A knot of heavy forest some three miles in length and two miles wide, the Fern Groves have the usual concentration of faerie creatures, with one special group—a community of 23 dryads. The groves take their name from an unusually thick growth of ferns that carpets the forest floor here; though tree leaf cover is thick, enough dappled sunlight reaches the forest floor to sustain these shade-seeking plants. The mage Otto, on a visit to these parts, claimed that sunlight bent around branches to reach the ground, and that some magical force was at work here. On the latter score, at least, he was surely right; there are many rumors concerning buried magics in the Fern Groves (see the Tales and Whispers section).
The dryads themselves are friendly, visited by swanmays and druids, and are delightful, lighthearted folk. The rangers of the Gnarley smile knowingly when they are mentioned, for the Ranger Knight Lynwood Terfalen disappeared into the groves for a period of three years until he was released late in 584 CY. The rangers know the dryads as “Lynwood’s wives” after his dalliance there.