Renowned for their boisterous natures and love of festivals, satyrs are generally considered disruptive and unpleasant to those unfamiliar with their culture. While they can be raucous, satyrs are predominantly hospitable, hard-working and jovial creatures, with a passion for music and nature.
While shorter and less graceful than fauns—their creature-kind ‘cousins’—satyrs are hardy folk, strong in will and body, with an impressive level of endurance.
Satyrs are stocky bipeds (moves about on two legs) with goatish features, including large rounded ears, curved horns, and hairy cloven-hoofed legs. Their bodies are covered in hair, although the hairs on the face, arms and torso are so small and fine as to be imperceptible from a distance. Skin tones have a decent genetic diversity, and range from yellow and orange tones, through to browns and charcoal hues.
Eye colour in satyrs also has a little variety, with common iris hues including orange, yellow, green, and brown.
Males and females are similar in stature, although dense hair growth on females does not extend to their jawline, backs, chests, or underarms, as it does on males.
All satyrs have cloven hooves, short perky tails, two curving horns protruding from the upper forehead, and strong, rounded features.
With large thigh muscles and a low centre of gravity, satyrs have good balance and are sturdy on their legs, no matter the physical activity; although they are not known to be overly active creatures.
Music and Flora
Known as the Musicians of Valadae, satyrs are aesthetes of song, dance, and rhyme. Their innate Denin abilities lend them the power to manipulate things using sound, which is developed primarily through music. Wood Musicians are titles given to satyrs who have mastered the art of plant manipulation—the most respected magical art of their culture.
It is rare to find a satyr lacking musical talent, and almost unheard of for one to have an aversion to the art.
Satyrs hold a deep respect for all forms of plant-life, especially trees. Their connection to plants is more than a cultural facet; it is an intrinsic link, affecting both mind and body. A satyr's life manna flows in near-perfect synchronisation with the life manna of plants, resulting in a strong empathy and sensitivity to the condition of vegetation within close proximity.
Some satyrs form such a close bond with plants that their physical presence stimulates healthy growth and rejuvenation in sick or damaged vegetation. This rare aptitude is dubbed Lucky Steps and has subsequently made satyrs the embodiment of good luck and fortune.