So far we’ve talked about the duta races of The Trailokya Trilogy, as well as humans and danava. Then, we moved onto the races with whom humanity shares their universe (Samsara). First up was the Cetians. What interesting race do I have in store for you now?
Oreiades. A soul race of amphibious humanoids. They share their planet, Satyr, with the ikyls. This race cooperates with the UWOS.
ikyls. A soul race, humanoid in build, with legs like a capra aegagrus hircus (goat), native to the planet Satyr.
The oreiades may or may not sound familiar. Early pagan mythology mentions beings that inhabited the forests and lakes, tempting men to their deaths. Hailing from Satyr, this race shares their planet with the ikyls. Let’s cover them together.
Just as the oreiades show up in human mythology so do the ikyls. One might recognize them as the pan or faun. They’re small of stature, growing no taller than four feet in height. Their upper torso resembles that of the human, but their amply haired crowns boast a pair of horns. The older the ikyls, the larger and more curled are the horns. Both males and females bear horns. Their lower halves are covered in hair. the knee bends in the reverse and their lower limb end in hooves. They also boast short tails with a bristly tuft. Their nature is friendly, if not amorous, which makes it curious that their form inspired the human caricature of demons.
Satyr is the only planet in Samsara, thus far, to have evolved two highly intelligent species.
Oreiades are similar to humans in form, however they are amphibious and their skin develops a mucous coating in water. Their eyes are larger than human eyes, and they see well in darkness. Their hair is thick, built to withstand lengthy submersion. Their female figure is curvy and the male figure thick. Average heights are under six feet, especially the females who tend to be little over five feet in height.
The climate of Satyr is humid subtropical and marine. The planet is thickly forested and equally covered in oceans and lakes. The oreiades appear to have evolved from the water layers of the planet, while the ikyls are products of the forest. The two species have lived in harmony since early in their evolution, both coming to inhabit the forests, as they currently live symbiotically. The amorous nature of the ikyls has played well with the egocentric oreiades personality. Intermarriage does not produce offspring, as the species are genetically dissimilar. The pairings are have proved fulfilling for the couples who chose to be together.
The only matter of contention between the races is that dealing with the naiades of Hydria. This other soul species is closely related to the oreiades, and ancient lore suggests they are actually the same people, and the separation occurred due to feuds. Naiades continue to live in water habitats, and populate a different planet. How these populations are actually related is still a mystery, but the similarities are undeniable. Thus, the Ikyls have won the ire of the oreiades in attempting to shepherd the naiades into the UWOS, suggesting the lore may be true, and no doubt the danava are behind the rift in these sister populations.