Why do some druids have green skin?


Pathfinder First Edition General Discussion


Is it just something that happens sometimes when you become a druid or what?


Where are you getting the idea that some druids have green skin?


Because they are half-orcs?


Because artists like to add artistic flourishes and the color of one's skin has no meaning as far as the rules are concerned. I think it would be a better question to ask why doesn't the art included in some official content not correspond to the written description?


I believe gnomes and/or elves will change colour to match their surroundings given enough time, but I can't remember the details so I'd have to look it up.


MrCharisma wrote:
I believe gnomes and/or elves will change colour to match their surroundings given enough time, but I can't remember the details so I'd have to look it up.

Elves do get access to the spell Blending - that may be what you're thinking about. Other than that, the iconic gnome druid's art makes her green. I've never seen an actual reference.


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ELVES wrote:
Elves' bodies slowly change over time, taking on a physical representation of their mental and spiritual states, and those who dwell in a region for a long period of time find themselves physically adapting to match their surroundings, most noticeably taking on coloration that reflects the local environment.
GNOME wrote:
The coloration of gnomes varies so wildly that many outsiders assume gnomes commonly use dyes and illusions to change their skin and hair tones. While gnomes are certainly not above cosmetic enhancement (and may wish to change their appearance just to see how outlandish they can look), their natural hues truly range over a rainbow of coloration. Their hair tends toward vibrant colors such as the fiery orange of autumn leaves, the verdant green of forests at springtime, or the deep reds and purples of wildflowers in bloom. Similarly, their flesh tones range from earthy browns to floral pinks, and gnomes with black, pastel blue, or even green skin are not unknown. Gnomes' coloration has little regard for heredity, with the color of a gnome's parents and other kin having no apparent bearing on the gnome's appearance.

From the descriptions of their races.


Java Man wrote:
Where are you getting the idea that some druids have green skin?

The gnome druid. Plus there's an official module (not gonna spoil which here) that shows a human druid with green skin but there's no explanation.


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Yeah, I was thinking about the gnome in the core book. She's green because she's a gnome, not because she's a druid.


Yeah honestly I think this is just artistic license.

The iconic druid is really green just because the artist wanted her to be, but there is an in-world explanation for it (Gnomes can be green).

The module you're playing might have an explanation for it, but more likely it's just that the artist wanted to draw a green druid.

A lot of minor details like colour, height, weight, the sound/volume of your voice, etc are aesthetic details which have no bearing on the game. They are left entirely up to the player (or the GM for NPCs, or the writer for modules). Even the racial descriptions I posted are for "typical" members of a race, so you could have humans with purple hair and green skin if it fits a certain character concept. So you could say your druid has green skin due to their divine practices, but it's not really something covered by the rules.


MrCharisma wrote:
ELVES wrote:
Elves' bodies slowly change over time, taking on a physical representation of their mental and spiritual states, and those who dwell in a region for a long period of time find themselves physically adapting to match their surroundings, most noticeably taking on coloration that reflects the local environment.
GNOME wrote:
The coloration of gnomes varies so wildly that many outsiders assume gnomes commonly use dyes and illusions to change their skin and hair tones. While gnomes are certainly not above cosmetic enhancement (and may wish to change their appearance just to see how outlandish they can look), their natural hues truly range over a rainbow of coloration. Their hair tends toward vibrant colors such as the fiery orange of autumn leaves, the verdant green of forests at springtime, or the deep reds and purples of wildflowers in bloom. Similarly, their flesh tones range from earthy browns to floral pinks, and gnomes with black, pastel blue, or even green skin are not unknown. Gnomes' coloration has little regard for heredity, with the color of a gnome's parents and other kin having no apparent bearing on the gnome's appearance.
From the descriptions of their races.

Very cool. I know gnomes are widely variable, but I'd missed that about elves.


It could be a flavor added to a common druid spell, like barkskin.

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