So im looking into a few ideas right now for some larger scale events or performances I want to pull off with my druid. Would anybody happen to know of any sourcebooks or good material for me to browse over that covers the rites and rituals performed by druids, whether they are required rituals or simply festive? Or in addition, any important druidic or major holidays and celebrations?
If you don't mind a bit of conversion from Greyhawk lore, I suggest to you the Greywiki entry about a major nature deity of that world, Obad-hai. There is some information there regarding rituals, rites, artifacts etc
A major ritual concerns the activation of a clearing full of magic stones, as detailed below in this excerpt from the Greyhawk 2e sourcebook "From the Ashes".
The Singing Stones of Vesve
Within the forested hills of the Vesve stands a 40-foot diameter circle of 42 stones, ranging from three to twelve feet in height. When a westerly breeze blows through the trees that surround the grassy knoll on which the circle stands, a gentle diaphony sounds from them. After a few seconds, however, the music turns to discord. Birds and wildlife flee the area, and after a final angry clash of notes, the stones fall silent, remaining so for three to five years. It is certain that the stones were erected by members of a very old druidic sect, almost certainly Flan folk. However, attempts to commune with nature or use legend lore spells reveal only anger within the stones and a sense of seeking and waiting. Sages and hierophant druids believe that the stones await some reply, although a few also say that the stones need to be “tuned” in some manner. No one knows how this can be done; bards, druids, and magical musical instruments have been employed, but to no effect. Magical scrying has been able to establish that the stones have considerable latent magical power. If they could somehow be activated, that power could aid the Vesve folk greatly in their struggle against Iuz.
DM Information: The “reply” the stones seek is as follows. A bard of at least 7th level must play a harp of charming in harmony with the stones, and when their song builds to its climax, a druid of Obad-hai of at least 7th level must use a staff of thunder and lightning to create a thunderclap directly over the center of the circle. The harp of charming required is a specific item, however, and is owned by evil faerie creatures, including spriggans and quicklings. This information should be revealed to PCs bit by bit, through sources that are hard to find, and, in the case of sages, hard to persuade so far as revealing information goes. Then again, PCs have to find out when the circle will sing spontaneously (this is a function of a a conjunction of Luna with one of the planets of the Oerth system). Druids of Ehlonna will not favor PCs trying to energize an artifact of Obad-hai!
The exact powers of the circle are for the DM to determine, but they could include any of the following: adding extra numbers to creatures summoned with call woodland beings and similar spells; granting the ability to call lightning without a storm present; granting the effects of barkskin or stoneskin by touching one of the stones; enabling the enchantment of stones controlling earth elementals; or other such abilities.
Last Edit: Sept 6, 2014 20:18:07 GMT -5 by holyrage