|Official Name||Anglian Missier|
|Common Nicknames||Space Cat, Star Cat|
|Habitat||Northern Anglia and urban regions|
The Anglian Missier is paradoxically a remarkably common and widespread creature while maintaining a constant air of mystery. Having originated from the deepest pits of the Anglian wildlands, the Missier has since delegated itself almost exclusively to a life as a domesticated cat. Most find themselves kept by commoner families in need of a pest-catching master, while some more majestic varieties are kept in the estates of nobility as walking displays of wealth.
The history of the Missier is something actively debated. The prevailing theory is that it was once one of the beasts roaming the Anglian wilds, before the land itself was tamed by the Anglian people. The evidence behind this displays itself through the few Missiers that never strayed from their wild roots; locking themselves away in the Nort Beesterwald lands to the North to hunt small game. The Missier ancestors would have eventually been forced into working with the Ailor or dying out, as it is unlikely they would be able to upkeep their predatory nature with the Anglians staunchly defending their farms. When the Anglians realized their potential as pest-catchers, they integrated them into their agricultural society and effectively domesticated the cats over the next few centuries. Strangely enough, the source of the name Missier is effectively unknown. Some have implicated a relation to the Ithanians, who had the cat introduced to them early in their Culture. The occupational name for someone who kept crops was a Messier, which then eventually mutated into the word Missier given decades of mispronunciation.
Consistent among all Missier varieties is a similarity to a Domestic Tabby, where their bodies ranges from eight to twelve inches in length with varying tail sizes. The Missier eyes are the primary splitting point, where both lower and higher varieties have bright yellowish orange irises surrounded by flowing, ghostly purple-blue swirls that wrap around their blackened scleras. This is where the nickname “Star Cat” comes from, as most find it easier to identify the Missier through eye color. Though not as commonly stated, the Missier’s greatest trait is its incredibly sharp, precise cutting implements, more akin to a surgeon’s scalpel than a cat’s claws. This, coupled with a downright incredible eyesight, makes Missiers beloved exterminators, capable of clawing down anything from pesky flies to sizable Rats. Noble-kept Missiers usually have these claws trimmed down or simply removed as to save furniture from unsightly marks. Missier claws grow back if they are not completely removed, and they are rather prone to breaking.
Anglian Missiers do not have many distinctive qualities which set the genders apart, and sexual dimorphism is not common in the breed. They additionally have no disposition towards male or female children in their litters, so the population remains equal. The Missier comes in a lower variety and a higher variety, with the former primarily being kept by peasants while the latter is beloved by the nobility. Generally lower variety Missiers are more inclined towards shorter tails, while higher varieties commonly grow longer tails. Lower variety Missiers keep the same pelt color as their Tabby cousins, preferring ginger but occasionally shifting towards grey or black based on breeding. When abandoned, they are quick to return to their roots as forest-dwelling, ambush predators. The higher variety is where the Missier truly differs from its domestic cousins, as the pelt can range anywhere from a soft pink to a dark violet, the majesty of such colors making them appealing to the upper-class. These Missiers are truly incapable of surviving in the wild due to their lackluster camouflage, and as a result are exclusively seen in noble courts as housepets.
Life Span and Development
Missiers are born in litters of 3-5 cats, though usually only 1-2 of these kittens initially survive as Missiers are prone to disease early in their lives. Higher variety Missiers are even more prone to birth defects due to hefty amounts of inbreeding, but all of this is mostly offset by the fact it only takes around 3-5 months for a Missier to reach maturity. Once they are fully matured, a Missier instinctively knows how to hunt prey. Anglian Missiers generally live to a maximum of 15 years. As they mature, they are prone to parts of their body giving out, such as their spine weakening, causing them to slow down significantly. At around the age of ten, the Missier's claws no longer grow back, and must be fed by their owner as they will quickly be unable to fend for themselves.
The Missier is an affectionate but territorial animal that often marks a single person in a home as its preferred being, and spends as much time as possible trying to appeal to them. When it wants something, it meows and scratches things. When it does not want something, it prances around killing any pests. It is not recommended to keep a Missier in the same home as any kind of smaller animal, as it will almost immediately delegate it as something to be eaten. This has led to many unfortunate instances in which a noble bought a higher variety Missier for its beautiful pelt, only to have it kill every smaller pet in the home.
Missiers are often criticized for their willingness to play with their food, cutting out limbs to watch prey squirm and screech in pain before finally killing it. This is admittedly not as common as one would think, but Missiers are still quite fond of torturing rats and Mice before eating them. This trait is completely unheard of in Missiers that flee to the wilds, however, as efficiency delegates that playing around with something they should eat is simply a waste of energy.
Territory and Groupings
Missiers are excessively territorial and will only ever allow a single other pet into their designated home. After this limit is met, they will begin to intimidate and eventually attack any other similarly sized pet brought into their land. During mating season this behaviour almost entirely stops, as Missiers do not have any kind of selection about which specimens they mate with. This makes breeding them incredibly easy, as simply placing two Missiers in the same room at the right time with a decent amount of food will usually result in the preferred outcome. An unintended side-effect of this is that crossbreeds between Missiers and other cats are remarkably common, though it usually results in all of the generally interesting parts of a Missier disappearing, from their star-like eyes to their surgeon’s claws.
- Connections to the Void or Exist are theorized as a reason why Missiers have their recessive, abnormal appearance, but most scholars simply dash this idea as further evidence has not come up.
- Sihndar and Missiers have a mutual disdain for one another. A Missier will always keep a close eye on any Sihndar that stumbles into its decided territory, while keeping a good distance. Sihndar additionally do not trust Missiers, and will generally put them down if the opportunity presents itself. The reasoning for this is not particularly known, though some think it is because Missiers mistake Sihndar for members of their species.
- Though the Missier is distinctly Anglian both in culture and homeland, in recent times Altalar have become fond of their starry eyes and clean demeanor. They are surprisingly common amongst Altalar who have frequent interactions with the so-called lesser Races.