“I’ve seen it, a spawn of the Demon Prince of Beasts! It walked like a man, but looked like a goat. The creature carried strange sorceries upon them too, like nothing of this world. Surely, there must be more…” – A traveler’s encounter with a fiendish-goatfolk warlock.
Born from the Planes
Many rumors have spread of a race of beastly creatures born from demons. They have prominent goat features and walk upright, with a strange speech that’s a cross of humanoid and animal. In truth, the origins of these creatures have nothing to do with fiends at all, but the fair folk or the fae. The ever dubious and tricky denizens of the wyld plane are known for creating strange things on a whim, sometimes using outside creatures mutate into new ones. The goatfolk is one such case. During a fight between the unseelie and fiendish powers, warped goat-like creatures known as “hooved horrors” were unleashed as infantry forces for the fiends. For the most part, the creatures were vanquished. Those that were captured were used by the fey for experiments. Most of them had their fiendish corruption purged as they were made into protectors of the Wyld Plane. However, some still had a lingering fiendish essence that festered and manifested in later generations.
Swift and Athletic
The Goatfolk tend to dwell in steep crags, harsh mountaintops and rocky hills. Many are adept at jumping about the otherwise dangerous surfaces. As such, they value dexterity and maneuverability as important skills within their society. Ironically, their strange hoof-like fingers make them less likely to train in ranged weapons. However, those who have had success with such weapons are regarded as near-royalty. For those who aren’t disposed towards weapons, sorcery is more than common upon the goat people. This is likely the result of their distant underworld heritage, though the tampering of the fey could have caused a magical awakening all the same. However, magic users are seen as eccentric and strange within much goatfolk culture. Many see it as an unnecessary oddity, especially when physical prowess is held in such high regards. Some even see it as cheating one’s way to power or improving themselves artificially.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: GOATS! Sure, the connections to devils and the like was a bit easy, but I wanted to roll with it as a player option. I guess it fits under the anti-hero category because of that, but whatever. To be fair, this started as a variant tiefling option… which is also below. Also, I guess I owe a minor apology to the many people who wanted content that could translate into Undertale… especially when I either didn’t deliver or was crabby about it. (In short, I’m not a fan of Undertale. I just couldn’t get into it.) No matter, here’s my early Crimbo present to you! Or should I say, Merry Krampus!
But yes, come for the goat race, stay for the Tiefling options!