed to carry the momentum of the Druids, compensating for the main circle’s decline.
The Third Age of Disarray: During this Age, the tainted and vile Harbingers and Scourge from the frozen Northlands yet again began to destroy the happy lives of the Elven people and their woodlands. Many deadly bloodshards were placed over Elven forests by the Scourge, and the active Druids of the Order were on their toes trying to revive the tainted forests and fields. - Bringing some hope into the fray however was the confrontation between the Wolf Druid Ouity and the Corrupted Song Druid. Outside the shrine of the Mother Grove the Song Druid, corrupted by the evil he had absorbed, clashed with the Wolf Druid in a terrible show of power. However, due to his state the Wolf Druid was able to subdue the Song Druid and free him of the corruption, sealing it and a part of the Song Druid in a gem.
The Age of Vengeance: This short Age was sparked with the revealing of the Golden Lance, a group who brought together the Descendent forces of Anthos to put a huge dent in the Scourge. Many Druids took up offensive positions in the Battle for Leanniel to re-obtain the corrupted forests to purge them of their blight and return them to the Aspects. An Elder Tree was discovered in the frozen Northlands, and it provided seeds that could cleanse the terrible bloodshards. Many a brave Druid risked their lives in cooperation with Golden Lance agents, striking deep into the heart of Harbinger territory to retrieve the seeds. Against all odds, and with the guidance of their new allies, the Druids managed a huge victory against the Scourge, claiming the magical seeds. This Age also brought the revealing of The Fringe, a landmass separate of Anthos but also connected through a hidden portal, which many of the Descendents moved to, including the Druidic Order, in hope to find it a safe-haven from the Scourge.
The Fringe/Thalosian History
The Age of Dwarves: As the name of this Age implies, the Druidic Order obtained affiliations with the Dwarves of Urguan. At the transition to the Fringe, a group of Druids found a prime location to begin growth of a new Elder Tree. Claiming the territory surrounding this location was the Urguan Nation who, abnormally, accepted the positioning of the Druidic Order. With Malinor gone and the Order's relationships so deteriorated with the new Elven nation, this new affiliation with Dwarves would mark a great change in the Order's history.
The Age of Taxes: This was a short age where Shroom Druid Milo, a risky tax evader, was finally caught and cornered for his overdue taxes. A tax collector appeared at a moot of the Druids, demanding the seven minas Milo owed. United in their hatred of the government tax service, the Druids relieved Milo of his debt and sent the tax collector away from the grove. During this same moot, Frost Druid Dain resigned from his position as Archdruid, deeming Pine Druid Gi'Garun his successor.
The Third Age of Renovation: The Arkon Grove had saw many marvelous additions since its initial growth. Over the expansion of time, the Druid Event Hollow, or the Druid Thicket, was created as a place for congregation and mirth. Apple Druid Leyun built and tended to the Library and storage rooms while Dove Druid Elorna grew a simple Druid housing in a tree and set-up Dedicant housing in a cave. Pine Druid Gi'Garun put together the record rooms and later built a college and the majority of the Archdruid offices.
The Fourth Age of Activism: The Order began plans to reinstate Druidic activity. Endeavors were first made to relocate the grove near-to the Elves, but the Druids were forced away with the false accusations, insults, and hypocrisy of Haelun'or. They were welcomed warmly, however, to remain in the Arkon Grove near the Dwarves. During this same time, Archdruid Callax met with a Bishop of the True Faith of Oren to discuss the religious views and indifference between the Church and the Druidic Order, clearing up many false assumptions. Despite seclusion from the Mali, Druidic activity did begin to accumulate with the attunements of Squirrel Druid Veren, Salamander Druid Sorensil, Dandelion Druid Virella, and the accepting of new Dedicants.
The Age of Tension: Tensions between the order and the elves of Haelun'or had been steadily rising, and the influence of Oren had eradicated the grace that was once held by the Mali. Their vision of purity, and their heightist ways, had begun to agitate the Shroom Druid Milo, yet he let it pass. - As a token of his good nature, he gifted the elves with a grove of peace. The blindness of Haelun'or was shown in a bombardment of void fire, setting the grove ablaze. Milo, along with the Pine Druid Gi'Garun and Salamander Druid Sorensil were chased back to Kal'Arkon with fire biting at their bottoms. - Milo was not discouraged however, and returned to try and make amends, offering another grove. Despite his good intentions, the wood elves placed him under arrest. Negotiations were made by the Pine Druid, and Milo was set for release, until the S.A.S (Shovel Attack Squad), Ivybend's finest group of warriors bore down upon the walls of Lin'Ame, seeking to break Milo out with force. - Eventually, they were calmed, but new damage had been done. A riot began in the Wood Elven district, caused by the Wolf Druid Ouity. The Sohaer, Kalenz, was badly injured in the resulting bloodshed, and new laws were set in place, stating that the Order must be either ruled by Haelun'or, or purged. War seemed inevitable, especially with an eager call to arms from the Wolf Druid, and an unlikely alliance with both the Orcs and the Dwarves facilitated and invigorated the drums of war. It took a great deal of negotiation, and some fake shuns, to finally settle the dispute between the Druids and the Elves. Because of Milo's good nature and efforts by the Order, this age is also referred to as The Age of Good Intent.
The Third Age of Mushroom Transgressions: It wasn't long after Shroom Druid Milo, who was already notorious for filling groves with mushrooms, had overgrown the entire Fringe Grove in large mushrooms that everyone woke up in a new realm called Thales. Some Druids believed the mushrooms had got to their heads, others believed the mushrooms caused the already imbalanced Fringe to collapse in upon itself, and still others believe the mushrooms had no part to play in this shift.
The Age of Endless Winters: This was the age of Thales. After only residing there for a short while, the winters began to grow longer and longer. Even with Druidic blessings, the crops within the grove struggled to grow, and although the Pine Druid had nurtured a large tree to take shelter under, the bitter cold gnawed at the Druids. - As the peoples of Thales began to build vessels to leave the frozen land, the Shroom Druid Milo and the Arum Druid Dover grew a magnificent boat to house the order on their journey westwards. Many games were played before embarking, and amidst the entertainment the Druids of Seed and Song loaded a mysterious trunk onto the ship. Whilst the Order frantically repaired their boat's wounds (brought about by a giant squid), Captain Alan commandeered the Druidic fleet, safeguarding the Love Sofa and the Holy Pooper through the duration of the great trip to Athera.
The Age of Contentment: The arrival in Athera was rather successful, with very few Druids getting lost amidst the transition. The new land held many natural wonders, perhaps the greatest being the grand Father Tree "Rui'thni", who watched over the new grove lands. It wasn't long before this grand Elder Tree gave birth to Rui'thorn, the only known Ent within Athera at the time. - During these early stages within the new realm, the Archdruid Gi'Garun travelled to the Oren capital of Petrus, and managed to negotiate a peace treaty with the humans, putting a stop to a feud that had lasted since Anthos. The new-found peace did not last for long, as several members of the reformed White Rose sought to sneak into the grove and attack any elven Druids they met. - Several incidents involving the Metal Druid Sharr brought the relationship with the Kharajyr onto thin ice. Luckily, Sharr conceeded his actions and traversed with the Pine Druid and the Snow Druid to apologise. The apologies were accepted, and thus peace was restored.
The Fourth Age of Renovation: Having found a beautiful new grove, the Druids set to work on blessing their new home. The Scion Druid Alan grew housing within Rui'Thni's canopy and Cub Druid Gildun carved the Notable Druid statues, while many others set about growing the library and hollowing out the grottos. This time also saw the return of the Sequoia Druid Lillith, and the Frost Druid Dain, both of whom quickly returned to Guideship. - A great influx of Druids and Dedicants also occurred in this time, and it seemed as though things were looking up for the order.
The Fourth Age of Mourning: Despite all the peace and contentment, the Solstice Druid Callax passed during this age. - To add to the pain of the Order's members, the Betrayer, Iblees, made his return. Taint and corruption spread like wildfire, and the Order were on their toes fighting the waves of attacks that came upon the grove. One small shred of good that appeared in this age, was the establishment of two new Nature's Bounty stores, one on the edge of the father grove, and another within Greyhaven. - This age came to a conclusion with Pine Druid Gi'Garun's retirement from Archdruid. After delivering a speech about staying devoted to the order (many Druids had been spending more time out of the grove than in it), he stepped down from his position, naming the Sequoia Druid Lillith as his successor.
The Age of Sudden Tree-growth: This was a short age, in which the Wolf Druid Ouity tried to combat the imbalance in the world by growing several large trees within the human capital of Petrus. However, as the Druids admired his work, an almighty roar from the Seven Skies appeared, eradicating the trees and banishing the Wolf Druid from the realm. He would remain gone for some time before reappearing under mysterious circumstances.
The Third Age of Schisms: The order seemed to go silent for a very long time, and beneath the silence, tensions were rising amidst the Aspects' children. The Druids were beginning to get tired of the Archdruids' lack of activity, and began to leave the order to go their own way. The Grove was almost always empty, and something needed to be done. During the next moot, Bear Druid Isabella was questioned for her clan’s long stint apart from the Order, and defending the premature attunement of the Honey Druid. Enraged by the hostility of the Order, Isabella walked out of the moot, later officiating clan Deathsbanes' separation from the Order through the creation of the Spring Circle. - Much later in time, out of lack of faith of the leadership of both the Mother and Spring Circles, another circle of Druids was on the rise. The Verdant Meadow was initiated by a self claimed Druid, Marcus, along with Cub Druid Gildun, Hare Druid Taynuel, and Dahlia Druid Dalari in effort to preserve and continue the ways and fellowship of Druidism, but soon rejoined the order at large. This age came to a close when after being persuaded by the Shroom Druid, Pine Druid Gi'Garun retook the position of Archdruid, filling the gap left by the retirement of Elk Druid Danic.
The Fifth Age of Mourning: Milo and Gi had been put in charge of redesigning the grove, and Druids were beginning to return to it as the renovations were more inviting. However, just as the Order was beginning to recover, things took a turn for the worst. - One harsh and windy night, the sky turned red as taint began to form in the center of the father Grove. From within it rose the Betrayer, his minions at his side. The Druids fought bravely, but had to back off, as even their combined force couldn't hold off Iblees' might. They retreated to a chamber, deep below Rui'thni, within which the Aspect stones were kept. Iblees was not hindered by the elderwood roots that sealed the chamber, and the Druids cowered in fear. From thin air, he produced the tainted Axe of Krug, and with one swift motion, he sliced into the Aspect stones, a blinding light filling the cavern as a huge blast of taint fell upon the Grove. Miasma rose from the once crystal clear streams, and the crippled Druids had no choice but to flee their once peaceful home. - Wounded and mourning for the loss of the Sequoia Druid, who had died defending the stones, the Druids wandered the forests of Fiandria, searching for a place to settle and recover. They retreated to the Sequoia Grove whilst they healed their wounds and gathered food. It wasn't long before they discovered an island, just off the coast from the Oakhearth forests, and after praying to the Aspects, it was here that they decided to settle.
The Age of Resurrection: After settling on the island, which they named Elavriel, a group of Druids were summoned through a strange portal by unknown forces, where they emerged in a strange forest. Here they discovered the recently deceased Sequoia Druid Lillith and Solstice Druid Callax, whom both returned with them to the order’s great delight. Soon after, Archdruid Gi’Garun took a group of Druids to the ruins of the Father Grove to investigate a strange surge of natural energies that he felt amidst the taint. They uncovered a secret cavern at the base of the ruined Father Tree, where the last of the tree’s life had been diverted to protect three special seeds; the offspring of Rui’thni. One of these seeds was planted on Elavriel, and nurtured by Gi’Garun, Callax, Thudrin, Milo and Verden, until it became a grand Elder Tree named Rui’livri. During this time, Verden and Arinislia ascended to the position of Archdruid, and the trio soon had the order back on it’s feet good and proper!
The Age of Relapse: After some time Verden and Gi’Garun decided it best to retire, as they had both accomplished what they had intended, which was to see the order return to it’s former strength. The both of them returned once more to Hierophancy, whilst Snow Druid Beth and Squirrel Druid Veren were voted as the elder Druids’ successors. However, without the elder Druids' guidance and Arinislia being the eldest Archdruid, the recently restored strength would, once again, fall apart.
The Age of Diplomacy: In an attempt to improve relations with the Descendant nations, the Druids opted to move their Mother Grove is a plateau upon the land of the Wood Elves of Cerulin. Construction of the Grove soon commenced under the leadership of Pine Druid Gi'Garun, who was voted honorary Grove Grower in the place of Alan. - During this time, a group of Druids, spurred to action by the return of several Hierophants, managed to convince the High Pontiff of the Faith to no longer persecute the Druids, and to recognize the Aspects under their religion. This brought about the greatest thaw in relations between the Druids and humans- a rivalry that had lasted since the fall of Aegis itself. Empowered by their new friendship, the Druids constructed a Grove outside of the capitol city, Felsen, and relations thrived.
The Age of Diplomatic Falterings: Old rivalries between humans and Druids flared almost immediately following the promise of peace, constant human raidings and pilferings prompting the Druids to abandon their grove outside the city of Felson, returning instead to their grove near Laureh'lin. However, that too was jeopardized as heated meetings between the leaders of Laureh'lin and the Druids brought reason for the Druids to believe they were not welcome upon what the Wood Elves viewed as their land. Following many a moot, the Druids migrated to the desert of the Caliphate, settling near one of its many prosperous oasis, the Caliphate grove sprawling marvelously from its waters.
The Age of the Naelurir: Following the departure of the Mother Circle from the Wood Elven lands, there was a void of Druidic presence within Laureh’lin, filled as Artemic, the Hawk Druid founded the Naelurir, the Wood Elven circle of Druids housed within Laureh’lin. Viewed as the first consensual formation of a separate circle, the Naelurir operate within the city of Laureh’lin and beyond, worshipping the Aspects as the Mother Circle does, though primarily focusing on recruitment and education for the Wood Elves themselves. Diplomatic relations remained tense at first, though relaxed as the Naelurir developed and expanded as a circle, and relations became common and fortuitous.
The Age of the Grand Coalescence: After a dream passed the Elder Druids of the order, the Druids were drawn to a forest grove out in the wilderness. There they were thrust into an underground grove where the Aspect Stones were separated. Together the Druids roamed the grove and found the Sacred Stones. As the stones came together, they bonded together and became a single artifact. Their power emitted at once, and the Druids finally regained control over the power to stave off any blight from their lands. This marked a moment of true triumph for the Druids.
The Age of the Grand Council: With two circles actively worshipping and serving the Aspects within the same Order, it soon became clear a single figure could not manage the complicated relations between the two separate group of Druids. This prompted the circles to form a ‘Grand Council’, a group of elder or leading Druids both within their respective circles, and nomadic Druids that pledge allegiance to neither to discuss issues within the Order. The formation of the Council resulted in a dramatic drop in the amount of useless bickering exchanges between the two circles, promising to bring about even stronger relations in the future.