The Ferdiad Cycle
The druids were an ancient order of holy men that used to be the spiritual and sometimes political leaders of the old Cernish tribes before the invasion of the Ellysian empire. Little is known of their rituals but stories tell of their ability to commune with the beasts of the woods and magical powers over nature. Ellysian commanders also wrote of their strange rituals involving human sacrifices and the conjuring of demons.
After being over-run by the Ellysians the druids continued their resistance for decades until the Ellysians started punishing the peasants every time an Ellysian soldier fell in the druids’ strikes. After a century the druids were hunted as heathens by the Cerns and their long struggle ended finally when the old gods were replaced by the Corwynt fate. Today the druids exist only in stories, the bogeyman of the deep dark forests.