Noble Cat, Great

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The term great cat — which is not a biological classification — is used informally to distinguish the larger felid species from smaller ones. Members of this group are able to roar, unlike some other species of cats. The various species of great cat are quite similar in both structure and behavior. All great cats are carnivores and efficient apex predators.

Species Descriptions

It is impossible to look at a lion or tiger and not think two words: majestic and powerful.

There is a large difference between natural lions and noble lions. A natural male lion is a lazy, bullying polygamist who will murder the offspring of any rival male, just in case they grow up to threaten him. The noble male lion, on the other hand, is seen as a great and noble leader, rising to meet any challenge and protecting the weak — no matter what species. He’s still a polygamist, though. The female noble lion is very much more like her natural counterpart; providing food for the pride and advice for the alpha male. In fact, more than one pride is ruled over by a natural male taking direction from a noble female behind the scenes. If a noble female feels that a particular male is a poor leader, she may arrange for him to meet a challenge to his power.

Noble tigers are every bit as predatory and vicious as their natural brethren, only much more cunning.

Noble tigers are one species that chose “challenge” as a whole. In some remote regions they have taken this role to such extremes that local villagers will make sacrifices to them to appease these terrible beasts. It doesn’t always work. The rare exception to this mindset, the noble tiger who enjoys humanoid company, can be an inspiring hero. But he must always be on the lookout for other noble tigers, who would tear him apart given the chance.

Noble Great Cat Species Traits
  • Size: Small.
  • Size Threshold: 3rd and 5th Hit Dice.
  • Base Speed: 40 ft. +4 speed bonus to Acrobatics checks made to jump.
  • Natural Weapons: Bite (1d4), 2 claws (1d3).
  • Senses: Low-light vision (Ex), scent (Ex).
  • Skills: +4 racial bonus to Acrobatics and Stealth checks. In tall grass, the racial bonus to Stealth becomes +8.
  • Family: Mammal.
  • Noble Animal Type: Noble great cats have the noble animal type except where superseded by other species traits and features.
  • Social Group: Varies.
  • Automatic Languages: Feline and High Fauna.
  • Bonus Languages: Bat, Camel, Canine, Common, Crocodilian, Elephant, Equine, Herdspeak, Hyena, Lizard, Monitor, Raptor, Rodent, Serpent, Simian, Songbird, Ursine, and Woodland.
Noble Great Cat, Lion Sub-Species Traits

In all other ways, the noble lion shares the same species traits and level progression listed for noble great cats, except that they can never advance in the noble great cat class beyond 5th level.

Noble Great Cat, Tiger Sub-Species Traits

In all other ways, the noble tiger shares the same species traits and level progression listed for noble great cats.