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Great Jungle Cat
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Fauna
Official Name Great Jungle Cat
Common Nicknames Jungle Stalker.
Classification Mammal.
Habitat Deep, thick jungles of Daendroc
Domesticated No.
Current Status Common.

These large prowling cats—native only to the Jungles of Daendroc—are responsible for a large number of deaths of Elves and Daendroc wildlife. They are the bane of travelers, as their immense size and climbing prowess makes them a hazard to even the most wary of Talar. A nuisance to the Nelfin, the Great Jungle Cat has been known to fearlessly bound into Elven settlements in the dark of the night, looking for whatever food they can find, be it animal or Elf. Many fear or loathe these prowling beasts.

First Recorded Encounter

The first record of the Great Jungle Cat was made by Daendroquean Humans. While some Elves had seen them in the past, they never thought to write of the rather common beasts, and it wasn’t until escaped Human slaves of the Elves had made their way into the more dense rainforests of Daendroc that they had encountered the Great Jungle Cat, which killed many of the fugitives. The patch of forest where those unfortunate escapees met their match is now known as 'Red Trees' in Daendroque, for imaginable reasons.

Current Status

The Jungle Stalker is a famed creature of Daendroc, and despite attempts to decrease the population, it thrives nonetheless due to its intelligent predatory nature, and nocturnal hunting. Throughout Aloria, the pelt, claws, and fangs of a Great Jungle Cat are highly valued, making it a top challenge for hunters and trappers who wish to gain a respectable reward.

Characteristics

These monstrous felines usually grow to the height of a man and are roughly eight foot long, with jet-black fur that stretches taut over their tightly-corded muscles as they prowl. It has been said that their fur reflects an enchanting purple under the moonlight, but those who find themselves close enough to verify this rarely survive. They have two sharp blade-like fangs hanging from the top of their maw, and their wide jaws have evolved in such a way that they cannot fully close their mouths, lest they puncture their gums. These fangs roughly span the length from the tip of a man’s index finger to the base of his palm, large enough that Orcs who manage to slay them often repurpose these fangs into knives and spear-tips.

Notable Physical Traits

Great Jungle Cats are known to possess incredible strength, being able to take down Orcs in a single swipe, and able to hunt for hours without tiring. For this reason, they are revered by Orcs for their power, many of whom have perished whilst trying to capture one of the beasts for riding. Although the Jungle Cat’s size and strength would suggest it to be heavy and slow, the Jungle Stalkers are in fact agile and athletic creatures whose long limbs and sharp claws make them natural climbers, meaning they often stalk their prey from above.

Origin and Diversity

The Jungle Stalker is unique to Daendroc, surviving as one of the apex predators within the deep jungles. The population is spread out through Daenshore, Lusits, and Hyarroc, though as a solitary animal there tend to be small pockets of Jungle Cats found in the more heavily forested areas, where the predators can make their dens.

Life Span and Development

Juvenile Great Jungle Cats grow at an extremely quick pace, taking three years to reach full size. However, this comes at no small price, and the ravenous creatures spend most of the first three years of their life eating constantly. Overall, a Jungle Cat tends to live for about thirty years. As the Great Jungle Cat ages, its fangs blunt, its fur begins fading white, and due to a genetic degenerative problem with their spines, they become far less sprightly. For this reason, the Great Jungle Cat rarely exceeds thirty years of age, by which point it has probably degenerated to a point where its prey can overcome it.

Mental Overview

Opportunistic creatures, the Great Jungle Cat is known for its indiscriminate palate. It stalks any creature that seems to be moving and is loud enough to alert them of their presence. A Jungle Cat is a vicious and violent creature who takes great pleasure in hunting prey, though they are purely nocturnal, stalking the night, as their jet-black fur makes them extremely visible in the pallet of browns and greens of the rainforest. Despite their wild and hostile demeanours, there are a few rare occasions when Jungle Cat cubs, stolen at birth, have been successfully raised and tamed by their owners. Such a feat is extraordinarily difficult though, and the cubs require constant attention from a motherly figure who can feed them regularly. If this requirement is not fulfilled, the cubs will turn on their owner. Even if taming is successful from such a young age, it is not uncommon for some Jungle Cat pets to lose interest in their owners and attack them when they have grown older, and more independent.

Territory and Groupings

The Great Jungle Cats are incredibly solitary, and usually kill their brethren if they so much as set paw within a certain radius around their den. On the occasion that they do relent and the two specimens are a suitable match, they mate, after which point roughly six kits will gestate for about ten months. The semi-arboreal beasts have been known to drag corpses for miles away from their dens before consuming them so as not to attract competing predators into their ranges.

A Jungle Cat’s territory usually consists of a large patch of dense, wooded jungle, within which they make their den and hunting grounds. The den will more often than not be central in this territory, and most Jungle Stalkers prefer caves or large hollows to nest within. Normally one can easily identify a Great Jungle Cat’s territory by the carcasses found in the centre, and the odd, placid silence which hangs over the grounds. Some hunters have reported that a Jungle Cat territory seems entirely devoid of life.

Trivia

  • Being a proud and powerful sight, these creatures have featured heavily in Elven culture and mythology, often holding the crest of many distinguished families.
  • The Jungle Cat has a very specific way of dispatching prey. They quickly kill their prey with a disorienting swipe from their powerful clawed paws, followed by relentless lacerations to the extremities with its fangs.
  • It is a common manhood ritual for Orc tribes in Daendroc to slay one of these cats, entering the ranges of these beasts equipped with nothing but their bare hands.

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