The Feline Contract
Animal - Blood
Elements (Katon and Raiton)
- Due to evolving alongside an active volcano, the felines under this contract are capable of using various lightning or fire based abilities. This usually varies throughout species with tigers being most likely to wield lightning and lions being more likely to use fire. Through the advent of crossbreeding however, there are a few exceptions to this.
Heightened Sense of Touch
- Felines have a well-developed sense of touch, especially with the aid of the whiskers they have on their face and throughout their entire body. They use this to navigate through the darkness, to detect danger, and to hunt prey.
Heightened Sense of Hearing
- Out of all their senses, the feline’s sense of hearing is probably the most acute. Their ears are trained to listen to the high pitch sounds that their prey typically admits. The feline’s well-defined hearing is one of their most useful tools in tracking and hunting.
In the mountainous regions of the Land of Lightning, feline creatures established their homes in the Hokori mountains which was believed to formerly be a volcano that hadn’t erupted in thousands of years. The felines are rumored to have been around since the volcanoes were active, resulting in them becoming accustomed to the volatile natures surrounding volcanoes. The Hokori mountains are shared by three different prides who are segregated throughout the heights of the mountain.
At the bottom of the mountains were where lions chose to make their homes and are believed to be the first to colonize the area. From the beginning, the area was ruled solely by the lions, allowing them to make a prolific home out of the entire mountain range. These lions had become so attuned to the nature of the once active volcano that some of them gained evolutionary advantages that made thriving around a volcano possible. The lions of Hokori mountain are mostly male and hold very misogynistic values where they see women/their female counterparts as lesser and only be useful for breeding, caretaking, and nothing more. The lions have an ongoing fable based off the legend that there was once a lion who’s roar was so powerful that it started the eruption of the volcano itself. This has made a culture of lions who are always prideful in regards to their roar, even going so far as having competitions on who could roar the loudest in order to establish dominance.
At the very top of the mountains are where a group of tigers settled, although they are believed to have come along after the volcano’s final eruption. After the volcano erupted, the area was plagued by thunderstorms, which drove the lions to living at the bottom of the mountain range. The tigers however did not have this same fear and almost out of complete arrogance chose to make their home in the harshest parts at the top of the mountain. These tigers naturally adapted to the stormy nature of the mountains peak, going as far as celebrating any time there was a severe thunderstorm. Amongst the tiger pride, there is a legend of a tiger who possessed such mighty fangs that they tore a lightning bolt in half. The tigers believe that the volcano’s eruption started as a result of the split lightning bolt striking the volcano. This legend inspires the tigers to grow strong enough to one day do the same. As the antithesis of the lions, the tigers have a matriarchal lifestyle where women are seen as superior to men/their male counterparts.
These two groups have rarely interacted with one another due to never being able to come to agreement over how the volcano erupted. This feud even resulted in a small scale war between the lions and the tigers where no clear victor was decided. As the war ended, a peace treaty pact was made where the tigers were allowed the top of the mountain range where as the lions took over the bottom. The feud became less blood thirsty but they still had a clear disliking of one another. The middle regions of the mountain range were designated as an area of peace where no fighting could take place or else the treaty was broken. In this zone, lions and tigers intermingled, though only some ( typically the more docile of both groups) decided to make their homes there.
As times passed, the middle regions became a popular area for either tigers or lions to visit. While their respective regions were their true homes, the middle region allowed for crossbreeding between the two species to occur. The peaceful nature of this area became so popular that even other feline creatures had begun to make their homes there. Since the establishment of the middle region, the feline creatures learned to live in harmony despite their vastly different opinions and beliefs.
The Hokori mountains have only been discovered by few humans who typically turned back immediately upon realizing that the place was inhabited by the likes of tigers and lions. While they have no ill-intent towards humans, they don’t exactly think favorably of them either. Due to their beliefs, the lions tend to be more trusting of males and the tigers place more faith into females. Only the felines that grew up in the middle regions tend to be more complacent around either gender but still might have a preference for one over the other.
Although the tigers and lions have ended their long battle against one another, they still found themselves competing in other aspects. It was not uncommon for felines to partake in hunting competitions where they would go out and try hunting either the biggest or the most game. This competitive nature led them on to many adventures in order to find bigger and more ambitious games. It was on these adventures that the lions and tigers interacted with humans most, some even growing fond of the outside world and leaving the mountains entirely.
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