Kionus satyrs

The Kionus satyrs are a relatively small population of satyrs with a wide geographic range. Sometimes nicknamed Snow Goats, the Kionus satyrs dwell primarily in the northern lands of West Colassia.   The Snow Goats are more serious and stern than most other satyrs though they still have fun hedonistic natures if you can pierce their outer shell.   Satyrs in general have a fair amount of body hair, but Kionus satyrs are the hairiest satyr culture as befits their cold homelands.  Their fur and hair tends to be white or grey.  They manifest dominant airy elemental traits with secondary earthy traits.   The Kionus satyrs can be found in the entire northern band of West Colassia The Great Colassian Tundra and the World Seam Mountains. They prefer rugged terrain over flat terrain so they are disproportionately represented in the mountains. They can swim, but they generally don't like water, so they usually stay inland and rarely go fishing.   The Kionus satyrs are a tough, rugged lot. They have to hunt, trap, and forage in a harsh environment and they have to compete for living space with orcs, chimera, and various other aggressive competitors in the north. They commonly keep domesticated herds of reindeer for meat or milk.   While satyrs in general are known to be fairly brave, the Kionus satyrs have a strong warrior culture. While they will aggressively defend what is theirs, they are not blood thirsty murderers. They will negotiate peacefully with almost anyone given the chance though they prefer to do so from a position of strength.   They are more insular than most other satyrs but they are more open to dealing with outsiders than most of the mortals that roam the frozen north. If outsiders can demonstrate peaceful intentions while simultaneously demonstrating strength, the Kionus satyrs can be very generous and gregarious hosts. While they are not exactly fond of civilization, they are not hostile to civilized folk and will deal respectfully with them if approached respectfully.   They will steal to survive if pressed to it, but they are sociable and pragmatic enough to trade peacefully with almost anyone including but not limited to dwarves, orcs, humans, or kobolds.   Since they are known to deal with orcs, dwarves are often inclined to mistrust them and visa versa but they can usually overcome these misgivings with their satyr charm. But just in case their charm fails, that is why they prefer to negotiate from a position of strength.   When they trade with other races, they commonly seek alcoholic beverages. Left to their own devices, their most common drink is fermented reindeer milk.   Kionus satyrs have some smiths among them, but most of their metal weapons and tools are gained from barter or theft. When they trade with others, they commonly trade away fur, ivory, and reagents.

Culture

Major language groups and dialects

Kionus satyrs speak Common as their mother tongue.  Most of them are multi-lingual commonly learning Elven, Draconic, Dwarven, and/or Orcish.

Culture and cultural heritage

Like most satyrs, Kionus satyrs are musically inclined. They tend to favor drums and horns though singing is by far their favorite method of musical expression.

Shared customary codes and values

Kionus' satyrs are often honest to the point of being blunt. They have little patience for deception. They also take their oaths very seriously, a trait that sets Kionus apart from most other satyrs.   The Kionus have a tendency to cut themselves and bleed at major events, so their oaths are often blood oaths.

Common Dress code

Kionus satyrs dress pragmatically for warmth and camouflage.

Common Customs, traditions and rituals

Kionus satyrs are not especially pious but they still periodically give the Nine their due.  They are especially fond of Maylar and Korus.  While still respectful towards Nami, they are less pro-Nami than most other satyrs.   Most Kionus satyrs practice ancestors worship at least a few times a year, a practice that is uncommon among mother other satyrs.

Birth & Baptismal Rites

Since their infant mortality is so high that it is considered bad luck to name a child too early.  Kionus satyrs do not name their children until at least their second birthday.   On their name day, their mother (and occasionally father or another male relative) will anoint the child's head with a little bit of her own blood.

Coming of Age Rites

To be officially recognized as adult, young boys and girls must survive on their own for at least a week in the coldest part of winter. Usually this rite of passage is done in groups of four to six. These rites of passage often form the basis for lifelong friendships and/or romances.

Funerary and Memorial customs

Kionus satyrs are fairly similar to other satyr funeral services with a period of silence followed by a long mournful dirge followed by a raucous party.   There are two things unique to the Kionus.  The first is that the bereaved usually cut their palms and bleed into a wooden cup at the start of the ceremony.    The second is that they usually practice cremation instead of burial, burning their cup of blood on the funeral pyre at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Ideals

Courtship Ideals

Most Kionus satyrs travel in bands of two dozen to five dozen satyrs but these tribal boundaries are fluid.  When two groups meet, it is common for more than a few members to migrate to the other group which is the main way the Kionus avoid inbreeding issues.   Relative to other satyrs, Kionus satyrs are less likely to seek romantic partners with non-satyrs. Both male and female Kionus alike are not very monogamous as a rule but they have a tendency to prefer strong and tough mates.   Courtship rituals often involve non-lethal, but brutal fights between potential mates and/or romantic rivals.


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