DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: HONOR AMONG THIEVES
Meet Doric the Druid
FEB 24, 2022
Doric, played by Sophia Lillis in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, is an unassuming Tiefling just beginning to find her place in the world of the Forgotten Realms. Abandoned by her human parents as a girl because of her infernal nature, Doric learned to survive in the wild on her own. One day, by a twist of fate – or maybe magic? – a kind wood elf found Doric and took her home to live with her. Doric never felt truly at home among the elves, however. Could the new allies she meets in Neverwinter become the found family she’s always yearned for?
Doric’s Tiefling heritage helped her make it through the lonely days and cold nights as a child. But it wasn’t until she went to live with the elvish rangers of the Neverwinter Woods that she began to thrive. Tieflings are easily identifiable, often sporting large horns and swishing tails, and are generally distrusted because of those demonic traits. With those features, combined with her rare druid abilities, Doric found it difficult to completely fit in among the elves. When her mentor suggested training with the druids in the Emerald Enclave to hone her blossoming powers, Doric started a magical new journey of self-discovery.
Druids in Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition have strong bonds with the natural world. Some feel particularly powerful connections with plants, animals, or elemental forces. Protecting nature is a shared goal among all druids. When you’re creating your druidic character, think about what they specialize in. Are they partial to plants? Or, like Doric, do they feel a strong bond with animals and other creatures of the forest?
Doric wears green and brown leather armor pieces. Like all druids, she has a proficiency in light armor. A sling is her weapon of choice. Her magic is where her true power lies, and she discovers she has a knack for Wild Shape. While your character can’t use Wild Shape to turn into a snowy owlbear like Doric (unless your Dungeon Master allows it), you can think about what beast shape they might be partial to, and why.
Creating Your Own Druid Like Doric
Is the power of nature calling to you? You can create a Tiefling druid just like Doric for your own D&D campaign! Druids use Wisdom for their spellcasting ability; that means that Wisdom should be your character’s highest ability score. Druids use their Wisdom modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a spell and when making an Attack roll against an unlucky foe. Their other saving throw is Intelligence, so make that your druid’s second highest ability score.
A Tiefling is often born to human parents who have an infernal heritage that was hidden until their birth. In addition to their horns and tail, some Tieflings bear sharp teeth or uncanny eyes of solid black, red, white, silver, or gold. They also have enhanced vision and a resistance to fire as a result of the demonic legacy in their bloodline. Consider the traits your Tiefling has and how others have reacted to them as they’ve grown up.
Animal Handling and Nature round out your first skills as a druid like Doric. As for your character’s Background, choose Outlander in the Player’s Handbook to denote the druid as a wanderer. Why did they leave their people? What drives your druid to explore, and what are they looking for?
Druids choose a Druid Circle at 2nd level. Pick Circle of the Land, also from the Player’s Handbook, to echo Doric’s powerful connection to the Neverwinter Woods.
Ready to add the thoughtful Tiefling from Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves to your D&D game as a sidekick or NPC? Here’s one suggestion for adding the shapeshifting druid to your next game session.
Doric the Druid
Medium humanoid (tiefling), chaotic good
Armor Class 12 (leather armor)
Hit Points 59 (5d8)
Speed 30 ft.
STR 8 (-1) DEX 12 (+1) CON 15 (+2) INT 14 (+2) WIS 16 (+3) CHA 12 (+1)
Skills Animal Handling +6, Athletics +2, Nature +5, Survival +6
Damage Resistances fire
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages Elvish, understands Infernal
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)
Owlbear (1/day). Doric can Wild Shape into a snowy owlbear. She can stay in this shape for a number of hours equal to half her druid level (rounded down). She then reverts to her normal form. She can revert to her normal form earlier by using a bonus action on her turn. She automatically reverts if she falls unconscious, drops to 0 hit points, or dies.
Spellcasting. Doric is a 4th-level spellcaster. Her spellcasting ability is Wisdom (spell save DC 14, +6 to hit with spell attacks). She has the following druid spells prepared:
Cantrips (at will): druidcraft, mold earth, thorn whip
1st level (4 slots): beast bond, entangle, fog cloud, speak with animals
2nd level (3 slots): barkskin, darkness, spike growth
3rd level (3 slots): daylight, speak with plants
Sling. Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, range 30/120 ft., one target. Hit: 3 (1d4 + 1) bludgeoning damage.