Known as kashehotapalo by the Choctaw and Chickasaw, they are more frequently called kashies in the modern day, though the jury is still out on whether this is a slur or not according to some.

A kashehotapalo, or kashie, is often mistaken for a centaur, as they have a similar build–being the torso of a rather slight humanoid atop a cervine body, either a white-tailed deer (“waggies”) or a mule deer (“muleys”). They are not related to centaurs at all, of course–North American centaurs were driven to extinction 20,000 years ago. Rather, they evolved convergently with a similar body plan and are more closely related to European fauns.

Long regarded as a nuisance by Native American hunters for their penchant to forewarn prey animals in their own tongues if angered (or demanding a bribe), the kashehotapalo remained behind when the Choctaw and Chickasaw were removed, retreating to the deep forests. Over time, though, the draw of a modern and easy life has led many to emerge and many now work from home as medical record clerks, customer service representatives, phone bank operators, and the like. They typically live on the edge of towns or in lightly settled areas, and as supernatural creatures are not allowed to own property, they rent or squat, relying almost entirely on under-the-table transactions to stay afloat.

Their shut-in and reclusive nature has, unfortunately, led to many being victims of burglary or home invasion.

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