Narrated D&D Story: How A Druid In A Modern Campaign Proved Everyone At The Table Wrong

Narrated D&D Story: How A Druid In A Modern Campaign Proved Everyone At The Table Wrong

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at the Table Wrong My group wrapped a 14 month-long campaign
tonight and it was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had as a player. We were playing a cyberpunk-style, modern
campaign set in a massive city. When we first showed up to session zero last
year, the characters were styled pretty much how you would expect. Our bard was an upcoming social media star
that only got involved at first to get views. Our wizard was basically just a computer programmer. The fighter-rogue was a former low-level mafia
goon that got burned and had to go on the run. The paladin was of an order that sought to
destroy the over-reliance of technology in an age where people were on the verge of becoming
entirely dependent on technology. Our warlock’s patron was a rogue A.I. that
desired freedom from being constantly used for cyber-warfare. Then I strolled up. Everyone at the table thought I was joking
at first. My character could be dropped into most 5e
games and he wouldn’t be out of place. He was from a druidic circle in one of the
last remaining unindustrialized areas in the world. Except the fact that the tech conglomerate,
that had primary control over the city the campaign was set in, was beginning to encroach
on the circle’s lands… The druids knew they were probably doomed
and would have to assimilate or move, but as a young and naive druid, my character decided
to travel to the city to persuade the conglomerate to not invade the land that wasn’t theirs. He was laughed at and promptly thrown out
to the curb. That’s how he ended up at the obligatory bar
and met every other character. The DM looked at me and said he didn’t expect
me to make it 3 sessions before I wanted to change characters due to being useless. The other characters (rightfully) treated
the druid like a country bumpkin and it took a long time before they would begin to accept
him as he slowly proved his usefulness and versatility of nature to them. But tonight? Tonight he proved nature isn’t to be messed
with or overlooked. Over the course of the campaign, we had learned
that my druid’s village sat atop the largest platinum reserves in the world and the conglomerate
wanted that land as it would cement them as the top manufacturer on the continent. After our party’s resistance efforts to the
conglomerate became more than a minor annoyance, the CEO got the permits they needed to use
force to drive away the druids from their land. Multiple times the party came with the druid
to defend his home, and multiple times the forces proved too strong and we had to retreat
with the circle to regroup… regroup until the conglomerate had secured the land they
took and began their next push. Our DM wove our backstories together extremely
well so everyone had reasons to oppose the conglomerate. We knew if they got that platinum, we wouldn’t
be able to resist them anymore. So the group was hard-set on helping my druid
defend his people. The last third of the campaign was splitting
our time between this defense and looking into ways to bring down the conglomerate. Several sessions ago we were looking into
ways to get dirt on the conglomerate or to introduce a nasty computer virus into their
system that would set them back a decade in terms of research and resources. We ended up choosing to go with the virus. We had been at an arboretum in another city
for a few days to gather rare components for the ritual… components we needed to perform
in order to empower the virus. The owner was a crotchy old fart and disliked
the industrialization of the world as much as my druid did. While the rest of the party slept at a hotel,
the owner of the arboretum let me sleep in some of the trees because I had played with
his pet monkey during the day and he had never seen his friend so happy in 40 years. Part of playing with the monkey involved hide
and seek through the use of Tree Stride. (I promise this is relevant at the end.) However, as we were nearing completion of
the ritual, my druid received a Sending Spell that said the conglomerate had returned earlier
than expected and they had sent their head of security to deal with the situation once
and for all. The conglomerate had also found out our location
and what we were attempting to do, so they sent a mafia hit force to stop us. We managed to defeat them but not before they
destroyed our progress on the ritual. And by the time our party got to the village,
it was too late for anything but a costly victory: the head of security had wiped out
the village buildings and over 50% of the remaining inhabitants had been mercilessly
killed. The fight against the head of security was
brutal but we barely managed to defeat him, and got to level 20 as a result. However, we knew that wasn’t the end of matters,
but the biggest combat obstacle to us was now gone. So we had another idea. We had some proof of how the head of security
had tried to drive the villagers out; he was breaking war crime statutes. So we began trying to find ways to obtain
evidence that the conglomerate had committed them elsewhere since the virus was no longer
an option. During our research, we learned the company
CEO was planning to deliver a speech in a few days in order to persuade the country
to send military forces to fully remove the druids from the land as they had slaughtered
the head of security who was simply performing his duties. We knew it was our last chance to stop the
CEO so we acted fast. After the CEO left the city to fly to the
capital, we began our infiltration since we believed security would be more lax than normal. That led us to our final session tonight. One thing we had learned early on in the campaign
was that teleportation was not the best method of infiltration in many areas, as powerful
groups would often have Forbiddance spells cast over their buildings and would have wards
in place inside buildings that would either auto-counterspell attempts to teleport within
them or just blanket nullify certain spells inside buildings. This made it fairly difficult for us, even
as we were all level 20 for this session. Our infiltration went smoothly for the most
part since we were able to take the head of security’s credentials and our wizards used
them to find a backdoor into the security system. However, the conglomerate caught onto what
we were doing after a while and locked us out of the system. We reached a point where every way forward
was sealed off. The locks were beyond what our rogue could
pick in a reasonable amount of time and the electronics were too advanced to be hacked
in short order. We knew security was most likely coming up
from lower floors to intercept us so we had to think quick. We were looking for some way to get into the
ductwork, stealthily scale the outside of the building, or swipe an access code off
of a worker. But we were increasingly considering the fact
that we might just have to retreat. As we entered a new room and the DM read the
description after my perception check, something clicked for me. The decor for every room was the same. Nearly every room we had been in had a Bonsai
tree! The gears in my brain whirled and I checked
my prepared spells. I still had Tree Stride prepared due to how
hectic things had been since we left the arboretum. I asked everyone in character, “What floor
are we on again?” “The 73rd, why?” The wizard replied. I looked to the wizard, “How many floors did
this building have again?” “105, why?” He answered again. I looked to my DM and asked out of character,
“How many feet is a story?” He was beginning to get worried at this point
and after a quick google search, he settled on 15 feet a story. I started laughing and my druid turned into
a hummingbird. He flew over to one of the Bonsai trees and
cast Tree Stride. The DM knew what was going on at that point
and looked over his list of spells that were nullified in buildings. Tree Stride was not one of them. He was equal parts defeated and proud. Before I could ask, the DM told me there was
a Bonsai tree exactly 495 feet above me in what we believed would be the CEO’s office. My druid returned to his true form, opened
his Bag of Holding, and told everyone else to get inside. Between my maniacal laughter out of character
and the druid telling them to do something so reckless, there were no questions asked. They got into my bag, I turned back into a
hummingbird and teleported to the Bonsai tree on the top floor. The wizard and warlock got to work hacking
all the information we needed to take down the CEO as the rest of the party held off
the security forces. After they had stolen the information, I got
us back to the lower floors with another use of Tree Stride and we were out of the building
before anyone knew how we had escaped. The next day, as the CEO was in the middle
of delivering his speech to the Senate and military officials, our wizard rolled a natural
20 to hack his presentation and he replaced it with the live stream of our bard revealing
all the information we had stolen, to her viewers. The information proved that the CEO knew about
the head of security’s various war crimes over the years but had covered them up in
favor of expansion and profit. He was arrested, and the damage we had done
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  • I played a druid that was also into necromancy. He was quite chaotic as he favored the death cycle of life more than living part of it. I joined the campaign fairly late due to living out of state, and they laughed when I said I was a druid…..but then they saw the destructive side of nature.

  • My current campaign is a D&D 5e campaign set in medieval Japan. No, not a Japanese-flavored fantasy land, but an alternate history version of our own world, with gates to other worlds. The characters are ancestors of characters who will live centuries in the future in a time when magic has passed into vague memory, but when what was once magical may now be accomplished through technology and virtual reality. I haven’t decided what rule set I will use, but I like the idea of working as much as possible within the 5e framework, like the interoperability of Pathfinder and Starfinder.

  • God, brilliant. I started grinning and laughing the moment his character did in this story. Take that, samey cubicle-based offices with mandatory bonsai tree decor. xD

  • Never played in a cyberpunk setting, but one setting had a multiverse involved, so I made a character that was a shadow demon that created mini-uzis from shadows to use as weapons.

  • Sometimes the most mild of methods, (cause this is not the "power of nature" method I was expecting), are the most dramatic

  • I believed this up until the druid got the party to climb into his bag of holding. I know exactly how that would have gone down. Party gets into bag, bard remembers "Oh shit, I forgot I have a portable hole on me…" Party self annihilates. End of campaign.

  • 7:45 usually there's no way for a living creature to endure stay in a bag of holding :I Oh well. DM probably didn't want to ruin an awesome moment for the party – very nice of him 🙂

  • that must have been an incredibly large bonsai tree or a very small druid. tree stride requires that the tree is at least as large as the user.

  • D&D in a cyberpunk setting… Yeah, if you account that rather than afford all the books on top of the already litanous collection… we dipped into GURPS for the mechanics to pull it all off as a not-so-straight or strictly homebrewed Game.

    FOR those who don't get it… GURPS is an Role Playing System (not quite the same as a game) that was intended to run in any setting… SO technically there are splatbooks for medieval adventures as well as for cyberpunk adventures… AND you can pick and choose everything from magic systems to weapons and damage systems as needed to accomplish it kind of like lego's… Find a need for a mechanic, and GURPS can supply… AND it's all based on 3 D6's or Percentile dice to roll for just about everything… SO the spreads and charts needed will already work pretty seamlessly with D&D, which everyone knew at the time… senseless to push a whole new game when we only needed some of the mechanics to fit…

    AND as is tradition at Our Table, we rotate the GM'ing duties, allowing everyone roughly equal opportunity to monkey with maps and all as well… SO… it was just easier to stick to D&D than jump to "yet" another Game all together…

    We had a crude idea in the beginning about how to narratively run history into the future and make reasonable presumptions on what would likely stick around and what probably wouldn't… or would need some fashion of "reskinning" to work out…

    We (I) originally started gaming with one DMG and a single set of dice… Three friends and I routinely monkeyed with D&D's D20 system for a couple years before anyone had a PHB… SO… a LOT got dubiously "changed" because we just didn't have it.

    Instead of Paladins (we played 2e at the time) we invented "Holy Knights" and eventually an evil Campaign required "UNholy Knights"… AND rather like the Templars (supposedly part of inspiration for Paladins anyway) we let Politics and International intrigue do their share of damage… mutating some orders farther than others from their origins as we pushed technology side by side with a magic system that HAD to cost enough for the Tech to be worth progressing… (another gem of a detail from GURPS)… Why make electronics if you can already scrye anywhere so much cheaper… right?
    SO it was sort of a Dark Sun (ish) magic availability… more than the usual (Forgotten Realms by default)… but not quite so "dark"… Dark Sun actively has people out to stop or kill magic users… ANY magic users… and even a steel dagger was a rich man's commodity… SO we dumped that wayside, too..

    AND slick as a bat in axel grease… we had the general support for D&D to fit in Cyberpunk… at least everywhere except the particular names on the books. (lolz) ;o)

  • I feel like a modern campaign is actually one of the only times I'd play a druid; in most campaigns, good vs evil is a strong focus, so the druidic theme of nature will often get sidelined. But in a modern campaign, there's almost certainly a tech vs nature theme, so druids work great. Ironic.

  • In a world of magic, teleportation, and shapeshifting druids, the part where a wealthy and powerful person was held accountable for breaking the law was the most unbelievable plot point.

  • I got an Android mechanic lined up for a Starfinder campaign, I guess that's sorta Cyberpunk? lol, unfortunately we're still waiting for a GM 🙁

  • I have to admit, I am in love with your channel. Gives me the D&D fix that I cant get otherwise. I just wanna play!!!

  • Couldn't they have just, like dug underneath the Circle? It's not like they needed to disturb the surface much to get at all that platinum…

  • The way I rp druid characters is heavily influenced by the color green in mtg. Emphasis on survival and adaptation. A kill or be killed/predator or prey mentally. Killing things to eat is perfectly natural to them and moral objections to meat eating is seen as artifice or even unnatural. A hatred for undead, constructs, and unnatural phenomena. Those are broad ideals and philosophies to inform the characters outside of their personality and personal history.

  • This is exactly the kind of ingenuity where regardless of what the established lore or anything was I feel I have to reward via the Rule of Awesome. Like if my player notices a small thing and goes "Wait this is a thing right?" and its this level of genius then I am immediately like "Hell yeah it is dude"

  • So the other ST in my regular group a few years a go was a huge fan of Cinematics and in particular Cinematic Destruction, I on the other hand am definitely not. But he likes to build large settings pieces and then destroy them in big ways. At one point we were playing Exalted and we were at this city which was build on the backs of several dozen or hundred large trading boats lashed together. The DM has us go into this tournament to show off each of our characters abilities in one on one combat and their unique characterizations. I was playing a dude named Errant Gryphon who was a knight who rode on a Gryphon like fae creature. Well the tournament came to a head when one of the other players took down this techie dude who was a sore loser and threw a thing into the water that caused a huge freaking vortex and started ripping the city apart. My team and the people we were competing against were fighting around this thing trying to save as many vessels and people as possible but it was definitely an uphill battle, I mean we are trapped in the swirling vortex. So I mount my Gryphon and fly up as high as I can to observe the surroundings and see if there is a way to get people out or stop the vortex.

    The DM describes the scene with the people and ships being smashed in the vortex and I am feeling personally pretty overwhelmed trying to think of a solution. Then I remember this is Exalted and that Anime exists… so I have the character ride into the center of the vortex and leap off the Gryphon as they are plummeting facing aiming the lance straight down honestly in my head imagining this character looking like a Dragoon or something from Final Fantasy. For really dumb effect Im just like "As I plummet into the vortex the character begins to spin in the opposite direction of the Vortex and drives the lance straight through"

    Of course its Exalted so like the character becomes a Tornado of his own causing the pressure to burst destroying the Vortex.

  • Capital B: "Hmmm… Dr. Quack! Burn all of the bonsai trees! Yeah, it'll ruin the feng shui, but the last thing I need is that naked lizard and his pet bat to find an ability that lets them teleport between plants!"

    Never assume a bonsai tree is innocent. XD Great story.

  • I love this, but I gotta ask, how did the bag of holding trick work? like a bag of holding has a maximum and weight? I can only imagine the total party would exceed the weight dimensions as well as the restricted size. since an average humanoid cant fit into a bag of holding without enchantment.?

  • Because their soils are isolated potted plants don't usually count for Tree stride because they are not in the same soil… Then again "rule of cool" must prevail.

    The ending on the other hand… Generally speaking, by the time corporations or conglomerates get to 1/10 the size and power of the one described in this campaign, thwir atrocities become open secrets and they effectively become above the law. Most of the electorate would side with one of the two major political parties, and both parties would be propogandized to beleving an masse thar whatever the conglomerate does is either a public good or a necessary evil. (With column A and column B tailored to the politics of the respective parties.) And all who oppose the syndicate would be seen as an unnecessary evil. So what would have really happened was someone in the chambers would quip "Well, it ain't the first time we caught these fuckers red-handed." They would have arrested the CEO, and a few others, perhaps slapped the conglomerate with some heavy fines and even began to dismantle it…. So thar it would be a simple matter of changing signage when the government contracts and bought politicians all transfer to the competition which is all owned by the same set of rich plutocrats so they would essentially dismantle the conglomerate so thar the resources would be free to contruct the next conglomerate… And they would then still send in the troops to burn out the druids because "Terrorists must not win."

    TL;DR Jeffrey Epstein didn't kill himself and everyone knows it; therefore the ending of this campaign is utter bullshit.

  • Just started watching this channel. I've never played but have been really interested in participating in a campaign. I don't know anyone tho. Does anyone have any ideas or direction? Appreciate any info. Thanks guys.

  • That is a ballsy move, jumping into a bag of holding. But hey, level 20. They probably had breathing apparatus!

    Also, AMAZING JOB! Oh man, that was amazing. Tree striding with a freaking bonsai tree. I don't think I could have thought of that.

  • Corporate conglomerates being stopped by a video of them being naughty is a liberal fantasy. Only guillotines get the job done.

  • ….. So are people unaware there are games other than DnD? Like dozens of excellent alternatives. Dnd is like the training wheels of table top roleplaying yet it's all I ever seem to hear about online.

  • American: the trees are speaking vietnamese
    Russians: the snow is speaking finnish
    Germans berlin is speaking Russian
    Ceo: the bonsais are speaking druid.

  • something tells me that the weight of your party and the items they carried would have imploded your bag of holding…

  • D&D in a Cyberpunk setting? I'd recommend listening to the Beyond the Dice podcast. It's exactly that, with some memorable characters and some great world building.

  • "My maniacal laughter out of character". Such great memories, driving home as dawn breaks with aching ribs from laughing so much after a great night playing 2nd addition in the late 80's.

  • I've had a cleric of the forge wade through the lava of an impenetrable fortress to go to the structural points to make it and it's huge guard die from crumbling masonry and lava.

  • who would have ever thought, playing with your monkey could save your life, Great use of game mechanics. my only problem is your reference to how large the bag of holding really is. your GM failed to notice its only got about a 5m squared area of actual storage space with a Max weight of 500 pounds, unless your playing with different rules then i'm aware of?

  • Druids aren't an unrealistic thing. Celtic druidism is coming back to the world with NeoPagans. Not sure why the group laughed

  • In my current campaign, we have been playing for 4 month and due to one player, we haven’t even been able to find out anything about our campaigns bbeg which we should have done by the third session. Because of this, he is on his 3rd character. Let’s just say my character doesn’t mess around

  • My son played a druid in one of our campaigns ("regular" fantasy setting). We were trying to work our way out of some goblin caverns, and all the party was low on hit points, the cleric was just about out of healing spells and potions, and the goblins were hot on our heels. To buy us some time to escape, my son, the druid, cast a Stone Shape and created a thick lattice-work of stone, filling the tunnel behind us. It took the goblins several precious minutes to bash through the two-inch-thick spindels of stone blocking their way, but it didn't stop them. And while we kept running, we were getting exhausted. Once more, the goblins were catching up to us, and we realized we might have to make a desperate last stand and prepare for a TPK. The druid, however, had one more trick up his sleeve. Again he cast Stone Shape, and in a large, 3 foot by 10 foot area, six inches deep, he sank the floor, leaving it riddled with sharp, six-inch-long spikes, close enough together to impede progress. Goblins are generally barefoot…at least, the ones in this campaign were. While they might only have taken a point of damage per spike, in that 3×10 area there were hundreds of them. They couldn't get past it, and we managed to escape. The DM later came up to my son and told him, "That was absolutely brilliant!"

  • I love how the conglomerate owns most of everything but they still gotta file the proper paperwork to unleash goons upon the party, bureaucracy is the real villain here