Deadwood deer are very territorial and easily get offended by those who dare step into their swamps. Despite this, the deer have no problem trespassing on farms, staring inside rooms at sleeping people in the middle of the night. They return to the same place many nights as if they are waiting for something to happen. The only way to get rid of these deer is to ask them for small favors. It is a strange concept for the deer to leave after granting a small wish, but it appears to be the truth. People are always happy after meeting the swamp deer: their gardens bloom at the end of autumn, their food tastes better than ever, and their children are on their best behavior. What no one talks about is the aftermath. When granting a favor, the deadwood deer plants a seed inside one's soul. Depending on the things asked and seeds planted, people start acting differently. Those who are selfish will start doubting their neighbors, be paranoid about others wishing them misfortune, or lie about the smallest things. While those who had good intentions will become more rational, think with a clear head, or be kinder to one another. Even after the deadwood deer are long gone, their influence remains. People return to their normal selves only after the winter passes. Those touched by the deer will have to either live with the guilt of their actions or be proud of the things accomplished. Either way, the deadwood deer are satisfied with the result, waiting patiently in their swamps for the next harvest season.
The swamps hide many things: trees, murky water, strange lights that appear in the dead of the night, bugs, animals, and undead creatures. The deadwood deer fall in the last category. These creatures have a strange - although uncanny - beauty. Their bodies are made of dead wood, mushrooms, and odd lights that flicker intermittently. They make no sound and would appear peaceful if it were not for the shrieking faces on the deer's body or the glowing eyes. People say the deadwood deer are an odd mix of dead trees swallowed by the water and the spirits of wandering deer trapped inside the logs, with the mushrooms growing on their bodies being the only things alive. Whichever may be the case, there are many scary stories about the deadwood deer, the conclusion always being that people should fear them. They are not as spooky as people paint them to be, but their magic is feared even by some magi. The deadwood deer have the power to reveal a person's true nature, be it good or bad. The true face of a person is shown, and people fear the consequences of the truth more than the deer themselves. Some might find the idea of asking the deadwood deer for help offensive, but there still are cases when only a deadwood deer can reveal the truth about a person.
Sprite art: Xenomorph/Lazuli | Description: Real