The Frozen City
Circle of Green
More than seventeen hundred years ago, long before there were even dreams of empires from the east, a powerful conclave of druids held sway over all that lived within the wilderness of Palastan and beyond. These druids were called the Circle of Green, and their power was unmatched. The Viridian Lords served the circle, walking the land in their name.
The druids were not cruel or selfish in their position, but neither were they merciful to those who transgressed their will. In truth, a typical commoner would never come into contact with the Circle of Green and would only rarely see the druids’ envoys or servants. Local governments and nobility ruled over their subjects on a daily basis, but if the Circle of Green gave an order, princes and dukes, even the King of Palastan himself, had to obey.
Such power, even if used fairly, draws resentment. The Circle of Green operated for more than six centuries but came to a dire end. When Ghul, the self-proclaimed Half God, came to Palastan, he found it easy to move from community to community sowing ire and disapproval for the Circle of Green. Thus, when he attacked the conclave with his giants, demons, and rakshasas, no one came to the druids’ aid.
Today, the Viridian Lords still defend the natural world in and around Ptolus, speaking for the Elder Gods, but the Circle of Green is no more. Or is it?