Mwayambian Wildcat

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The Mwyambian Wildcat is a fearsome, carnivorous feline known for its large size and stealthy cunning.

Mwayambian Wildcat
The wildcat beside a 10-foot-tall tree
Information
Natural Habitat: The Siombakgede in Mwayambi
Classification: Mammal, feline
Average Size: 7 ft tall
Average Weight: 500 lbs
Coloring: Spotted tan and black
Distinguishing Features: Tufted ears, inner row of teeth



Description

As tall as a human with a spotted pelt that blends into the Mwayambian savannah of Siombakgede, the Mwayambian Wildcat is a huge but stealthy predator. Its wide, padded feet disperse its weight in the dry soil and grass of the savannah to minimize the noise it makes, and its tufted ears let it detect sounds over a mile away. Most unsettling to someone who would confront it is its two rows of teeth. The sharp, backswept inner row is apparently designed to keep prey from escaping from its mouth when it tries to swallow them whole.

Habitat

The Mwayambian savannah of Siombakgede, sometimes called the Land of Giants. The Wildcat is actually one of the smaller animals on those plains, and survives through stealth and speed.

Breeding Habits

The female wildcat goes through a heat period every two months except in the hot summer months. This estrus period provokes violent rage and foaming at the mouth; similar symptoms are produced in a male wildcat who smells the pheremones of the female. Wildcat matings resemble violent fights, complete with torn fur and bleeding wounds. They're not forced and both parties seem interested; naturalists speculate that the excitement of a fight might be necessary to ensure conception.

Oddly, a female wildcat's heat can apparently be eased by messily slaughtering prey. A particularly gruesome feeding will cause the female's body to react as if it has been impregnated, easing the estrus rage.

Other Characteristics

According to the dwarves of the Siombakgede, the wildcat is very clever and has been known to tire out its prey, stalking them and appearing from hiding just often enough to maintain a sense of paranoia and panic. Once the prey is exhausted, the wildcat will strike.