During our game of Dungeon World, the Druid explained to me what being THE Druid means.
There are actually dozens of Druids in the Halfling clans — they’re spiritual leaders, they commune with the animals and the spirits. They’re a secretive sect, with secret rituals to usher then through the ranks. Being THE Druid means that when he underwent the final ritual, the spirits answered back and flooded into him to mark him.
He is not just the Halflings’ Druid — he is the Spirits’ Druid as well, and he helps bridge both worlds.
I asked if that made him important, like the Druid-pope or whatever. He said no, he’s just a special servant.
So, we have the Avatar, except he belongs to his people wholly, rather than having any individual power or authority of his own.
It feels like an awesome train wreck waiting to happen.