Fantasy equal: Satyr
Deep within the Magic Forest is a secret garden sought after by many over the ages. It is concealed with no visible entrance, except for those sworn to guard and protect what is hidden inside.
At the centre of this garden is an enchanted fountain. Drinking from its sweet waters grants a lifetime of youth and virtue and rejuvenates those who are injured or fading. This fountain is known as the Fountain of Youth and its chief guardian is known as Pan, Lord of the Satyrs.
Being charged with the protection of the fountain, Pan and his fellow Satyrs are allowed a taste of the fountain’s nectar once in a while in order to remain at the top of their game in case anyone manages to break through the protecting seals and threaten the safety of the fountain. The nectar does not only provide virtue and valour, but virility as well, much to the delight of the Satyrs.
This collection illustrates how men share their potency, just like Pan and the Satyrs still do today at the Fountain of Youth.
"Satyrs acquired their goat-like aspect through later Roman conflation with Faunus, a carefree Italic nature spirit of similar characteristics and identified with the Greek god Pan. Hence satyrs are most commonly described in Latin literature as having the upper half of a man and the lower half of a goat, with a goat's tail in place of the Greek tradition of horse-tailed satyrs; therefore, satyrs became nearly identical with fauns. Mature satyrs are often depicted in Roman art with goat's horns, while juveniles are often shown with bony nubs on their foreheads.
Satyr on a mountain goat, drinking with women. Gandhara, 2nd-4th century.Satyrs are described as roguish but faint-hearted folk — subversive and dangerous, yet shy and cowardly. As Dionysiac creatures they are lovers of wine and women, and they are ready for every physical pleasure. They roam to the music of pipes (auloi), cymbals, castanets, and bagpipes, and they love to dance with the nymphs (with whom they are obsessed, and whom they often pursue), and have a special form of dance called sikinnis. Because of their love of wine, they are often represented holding wine cups, and they appear often in the decorations on wine cups."