Yo. I've decided to post my secret little method to creating the ultimate druid. I figured it would be pretty obvious, but it seems no one has thought it up before. The main idea here is that you need to get a Spriggan as a follower. (Which is perfect for roleplay as a druid anyway.)
An Unorthadox Ally
To have a Spriggan as a permanent follower you must simply raise them with a sufficiently powerful resurrection staff. If you have fully reduced conjuration gear, your staff will never run out of charge. That being said, this is completely doable without the gear if you have high conjuration and are willing to soul trap.
The staff ensures that their body will not decompose upon death or the spell duration ending, allowing them to be revived again and again. With the extended time perk and coupled with a potion of increased conjuration duration, you can revive a Spriggan for over 4 minutes. You may consider poisoning a dagger with a secondary fortify health effect to strengthen your ally.
Incidentally, the most powerful staff, the Staff of Dread Zombies, works on any creature under level 13, such as a bear or sabre cat for all you Hunters out there. The only downside to this method is that the Spriggan (or whatever you raise) is unable to fast travel as the spell duration would cease before the destination is reached.
Fear not, however, as there is a clever way around this. As posted by Masterpug in his Permanent Corpse Exploit, you can prevent the corpse from ever disappearing if you need to fast travel away temporarily. Now, I don't use fast travel so this never affected me, but if you are someone that does, then this will ensure the Spriggan stays where you leave it.
How effective is a Spriggan in combat, you ask? About as effective as all the wild life in a 6000 ft radius. At the beginning of every fight the Spriggan will summon creatures to aid her in battle, as she does when fighting the Dragonborn.
Normally, this is where things get tricky: the animals that the Spriggan summons are all still hostile to the player. Again, however, I have a plan. You may override the hostility with use of either the Kyne's Peace or Animal Alleigance shouts; but the smart way to do it is via the Voice of the Sky active effect.
If you take a trip up to High Hrothgar and activate the 10 stone tablets along the way you gain an ability called Voice of the Sky. With this effect active (it lasts for 8 hours real-time, not game time) the animals summoned will not attack you, and will instead attack your opponents. This method requires at most 10 minutes per gaming session, and is a small price to pay for such awesome power.
And there it is. With your new Spriggan ally you'll summon all nearby wildlife to assist you in any outdoor combat, and you won't have to wait that ridiculous cooldown associated with the Animal Alleigance shout. Your new ally will also be affected by your Necromancy and Dark Souls perk, making her even more effective in combat.
Its actually not tedious at all. All you have to do is turn around every 6 minutes and smack your Spriggan. Theres also a staff enchanter where you're guaranteed a copy of the staff.
If its the permanent corpse exploit thats putting you off then you can skip it. Its completely optional. All you need to know about it is that if you drop a certain quest item (such as one of the numerous "Letter from a friend"s) that you obtain on the corpse, then it never disappears.
Actually, I'm not going to add in the Ritual Stone exploit. Everyone knows about it already, and its not like I invented it or anything. If you want to go get a bear army, then by all means do so. I just want to keep this post to things that I personally discovered.
Man, I should really choose my words more effectively. The 100 % reduction is just a little trick I did to make it easier on myself, not something thats necessary. If you have even 50% reduction and 60 skill then you'll hardly ever run out of charge. I just happened to already have 100 enchanting on my archmage character, so I gave him a pseudo-questline to turn him into a druid. Pretty fun.
And character building isn't really for me. I just wanted to share this trick I thought I found. I guess it really is easier to do if you have an established mage character. More of an Epic Destiny like in DnD than a character build.
Wow, thats actually a really good idea. Someone should introduce the concept of an Epic Destiny into the CB group!!! There could be, like, skill and quest requirements. And a level requirement.
It would be a whole heck of a lot more efficient than creating a new character again from scratch. With an Epic Destiny you could skip the boring early levels that all play the same anyway.
That could usher in a whole new wave of creativity into the CB group. You should totally do that Alastor. Anyway, you can have this druid trick to do whatever you like with it. This is as far as I'll take it.
"I never use Dead Thrall on anything except humans"
I thought dead thrall could only be used on humans?
I never thought of using Spriggans to create an animal army. I'm totally making a druid tonight.
Howdy Howdy! BloodBane here
Since I got Skyrim to work on the PC, I have been modding my game like CRAZY! So what I am going to do is I am going to take a look at my favorite perk overhaul, Ordinator, and try this out. If this works out, then I might end up having the perfect abomination for a character build XD Do you mind if I use this idea? All credits go to you and this article will be referenced in the build.
Other than that, very nice find!