Dryad

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Dryads are spirits of trees, taking a nymph-like or treefolk form to relate to the humanoids that venture near their forests. They are found on a wide array of different planes.

Dryads are established as a type of Nymph, however due to errata problems and their history in Magic, the creature type was preserved, and Theran dryads are simply of the dual type Dryad Nymph.

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Dominaria[edit | edit source]

The dryads of Dominaria were at home in the great forests of Yavimaya, Quirion and Aerona.

Following the near-apocalypse of the Phyrexian invasion, several dryads like the Wormwood Dryads were left gnarled and bitter amidsts the wastes.

Innistrad[edit | edit source]

Innistradi dryads live in the Somberwald. They are known to suffer no intruders into their domain.

With the arrival of Emrakul, many dryads became more aggressive, making communication between the villages spread in the forest difficult.

Ixalan[edit | edit source]

Dryads on Ixalan are protectors of the forest and the only force on the plane not searching for Orazca.[1] Although dryads abstain from the search for the golden city, they are most allied with the River Heralds who live in harmony with nature. However, they have been known to heal the wounded of any race in Ixalan's jungles by sharing their own life force, as they despise seeing others suffer.

Mercadia[edit | edit source]

Mercadian dryads live in secluded forests, most prominent in the Rushwood. They are able to enter and leave trees at will and defend themselves with their poisonous breath. Most of their tools are drawn from the living wood of the most ancients of trees.

Mirrodin[edit | edit source]

The dryads of Mirrodin are a curiosity on the plane. With the advance of organic life on the plane through Memnarch's soul traps, dryads formed from the copper trees of the Tangle. Their fate following the phyrexian corruption of the plane is unknown.

Ravnica[edit | edit source]

The Dryads of Ravnica are closely aligned with the Selesnya Conclave. Dryads are believed to be in contact with the "Worldsoul" and Mat'Selesnya, the parun of the guild, was formed from the union of multiple dryads. The dryads known as the Trostani act as guildmasters and dryads that are collectively called the Conclave seek to spread the message of Mat'Selesnya among the people of Ravnica.[2]

Theros[edit | edit source]

Theran dryads are also nymphs and as such aligned with Nyx. Most dryads are in the service of the godess Nylea and can be found in throughout the Nistos and Skola regions.[3]

Notable Dryads[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. James Wyatt. (January 9, 2018.) “Plane Shift: Ixalan”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. The Magic Creative Team. (August 22, 2012.) “Planeswalker's Guide to Return to Ravnica: Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. The Magic Creative Team. (September 04, 2013.) “Planeswalker's Guide to Theros, Part 3”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.