Class Acts: Druid
Stepchildren of the Hinterlands
By Ari Marmell
in certain select regions of the mortal realm, the walls between worlds are particularly thin. Here, creation itself was left unfinished, or else forces from beyond has damaged them. Here, the fundamental aspects of the world are weakened, influenced, and besieged by these other worlds. Druidic circles refer to these regions informally as the Hinterlands. Even druids, shamans, and barbarians who readily deal with the most vicious and fearsome of primal entities often balk at interacting with, or serving, the spirits of these peculiar lands. Druids who choose to serve or to call upon the spirits of the Hinterlands are known as "Stepchildren of the Hinterlands."
The primal spirits of the Hinterlands are as harsh as the domains in which they dwell, but they are no less embodiments of the natural world. Those who can steel their nerves to interact with these spirits, and those who come to understand them, realize that the Hinterlands need the spirits, and their primal worshipers, even more than the rest of the world. Because here, as nowhere else, nature must be defended.
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About the Author
Ari Marmell was born in New York, moved to Houston when he was a year old, moved to Austin when he was 27, but has spent most of his life living in other worlds through a combination of writing and roleplaying games. He has been writing more or less constantly for the last dozen years, though he has only been paid for it the past five. He is the author of multiple roleplaying game supplements including work on Dungeons & Dragons. Ari lives in Austin with his wife George and two cats. Visit him online at his Dungeons & Dragons blog page, at his website, on Twitter, or at his Facebook fan page.