While dogs are man’s best friend, cats are generally the friend who crashes on your couch, eats all your food and occasionally does something cool enough that you remember why you hang out with them. They certainly do not care about their owner’s approval as much as a dog does and generally the only way to stop a cat from doing something is to literally stop a cat from doing something. A dog is like a pre-teen child, full of energy, mischievous but eager to please. A cat is like a teenager, sullen, sarcastic but fairly independent.
Dogs seem much more prosaic than cats, though. Cats are exotic, mysterious and unpredictable. Their allure is in the fact that being around them often feels like being around a creature wiser, if not more intelligent than yourself.
Here are a couple of cat companions or enemies for your characters.
It is sometimes said that cats live in two worlds: ours and the invisible world around us. This is literally true of Mystic Cats. When they stare off into space or appear to stalk something that isn’t there, they are actually looking at invisible things that we cannot see. Of course, it would only be frustrating if they could see such things and not interact with them and as Mystic Cats really do exist in the mundane and invisible worlds, they are able to touch these beings as well.
Mystic Cats look just like any ordinary housecat. In fact, they are often born to ordinary housecats. No one knows what makes a Mystic Cat become a Mystic Cat. The owners of Mystic Cats often don’t even realize that their cat is anything out of the ordinary, thinking them just strange examples of housecats (as though there are normal examples of housecats.) People who deal with the supernatural are always on the lookout for Mystic Cats and highly prize them. They often use them as familiars and spotters to inform them when invisible creatures are around.
Agility: d10, Smarts: d6(A), Spirit: d8, Strength: d4, Vigor: d6
Skills: Fighting d10, Guts d8, Notice d8
Pace: 7 Parry: 6 Toughness: 3
Size: -2 Mystic Cats are no larger than their more mundane brethren.
Small: Attackers are at a -2 to hit Mystic Cats because of their small size.
Denizens of Both Worlds: Mystic Cats live in both the material universe and the ethereal world. They can see and affect (and be seen by and affected by) creatures from both realms. They can see and attack ethereal and invisible creatures as easily as any others.
Massive beasts created through selective breeding of various big cats, war cats are the size of horses. Despite their bulk, they maintain most of their feline agility and their savage power is only enhanced. Their breeding has made them loyal companions but not docile or particularly respectful of humans in general. They will obey and are quite affectionate toward their masters but can be a menace to anyone else. Everyone else is advised to step lightly when around a war cat. They are quite intelligent and perceptive. The unusual (often enhanced through magic or science depending upon your setting) nature of their origin means that war cats are prone to mutations. This most often displays itself as unusual fur and eye color. Any of the patterns of their ancestor species’ is possible, though variations on tiger stripes or an unmarked coat are most common.
Agility: d8, Smarts: d6(A), Spirit: d10, Strength: d12+1, Vigor: d10
Skills: Fighting d10, Guts d12, Notice d8
Pace: 8 Parry: 7 Toughness: 10
Bite or Claws: Str + d8
Size: +3 War cats weigh over a 1000 pounds.
Improved Frenzy: War cats may make two attacks each action with no penalty.
Pounce: A war cat can leap 1d6” to gain +4 to its attack and damage. Its Parry is reduced by -2 until its next action. Anyone riding the war cat when this attack is performed must immediately make a riding check at -2 or be dismounted.
Requirements: Novice, Feline
Your keen eyesight extends beyond even your capacity to see in dim lighting. You are capable of seeing things that are hidden in the ethereal world as easily as creatures on the material plane. Creatures that would normally be invisible because of their invisible nature are not hidden from you.
Denizen of Both Worlds
Requirements: Seasoned, Feline, Beyond Sight
In addition to being able to see ethereal creatures, you have honed your senses and skills to the point where you can attack them normally. You may attack and damage an ethereal creature with any normal or natural weapon.
Requirements: Novice, Feline, d8 Agility
You are especially adept at using your claws to climb. You gain a +2 to climb anything that you can get purchase on with your claws. This includes wood, most trees and other plants as well as cloth (such as a sail) but not stone or even rope.
Requirements: Novice, Feline, d8 Agility
Your balance is such that you always land on your feet assuming that you are not bound or otherwise hindered. You take no damage from falls of 30’ or less. It doesn’t matter much if you land on your feet or not at heights greater than this and you take normal damage.
Requirements: Novice, Feline, Bite natural weapon
Your upper canines are very large. So large that they protrude over your lower lip when your mouth is closed. You are also able to open your jaws far wider than normal. You are able to deliver savage bites with these teeth and the damage from your bite natural attack increases by one die type.