Dyheli are one of the five sentient non-human races allied with the Tayledras. They can also be found in Clan k'Leshya. They resemble deer with white fur and highly intelligent eyes. Instead of antlers they possess long, curved horns similar to an antelope except that they are spiraled. They are capable of carrying a human on their backs (and are often used as mounts by the Tayledras). They have large, human-sized heads and enormous brown eyes that provide better forward vision than ordinary cervines (deer-like creatures).
All dyheli possess Mindspeech as a general rule, and are strong enough to take control of others and force their bodies into doing something without the individual's consent being a necessity, but they only do this when it benefits the herd, and do not typically do so to humans unless the human has been adopted into the herd as one of its official members. (Or if they're part of a group traveling together, in which case they will consider the group and everyone in it, no matter species, to be their herd, and will vigorously protect every member of the herd as well as they can.) Ethics involving the dyheli have become a topic of much internal debate for many who have had to take advantage of this particular ability. (Owlsight, Owlknight)
Dyheli can also teach humans one or more foreign languages in moments by implanting the language directly into the subject's mind. This process can range from disorienting (usually involving waking up on the ground) and mildly to excruciatingly painful, depending on the person and the number of languages being transferred.
The most powerful in a dyheli group. A king stag is chosen by a contest of mindspeech ability, with only the most powerful becoming the King.
Consists of a light saddle with belly, chest and rump girths, looped leather stirrups and a thick saddle pad to protect the rider from the ridges of the backbone. There is also a hand grip located where the horn of a horse's saddle would normally be; this is to aid with balance. Some dyheli will tolerate loose hackamore-style (bitless) headgear to help stabilize and balance the rider, but this depends entirely on the individual. Other dyheli tack includes a perch supported by a padded platform attached by a belly band, which is used to accommodate larger bondbirds. Smaller bondbirds often roost on dyheli horns.