Sylvans are wild and volatile nature spirits. They are known
to be evil and villous with red and black disordered hair.
Their body is human overall, but they have animal ears and
tails and, in some cases, animal legs and horns. They are
pretty when children, beautiful and bestial when young, and
horrible and hoggish when old. As their age increases, they
become half-bald and their noses turn flat. At that point
they believe to remedy such a ugliness by adorning
themselves with thick beards.
Sylvans are formidable hunters. They are agile and swift
and almost undetectable in thick vegetation. Their smell and
hearing are exceptional.
Sylvans also like music and many play double pipe,
syringe or reed-pipe, sometimes with snappers and tambour
accompaniment. Some are very accomplished musicians: as in
the famous musical challenge between sylvan Marsia
and god Apollo. Many can magically affect all humans
within a six-foot radius with their music. Those who don't
successfully ward off a spell will be affected either by
charm, sleep or fear all depending on the Sylvan's choice.
Commonly they are reputed to exist only of masculine
gender, but this is due to the fact that female sylvans are
hard at work at home and seldom venture out into the world.
They are malicious and usually hostile to men; sometimes
they damage harvests, attack herds or use violence against
women. They love a little too much wine as well as beautiful
girls (Nymphs in particular) who try to avoid them.
Sylvans have huge reproductive organs, are subject to easy
stimulation, and are very lewd.
There are three Sylvan races:
FAUNS: These Sylvans are the most numerous and the most
human-like: their bestiality is limited to general
traits, pointed ears, and a long horsetail that starts
from their loins. They are less hated by Nymphs than
other Sylvans and also more clever in weapon use.
SATYRS: They prefer forested mountains and are the most
wild of all Sylvans. They have goat-like legs and horns
and a thick hairy tail at their loins. Satyrs rarely
carry weapons. If they have to fight, stones and staffs
magically appear in their hands which they use with
proficiency. Half man, Half goat.
Bearded, sometimes with horns or goat's ears.
SYLENS: These prefer grass fields rich with water and cool
caves. They have horse-like legs and tails. Sylens use
stones and staffs like Satyrs, however, they are more
prone to use their hoofs while attacking.
sounds are those that gather from the shores,
The voice of nymphs that haunt the sylvan bowers,
The fair-hair'd dryads of the shady wood,
Or azure daughters of the silver flood?