{roe} deer           
 [picture of a  deer head, in  a  garland 
         woven of various grasses.        
 the  deer has  a crown  of rowan, and is 
          looking at the viewer.]         
 in the north, the  deer is often used as 
 a  symbol  for the forest's  agency,  or 
    its self-knowledge. watching eyes.    
 warmer regions  instead ascribe  it  the 
 knife  (teeth, rumors of  violence),  or 
    obsession (unblinking eyes, always    
      awake, scrapie-like behavior).      
 the deer is a cross between  a horse and 
 a  dog.  it  bears  a  resemblance to  a 
 young    salix   tree,   and    has    a 
     sweet-smelling nose, like honey.     
 the horns of  a deer  is called antlers. 
 they have  a  complex fractal shape, and 
 are  believed  to  enable  the  deer  to 
 "fold" through  passages which should be 
 too  narrow for them.  antlers from dead 
 deer    seem   to   lose   this   power. 
 a deer's heart has  two  chambers, where 
 it stores all the  secrets  it might see 
 during  the  course of it's  life.  with 
 age  the  secrets  will  harden  into  a 
    caramellized structure, which will    
 eventually  block the flow of blood, and 
              kill the deer.              
 [picture of a  deer head. from  the  far 
 side,  looking   the   other   way.  its 
          antlers are bloodied.]