race: deer shifter(white-tail deer)
height: in woman form: 5'4"Deer Woman, sometimes also known as Deer Lady, is a shape-shifting woman in Native American mythology, in and around Oklahoma, The Western United States and The Pacific Northwest.
She allegedly appears at various times as an old woman, or a young maiden, or a deer. Some descriptions assign her a human female upper body and the lower body of a white-tailed deer.
The Deer Woman is said to sometimes be seen as a beautiful woman just off the trail or behind a bush, calling to men to come over. Deer Woman is often said to have all the features of a normal young woman, except her feet which are shaped like deer hooves and her brown deer's eyes. Men who are lured into her presence often notice too late that she is not a natural woman and are then stomped to death. Other stories and traditions describe the sighting of Deer Woman to be a sign of personal transformation or a warning. Deer Woman is also said to be fond of dancing and will sometimes join a communal dance unnoticed leaving only when the drum beating ceases.
The Deer Woman is similar in nature to several other female figures of folklore from other regions such as La Llorona from Mexico and the Southwestern United States, the Fiura of Chile, the Colombian creatures the Patasola and "the Tunda and the Iara of Brazil, the Xana from Asturias (Spain), and Naag Kanyas (serpent women) from India. All are females who at times, function as sirens leading men to their death.
This physical deformity marking an otherwise perfect women is a common theme among legendary siren figures. Deer Woman has hooves for feet, La Patasola and the Tunda have deformed feet and La llorona is often said to have no feet by those who see her. The Iara on the other hand is a fish woman with a blow hole in her neck.
According to Ojibwe tradition, she can be banished through the use of tobacco and chant others say that you can break her spell by looking at her feet, which are in fact hooves. Once she is recognized for what she is, she runs away. This is, in fact, how one of the main characters in the horror movie mentioned below stopped it from killing him.
deer form(from the shoulders): 3'0"
length in deer form: 5'10"
weight: woman form: 110 lbs
deer form: 100 lbs
Appearance: (deer form) The white-tailed deer is tan or brown in the summer and grayish brown in winter. It has white on its throat, around its eyes and nose, on its stomach and on the underside of its tail. She looks no different then the average deer and anyone who could not sense the shifter magic about her would easily mistake her for a normal deer.
(woman form)At first glance she appears to be a very attractive young woman with dark deer-like eyes. Long, thick dark almond hair hangs down just past her waist; an assortment of twigs, feathers and flowers sit atop her head in what looks like a crude crown of sorts. She will often eat her crown and then set about making a new one. With tan skin and a long narrow deer-like body she lures men into the woods, where she then seduces and kills them. Around her waist she wears a skirt fashioned from the hides of her dead forest friends, it is her way of honoring those that have been killed by the wickedness of mankind. This long skirt drags on the ground around her feet, more like where her feet should be for instead of feet she has the hooves of a deer.
To clear up any confusion, Niabi looks like a human woman from the knees up. Below the knees, she has the hind legs of a deer and hooves for feet. She has two legs not four (when in the form of a woman.) She hides her deer legs and hooves under a long skirt that drags on the ground, so it might be hard to notice that she's something other than a very strange woman.
Possessions: Nothing other then the skirt she wears when in her woman form and the necklaces she wears around her neck; the forests provides for all the needs that she may have.
Keen deer-like senses: like a deer she can sense when danger is about. When in her deer form, she will raise her tail as a warning to the other deer around her.
Deer-like grace: She can run as fast, with the speed and agility of a deer but only in deer form, she tends to have some problems walking on two legs.Deer have their eyes on the sides of their head, giving them a 310 degree view. This wide view does make it hard for deer to focus on a single point. Deer have a good night vision, which is useful in the early morning and near dusk. Deer have a great sense of hearing. They have a lot of muscles attached to their ears which allow them to turn their ears in any direction, without moving their heads. They can hear higher frequencies of sound than humans.
Deer charm: The only real ability that does not come from being part deer is her seemingly magical ability to charm men. Luring them into the forest where she has her way with them before she kills them and feeds their corpses to the creatures of the forest. Any corpses that she leaves behind can be found with numerous hoof prints covering their bodies. (deer charm would effect any man standing within say 30 yards of her but only if they happen to notice her. oh and it only works when she's a woman.)Deer are ungulates, which means that they have two-toed hoofs. They have long legs with powerful muscles and are able to run 40 miles per hour and jump 10 feet high. They are also fast swimmers.
Skilled at setting traps: For those who wish to bring unnecessary harm to the trees that serve as home to the innocent creatures of the forest; death awaits them in the woods. Being a creature of the woods herself, she understands that some beasts must feed on others to survive but those who kill for sport will receive death themselves. Traps are set to catch those who trespass, those who do not belong.
Self-conscience: She tries to hide the fact that she is not a normal humanoid. If her name or that of her kind is spoken (both of which is/means deer) or her intended victim notices her hooves, she will frighten and run away into the woods. This is the best defense against her deer charm spell.
She can be easily frightened: Large groups of men, someone who is ably to sneak up on her or predatory creatures frighten her. When this happens she will get the all to common "deer in the headlights" look right before bolting off into the safety of the woods.
Lack of knowledge of mans' inventions: Being a creature of the woods gives you the disadvantage of having an utter lack of knowledge of anything man-made. She doesn't know what weapons are an so does not know that she needs to defend herself against them. Ever something as harmless as a sheet hanging on a clothes line could frighten her as she has no idea what it is or what it does.
Music and merrymaking: Unable to resist music and merrymaking she has been know to leave the safety of the woods to enjoy a good party. Music has a near magical power to take complete control over her. She can not resist the call of music or simple ignore it. If she can hear music playing, she must go to it and she must dance to it until such time as the music stops or she falls over from exhaustion. She will leave said party if she is identified or when the music stops. When she leaves of her own free will often times she will not be alone.
History: Niabi does not know or care to know from whence she came. The woods were her home now and that was all that mattered. The creatures there had taken her in; they were her friends, her family, her company through all those long seasons. She knew that there was something different about herself, the other creatures had not the ability to change shape at will but this was her chance to get back at those who meant them harm. She would seek revenge for her fallen friends and family with the death of each man who didn't respect the natural way of things. Shifting was her gift and with it came the duty of protecting that of her home. It is unknown as to where and when this transformation first took place, for deer do not measure time like that of men.
Over time though, see has seen many of her companions come and go. Her life has been much longer then that of her forest friends and so she has had much more time to prefect her own hunting skills. Unlike the other creatures, it is men she hunts; luring them into the woods where she has her way with them and then viscously stomps and tears them apart with her hooves. Their corpses feed the more predatory creatures of the wild.
Most of her time is spent as a deer; though it is not unheard of for a strangle foreign woman to show up at festivals, dancing to the music before disappearing with a local man. On rare occasions a traveler can be known to stumble upon a small grove in which a beautiful woman can be seen dancing about in the moonlight. If the man is lucky he will hurry on his way, avoiding her if he can. If not, then he shall receive the night of his life, the last night of his life.
Again it is not know when or where, maybe it was a few seasons back or years but Niabi learned of a power of sorts that she had. A power to tempt men, to lure then back into her home and there she takes from them what she wants. She may have been in rut or just overly curious about the men invading her home but she learned that her body was the best tool to use against these invaders. She let them think they were getting what they wanted but it was a far greater price they would pay then what they had in mind.
((Sorry the history is short but as I said she spends most of her time as a deer; if you don't know what that is like then maybe you should go watch Bambi again.))
Quotes are taken from http://www.veganpeace.com/animal_facts/Deer.htm
Her coat had almost completely changed from a reddish-brown color to that of the grey-brown color that she would wear until next spring. As she moved through the woods she left her scent on all the plants and trees in her path,this way the others would know where to find her. As she was making her way over to the small grove that served as her home, she bent over to nibble on some fresh mushrooms.
A noise, a strange noise floated through the air. It was a noise unlike any she had heard before. It was not the call of any animal that she had ever heard, with this noise came another sound a load thundering sound quieter then that which came from the sky. This was no sound from the sky, it came from behind her and it was getting loader.
Her ears which now stood on end, twitched at the sound. Lifting her head, she turned her head to peer in the direction from which the sound came. Batting those deep doe eyes so full, eyes that sought the cause of the strange noise; scanning the nearby area she saw not the source but knew that it could not be far off. The curiosity of the deer lead her away from the safety of the peaceful glen and into a world that was both alien and frightening to her.
From behind the safety of the low brush, she crouched, watching the strange creatures before her as they took part in some sort of odd ritual. They were strange creatures indeed, they stood on their hind legs and for the most part had very little hair on their bodies. They moved about in a way that was most interesting to her; their forelegs moved about through the air as their hind legs moved in time with the rhyme of the noise. Odd as they were, there was something about them that made her want to join them. So she slowly made her way out from behind brush.
To her surprise, when she stepped forth from her safe spot she was no longer a creature of the woods; somehow she had changed, she had become one of the strange creatures that stood before her. It wouldn't be until later that she learned they were called men. These men, as they would be called, had noticed her and invited her to join in their festivities. Though the customs were unknown to her, curiosity got the best of her.
The music, that is what is was, called to her. It stirred something deep within her blood, deep down in her soul, its primal beating made her heart race. She felt a need to dance to this music, just as she felt the need to mate. It was then that she had noticed all the men about, she could smell it, she could tell by the way that they looked at her, they had the desire to mate as strongly as she had. From this herd she would find herself a strong male, she would bring him back into the woods, and there she would have her way with him.
This plan of hers worked well enough, the man she had chosen had been all to willing to follow her into the woods. Back to the safety of the glen, where the animals watched, where the buck had been waiting for her. They had not noticed him standing behind trees but there he stood and there he watched. He had recognized her scent, for the forest stunk of it but her new form he did not. Through his confusion he watched as this man threw his doe to the ground and took her in a heat of passion. The doe, which should have been his, now lay under the body of another male. This was something he would not stand for.
The buck emerged from his hiding spot and walked into the glen, his large antlers pointed and ready, with his target in sight he charged forward. The man, as busy as he was with the beautiful woman beneath him, jumped when he saw the deer charge at him. He rolled out of the way, reaching for his discarded dagger; the dagger flew threw the air and stuck in the shoulder of the buck. The deer let out a terrible cry of pain. Seeing this Niabi turned on her human mate; none would hurt a member of her herd and not pay for it. It was then that she turned on this man and her with her buck companion killed and tore his body to pieces.
So would be the fate of many more of his kind. They would pay for hurting the creatures of the woods.