5 to 6 feet average
M to F Ratio
Gowahre is a term coined for the species by the natives of Geterix, and roughly translates down into "Hocked Ones", which refers to their likeness to goats or deer. The term has followed them across many languages of their kind, but not all, and is accepted by the international community as the name of their species due to the notoriety of Geterix.
According to their foundational stories and archeological evidence, the Gowahre originate from Grianeil, the Isle of the Sun, and from over the straits did their people gradually migrate outward. Legend says that Grianeil was where a mountain once had split open by a nature goddess when she blew the Horn of Awe, giving birth to the sun. From the sparks of the great inferno were the Gowahre given life by becoming embers in the hearts of beasts, whose fire burned away mindlessness and kindled reason. These are primarily shared among the Gowahre of Grianeil, the Geterix, but can be found elsewhere as well.
The Gowahre are born with many humanoid features, and follow a like-body scheme of two arms and two legs, and are relatively human from the waist up. However, their body becomes drastically different from this point forward, as the Gowahre body becomes blanketed in fur, with hocked legs and a short tail. Rather than feet, these creatures have hooves which are better adapted to rough terrain, and advantageous in many respects compared to the human design, though not all. Less dominated traits which set them aside from humans is their ears and horns, both of which come in a variety of designs. Horns can range from short and stocky, long and narrow, varied in number and there are even branches of the species which grow not horns, but antlers; a whole branch in themselves. Their ears can be long and furred, short and pointed or even have a likeness to humans. Due to the migrations of their species, the Gowahre have adapted to many different environments, which also carries influence on their physiology. Their skin can range from fair to dark, and the colors of their hair and fur can vary as well, but tend to keep to more naturalistic colors.
While these are a great deal of external traits that define them, the Gowahre are also unique in aspects to their internal physiology. Much of their design is human within, showing they aren't too far a fall from ancient mankind, aside from some very different muscular structure and bone structure to accommodate for their extended traits. Their legs in particular have much stronger muscles on average, and this makes the Gowahre quite effective at feats of speed and endurance, compared at the very least to a human; much to the bane of those who might need to challenge such a race in mobile warfare. Their metabolism and digestive traits are also of note, with a higher metabolic rate compared to humans, and a diet which, while omnivorous, is much more attached to herbivore dietary patterns. In essence, too much meat can be harmful for the species, and they must regulate its consumption safely. This is unlike the Kumisune who, while also being omnivores, are much more focused on carnivorous diets.
Gowahre are born after four months in the womb, at which point they are far more capable and developed compared to a human child, being able to walk a few days after birth and having a thin layer of fur fully grown over their legs and tail. As they grow older and approach puberty, the Gowahre begin to have their horns come in and fill out, though for those with antlers this can sometimes be a repetitive process as, if not permanent, it may begin the cycle of antler growing and shedding. For a Gowahre, puberty begins on average around ten years of age, by which point the Gowahre body undergoes physiological changes in bodily maturity and reproductive capability, comparable to that of humans, albeit much faster in development. Puberty for a Gowahre ends roughly at fifteen, at which point they enter more adult stages of their development, and from this point are able to function as active members of a community biologically, though do not cease growing fully to fill out in muscle and size until they reach twenty. For a Gowahre, the prime of reproductive ability is from the end of puberty to roughly thirty, and are capable of rapid reproduction as well, though beyond thirty their bodies become more and more infertile and begin to show more signs of aging.
For comparison's sake, a Gowahre begins to rapidly age compared to a human at this point in their life, becoming more middle aged at thirty, and moving steadily forward with the years. As they grow older, their fur coats and hair may dull or change in color, and their horns/antlers may also share in this process. While humans live far longer on average, for a Gowahre, life has been most often fulfilled steadily and healthily up to fifty years of age, where most then perish. This is not the oldest a Gowahre is able to reach, and there are cases of Gowahre living to eighty, ninety and even rumors of them living to a hundred years of age; well over the average limit of their kind, but this is especially abnormal.
Gowahre are omnivorous by design, but their dietary structure forces them to have a greater focus on a plant based diet, especially composed of earthen products such as roots and seeds. This may be linked back to some innate foraging nature that their ancient selves may have had, but this is a line of inquiry which has not been fully explored. Regardless, they fair far better with these raw foods compared to others, and often the planets they eat require far less processing by artificial means before it can be eaten, such as being able to very efficiently consume grains such as wheat without the need to it being processed into bread. The realm of meats, however, is where the Gowahre are far more cautious. Their bodies are capable of consuming meat in daily meals, but not in large amounts. A high quantity of meat can be rather detrimental to a Gowahre, and there are many cases in which it has had an effect likened to food poisoning on their body, thanks to their digestive processes struggling to break down meats the same way it does with plants. There are some exceptions to this animal based protein relationship, with products such as eggs or small arthropods being easily broken down by their bodies; or at the very least can be consumed in larger amounts compared to the usual cooked muscle tissue of larger beasts.
Gowahre are masters of adaptability, across most any climate they encounter, and with far greater success than many races. In heat and in cold, the Gowahre are able to exist, though across different strains of their species which have been uniquely adapted for a region after generations of living there. Regardless, it has been found that native Gowahre populations can successfully acclimate and indeed evolve to fit a climate within but a few generations, their bodies having an uncanny ability to register their environment and make necessary changes. Subject to wintery climates for many generations, fur may lighten in color to match and grow more dense, while in warmer more tropical regions, that same fur will become short and slick. This is a remarkable feat of their species, though as mentioned is a generational process of adaptation to different climates.