The Stormrider Druids, or Stormriders for short, are a sect of druids that was started by the Royal Service many years ago to maintin travel routes, and aid ships in their voyages.
There is an uneasiness between the Stormriders and the Earthshaper Druids, the other major sect of druids in the world. This unease is caused by two factors, one the Earthshapers believe that the Stormriders have sold their craft to the crown. Secondly as both sets of druids know, it takes pretty high level magic to affect the weather, so the Earthshapers tend to look at the Stormriders as frauds.
Recently a high ranking Stormrider named Aeron Windrider had an epiphanny. If they could only merge the ablities of druids and wizards, the Stormriders could better deliver on their promises of protecting vessels during their travels. Aeron chose his firstborn son Aerik Windrider to be the first in this new breed of Stormriders.