Duiran Council, Heart of the Great Oak
The Duiran Council sits in the heart of the Great Oak, the massive tree in the center of the vast Ithmian forests. Home to forestal people both feral and fey, the denizens of the Heartwood are savage defenders of the wilds whose calling is maintaining the balance between Life and Death - the Rhythm, the ever-changing flow of Nature.
Created from the sacrifice of a Goddess, the Duiran council considers the ancient Heartwood forest a sacred grounds, touched by the spirit-plane of Dia'ruis and infused with its essence. Many a natural wonder and an assortment of strange, spiritual creatures alike are found within the forest and the other areas nestled within the mountainous Hollow.
The council is home to the mystical Shamans, a guild with a spiritual tie to the Dia'ruian energies surrounding the Heartwood, and the fate-fueled magi of the Oneiromancers. Fighting alongside them are the martial Sentaari monks, Sentinel warriors, and tribal Wardens, disciplined combatants dedicated to restoring the Balance through fist, dhurive or wargauntlet, respectively.
The Duiran Council is uncompromising in its stance against the threat of all that is unnatural to the wilds. It is a bastion of freedom and spirit, home to those who forge through the untended paths of the world, into strange territories others fear to tread. Above all, they fight to ensure the wilderness is allowed to run its due course by any means necessary.
They were founded in ancient times by the Viridian Order.
They are aligned with the Eternal Cycle.
They stand as stewards to Dia'ruis, the Plane of Life.
The Shamans of the Praadi an-Kiar guide their steps.
Ancestral wisdom of the Sentinel Pride grants them Severity.
They tread the line of harmony under the guidance of the Sentaari.
They are home to the Tiarna an-Kiar.
They felled Valakris the Bellower, a corrupted Guardian of Dendara.
Alshek and his tainted brood were vanquished by their hand, allowing Sradha's birth.
They repelled the Cult of Kaarn in an attempt to free their master.
They fed Sterion's people to the soliad, ushering in the Second War of Night.
They brought down the very moon from the sky in the ritual of Dia'ruis' birth.
They lured the Withered Jokach into a trap, ensuring its demise.
They laid over 300 citizens of Delve to rest in the traditions of the east.