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16th February 2013 from Twitlonger

A Druid began their training around the age of five, or soon after any person was deemed gifted by the divine, nature or otherwise. This training lasted for at least fifteen years and sometimes as long as twenty. The training was harsh on the body and the mind, for some key factors were survival and the ability to influence and control Nature’s raw energy. A person had to possess extreme endurance for Druidic training. Usually the students were taught by all the Druids of a community, and would amalgamate their knowledge. Students were called upon to occasionally teach lessons they had learned to newer pupils, and it is in this manner that initiates could then advance as expeditious as their natural abilities permitted. The Ovates’ and Bards’ initial training began in much the similar method. They both were educated on the histories of their people and the principles the tribe abided, and both learned the basic creed of the other's classes. Thus an Ovate had basic Bard craft, and a Bard knew the first lessons of the Ovate. This was to ensure that the two classes had a firm understanding of each other because they often closely worked together and to attain the title of Druid, an initiate must hold mastery over one if not both sub-divisions.

A person who studies Druidism learns as much as possible from many various fields. They access information, take it in, revere and appreciate it, no matter if even it seems trivial at that particular moment. A Druid is for all intents and purposes a "walking magickal, mystical encyclopedia". The lore gathered by the Druids is used to further their understandings of the intricacies of the complex universe and worlds around them—both the seen and unseen.

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