Background: Path of Druidism

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  • Path of Druidism

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    I have seen druids – that is what they call their magicians – at work on the battlefield, where they turn the mighty forces of nature against their enemies as much as to the healing of their own forces. But I will never forget the ritual of the mistletoe that I observed in time of peace. The villagers’ chanting filled
    the warm night as their wizard came forth, robed in stunning white.
    He stood in trance, his power felt by all, and suddenly I noticed that the village square was filled with oak trees, answering the sorcerer’s call, who bent their boughs to him so that, golden sickle flickering in the
    firelight, he could purge them of the white-berried parasite.
    — Innaturalis Historia, by Blinny the Very Old, 869 Before Sunna
    Kalenstein, of course, is rightfully respected forhis work on the nature of Shamanic wizardry.And yet I am afraid the tomes he has compiled onthe true source of the Druid's power are terriblymisguided – even if the authorities have foolishlyrefused to acknowledge it yet. Like so many igno-ramuses before him, dear Kalenstein places theDruid's power in the very ground. This is correctso far as it goes, for druids do indeed draw uponthe earth, and yet it would be the purest folly tobelieve, as he does, that the magic somehow de-rives from the rocks or soil itself. Only the basestsuperstition could convince us that these objectsare anything more than inanimate.
    No, learned friends, the true source of Druidism is not the soil but the very lifeforce of nature itself. A skillful druid taps the pure essence of Cosmos – locked within the earth at the dawn of time – whom they view as a primaeval Mother figure. It cycle of days, years and seasons on which we allrely – turns them like a great planetary enginethat only the most accomplished mages can trulyharness. Druids learn to attune themselves overmany years to its rhythm. It is for this reason thatpractice of Druidism borders on religion, andthat wise druids will not neglect the proper ritualrespect of the Mother who provides for them. Italso explains the use of the otherwise inexplica-ble standing stones that, far from being chargedwith their own innate power, act as conductors toa much greater power below. Whether the bloodsacrifices of the most extreme sects are truly nec-essary in this regard is doubtful, and yet such bar-barism cannot hurt a druid's chances of greaterpower. Kalenstein and his sycophants would dowell to note this.
    — Dr. Friedrich Fischler,Narrenwald Lectures, 961 AS

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