Dryads is a Wood Elves melee infantry unit. There is no bargaining when the forest is damaged; vengeance will be exacted. In The Queen and the Crone, the Avelorn faction also has access to Dryads.
Dryads are spiteful creatures with hearts akin to shards of ice. In the soul of a Dryad, there is neither room nor regard for compassion or mercy, merely an uncompromising dedication to Athel Loren that makes even the most heartfelt vows of Elf or Man seem trivial by comparison. To harm the forest is to invoke a deadly and unyielding vengeance that ends only when the transgressor's body has been ruined and broken. Only a fool deliberately offers insult to a Dryad, but alas, these spirit-maids are so utterly different to mortal creatures that offence is often taken whether it was intended or not. Few mortals make such a mistake twice, and then only if the individual in question is either very lucky or very swift.
- ↑ Damage Dealer: This unit has a strong emphasis on dealing damage. If fighting it, make sure to take it out before it can get into firing or melee range.
- ↑ Forest Spirit: The spirits of Athel Loren are able to shrug off most mundane attacks, causing magical damage in turn before melting into the forest from whence they came.
- ↑ Vanguard Deployment: This unit can deploy in an expanded deployment area, allowing it to start the battle within striking distance of the enemy - or somewhere unexpected.
- ↓ Weak Against Armour: This unit's attack can hardly punch through armour and is thus wasted on heavily armoured enemies.
Dryads are a frontline alternative to the Eternal Guard in a Wood Elf army. These spirits will deal more damage and should generally last longer with their physical resistance and immunity to psychology. However, this comes with some downsides, notably being their weakness to fire and that magical damage will negate their resistance. As their abilities say, they are a better damage dealer than Eternal Guard (also dealing magic damage which can be useful), but have less armor piercing damage and no charge defense. Dryads are a strong unit that an enemy must suitably prepare for in order to counter.
They function largely the same in the High Elf faction, Avelorn's armies. They can replace Spearmen with the same bonuses and negatives.