Joined: Sep 09, 2009 Posts: 2430 Location: SW WA state (Highvale)
Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 2:41 pm Post subject: Druid 'powers' and Detection
This came up in casual discussion and I would invite feedback.
If a druid uses his/her shapeshifting powers, does this give off an Alteration aura if detected for magically? Or is it considered a 'natural' ability in much the same way that a doppleganger can transform, or when a lycanthrope shifts forms?
When a druid is able to 'pass without a trace' as like the spell by achieving 3rd lvl, does this leave a magical aura like the spell of the same name? Or is this merely some type of 'natural' ability, too?
Joined: Oct 06, 2008 Posts: 2780 Location: South-Central Pennsylvania
Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 4:25 pm Post subject:
For the Pass Without Trace, I would say that it is a natural ability, something gained from skill, training and practice. The Druid learns to do this over time, like an Apache.
Shape shifting is another matter. With true Lycantrhopy, or Dopplegangers, it is who/what they are. They are born with this ability. It compares more with a magical creature, rather than as a spell-like ability.
Druids, on the other hand, are not born with the ability to shape shift. It's something they are taught, something they learn, and thus fits in more with a spell-like ability and thus could be detected.
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