Cleft hoof toes glided over soft moss, blacken from human corruption and influence, as the strong muscles worked their way over to a glistening pond. The Creature stopped, his form illuminated by the light that made it past the few cripple trees: his body was a human man, thin and strong, but his toes and fingers were hoofed like a deerís while antlers adorned his curly brown hair. Deer ears flickered at the sounds of the forest, unnatural and weak. His beloved home stood on the brink of extinction but here he would remain. Here he was needed.
Without blinking, his body shimmered like a water reflection disturbed by pebbles while a white Stag took his place. The muscles twitched, live energy shot into his living tissue making effortless bounds into the forest greenery. Air whistle past his flanks and his nose drank in the pathís flight. He was searching, his eyes black and darting at the sides, for any trespassers in to his forest.
Spindle legs planted themselves into the ground, drawing up the remaining black soil encouraging life to begin again. This was his life, his purpose as he needed no other. Every movement felt natural, almost too good to stop with just a single bound around his territory. Despite the green lush surroundings, there was nothing to be heard about the Stag. Most song birds had fled, leaving the trees lonely and empty of their lovely melodies. The small and meek animals that once littered the forest left nothing more than tracks where they once treaded. Now only a Great Bear- an old Grizzle- with a foul temper matching his awesome size claimed this land as his home.
The proud animal halted at the edge, the forest thinned and ended into a nearby village. A village of humans. Behind those black placid eyes, hatred bore at the pale beasts milling about their lives, ignorant of the harm they caused to his very life. If the forest was gone than his life was no longer required and he would vanish into nothing. The God snorted his hate once more before springing his loaded body back into the woods. Humans were nothing but trouble. The last thing he needed was one trampling their way into his land.